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RS Components Introduces New Professional-quality RS Branded Soldering Station

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-High functionality soldering station comes with large number of features and a significantly lower price tag

SINGAPORE, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has launched a new RS branded soldering station with soldering iron that has all the features, functionality and quality expected of a professional product, yet is substantially cheaper than the premium brand equivalent.

RS260 - RS Soldering Station
RS260 – RS Soldering Station

Targeting professional use by electronic design engineers, the soldering station offers ultra-fast heat up from room temperature to 350 degrees Celsius in only 10 seconds thus reducing operating time and running costs. Other key features of this professional quality station include: large backlit LCD display with an analogue bar for easy readout; multi-power switch-mode control; three hot keys for fast pre-set temperature changes; and an automatic sleep mode, thereby increasing the longevity of the heater and iron tip. Replacement tips are also available from RS.

In addition, the use of silver-alloy conductive materials in the product ensures minimum heating loss. Other specifications of the station include power consumption of 90W, temperature accuracy of plus-minus 10 degrees Celsius, and an operating temperature range of 100 degrees Celsius to 500 degrees Celsius.

The RS branded soldering station is now in stock (part no. 799-8941) and available via RS Components in EMEA and Asia Pacific.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +656347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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Source: RS Components Singapore

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October 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Posted in Technology

Mechanics Challenge is Now Open for Registration

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-Winning teams to receive a comprehensive prize package

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The exciting automotive trade event Mechanics Challenge is now open for registration to all Malaysian mechanics employed at independent workshops. The challenge will take place at Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 19 – 21 March 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

The Mechanics Challenge is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and the Department of Skills Development of Malaysia (JPK), and supported by the Federation of Automobile Workshop Owners’ Association of Malaysia (FAWOAM), the Federation of Engineering and Motor Parts Traders’ Association Malaysia (FEMPTAM) and Persatuan Pengusaha Industri-Industri Bengkel Malaysia (PPIBM).

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), the associate supporter of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, is one of the three organisers of this concurrent event. Commenting on their full support, Mr Madani Sahari, Chief Executive Officer noted:  “We are pleased to co-organise the Mechanics Challenge, as it provides an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate skills excellence among working technicians in the Malaysian automotive aftermarket. The Mechanics Challenge will provide many opportunities for working technicians to discover their ability to solve technical problems. The event will cover techniques for diagnosing issues, new ways to connect with technology, and innovations that will make a difference in the service standards to motor consumers.”

Datuk Dr Pang, Director General, Department of Skills Development of Malaysia (JPK) commented on the opportunity of enhancing expertise and competency. He said: “Mechanics Challenge provides Malaysian mechanics with an excellent platform to demonstrate their automotive knowledge and repair capabilities. Additionally, they will be able to increase their experience and upgrade their diagnosis and repair skills. I will definitely encourage more JPK-approved training providers to participate in the event.”

Winning teams to receive a comprehensive prize package

Mechanics who are employed at independent workshops from 14 states are allowed to sign up for the competition in teams of three. The teams will take the first round of the Mechanics Challenge, which will be a written multiple choice exam. Then, the eight teams with the highest scores will be entered the grand final which will be held during Automechanika Kuala Lumpur. The grand final will include written and practical exams. Each team will have to diagnose and repair car malfunctions within a time frame. The better the performance on their diagnostic and repair skills, the higher is the score they will receive.

The Mechanics Challenge champion team will receive RM 7,000 cash, a trophy and certificates.  Runners up will receive the following prizes:

  • First runner-up: RM 5,000 cash, trophy and certificate
  • Second runner-up: RM 3,000 cash, trophy and certificate
  • Fourth to eighth placing: RM 1,000 cash and certificate

The Mechanics Challenge is also an ideal marketing opportunity to increase market exposure of products and services. Continuing their “diamond” sponsorship of the Mechanics Challenge is Shell, the global petro chemicals company which is providing motor oil products. Also, car manufacturer MAZDA will again supply vehicles for the mechanics to work on during the final round of the competition.

The ninth edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s leading regional trade fair for the automotive industry targeting trade visitors from ASEAN is expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors at the 7,500 sqm show. The 2015 show will continue to highlight the “Go Green” concept, which will showcase environmentally friendly products and services and feature various interactive activities, demonstrations as well as seminars. The show is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and supported by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI).

