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Aussie Sugarcane Farmers Receive Funding Boost to Help Preserve One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World

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SYDNEY, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced a further $500,000 grant to Project Catalyst Australia, which will bring their total investment into the Project to $3.25 million over the past six years.

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The Project aims to reduce the environmental impacts of sugarcane production on the Great Barrier Reef by providing funding for technical expertise, economic analysis and opportunities for learning and networking to innovative farmers in the Queensland region.

Project Catalyst engages 78 innovative Queensland sugarcane growers with on-ground coordination lead by natural resource management groups Reef Catchments, NQ Dry Tropics and Terrain Natural Resource Management and support from the Australian Government and WWF.

To date, Coca-Cola Foundation investments in Project Catalyst have enabled farmers to significantly improve the quality of more than 100 billion litres of water, reducing the level of sediment and chemical run-off from their farms into river catchments that connect to the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Catchments CEO Robert Cocco said, “Project Catalyst growers actively seek to do things differently they are constantly coming to us with innovative ideas. It’s our local farmers who are championing this sustainability initiative – investing their time and efforts in finding new ways to improve water quality and preserve the Great Barrier Reef while making their own business more profitable though innovation.

“Declining water quality is a major threat to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian icon that generates AU$5-6 billion per year from tourism. Scientific monitoring and reports confirm that diffuse source pollution from farm run-off via river catchments is a major contributor to declining GBR health and resilience projects like Catalyst are fundamental in helping us showcase that farmers, community, business and government can combine efforts to preserve one of the great seven wonders of the natural world,” he said.

WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said, “Containing more than 10 per cent of the world’s total fish species, over 600 species of hard and soft corals, and attracting over 2 million visitors per year, the Reef is an Australian and global treasure which needs to be protected.

“What we are seeing with Project Catalyst is cutting edge innovation. It is a model for working together that we hope to replicate in other place and with other commodities. Project Catalyst is having an impact not only in Australia, but around the world.”

The grant also comes at a time when the Australian Government has released its Reef 2050 plan, further emphasising the importance of protecting the Reef.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, said, “Nitrogen runoff from farms is a major factor affecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef and is linked to outbreaks of the damaging crown-of-thorns starfish. The important work as part of Project Catalyst complements the work being undertaken by the Government to support improvements to farming practices.”

Since the Project’s inception in 2009, the number of sugarcane producers involved has increased to more than 75 growers, managing over 40,000 hectares of farmland.

“The rise in the number of growers involved is a testament to the passion and commitment of our farmers. The Project started in the Mackay region and now includes farms all the way to Mosman in the Wet Tropics.

“This means new innovations are being implemented across catchments that cover almost the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr O’Gorman added.

Michelle Allen, Coca-Cola South Pacific said The Coca-Cola Foundation is proud to be working with Project Catalyst farmers.

“Australian sugarcane growers involved in the Project Catalyst are leading the industry through their innovation. This new grant will not only ensure the continuation of the Project, but also help put our Australian growers on the world map,” Ms Allen said.

“Project Catalyst is one of many water projects supported globally by The Coca-Cola Foundation; and we are really proud of what our local farmers have achieved.

“Project Catalyst marked the first extension of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s global partnership with WWF into the South-Pacific, and an example of the Foundation displaying leadership through innovation in the key environmental impact area of sustainable agriculture.”

Joe Muscat, a grower from the Mackay Whitsunday region, has been involved in Project Catalyst for the past five years and receives agronomic advice on farm management practices along with support to trial new, innovative ideas.

“As growers we have a responsibility to seek out more sustainable practices that can help preserve our farms and our environment for future generations. Through Project Catalyst, I’ve not only improved my own business but can also be confident that I am doing my bit to protect the environment. We all have a responsibility to conserve the land and the Reef.”


