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Strong Social and Sustainable Results for Impact Investor, Oikocredit

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AMERSFOORT, the Netherlands, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, today released its social performance results for 2014. The results reflect data reported by 591 of Oikocredit’s partner organizations.

Result highlights include:

  • Investments in low-income countries up 16% to EUR109 million
  • Borrowers reached through microfinance partners up 32% to 37 million
  • Women borrowers reached through microfinance up from 81% to 86%
  • 41% of all production and services partners classified as “green”

At 31 December 2014, Oikocredit’s development financing portfolio stood at EUR735 million, with EUR614 million invested in microfinance and the remainder in ethical enterprises including fair trade organizations, cooperatives, agricultural enterprises and renewable energy.

With 2014 another solid year of impact investing, Oikocredit’s investments in low-income countries (GNI per capita ≤ US$1,035) grew from EUR94 million in 2013 to EUR109 million, with majority of the outstanding portfolio in Africa.

Through Oikocredit’s microfinance partners, 37 million borrowers were reached in 2014, up from 28 million in 2013. Of those 37 million microfinance borrowers, 86% were women, 50% living in rural areas and 25% active in agriculture.

Of Oikocredit’s partners involved in production and services (outside microfinance), 41% hold a ‘green’ classification. Of those production and services partners, 73% reported having an environmental policy, with 35% having at least one fair trade certification.

Oikocredit social performance and credit analysis director, Ging Ledesma, said the results showed Oikocredit’s commitment to social and environmental outcomes. “In 2014, we focussed on growing our outreach in low-income countries, particularly to rural and female borrowers,” Ms Ledesma explained. “Over the next two years we’d also like to see over half of all our production and services partners holding a ‘green’ classification,” added Ms. Ledesma.

Throughout 2014, Oikocredit provided EUR1.9 million in capacity building funds, focussing on the strengthening of its social performance mentoring programme and piloting new programmes for agricultural enterprises.

Outlook

In 2015, Oikocredit will continue its approach of reaching more clients and monitoring the changes in the lives of people reached.

Ms Ledesma said that in 2015, through capacity building as well as other initiatives, Oikocredit will support partners in their efforts to improve the lives of low income earners and their communities. This will include improving food security for farmers by nurturing cooperative enterprises and increasing levels of productivity while being mindful of environmental impacts and the effects of climate change,” Ms. Ledesma added.

Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative and social investor, providing funding to the microfinance sector, fair trade organizations, cooperatives and small to medium enterprises.

Source: Oikocredit International

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June 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

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Krabi Resort Officially Relaunches as Dusit Thani

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — July 1st 2015 marks the official opening of the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort, located on a secluded stretch of beautiful Klong Muang Beach on the west coast of southern Thailand.

The official opening of the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort on July 1st 2015
The official opening of the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort on July 1st 2015

Rebranding under the Dusit Thani label, the original hotel brand of leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International, means the resort now fully embodies the beauty of being Thai,'” said resort owner and PresidentCEO of MBK Group, Mr Suvait Theeravachirakul.

“With a world-class management team in place, we are confident in the 5-star service Dusit will provide, as it has been recognised globally for over 65 years,” he continued. “The resort’s location and facilities, coupled with Dusit’s signature gracious Thai hospitality, will surely impress tourists from around the world here in the ‘Emerald of the Andaman Sea.'”

The island’s white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and limestone karsts have made it a preferred location for movie producers from around the world. The modern-Thai architecture of the 240-room resort blends in harmoniously with its natural surrounds and offers guests a variety of settings to unwind and enjoy themselves in.

Nature lovers can take part in the conservation of Klong Muang Beach’s Fiddler Crabs, play a variety of water sports, or stroll through the ground’s unspoilt mangroves. Sun worshippers can choose to sunbathe on the resort’s grand, green lawn adjacent to the beach while families can take advantage of the Kid’s Club and 2 sea-facing swimming pools. Those on business can mix work and play by hosting an event at one of the resort’s 5 meeting rooms.

Three international restaurants, a bar and a spa complete the list of exquisite facilities on offer to create an unforgettable experience for guests.

“We are proud to add the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort to our portfolio and to play a role in making Krabi a major tourist destination in the region,” said Mr Chanin Donavanik, Managing Director and CEO of Dusit International.

“We believe that under the professional management of Dusit International, the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort will be a truly great success,” added Mr Theeravachirakul.

