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Place Design Group Embarks on a New Design Era

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SHENZHEN, China /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 China, Mark Burgess, who has been with Place Design Group since 2004 says,The growth of the company from its initial offices in Australia and China to the business we see today is a huge credit to its staff and Directors. This year we chose to reflect the pride we have in the business and its future by embarking on the next stage of the company’s development. As we move forward we will retain the open and collaborative structure of the business and continue to develop genuine partnerships with our clients to achieve the very best outcomes.”

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 Gemdale Goldwater Art Wonderland, R&F Yangji, Lotus Mansion, The Central Bay, Jinmao Palace, One Villa South/Southern Mansion, and New World Oriental Radiance.

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 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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The KDI School Completely Revamped K-Developedia, a Comprehensive DB on Korean Development, to Celebrate Its Second Anniversary

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— Enhanced user access by upgrading the classification system and building a user-friendly interface
— Expected to enable policymakers of developing countries to conveniently access the DB

SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — The KDI School of Public Policy and Management announced its launching of a completely revamped website of K-Developedia (www.kdevelopedia.org) in commemoration of the second anniversary of a comprehensive DB on Korean development. It has largely updated the DB in two years since its first official launch on November 23, 2012.

Main Screen of the Reorganized 'K-Developedia'
Main Screen of the Reorganized ‘K-Developedia’

The revamping entailed upgrading the classification system of K-Developedia, enhancing new video clips and photographs, and introducing a new window opening method when searching for information in order to enhance user access and build a user-friendly interface. Also, the KDI School attempted to reinforce its contribution to policy making and academic research of developing countries, which was the original purpose of the website, by creating an optimal search engine environment.

In particular, the main screen displays images of Korea’s 60 years of development for users to view them at a glance. By clicking the images, visitors can have an access to the related information. Moreover, the website displays videos and photos on the front page to induce user interest in various forms of data.

K-Developedia is contributing to policy making and academic research of developing countries by continuously updating contents; providing diverse types of resources on Korea’s development experience, including text, images, and videos; and sharing data with about 100 external research institutes. As a result, about 30,000 people from about 150 countries (India, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.) visited the website in 2014 alone. This is a significant growth of over 70% year-on-year.

K-Developedia is also enhancing cooperation with external organizations, built an OAI-PMH-based system and is sharing data in the OAK portal system of the Korean National Central Library to expand its external links and provide data related to Korea’s development to more users.

“K-Developedia is the only database in the world on Korean development and we are working hard to provide necessary information and data more easily and simply to all users hoping to learn from the Korean development model,” said Dean Nam, Sang-Woo of the KDI School of Public Policy and Management.  “It is our hope that the revamping of K-Developedia conducted in commemoration of its second anniversary would enable us to share more diverse data on Korean development worldwide users,” he added.

About K-Developedia
K-Developedia (www.kdevelopedia.org), created by the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in 2012, is a global development experience-sharing platform that systematically organized materials on knowledge resources with regard to Korea’s 60-year development experience. It also includes training, consulting, and research data on developing countries since 1982. It has users from around 155 countries worldwide. K-Developedia provides more than 28,000 resources on Korean development experience with data published by leading domestic and international organizations, such as the KDI, the World Bank, OECD, etc. Currently, more than 20 materials are updated daily. The types of materials are diverse — research reports, papers, academic journals, presentations, audiovisual data, statistical data, etc.

– KDI School: www.kdischool.ac.kr
– K-Developedia: www.kdevelopedia.org
– Facebook: www.facebook.com/LikeKDevelopedia
– Twitter: www.twitter.com/kdevelopedia1
– LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/k-developedia

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20141211/8521407441

Source: KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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December 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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EDMI’s Australian Utility Week Success

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-EDMI Australasia closed out a spectacularly successful 2014 with this year’s leading Australian Utility Week presence

BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — EDMI’s dominant presence at the 2014 Australian Utility Week shows the energy solutions innovator is leading the market in the provision of Power of Choice services for the new regulatory period.

EDMI Australasian Executive Director, Andrew Thomas, said the event was the perfect end to a strong 2014.

“The market has responded well to EDMI’s vision of the new world of energy,” said Mr Thomas. “Our customers have identified the challenges they face in this new world and have recognised EDMI’s capability to assist them in understanding and solving these issues.”

EDMI has excelled in competitive market rollouts and the newly-released Energy Cloud solution is an evolution of EDMI’s market leading platforms.

The EDMI Energy Cloud reduces implementation and on-going costs. It delivers savings and stability as a result of its optimised operational process design and by leveraging the latest innovative technology such as Microsoft’s Azure cloud services platform.

“There are significant changes coming to the electricity sector in the next five years; disruptive changes, but ones that are driving innovation,” said Mr Thomas.

EDMI has positioned itself to be a leader in the resurgence of community energy. Leveraging the “Internet of Things” (IOT), EDMI’s Energy Cloud platform unifies traditional utility metering with broader technology solutions like solar panels and battery storage technology.

Australian Utility Week, the premier Australian electricity, gas and water distribution, retail and services event was held at the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne from 18 to 20 November.

