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Global Study Sponsored by MediaMath Explores Marketers’ Current and Planned Use of Big Data

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More than 3,000 marketers worldwide polled for report

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MediaMath, together with the Global Direct Marketing Association and Winterberry Group, today released a study of unprecedented scale that examines how marketers from around the world view the role of data in their marketing and advertising practices – from how data is used to how it impacts performance.

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The study, The Global Review of Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising, surveyed more than 3,000 data-driven marketers and advertisers across 17 different regions. The results show how crucial data is to the efficacy of marketing efforts worldwide, and that the practice of data-driven marketing is only set to grow. On a global scale, 63.2 percent of marketers reported that their spending on data-driven marketing and advertising (DDMA) grew over the last year — with another ten percent (73.5 percent in total) expecting that budgets will rise yet again next year.

Further, more than half of the respondents said that “a demand to deliver more relevant communications/be more ‘customer-centric'” was among the most important factors driving their investment in DDMA.

“Driving a connected, seamless consumer experience is the holy grail of marketing,” said Rachel Meranus, SVP Marketing of MediaMath. “And the democratization of data means that, with the right technology, marketers can know a great deal about their consumers and their habits. Appropriately using this data to identify consumers across all devices and all channels, and target these consumers with messages that inspire their behavior at every step of their journey will drive business outcomes, deliver on brand promise, and increase the lifetime value of customers.”

The research also revealed some of the challenges marketers face noting that expanded budgets (43.4 percent), deeper pools of experienced talent (42.1 percent) and improved organizational structures (33 percent) would most substantially advance their efforts to leverage data in support of marketing and advertising.

To read more insights on data-driven marketing from marketers around the world, you can download the white paper now.

About MediaMath

MediaMath ( is a global technology company that’s leading the movement to revolutionize traditional marketing and drive transformative results for marketers through its TerminalOne Marketing Operating System™. A pioneer in the industry introducing the first Demand-Side Platform (DSP) with the company’s founding in 2007, MediaMath is the only company of its kind to empower marketers with an extensible, open platform to unleash the power of goal-based marketing at scale, transparently across the enterprise. TerminalOne activates data, automates execution and optimizes interactions across all addressable media, delivering superior performance, transparency and control to all marketers and better, more individualized experiences for consumers. It has a seasoned management team leading many global locations across five continents. Key clients include every major agency holding company, operating agency and top brands across verticals.

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November 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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AccuWeather MinuteCast Global Expansion Continues, Now Available in Seven Additional Countries

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— Patented minute-by-minute forecast technology now available in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and parts of the Czech Republic

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, today announced that the innovative AccuWeather MinuteCast® is now available on its website and mobile website in seven additional countries throughout Europe including France, Germany, Belgium,Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and parts of the Czech Republic. In addition to the new global locations, AccuWeather MinuteCast continues to be available for people in locations across the contiguous United States,Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Japan.

AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, today announced that the innovative AccuWeather MinuteCast(R) is now available on its website and mobile website in seven additional countries throughout Europe including France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and parts of the Czech Republic.
AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, today announced that the innovative AccuWeather MinuteCast(R) is now available on its website and mobile website in seven additional countries throughout Europe including France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and parts of the Czech Republic.

AccuWeather MinuteCast is the unique, patent-based minute-by-minute precipitation forecast for users’ street addresses or GPS locations. It gives users by-the-minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours – including precipitation type and intensity, start times, and end times for their exact locations, with the Superior Accuracy™ that is AccuWeather’s hallmark. AccuWeather MinuteCast is uniquely supported by both national and international patent technology.

“Providing AccuWeather MinuteCast in these new nations supports our continued focus on bringing the best available forecasts to users at every location on Earth,” said Steven Smith, Chief Digital Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. “People are using AccuWeather MinuteCast to make more informed decisions about their near-term plans and to carefully watch the weather throughout important events. Knowing whether precipitation will happen and what kind you can expect is helpful in making decisions about travel, what to wear, and activities – helping people to improve their lives day-by-day and minute-by-minute.”