To arrange an interview with the following Project Catalyst delegates or farmers please contact:

Sarah Buchanan, DEC Public Relations
P: +61-2-8014-5039
M: +61-499-727-242

Josephine George, DEC Public Relations
P: +61-2-8014-5035
M: +61-433-145-417

Spokespeople available:

Dermot O’Gorman – CEO, WWF-Australia
Michelle Allen – Coca-Cola South Pacific
Robert Cocco – CEO, Reef Catchments (Mackay and Whitsundays)
Joe Muscat – Sugarcane farmer, Mackay region
Background Information – Project Catalyst

Now in its 6th year, Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between 78 innovative Queensland cane growers and major program partners – Reef Catchments, Catchment Solutions, NQ Dry Tropics, Terrain Natural Resource Management, the Australian Government, WWF and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The program aims to test, validate and promote the rapid adoption of innovative farm practices that improve water quality from cane farms impacting the Great Barrier Reef. Project Catalyst supports a network of sugarcane farmers from the Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet Tropics region who are leading the use of cutting-edge practices for a more sustainable farming future.

To date, Project Catalyst growers have proven the effectiveness of innovative practices that can deliver significant water quality improvements to the Great Barrier Reef. Over the past six years of the Project (2009 – 2014) the following reductions of chemical, nutrient and sediment run-off from farms into freshwater estuaries, which connect to the Great Barrier Reef catchment, includes the following estimated total load reductions in 2014:

Decrease of 72 tonne/year for particulate nitrogen
Decrease of 34 tonne/year for particulate phosphorus
Decrease of 64 tonne/year for dissolved inorganic nitrogen
Decrease of 13 tonne/year for filterable reactive phosphorus
Decrease of 551 kg/year for pesticide
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February 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

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Sydney Opera House Turns China Red to Welcome Year of the Goat

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SYDNEY, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The sails of the world famous Sydney Opera House have changed colour to mark the start of the Lunar New Year of the Goat.

The Sydney Opera House lit in red (Photo credit: James Horan)
The Sydney Opera House lit in red (Photo credit: James Horan)

NSW Premier Mike Baird and a red Sydney Opera House (Photo credit: James Horan)
NSW Premier Mike Baird and a red Sydney Opera House (Photo credit: James Horan)

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Chinese Consul General Li Huaxin (Photo credit: James Horan)
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Chinese Consul General Li Huaxin (Photo credit: James Horan)
The Premier of the Australian State of New South Wales Mike Baird joined Sydney’s Chinese community on the Sydney Harbour foreshore for a special ‘lights on’ moment to light up the iconic sails.

“The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognised buildings and we are proud to host the biggest Lunar New Year celebration outside of China,” Mr Baird said.

“It’s a spectacular sight to see the Sydney Opera House bathed in ‘China red’ as we farewell the Year of the Horse and welcome the start of the Year of the Goat.

“The beginning of the Lunar New Year has become an anticipated celebration in our multicultural State when we join communities celebrating the New Year – including those from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore.

“As we farewell the Year of the Horse we reflect on the successes of the past 12 months and the strengthening of economic and cultural ties between China and NSW.

“We have strong cultural links to China. About one in 10 people living in Sydney have Chinese ancestry and Mandarin is the second-most spoken language here after English.

“I travelled to China for my first official overseas visit as Premier, and the nation remains New South Wales’ biggest trading partner and source of international tourists and visitors.

“China remains a priority market for the NSW Government and last year we took another step forward, releasing our China strategy to ensure our efforts are focussed on increasing two-way trade and tourism.

“To mark this auspicious occasion the Sydney Opera House sails will light up red again this evening (Thursday 19 February) as we celebrate the first day of the Year of the Goat,” Mr Baird said.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “As the symbol of modern Australia and the nation’s number one tourist destination, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Goat on the Opera House sails.”

“There is a palpable sense of excitement about Lunar New Year, more than 18,000 Chinese and Korean speaking guests have booked themed tours of the building and there are a number of other New Year activities on our site.”

Media contact:

Olivia Suzanski, +61-448-994-631 (Premier)

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February 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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Standard Life’s Assets under Administration in Asia Increases 44% to GBP420m

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HONG KONG and SINGAPORE, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Life announces today its business performance inAsia for year 2014.
Developments and achievements in Asia
Wholly owned operations:

* Assets under administration increased by 44% to GBP420m (2013: GBP291m) * Operating profit before tax up to GBP1m (2013: loss GBP5m) * Net inflows increased to GBP87m (2013: GBP76m) * Its Hong Kong business is ranked the fourth in the investment-linked insurance market with market share of 8.95%* Joint venture businesses:

* Operating profit before tax up to GBP18m (2013: GBP5m) * HDFC Life is ranked second by overall new business sales in the private market with a market share of 16% in December 2014** * In mainland China, Heng An Standard Life reported a profit for the first time in 2014 followingits strong performance supported by a 24% growth in sales through the individual business channel, strong investment gains and strict control of management expenses Alan Armitage, CEO for Asia and Emerging Markets, Standard Life said: “As the business landscape in Asia continues to evolve, we continue to change and adapt. I am pleased with the progress we are making and this has been reflected in our business performance with increased assets under administration and net flows. We will continue to enhance our business operations and develop new propositions to meet customer needs in the region.”
Source: Provisional Statistics for Long Term Business, January – September 2014, published by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of Hong Kong (OCI), for individual new business in the investment linked market
Source: IRDA, monthly new business stats

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About Standard Life in Asia:

* Standard Life’s wholly owned business in Asia provides long-term savings and investment solutions to more than 52,000 customers, managingGBP420 million (US$692 million) of assets. In addition, through its life Joint Ventures, it gains global diversification and exposure to the fast growing emerging economies inIndia and mainland China. * Standard Life Hong Kong (“Standard Life (Asia) Limited), established in 1999 and registered as an authorised insurer inHong Kong, is a subsidiary of the Group and committed toHong Kong and the Asian region. Partnering with financial advisers and other financial institutions, Standard Life provides wealth management solutions focusing investment-linked insurance plans to help customers achieve their wealth and retirement goals. * Standard Life Singapore (“Standard Life International Limited (Singapore Branch)”), established inOctober 2012, provides long term savings and investment solutions for customers inSingapore and the wider South East region. Standard Life International Limited (Singapore Branch) is a branch of Standard Life International Limited (a company registered inIreland and authorised by the Central Bank ofIreland) and is authorised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
About the Standard Life Group

* Standard Life is in the business of helping build a more prosperous world. The Group is dedicated to making sure that everything it does help its customers to save and invest for their future, the industry to improve and the society to progress. These things have been important to the Group since it was established inEdinburgh in 1825. * Since then, the Group has also been growing globally. Today, the Standard LifeGroup employs around 6,500 people internationally — through businesses in the UK,Europe, North America and Asia. * The Group is one of the Fortune Global 500’s largest companies by revenue, and Standard Life plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange with around 1.3 million individual shareholders across over 50 countries. * Around 4.5[1] million customers worldwide trust the Group with their financial future– and Standard Life is responsible for the administration of overGBP296.6 billion (US$488.6 billion) of their assets. The Group supports a further 20 million customers through its Chinese and Indian joint venture businesses. The Standard Life Investments brand also offers truly global asset management expertise with strong investment capabilities. * Wherever it operates in the world, Standard Life is motivated by a sense of responsibility. The Group believes that is what helps it to be a sustainable business.Standard Life is proud to be listed as a leader for corporate sustainability in its industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World and DJSI Europe). All figures as at 31 December 2014
As at 31 January 2015
Media contact:
Standard Life Chely Chan Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications Tel: +852-2169-2634 Email:
Mandy Leung Communications Officer Tel: +852-2169-2684 Email:

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February 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

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Melbourne, Sydney & Singapore Have Highest Average Hotel Rates in APAC: HRS Annual Hotel Price Radar

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-HRS Hotel Price Radar 2014 reveals list of cities with most expensive average per night hotel prices; Melbourne shows highest increase in hotel rates with 30 percent rise
SINGAPORE, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — According to the HRS Annual Hotel Price Radar, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore took the top slots for cities with most expensive average hotel room rates in 2014. Based on data collected from all hotel bookings made via the HRS hotel portal in 2014, the analysis looks at per night room rates and found that hotel rates fluctuated widely across Asia-Pacific throughout the year.

With a 30 percent hike, Melbourne in Australia saw the biggest increase in hotel room rates in 2014. This can be attributed to the burgeoning MICE sector in Melbourne. The state-driven initiative to position Melbourne as the events capital of the world and boost tourism through meetings and events seems to have borne fruit in 2014. Closely following Melbourne is sister city Sydney, which takes the second spot on the hotel rooms rate list.

“Hotel room rates are a key indicator of both tourism and business travel levels throughout the year and our analysis shows that companies have confidence in the APAC region and are continuing to push for global growth,” said Todd Arthur, Managing Director APAC at HRS while commenting on the HRS Annual Price Radar. “HRS’ goal is to support businesses as they address business travel related challenges, and identify smarter, strategic and more cost effective accommodation solutions that allow their employees to do their best work while on the move.”

