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Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2015 Ready for Launch – Opens 2015 Buying Season in Asia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2015 is all geared up to open the first industry trade event of the year in Asia on Mar 3 with packed show floors at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC).

MIFF 2015 - Ready for Launch
MIFF 2015 – Ready for Launch
Designing with Malaysian Hardwood Showcase
Designing with Malaysian Hardwood Showcase

Organised by UBM Malaysia, the five-day annual event and Southeast Asia’s largest industry platform will feature 500 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions and primed to live up to its reputation as a robust trading platform as a top 10 global furniture show.

Visitor pre-registration is overwhelming with a strong number of first-timers. The show has a track record of drawing overseas attendees from 141 countries.

Besides Malaysia, the 21st edition of MIFF will feature exhibitors from Mainland China, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Korea,Indonesia, Hong Kong, Spain, USA, Singapore, Italy, France, Japan and Turkey filling up 80,000 square metres of booth space.

Mainland China and Taiwan pavilions are located at PWTC while Muar Hall, helmed by producers fromMalaysia’s main furniture hub, is in MECC.

A new showcase entitled “Designing with Malaysian Hardwood” will take the centre stage in PWTC in a first-time collaboration of state agency, Malaysian Timber Council and MIFF, with China-based Malaysian designer Philip Yap on designing with Malaysian hardwoods. Called “Collection N(degree)1“, it features contemporary living and bedroom sets made of Sepetir, a light golden brown tropical hardwood.

Potential visitors are already getting a headstart even before MIFF 2015 opens, thanks to the free MIFF app which has more business friendly and social interaction features that allows them to search for exhibitors and products in advance, and to keep in touch with fellow buyers.

The app compatible with iOS and Android can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

A major show side-bar is the series of five industry seminars from March 4 to 6 that will highlight current trends and bring attendees face-to-face with international industry experts.

Among the speakers are Italian industry consultant Enrico G. Cleva who will share his take on new trends in furniture design while compatriots Roberta Mutti and Franz Rivoira will focus on products and lifestyle. A two-member panel from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission will make a presentation on the requirements for furniture sold in the U.S.

The MIFF Furniture Design Competition (MIFF FDC) with 220 entries reaches a climax on Mar 5 with the winner selected by an international jury to be announced at a prize presentation ceremony. The Malaysian Timber Council is a sponsor this year.

The works of the 10 finalists will be showcased during MIFF at Hall A, MECC. Design students are welcomed to visit the showcase by pre-registering on

Last year, MIFF had 503 exhibitors from 12 countries and a 6% increase in attendees to nearly 20,000 including 6,171 international buyers. It posted a record turnover of US$892 million.

Ms Karen Goi, MIFF General Manager, comments: “This is the most exciting run up to MIFF as signs of recovery in global demand picks up further. The momentum shows MIFF continues to gain international prominence. We have a great mix of regulars and new exhibitors bringing latest collections and innovative products for genuine business opportunities. We are just waiting to open the show.”

MIFF 2015 opens at 9.30am to 6pm daily from Mar 3 (Tuesday) to Mar 6 (Friday) and 9.30am to 5pm on Mar 7(Saturday).

For more information on the event, highlights and exhibitor profiles, visit

Notes to Editors

About MIFF (

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

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February 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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Emotions vs Health! The Link That Cracks The Wellness Code

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-Would You Ever Choose Disease, Unhappy Relationships or Struggle with Stress or Anxiety?
-Of course not! Yet people do – every single day!
-Heart Disease, Obesity, Stroke, Diabetes, Mental Illness are all on the rise!
-Our hospitals and mental health systems are straining under the pressure.
-What if there was a way to change all that?
-What If There Was a Way to Quickly Bridge the Gap Between Where Life is Now and Where You WANT It To Be?

ADELAIDE, Australia  /PRNewswire/ —

  • As more Australians turn away from our medical system, holistic doctor, Dr Darren Weissman from ChicagoUSA offers a quick natural solution to physical, emotional and mental symptoms, which can be reproduced again and again.

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  • A world renowned expert in the field of the conscious and subconscious minds, he’s conducted over 100,000 documented case histories of people using his technique showing that emotions act like drugs in the brain and the role neuro-peptides play in emotions and immunity.
  • Creator of The LifeLine Technique® – a simple 16 step process  incorporating over 14 different modalities such as Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET); Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Applied Kinesiology (AK), Chinese 5 Element Theory, Natural Healing, Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and other forms of energy medicine.
  • Based on his expertise of the subconscious mind and holistic health Darren has been featured in the films ‘E-Motion’, ‘Making Mankind’, ‘Beyond Belief’ and ‘The Truth’ as well as appearing on US TV. He has also written for numerous magazines including The Huffington Post, Natural Health, Prevention and InStyle.   He’s a best selling author of 4 books including The Power of Infinite Love and Gratitude and The Heart of the Matter.
  • Dr Weissman will give three 2 hour talks in Australia and 1 in Singapore on The Power of Emotionsexplaining the power that our emotions exert on our body and mind and how we can change and heal our lives.
  • Available for interview from Monday 16th through 3rd March.  

He’s being brought to Australasia by Diane McCann (from Beyond the Ordinary) who had a severe case of exophthalmos for which there was no cure except risky surgery.  She read his book, flew to US, had one session which flattened her left eye completely and her right eye by 85%.

Epigenetics is a new field of medicine; and latest research shows we can indeed change our genes! This follows on from the work of internationally recognised neuroscientist Dr Candace Pert, discoverer of the opiate receptor in the brain, proving scientifically the unity of mind and body and the ability of emotions to affect health;  she was a significant contributor to the emergence of Mind-Body Medicine as an area of legitimate scientific research from 1980 to her death in 2013.  Dr Bruce Lipton a cellular biologist also teaches the same thing. See related documents below to read what they both wrote about Dr Darren Weissman.

