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RS Components Announces First Stocks of New Raspberry Pi Model A+ Combining Latest Advances with Economical Feature Set

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-Smaller, lower-power board with HAT-compatible 40-pin GPIO as featured on Model B+ is more expandable, more embeddable and more mobile

HONG KONG, Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking the new and improved Raspberry Pi Model A+, which combines enhanced value and ease of use with smaller size and lower power consumption for applications such as industrial controls, remote monitors, and multimedia devices.

The Raspberry Pi Model A+ has the 40-pin GPIO connector introduced on the Model B+, with the same pin-out and mounting holes for standard Hardware Attached on Top (HAT) accessories allowing users to add extra functions quickly and easily. In addition, the Model A+ utilises the Model B+ power architecture to achieve lower power consumption than the earlier Model A. With smaller board dimensions of 65mm x 56mm, compared to 86mm x 56mm for the Model B+, the new Model A+ is more easily embeddable and better suited to mobile or battery-powered applications.

While bringing improvements derived from the Model B+, the Model A+ provides an economical feature set with 256MB RAM and a single USB connector offering adequate resources for numerous industrial and consumerprojects.

The Raspberry Pi Model A+ is available to order now for immediate shipping from RS Components. Visit the website at for more information about all Raspberry Pi boards and accessories.

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


RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin

RS Components on Weibo

Relevant Links:

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Source: RS Components Singapore

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November 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Newly Launched REIT Association Aims to Strengthen S-REIT Industry

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-REITAS to improve public education on REITs, enhance operating environment

SINGAPORE, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore REIT (S-REIT) industry now has its own representative platform in the form of the newly launched REIT Association of Singapore (REITAS), which aims to promote the growth and development of the S-REIT industry.

“We need a body to focus on the very specific needs of the REIT industry in Singapore, as the challenges faced by REIT industry are very different from other asset classes and other real estate-related businesses,” said Chua Tiow Chye, President of REITAS. “REITAS aims to strengthen this young industry, and better engage investors and regulatory authorities as a unified body.”

REITAS is managed by nine executive committee members, representing organisations from the REIT, finance, legal and trustee sectors. Chua Tiow Chye, who is also Chief Investment Officer of Mapletree Investments group, holds the association’s inaugural Presidency, with Sonny Tan as REITAS CEO.

A young industry in Singapore

The local S-REIT industry is still in its early stage, with Singapore’s first REIT having only been listed 12 years ago. However, the industry has seen tremendous growth since, with 33 REITs in Singapore and over S$61 billionmarket cap. The local industry’s international asset portfolio has turned Singapore into an international REIT centre, with its growth unconstrained by Singapore’s domestic size.

“I believe our REIT industry has much room to grow, in size, sector diversity, level of sophistication, professionalism, financial and management depth,” said Mr Chua. “REITAS is able to represent the REIT community and help our members by focusing on the Singapore side of the equation, and work through the authorities here.”

Educating the REIT Community

REITAS plans to roll out a string of programs to reach out to the investor public as well as REIT industry professionals. The Association will partner with the SGX Academy to conduct seminars and courses, at which investors will be given an opportunity to dialogue with senior managers from the association’s member organisations. The Association also plans to work with the remisier community, to give them a better understanding of REITs as an investment alternative.

REITAS currently has over 40 organisations in its membership, with more than 70 percent (by market capitalisation) of the S-REIT players signed up, as well as tremendous support from trustees, law firms, financial institutions, property consultancies, and academic institutions.

For more information about REITAS, visit


The REIT Association of Singapore (REITAS) was formed as a representative body to engage and provide feedback with relevant authorities on industry regulatory matters, provide education on S-REIT functions, structures and merits, and promote the S-REIT industry as a whole to the investor public. The association represents over 40 member organisations, hailing from realty, finance academic and legal sectors.

REITAS is managed by nine executive committee members, representing organisations from the REIT, finance, legal and trustee sectors. Chua Tiow Chye, who is also Chief Investment Officer of Mapletree Investments group, holds the association’s inaugural Presidency, with Sonny Tan as REITAS CEO.

The association consists of three sub-committees, namely the Promotion Committee, the Education and Research Committee, and the Regulatory Committee.

Ng Hsueh Ling heads the Promotion Committee, which aims to promote greater awareness and market prominence of the S-REIT industry in Singapore, regional as well as global capital markets.

Arthur Lang, leads the Research and Education Committee, which aims to educate and disseminate accurate information in order to foster greater understanding of S-REITS amongst the public. He will also be tasked to enhance the level of professionalism and competencies amongst the participants in the S-REIT industry through a series of courses and training.

Anthony Ang leads the Regulatory Committee, which is responsible for engaging the regulatory authorities to lead discussions relating to legal and policy issues, regulations and guidelines. The committee will also engage members for feedback and keep them updated on the regulatory developments and new legislations, and have them share their views with the regulators in order to contribute policy-making processes that will have an impact on REITs as a whole.