Registration for the Mechanics Challenge closes on 17 November 2014. To register, participants should contactpenny.tan@malaysia.messefrankfurt.com or phone +60 3 7803 2276.

Companies interested in sponsorship are invited to contact mike.kwan@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or phone +852 2238 9971, or kenneth.fong@malaysia.messefrankfurt.com or phone + 60 3 7803 2276.

More details about Automechanika Kuala Lumpur can be obtained by visiting www.automechanika-kl.com or by emailing autoasia@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur is one of 14 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central andSouth America. For further information about these fairs, please visit www.automechanika.com.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around EUR545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurtholding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent. For more information, please visit our website atwww.messefrankfurt.com.

Automechanika Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s leading Regional Trade Fair for the Automotive
Industry targeting Trade Visitors from ASEAN
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
19 – 21 March 2015

Rachel Leung
Tel   +852-2230-9225
Fax  +852-2598-7919
rachel.leung@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com
www.messefrankfurt.com.hk
www.automechanika-kl.com

Source: Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

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October 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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Denver Maddux Appointed CEO to Lead Global Expansion of Megaport

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BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Megaport announced the appointment of Denver Maddux as Chief Executive Officer.  This appointment comes as Megaport gears for global expansion driven by growing demand for scalable cloud interconnectivity services.  Bevan Slattery will remain as Executive Chairman, supporting the company’s vision and strategy.

Maddux joins Megaport from Microsoft where he was Senior Director, Global Network Services responsible for the company’s global network strategy.  Prior to his role at Microsoft, Maddux was Vice President of Network Technology and Architecture  with Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery; and held senior leadership positions at Global Crossing, a global backbone network provider acquired by Level 3 Communications in 2011.

Bevan Slattery said: “I have known Denver since his days building out Limelight Networks global content delivery network and have always been impressed with his deep experience and leadership in network technology, which is what we need to take Megaport to the next level… to take us global.  I could not be more delighted in having Denver join our team and inspire us to achieve our vision.”

Denver Maddux said: “It is a tremendous privilege to join Megaport at such an exciting and critical stage.  I simply could not be more excited to build on the solid foundation and already remarkable adoption that the company has executed across the Asia Pacific region.  Bevan has really driven his vision to deliver innovation in connectivity for network and cloud providers.  Building on that success and accelerating the company’s growth globally will be my primary mission.”

About Megaport

Megaport was founded in 2013 by Bevan Slattery to create a new paradigm for networks and cloud services to interconnect — The Megaport Platform. Originally launched in Australia as an Amazon Direct Connect Partner, Megaport now provides on-demand, elastic connectivity to over 100 network and cloud services providers.  With plans to expand in Asia, Europe, and the United States in 2015, the Megaport Platform will service over 25 major markets around the world.

For more information visit: www.megaport.com.

Media contact:

Wendy Hill
Sapphire Communications
T: +61-427-173-203
E: wendy@sapphirecommunications.com.au

 

Source: Megaport

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October 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

Posted in Business & Finance

Megaport Announces Fibre Network Assets De-Merger; “Superloop” Network to Go Live in Australia and Singapore within Six Months

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BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — International data connectivity innovator, Megaport today announced it is spinning-off its fibre assets to launch a new, dedicated infrastructure company, “Superloop“.

Superloop’s mission is to drive innovation to the fibre infrastructure layer in key Asia Pacific regions.

Superloop expects its initial network in Australia to go live in January 2015, with its own diverse, dark fibre connectivity between the major Data Centres of Global Switch, Equinix SY1, SY2, SY3 the upcoming Equinix ME1, NEXTDC B1, S1, M1 and many more.

In announcing the de-merger, Mr Slattery said that spinning-off Megaport’s fibre assets into a separate company freed-up Megaport to focus on global expansion of its industry-leading interconnectivity services.

“I thought it was important to be crystal clear about Megaport’s mission and provide focus and clarity for the Megaport platform. The underlying fibre network was developed as an enabler for Megaport in its initial markets. The accelerated growth of the network has created a stand-alone business, warranting an independent strategy and resourcing that can be provided within Superloop.”

“We are building the only independent, pan-Asian fibre infrastructure provider which is something rather special and unique, so much so that based upon early customer demand I expect Superloop to be break even in its first full year of operation.”