HRS’ analysis also revealed the varying impact of political instability in different countries. Bangkok experienced a 10 percent drop in room rates in 2014, as it struggled to overcome the impact of the tenuous political situation and unrest that plagued Thailand mid last year. Hong Kong, on the other hand, which takes the fourth place on the list of most expensive cities in terms of hotel room rates, witnessed a drop of less than a percentage point even with the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement taking place in the second half of the year. Hong Kong’s relatively more established position as a financial and business hub in Asia-Pacific might be one of the reasons for this discrepancy.

Hotel rates in other economic powerhouses such as Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Beijing, hotel room rates remained fairly stable with a less than five percent change as compared to the previous year.

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About HRS Corporate — The Hotel Solutions Provider

HRS is a global hotel solutions provider and offers its more than 40,000 corporate customers worldwide a variety of tools and services free of charge, which cover the whole value chain for the entire hotel booking process — from hotel procurement, over booking transactions and innovative payment solutions to the transmission of relevant data for the analysis of the accommodation expenses. HRS individually looks after its customers and develops tailored solutions that allow expense savings, increase employee satisfaction and facilitate travel management. Intelligent end-to-end solutions for conference and group bookings complete the offered services for companies.

With more than 250,000 hotels in 190 countries, HRS offers a big selection of hotels worldwide. These include, among hundreds of hotel chains, also roughly 150,000 privately held hotels. Hundreds of Hotel Sales Managers in more than 50 countries contribute with their knowledge of the local market to a high availability of the hotels and an ideal customer service. Furthermore, corporate customers benefit from the HRS Business Tariff with saving up to 30 per cent on the up-to-the-minute daily hotel price in the internet in 35,000 hotels. The choice of the hotels will be facilitated by detailed hotel descriptions, meaningful photos and videos as well as about five million guest reviews. With more than 1,300 employees worldwide, the company based in Cologne, Germany, maintains branches in Nuremberg, Berlin, Innsbruck, Vienna, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Istanbul, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo. Further information at

Source: HRS Corporate

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February 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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Stratasys Introduces New 3D Printing Curriculum for Vocational, College and University Educators

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-Full-semester courses help prepare students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester, 14-week course is aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.

Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.

“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.

The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.

Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.

Completion of the beginning course should enable graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries.
Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries.
Describe the advantages and limitations of the main 3D printing technologies.
Evaluate real-life scenarios, and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology.
Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost reduction.
Discuss the economic implications of 3D printing, including its impact on startup businesses and supply chains.
Design and print objects containing moving parts without assembly.
Stratasys plans to add two sequential advanced courses under the theme “Something That Moves Something.” These courses will cover material memory, multi-material use and 3D printing for robotics applications.

Schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms. Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”

Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston also uses Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “There are going to be many instructors out there who would love to teach a course in 3D printing but who simply do not have enough time to do the detailed research and to prepare professional level presentations,” says Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak. “Stratasys has now made it much easier for any instructor to offer a college level course on the subject.”

Learn more about the courses, specific details or to download free materials, by visiting the Stratasys Educational Curriculum page.

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM(R) and PolyJet(TM) 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot, and the company operates the digital parts manufacturing service, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: or

Stratasys is a registered trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Media Contacts
Stratasys Asia Pacific
Janice Lai

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February 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Dot Foods Selects IBS Dynaman from International Business Systems to Reduce Costs

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— Flexible, affordable yard management system allows largest foodservice redistribution company in U.S. to improve supply chain efficiencies
FOLSOM, Calif., Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain provider, today announced that Dot Foods, the largest foodservice redistribution company in the U.S., has selected IBS Dynaman yard management system tools to reduce costs in its food supply chain.

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Dot Foods, a $5.5 billion company headquartered in Mt. Sterling, Ill., offers 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and delivers them in less-than-truckload quantities to distributors in all 50 states. It selected IBS Dynaman and its customized yard management application to meet the growing needs of its nine distribution centers.

