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RS Components Introduces the Latest Weller All-in-one Assembly/rework Stations at Competitive Prices

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-Space-efficient rework range with smart power management cuts acquisition costs and energy consumption.

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand ofElectrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced the WXR 3 range of all-in-one rework stations, the latest additions to Weller’s WX family of products. Compatible with all of Weller’s WX ‘intelligent’ tools, the WXR 3 is a 600W 3-channel rework offering exceptional performance and a number of new innovative features including traceability and bench top control. These stations are very competitively priced and are in stock ready for rapid despatch. Extending the large range of Weller soldering equipment available from RS, the new WXR 3 provides a cost-effective way to acquire combined soldering, desoldering and hot air capabilities for a wide range of applications including laboratory or production use.

RS Components introduces the latest Weller all-in-one assembly/rework stations at competitive prices
RS Components introduces the latest Weller all-in-one assembly/rework stations at competitive prices

Three different kits are available that offer the choice of 65W or 120W WXP soldering irons, 120W horizontal (WXDP) or vertical-use (WXDV) desoldering tools and a 200W WXHAP Hot Air Pencil. All the kits, WXR 3030, WXR 3031 and WXR 3032, feature a self-contained vacuum air pump, a vacuum pickup unit that allows accurate component placement, WX tools with motion sensor control, and three safety rests.

The 600W WXR 3 power unit common to all the kits features intelligent power management to maintain optimum tool temperatures with the least energy consumption for increased service life and economy. The WXR 3 can also be purchased separately, without tools or accessories, for customers wanting to upgrade at the lowest cost by connecting their existing Weller WX tools to the all-in-one power unit.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

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Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

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Telephone: +65-6347-2355

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April 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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Symantec Appoints Sanjay Rohatgi As Senior Vice President – Sales, Asia Pacific and Japan

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Since announcing its plan to separate into two publicly traded companies, Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today reached another important milestone by appointing Sanjay Rohatgi as the sales leader to lead and drive growth across its enterprise security business and support customers and partners in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ). Based in Singapore, Rohatgi will be responsible for growing the company’s presence and market position across the region, in addition to leading business operations and business development.

Mr Sanjay Rohatgi, Senior Vice President, Sales, APJ, Symantec
Mr Sanjay Rohatgi, Senior Vice President, Sales, APJ, Symantec

Rohatgi takes over from Adrian Jones who has been promoted to executive vice president for worldwide sales for Symantec. Prior to his appointment as the senior vice president for Symantec in APJ, Rohatgi was vice president — Sales for Symantec in India responsible for leading the business and driving growth across the enterprise security and information management businesses.

An industry veteran, Rohatgi has worked in the Information Communication Technology industry for more than 24 years in various roles across multiple geographies. Rohatgi joined Symantec after an illustrious career at Cisco where, most recently, he held the position of Managing Director, Service Provider for India and SAARC. In this capacity, Rohatgi was responsible for leading Cisco’s business with telecom service providers and cable operators across the region. Under his leadership, Cisco was recognised for local innovation and leveragingIndia based R&D to create market specific solutions.

At Cisco, Rohatgi has also been the Managing Director for Indonesia for two years and prior to this, led the Service Provider group for Asia based out of Singapore. Before joining Cisco, Rohatgi worked with Nortel Networks in Hong Kong, Telstra and BHP Billiton in Australia, and British Telecom in the UK.

“These are exciting times for Symantec — at the highest level, our mission continues to be about keeping our customers safe from ever-evolving digital threats, so they are confident to move business forward,” said Adrian Jones, executive vice president, worldwide sales, Symantec. “As we work to deliver innovation and value for our customers, I couldn’t think of a better successor than Sanjay to take over the role as APJ sales leader. He is a dynamic leader with a stellar track record of consistently outperforming targets, building strong teams and driving incredible growth. The future for Symantec is bright, the opportunities — especially here in APJ, are endless!”