70+ Year Young NSW Farmer gets her License Back and Baffles Doctors.

Deirdre was diagnosed with Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) in 2012.  Medical results from sleep tests showed as many as 52 episodes overnight so her driving license was revoked.  She had 3 sessions with a new modality called The Lifeline Technique after which she again underwent a full testing. Staff and her specialist were stunned – ZERO evidence of CSA.  She got her license back in August 2013.  6 monthly check ups and not one episode since (Feb. 2015)

PTSD Gone and a New Life Began!

Diagnosed with PTSD in 2012 due to a series of traumatic events caused by traumatic exposure as a first response emergency services worker. Eighteen months later medically discharged from work and left as a shell of her former self.  2014, following an unsuccessful return to work life spiraled even further down, strength and determination gone. Sophie lost her will to fight, lost the will to live and was hospitalised.  12 months later life is totally different. She has almost completed a diploma, re-trained, gained employment in a new career, not to mention embracing passion for life and a joy in being alive.  What changed? She had some sessions with a Certified LifeLine practitioner and the Technique “shifted” what medication and hours of counselling could not. She regained her sense of self and no longer feels like a victim anymore. Both her doctor and psychologist are amazed at her progress.

Media Contact/ interviews with Dr Darren Weissman and/or Diane McCann

Diane McCann
Mobile 0400 371 994

Source: Beyond the Ordinary

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February 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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Programme Management and Project Portfolio Management to Gain Prominence in Asia Pacific in 2015, New ESI PM Salary Survey Reveals

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— Singapore emerged third as the country with the highest mean monthly salary with Australia and New Zealand maintaining respective top two positions from last year
— Hiring outlook reasonably upbeat across Asia Pacific for the first half of 2015
— 43 per cent of respondents view economic outlook as the key contributor in making a difference in their current salary

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced the findings of its second annual Asia Pacific Project Management Salary Survey. The study was conducted with over 1,200 project managers with varying levels of working experience across multiple industry sectors in the region, spanning Australia, Greater China, India, New Zealand, as well as Southeast Asian nations including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Besides bringing to light the salary trends across countries, the study also offers insights into employment outlook, the factors impacting salary improvement and critical competencies hiring managers look for when recruiting project management professionals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Countries with the highest and lowest mean monthly salary recorded: Across all industries, roles, and experience levels, Australia emerged as the country with the highest mean monthly salary registered within the project management profession (USD7,667), followed closely by New Zealand (USD7,511). Singapore(USD6,407) jumped one place from last year’s position and has ranked third this year. This was followed byMalaysia (USD3,839), Indonesia (USD3,687), Greater China (3,369), the Philippines (USD3,314) and India(USD2,875).
  • Programme management and project portfolio management gaining prominence: Asia Pacific project management (PM) professionals have the most experience in programme management (21 per cent), with project portfolio management and Waterfall project management tied at the second spot (14 per cent) — regardless of the industries they are in, followed by vendor management (12 per cent) and Agile PM – Scrum (11 per cent).
  • Respondents were almost equally divided over a further salary improvement in 2015: Apart from annual increment and bonus payouts, respondents were almost equally divided between no (51%) and yes (49%) on stepping-up of their salary in the same organisation this year. This finding is slightly more optimistic than last year, where 38 per cent expected an increment.
  • Better economic outlook and increased PM responsibilities continue to be top factors in improving current salary: Majority of respondents view economic outlook as the key contributor in making a difference in their current salary, while 31 per cent attributed it to increased job responsibilities, which will require acquisition of new skills, professional experience and credentials.
  • Top two competencies for career advancement are project leadership and communication and general management skills: Across most industries, project leadership, communication and management skills are the top two competences indicated respectively by respondents as key factors for career advancements.
    • IT and manufacturing sectors: Respondents chose project leadership and communication and management skills as the top two competencies in that order.
    • Banking and finance industry: Respondents voted stakeholder management as the top core competency, maintaining its position from last year. This was closely followed by project leadership which replaced Agile project management from the previous year.
    • Oil and gas industry: Respondents indicated project leadership as the top core competency, followed by communication and general management skills.
  • Hiring outlook reasonably upbeat across Asia Pacific for the first half of 2015: Hiring managers that are looking to add new headcount to the PM team are likely to do so within the next 3 or 6 months, indicating a reasonably upbeat hiring outlook across Asia Pacific for 2015.
  • Hiring managers rate communication and project leadership skill as the top most critical competencies when recruiting PM professionals: Communication and project leadership skills are the most sought after capabilities in PM. These two abilities, similarly, are the same proficiencies that PM professionals across most industries think will help fast-track their careers.
  • Happiness and overall job satisfaction, the most important factor aside from monetary compensation for career development: Besides monetary compensation, most PM professionals consider happiness and overall job satisfaction, achieving work-life balance, and career prospect and advancement as the three most important factors correspondingly to their career development.
  • Mismanaged resources leading to failed projects and talent shortage are the top two PM challenges:Across all industries, the top two major PM challenges which emerged are mismanaged resources leading to failed projects and talent shortage.

“As business leaders continue to adapt to the increasing market volatility, project management will play a big step closer to business strategy. Today’s business environment demands PM professionals to possess a combination of technical skills, strategic business management expertise, interpersonal skills and leadership competencies,” said Raed S. Haddad, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, ESI International. “With PM and project portfolio management gaining prominence this year and the disciplines of change management and project management continuing to merge, organisations should take note of this and understand that these changes will ultimately benefit the practice of project management as a whole.”

To download a copy of the full report, please visit:

About ESI International
ESI International is a global project-focused training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programmes through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programmes have benefited more than 1.85 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit

Source: ESI International
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February 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

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