Unlike other companies, Dot Foods possesses a fleet that carries dry goods, frozen and refrigerated foods on the same truck. It also consolidates products from many suppliers into single deliveries to distributors. These unique approaches give distributors the advantage of having to make just single deliveries to restaurants in a given day, thereby reducing traffic and congestion, especially in urban areas.

“Our expertise lies in our work supplying distributors with less-than-truckload quantities so they can reduce inventory and increase turns,” said Troy Schenk, Warehouse Systems Manager at Dot Foods. “IBS is helping us realize new efficiencies with yard management tools that give us additional visibility into our operations and also reduce costs.”

IBS Dynaman’s Yard Management application is based on a state-of-the-art visualization tool that renders a customer’s dock and yard in an easy to understand, graphical representation. Users can then simply click on a truck and drag it to its destination, and IBS Dynaman will direct the yard activity, ensuring all moves are performed via direct communication with the Yard Jockey, or users can configure the advanced logic engine to initiate the best trailer moves needed to support the warehouse operation. IBS Dynaman’s Yard Management application also directs and records routine yard activities like Trailer Audits, Trailer Prep, Refer Fuel/Temperature Settings, and more.

“We are honored to add Dot Foods to our roster of premier clients making a significant impact on the supply chain,” said Tim Conroy, General Manager of the Americas, IBS. “Dot Foods brings a precision to its work supplying the food and beverage industries, and IBS Dynaman will help maximize its distribution centers.”

About IBS
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as WORLDPAC, Fidelitone, Associated Pharmacies, Inc., GILLIG, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Miele Inc., Tri Literal LLC, Mighty Auto Parts, Victory Packaging Inc. and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency. For more information, please visit

Source: International Business Systems

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February 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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KMC Solutions to Open Most Advanced Serviced Office in Cebu

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MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the growing BPO demand for high-quality office space in alternative locations, KMC Solutions (KMCS), the leading staff leasing and serviced office provider in the Philippines, will be opening its newest serviced office in Cebu, located in Skyrise 4 at Lahug’s Cebu IT Park (formerly Asiatown IT Park).

KMCS’ new Cebu serviced office has 252 seats, with a variety of fitouts for 1-35 employees.
KMCS’ new Cebu serviced office has 252 seats, with a variety of fitouts for 1-35 employees.
The new Skyrise 4 facility will cover over 1,150 sqm of floor area, offering 252 fully equipped seats in different fit-outs that can accommodate 4 to 35 employees. This facility will also be KMCS’ eighth serviced office in the country and its first office outside Metro Manila. The design was inspired by the Cebu lifestyle with colorful underwater themes plus will have unique design features like a green wall to help improve air quality within the office.

“We are very excited about the launch of our new facility in Skyrise 4, not just because it is our first venture outside Manila, but also because Cebu’s market for BPO office space is really promising,” says Thomas Cragg, KMCS Vice President for Sales.

“With the soaring prices of office space and labor costs in Metro Manila, locators are likely to search for more cost-effective sites that offer the same advantages. So it makes sense for us (KMCS) to expand to Cebu and answer this demand, especially now that the city is ranked by Tholons as the 8th top outsourcing destination in the world.”

Technologically advanced office space

Similar to its predecessor SM Aura, one of the largest state-of-the-art facilities in the Philippines, KMCS’ Skyrise 4 serviced office will also be among the most technologically advanced in the country.

“Our partner Dell will continue to provide the core infrastructure for our Skyrise 4 site to ensure that our Cebu clients receive the same security and network stability that our clients in Manila enjoy,” states Clinton Marsh, KMCS Chief Technology Officer, “Our leading edge of IT infrastructure and support is what will really set our serviced office apart from existing offices in Cebu.”

More offices outside Manila for inclusive growth

According to Michael McCullough, KMCS Co-Founder, the expansion to Cebu is just a part of KMCS’ efforts to help decongest Metro Manila and create inclusive growth. “KMCS is currently exploring other cities outside Manila such as Bulacan, Clark, and Davao, to assess opportunities for growth in those areas.”

“Metro Manila has become really crowded, and given its lack of infrastructure to support the growth, it is high time that we tap the next-wave cities and encourage investors to consider expanding there,” says McCullough.

“By doing this, we are not only helping improve quality of life in Metro Manila, but also creating new opportunities for Filipinos in the provinces.”

For more information on the new serviced offices, visit

About KMC Solutions, Inc.