“The need for protecting and managing information has never been more critical. Symantec is a proven and trusted leader in security with leading overall market share — twice the nearest competitor. The company’s security business sees more, analyzes more, and knows more about security threats than any other company in the world,” said Sanjay Rohatgi, senior vice president, Symantec, Asia Pacific and Japan. “Advancing relationships with our key customers to ensure they have a world class experience with Symantec is my top priority. We have a strong leadership team in place in APJ that is capable of accelerating our growth and I look forward to working closely with them to further enhance our position as a market leader.”

Rohatgi holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Opto-Electronic from Strathclyde University, U.K. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from India.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings — anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company’s more than 20,000 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2014, it recorded revenues of $6.7 billion. To learn more go to or connect with Symantec at:

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April 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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Deutsche Post DHL Group Sends Disaster Response Team to Nepal Within 48 Hours after Earthquake

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-Volunteer teams to provide logistics support at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport to assist with relief efforts following the devastating earthquake

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world´s leading logistics provider, has deployed their Disaster Response Team (DRT) in Kathmandu, Nepal, following the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives to date in addition to those being severely injured. The international aid community is now gearing up to fly in urgently needed goods like technical equipment, water and food. DPDHL Group’s DRT will provide logistics support to help manage the incoming international aid and handle the goods at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport for further distribution by local and international organizations to those in need.

Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “The massive scale of destruction from the Nepalearthquake has hugely crippled infrastructure and damaged roads and local airports, posing a great logistical challenge towards relief efforts. It’s a race against time to rescue those still captured in the debris as well as those in urgent need for critical assistance and amenities like medical help, food and water. The sudden influx of relief goods at Kathmandu airport challenges the local capacities to distribute these goods in a timely manner to reach beneficiaries. This is the specific logistics support that our DHL Disaster Response Team will provide at the airport. Our team comprises highly trained volunteers who provide logistical expertise to help coordinate the relief aid at the airport for further distribution to the victims in the speediest manner possible.”

A team of DRT volunteers consisting out of DHL employees from countries such as Bahrain, Belgium, Dubai,India, Malaysia and Singapore arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 April and are supported by Gagan Mukhia, Country Manager of DHL Express Nepal. The team will work with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to mobilize and coordinate humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal.

Chris Weeks, DHL Director for Humanitarian Affairs, said: “In the aftermath of a disaster airports can become bottlenecks that delay the distribution of emergency relief supplies. In these situations, logistics expertise can make a huge difference in coordinating the incoming supplies, and so save lives by ensuring a swift and organized handling of all aid. However, there is a high level of competency and preparedness in Nepal to deal with the aftermath as we had jointly conducted a ‘Get Airports Ready for Disaster’ (GARD) program with local Nepalese authorities and the United Nations Development Program in 2010.”

The GARD program was conducted in 2010 at five airports — TIA (Kathmandu), Nepalganj, Biratnagar, Simara and Pokhara.

GoHelp is the disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL and comprises the programs “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) and natural disaster response via the Disaster Response Teams (DRTs). In a partnership with the United Nations since 2005, Deutsche Post DHL Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees free of charge. To date, GARD was implemented jointly with the United Nations Development Program to more than 25 local airports in countries like Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal,Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In cooperation with UNOCHA, DPDHL Group also established a global network of Disaster Response Teams to support airports in case of a natural disaster. The DRT network consists of over 400 trained DHL volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed over 30 times worldwide, with the most recent deployment to Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.

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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

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April 29, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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The Rise of APAC: Why the Balance of Power in Online Travel is Shifting East in 2015

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SINGPAORE /PRNewswire/ — For its 14th edition EyeforTravel’s TDS Asia event will be returning to Singapore May 20-21, when over 200 senior travel agents will get together to discuss the biggest trends and challenges the APAC region. Ahead of the event, conference director Mariah Assuncao has offered an analysis of why the balance of power in online travel is shifting east in 2015.

The rise of APAC

Want to gain a competitive edge? “Go east or go under may well be your mantra for the coming year

Stunning landscapes and cultural spectacles, coupled with rising incomes and a growing propensity to travel, has seen Asia-Pacific fire the imagination of the online travel industry. Today, APAC represents 25% of the global travel market and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that almost half of global air travel will touch the region by 2034.