To see the REITAS Committee’s organisation structure, visit:

REIT Association of Singapore
16 Collyer Quay
#20-10 Singapore 049318
Contact us
+65 6818 9631 / 65 6818 9693

Source: REIT Association of Singapore

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November 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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One Giant Leap for Smart Cities

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— Cityzenith demos new release of 5D Smart City™ Data Visualization Platform in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain  /PRNewswire/ — Cityzenith, the technology platform solution provider of choice for the world’s smartest cities, is today unveiling version 2.0 of its revolutionary data visualization platform for cities, 5D Smart City™, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The City of Barcelona is the first major world city to deploy version 2.0 of 5D Smart City™, and will be followed by the cities of Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Chicago, as well as additional cities in North America and Europe, Asia, the Middle East, andLatin America.

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Developed by one of the original creators of Google Earth™, 5D Smart City™ is a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service solution that maps the massive amounts of data created by modern cities—IoT Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Social Media—to an intuitive, fully interactive 3D digital model of a city that can be easily used by everyone from the Mayor to the technician in the field to the local resident walking down the street.

The implementation of 5D Smart City™ in Barcelona will dovetail with the city’s on-going efforts to develop its own master database, the City DB, which aims to improve communication across municipal agencies in Barcelona. This will provide government agency users common access to an interactive 3D visual model of both above and below ground building and infrastructure assets.

Manel Sanroma, Barcelona CIO, commented on Cityzenith role’s in the City DB project: “The Barcelona City Council is developing a citywide data management system, the City DB, that will consolidate real-time information across city agencies. Cityzenith’s unique 5D platform will form an important component of our Situation Room solution, and will empower leadership to make better decisions and engage with its departments and citizens in more meaningful ways.”

The City DB will feed data from real-time sensor readings, historical archives, traffic updates, public safety notices, social media and other data sources directly to assets in the 5D model enabling city agencies to collaborate, plan, and operate more efficiently. In the future, portions of the Barcelona model will be made available on-line to the public to enhance citizen access to data in the city.

“We are excited to demo version 2.0 of 5D Smart City™ in Barcelona says Michael Jansen, Cityzenith Chairman & CEO. “We thank our many collaborators at the Barcelona City Council and the people of Barcelona for their support, encouragement and hard work over the past two years. We built this for everyone in the city to use.”

About Cityzenith

Cityzenith’s mission is to make data in cities useable and useful to city governments, businesses, and citizens.

For more information, visit  

For regular updates on the company, follow Michael Jansen on Twitter @MichaelCAJansen


Source: Cityzenith

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November 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger Coming to The Venetian Macao to See Clash in Cotai II

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-Celebrities in Cotai Arena audience to also include Stephen Baldwin, Shannon Lee, Jessica Jung and many more

MACAO /PRNewswire/ — When Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri step into the ring Sunday forClash in Cotai II, the audience of fans cheering them on is expected to include several international celebrities, including mega superstars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other celebrities expected to watch the multi-bout boxing event from The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena include Stephen Baldwin, Ja Rule,Jermaine Jackson, Jessica Jung, Shannon Lee, Melody Thornton, Jessica C, Michael Wong, Byron Mann, Phillip Ng and Andy On. With additional celebrity attendees expected to be confirmed as the event approaches, Clash in Cotai II offers fans a chance to not only see world-class boxing, but to get a closer look at some of the superstars from the world of entertainment.

Sunday’s main event features boxing’s first and only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiaofacing off for a scheduled 12 rounds against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion and 21st century ‘real-life Rocky’ Chris Algieri. Several other exciting showdowns are also on the multi-bout fight card. Chinanational hero Zou Shiming takes on his first eliminator bout, hoping to guarantee a shot at a world title. WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas will each defend their respective world titles in separate 12-round matchups, and the duo of undefeated local favourites Hong Kong’s Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso and “The Macao Kid” Ng Kuok Kun will be looking to extend their undefeated records in front of a sea of supporters.

A limited number of tickets for Clash in Cotai II, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, are still available through Cotai Ticketing™. Fans also have the chance to enjoy the fights in real-time at two unique live feed venues at The Venetian Macao  the Milan Ballroom and the Bellini Lounge. Arena and live feed tickets, plus additional information, are available online at

For fight updates go to, or, on Facebook,, or, and on Twitter at,, or  Use the hashtag #PacAlgieri to join the conversation on Twitter.

Bouts and times subject to change

About The Venetian® Macao

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Resorts

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar‘s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greaterChina. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit

Media contacts:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Mabel Wu
Tel: +853-8118-2268

Mildred Wong
Tel: +853 8118 2033

Source: Sands China Ltd.

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November 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

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