Superloop also announced that it expects to bring forward the commissioning of its Singapore network after securing access to over 150km of strategic duct throughout Singapore.

IT Infrastructure visionary and Megaport founder, Bevan Slattery, said he was extremely excited about Superloop’s launch and the accelerated commissioning of its network.

“I could not be more delighted with this outcome, as our strategic duct access arrangement greatly reduces the time and cost to rollout the network in Singapore.  This means we can offer certainty and provide services to our cornerstone clients sooner,” he said.

Superloop’s Singapore network is well underway with over 70% of the network expected to go live in March 2015and roll-out completion around July.   The network will provide diverse connectivity to key cable landing stations in Tuas, Changi and Katong, as well as key data centres including Equinix and Global Switch.

About Superloop

Established in 2014, Superloop is an infrastructure provider of dark fibre connectivity services to large network providers and enterprises operating in the Australian and Singapore markets. Bringing innovation to infrastructure, Superloop is building a new independent dark fibre network connecting key Internet points of presence in key Asian markets.

For more information please visit: www.superloop.com

About Megaport

Founded in Australia in July 2013 by industry visionary Bevan Slattery, Megaport is a leading data centre interconnection provider, offering a range of products including its virtual cross-connect (VXC) and internet exchange (IX), where ISP’s share internet traffic. Megaport is able to provide connectivity between data centres with provisioning timelines of sub-two minutes.  With over 100 connected cloud providers, enterprises and network service providers, Megaport improves connectivity by providing scalable and flexible connectivity options in an on-demand environment.

For more information please visit: www.megaport.com

Media contact:

Wendy Hill
Sapphire Communications
M: +614273173203
E: wendy@sapphirecommunications.com.au

Source: Megaport

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October 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

Posted in Business & Finance

Megaport to Expand Globally and Appoints New Senior Leadership Team

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BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Megaport formally announced expansion into global markets throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.  The commitment to deploy into new geographies over the next 18 months is driven by growing demand for scalable cloud interconnectivity services.

Announcing the accelerated global expansion, Denver Maddux, newly appointed CEO of Megaport said, “The need for a global marketplace and an ecosystem that aligns to the needs of global cloud services and their consumers is demanding a paradigm shift in the networking world, transforming how, when, and where communications happen, services are acquired, and the flexibility the Internet of things demands.”

To support Megaport’s global reach, the company is announcing two strategic executive appointments effective immediately.

Belinda Flanders is appointed to the role of Executive Vice President, APAC and MEA.  Flanders joined Megaport in January this year as Asia Channel and Partner Manager, and has been promoted to take the business and infrastructure into the next phase of its growth strategy. Flanders has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector including sales, marketing, and channel management roles with companies including NextDC, and PIPE Networks.

Brynn Maddux is appointed to the role of Executive Vice President, Americas and Europe.  Maddux joins Megaport from Microsoft, where she was Principal Strategic Sourcing Manager and directed a global portfolio of datacenter and telecommunications carriers. Maddux has deep expertise in strategic planning, business and partner development, product strategy, and global relationship management.

About Megaport

Megaport was founded in 2013 by Bevan Slattery to create a new paradigm for networks and cloud services to interconnect — The Megaport Platform. Originally launched in Australia as an Amazon Direct Connect Partner, Megaport now provides on-demand, elastic connectivity to over 100 network and cloud services providers.  With plans to expand in Asia, Europe, and the United States in 2015, the Megaport Platform will service over 25 major markets around the world.

For more information visit:  www.megaport.com.

Media contact:

Wendy Hill
Sapphire Communications
T: +61-427-173-203
E: wendy@sapphirecommunications.com.au

Source: Megaport

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October 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

Posted in Business & Finance

Global Cloud Xchange Appoints Paul Ng as Vice President South East Asia

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — Global Cloud Xchange today announced the appointment of Paul Ng as Vice President of South East Asia, covering Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam,Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei.

Paul Ng, Vice President, South East Asia,  Global Cloud Xchange
Paul Ng, Vice President, South East Asia, Global Cloud Xchange

Mr. Ng joins us with two decades of telecom experience, most recently from Tata Communications where he served as Vice President, Global Carrier Solutions (Data Sales) for Asia Pacific and in other sales management roles since 2005.  During his years at Tata, Mr. Ng was responsible for overseeing the sales team to maximize business opportunities and drive sales growth across Carrier and Mobility markets in Greater China, Indonesia,Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.

