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GUINNESS Malaysia Celebrates Music Made of More

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Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More takes Malaysia by storm with a 7-week campaign championing Malaysian artists with talent, passion, and dedication to their craft

 

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  • Thousands of music fans from across Malaysia turned up to see Canadian band MAGIC! close off the 2014 Guinness Amplify campaign at the Finale Show in KL Live, Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysian rockers Kyoto Protocol treating fans to a rare acoustic set during their gig at Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More
  • 14 of Malaysia's most talented artists, including hippie-beach pop trio Jumero (pictured) took part in the 7-week campaign
  • Supporting the local acts were international stars including Canadian band MAGIC!, known for their smash-hit single 'Rude'.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –GUINNESS® Malaysia recently celebrated the successful completion of Guinness Amplify: Music Made of More, a brand new music platform from the iconic black brew. Focused on championing musicians who are Made of More — those with the drive, passion, and talent to play their hearts out every week for the sheer love of sharing their music — Guinness Amplify treated thousands of music fans across Malaysia to a live music campaign on a scale never-before-seen in the country.

The 7-week campaign saw a free-admission live show every weekend at various locations across the country, featuring some of Malaysia’s most talented local artists and supported by international stars. Capping the campaign off was a spectacular Finale Show featuring Canadian stars MAGIC!, known for their smash-hit debut single Rude.

The acts involved in Guinness Amplify covered a diverse range of genres; from the relentless, guitar-driven hard rock of An Honest Mistake, to the dulcet tones of Bihzhu’s Heart Music, music fans all over the country have found something which speaks to their soul. The campaign has featured some of the biggest names in the Malaysian scene, such as Kyoto Protocol and Paperplane Pursuit, as well as giving relative newcomers, like acoustic ‘hippie beach pop’ trio Jumero, a chance to shine.

Playing at Guinness Amplify has been incredible for us  we’re only really starting out, and the chance to get on stage and share our music with hundreds of people is fantastic.” says Jared Lim, frontman and guitarist of Jumero, “And it’s opened doors for us as well through Guinness Amplify we’ve met a lot of great people in the industry, and we’ve got a couple of big shows lined up now  including a pretty major music festival. It’s been an amazing experience.” he adds.

Bringing music back to its roots at the place where it began for many of its icons  the pub  Guinness Amplify continued the long-standing partnership of great beer, great music, and a great atmosphere.

While the Finale Show at KL Live was on a grand scale, the majority of the gigs on the Guinness Amplify Live Tour have been at smaller, more intimate venues — allowing the acts and their audience to get up close and personal and share together in the magic.

This intimate atmosphere was something that struck a chord with Gael Oliveres, keyboard player from local legends Kyoto Protocol, “You know, we started out by playing gigs in these tiny little venues, playing only to a handful of people. It’s at shows like those that you find out just who you are as a band. We’ve been lucky enough to land a lot of big shows lately  festivals, TV shows, opening for massive international acts, and we’ve just come back from a tour to Japan  but playing these intimate Guinness Amplify gigs has been something really special. It feels like coming home.

Music fans agree that Guinness Amplify has helped to raise the profile of the local music scene, reinvigorating it and showing the masses that Malaysia has world-class musical talent on its doorstep.

I never used to go to gigs much,” says Guinness fan Christopher, “Only when there was some big act from the US or UK coming over to play a show. I heard about the Amplify campaign, and as I’m a big fan of Guinness I thought I’d try it out even though I didn’t know all the bands in the lineup. I’m glad I did, the music was great and I enjoyed the show so much I brought my friends to the next one the following week!

That’s something that Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad, is incredibly proud of,

We knew when we started Guinness Amplify that there was a real appetite for local music here in Malaysia, but there just wasn’t the platform for many of our local acts to get themselves out there. With Guinness Amplify, we’ve managed to build this platform and helped to bring musicians and music fans together in a celebration of their talent, passion, and dedication.”

“The response to the campaign has been absolutely phenomenal,” he adds, “We’ve had hundreds of music fans turning up at every gig, and it just kept getting bigger as word of mouth spread. Malaysians are waking up to the fact that their local acts have the ability to stand toe-to-toe with artists from across the world, and it’s been great for GUINNESS® to be a part of that.” 

And the brand’s plan for the future?

Well,” says Bruce with a knowing smile, “We’ll just have to wait and see. We’ve sown the seeds of something extraordinary with Guinness Amplify, and we’re all looking forward to seeing how it grows.