AccuWeather offers global forecasts for every place on Earth in over 100 languages and dialects, and this number is growing constantly. MinuteCast is part of AccuWeather’s portfolio of unique and innovative weather information including: 45-, 30-, 25-, and 15-Day Forecasts; hourly forecasts; RealFeel Temperature®; and lifestyle forecasts informing how weather affects travel, business planning, and hobbies, such as golfing and sailing, and conditions such as migraines and allergies.

“AccuWeather MinuteCast is currently available in twelve countries and our plan is to make it available everywhere on Earth,” said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, Inc.

AccuWeather MinuteCast is easily accessible from any mobile or connected device with a web browser

About AccuWeather, Inc. and
Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ for any longitude/latitude on Earth, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers – a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs – AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather’s CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is a recognized expert in global weather information issues and one of the world’s most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.

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Justin Roberti / 814.235.8756 /
AccuWeather, Inc. / 385 Science Park Road / State College, PA 16803

Sara Ball / 415.318.4367 /
Golin / 600 Battery Street / San Francisco, CA 94111

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November 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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America’s Highest Priced Home Introduced to the Market At $195 Million by Coldwell Banker Previews International

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— Rare 25-Acre Gated Mediterranean Compound in Beverly Hills with its own Vineyard Sets New High Standard for the United States’ Most Elite Residence

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new record high was set today for the U.S. property marketed byColdwell Banker Previews International which introduced the most expensive and elite estate in the nation to the market at $195 million. The palatial private gated compound is set on a promontory in the heart of Beverly Hills on a rare, expansive 25 acres offering views of the iconic Los Angeles canyons and city lights, just minutes from world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Joyce Rey and Stacy Gottula are the listing agents for this Mediterranean villa, Palazzo di Amore, complete with its own vineyard.

This Beverly Hills residential compound is owned by successful, self-made real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene. Mr. Greene owns more than 30 properties in Florida, 3,500 apartments in Los Angeles and 3 buildings in downtownManhattan, as well as estates in the Hamptons, Malibu and Palm Beach. He invested tens of millions to complete and expand Palazzo di Amore after purchasing it, finishing the second floor of the main residence and building a massive approximate 15,000 square foot entertainment center that includes a disco/ballroom with a revolving turn table style dance floor, DJ booth and a laser-light system. The entertainment complex features a 50-seat private screening room, a bowling alley and a game room.

The main residence at Palazzo di Amore is over 35,000 square feet, including a finished wine cellar, while the entire estate offers more than 53,000 square feet of livable areas. With architecture by Bob Ray Offenhauser and design by Alberto Pinto, the Palazzo di Amore is suited to entertain in style on a grand scale, offering the opportunity to host events for over 1,000 guests.

About Coldwell Banker Previews International®
The Coldwell Banker Previews International program has been a world leader in the marketing of luxury homes since 1933. The Previews® program was acquired by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC in 1980 and launched asColdwell Banker Previews International®, the brand’s luxury homes program. The exclusive group of certified Previews Property Specialists make up approximately 8.5 percent of the independent sales associates affiliated withColdwell Banker worldwide. Coldwell Banker Previews International participated in more than 20,000 transaction sides of homes priced at $1 million or more in 2013. On average, Previews handles $102.7 million in luxury homes sales every day. Coldwell Banker, Previews and Coldwell Banker Previews International are registered marks licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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November 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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New Design Leadership Announced on the Gold Coast

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GOLD COAST, Australia, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PLACE Design Group is excited to announce a new design team for the Gold Coast Office. Welcoming Design Leader Alex Cohn and newly promoted Lead Landscape Architect Sam Shepherd, the team is set for the next phase of the Gold Coast’s development.

Working alongside the new design leaders, Peter Bell, PLACE Design Group Planning Principal is looking forward to collaborating closely with Alex. Having continued to grow the planning arm of the Gold Coast Office Peter says it is an exciting time for not only PLACE Design Group but for the Gold Coast.

