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PRAJ Brings First-of-its Kind Diploma in Brewing Training in Association With IBD

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PUNE, India /PRNewswire/ —

– An Invitation to IBD Diploma in Brewing  – Certified Training

– Bringing India and the Subcontinent in Line With Global Brewing Practices

Praj Industries (Praj), the global process engineering and solutions provider for bioethanol, alcohol & brewery, water & wastewater and process equipment has launched a training program for the brewery industry professionals in association withInstitute of  Brewing & Distilling (IBD) to offerDiploma in BrewingModule 1 Training 2015. It is a 5-day comprehensive, technical training program which will follow the syllabus of the IBD Diploma in Brewing.

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This training program will be held from 24th-28th Aug, 2015 at Praj’s Headquarters in Hinjewadi, Pune, India. It is specially designed for Plant Supervisors, Shift Supervisors, Brewery Technologists, Process & Chemical Engineers etc., who are in the brewing industry for 5-7 years and are associated with the beer production process. The training will be given by an IBD Accredited Trainer.

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) UK, is an internationally respected members’ organization whose mission is the advancement of education, training and professional development, principally in the science and technology of brewing and distilling.  Details of the IBD Diploma in Brewing examination can be found athttp://www.ibd.org.uk/qualifications and the details about Diploma in BrewingModule 1 Training 2015 can be found at http://praj.net/IBD.html.

Mr Sanjay Sapru, Executive Vice President, Brewery Business  Praj Industries said, “From a long term perspective this is good for Indian Brewing industry as we will be building the capability.”

“The IBD is the global leader in the provision of vocational technical brewing qualifications and this co-operation with Praj will enable the IBD to increase its teaching provision and capacity within India,” said Mr Simon Jackson, Executive Director, IBD.

About Praj Industries Limited:

Praj is a global process solutions company driven by innovation and integration capabilities, offers solutions to add significant value to bio-ethanol facilities, brewery plants, water & wastewater treatment systems, critical process equipment & systems, HiPurity solutions and bio-products. Praj has been a trusted partner for process engineering, plant & critical equipment and systems with over 600 references across five continents.

For more information, visit  http://www.praj.net.

For further information, please contact:
Amol Gangele
Praj Industries Ltd (India)
Cell No. +91 9890300162
Phone : +91 20 2294 1000
Email: amolgangele@praj.net

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June 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

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2015 Global Peace Index Reveals an Increasingly Divided World

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high

The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence

  • Many OECD countries reached historically high levels of peace, boosted by reductions in homicide rates, levels of military expenditure and military engagements.
  • Iceland tops the Index as the most peaceful country in the world, Syria is the least peaceful.
  • MENA’s peace now the lowest since 2008, as the region falls to the bottom of the Index for the first time.
  • Growth in terrorist activity spilled over from MENA into Sub-Saharan Africa with largest increases recorded in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
  • The intensity of armed conflict increased dramatically, with the number of people killed in conflicts globally rising more than 3.5 times, from 49,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014.
  • Total deaths from terrorism in 2014 increased by 9% to an estimated 20,000.
  • Almost 1% of the world’s population now refugees or internally displaced (IDPs), the highest level since 1945, and numbers expected to increase.
  • The impact of violence on the global economy reached US$14.3 trillion or 13.4% of global GDP in the last year, equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.

Escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index published today by the global think-tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Since 2008 the total economic impact of violence has increased by US$1.9 trillion (+15.3%). The cost of supporting refugees and IDPs alone has increased by 267% since 2008, and now amounts to US$128 billion. However military expenditure, homicide and police forces remain the most costly categories, accounting collectively for 68.3% of the total cost.

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the IEP observed, “Reducing conflict is a crucial plank in ensuring continued world economic recovery. If global violence were to decrease by 10% uniformly, an additionalUS$1.43 trillion would effectively be added to the world economy. To put this in perspective, this is more than six times the total value of Greeces bailout and loans from the IMF, ECB  and other Eurozone countries combined.

Overall, global peace levels remained stable in 2014; but are lower than 2008. However the overall score disguises an increasing division between the most and least peaceful nations. Since last year, 81 countries improved their levels of peacefulness while 78 deteriorated.

Many European nations are now experiencing historic levels of peace with homicide rates falling, military budgets decreasing and the withdrawal of forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. In contrast countries traditionally at the bottom of the index such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan and Central African Republic all became even less peaceful.Libya saw the most severe deterioration in peace this year – falling down to 149th out of 162 countries. Ukraine, which suffered over 6,000 deaths from conflict and had over 1 million people displaced, recorded the second largest fall.

Four regions – Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America and the Caribbean – experienced improvements in peace since last year. Sectarian strife and civil conflicts further reduced levels of peace in MENA, resulting in its worst ever score, while South America also saw a deterioration in its score driven mainly by increases in popular protests and a rise in perceptions of criminality.

Despite ongoing improvements in peace in many countries, the number and intensity of armed conflicts increased dramatically with a 267% rise in the number of deaths from conflict since 2010, creating unprecedented levels of refugees. Latest estimates from the UNHCR suggest that refugees and IDPs account for approximately 0.75% of the current world population, over 50 million people. This increase of 131% in less than a decade was driven not just by conflict in the MENA region, but also by the ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo andColombia with 23% and 13% of IDPs by country of origin in 2013.

In 2014, 69 countries recorded deaths from terrorism, up from 60 the prior year, highlighting the increasing use of terror tactics. Growth in terrorist activity expanded from MENA to Sub-Saharan Africa with the largest increases recorded in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. Nigeria is now the second most deadly country for terrorism after Iraq, experiencing 140% increase in deaths to 4,392. Its neighbour Cameroon recorded 191 deaths in 2014 compared to none the previous year. Fewer than 1% of terrorist fatalities in 2014 occurred in the OECD. Boko Haram’s massacre of over 2000 civilians in Baga, Nigeria in January 2015 was the most deadly terrorist incident since 9/11, an event overshadowed by the murder of 11 journalists at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo the following month.

Steve Killelea said, 2014 was marked by two contradictory trends: on the one hand, many countries in the OECD achieved historic levels of peace while on the other, strife-torn nations, especially in the Middle East, became more violent. This is a real concern; as these conflicts become even more intractable they then spread terrorism to other states.

A common theme in the countries with the largest improvements this year was a fall in the level of organised external conflict or wars with neighbours, with Africa profiting from this trend; Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egyptand Benin topped the most improved nations. Europe also saw a drop in deaths from organised external conflict.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region in the world, securing the top three positions in the GPI. Its peacefulness has improved every year for the past four years. Iceland ranks first. Greece was the region’s greatest improver, rising 22 places. The UK rose eight places having exited Afghanistan.

North Americas score improved slightly. This was largely due to the US moving up two places due to a better score for number, duration and role in external conflicts as it wound down presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Asia-Pacific is ranked third behind Europe and North America in the GPI. However, it contains the greatest diversity in scores of any region with three countries in the top 10 and a single country, North Korea, in the bottom 10. The South China Sea remains a potential area for conflict, with countries involved in the dispute all showing a deterioration in scores.

South Americas overall regional score declined and is now below the global average. Some South American countries did improve: Peru had the biggest improvement due to reductions in the number of deaths from organized internal conflicts; Chile improved on the back of a better score for arms transfers and Ecuador’s political terror scale improved along with the number and duration of internal conflicts. The score declined for all the other countries inSouth America, with the most notable deterioration in Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil.

Central America and the Caribbean slightly improved its scores, however it remains less peaceful than the global average. Costa Rica and Jamaica had the strongest improvements. Costa Rica saw improvements in its scores for homicide, while Jamaica’s improvement stemmed from a reduction in its outstanding dues to UN peacekeeping missions. The countries whose scores slipped the most were El Salvador due to increases in the Political Terror Scale and Nicaragua due to increases in violent crime.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s score improved in 2015, putting it further ahead of Russia and Eurasia, South Asia, and MENA. This overall improvement masks sharp variations in country performance; sub-Saharan states registered some of the sharpest score changes, both positive and negative. Guinea-Bissau and Cote d’Ivoire registered the largest score improvements worldwide while Djibouti’s ranking declined 42 places, reflecting a rising incidence of social unrest, crime and resentment of the government’s authoritarian rule.

Russia and Eurasia recorded a modest deterioration in its overall score this year, while its position in the ranking by region was unchanged. There were significant variations between countries; Ukraine recorded one of the biggest falls this year for its aggregate score for internal peace.

South Asias position moved up one notch in the regional rankings after being at the bottom in 2014, but only because conditions deteriorated at a faster pace in MENA. Overall, the scores of most countries in the region worsened, with just Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh registering gains.

MENA remains blighted by conflict and records the worst regional score in the GPI. The score deteriorated from last year’s index, as mild improvements notably in Egypt and Tunisia were outweighed by deteriorating scores particularly in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/GPIreport.

NOTES TO EDITORS

GPI report, video, and interactive maps are available at: http://www.visionofhumanity.org

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/GlobPeaceIndex (#peaceindex)

Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/globalpeaceindex

About the Global Peace Index (GPI)

The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace(IEP). It gauges on-going domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and militarisation in 162 countries by taking into account 23 indicators.

About the Institute for Economics and Peace

IEP is an international and independent think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

Source: Institute for Economics and Peace

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June 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

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Cendyn/ONE Announces eConcierge 2.0 — a Next-Generation, Mobile Guest Service Application built with Data Intelligence™

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— eConcierge 2.0 offers guests a mobile application to manage their entire experience and property owners a turnkey CRM solution with rich profiling, automated marketing, and advanced analytics.

BOCA RATON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Today, during HITEC 2015 at the Austin Convention Center,Cendyn/ONE announced eConcierge 2.0, a groundbreaking advancement in guest service applications (GSAs) for the travel and hospitality industry. eConcierge 2.0 offers guests a simple-to-use application to manage their entire guest experience using any device. And because eConcierge 2.0 is fully-integrated with Cendyn/ONE’s Data Intelligence platform, hotels and resorts will benefit from eConcierge 2.0’s turnkey integration, robust profiling, marketing automation, and sophisticated business intelligence.

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eConcierge 2.0 – The Next Gen Mobile Guest Service Application built with #DataIntelligence

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Over ten years ago, Cendyn—the parent company of Cendyn/ONE—set the standard in pre-stay engagement with the introduction of its eConcierge product. For the first time, guests were given the opportunity to share preferences and profiles digitally, leading to improved guest satisfaction and service, as well as a wealth of direct marketing opportunity. Now in use by hundreds of hospitality brands worldwide, eConcierge continues to increase guest satisfaction and loyalty while driving ancillary revenue for hotels and resorts.

“We view eConcierge 2.0 as the right solution at the right time,” said Charles Deyo, Founder and CEO of Cendyn. “Our partners have been asking for a guest service application that not only looks and works great on the front-end, but also has deep, turn-key connections to data that allows for sophisticated business intelligence and automated marketing solutions that affect the bottom line.”

To that end, eConcierge 2.0 will work seamlessly with eInsight, Cendyn/ONE’s award winning CRM solution that gives hotels and resorts a comprehensive, single view of guests. With no need to develop or build unique data connections, eConcierge 2.0 offers hotels and resorts a mobile guest services solution that streamlines marketing and operations while further enhancing guest satisfaction via a simple-to-use mobile application. Guests may build profiles and an itinerary with advance requests and bookings; and, once on site, use the application to access hotel information and services in real time. For hotels and resorts, eConcierge 2.0 offers the opportunity to engage and interact with guests with direct messaging as well as unique offers based on predetermined triggers. Other core features include advance check-in; proximity alerts; real-time, instant message communication with guest services agents; Apple Watch integration; multi-channel messaging; interactive room service; and much more.

“We view eConcierge 2.0 as a groundbreaking guest engagement platform that both supports and extends a guest’s experience with a property,” said Tim Sullivan, President of Cendyn/ONE. “We’ve created an application that not only gives you the power to book and arrange activities, but to customize your arrival, stay, experience, and feedback in a way that is elegant and effortless.”

Cendyn/ONE will be demonstrating eConcierge 2.0 throughout the week at the company’s booth (#731) at HITEC 2015. In addition, Paul West, SVP of Mobile Products at Cendyn/ONE will be leading an educational discussion,The Data Driven Guest Journey, at 12.45pm on Wednesday, June 17th, during Exhibitor Tutorials located beside HTFP Booth #172.

About Cendyn/ONE:

Cendyn/ONE is a leader in Cloud-based CRM, Data-driven Digital Marketing and Interactive Design for the hospitality and travel industry. A part of the Cendyn portfolio, Cendyn/ONE™ provides hotels and resorts with data intelligence—a fully-integrated, cloud-based software and services platform that delivers a single view of guest history, value, behavior, desire, intent and engagement in order to drive higher marketing ROI while increasing guest satisfaction and loyalty. Our teams are experts in data integration, analysis and optimization; we seamlessly combine first and third-party data to deliver dynamic, one-to-one marketing and advertising across all digital channels. For more information, visit Cendyn/ONE or call 855.795.4832.

About Cendyn®:

Over the past 20 years, Cendyn® has developed innovative, cloud-based SaaS platforms for the event industry and leisure hospitality space. As the company organized itself around these distinct lines of business, and continued to experience rapid growth, it divided into two signature companies: Cendyn/ONE™, providing an integrated CRM and Loyalty, Data-Driven Digital Marketing and Interactive Design and Development platform for hospitality, gaming, and leisure; and Cendyn Arcaneo®, providing an innovative, cloud-based Event Technology Platform which is revolutionizing the way clients plan, execute and measure events worldwide.

To support the new corporate structure and continued rapid growth, Cendyn recently purchased and completely renovated a 94,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art office building. The expanded space serves as the North American headquarters for Cendyn and its signature enterprises, as well as, Cendyn SPACES®, an innovative co-workplace environment, and the award-winning restaurant concept M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom™. The new headquarters serves Cendyn’s global clients, providing 24/7 support with enterprise-grade infrastructure and an advanced Talk & Tech™ network. With office locations in Boca Raton, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto and London, the Cendyn portfolio of companies proudly serves over 30,000 clients in 143 countries and enterprise spend levels in excess of 1 billion USD. For more information on Cendyn and its subsidiaries, please visit www.cendyn.com or call 800.760.8152.

About HITEC

The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest products and services from over 300 companies, occupying more than 130,000 square feet. Nowhere else can premiere hospitality professionals gather to learn and experience the technologies that continue to enhance our industry and our customers’ experiences.

Contact:
Dee Surico, Marketing Manager
Phone: 561.419.2147
dsurico@cendyn.com

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June 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm

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ANZ Partners With CR2 to Accept UnionPay Bank Cards at Its ATMs and Merchant Terminals

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MELBOURNE /PRNewswire/ — CR2 is delighted to announce that it has successfully completed a project with ANZ to enable the acceptance of UnionPay cards through the ANZ ATM and merchant terminal POS networks.

ANZ is a leading super-regional bank represented in the key markets of Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific with more than 5 million customers and assets of over AUD$247 billion. UnionPay is the world’s fastest growing global payment network, operating in 150 countries with over 4.5 billion cards currently in circulation.

The first phase of this project has gone live in Australia within the last month, seeing ANZ continue to enhance its reputation for innovation by becoming the first Australian bank and the first bank in the Southern hemisphere to accept contactless and EMV enabled UnionPay cards. The second phase, which will be implemented later this year, will see ANZ accepting UPI cards across the entire Oceania and APAC region.

CR2’s card management acquiring solution is helping ANZ to acquire, recognise, and treat transactions for cards issued by UPI, routing the right transaction to the right network. This allows UnionPay cardholders to make payments at any accepting merchant, or withdraw cash from an ANZ ATM across Asia with their UPI card. CR2 continues to provide ANZ with a switching and processing solution, which is robust, precise and fast, letting UPI cardholders enjoy hassle free transactions when traveling throughout Asia Pacific.

ANZ China CEO Charles Li said, “As Australia’s largest bank in China, ANZ is pleased to be able to provide wider UnionPay card payment options to our customers as they travel throughout the region.”

Justene McDowell, Director of Cards and Payments Global Programs at ANZ, mentioned, “At ANZ, we continue to offer our customer the best possible experience and services when travelling internationally as well as when at home. As such, giving them the convenience to use UPI cards at ANZ ATMs and accepting merchant terminals fits in with our super regional strategy and customer focus.”

Lance Gourlay, Corporate Accounts Director at CR2, commented, “We are privileged to be partnering with ANZ in driving this innovative acceptance of UPI cards. ANZ and CR2 have a longstanding and successful relationship, which has allowed us to work together in offering customers choice, convenience and flexibility. We hope to continue moving forward with ANZ in enabling the best possible user experience and the provision of market leading services.”

About CR2

CR2 works with banks to reduce costs and increase revenues through best of breed self-service delivery. CR2’s multichannel platforms deliver a complete suite of integrated channels including ATM, POS, Internet, Mobile, Kiosk and IVR through one single unified self-service platform. As a result, it provides a consistent user experience and a consolidated view of all customer account information at all customer touch points. Headquartered in Ireland, CR2 has a network of offices across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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June 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

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Monster Jam® at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium Wins Best 2014 Guest Event at The Stadium Business Awards

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ELLENTON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — The 2014 Monster Jam® tour stop at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia has won the ‘Best Guest Event of the Year’ award at the 2015 The Stadium Business Awards. The award was in recognition of the best non-sports guest event, concert or one-off spectacle held at a major sports venue in the past 12 months. The award ceremony took place as part of The Stadium Business Summit held in Barcelona, Spain on June 10.

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The award, voted on by industry peers, marks the first major international award for Monster Jam and is another indicator of the brand’s rapid growth on the global live entertainment stage. Other nominees in this category include the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at the SSE Hydro (Scotland), 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony at Arena de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Winter Party Festival at the Montreal Olympic Stadium (Canada), One Direction at Allianz Stadium (Australia) and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park (Scotland).

Nearly 50,000 fans attended the October 18 Monster Jam show in Sydney, and nearly 150,000 fans in total attended one of the four cities (Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney) on the 2014 Monster Jam Australian Tour.

“To win this prestigious industry award is an affirmation of all the hard work and dedication that goes into presenting Monster Jam, not just in Sydney, but around the world,” said Magnus Danielsson, International Vice President of Feld Motor Sports “This was a great team effort, and I want to thank and congratulate the team at ANZ Stadium for being such valuable partners and the first in Australia to see the potential. I especially want to congratulate the Australian Feld Entertainment team for their hard work and dedication, as well as our fantastic Show Operations team for putting on one of the best International shows ever. More on the 2015 Australia tour to come soon!”

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, congratulated Feld Entertainment on its International Stadium Business Award and said his venue was proud that the Sydney performance of Monster Jam had been judged the Guest Event of the Year. “It is no mean feat to bring a show of the magnitude of Monster Jam to the other side of the world and roll it out with such precision, but the 2014 performance of Monster Jam in Sydney had a real wow factor about it and has everyone in Australia counting down the days to this year’s Monster Jam at ANZ Stadium,” Mr. Kerry said.

To-date, Monster Jam has visited 44 cities in 21 countries outside the United States with announcements on new engagements expected soon. In June, Monster Jam is visiting Valencia, Spain (June 6), Madrid, Spain (June 13),Barcelona, Spain (June 20) and Brussels, Belgium (June 28). In addition, the first Monster Jam engagement inAsia-Pacific will take place June 19-22 in Manila, Philippines.

For more information on the Stadium Business Awards winners, please click here.

About Feld Motor Sports®

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®. Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visitwww.feldentertainment.com.

Source: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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June 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

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Luxury Ski Resort, Shiki Niseko Offers All Season Comfort

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NISEKO, Japan /PRNewswire/ — Niseko, or “The Aspen of the East”, is the buzz now among holiday makers and investors owing to its reputation for regular champagne powder snow, garnering recognition by the Forbes Traveler in 2007 besides being voted as the snowiest resort in the world.

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Located in Hokkaido and surrounded by luscious mountain forests, this all season adventure playground is now internationally recognized for its first-class alpine environment besides significantly being acclaimed worldwide as an all-year-round holiday destination for family fun.

Launched in December 2012, Shiki Niseko is a luxurious maiden landmark condotel in the village of Hirafu. The brilliant partnership between established Asian hospitality providers Fairlane Hospitality and Tokyu Resort Group has made experiencing four seasons of luxury a reality.

Exclusive and unique, Shiki’s location is ringed neatly in the spectacular panoramic surrounding, whereby visitors get to indulge in its mesmerizing beauty while on their adventurous outdoor activities. All 68 of its luxurious and sophisticated 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments offer unparalleled, breathtaking views of either Mt. Yotei or the steep slopes of the Grand Hirafu Ski Resort on Mt. Annupuri.

Maintaining its contemporary Japanese aesthetic feel, the hotel-style condominium is built to fully satisfy the needs of guests. Firstclass facilities include fully equipped kitchen, scheduled housekeeping services and well-kept ski equipment storage as well as drying rooms for skiing enthusiasts.

A gourmet store of local organic fresh produce and deli, an exquisite Michelin Star-rated restaurant, an enticing coffee bar and convenient car rental services are all obtainable without having to step out of Shiki.

Fully operational allyearround, guests are guaranteed to be welcomed with the warmest, most humble gestures and reliable hospitality services that will make their stay a truly memorable one.

Evidently, the affluence and wealth in Greater Asia and the desire to own winter homes and also private residency among Asians is on the rise, leading to an increase in the number of investors in this niche property market.

This acclaimed development by Low Yat Group is defining new benchmarks in Asian Hospitality with the establishment of Fairlane Hospitality as their property and asset managers to protect all investments.

Discover the unveiled richness of Hokkaido all-year-round at Shiki Niseko for a truly unforgettable experience.

CONTACT
Ms Lynn Marian, Group PR & Marketing Communications
Email:
lynn@lowyatgroup.com.my
Tel.: +60-16-6364513

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June 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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TIBCO Software Brings Industry-Leading Embedded Analytics to Mobile & SaaS Applications

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, today announced that it has released TIBCO Jaspersoft® 6.1. The updated offering addresses many common challenges when embedding BI inside mobile and SaaS applications with an upgraded iOS® and Android™ application for a faster, more interactive experience for users. Additionally, improvements to the built-in multi-tenancy service help dramatically reduce the complexity and customisations commonly required for embedding BI into SaaS applications. The result is an industry-leading embeddable BI platform that can reach more users more efficiently.

In its 2015 Business Intelligence Magic Quadrant report, Gartner Research found that organisations will invest in embedding traditional BI content (reports and dashboards), interactive analysis, and predictive and prescriptive analytics into applications and business processes. Having real-time access to contextually relevant, actionable data is critical to reaching more people with BI in order to support better decision-making.

Jaspersoft® 6.1 offers additional improvements to the leading embeddable BI platform, including an enhanced designer for interactive dashboards, along with upgraded integration of the TIBCO® GeoAnalytics product’s capabilities for advanced mapping inside Jaspersoft reports.

“Developers want a BI platform that can quickly reach more people, including mobile users, even when the reports or dashboards are embedded inside another application. Most applications are delivered as a SaaS service in the cloud, forcing developers to integrate BI into their multi-tenant environment,” said Karl van den Bergh, vice president, product and cloud, TIBCO Analytics. “With Jaspersoft 6.1 and the improved TIBCO JasperMobile™ and multi-tenant offering, developers have a modern embeddable BI platform that fits with their SaaS architecture while extending the value of their application with embedded mobile BI.”

The release of Jaspersoft 6.1 further extends the organisation’s successful history of market-leading embedded business intelligence innovations established over the past decade, and places additional emphasis on the importance of cloud-based analytics for modern applications.

“Using data at the point of decision can make all the difference, which is why our customers use mobile BI to make data-driven decisions in the field, the hospital, or office,” said Matthew Scullion, managing director at Matillion. “There’s a clear advantage for customers when we can deliver BI that is consumable from anywhere via the cloud. The new TIBCO JasperMobile release has the interactive experience our customers need, in an embeddable framework that we can easily customize for the unique requirements of our clients.”

Additional new features include:

  • Advanced Dashboards: Improved dashboard capabilities lead to deeper, faster insights for users.
  • Improved Multi-Tenant Support: Configurable multi-tenant architecture dramatically simplifies the complexity and administration of SaaS- and cloud-based applications.

To learn more about TIBCO Jaspersoft 6.1 and the upcoming webinar tutorial visit: www.jaspersoft.com/introducing-jaspersoft-6

About TIBCO
TIBCO Software Inc. is a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software. Whether it’s optimizing inventory, cross-selling products, or averting crisis before it happens, TIBCO uniquely delivers the Two-Second Advantage® — the ability to capture the right information at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage. With a broad mix of innovative products and services, TIBCO is the strategic technology partner trusted by businesses around the world. Learn more about TIBCO at www.tibco.com.

TIBCO, the TIBCO logo, Jaspersoft, TIBCO JasperMobile, and Two-Second Advantage are trademarks or registered trademarks of TIBCO Software Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used by Apple Inc. under license. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

Media Contact:
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+1-415-682-9292
jane@incendiopr.com

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June 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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‘Female Founders’ Kicks Off Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Female Founders, a new, independent, non-profit non-governmental organisation that empowers female entrepreneurs and business leaders, launched with its inaugural event, “She-For-We: Female Founders for a Better Tomorrow” held at the INSEAD Auditorium.

The launch was attended by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors, partner associations, supporters, educational institutes and government representatives. Various industry experts also graced the occasion, highlighted by high-level discussions on the challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Singapore.

Founded by a group of like-minded female entrepreneurs led by Roshni Mahtani and Dr. Meri Rosich, Female Founders was established with the singular goal of improving gender equality.

Co-founder, Roshni Mahtani, CEO and Founder of Tickled Media said, “While Singapore women are highly educated and employed, they represent only 5 percent of tech start-ups and 8 percent of boards. In the Global Gender Gap report, Singapore ranked 55 out of 153 states. We aim to eliminate this inequality and target to increase the number of female-led organisations to 20 percent by 2020.”

By adopting a three-pronged approach centred on research, policy and advocacy action, the organisation aspires to connect people and provide support for women that want to start their own business or aspire to be business leaders.

“Women are still under-represented in entrepreneurship, particularly in this part of the world, despite studies revealing that companies with more women on their boards outperform their rivals. Overall we believe that economic empowerment of women will deliver significant societal benefits. As business women leaders ourselves, we will make Female Founders the premiere source of information on best practices for female business leaders of the future,” said Female Founders co-founder, Dr Meri Rosich, who is also the CEO and Founder of App Strategy Labs and Quality Time.

Female professionals, businesswomen, and students are welcome to register and join the Female Founders group through corporate, individual, and student membership options. For more information, please contact Female Founders via email, info@femalefounders.com.

About Female Founders

Female Founders is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting gender equality in entrepreneurship and leadership through research, policy and advocacy action. The group aims to increase the number of female-led organisations to 20 percent by 2020.

Media Contacts:

Roshni Mahtani
Co-Founder, Female Founders
Rosh.mahtani@femalefounders.com

Sonya Madeira
Head of Public Relations, Female Founders
Sonya.madeira@femalefounders.com

Neil Mirano
Rice Communications for Female Founders
Neil.mirano@ricecomms.com
+65 3157 5680

Source: Female Founders

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June 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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Increase in Mobile Environments and Blending Networks Spark Demand for Network Security Testing

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — The Internet of Things (IoT), along with bring your own device (BYOD) and wear your own device (WYOD) trends, are proving to be significant contributors to network security threats. Any blending of networks makes for a larger vulnerability surface to protect, as a breach in any network can quickly infect the rest of the networks. The escalating need to test new apps in mobile devices, as well as real-time data collection to ensure smooth functioning of the network, has boosted the market for network and application security testing.

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Analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of Global Network and Application Security Testing Market (http://www.frost.com/nec2), finds that the market earned revenues of $812.9 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $1,846.6 million in 2021.

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Next-generation firewall testing is critical with emphasis on testing networks for application identification and conference inspection. The high demand for traffic inspection, as well as breach detection systems and malware and firewall testing, has created a vibrant market for network security testing.

However, enterprises are making purchase decisions based on product marketing rather than R&D testing. Several end users are not aware of the criticality of security testing, and many others are ignorant of the various solutions and product features available to secure their networks.

“Although equipment manufacturers have shown continuous interest in testing for network security, interest among enterprises and government organizations has been less,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Program Manager Sujan Sami. “This is because they prefer robust equipment to testing solutions.”

Testing solution providers can attempt to change this mindset by offering data acquisition (DAQ) solutions based on open architectures, rather than closed systems. Open architecture-based products can be upgraded easily and enable the use of third-party vendors.

Additionally, vendors have been adding functionalities on their vulnerability management platforms. For instance, IBM recently integrated its vulnerability management platform with its QRadar security platform. Other companies too have loaded their platforms with secure configurations, password authentication and security information, as well as event management (SIEM) functionalities.

Although these technologies are valuable, they have the potential to be commoditized. Providers are attempting to differentiate their platforms by integrating analytics into them. Ultimately, the best vulnerability management platforms will be the ones that integrate seamlessly with endpoint protection measures.

“The type of security needed depends on the end-user industry; for example, the finance industry seeks more secured networks, banking, healthcare, and hospitality, require faster speeds,” noted Sami. “Therefore, test vendors have to customize their solutions to the needs of a particular industry to drive the uptake of sophisticated security test equipment.”

The growing focus of governments across the globe on modernization programs such as eGovernment, eEducation, eHealth and mobile banking, too will fuel network-security deployments.

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June 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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Cenique Launches Revolutionary Analytics Tool IntelliSense to Address US$3 Billion Plus, DOOH APAC Market

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-Mainland China retailers can now optimize Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising, which was close to a US$2 billion industry in 2013

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Cenique Infotainment Group Limited, one of the most innovative incubatees at Hong Kong Science Park has officially launched IntelliSense2.0. This highly-effective, real-time Android-based Audience Measurement solution delivers fully automated, real-time shopper insight and analytics at a fraction of the cost of legacy solutions, for Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) advertising.

IntelliSense Anonymous Viewer Analytics (AVA)
IntelliSense Anonymous Viewer Analytics (AVA)

IntelliSense2.0 At A Glance

Cenique’s Anonymous Video Analytics (AVA), IntelliSense2.0, addresses one of the biggest challenges that DOOH advertisers face with current solutions  quantifying and optimizing ROI (Return on Investment). IntelliSense provides marketers with actionable intelligence by anonymously counting the number of times customers engage with a marketing display, and by collecting viewer data which will then be organised into nine key metrics, including: impressions; opportunity to view; dwell time; gender & age group; time of day/day of week; location performance; and effectiveness index. This data is presented in an interactive dashboard that can then be analysed and used to create more targeted marketing strategies that generate business.

“Cenique’s flagship software IntelliSense2.0 is the next generation of advanced DOOH technology that enables retailers to harness invaluable customer data, identify new markets, formulate data-driven marketing strategies, and ultimately achieve their marketing goals in order to drive business and profits,” said Mr Shylesh Karuvath, Co-Founder and CEO, Cenique Infotainment Group Limited.

APAC Provides the Ideal Launch Environment and Location

According to a report by PQ Media, a market research, publishing and advisory firm, DOOH is expected to grow by double-digit percentages until 2018, with the global market achieving US$15.92 billion in revenue. The Asia-Pacificregion, which was the largest of the four global regions in 2013, saw aggregate revenues of US$3.83 billion. Mainland China alone, which is the second largest DOOH market after the U.S., saw US$1.87 billion in revenue in 2013[i].

Mr Shylesh Karuvath added, “We’re launching IntelliSense2.0 at the perfect time and in the perfect region. Hong Kong has always been a shopping paradise with an almost unlimited number of retailers from local to international brands, which means the city has great business opportunity for Cenique. More importantly, Hong Kong is a springboard into the Mainland China market, which continues to grow with huge potential.

“With DOOH usage rising at an unprecedented rate around the world. We’re confident that IntelliSense2.0 will add tremendous value in the Asia-Pacific region and will prove to be popular in the Mainland China and Hong Kongmarkets, and has the potential to bring about a golden age for the DOOH industry.”

“The innovative and ground-breaking products that Cenique has created were made possible through a close partnership between the company and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP),” said MrAllen Yeung, Chief Corporate Development Officer, HKSTP. “Cenique was not only able to leverage HKSTP’s vast resources, including the IncuTech Programme for tech startups, the company was able to reach its full potential in an ideal environment that is only available at Hong Kong Science Park, where some of the city’s top technology companies and talent are based.”

Empowering Retailers  Cenique’s Intelligence Equals Enhanced ROI

IntelliSense2.0 gathers real-time shopper data by using small, compact embedded computing devices powered byARM (Advanced RISC Machines)-based processors, in conjunction with the IntelliSense software and the IntelliSense Cloud.

Retailers can first identify their target audience(s) by analysing IntelliSense metric reports to see how many customers are in the store, busiest store times and products of most interest. IntelliSense2.0 also enables users to understand their target audiences through easy-to-comprehend real-time data graphs, so they can measure how many shoppers engage with digital displays by in-store location, content displayed and time of day and week.  By establishing a performance baseline for the digital signage, the impact of subsequent content changes can be quantitatively measured and best practices can be established.

Case Study  Changing The World Of Fashion

Cenique’s technology is already being used by high-fashion brand Marie France Van Damme (MFVD). MFVD, via Cenique’s products, gathers customer data discreetly to support its marketing strategies and campaigns.

MFVD applied Cenique’s DOOH solution to three retail locations in London, Hong Kong and Thailand. MFVD can now centrally manage content (advertisements) and at the same time, measure shopper engagement with the digital displays and gather customer information such as gender, age range, time of day, and time of week, all efficiently and behind-the-scenes.

“In-store Advertising is a great way of getting our message out to our customers in a very cost effective and timely way. The impact was noticed immediately as it influenced customer behaviour,” said Simon Van Damme, Marketing Manager, MFVD.

“Coupling Cenique’s hardware solution with the IntelliSense Anonymous Video Analytics software, enables us to more intimately understand shopper demographics and engagement in the store. I would highly recommend this implementation with any in-store advertising program.”

For more information on IntelliSense or HKSTP, please visit www.cenique.com or www.hkstp.org.

[i] Source: “Global Digital Out-of-Home Media Forecast 2014-18” by PQ Media, August 2014 (http://www.pqmedia.com/about-press-20140804.html)

About Cenique Infotainment Group

Cenique Infotainment Group (CIG) is transforming the retail and Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) industries by providing more consumer-friendly Digital Signage and Analytics capabilities. CIG digital signage solutions include Android-based media players, IntelliSense Audience Measurement Analytics, and custom engineered end-to-end solutions, developed exclusively by CIG’s team of Android OS and cloud-based software and hardware engineers. Cenique Infotainment Group leverages the increasingly popular Android mobile OS to deliver lower price points and increased functionality to expand the digital signage market for resellers and small to medium-sized enterprise customers.

About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.

Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information Communications and Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.

Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long.

More information about HKSTP is available at www.hkstp.org.

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Source: Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation

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June 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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