Even with, or perhaps because of, the complexities of multiple languages, religions, currencies and payment platforms, opportunities abound. So if the region isn’t on your radar yet, why not join us at TDS Asia in Singaporefrom May 2021. Here is a taste of why it may be worthwhile to consider.

1. From West to East, household names in travel are making significant moves

From established players to the fastest growing newcomers, 2014 has seen plenty of activity in APAC. For many players, and for many reasons, China was a top priority. A range of research houses agree that by 2030 Chinese tourists will account for around 40% of outbound Asian travellers and they will splash out an estimated $1.8 trillionon travel and tourism.

As such, there were the expected announcements from the big Western players. Priceline, for one, cemented its relationship with local online travel firm CTrip with a $500 million investment over the summer, and then a further$135 million in September. Competitor Expedia also continued its APAC mission with the $612m acquisition of Australian-based Wotif Group in November. The major hotel chains were also unstoppable, with data from AT Kearney pointing to a pipeline of 400 new hotels in China for Marriott, Starwood and Accor.

But it wasn’t just a tale of China. IHG, which has established markets in Australia, the Middle East and Japan, looked southwest to countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Of particular interest are Asia’smid-tier cities, which are showing the biggest signs of growth. While Western names may dominate global media, Asian players are starting to look increasingly comfortable in the driver’s seat. Chinese Internet giant Baidu’s announcement that it will be taking an undisclosed stake in UBER is one example. Meanwhile, Qunar, China’sbiggest travel search engine (also owned by Baidu), recently announced a partnership with online chauffeur-booking service BlackLane. Jens Wohltorf, BlackLane’s founder, says the move reflects growing demand for an end-to-end travel experience.

2. Even governments are seeing the light

Although visa restrictions in many places make it difficult, some governments are making positive noises. The Chinese government, for one, has moved to liberalise curbs on overseas trips, making it easier for citizens to travel. Most recently, the US and China agreed to issue visas to each other’s citizens that would be valid for up to a decade.

Meanwhile the government of India, another fastgrowing online travel market, recently moved to implement visa on arrival.” According to Peter Kerkar, director of the luxury tour and tailor-made holiday firm Cox & Kings, this is a positive move and the “decision will lead to rapid growth in inbound tourism numbers and generate double digit growth in arrivals.” This is good news for providers of accommodations, tours and services within the country!

3. Budget conscious sharing is the new staying

Earlier this year, Sean Seah, MD of Groupon Travel told EyeforTravel that in 2014 and 2015, “The whole peer-to-peer model will be huge,” and that this “is going to make it even harder for travel suppliers like hotels to play the game.” It seems his prediction could come true.

In 2014, Airbnb embarked on an aggressive hiring and marketing spree in Asia and is now the biggest provider of vacation rentals in the region. Another notable player is Travelmob, a two-year old startup focused on the value and budget segment, which was snapped up HomeAway in 2013. That was clearly a bid to tap Travelmob’s local customer base, 80% of which are Asian. Travelmob founder Turochas Fuad has real insight into consumer behaviour and argues that big drivers of this sharing trend include:

  • Many Asians still like to travel in a group, and as a family, and they want accommodations that fit that bill without breaking the bank.
  • Asia’s millennial demographic, in particular, is budget  not brand  conscious when it comes to travel. “Of course, there will always be people who only want luxury, so there will always be a place for those high-end chains, but in general the Asian consumer is far more value conscious,” says Fuad.
  • The experience matters more than the accommodation, so they want to save on the latter to spend on meals, tours, activities and shopping. These millennials may not be travel brand aware but they still want designer label consumer goods.

4. Consumers are mobile and internet savvy but internet penetration is anything but saturated

You can’t mention APAC, a region of close to 4 billion people, without a mention of mobile. By 2016, market research outfit ETC-Global predicts that the region will account for 57.7% of the world’s mobile phone users, and as much as 40% of global mobile data traffic by 2015. However, it’s also worth noting that just 30% of the population has internet access today and that varies widely from country to country.