 

About Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB)

GAB with its portfolio of iconic international brands, is the leading brewer in Malaysia. GAB brews, markets and distributes:

  • Award-winning no.1 international Asian beer TIGER BEER, and its double refreshing variant TIGER RADLER;
  • The world’s No 1 stout GUINNESS;
  • The world’s No 1 international premium beer HEINEKEN;
  • The all-time local favourite ANCHOR SMOOTH and its strong beer variant ANCHOR STRONG;
  • The premium Irish ale KILKENNY;
  • The real Shandy ANGLIA;

GAB also produces the wholesome, premium quality non-alcoholic MALTA. GAB’s brand portfolio also includes the UK’s bestselling cider STRONGBOW, the no.1 German wheat beer PAULANER, Japan’s no. 1 100% malt beer KIRIN ICHIBAN and the world’s No. 1 Ready-To-Drink alcoholic beverage SMIRNOFF ICE.

Listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, GAB’s principal shareholder is GAPL Pte Ltd based in Singapore. GAPL Pte Ltd is a joint venture company whose ultimate owners are Diageo PLC, a company incorporated in England and Wales, and Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., a company incorporated in Singapore, which in turn is also a subsidiary of Heineken NV. Guinness Anchor Marketing Sdn Bhd is a 100% owned subsidiary of GAB.

 

SOURCE: Guinness Anchor Berhad

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December 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm

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TIME Magazine Launches ‘Submit Your World’ Video Contest

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— Open to Individuals 18 and Above with a Facebook Account

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — TIME Asia (Hong Kong) Limited recently launched a video contest for the Asia Pacific region. The contest, which was created to remind people about the importance of staying connected to the world, also encourages people to express their opinions and share them with others in a constructive manner.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnasia.com/mnr/time_magazine.shtml

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Facebook Login Screen — Step 1 for Joining the Video Contest

Here is Your Chance to Tell Your Story

Working to provide a platform for those looking to express themselves in a positive way, TIME Asia is providing a remarkable opportunity to anyone eligible who aspires to present their colorful and interesting world to TIME’s global audience. The theme of the contest is “Submit Your World” and is open to individuals 18 and older who have a Facebook account.

As the world’s leading weekly newsmagazine, TIME is known for its insightful, authoritative reporting and dedication to providing transparent coverage of important events. It continues to blaze a trail via its effective reporting style and efforts to engage its target audience through embracing technology in a way that allows for a more accurate real-time understanding of the world. “TIME now reaches an audience its founders could have only dreamed of: 60+ million people around the world, in print, online and on mobile. That’s partly because there has never been a greater demand for news you can trust, stories that move you, photos you can’t forget, exploration of ideas and individuals who are shaping how we work, play, learn, love, save, vote and parent,” said Nancy Gibbs, Time Managing Editor.

To enter the Contest:

  1. Connect to Facebook. Choose Country and Area of Interest.
  2. Select magazine cover photo. Upload video and photos.
  3. Preview magazine. Edit and submit.

To vote:

  1. Connect to Facebook.
  2. Vote for your favorite Entry/ Entries

The top 30 participants in the contest will receive a 54-issue TIME Magazine
Digital-only subscription while five grand prize winners will receive a 108-issue TIME Magazine All Access (print + digital) subscription, PLUS an Apple iPad Air 2.

Learn more about the contest by logging on to www.submityourworld.com. The deadline for submissions isJanuary 11, 2015.

TIME Official Website:  www.time.com

TIME Magazine Subscription Website:  www.timeasiasubs.com

YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5H5SmZVifnRKoVyoIPOnNA

Understanding Comes with TIME

TIME separates the crucial from the trivial, converts information into knowledge and transforms confusion into clarity through careful thinking, great writing, first-hand reporting and arresting images.

On every platform – web, social, tablet, print, mobile and experiential – TIME is essential, esteemed, everywhere.

Contact:

Ivy Kwok
Audience Development, Consumer Marketing Team
TIME Asia (Hong Kong) Limited
Direct line: +852 3128 5648
Email:  ivy.kwok@timeandfortune.com

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December 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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CIMA and FTMS Offer Fast Track to Professional Qualification

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and FTMS Global Vietnam are offering two new programmes that will fast track eligible candidates to the CIMA professional qualification and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, helping to meet the demand for professional accountants in Vietnam.

The CGMA designation is recognised by leading employers worldwide and it is awarded by CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). There are now more than 130,000 CGMAs working in 177 countries around the world.