For more details, please visit www.dusit.com/dtkr or contact dtkr@dusit.com

Media Contact:

Mr. Urs Lienhard, General Manager     Email: urs.lienhard@dusit.com
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort:  155 Moo 2, Nong Thale, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81180 Thailand
Tel. +66(0)75 628 000 Fax. +66(0)75 628 028 www.dusitthanikrabi.com Email: dtkr@dusit.com

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June 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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American Management Association Signs First Agreement to Provide Self-development Programmes in Thailand for ‘Whizdom’ Condominium Residents

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-The first time a residential developer in Thailand has offered world-class training programmes for the self-development of buyers

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — American Management Association (AMA) signed its first agreement to provide self-development programmes in Thailand with Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading high-end property developers and owner of Whizdom-branded condominiums and mixed-use development projects.

Mrs. Wilai Somdungjate-Ottevaere (2nd from left), Chief Marketing Officer of MQDC and Mr. Edward T. Reilly (3rd from left), President and CEO of AMA (American Management Association) signed agreement to provide self-development programmes offer for residents of MQDC’s Whizdom-branded condominiums as well as Whizdom Society members at AMA’s office New York, U.S.A.
Mrs. Wilai Somdungjate-Ottevaere (2nd from left), Chief Marketing Officer of MQDC and Mr. Edward T. Reilly (3rd from left), President and CEO of AMA (American Management Association) signed agreement to provide self-development programmes offer for residents of MQDC’s Whizdom-branded condominiums as well as Whizdom Society members at AMA’s office New York, U.S.A.

The agreement offers residents of MQDC’s Whizdom-branded condominiums as well as its Whizdom Society members access to training courses for personal and organizational development.

Mrs. Wilai Somdungjate-Ottevaere, Chief Marketing Officer of MQDC, said, “We have signed a long-term partnership agreement between Whizdom and AMA to provide our buyers and Whizdom Society members training programmes every two months. This programme is in line with our brand’s commitment to build a knowledge sharing community within our projects. We aim to provide additional value to Whizdom condominium residents who are usually upwardly mobile people and keen to enhance their personal skills for greater success in life and as well as in their professional pursuits.”

She said the first training course will commence on 25th July 2015 and is titled ‘Critical Thinking’. New courses will be provided every two months and subsequent courses will include ‘Communication and Presentation skill’, ‘The Problem Solving and Decision Making’, and ‘Preparing for leadership: What it takes to take the Lead’.

Mrs. Somdungjate-Ottevaere added: “The training is world-class, unavailable elsewhere in Thailand, and introduces a completely new dimension to Thailand’s property sector because it is the first time a residential developer has offered long-term self-development benefits to its buyers.”

She said that participants will also receive an internationally recognised certificate from the AMA which can be included in their resumes.

Founded in 2012, MQDC’s Whizdom Society has more than 1,000 members, and who had previously been offered local training courses that ranged from cooking to conservation.

There are currently four Whizdom-branded developments in Thailand, including ‘Whizdom Connect Sukhumvit’, ‘Whilzdom Avenue Ratchada-Ladprao’, ‘Whizdom The Exclusive’, and ‘Whizdom@Punnawithi Station’. All projects target fulfilling the needs of the new generation. The latter two projects are under construction.  When they are completed, more than 1,500 families will be accommodated in Whizdom-branded residences.

MQDC Magnolia Quality Development Corporation is one of Thailand’s premier property developers.  It focuses on creating high quality residential developments which integrate research and advanced technology to offer better design that uplifts the quality of life of residents while also creating a great environment for their neighbourhoods and surrounding communities.

For more information, please contact:

Bangkok Public Relations Ltd.
Kanticha Bunphokaew
Tel: +662-664-9500 (ext. 112)

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Source: MQDC Magnolia Quality Development Corporation

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June 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

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BeyondTrust signs Westcon distribution deal as part of Asia expansion

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-Distribution agreement to serve partners across Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore kicks off with joint educational tour

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — BeyondTrust®, the global cyber security company dedicated to proactively eliminating data breaches from insider privilege abuse and external hacking attacks, has signed an Asian distribution agreement with Westcon, a leading value – added distributor. The agreement will allow Westcon to offer the entire BeyondTrust portfolio along with value – added services to its 3,500 partner community across Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.