India, for example, at just over 17%, has the lowest penetration but it’s the fastest growing. Returning to budget sweet spot consider this: of the 50,000 room nights booked daily in the value category in India, the top three online travel players in India currently represent just 0.5% of bookings. One of those is Stayzilla, an accommodation provider of value driven budget accommodation. Vedanarayanan Vedantham, the company’s head of marketing, says if you start to consider online penetration in other parts of India’s travel ecosystem, a strong story starts to emerge; 70% of flight bookings are made online, for trains it’s 60%, four to fivestar hotels 60% and bus bookings 90%!

In South Korea, on the other hand, while eightinten people have internet access, interestingly consumers still prefer to use offline agencies. So even where internet penetration is high there are opportunities.

5. Payments and the leapfrog factor

In Asia, the fact that mobile is the default device for accessing the internet means that consumers are less concerned about issues like payment security than Western counterparts. The bigger challenge, however, is the large number of payment options and currencies  especially for those dealing with homeowners or small providers.

If somebody wants to pay in Japanese Yen, for example, but the host wants US dollars, that’s a role that middlemen can fill. It’s certainly been a strong focus for Travelmob, which supports 17 different currencies and a range of payment mechanisms. That said, in places like India and Indonesia, solid international payment solutions remain elusive  which is a challenge and opportunity.

A fitting way to end is a look a Amsterdamborn, cloud-based payment platform, Ayden, which serves the likes of Facebook and Airbnb. It recently hit the billion-dollar valuation mark in its latest round of investment. The company is quoted saying that it expected to process roughly $25 billion in global payments this year, a 78% rise compared with 2013. Talking about the firms’ future moves, founder Pieter Van der Does talked of his plans to “bulk up its Asia market with a special focus on Alibaba’s Alipay.

Need we say more?

Join EyeforTravel’s flagship summit TDS Asia 2015 (Singapore 20-21st May) to learn from and network with the best minds in APAC’s travel industry. Speaker’s brands include: Tiger Air, Starwood, Priceline,, Virgin Australia and many more! Book your place today:

For further information, please contact:

Mariah Assuncao
Number: +44 2073757219

Source: EyeforTravel

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April 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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Philippine IT-BPM Delegation to Embark on a 4-day Trade Mission to Australia

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Top players from the Philippine information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry are set to visit Sydney, Australia for a 4-day trade mission aimed at expanding the industry’s presence in Australia, one of its growing markets.

The delegation, consisting of 12 IT-BPM companies, namely, Acquire BPO, ADEC Innovations, Collective Solution International, Globe Business, KMC Solutions, Outsourced, Philippine Outsourcing Alliance, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, Pointwest Technologies Corporation, SHORE Solutions Inc., SPi Global, and TeleDevelopment Services Inc., will converge at the Sydney Olympic Park on May 5-7, 2015, to participate in CeBIT, Australia’sleading business conference and exhibition for the ICT industry, and showcase their comprehensive services and capabilities in areas such as customer relationship management, IT outsourcing, back office support, healthcare information management, document management, offshore staffing, telecommunications, and HR solutions, among others.

Led by the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and supported by the Philippine government through the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine contingent will also host a forum and a business matching event on May 8, 2015, at Ernst & Young, 680 George St., Sydney, NSW.

“Following the industry’s solid performance in 2014, this is an opportune time for us to present our strong value proposition to Australian firms that are looking into outsourcing or offshoring to increase their competitiveness,” says IBPAP president and CEO Jose Mari Mercado. “Our high level of compatibility and complementarity with the Australian market makes us a good fit as an outsourcing partner,” adds Mercado.

2014 was a banner year for the Philippine IT-BPM industry. It breached the 1-million employment mark and generated over US$ 18 billion in revenues, posting an 18.7% YoY growth. It is poised to hit its Road Map targets of US$ 25 billion in revenues and 1.3 million direct employees by 2016.

For more information about the forum and business matching, please email or call +61 2 9299 0002.