In the CIMA CFO Programme, finance and business leaders in Vietnam will be required to take only one final exam of the CIMA qualification while in the CIMA Strategic Executive Programme, they will be required to sit only for the last four exams. Once they pass the exam(s) and with relevant work experience, they will become a CIMA member and a CGMA.

The CFO Programme is open to those who have at least 10 years of relevant work experience in finance and business functions. They must currently be in a leadership role and must have worked for or are currently working in a renowned organisation in Vietnam.

The Strategic Executive Programme is open to two categories of candidates  those who have an MBA or Masters degree in Accounting and those who are members of professional bodies under the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

Irene Teng, Regional Director of South East Asia and Australasia, CIMA, said, The two new programmes implemented in collaboration with FTMS Global, our exclusive Strategic Learning Partner in Vietnam, will help strengthen the accounting profession in Vietnam, and provide eligible business and finance leaders with a fast track route to obtain a professional accounting qualification and the CGMA designation.

She added, In an age of globalisation, professional accounting qualifications are becoming more and more important as companies seek expertise to cope with a business landscape that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. CGMAs make use of financial and non-financial information to help a company’s management team make critical business decisions and drive strong performance.

Media enquiries:

Michael Yii, Country Manager, Vietnam: +6010-400-2962 or michael.yii@cimaglobal.com
Truong Thi Thuy Van, FTMS Ho Chi Minh City: +848-3930-1667 or vantruong@ftmsglobal.edu.vn 
Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, FTMS Hanoi, +849-1200-4405 or hanguyen@ftmsglobal.edu.vn

Source: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

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December 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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Event Listing Alert: Vivid Sydney 2015

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-18 Day Festival of Light, Music and Ideas
-22 MAY — 8 JUNE 2015

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Vivid Sydney, the largest light, music and ideas event in the Southern Hemisphere, is set to impress once again when it returns to Sydney in 2015. The 18 day event, named Best Tourism Event at the Australian Event Awards in 2014, is on from 22 May to 8 June in 2015, which is also the International Year of Light.

Vivid Sydney 2014 Lighting the Sails Sydney Opera House James Horan Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney 2014 Lighting the Sails Sydney Opera House James Horan Destination NSW

Owned and managed by Destination New South Wales, the State Government’s Tourism and Major Events agency, Vivid Sydney attracted more than 1.43 million people in 2014.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said, “Vivid Sydney dazzles visitors with its creative and entertaining line-up of performances, light displays and installations. As it continues to become more popular every year, I encourage visitors to start planning their trips to Vivid Sydney now.”

Heading into its seventh year, Vivid Sydney celebrates the creative industries. Much of the festival is free and includes large scale light installations and projections as part of Vivid Light; music performances and collaborations as part of Vivid Music; and creative ideas, discussion and debate as part of Vivid Ideas.

Event listing alert to add to your diaries now:

What:

Vivid Sydney 2015

The largest light, music and ideas event in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries.

Vivid Sydney includes:

Vivid Light:

Free, outdoors and amazing art installations transform Sydney’s architecture and open spaces

Vivid Music:

Music collaborations and performances to entertain and intrigue including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House

Vivid Ideas:

Creative ideas, public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates

When:

22 May – 8 June 2015

Where:

Sydney, Australia

Locations across the CBD including lighting projections along the harbour foreshore spectacularly transforming Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Customs House, First Fleet Park and many more

More:

For images of and media releases of Vivid Sydney 2014 go to www.vividsydney.com/media-centre/

Full program for Vivid Sydney 2015 to be announced over the coming months.

Note to editors about Vivid Sydney:

Vivid Light expanded into more precincts than ever before in 2014, taking the event to a new level. For the first time in 2014, the harbour joined in with Harbour Lights lighting up ferries and vessels, the new CBD precinctMartin Place impressed audiences with giant light installations, and new Vivid programming at Carriageworks, the Seymour Centre, Sydney University and The Basement provided ongoing enjoyment for festival goers.

Long-term favourites including the Lighting the Sails of the Sydney Opera House, the sandstone facades of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and the foreshore running from East Circular Quay right around to Campbell’s Cove and Walsh Bay once again hypnotised audiences with their impressive light projections and installations.

Vivid Music also expanded into new precincts and venues around the city in 2014 with a bigger and better program than ever before and an exciting line-up of performances. Offering more than 50 musical events at the Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks, the Seymour Centre and the Basement, Vivid Music sold more than 15,000 tickets and Vivid LIVE, the core of Vivid Music at the Sydney Opera House, sold more than 37,000 tickets.