“We are starting to see strong recovery of the Gold Coast market. There is a lot of interest from developers looking for new sites as well as an influx of Chinese investors who are securing development sites and are constructing major projects, the likes of Rhapsody and Jewel. There is also major construction happening with the Pacific Fair redevelopment and Coomera Town Centre. This has fuelled confidence and increased activity with smaller projects especially around the Southport PDA. The expectation for 2015 will be for substantial development activity and having Alex and Sam working alongside will be of great benefit,” says Peter.

Returning back to the Coastal Community that he knows so well, Alex will bring over 30 years of professional design practice and knowledge, as well as international design appreciation to this new role. Having arrived in Australia in 1990, Alex’s first role was at a local architecture firm; Cummings + Burns located in Southport, with his first project working on a series of prestige golf front houses at the renowned Royal Pines Resort.

Having left the Gold Coast in early 2000 it is still obvious to see that Alex’s passion for this region has never wavered.“I love the optimism and unashamed confidence with which this city grows and develops. I also love its environmental wealth and its natural, raw beauty. As an immigrant this city represents my second “hometown” where I formed my first impressions of the Australian culture and its lifestyle,” Alex says.

After spending ten and a half years working at the PLACE Design Group Brisbane office, Alex is drawing on his strengths and is thrilled about his new position. “This role represents the opportunity to give back to the city that as a young professional gave me opportunities to develop and integrate in an advanced and competitive design culture. The untapped potential in this part of the world is incredible. As the planning and design professionals responsible for development in this century, we have the unprecedented opportunity and at the same time the obligation to achieve real and positive environmental changes. As PLACE Design Group’s Gold Coast Design Principal I look forward to participating and contributing to the development and strengthening of the urban identity, quality and liveability of this young city which is full of potential and promise.”

Sam Shepherd who will be leading the Landscape Architecture team is equally excited to take on this new role and demonstrate to the Gold Coast community his experience, enthusiasm, and passion for quality resolved built environments. Sam has ten years of experience in the industry, with a background in Master Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Public Spaces that will prove invaluable in his new role.

PLACE Design Group has a strong history of leading significant Planning, Urban Design, and Landscape Architectural projects on the Gold Coast. The next design era for PLACE Design Group is set to build upon the legacy of creating great places for years to come.

Source: PLACE Design Group

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November 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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Paul G. Allen Announces New Humanitarian Grants to Meet Real-Time Needs in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

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— Support Will Provide Critical Basic Needs and Essential Infrastructure; Action Against Hunger, AmeriCares and Direct Relief to Receive Portion of Allen’s $100 Million Commitment

SEATTLE  /PRNewswire/ — Philanthropist Paul G. Allen today announced new grants to provide immediate humanitarian relief to address basic human needs that are being threatened by the Ebola outbreak inWest Africa. Beginning today, these grants will enable aid organizations to provide food, supplies and prevention kits and rebuild local treatment centers in Ebola-stricken areas.

Last month, Mr. Allen announced he is increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. With these latest grants, more than half of Mr. Allen’s $100 million pledge has now been committed to projects dedicated to preventing, containing, treating and addressing the effects of Ebola.

Mr. Allen’s new commitments to humanitarian efforts are:

  • A $1.9 million grant to Action Against Hunger, to provide food for isolated patients, construct water kiosks and hand washing stations, improve Ebola prevention awareness, and train community health volunteers. Among the specific results of this grant will be the building of 20 water kiosks in at-risk communities in Sierra Leone; the distribution of hand washing basins, soaps and chlorine to 60 community public spaces in Liberia; and the sharing of 1,600 Information Education and Communication materials in 80 Liberian communities and 60 institutions.
  • A $1.35 million grant to AmeriCares, to provide additional supplies and services to under-resourced clinics to improve the county health system in Grand Bassa County in Liberia. Specifically, the grant will allow for the provision of personal protective equipment throughout the most affected countries, as well as stronger communication among local clinics and care centers, and Ebola training and capacity building for local health care workers. This work will allow the central hub for Grand Bassa to plug in to Ebola Treatment Units and county health systems in four neighboring counties and provide technical assistance for similar interventions.
  • A $1 million grant to Direct Relief, to support the continued delivery by Direct Relief of medical supplies and logistical support on the ground in Ebola-affected West African nations. To date, Direct Relief has sent 140 tons of medical materials via airlifts and ocean freight containers.