Source: IT & Business Process Association Philippines

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April 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Novogen Regains Full Compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited (ASX: NRT; NASDAQ: NVGN) (Company), announced today that it received a letter from NASDAQ informing it that it had regained full compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5550(b) (Listing Rule).

In November 2014, the Company received a deficiency notice from NASDAQ, requesting the Company to submit a plan to regain compliance with the Listing Rule, which requires either (i) a minimum of $2,500,000 in stockholders’ equity as of June 30, 2014; (ii) at least $35,000,000 market value of listed securities, or (iii) at least$500,000 of net income from continuing operations for the most recently completed fiscal year or two of the three most recently completed fiscal years.

Further to lodgement of its plan to regain compliance, NASDAQ granted an extension to the Company in January 2015.

The recent growth in the Company’s market value, as well as the substantial increase of its assets with the current capital-raising program, has allowed the Company to regain compliance with the Listing Rule.

Graham Kelly, Novogen Group CEO and Executive Chairman, said, “Novogen regards itself as a joint US-Australian company. Roughly half of our shareholders are US residents. We have a joint venture company with one of the leading universities in the US. We are conducting increasing collaborations with leading US research institutions and hospitals as our drug technologies get better appreciated. The US eventually will be the leading market for our drug candidates. Maintaining our NASDAQ listing is vital to us.”

About Novogen

Novogen is a public, Australian-US drug-development company whose shares trade on both the Australian Securities Exchange (‘NRT’) and NASDAQ (‘NVGN’). The Novogen group includes US-based, CanTx Inc, a joint venture company with Yale University. Novogen has two main drug technology platforms: super-benzopyrans (SBPs) and anti-tropomyosins (ATMs). SBP compounds have been designed to kill the full heterogeneity of cells within a tumor, but with particular activity against the slowly-dividing, less differentiated cancer stem (tumor-initiating) cell. The ATM compounds target the micro-filament component of the cancer cell’s cytoskeleton and have been designed to combine with anti-microtubule drugs (taxanes, vinca alkaloids) to produce comprehensive and fatal destruction of the cancer cell cytoskeleton. The Company pipeline currently comprises two SBP drug candidates (TRXE-002, TRXE-009) and one ATM drug candidate (Anisina).

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All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this announcement including, without limitation, statements regarding future plans and objectives of Novogen Limited (“Novogen”) are forward-looking statements. When used in this announcement, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as ‘may’, ‘could’, ‘should’, ‘would’, ‘believes’, ‘estimates’, ‘targets’, ‘expects’ or ‘intends’ and other similar words that involve risks and uncertainties.

Such statements relate to future events and expectations and as such involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market conditions, weather risks, economic and political risks.

These statements are based on an assessment of present economic and operating conditions, and on a number of assumptions regarding future events and actions that, as at the date of this announcement, are expected to take place. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are beyond the control of Novogen, its directors and management, which could cause Novogen’s actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or anticipated in these statements.

Novogen cannot and does not give any assurance that the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement will actually occur and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results, actions, and developments may differ materially from those expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors.

Novogen does not undertake to update or revise forward- looking statements, or to publish prospective financial information in the future, regardless of whether new information, future events or any other factors affect the information contained in this announcement, except where required by applicable law and stock exchange listing requirements.

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April 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

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Get new insights on how to integrate automated storytelling technologies and robot journalism into the work of news reporting at Digital Journalism World 2015

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — The 2nd edition of Digital Journalism World, which is Asia’s most important news media summit, will take place May 11-12, 2015 at the One Farrer Hotel & Spa Singapore.

This two day summit will explore new tools of change and methodologies for news gathering and distribution, and will deliberate how they will impact the newsroom workflow. One interesting topic to be discussed is the use of robots and automated storytelling technology and its current use in journalism.

This year the event will feature an impressive panel of presenters from major news media organizations such as CNN Digital, Huffington Post, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Cambodia Daily, Google and Yahoo to deliberate the industry’s hottest issues and key trends impacting the way news is gathered and shared.

The summit will feature many icons of industry, journalists who have given the news world a different take on news reporting and engagement with readers. With new methodology and technology for news reporting available, the newsroom can be better equipped for exciting coverage of the news by integrating life reporting with video streaming and live blogging.