Vivid Ideas brings together the best and brightest creative minds from Australia and overseas and in 2014 it attracted more than 34,000 people. In 2014 there were 200 creative industry events as part of Vivid Ideas, with over 550 speakers. Vivid Ideas will have plenty to inform and inspire audiences in 2015, including the Australian premiere of Here Lies Love at Barangaroo in Sydney.

Media enquiries:
To request a famil to Vivid Sydney or for more information for your event listings or Vivid Sydney stories, please contact:

Melissa Wilson, Melissa.wilson@dnsw.com.au / +61-2-9931-1156
Corinne Cowlishaw, Corinne.cowlishaw@dnsw.com.au / +61-2-9931-1462

Vivid Sydney 2014 PlayMe Customs House Brett Hemmings Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney 2014 PlayMe Customs House Brett Hemmings Destination NSW

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December 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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iland Takes Burden Off Companies Scrambling to Assemble the Right Combination of Cloud Services

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-Single, intuitive Enterprise Cloud Services portal integrates a proven set of solutions to protect, monitor and control cloud footprints

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Currently the vast majority of cloud service providers put the onus on the customer to do the heavy lifting when it comes to planning, implementing and managing their public cloud resources. iland today announced major enhancements to its Enterprise Cloud Services portal that alleviate this burden. The new release integrates disaster recovery, action-oriented alerting and enriched management functionality, empowering companies to easily protect, monitor and control their iland cloud resources from anywhere.

With most big box cloud providers, once a customer has adopted a baseline infrastructure, they are typically directed to a vast “ecosystem” of applications and third parties with the assurance they should be able find the right offering to make their cloud work there. The hard work continues as teams must ultimately onboard and train users on the various components. The resulting patchwork often eats into the very cost, scalability and agility benefits that drove the customer to adopt cloud in the first place.

“It is not enough for cloud service providers to sell raw infrastructure and then expect their customers to navigate through disparate add-ons or rely on expensive third party integrations,” said Justin Giardina, CTO of iland. “At iland, we’re committed to working with customers to understand and anticipate their needs, and we invest heavily in research, engineering, product development and support to ensure they get the maximum value from their cloud.”

“The idea that the entire market of cloud customers could ever be satisfied by basic IaaS is one of the greatest misnomers in the industry today,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “iland’s ECS portal exemplifies enterprise cloud, with its methodically assembled set of services that drive business outcomes and help businesses successfully adopt cloud services beyond the basics while enabling them to embrace the cloud with confidence.”

Ensure resiliency of IT footprints directly from the ECS portal

  • Leverage integrated disaster recovery based on Zerto technology to support both on-premise-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud business continuity plans.
  • Test and execute failover and failback at any time.
  • View ongoing Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective metrics and achieve near-zero recovery times.
  • Configure application priorities to ensure the most critical workloads are restored first.
  • Integrated 7-day backup based on Veeam technology is included; longer term options are available with new cost-effective archive storage tier.

Rapidly optimize and manage resources while reducing training and monitoring time

  • Speed secure remote access with integrated SSL-VPN feature supported by a configuration wizard.
  • Configure alerts on resource consumption and cost statistics and receive notifications with action-oriented analysis.
  • Create vApp templates to expedite future deployments.
  • Leverage multiple storage profiles to match performance and budget requirements, relying on in-depth IOPS graphs to understand storage usage.
  • Integrate internal management systems to iland’s cloud using metadata exposed API.
  • Maximize performance and stability with update notifications and one-click installs of VMware Tools and hardware version.

“As we continue the global expansion of our cloud-based unified communications solutions, we are committed to delivering the innovative, high-quality services that allow customers to efficiently collaborate and drive business initiatives forward,” said Laith Zalzalah, director, portfolio management — cloud services at Mitel. “iland helps us get the job done, as its enterprise cloud infrastructure and ECS portal give us the superior level of transparency and analytics we need to optimize our cloud resources. What’s more, iland continues to integrate new functionality such as backup and disaster recovery capabilities into its portal, which we look forward to leveraging as our portfolio evolves to satisfy diverse customer demands.”

iland is ranked as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.’s report entitled, “The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014.” Forrester refers to iland as “the dark horse champion” in the report. In the research firm’s evaluation, iland received the highest scores possible for its core DRaaS offerings, recovery objective capabilities, platform and application support, data resiliency and risk mitigation, security, value proposition and vision, as well as pricing, service levels and contract terms.