About the EDMI Energy Cloud

The EDMI Energy Cloud is the next generation of meter data and management solutions delivering interactive, scalable and extensible services on the back of the latest open-standard, secure architecture.

About EDMI

EDMI is a proven leader in the provision of smart meters, metering services and smart energy solutions. With more than 30 years’ experience EDMI’s products are tried and tested, giving customers the confidence of working hand in hand with a company with a proven track record.

A subsidiary of the Osaki Electric Group, EDMI software solutions are deployed across more than 30 major deployments around the world.

For more information about EDMI products and solutions, visit the EDMI website at http://www.edmi-meters.com

Contact:

David Tealby
Communications Manager, EDMI Pty Ltd
Email: davidt@edmi.com.au
Tel: +61-7-3881-6436

Source: EDMI Limited

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December 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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The Shores of Sentosa Dazzled with Bright Festive Lights as the First ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade Comes to a Close

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Residents of Singapore and Tourists alike were treated to a breathtaking spectacle as a flotilla, made up of 21 vibrantly decorated boats, cruised by the coasts of Sentosa and towards the HarbourFront Cruise Bay over two Saturdays, 6 and 13 December 2014.

Held in other cities like San Diego, Newport Beach Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, USA, as well as Sydney, theONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, a first of its kind in Singapore, was truly a sight to behold as power and sail boats of various lengths from 20 feet to 128 feet were adorned with festive lights and decorations to the theme ofA Tropical Christmas on Water. “We’ve all seen military parades and holiday parades on land, but never on water in Singapore, which is why this event is so unique and special,” said Brian E. Werner, General Manager ofONE15 Marina Club, the organiser of the boat light parade.

Passing by locations within the Sentosa Harbourfront business precinct, such as Siloso Beach, Resorts World Sentosa, HarbourFront Centre and Vivo City, the participating boats gave a display at the Sentosa Boardwalk where they were assessed by a panel of judges, selected from the event’s sponsors, for cash prizes totalling overS$15,000. Boats were judged based on their creative use of lighting, music, crowd engagement, originality and depiction of the theme of A Tropical Christmas on Water. Open to both boaters (boat dealers, charter boat operators and boat private boat owners from all Singapore Boat Marinas and beyond) and non-boaters alike, various yachts, accommodating from 8 to 50 passengers were available for charter from ONE15 Luxury Yachtingfor those who do not own boats.

“It was very heartening to see all the creative use of lights and ornaments on the boats; especially when they were all cruising along the Sentosa Boardwalk, it was really inspiring. You can easily tell that the participants gave their all in this parade; some even performed a short musical number as they sailed by the judges’ boat,” commentedChris Milliken, one of the judges and CEO of PengWine®, a product sponsor for the parade. Other judges in the panel included Stephane Fabregoul, General Manager of W Singapore  Sentosa Cove, Sean Sprinkel, Project Administrator at SUTL Group, Keith Lin, a representative from Sony Singapore, and Elisha Teo, a boat enthusiast.

The parade concluded back at ONE15 Marina Club for the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party where participants and guests indulged in a sumptuous spread of finger food, free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and were entertained by live music.

Keeping up with the spirit of giving, guests of the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party did not leave empty-handed as the early birds toted back with them door gift vouchers sponsored by Gogreen Segway®, and a chance at the lucky draw prizes, such as the class-leading DSLR Camera, the Sony Alpha 77 Mark II, courtesy of Sony Singapore.

Peter Mahony GM from Princess Yachts Southeast Asia, supporting sponsor of the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, asserted, “I think ONE15 has really outdone itself this time. From the impressive fanfare of lights on water to the festive ambience of the closing party, added to the Club’s own stunning view of the marina, it was a really lovely way to start the holiday season. It was fantastic to be able to support such a great event and we are definitely looking forward to next year!”

Other sponsors who were onboard with the event include key sponsor, DBS Insignia Visa Infinite Card, contributing sponsors W Singapore  Sentosa Cove and World Sport Group and supporting sponsor, Simpson Marine. Product Sponsors who supported the event in-kind include Nestle Singapore, PengWine®, Sony Singapore and Gogreen Segway®.

Crowned Best of Show and taking home the grand prize of S$3,000, Ms Tay Choon Yee yacht manager ofMegaway 128 (128ft) was beaming in delight as she shared, “We never had such experiences before, so it was definitely a delightful surprise when we were named Best of Show. All our guests and crew had a wonderful time, be it decorating Megaway 128 or seeing the other participants with their equally majestic display. I am already looking forward to the next Christmas Boat Light Parade!”

Other winners from the different categories include powerboats Hye Seas II (116ft) and Sea Monster (50ft) and sailboats Katrianne (45ft), Mikanna (47ft) and Sea Wind (46ft).

Added Werner, “We will continue grow this iconic event in Singapore each year, so that more may join us to enjoy the soirée of lights on water and revel in the spirit of Christmas. We have already receive additional sponsor and boat inquiries for next year’s Christmas Boat Light Parade and will be increasing the prize money and prize categories in 2015.

Photos of the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade can be viewed here.

For more information, please email xmasboatparade@one15marina.com.