The summit will feature a top notch panel of speakers:

  • Martin Stabe, Head, Interactive News, Financial Times
  • Ethan Klapper, Senior Social Media Editor, The Huffington Post
  • Robin Moroney, Communications Manager, Google
  • Etan Horowitz, Senior Mobile Editor, CNN Digital
  • Adam Najberg, Asia Digital Editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Tim Pool, Director of Media Innovation & Senior Correspondent, Fusion
  • Ryan O’Connor, Creative Director, News Online, BBC News
  • Andy Carvin, Editor-in-Chief,, First Look Media
  • Greg Barber, Director Digital News Projects, The Washington Post
  • Hille van der Kaa, Professor, Future Media, Fontys School of Applied Sciences
  • Joshua Wilwohl, Online Editor, The Cambodia Daily
  • James A. Neufeld, Founder & CEO, SAM
  • Hamish Boland-Rudder, Online Editor, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
  • Mark Johnson, South-East Asia correspondent, The Economist
  • Robb Montgomery, CEO, Visual Editors, Founder, Smart Film School, Berlin Germany
  • Mat Yurow, Associate Director, Audience Development, The New York Times
  • Esa Makinen, Data and Interactives Editor, Helsingin Sanomat
  • Marc Lourdes, Yahoo News Digest
  • Adam Najberg, Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jim Roberts, Chief Content Editor, Mashable

The summit will cover key themes of:

  • Data driven stories
  • Open source intelligence for covering crises
  • Data visualizations and infographics
  • Social sharing and publishing
  • Strategies for mobile engagements with younger audiences
  • Wearables, bots and virtual reality in news reporting
  • Engaging the community and managing trolls

Meet Asia’s news media professionals from editorial team, digital editors, news producing and news design teams, social media and mobile strategies teams. Get more information at

Digital Journalism World Summit 2015 is organized by Asher Russell Pte Ltd, the organizer of Native Advertising Summit, Interactive News Design, and the Digital Journalism World series.

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April 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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New Design Leader to Create Great Places

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BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Place Design Group is excited to announce the appointment of a new design leader.  Joining Planning Director Chris Isles, Finn Jones has taken on the position of Design Director to lead the strategic growth and evolution of the organisation.

Over the last year, understanding the rapid changes to urbanisation, and positioning Place Design Group to be part of the next wave of change has been the focus for Managing Director, Shaun Munday.  “There has been a significant shift in our markets, both in Australia and China, over the last 12 months.  We wanted to ensure our response to our client offering was both collaborative in services but also highly strategic in the planning and design outcome.  With the appointment of Finn we have greatly added to the strategic minds driving our teams.”

“Finn brings a highly respected level of strategic thinking to Place Design Group. This is set to assist our teams to find new ways to approach urbanisation by uncovering latent opportunities, needs, and behaviours.  We are extremely excited to welcome him to the team and I look forward to supporting him in his role in the evolution of our strategic direction,” says Shaun.

A highly regarded and internationally awarded designer, thought leader and problem solver, Finn has over 20 years’ experience across urban design, master planning, vision and city economic growth policy, and development.  Previously Managing and Design Director of Space Cubed Architecture Studio, Gold Coast City’s Principal Urban Designer and Architect, Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast Region for over eight years, and Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor, Finn’s industry experience and relationships have enabled him to lead and deliver crucial urban and city shaping projects.

“Throughout my career I have focussed on human centred designs for optimised urban centres; identifying ‘places’ for individuals and creating communities to reinforce each city’s unique opportunities. I am excited to merge this passion with Place Design Group’s vision of creating great places,” says Finn.

“Our unified goal is to be leaders in solving the complex issues of urbanisation with people and communities at the centre.  Building on Place Design Group’s strong reputation and consultancy platform, I look forward to working with the team to leverage this and enhance their collaborative methodology through strategic design.”