For more information on iland’s enterprise cloud and disaster recovery services, go to:

About iland

With data centers in the U.S., U.K. and Singapore, iland delivers proven enterprise cloud solutions that help companies do business faster, smarter and more flexibly. Unlike any other provider, iland’s technology and consultative approach mean anyone regardless of expertise, location or business objective can experience the benefits of a hassle-free cloud. From scaling production workloads, to supporting testing and development, to disaster recovery, iland’s secure cloud and decades of experience translate into unmatched service.  Underscoring the strength of its platform, the company has been recognized as VMware’s Service Provider Partner of the Year, Global and Americas; is part of the Cisco Cloud Managed Service Provider Program for IaaS and DRaaS; and partners with other industry leaders including Zerto and Veeam. Visit www.iland.com.

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US Media Contact:

Kellie Willman
iland
+1-713-337-1347
kwillman@iland.com

UK Media Contact:

Paula Elliott
C8 Consulting for iland
+44-1189-001132 / +44-7894-339645
paula@c8consulting.co.uk

Singapore Media Contact:

Melinda Ilagan/Chung Puo
EASTWEST Public Relations for iland
Tel: +65-6222-0306
Email: ilandcloud@eastwestpr.com

Source: iland

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December 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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J.D. Power Asia Pacific Reports: Luxury Vehicle Owners More Satisfied With the Service Centre Experience in Australia than Owners of Mass Market Vehicles

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-Mercedes-Benz Ranks Highest among Luxury Brands with the After-Sales Experience in Australia

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ –Satisfaction with authorised service centres is higher among luxury vehicle owners than among mass market vehicle owners in Australia, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Customer Service Index (CSI) StudySM Luxury Market released today.

The study measures overall satisfaction with the vehicle service experience at authorised service centres by examining five factors (listed in order of importance): service quality (25%); vehicle pick-up (20%); service advisor (20%); service initiation (18%); and service facility (17%). Overall satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale, with a higher score indicating higher satisfaction.

Overall customer satisfaction with the after-sales service experience at authorised service centres in the luxury segment is 803 in 2014, which is 13 points higher than satisfaction in the mass market segment. Luxury brand authorised service centres perform particularly well in ease of driving in and out of the facility, convenience of parking and cleanliness.

Overall satisfaction among luxury vehicle owners age 35 years and younger is 27 index points lower than the segment average. Of the five factors measured in the study, satisfaction among younger owners (35- years old and younger) is lowest with service initiation and service advisor.

“Older owners (36-years old and older) of luxury car are more satisfied than younger owners with their experience at authorised service centres,” said Loi Truong, senior country manager of Australia at J.D. Power Asia Pacific. “With the proportion of luxury vehicle owners under age 36, it is critical that service centres provide the service attention needed to satisfy these younger customers.”

Truong also notes that service advisors play a key role in differentiating the luxury market service experience from that of the mass market by being courteous, responsive and taking the time to explain the work being carried out on the vehicle.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Luxury vehicle owners who are highly satisfied (satisfaction scores of 918 or higher) are almost four times more likely to recommend the same brand to family and friends than those who are highly dissatisfied (scores of 714 or lower). Additionally, highly satisfied customers are more than 15 times more likely to revisit their service dealer for post-warranty service than customers with lower satisfaction.
  • The study identifies 16 service attributes that enhance the overall customer service experience. Twenty percent of customers indicate their dealer implemented 15 or more service attributes. When 15 or more service attributes are met, overall satisfaction improves to 883, which is 80 points higher than luxury market average. If fewer than 10 service attributes are met, overall satisfaction drops 80 points below luxury market average.
  • Cleanliness of dealership rated the highest of the 16 service attributes, followed by courtesy of the service advisor then helpfulness of the staff at pick-up.

Rankings

Mercedes-Benz ranks highest among luxury market brands in customer satisfaction with dealer service with a score of 833. Mercedes-Benz performs particularly well in all five factors.

The 2014 Australia Customer Service Index Study for luxury is a part of the annual CSI study, which covers both mass market and luxury brands from a total of 4,696 vehicle owners. The luxury study is based on evaluations from 383 vehicle owners who purchased their vehicles between August 2009 and September 2014 and visited an authorised dealership service centre for maintenance or repair work between August 2013 and September 2014.

About J.D. Power and Advertising/Promotional Rules www.jdpower.com/corporate

About McGraw Hill Financial www.mhfi.com

McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company’s iconic brands include: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL and J.D. Power. The Company has approximately 17,000 employees in 30 countries.