KMC Solutions is the leading staff leasing and serviced office provider provider in the Philippines. Our company delivers effective business solutions through a seamless integration of services, together with our sister companies: KMC MAG Group, the country’s top real estate services firm and Kittelson & Carpo Consulting, a business consultancy firm. Since 2009, the group has assisted over 500 companies in successfully transitioning and establishing operations in the Philippines. Our firm offers a full suite of seat leasing and serviced office solutions for companies setting up operations in Metro Manila and Cebu including HR and payroll management, serviced office facility and technology management, and staffing.

KMC Solutions is founded and managed by two American IT-BPM Consultants, Gregory Kittelson and Michael McCullough, and a Philippine corporate lawyer, Amanda Rufino Carpo-Bond. Currently, KMC Solutions operates seven serviced office facilities in the country’s top 3 major CBDs: Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Ortigas.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Yves Luethi
Vice President for Marketing and Business Development
KMC Solutions
Tel: +63-2-403-5519

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February 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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Samsonite Strengthens its Global Retail Presence with Acquisition of Travel Retail Specialist Rolling Luggage

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Samsonite International S.A. (“Samsonite” or the “Company”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Rolling Luggage, one of the world’s leading airport retailers of branded luggage and travel products for business, fashion, adventure and leisure travel, from the Rcapital owned Tie Rack Retail Group for a cash consideration of GBP 15.75 million. The acquisition is part of Samsonite’s ongoing strategy to enhance and strengthen its global multi-brand retail platform, as well as gain share in the large and growing travel retail market.

“Rolling Luggage is an exciting new addition to Samsonite and is unlike any of our previous acquisitions,” said Ramesh Tainwala, Chief Executive Officer of Samsonite. “It immediately allows us to expand our footprint in the travel retail sector, an area that we see great potential for further growth. With international tourist arrivals worldwide expected to almost double by 2030, reaching 1.8 billion[1], and international tourism sales growing by more than 12% a year since 2009[2], airport retail will continue to evolve as airports become shopping destinations in their own right.”

Mr. Tainwala continued, “With the established retail and brand presence that Rolling Luggage has across some of the world’s highest-traffic airports, we see this acquisition very much as a strategic opportunity to strengthen our multi-brand retail platform, increase visibility for Samsonite products among our target consumers and drive sales by offering better product assortment within an improved in-store experience.”

Alex Willson, Managing Director of Rolling Luggage, said, “We are thrilled to be joining Samsonite. Their considerable experience in the travel luggage industry and our passion about travel are a perfect match. We will work together to continue to ensure that we provide our consumers with a diverse and compelling product offering.”

Headquartered in the UK, Rolling Luggage operates 36 airport retail locations in the UK, Europe, and Asia Pacific, including prime retail locations in Heathrow, Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt and Hong Kong airports. Rolling Luggage offers world class products which combine functionality with style that travellers can trust. Historically part of the Tie Rack Retail Group, Rolling Luggage became a standalone business following completion of an internal restructuring in April 2014.

Rolling Luggage recorded net sales of GBP 26.7 million for the year ended January 31, 2015, an increase of 11.3% from GBP 24.0 million the previous year.

About Samsonite

Samsonite International S.A. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Group”) is the world’s largest travel luggage company, with a heritage dating back more than 100 years. The Group is principally engaged in the design, manufacture, sourcing and distribution of luggage, business and computer bags, outdoor and casual bags, and travel accessories throughout the world, primarily under the Samsonite®, American Tourister®,Hartmann®, High Sierra®, Gregory®, Speck® and Lipault® brand names and other owned and licensed brand names. The Group’s core brand, Samsonite, is one of the most well-known travel luggage brands in the world.

For more information, please contact:

Samsonite International S.A.
William Yue
Tel: +85224222611

Asia: Artemis Associates

Vanita Sehgal

Tel: +85228613227

Mob: +85291034626


Jonathan Yang

Tel: +85228613234

Mob: +85263736676


Europe: Newgate Communications
Jonathan Clare

Tel: +442076806500

Clotilde Gros

Tel: +442076806522

Mob: +447899790749

Georgia Lewis

Tel: +442076806528

Mob: +447718619905



Source: Samsonite International

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February 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

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Globe Ties Up with Japan’s Brastel on Co-Branded Call Card

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-Japan-based Filipinos get more affordable IDD calls to Globe, TM

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Globe Telecom marked the launch of its partnership with leading Japanese telco Brastel with the introduction of their co-branded reloadable calling card. The product was developed for the 250,000 overseas Filipinos in Japan and offers calling rates to Globe and TM in the Philippinesthat are as low as half the cost of other offers in the market.