Initially based on the Gold Coast Finn will work closely with Principals, Alex Cohn and Peter Bell at a local level and Chris Isles at a wider level.  The Gold Coast team is already hitting its stride with a broader approach to design thinking, securing an inner urban redevelopment at Surfers Paradise and a number of strategic and significant suburban brownfield redevelopments over the last month.

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Source: PLACE Design Group

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April 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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DocDoc Positioned to Become Global Leading Medical Tourism Company

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — DocDoc, Asia’s largest doctor discovery platform, today announced the closing of its Series A round. The company raised a total of S$11.5M to further accelerate its growth across the region and to deepen its market penetration. DocDoc processes thousands of patient bookings a month and currently operates in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea and India. This announcement was made during InnovFest unBound 2015, Asia most exciting innovation festival. DocDoc were one of three companies being showcased onstage at the event today.

“We are thrilled with the close of our Series A round of funding and welcome extraordinary investors to the DocDoc Family. In particular, we feel fortunate to have such a strong lead in Mr. Raymond Choong Yee How, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Leong Financial Group. It is also exciting to welcome Sparklabs Global Ventures ( into the round. Both groups provide exceptional value to DocDoc as we build on our position in the region as Asia’s leading doctor discovery and medical information company,” said DocDoc’s Co-Founder & CEO, Mr. Cole Sirucek. “Being an entrepreneur is hard work, and I am proud of the entire team at DocDoc. Their tireless dedication and commitment to excellence is what made this day possible.”

“DocDoc is in a most fortuitous position to build a world leading company out of Singapore. South East Asia is already the capital of the world for medical tourism and so it makes a lot of sense that the world’s leading doctor discovery engine comes from here. Our mission is to help South East Asia bolster its leading medical tourism position by effectively marketing the scale, scope and sophistication of the region’s medical establishment”, added Sirucek.

Mr. Raymond Choong Yee How, President, Hong Leong Financial Group said, “We are pleased to be part of this investment in DocDoc. The proliferation of information technology will transform healthcare and we are confident that DocDoc is well positioned to lead this, given its dynamic growth throughout the region.”

Mr. Jay McCarthy, Co-Founder and Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures also highlighted, “Sparklabs is ecstatic to be joining this round of investment and to be partnering with a talented group of entrepreneurs to help build an exceptional company. DocDoc is a company whose time has come as consumers increasingly turn to the internet to find out relevant information in selecting their physician. Moreover, the team at DocDoc is clearly demonstrating their ability to execute across multiple markets. We expect this to be a good one.”

About DocDoc:

DocDoc was founded to transform the patients’ healthcare experience through transparency in the doctor discovery process.

We provide a free service that enables patients to credibly research qualified health care professionals and understand their clinical interests, sub-specialties, assess their academic credentials and achievements, and book an appointment via any internetconnected device or use our concierge services.

DocDoc is founded by veteran professionals from both the healthcare and technology industries and funded by some of the most successful tech investors in the region. Our investors include: 500 Startups (leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm led by Dave McClure, formerly with PayPal and Facebook), and Michael Brehm(Founder of Rebate Networks, Business Angel of DailyDeal which was acquired by Google, brands4friends acquired by eBay, and scoreloop acquired by RIM). Other notable investors include William Hawkins, (former Global Chairman and CEO of Medtronic), Koh Boon Hwee (former Chairman of DBS bank, Singtel, and Singapore Airlines), Yoh-Chi Lu (Founder and Chairman of Biosensors International) and Hyder Ahmed (CEO of Broadpeak Investments).

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Contact: Angie Soh, Administrative Assistant, +65-6690-3348, or email:

About Heong Leong Group:

Hong Leong Group is a leading provider of financial services through the subsidiaries and associate companies of Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad.

The Group’s Financial Services companies provide a broad spectrum of financial services — commercial banking, treasury, insurance, investment banking, capital markets, stock-broking and asset management throughoutMalaysia, Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia. Based in Kuala Lumpur, our products and services are distributed via a diverse range of distribution channels.

Our vision is to be an integrated financial services group that consistently meets our customers’ needs. Our goal is to become a leader in the financial services industry; a leader in each of the markets that we operate in.

About Sparklabs Global Ventures:

SparkLabs Global Ventures is a seed-stage investment fund. We believe business is now truly global, but most investors are not. Exceptional entrepreneurs that are building strong, category defining companies can be found anywhere. SparkLabs Global is a team of highly experienced entrepreneurs and operators based in London, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong and Palo Alto, CA that will focus on helping our entrepreneurs to develop, grow, network, and scale into other markets throughout the world.

For more information, please visit:

Contact:   Bernard Moon, Co-founder, +1-650-454-5244

Or  Jay McCarthy, Co-founder, +65-9363-1699

Source: DocDoc

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April 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

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Spring Professional Launches Supply Chain & Logistics Speciality Business, as Singapore Upholds its Top 5 Logistics Global Ranking Position

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ —

  • Demand for skilled supply chain and logistics (SC&L) talent expected to rise as Singapore secures its global logistics hub status (No.5, Logistics Performance Index, World Bank Global Ranking)
  • The exponential growth of ecommerce has spurred logistics companies to create new business units for ecommerce solutions, to provide effective logistics solutions for multi-channel retailing.
  • With 20 of the top 25 global logistics players having a regional presence on Singapore, the SC&L industry in Singapore is set to maintain its current pace.
  • In order to cope with the growing demand for specialised SC&L talent, the Economic Development Board (EDB) has been working closely with companies in the sector to continue building a relevant talent pool.

Spring Professional, the wholly-owned professional recruitment arm of the Adecco Group in Asia, has today announced its commitment to support the demand for supply chain and logistics professionals in Singapore, and throughout the Asia region, with the official launch of its supply chain and logistics specialty in Singapore.

As Singapore works towards securing its global logistics hub status (No. 5, Logistics Performance Index, World Bank Global Ranking), demand for skilled supply chain and logistics (SC&L) talent is expected to increase. This is further bolstered by the exponential growth of ecommerce, which has spurred logistics companies to create new business units for ecommerce solutions, in order to provide effective and efficient logistics solutions for multi-channel retailing.

With 20 of the top 25 global logistics players having a regional presence in Singapore, the SC&L industry is set to maintain its current pace. Currently, there are 192,600 professionals employed in the logistics sector inSingapore, with this number expected to increase as demand for specialised SC&L talent in the region rises. To that end, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has been working closely with companies in the sector to draw and build a sustainable and relevant talent pool.

“Logistics as a function and an industry has been present for some time in the Asia region. However, what is lacking now is the number of individuals who can be dynamic and creative in developing cost-effective logistics solutions that can gain traction both here in Singapore and in overseas markets” said Kenneth Koo, Spring Professional Singapore’s Associate Director for the new Supply Chain & Logistics team.

“Over the next five years, the demand for supply chain and logistics talent in Singapore is set to spike and in a market as competitive as this, companies need to develop comprehensive talent attraction and retention plans to tap into the tight talent pool in order to support their growth plans. Spring Professional has developed an expert-to-expert methodology, which will see our teams supporting both organisations and individuals in the recruitment process,” added Serge Shine, Managing Director, Spring Professional Asia (ex-Japan).

Spring Professional Singapore has an exclusive focus on the recruitment of middle to senior level management and specialists in the sectors of IT, engineering, property & construction and supply chain & logistics. With its extensive networks linked to the Adecco Group in Europe, North America and other geographies, Spring Professional Singapore is well poised to make its mark in facilitating supply chain and logistics demand as a specialist recruiter.

The Spring Professional Asia network has offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul,Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo — and in Europe in France, Spain and the UK.

For further information, please contact:
Imran Johri, Marketing Director,
Spring Professional, Asia
Tel: +65-6235-4962

About Spring Professional

Spring Professional is an international firm specialising in information technology, engineering, property & construction and supply chain & logistics recruitment across the Asia region, with offices in mainland China(Beijing & Shanghai), Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The company also operates in Europe with offices in France, Spain and the UK.

Spring Professional is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adecco Group. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With approximately 31,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 650,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.

Source: Spring Professional Asia

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April 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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