About ONE15 Marina Club

ONE15 Marina Club is the winner of several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year consecutively from 2012 – 2014, Best Asian Marina/Best Yachting Club 2009 and the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award. The Club also has the honour of hosting upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013 -14 Round the World Yacht Race, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, Asia Superyacht Conference 2009 – 2011, Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2012 and 2013, the 6th Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2014 and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011 – 2014. Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE15 Marina Club and is emerging to be Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.

www.one15marina.com

For media enquiries, please contact:

Peggy Tan
Director of Sales, Membership and Marketing
ONE15 Marina Club
peggytan@one15marina.com
+6563056988
+6593669777                                                                                                               

Pamela Tan
Assistant Manager, Marketing and Communications
ONE15 Marina Club
pamelatan@one15marina.com
+6563059671

Hannah Lee
Corporate Communications Executive
ONE15 Marina Club
hannahlee@one15marina.com
+6563093482

Source: ONE15 Marina Club

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December 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Goodbaby International Holdings Limited Appoints Deputy Chief Executive Officer

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-Aligned with Brand-Oriented Corporate Strategy to Reinforce Overall Management Strength
HONG KONG, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Goodbaby International Holdings Limited (“Goodbaby International” or the “Company”, SEHK stock code: 1086, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), a vertically integrated international durable juvenile products company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Martin Pos, founder of world’s leading high-end child car seat brand CYBEX, as the Group’s new Deputy CEO. The move reinforces overall management strength, and is in line with the Group’s corporate strategy to upgrade Goodbaby International into a market-driven and brand-oriented one-stop vertically integrated enterprise.

Goodbaby International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Martin Pos, founder of world’s leading high-end child car seat brand CYBEX, as the Group’s new Deputy CEO.
As a globally-renowned brand, CYBEX is recognized for its superior child safety features, cutting-edge design, comprehensive functionality and innovative technologies for products including car seats, strollers and baby carriers. Subsequent to the Group’s acquisition of CYBEX in early 2014, it appointed CYBEX’s founder, Mr. Martin Pos, as Executive Director in March 2014. He is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of industry experience including the development and management of premium lifestyle brands, most notably the global distribution, design and development of premium baby products. Since joining Goodbaby International, he is primarily responsible for the management of the Group’s portfolio of global brands, and has provided great value to the Group.

In his new role as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Goodbaby International, he will continue to ride on his expertise in branding and marketing, and be directly responsible for the Group’s functions in group technical services, supply chain, brand portfolio management, global sales, as well as the human resources and information technology. He will also spearhead the consolidation of the three companies, Goodbaby, CYBEX and Evenflo to draw upon their advantageous resources and generate synergies. Mr. Song Zhenghuan, Chairman and CEO of the Group, will retain his capacity and be directly responsible for the Group’s overall strategic direction and direct management of all blue-chip customers.

Mr. Martin Pos commented, “I feel honored to receive this great level of trust and excited to take on this new role. I am confident to lead this important transition and our new global strategy. Through our excellent technical and manufacturing capabilities, combined with our strong portfolio of strategic brands gb, CYBEX, Evenflo and Urbini, and our national distribution in all key global markets, we will activate strong synergies across the board. This will consequently lead to growth in revenue and profitability in our global markets. Mr. Song’s well wishes will be particularly motivating as he has always been a great mentor and friend to me.”

Mr. Song commented, “I first met Martin in Germany when he had just founded CYBEX, and I was immediately drawn to his charisma and the huge potential of the brand CYBEX. Martin and I have established a strong bond of trust and friendship since then and I see aspects of myself in Martin as a young entrepreneur with professionalism and drive. We share the same enthusiasm for the industry, and I am confident Martin will implement our shared vision to build a brand-new, one-stop vertically integrated enterprise with global presence and localized operations.”

Goodbaby International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Martin Pos, founder of world’s leading high-end child car seat brand CYBEX, as the Group’s new Deputy CEO.

About Goodbaby International Holdings Limited

Goodbaby International is a vertically integrated international durable juvenile products company, principally engaged in the research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of durable juvenile products, such as strollers, children’s car safety seats, juvenile household products, and juvenile toy vehicles. The Group sells self-developed and manufactured products under its own-brands in the global market, and to its strategic partners which are world-renowned juvenile goods brands. Goodbaby International’s self-owned brand portfolio includes “gb”, “CYBEX”, “Evenflo”, “Urbini”, “ExerSaucer”, “CBX”, “Goodbaby”, “Geoby” and “Happy Dino”, which has global presence, localized operations and strong capabilities in branding, research and development, manufacturing and direct national distribution. Goodbaby International is committed to providing innovative, safe, fashionable and easy-to-use products for children around the world.

For further information, please contact:

iPR Ogilvy & Mather
Callis Lau / Karen Tse / Janis Lai / Heng Tam
Tel: +852-2136-6952 / +852-2136-6950 / +852-3920-7646 / +852-3920-7656
Fax: +852-3170-6606
Email: goodbaby@iprogilvy.com

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20141215/8521407510

Source: Goodbaby International Holdings Limited

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December 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

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