Officials in the photo, from left: Carmina Velayo-Villo - Head of Marketing for Globe International Business; Rizza Maniego-Eala, Senior Vice President for Globe International Business; Jorge Tatsuki Takata - General Manager for Carrier Operations & Support, Brastel
Officials in the photo, from left: Carmina Velayo-Villo – Head of Marketing for Globe International Business; Rizza Maniego-Eala, Senior Vice President for Globe International Business; Jorge Tatsuki Takata – General Manager for Carrier Operations & Support, Brastel

“Globe is starting 2015 with a great proposition for our kababayans in Japan whether as residents, temporary workers, students or visitors. We have forged ties with a respected company such as Brastel in order to provide Filipinos abroad with more affordable means to communicate with their loved ones back home,” said Gil Genio, Globe EVP & COO for International and Business Markets .

Japan has always been an important market for Globe because of the hundreds of thousands of Pinoys based there. This partnership with Brastel gives us an opportunity to offer good quality calls, superior rates and a widely-accessible reloadable card product available in over 44,000 outlets across the said country,” added Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe SVP for International Business.

“Since our founding in 1996, we at Brastel aim to give our customers a voice by providing them with the best packages and offers. Through our partnership with Globe, we are delighted to enable stronger connections between overseas Filipinos in Japan and their family and friends back home,” noted Wilson Kendi Kawai, Brastel CEO.

The Globe-Brastel card is available for free at Filipino stores across the Land of the Rising Sun. To make a call, dial the access number, country code, area code and phone number from any landline, mobile or payphone. Reloading the card is easy via the widely-accepted Smart Pit payment gateway at partner convenience stores such as Family Mart, Mini Stop, Circle K and Lawson. It can also be reloaded via the Brastel website using a credit card in denominations of 2,000 yen up to 10,000 yen.

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February 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

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The Giants Open Perth International Arts Festival

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  • The people of Perth fill the streets as the Diver Giant takes his first steps through the city. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Jessica Wyld
  • Diver Giant is presented with a Message Stick, a gift from the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Toni Wilkinson
  • During a smoking ceremony by the Noongar people, the Giants' faces were painted as part of a traditional welcome. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Toni Wilkinson
  • Little Girl Giant is presented a book by the children of Perth. Perth International Arts Festival. Photograph by Jessica Wyld

PERTH, Australia /PRNewswire/ — An audience of 1.4 million experienced The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants to the Streets of Perth, by France’s Royal de Luxe, in a three-day free spectacular to open the 63rd Perth International Arts Festival on February 13.

Visitors from around Australia and the world joined the entire city and fell in love with the 6-metre Little Girl Giant and stood in awe of the 11-metre high Diver Giant.

Over three days, the narrative wove together a commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac and the role of Australian troops in World War One, and a celebration of the Aboriginal community of Western Australia, and above all united the city in child-like wonder.

Perth Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway said: “They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a city to raise a Giant.

“Perth came together for this event and everyone embraced it. This is one of the largest examples of the extraordinary transformational quality of art.”

“It has been widely accepted that Perth will never forget the weekend that it walked with Giants.”

Thousands saw moments of beauty, humour and wonder as the Little Girl Giant started her journey on Day One. When she woke up to the sounds of Noongar women singing to her, she had the audience enthralled. On Day Two, the Diver Giant awoke and set off in search of the Little Girl Giant, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles on his quest. The day ended with an emotional reunion of the two Giants which delighted the gathered crowds. Day Three saw the Giants participate in an Anzac commemorative ceremony before sailing off down the Swan River to continue their journey.

Other highlights included the presentation of the gift of a book to the Little Girl Giant made for her by the children of Perth, part of an extensive education program to run alongside the project.

Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running international arts festival in Australia and Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Festival has developed a worldwide reputation for its excellent international program, the presentation of new works and the highest quality artistic experiences for audience. For 62 years, the Festival has welcomed to Perth some of the world’s greatest living artists.


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February 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

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