“We are delighted to have Paul onboard and believe his previous experience and extensive industry relationships will be of immense value to the company as we enter the next phase of our growth story in the South East Asia Region,” said Fabrizio Civitarese, President, Asia Pacific, Global Cloud Xchange.

Prior to Tata, Mr. Ng was Head of Carrier Sales, Hong Kong at Asia Netcom (now Pacnet) where he led the local Carrier team to deliver customer wins and revenue growth.  Mr. Ng started his career in Sales and had worked at C2C (HK) Limited, Level 3 Communications, Loral Cyberstar International and Hongkong Telecom.

Mr. Ng received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of British Columbia in Canada.

About Global Cloud Xchange

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions customized for carriers, enterprises and new media companies. GCX owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform. With connections to 40 key business markets worldwide spanning Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East, GCX delivers Managed Services to more than 160 countries and offer extensive VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities globally. GCX is equipped to support businesses through the deployment of next generation Enterprise solutions across its Cloud Delivery Networks.  www.globalcloudxchange.com

For More Information, contact:

Genevieve Li
Tel:  +85260288236
Email:  gli@globalcloudxchange.com

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Source: Global Cloud Xchange

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October 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

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DHL Launches North Asian Multimodal Service Linking Japan To Europe

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— Pioneering multimode service offers seamless combination of trucks, ships and trains to move cargo from Japan to Europe and back
— New service cuts freight costs by up to 85% and CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to air freight with shorter transit times than ocean freight

TOKYO, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, announced today the launch of multimodal service linking Japan to its existing rail solution from China to Europe. Using a combination of trucking, sea and rail solutions, the seamless, scheduled service offers customers inJapan access to DGF China’s rail freight solution which reduces the delivery time by up to half to between 10 and 21 days compared to solely using ocean freight and reduces costs by up to 85% compared to airfreight. In addition, customers seeking environmentally friendly solutions can also expect a fall of CO2 emissions of up to 90% compared to airfreight.

Japan-Europe Multimodal Service
Japan-Europe Multimodal Service

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarditng Asia Pacific, said, “We have established a North Asian multimodal network which connects the North Asian power houses — China and Japan — directly to any destination inEurope. Intra-Asia trade constitutes some 25% of Asia’s total exports due to the inter-connectedness of the supply chains in the region[1] and EuropeAsia trade still constitute some of the region’s major trade flows. Our new service linking Japan to our existing China rail network presents a truly innovative solution which offers cost and time benefits to customers across the region.”

Moving Shipments Faster and Cheaper: Truck — Sea — Rail ride from Japan to Europe  

Businesses in Japan with goods to be transported to Europe can be picked up from anywhere across Japan by truck. Using 40-foot containers, cargo is then transported to any of four ports across Japan — Tokyo, Nagoya,Osaka and Hakata. Upon arrival at the ports, cargo is transported by sea across the East China Sea to Shanghai. This enables goods from just about anywhere in Japan to reach any part of China via DHL’s multimodal sea-rail service. From Europe, the multimodal service is also available via China rail and sea to Japan for the import shipment.

Connecting Japan to DHL’s established China Rail solution to Europe

Within China, DHL Global Forwarding currently operates two routes: The first along the transSiberian North Corridor — the service taps the bustling production and commercial centers of Shanghai, Suzhou and its surrounding areas. The second, the trans-Kazakh West Corridor rail service originates from Chengdu one of the most important distribution centers in Western China and a hub for high tech goods, automotive and other industries.

A true door-to-door service, DHL’s multimodal solutions connect China to Europe by picking up goods from any location in China, taking it by rail through to Poland and offering last mile delivery by truck or rail to anywhere inEurope.

Only in September, DHL Global Forwarding announced the expansion of the multimodal service by adding Suzhou to the departing points and is now linking Japan via China to Europe. In both Japan and China, the service is available for full-container services, known as DHL Railline, which enables customers to block out single containers, wagon groups or whole block trains.