Asia is a high- growth region for information security technologies and Westcon offers a fantastic  partnership due to its shared philosophy, its strong links with the local channel and a vendor portfolio that provides a number of great synergies,” explains Brent Thurrell, president EMEAI & APAC at BeyondTrust, “The agreement will further help us support our existing partners across the region and provide opportunities for new partners to get on-board with the addition of local training opportunities as well as pre- and post- sales technical support.”

BeyondTrust’s Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management solutions are trusted by 4,000 customers worldwide including several hundred within Asia. The new agreement includes dedicated funded resources within Westcon that will also work with partners around strengthening accreditation and local lead- generation programs.

The potential of the BeyondTrust solution in the region is highlighted by data from the 2013 Security Threat Report from Sophos, an anti-virus vendor, that included Indonesia and the Philippines within its top 5 countries with the highest Threat Exposure Rate (TER): Measured as the percentage of PCs that experienced a malware attack, whether successful or failed, over a three – month period in 2012.

According to Patrick Aronson, vice president, Asia for WestconGroup, “Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a technology area showing great growth within Asia and BeyondTrust offers a fantastic portfolio combined with a strong desire to work through a two tier distribution model within the region.

“BeyondTrust continues its leadership position for the second straight year in the recently published 2015 Gartner PAM Market Guide and we believe it is one of a small select group of vendors providing a complete set of native capabilities”

“As the leading technology within this field and as part of a comprehensive Westcon security portfolio, we see great potential to grow the business and serve our partner community with a trusted and well regarded solution set.”

BeyondTrust will extend its existing multi-level accreditation model across Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers through its new relationship with Westcon with existing regional partners retaining certification as part of the new distribution model.

To kick-start the relationship, BeyondTrust and Westcon will be running a joint awareness and education tour with 500 attendees across the region during June and July to highlight the strength of the solution portfolio and potential offered to partners and customers keen to strengthen IT security from both internal and external threats. The tour includes:

  • 23rd June in Jakarta in Indonesia
  • 25th of June in Manila in the Philippines
  • 16th of July in Singapore

Note to Editor:

According to Gartner’s Market Guide for Privileged Access Management from May 2015, Gartner estimates that the size of the PAM market reached $512 Million in 2014. The market for PAM has continued to grow, with the growth rate for 2014 estimated to have been 32%.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About BeyondTrust

BeyondTrust is a global cyber security company dedicated to proactively eliminating data breaches from insider privilege abuse and external hacking attacks. Corporate and government organizations rely on BeyondTrust solutions to shrink attack surfaces and identify imminent threats. The company’s integrated risk intelligence platform presents a unique competitive advantage in its ability to reveal critical risks hidden within volumes of user and system data. This unifies IT and Security departments, empowering them with the information and control they need to jointly prevent breaches, maintain compliance, and ensure business continuity. BeyondTrust’s Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management solutions are trusted by over 4,000 customers worldwide, including half of the Fortune 100. To learn more about BeyondTrust, please visitwww.beyondtrust.com.

About WestconGroup

WestconGroup, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. The company goes to market under the Comstor and Westcon brands. WestconGroup’s teams are located in 60+ countries around the globe, create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. WestconGroup’s portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Juniper, Nimble Storage, Polycom, VMWare and VCE, among others. For more information, please visit www.westcongroup.com.

Contact Information:

Wendy Tey
Westcon Group Pte Ltd
Wendy.tey@westcongroup.com

Source: WestconGroup, Inc.

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June 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

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Opportunities for Internet of Things in Public Safety Sector

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— Frost & Sullivan’s online conference will show how Public Safety Organizations can benefit from investing in IoT Solutions

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Against a backdrop of budget cuts and requirements for public safety agencies to be more efficient, digital transformation strategies are providing opportunities and deployment of more devices to leverage the benefits that the Internet of Things (IoT) can provide.

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Senior Consultant for Aerospace, Defence and Security at Frost & Sullivan, Anthony Leather will lead a short teleconference followed by a live question-and-answer session. The online presentation will take place onTuesday, 30th June 2015 at 4:00 pm GMT / 10:00 am CST.

The briefing will cover:

  • Definition of the Internet of Things in public safety
  • Key trends and case studies
  • Forecasted public safety devices in 2024
  • Data and storage requirements
  • Growth areas and the security implications of IoT

“Internet of Things (IoT) in public safety case studies will become increasingly widespread in 2015, with the United States and Europe likely to tender and award significant contracts for IoT solutions and analytics,” saysAnthony Leather. “There remain a number of barriers of adoption to overcome, but increasing investment in technologies and communications to provide public safety organisations better connectivity, data and real time information will drive the market.”