Source: J.D. Power

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December 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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Place Design Group Embarks on a New Design Era

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BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Leading international planning and design consultancy, Place Design Group has announced a new era of design excellence. With official launches held in both Australiaand China, Place Design Group has showcased its new look brand and cemented its position in the industry.

Since 2001 the group has seen growth not only in numbers and capability but also influence and reach. Now with more than 200 staff across Australia, China and South East Asia, Place Design Group has the resources available to offer a diverse and integrated approach to planning and design.

Company Chairman Ian Klug is thrilled for the group: “It has been on an extraordinary journey for Place Design Group; what started as a small Brisbane company has grown in leaps and bounds now with strength across theAsia Pacific region. This new era is filled with opportunity and excitement; and with such a close knit and dedicated team, we can only expect wonderful things ahead.”

It is this journey that makes this new era so special. What started out as a small, tight knit team in Brisbane 14 years ago with five staff, has now grown into an internationally recognised brand that is known for design excellence.

Managing Director, Shaun Munday, who has been on the Place Design Group journey since inception says, “It has been amazing to see the progress and growth. In 2014 we took the opportunity to evaluate this and recognised that we were at a new stage where we needed to respond to our place in the market. I am so proud of what we have achieved as a team  the projects and the partnerships. While we enter the next phase of our journey, we will keep the open and accessible culture we’ve had from the very start, which I believe was foundation of our success and will remain the key to our future.”

Place Design Group’s reputation for creative and commercial solutions has been strengthened throughout 2014 due to industry recognition and sector partnerships. The industry awards season was a triumph for the group, taking out several awards, including the AustCham Westpac Australia China Business Awards, Lord Mayors Business Platinum Award, Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Creative Industries, five wins at the Planning Institute of Australia Excellence Awards, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld) Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, and the 9th Kinpan Award.

Furthermore the group has been successful with its private and public sector partnerships and projects which include those such as Maroochydore CBD, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Upper Kedron, Toondah Harbour, Dee Why, Brunswick Street Mall, Westfield Pacific Fair, and City West for Brisbane City Council.

In an increasingly globally influenced environment, Place Design Group has built a strong foundation to launch this new era. With sites set firmly on growth throughout Australia, China and South East Asia it will be one to watch, not only for innovation and collaboration but for creating great places for our future communities.

Source: Place Design Group

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December 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

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NetComm Wireless Launches the n-Hub to Transform Healthcare

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC), a leading developer of wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, will today enter the health industry with the launch of its NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20) at the 2014 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. Designed to meet rising global demand for M2M healthcare solutions, the n-Hub connects diverse Bluetooth and WiFi enabled mHealth devices to the speed and coverage of cellular networks.

The n-Hub will facilitate healthcare sector innovation as the global ecosystem of mHealth devices grows to exceed 650 million by 2020. The device enables secure data to be sent from the remote patient or client to their practitioner.

“The n-Hub is a game-changer for the global healthcare sector. It combines simplicity with open system flexibility to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and ultimately improve patient outcomes. The n-Hub has the capacity to drive innovation across a wide range of applications such as monitoring the health of elderly relatives, post surgery patient care and keeping tabs on personal health, to name a few,” said David Stewart, Managing Director and CEO, NetComm Wireless.

Engineered for seamless deployment, the n-Hub connects to global networks and its open architecture enable interoperability with most management platforms. Its open Linux Operating System and Software Development Kit (SDK) also enables the freedom to create software applications for virtually any healthcare requirement.

The software rich n-Hub features: internal antennas for easy deployment; multiple layers of power backup; redundant antennas for increased reliability; an intuitive OLED display and a user friendly interface for simple onsite setup; multimode power and mount options and non-intrusive integration into any home, medical, commercial or industrial environment.

About NetComm Wireless Limited

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices and solutions globally. The company provides 3G, 4G and rural broadband new generation fixed-wireless devices that underpin an increasingly connected world. Leading telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators utilise NetComm Wireless’ solutions to optimise network performance and to support their connected products and services in the M2M and rural broadband markets. For the past 32 years, NetComm Wireless has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is now a globally recognised wireless innovator. Headquartered in Sydney (Australia), NetComm Wireless has offices in the US, Europe/UK,New Zealand, Middle East and Japan. For more information visit www.netcommwireless.com.

Source: NetComm Wireless Limited

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December 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

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