“Since our introduction of the first multimodal service in 2011, DHL Global Forwarding has been a pioneer in introducing new routes for multimodal services to Japan — to offer customers even greater flexibility and choice for their logistics needs.  We are seeing a big potential of this innovative service for our customers in all sectors moving goods between Japan and Europe, especially in the electronics, automobile and the fashion and apparel industries,” said Mark Slade, President and Representative Director for DHL Global Forwarding Japan.

[1] Transport Intelligence Asia Pacific Transport and Logistics 2014

Note to Editors:

Existing China-Japan Multimodal Solution with 12-foot containers

The new service is not to be confused with an existing service DHL Global Forwarding has operated since 2012, using 12-foot (3.6-meter length) containers on ferries, railways and trucks which are smaller than the international-sized 40-foot containers on the multimodal services that connect Japan to China and vice versa.

This specific container size is based on Japanese Railway standards. Using the smaller containers enables seamless delivery through all modes of land, rail and ocean (ferry) between Japan and China in both directions. For example, cargo picked-up in Japan is transported by rail to Hakata by Japan Railways (JR), taken across toShanghai port from Hakata port by ferry, and delivered from Shanghai to any destination in the greater area ofShanghai, China by truck.

This particular offering is limited to the China-Japan-China lane and will still be part of the basic multimodal offering of DHL Global Forwarding in Asia Pacific.

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DHL The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

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Source: DHL

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October 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

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Paul G. Allen Increases Commitment To Fight Ebola To $100 Million

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— Partners with U.S. State Department and World Health Organization to Evacuate and Treat Infected Humanitarian Workers;
— Collaborates with University of Massachusetts Medical School to Provide Training and Equipment;
— Coordinates and Optimizes Global Giving by Launching “Fund a Need” Donation Platform

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Philanthropist Paul G. Allen today increased his commitment to Tackle Ebola to at least $100 million and called on the global community to join the cause. This crisis requires a multi-pronged approach to solving it. As such, Mr. Allen is leading the following initiatives:

Humanitarian Aid Worker Medevac Fund and Medevac Transport:
Effectively addressing the Ebola crisis requires the continued commitment of medical professionals. One of the key challenges in their recruitment is the lack of a clear medevac pathway should they become infected and require treatment.

Mr. Allen has committed to solving this challenge by funding the development and manufacture of two medevac containment units, which the U.S. State Department will use to safely evacuate medical professionals from West Africa. In addition, Mr. Allen has partnered with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity to coordinate the logistics required to transport international aid workers.

Cost of medevac transport can also be a barrier for organizations to commit to sending their critical care professionals. To address this, Mr. Allen has established the Ebola Medevac Fund, designed to address the gap between what insurance will cover and the actual transport costs. The $2.5 million fund is designed as a dollar to dollar matching grant with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS):
Another important component to tackling this crisis is ensuring education, supplies and medical professionals are on the ground. Mr. Allen is donating to UMMS to help provide training, medical workers and lab equipment for relief efforts in Liberia. The partnership with UMMS will focus on providing decontamination and lab equipment to district hospitals as well as community outreach and education to provide monitoring and support to staff in order to reopen closed district hospitals.

Fund a Need:
Mr. Allen also has created a way for individuals to contribute to specific organizations and fund critical response needs through TackleEbola.com. The donation platform is designed to coordinate and optimize individual global giving.

Donations of all sizes will go to funding the solutions required to treat, contain and prevent the spread of Ebola. Donors will be able to select the need that they are most interested in funding and 100 percent of that contribution will be applied to that need. The site also offers a way for donors to view the impact of their combined contributions with updates on progress towards goals.

Supporting Quotes:
“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Mr. Allen said. “To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a global epidemic, we must pool our efforts to raise the funds, coordinate the resources and develop the creative solutions needed to combat this problem. I am committed to doing my part in tackling this crisis.”

“We thank Paul Allen and his foundation for their contribution on this crucial issue,” said Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State. “We hope that this sets a much needed example for what will be robust and rapid private sector leadership, working in partnership with the U.S. government. Mr. Allen’s #TackleEbola campaign is providing an important catalyst to help us get medical responders to West Africa to fight Ebola at its epicenter. His leadership is timely and greatly augments the work that the U.S. government, international organizations, NGOs, and others are doing on the ground every day.”