To register for this complimentary web conference please, email Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com. You may also receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting your contact details.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Corporate Communications — Europe
P: +48 22 481 62 03
E: edyta.grabowska@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

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June 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

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Longer Wind Turbine Blades for Higher Production Capacity Bodes Well for Composite Materials Manufacturers

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-Manufacturers will look to improve materials within existing chemistries rather than develop new alternatives

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Escalating energy demand and improving wind turbine technologies are fuelling the wind energy market and encouraging wind turbine installations. In turn, this is boosting the consumption of high-performance and lightweight blade materials, such as fibre, resins and core foam materials that can be used to increase blade length while keeping blade weight low.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Wind Turbine Blade Materials Market(https://www.frost.com/mae9), finds that the market earned revenues of $1.94 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $3.78 billion in 2021.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://ow.ly/Ons7A

“While governments worldwide have designed support mechanisms and funding programs to promote renewable energy such as wind, uncertain aid and financing often delay projects,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials and Food Research Analyst Ankit Mittal. “As a result, demand for blade materials has been cyclic in nature. Additionally, emphasis on the optimum strength-to-weight ratio of blades restricts the use of certain materials like balsa.”

Nevertheless, volatile oil prices and the rising profile of environmental issues will push forward alternate energy forms — wind being one of the most viable. It has no fuel cost, allows energy independence from traditional fossil fuels, is permanently available almost anywhere in the world, and is technologically advanced. Wind energy is also much quicker to install; large onshore and offshore wind farms can be installed within a time frame of two years. Taller, lighter and more reliable turbines significantly extend production capacity.

These factors will see turbine blade manufacturers strengthen their portfolio to provide a consistent supply of high-performance materials in line with market needs. Manufacturers will look to enhance the performance of materials within existing chemistries and commoditise them, rather than develop new chemistries.

“The winds of change will continue to sweep through the market as manufacturers establish a strong product pipeline aligned with regulatory standards and customer specifications,” explained Mittal. “Offering differentiated products along with customer support mechanisms will ensure steady global expansion.”

This trend will also see the market race towards consolidation, especially in the core materials sector. Larger entities will acquire regional or segment-specific manufacturers to diversify product portfolios and widen their share in the highly competitive landscape.

Analysis of the Global Wind Turbine Blade Materials Market is part of the Chemicals & Materials Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Technology Innovations in Smart Fabrics, Global Engineering Plastics Market, and APAC Construction Chemicals Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion
Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

Analysis of the Global Wind Turbine Blade Materials Market
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Corporate Communications – Europe
P: +7 (499) 213 0156
E: julia.nikishkina@frost.com
Linkedin: Future of Chemicals

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June 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

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NASSCOM Partners with Security Leader Symantec for Building Cyber Security Skills in India

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-Focuses on developing world-class skilled and certified professionals leading to employability, especially for youth and women

NEW DELHI /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Symantec, the global leader in cyber security, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for “Building Cyber Security Skills“, an initiative to develop world-class skilled and certified professionals. The MoU was signed in the presence of R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM and Michael A. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec.

The development is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call at NASSCOM’s silver jubilee in March 2015 to focus on global cyber security challenges. Sector Skill Council (SSC) NASSCOM and DSCI along with Symantec will focus on developing five prioritized job roles in cyber security along with a master training program. Additionally, the program also intends to fund the scholarship for 1000 women undertaking the cyber security certification by NASSCOM.

R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM while talking about the MoU said, “This is a positive step towards our objective to address the cyber security issue at large. This partnership will enable the industry to map existing and future skills requirements and plug its demand-supply gap. The program will also focus on developing pioneering models for scaling capacity and enhancing employability through assessments and certifications. We would like to thank Symantec for coming forward for this crucial initiative.”

NASSCOM had set up Data Security Council of India (DSCI) way back in 2008, proving its foresightedness and leadership in cyber security by recognizing the need of setting up an independent organization. DSCI has been instrumental in taking several initiatives in developing capability, and has been actively involved in developing and executing a framework for Cyber Security Skills.