Mr. Allen’s support will ensure protection of medical professionals in the field through the provision of medicines, preventive supplies, and personal protective equipment, provide transportation of medical supplies from healthcare supply manufacturers to Africa, and assist in the setup of an end-to-end coordinated procurement and supply distribution system to guarantee efficient distribution of medical supplies to limit the spread of Ebola. Supplies will be distributed to four partner organizations working in 47 primary health and Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and Sierra Leone. These supplies will also support the work of 800 community health workers in 500 villages in both countries and allow them to do their jobs safely without fear of catching the disease.

To date, more than half of Mr. Allen’s $100 million pledge has been allocated to the fight against Ebola. These funds have enabled:

  • The delivery of 60,000 protection kits to West Africa.
  • More than 8,500 people trained to help.
  • Nearly 200,000 pounds of supplies sent.
  • Approximately 250 healthcare clinics to be supported.
  • Twenty aid flights, to deliver needed equipment and supplies, scheduled to take place by the end of 2014.
  • Three emergency operations facilities under construction and to be staffed.

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“The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected,” said Mr. Allen. “The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants will enable the people of West Africa to quickly receive essential care and supplies they need to get through this crisis.”

“Action Against Hunger is working closely with health and aid agencies in Sierra Leone and Liberia to stop the spread of Ebola,” said Andrea Tamburini, CEO of Action Against Hunger. “Support from Mr. Allen ensures the lifesaving work of educating communities about the virus, improving water conditions in health facilities, training community health workers on how to detect and refer suspected Ebola patients, and building the capacity to respond will continue.”

“The best way to halt the epidemic is to support frontline health workers in West Africa, and Mr. Allen has taken a real leadership role in that regard,” said AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “With the foundation’s support AmeriCares will make lasting change in health care delivery and restore confidence for patients and health workers.”

“Direct Relief’s longstanding partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone are working heroically to combat Ebola while maintaining essential health services for everything and everyone else,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief. “This support from Mr. Allen is essential to Direct Relief’s collaborative efforts to meet the vastly expanded, urgent need for critical supplies necessary to contain and treat those sickened by the virus – and address its shattering ripple effects on the broader health system.”

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 address the most critical needs and can be deployed quickly. Mr. Allen has also created to provide an easy way for individuals to contribute to specific organizations and fund critical response needs. To date, Mr. Allen has committed funding towards implementing 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 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 establishment of the Ebola Medevac Fund to fund and develop two Medevac containment units that can be used to safely evacuate medical professionals from West Africa. (October 2014)
  • A partnership with University of Massachusetts Medical School to help provide training, medical workers, and lab equipment for relief efforts in Liberia. (October 2014)

For more information, visit and follow @TackleEbola and @PaulGAllen on Twitter or Facebook.

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November 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

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Line-up unveiled for Transform conference

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-Conference to examine brand development in the Asia-Pacific region

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural Transform Asia-Pacific conference has revealed a ground-breaking programme for 2014. The conference will be held at The Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong on 19 November, directly preceding the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific.

The conference is an essential experience for professionals involved in the development of brands, both in theAsia-Pacific region and internationally, and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn from their peers, competitors and predecessors.

Speakers on the day include Steve Ridgway, former-CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways, who will share the secrets of Virgin’s success as a brand, and offer valuable pointers to replicating that success. Steve Keller, CEO of iV Audio Branding, will share his expertise on audio branding and the power of sound to engage consumers, establish identity, and maximize ROI. With speakers also providing insights from organisations like Swire Properties, Suning, New Balance and Stephenson Wong & Co., the programme is a must-attend for anyone needing to understand what a well-informed brand strategy can mean for their business.