“We at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are grateful for the support of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which will allow us to specifically work with our strategic partners and our Liberian colleagues to help stem the Ebola epidemic and strengthen Liberia’s fragile health care system,” said Michael F. Collins, MD, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Our academic collaborative has worked productively in the past with the Liberian leadership and health care workforce, and we look forward to continuing that partnership by engaging directly with our Liberian collaborators and providing on-the-ground relief, training and supplies.”

Mr. Allen’s Contributions to Date:
From the early days of the outbreak, Mr. Allen and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have focused on finding, funding and coordinating strategic solutions that could be deployed quickly and would address some of the most critical needs. To date, Mr. Allen has already helped implement the following solutions:

  • A contribution to the American Red Cross to fund equipment, volunteers and educational materials inGuinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. (August 2014)
  • A matching grant to Global Giving, which more than 700 donors doubled in only four days. Ten groups received funding to distribute sanitation supplies, conduct training sessions and produce public service announcements. (August 2014)
  • A partnership with UNICEF to airlift 50,000 protection kits into Liberia. (September 2014)
  • A partnership with Airlink to execute a continuous air bridge to deliver critically needed medical protective gear and pharmaceuticals. (September 2014)
  • A grant to the CDC Foundation to establish CDC emergency operations centers in the most-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These centers are helping to develop a systematic response with improved data management and communication systems for disease and patient contact tracing, which will ultimately help to detect and stop the disease from spreading. (September 2014)
  • Funding to Medical Teams International (MTI) to help provide infrastructure, housing and transportation needs for MTI’s staff in Liberia. (September 2014)
  • A partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to support their existing Ebola emergency programs in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (September 2014)
  • A grant to BBC Media Action to support education and communications programs in the affected countries aimed at increasing public knowledge and awareness, supporting the government in responding to the crisis and instilling safer health practices among local audiences. (October 2014)

The Ebola Medevac Fund will be administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.tackleebola.com and follow @TackleEbola and @PaulGAllen on Twitter or Facebook.

Press Contacts:

Alexa Rudin
Vulcan Inc.
+1-206-342-2230
alexar@vulcan.com

Dana Lengkeek
Burson-Marsteller
+1-415-994-4008
dana.lengkeek@bm.com

Source: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

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October 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

Posted in Healthcare

New, Convenient Option Aims to Improve Asthma Management for Sufferers in Singapore

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-The modern aerosol inhaler flutiform® for the first time brings together two well-established asthma medications (fluticasone & formoterol)

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mundipharma announced today the launch in Singapore offlutiform®, a new combination therapy for the maintenance treatment of asthma. flutiform® combines for the first time two of the most effective asthma medications[1] in a single, portable aerosol inhaler.

A recent survey of asthma sufferers in Singapore found that only one-quarter of respondents take their asthma medication daily as it is prescribed, mainly because management of their condition did not seem relevant to them. 41% don’t see the need in taking their medication regularly if they’re not experiencing incapacitating symptoms or asthma attacks.[2]

“What many patients don’t realise is that they can significantly reduce the chance of serious asthma attacks simply by using their inhalers regularly. This is especially important with the return of the haze even in moderate amounts, it can exacerbate their condition,” said Dr Chan Tiong Beng, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Intensive Care Cough & Chest Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre. “By using two of the most effective asthma drugs available, flutiform® helps make it easier for my patients to adhere to their inhaler schedules and ultimately to prevent attacks.”

Providing regular treatment/control of asthma and fast symptom relief within one to three minutes of use,[3] the combination of fluticasone, an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS); and formoterol, a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA), used in flutiform® has proven safe and effective in phase III trial results.[4],[5] The new option has also demonstrated comparable performance and is preferred by doctors and considered more effective than these combinations — salmeterol/fluticasone and budesonide/formoterol.[6],[7],[8]

Asthma is common in Singapore, affecting about 5% of adults and 20% of children.[9] However, patients often underestimate the seriousness of their condition until the onset of severe symptoms. According to the recently-conducted REALISETM Asia survey of asthma patients, while 94% of Singaporean respondents consider their asthma to be well-controlled, only 25% have asthma that is controlled according to clinical guidelines.

To further increase convenience for patients and to improve adherence to medication regimens, flutiform®‘s novel drug combination is housed in a traditional inhaler device that patients are already familiar with, eliminating the need to learn new techniques. The device also provides a dose counter for patients to easily keep track of medicine intake.