With the rise of Internet related crimes, cyber security has become an area of focus for NASSCOM and its member organizations, and the association has launched several initiatives to promote data protection, security, privacy codes and standards. Also, the role of security professionals over the years has undergone major transformation, leading to a sharp rise in the need for a larger and more dynamic cyber security workforce. The demand for the workforce is expected to rise to 6 million (globally) by 2019, with projected shortfall of 1.5 million. Symantec and NASSCOM have collectively decided to address this issue. This initiative also aims to facilitate internships and placement of the certified candidates.

Talking about Symantec’s association with NASSCOM, Michael A. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec said, “With the rise in targeted attacks aimed at Indian enterprises and consumers, cyber security has become more important than ever before. As a leader in cyber security, Symantec is deeply committed to addressing the workforce skills gap in this area. With the partnership with NASSCOM, we are taking the first big step towards building cyber security skills in India. The initiative will also facilitate internships and placement of certified candidates, and is an extension in India of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), a program launched last year to attract and train young adults and women in the field of cyber security.”

With the global IT Security market estimated to be USD 77 billion in 2015 and grow at over 8% annually, NASSCOM has been actively working towards building capacity for the sector. Recently, NASSCOM and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) launched the NASSCOM Cyber Security Task Force to help build India as a global hub for providing cyber security solutions, developing cyber security R&D plan and developing a skilled workforce of cyber security experts.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM® is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1800 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM’s member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPM, e-commerce and web services, engineering services and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs about 3.5 million professionals.

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 inApril 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 19,000 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2015, it recorded revenues of $6.5 billion. To learn more go to www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: http://www.symantec.com/social/

For more information, please contact:

Sanjana Shetty
Symantec Corporation
sanjana_shetty@symantec.com

Source: Symantec Corporation

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June 22, 2015 at 11:07 am

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Social Media for Small Business: 8 Tips for Managing Social Media Marketing

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — While it should come as no surprise that social media has risen to become a powerful branding tool for small businesses, marketers often wonder if the rewards outweigh the challenges, and if so, how can you maintain your efforts with the limited resources at hand?

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PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit contributing author, Penny Sansevieri, understands the demands of managing various social media platforms and in her latest post suggest eight ways to manage these online channels in order to ensure they are continuing to benefit your business.

  1. Reevaluate. It sounds simple enough, but really is the first step in determining what is and what is not working with your social media efforts. Sansevieri suggests checking engagement metrics to uncover if your message is getting to the right people on the right platforms.
  2. Headlines. It’s almost impossible to stay on top of everything that is happening in your market, so Sansevieri proposes that you diligently scan headlines each morning. She advises that you should read what spikes your interest and skip over anything else that doesn’t.
  3. Media alerts. There are several social media monitoring services that can tell you what is being said about you and where they are saying it. Ensure your keywords are specific as possible and not too general for your industry, and as the marketplace changes, continue to modify your keywords as well.
  4. Time limitations. Sansevieri suggests limiting your social media efforts to two blocks of time; one in the morning and one in the evening before you wrap up your day. Constantly monitoring your various social media platforms can be a waste of time that you can invest elsewhere.

To read the remaining four suggestions for better social media management, read Sansevieri’s post here:http://bit.ly/1fjKgUA.

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

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June 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

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ThyssenKrupp & Maxion Wheels Announce Cooperation to Develop Cutting-Edge Aluminum/Carbon Fiber Hybrid Wheels

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ESSEN, Germany and NOVI, Mich. /PRNewswire/ — ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components and Maxion Wheels have established a cooperation agreement to develop and market innovative new ultra-lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels for the premium vehicle OEM market.  The combined expertise of ThyssenKrupp, a leading global automotive components supplier and innovator in carbon fiber applications and lightweight materials, with Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest and most innovative wheel manufacturer, will offer customers exceptional performance benefits at an attractive price point.

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The combined technologies could generate a weight savings of up to 40% when compared to high performance forged aluminum wheels and at the same time offer high value styling.  The ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components – Maxion Wheels team will work with OEMs to develop custom solutions to meet their specific needs.

“With carbon fiber-aluminum hybrid wheels we offer a unique option to our customers in the luxury and sports car segment to differentiate themselves through technology and design. The cooperation agreement with Maxion Wheels marks an important milestone in the development of our carbon fiber wheel technology.  It shows the technological maturity we have reached and combines our innovations with the leading player in the wheel industry.  Commercialization is the logical next step,” says Dr. Jens Werner, Managing Director at ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components.