Liz Foggitt, publishing and events manager at Cravenhill Publishing, says “The Transform conference always addresses the most relevant branding challenges and opportunities. We carefully select our speakers and they are always at the forefront of brand communications. Having a strong brand strategy is key to the success of an organisation and the Transform conference allows delegates to look at how they can be bold and original with their messaging and no doubt they’ll be walking away feeling excited and inspired.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, 19 November at The Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong. Tickets are $250(US) and there is a discount for multiple bookings.

For more information please visit:, email Liz Foggitt on or call the Transform team on +44 20 7498 7008.

Source: Transform magazine

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November 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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SoCh Encourages Children to Identify the Most Pressing Community Issues at ‘Be The Change Exposition 2014’

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-Event to be attended by over 1,500 students, teachers and parents – the largest of its kind in Singapore!

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Singapore’s largest showcase of social initiatives by children, Be the Change Exposition, returns for its fifth iteration this year on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at SUNTEC Convention Centre. Organised by social enterprise, SoCh in Action, this year’s Exposition – themed ‘Unplugged’– will showcase the works of over 200 students, who have disconnected with the ‘virtual world’, to re-connect with the ‘real world’ and identify issues that affect them most. The students will present their observations, design solutions and impact of their action at the Exposition. The Exposition will be attended by 1,500 students, teachers and parents – making it possibly the largest of its kind in Singapore!

Held annually, the Be The Change Exposition marks the close of the annual Design for Change Challenge, an international, award-winning programme and movement that is designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world, and put them into action using a simple Design Thinking framework. The programme encourages children to believe – ‘I CAN make a difference.’ The challenge typically attracts students from over 30 schools, across Singapore. Winners of the Challenge will be determined by an esteemed Jury, consisting of Pauline Tan, Research Associate from Asia Centre of Entrepreurship and Philanthropy, NUS;Ramya Nageswaran, Bridgeable Pte Ltd; Dr. Carol Balhetchet, Clinical Psychologist & Senior Director, Singapore Children’s Society and Utami Sugianto, Space- Business Designer, Gingerworks.

“Children have unlimited imagination and it is a privilege to get an insight into their world. SoCh provided me a wonderful opportunity to witness a child’s thought process in action. There were several entries worthy of the top spot and we had a tough time narrowing them down to a few.  I hope the children will continue to remain curious, creative and enterprising even after they enter adulthood,” commented Ramya Nageswaran of Bridgeable Pte Ltd.

Earlier this year, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Britain warned that a rising number of children are losing out on major life skills because of their ‘addiction’ to tablets and smartphones and evidence shows that Internet addiction negatively effects children’s physical and mental wellbeing. Closer to home, a study conducted by NTU, Singapore was cited in Virtual Worlds Research to show that an increased online addiction can even result in reducing the empathy level in students.

“How many times are we caught-up in our virtual world? We tend to smile more at our phones than at our loved ones; and children themselves feel this disconnect with their peers and also with their family members,” saidMadhu Verma, Founder of SoCh in Action. “So, with this theme, we aim to show that in order to feel and sense, whether it is in family interactions or in understanding the needs of needy; it is important to look up from our screens and engage as humans.”

With a belief that children are key agents of social change, SoCh in Action, has trained more than 5,500 students in Singapore in the design thinking approach over the last four years. SoCh believes in empowering children to make a difference in the world around them by not only being aware of the social issues that surround them, but also by taking positive and proactive action to drive the change.

For the 3rd consequent year, the Be the Change Exposition, is supported by the POSB PAssion Kids Fund, a fund under the People’s Association Community Development Fund that supports programmes benefiting children in the community.

PR Newswire is a proud sponsor of the Be The Change Exposition, organized by SoCh in Action.

The exposition is also supported by Rice Communications.

To learn more about this free community event and to register for the exposition, please visit

Note to the Editor:

Complete details of the Be The Change Exposition are as follows:

Date:     Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Time:      9.00am12.30pm

Venue:  SUNTEC Convention Centre, Hall 403

About SoCh in Action:

SoCh in Action designs and implements various programs and events for children to be involved in the social change process. Its belief is that anyone can be a change-maker; through new thoughts, simple beliefs and small actions. For more details visit

About Design for Change:

DESIGN FOR CHANGE is the largest global movement by children, running in 34 countries, designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. SoCh is the exclusive country partner for Design For Change. For more information please visit:

About POSB PAssion Kids Fund

The POSB PAssion Kids Fund is a fund under the People’s Association Community Development Fund (PACDF). Through corporate and individual donations raised through the POSB PAssion Kids Run, the POSB PAssion Kids Fund will provide funding for the People’s Association (PA) children’s programmes and activities that will benefit children in the community.

Media Contacts:

Rice Communications for SoCh in Action
Mansi Maheshwari / Justinian Liew
Phone: +65 3157 5687 / +65 3157 5684

Source: SoCh in Action

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November 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital Thailand Reports Record Numbers at Its Annual General Meeting

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SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital Thailand hosted a record number of more than 300 Thailand-based plantation owners and stakeholders at its recent Thai Annual General Meeting (AGM), held inBangkok on the 11th of October 2014.

Asia Plantation Capital Annual Report – Thailand & Sri Lanka 2014
Asia Plantation Capital Annual Report – Thailand & Sri Lanka 2014

Reporting a new high of US$53.5 million in revenue in the 2013 financial year, and exceeding US$6 million in repayments for the first time, updates were also given on the continued expansion and acquisition of plantations inThailand, along with major expansion into Malaysia and other key Asian countries.

Clients and Investors attending the Annual General Meeting
Clients and Investors attending the Annual General Meeting

Other highlights included the introduction of new techniques and technologies designed to increase the production of Agarwood and Oud – as well as other end products from its bamboo, teak and agroforestry projects. This is a major part of the company’s ongoing commitment to research and development across all its core plantation sectors.

The company also announced the formal establishment of its own Scientific Advisory Board, made up of leading scientific advisors and academics from the across the Asia Pacific region, all of whom have practical and proven experience in the sectors in which the company operates.

Thailand-based Scientific Advisory Board member, Associate Professor Dr Pakamas Chetpattananondh – from the Prince of Songkla University – updated the audience on the current developments within APC’s research programmes.  This included the inoculation and processing of Agarwood and Oud, along with the latest discoveries for potential uses. These have a direct impact on raising the value of Oud, with commensurate increases in the company’s market price.

Also updated were the company’s further developments on construction materials from new technologies based around bamboo; including the company’s own reinforced concrete building systems and engineered construction boards. On a technical basis, these have both been shown to outperform other current systems in use, and are both eco-friendly and cost efficient.

The AGM saw representatives from associate companies (such as EcoTech Asia and Fragrance Du Bois) informing attendees of the ongoing opportunities that they envisage through their partnerships with Asia Plantation Capital.

EcoTech will be introducing environmentally friendly products to the market in the near future. These will include bamboo bicycles, bamboo flooring, engineered construction products, and even bamboo luggage. To showcase these systems, the company is already deploying the technologies in the construction of its own villas in Thailand’sRoyal Beach Resort in Hua Hin.

Brand Director for Fragrance Du Bois, Nicola Parker, pointed to the likelihood of a US$36 billion global fragrance market in 2018 (as reported by GIA – Global Industry Analysts), up from an expected US$33billion in 2015. This bodes extremely well in terms of the potential demand for Oud-based Fragrances.

On the back of this demand, the Fragrance Du Bois brand is now engaged in a programme of opening new boutiques and outlets in key markets around the world — under its ownership, but in association with key strategic partners. Fragrance Du Bois has also engaged the services of international law firm K and L Gates, to advise the company on a possible AIM listing on the London Stock Exchange for the fast-growing sustainable luxury brand. K and L Gates is a leading IPO legal specialist, and has a particularly high level of experience with companies based inAsia.

With equal importance given to commercial activities, there were also updates on the ways in which APC has engaged the local communities in the plantation regions in which they operate.  Working with both employees and their families, APC is making a significant investment in the development of societies and communities, ameliorating social and working conditions and enhancing infrastructure to create better futures for the APC family.

A poignant and heart-warming story was related as to how the entire Asia Plantation Capital family rallied around an employee whose home and all his family’s possessions were destroyed last year by fire. His house was rebuilt (in record time) along with every possible possession replaced, thus he and his family very quickly had a place to call home once again.

“I am proud by what Asia Plantation Capital has achieved in the relatively short time we have been in business,” saidBarry Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific. “Not only have we been able to give all our stakeholders a solid return on the plantation projects that we manage for them, but we have also stuck to our values, and fulfilled our mission of building up the communities that we are in.”

He continued, “Our stakeholders, shareholders and the senior management team at the AGM were very pleased with our results.  2013 was an excellent year for the company, and we are very well set to continue our solid and stable growth. 2014 is already on track to surpass what we achieved last year.”

“From what I have seen to date,” he concluded, “We firmly believe that 2014 will be another great year for our group of companies, with many new exciting developments on the near horizon.”

Clients being addressed by the CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, Mr. Barry Rawlinson
Clients being addressed by the CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, Mr. Barry Rawlinson

A video of the AGM can be watched here.

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Office: +65-6222-3386
Mobile: +65-9750-7440

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand,Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

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November 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

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DHL launches industry first intra-Asia express service

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— First to offer one day express service to and from Vietnam’s capital
— Connects key growth economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong with flights through Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong

SINGAPORE, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL, the world’s leading cross-border express services provider, today announced the launch of a new intra-Asia flight, connecting the economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong, as the latest enhancement to its Asia air network. The flight commenced on November 3, connecting Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong five times per week. Utilizing a newly converted Boeing B737-400SF freighter featuring a gross payload of 21 tons, the route will be operated by K-Mile Air of Thailand, a partner of DHL.

An industry first, the new route shortens the transit time for intra-Asia shipments to and from Hanoi to one day, allowing businesses and consumers to enjoy earliest arrival time and latest departure time to and out of the city, respectively. Its introduction also eases congestion faced by DHL’s bustling hub in Hong Kong.

This new intra-Asia flight is DHL’s response to the increased trade opportunities within Asia and its commitment to support customers tapping on these opportunities.

“Based on a recent report by the International Monetary Fund, Asia is poised to spearhead the global economic recovery. Strong GDP growth has been forecast across the region with Vietnam achieving 5.6 percent, followed byHong Kong (3.7 percent) and Thailand (2.5 percent),[1]” said Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “We worked on improving our transit times for this route because we know the demand is there and that our customers will benefit from increased service efficiency in this area. To be the only provider that does this in the region, well, that’s not only another feather in our cap, but it underscores our resolution to maintain our position as the Number One express operator in the region,” he continued.

Sean Wall, Executive Vice President, Network Operations and Aviation of DHL Express Asia Pacific, said, “The new route is just one of the many investments by DHL to enhance our offerings and service standards in view of the enormous growth potential in Asia Pacific. We currently operate approximately 20 dedicated aircrafts and four main air hubs in the region. On average, we have around 760 daily domestic and international flights serving over 40 local countries and territories.”

DHL has been expanding its footprint in Asia as part of the company’s global vision for the logistics industry with emerging markets like Vietnam on its radar. In September, the company announced its biggest investment in the market to date – the launch of a US$10 million 2,500 square meter service center in Ho Chi Minh City, and the biggest of its kind in the country.

Building upon its stronghold in the region, DHL will make additional enhancement to its Asia air network, startingNovember 7. On that date, the company will increase the frequency of its intra-Asia service connecting Penang, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong from five to six days per week, thereby increasing capacity on the route by 20 percent. This additional A300-600F service is part of DHL’s intra-Asia dedicated network which enables customers fromPenang and Ho Chi Minh City to have requested Saturday delivery services to and from Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, and Bangkok.

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DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA
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Belinda Tan
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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 shipping and supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

[1] International Monetary Fund, April 2014: “World Economic Outlook”

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November 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

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