“Asthma still represents an important clinical challenge despite currently available treatments. With the insights garnered from REALISETM Asia, we recognised the need for making asthma management easier for patients” said Raman Singh, President, Mundipharma Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa. “Withflutiform®, we are offering effective medicines in an easy-to-use inhaler. Our ultimate goal is to help asthma patients live in a world where their condition is no longer a daily battle, and where they are able to live happier and more fulfilled lives.”

The REALISE(TM) Asia Survey found that many Asian patients with asthma believe their condition is under control, but symptoms suggest otherwise
The REALISE(TM) Asia Survey found that many Asian patients with asthma believe their condition is under control, but symptoms suggest otherwise

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disorder of the airways which leads to recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. Asthma is a serious condition affecting over 70 million[i] people in Asia. Patients with poorly managed asthma are at an increased risk of exacerbations, hospitalisation and death. Poorly managed asthma can also have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life and day-to-day activities.[ii]

About flutiform®

flutiform® is a combination treatment for asthma, bringing together, for the first time, the inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) fluticasone propionate and the long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) formoterol fumarate in a single inhaler.flutiform® is indicated for adults and adolescents (aged >=12 years) with asthma that is either not adequately controlled with an ICS plus an as-needed short-acting beta2-agonist, or is already adequately controlled with an ICS plus LABA.[10] Mundipharma International Limited is licensed by Jagotec AG, a SkyePharma Group company, as the authorised distributor of the product for Europe and most other territories outside Japan and the Americas.

About REALISETM Asia

The REALISETM Asia, REcognise Asthma and LInk to Symptoms and Experiences, survey, sponsored by Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd and developed in partnership with asthma experts, is a survey of asthma patients in Asia which aimed to assess patient attitudes and behaviours towards their disease. The survey was conducted with 2,467 people with asthma aged 18-50 across 8 Asian countries. In order to take part in the survey, respondents must have received at least two prescriptions for their asthma in the past two years and also had to be active on social media.

About Mundipharma

The Mundipharma network of independent associated companies consists of privately owned companies and joint ventures covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. These companies are committed to bringing to patients the benefits of pioneering treatment options in the core therapy areas of oncology, pain, respiratory and rheumatoid arthritis. http://www.mundipharma.com.sg/

For media enquiries, please contact:

Mundipharma (Singapore)

Stephenie Vasko

Tel: +65-6303-9732

Email: stephenie.vasko@mundipharma.com.sg

Edelman Public Relations Worldwide (Singapore)

Isaac Tan

Tel: +65-6494-1552

Email: isaac.tan@edelman.com

Notes:

[1] Bodzenta-Lukaszyk A, et al. Fluticasone/formoterol combination therapy is as effective as fluticasone/salmeterol in the treatment of asthma, but has a more rapid onset of action: an open-label, randomized study. BMC Pulmonary Med. 2011;  11: 28.

[2] Mundipharma Pte Ltd data on file: REALISE Asian Asthma Patient Survey Results, 2014.

[3] FLUTIFORM® Inhaler HSA-approved Prescribing Information (May 2014).

[4] Pearlman DS, et al. Fluticasone propionate/formoterol fumarate combination therapy has superior efficacy to both fluticasone and formoterol alone. Abstract presented at ERS, 24-28.09 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

[5] Bodzenta-Lukaszyk A, et al, Efficacy and safety of fluticasone and formoterol in a single pressurized metered dose inhaler: Respiratory Medicine. 2011; 105:5, 674-682.

[6] Bodzenta-Lukaszyk A, et al. Fluticasone/formoterol combination therapy is as effective as fluticasone/salmeterol in the treatment of asthma, but has a more rapid onset of action: an open-label, randomized study. BMC Pulmonary Med. 2011;  11: 28

[7] Bodzenta-Lukaszyk A, et al. Fluticasone/formoterol combined in a single aerosol inhaler vs budesonide/formoterol for the treatment of asthma: a non-inferiority trial. Abstract presented at ERS, 24-28.09 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

[8] M Thomas, J Haughney, D Price. Physicians’ attitudes towards combination therapy with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists: an observational study in UK specialist care. J PragObs Res2011;2:25-31.

[9] Singapore Health Promotion Board, 9 Apr 2013.