Based on the developments of ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components in carbon fiber hybrid wheels, with its unique braiding technology, the partners have built and extensively tested prototypes for use on luxury cars and SUVs.  Testing took place at certified Maxion Wheels test labs.  In addition, the ThyssenKrupp – Maxion Wheels team is working with the Volkswagen Group to test prototypes on a vehicle.  Public road tests have shown improved performance, e.g superior damping which leads to less vibration and road noise.

Maxion Wheels and ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components will continue to enhance the value proposition of the lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels.  As an important contribution Maxion will bring their innovative liquid-forged aluminum discs to the cooperation, which offers comparable material properties as traditionally forged wheels at lower cost and at the full design flexibility of casted wheels.

“The aluminum/carbon fiber hybrid wheels we develop through our cooperation with ThyssenKrupp will fill an important niche in the ultra-lightweight vehicle market,” says Kai Kronenberg, Vice President of Business Development & Global Innovation at Maxion Wheels.  “It will benefit our customers by expanding our already extensive range of products and capabilities, while enhancing our leadership position in the industry.”

The ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components – Maxion Wheels cooperation will include the development and commercialization of the ultra-lightweight aluminum/carbon fiber hybrid wheels. A joint sales initiative and support team will engage the market to bring new capabilities and wheels that will benefit customers far into the future.

About ThyssenKrupp:

ThyssenKrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Around 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of the Group’s success. In fiscal year 2013/2014 ThyssenKrupp generated sales of around €41 billion.

About Maxion Wheels

Maxion Wheels produces wheels for passenger cars, light trucks and commercial trucks and trailers. The Company also produces steel wheels for military, agricultural and other off-highway applications. With more than 100 years of wheel-making experience and just over 10.000 employees globally, Maxion is the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, currently producing 65 million wheels per year and generating Sales of over 2 billion USD. The Company serves global OEM customers from 21 operations in 12 countries on 5 continents, and has state-of-the-art technical centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  Visit our website at www.maxionwheels.com.

Source: Maxion Wheels

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June 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Asia Plantation Capital Celebrates Singapore’s Pioneer Agarwood Plantation Clients

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital’s Singapore’s pioneer Agarwood plantation clients were recently hosted to a client appreciation dinner in celebration of the successful completion of their Oud sales.

Asia Plantation Capital pioneer clients and their guests filling the ballroom at the Fullerton Hotel
Asia Plantation Capital pioneer clients and their guests filling the ballroom at the Fullerton Hotel

Held at the historic Fullerton Hotel, the pioneer clients and their guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet spread along with entertainment from a live two-piece band.  Asia Plantation Capital Chief Executive Officer, Barry Rawlinson delivered a quick speech thanking the clients for their support as well as addressing developments in the region.

“Asia Plantation Capital as one of the leading companies in agroforestry, wants to work with and has engaged with different agencies from around the world, to help put in place codes of practice and rules that will benefit both clients and companies alike,” said Mr. Rawlinson. “We have recently received Shariah compliance approval from IBFIM, the advisory body for Shariah compliance on all matters pertaining to Islamic banking in Malaysia, for one of our products.  It was a partnering process with IBFIM where we learned about the requirements of Shariah compliance and IBFIM learned about how we and the agroforestry market works.”

The pioneer clients and their spouses on stage with the certificates of appreciation
The pioneer clients and their spouses on stage with the certificates of appreciation

The clients were also given a quick update on the recent developments at Asia Plantation Capital.  These included the new factory in Johor, Malaysia, the winning of Best Forestry Asset Management Team for 2014 by CFI.co magazine, and the very recent award of Best Plantation Management Company 2015 conferred on the company by The European magazine.

Clients came away very impressed by the evening’s proceedings and appreciated Mr. Rawlinson’s personal update of the company.  “Our clients are very important to us and we aim to always ensure they get the most out of their partnership with us.  I am very pleased that our pioneer clients in Singapore have received a good price for their Oud and we are all able to celebrate this with them,” added Mr. Rawlinson.

Mr. Barry Rawlinson addressing the guests.
Mr. Barry Rawlinson addressing the guests.

The evening ended with prizes sponsored by Fragrance Du Bois with the Brand Director, Mrs. Nicola Parkerhanding out gifts to the winners.  The first prize winner received a very special London Oud fragrance that will only be formally launched around the world in the coming weeks.

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Email: adrian.heng@asiaplantationcapital.com
Office: +65 6222 3386
Mobile: +65 9750 7440

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages inThailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

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Source: Asia Plantation Capital

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June 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

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