[i] The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The Global Asthma Report 2011. Available from: http://globalasthmareport.org/2011/images/files/Global_Asthma_Report_2011.pdf. Last accessed on 22 April 2014.

[ii] Sims, E J; Price, D; Haughney, J; Ryan, D & Thomas, M. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. Current Control and Future Risk in Asthma Management. Oct 2011; 3(4): 217–225.

®: FLUTIFORM is the Registered Trademark of Jagotec AG used under licence by Mundipharma.

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October 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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ESET Unveils 2015 Edition of Flagship Products in Asia Pacific

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-New features such as Botnet Protection and Enhanced Exploit Blocker enhances cyber protection

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection, today announced the latest versions of its flagship security software products to be made available to its customers in the APAC region: ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8. The latest line-up includes Botnet Protection and Enhanced Exploit Blocker that protects against exploits, with anti-phishing and social media scanning capabilities.

“These new features provide users of ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8 enhanced level of security, whether they are checking email, surfing the web or checking their bank balance online,” said Ignacio Sbampato, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ESET. “Combined with our award-winning anti-malware protection, we are confident these added features will bring tremendous value to our customers.”

Parvinder Walia, Sales Director for APAC at ESET, added, “The threat landscape in APAC continues to evolve, as cybercriminals become more advanced in their methods of attack. The 2015 edition is designed with new add-ons as well as proven features such as Anti-Theft and Personal Firewall, to ensure our customers can benefit from the advantages of being in a highly digital society but with highly secured data privacy. Existing users of these products can also enjoy a free upgrade to Version 8.”

According to Cisco Annual Security Report 2014 and 2014 Midyear Security Report, Java exploits accounted for 91 per cent of all indicators of compromise (IOC) in November 2013, rising to 93 per cent as of May 2014 followed by Adobe Reader, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word with a 3 per cent share.

These indicators of compromise usually reveal an out-of-the-ordinary behavior of a particular piece of data or software. This behavior manifests itself in that it tries to take over or “exploit” the software’s inherent vulnerabilities, glitches or bugs — with an aim to take control of a computer system. Both ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 and ESET Smart Security® 8 protect computer users against these exploits with Enhanced Exploit Blocker.

ESET Smart Security® 8 also introduces a new Botnet Protection feature which protects a user’s computer from being taken over by a remote attacker and used as part of a network of infected computers for malicious purposes. A 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report shows botnet activity was the largest single category of crimeware reported accounting for 86 per cent.

2013 saw a number of high profile botnet attacks. The technology inside ESET Smart Security® 8 uncovers irregular network communications patterns characteristic of Botnets. One such discovery was Operation Windigocarried out by ESET Research Labs this past spring. It uncovered over 25,000 infected servers, used for over two years to redirect half a million web visitors to malicious content on a daily basis. In all, the botnet allowed the attackers to send more than 35,000,000 spam messages per day.

ESET Smart Security® 8 also includes proven features such as Anti-theft, Parental Control and Personal Firewall.

The technology inside ESET products holds the record for the most consecutive VB100 awards of any vendor.

For more information on ESET NOD32® Antivirus 8 please visit: http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/antivirus.

For more information on ESET Smart Security® 8 please visit: http://www.eset.com/int/home/products/smart-security/.

About ESET

ESET®, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning ESET NOD32® technology, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. For over 26 years, the Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. By obtaining the 80th VB100 award in June 2013, ESET NOD32 technology holds the record number of Virus Bulletin “VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. In addition, ESET NOD32 technology holds the longest consecutive string of the VB100 awards of any AV vendor. ESET has also received a number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and other testing organisations and reviews. ESET NOD32® Antivirus, ESET Smart Security®, ESET Cyber Security® (solution for Mac), ESET® Mobile Security and IT Security for Business are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.

ESET recently updated its two-factor authentication (2FA) application, adding a secure validation to weak and static user passwords.

This updated version of ESET’s 2FA application provides flexibility and deeper integration of 2FA into bespoke applications, making it the best cost-effective solutions for SMBs everywhere.

The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego(U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Jena (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) andSao Paulo (Brazil). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore,Prague, Kosice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia) and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries. More information is available from the ESET Press Center.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Munirah Razak
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Source: ESET

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October 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm