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CEM Asia Celebrates Excellence in Customer Experience Awards

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-2015 Awards, Spanning Six Categories, Are Now Open for Entry

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Customer Experience Asia (CEM Asia) today announced that the applications for Excellence in Customer Experience Asia Awards 2015 are now extended for entry until Friday, 31stJuly 2015. The 2015 awards will honour the highest level of achievement in customer experience across the Asian community. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Customer Experience Asia Summit 2015 in Singapore on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015.

The 2015 Excellence in Customer Experience Asia Awards will present awards across six categories:

  1. Best Customer Experience Award
  2. Best Customer Experience Team
  3. Best Contact Centre
  4. Best Social Media Strategy
  5. Best Digital Experience
  6. Best use of CEM Technology

These Awards form the industry’s benchmark in terms of best practice and process excellence and provide an opportunity for CEM professionals to gain recognition for their achievements and initiative. Judged by our Executive Panel of experts, each Award will celebrate the success of pioneers in this space.

Information for entering the 2015 Awards

The Excellence in Customer Experience Asia Awards 2015 are open to companies across all industries and may be entered online; a full list of categories, deadlines and award criteria can be found at www.customerexperienceasia.com. The submission of video to support entries is strongly encouraged by the awards judges. Entries for the Excellence in Customer Experience Asia Awards close on Friday, 31st July 2015 and CEM Asia will announce the shortlist of nominations for each category by early August 2015.

For further information on the Excellence in Customer Experience Asia Awards 2015 or if you would like to become a sponsor, please contact CEM Asia at enquiry@iqpc.com.sg. The Customer Experience Asia Summit 2015 will be held 31 August – 4 September in Singapore. For more information, please visit www.customerexperienceasia.com.

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The Excellence in Customer Experience Awards is born out of a simple vision; to create an event which will honour the highest level of achievement in customer experience across the Asian community. Presented at our flagship Customer Experience Asia Summit 2015, the Awards pays tribute to organizations and inspiring role models that lead the way.

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Customer Experience Asia celebrates Excellence in Customer Experience Awards

Leading CEM practitioners gather at the 3rd Annual Customer Experience Asia Summit 2015

Asia’s Customer Experience Landscape 2015

About CEM Asia

Customer Experience Asia (CEM Asia) is the leading provider of information and events across the CX community in Asia and is part of the leading IQPC brand. IQPC provides business executives around the world with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programs, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape. Producing more than 1,500 events annually around the world, IQPC’s conferences are market leading “must attend” events for their respective industries.

For more information contact

Dhiraj Bhanushali
Email: enquiry@iqpc.com.sg
Tel: +65-6722-9388

Source: IQPC Worldwide

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July 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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Ameyo Raises $5 Million – Targets Cloud Contact Center and Sales Acceleration Technology Space

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GURGAON, India /PRNewswire/ —

Ameyo, the leading Contact Center Software provider today announced about $5 million Series-A round of venture capital funding. The entire investment was by the Bangalore-based private equity firm, Forum Synergies (India) PE Fund Managers through IKMF-I, the fund managed by them.

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Commenting on the round, Mr. Bishal Kumar, CEO of Drishti (creator of Ameyo.com and TexoCC.com), said, “Contact Centers are undergoing rapid transformation both in terms of impact to the core business and movement to cloud. This represents a 3 billion dollar global opportunity. Telesales and Inside Sales teams are adaptingSales Acceleration Technology which is a new 12 billion dollar opportunity and growing very fast. This fresh funding would catalyse our larger participation in both of these fantastic market opportunities.”

The funds will be used to expand into the US market, expand offerings in ‘Cloud Contact Center‘ and ‘Sales Acceleration Technology’ space, and platform investments into stronger ISV relations in the Enterprise Contact Center Software market.

This move is a part of company’s vision to take Ameyo global after its success in Asia, Middle East and Africa Enterprise contact center markets. Ameyo received an honorable mention in the ‘2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant – Contact Center Infrastructure’.

Drishti was bootstrapped by Bishal Kumar, Sachin Bhatia and Nayan Jain (Classmates from IIT Guwahati), in 2003. Today it’s about 300 people strong. With Ameyo, Drishti serves over 1500 customers in over 40 countries including names like Ola Cabs, Jabong, Bankbazaar, Tiny Owl, Mphasis, WNS, Jordan Ahli Bank, Chase Bank, etc.

TexoCC, Drishti’s SAAS offering, was launched in Sep 2014 targeting midsized Contact Centers and Inside Sales Teams. Recent wins include Subway, Urban Clap, Grofers, Peppertap, Aspire IT.

Mr. Samir Inamdar, co-founder MD & CEO of Forum Synergies, will join the Board of Drishti. Mr. Inamdar said, “The ongoing transformation of Contact Centers, their increasing criticality to business and the exploding Cloud opportunity, position Ameyo perfectly for explosive global growth. We are confident that the complementary skill-sets of the founder team of Bishal, Sachin and Nayan give Drishti the edge in creating significant value for our investors.”

In this transaction, Mumbai-based boutique investment bank Zanskar Advisors was the exclusive financial advisor to Drishti.

Originally published on Ameyo Newsroom

Media Contact:
Kartik Kakar
pr@ameyo.com
+91-124-4771000

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July 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

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Speedy Kids in a Speedy World: Speed up your Kid’s Ability to Learn with an App

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-“Story Chaser” Reinvents Word Games
-Greek startup aims to win over mobile word game fans and English learners with addictive game app in which actual stories get a concepts-first makeover.

ATHENS, Greece /PRNewswire/ — Released today around the world in both iOS and Android, Story Chaser is a free storybook app that helps children and adults learn how to speed-read, a favorite tool for leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and JFK, as well as for elite managers around the world.

Joining the game, children and their parents find their score in word recognition, pattern ability and reading comprehension and get fun practicing English and discerning what’s important in a speedy world.

Video: https://youtu.be/bVRWzzCocXI

How do people learn and play?

Tap on randomly appearing story words, animated illustrations, then answer the multiple choice questions and discover how much you have learnt in a very short time.

Too much info to miss out?

Every day, we receive a staggering 105,000 words or 23 words per second. Through mobile phones, the Internet, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers and books, people are famously having too much information in their heads. How exciting it would be to get trained to absorb as much as possible! And all that, through child’s play!

Can genius be nurtured through smartphone apps?

Recent research has discovered that the human brain can interpret images that the eye sees in just 13 milliseconds. “The fact that you can do that at these high speeds indicates that what vision does, is find concepts,”Mary Potter, an MIT professor of Brain and Cognitive sciences, was recently quoted in a study. That was the basis of designing Story Chaser. Publisto found that if they intensely motivate their users in finding meaning, they usually do. And they designed the game to best train kids and adults to discern meaning fast, consistently and accurately.

For more information, visit http://www.story-chaser.com or connect with the Game on Facebook or Twitter at “Storychasergame”.

Available in the App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id957291085

Available in Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publisto.storychaser

Chinese iOS version: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1011277696

Chinese Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publisto.storychasercn

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/bVRWzzCocXI

About Publisto™: Interactive iPad storybooks, fast reading assistants, story web platforms, enlightening games –Athens-based Publisto Ltd. constantly evolves its collection of great educational offerings. Discover more athttp://www.publisto.com.

For more information contact: Mrs. Poppy Alexiou, alexioupoppy@publisto.com , +30-213-0038-247

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July 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Pricing and Subscription plans influence consumers’ choice of Telecom Service Providers in Singapore; Customer Experience remains relevant

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–M1 ranked highest for Customer Experience delivery in Singapore

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Pricing and subscription plans remained as the most important factor for Singaporeans in selecting their telecommunications service providers, says Frost & Sullivan.

Mr. Nitin Bhat, Partner at Frost & Sullivan said that based on Frost & Sullivan Singapore Telecommunications Services Customer Experience study, 83 per cent of consumers said that they will choose their service providers based on pricing and subscription plans while 62 per cent of consumers said they will make their choice based on their individual customer experience.

Frost & Sullivan conducted an online survey from October to November 2014, involving 1,300 respondents, randomly selected from consumer online panels, to measure customer experience in the telecommunications sector in Singapore.

Mr. Bhat said that based on the survey, M1 ranked first in the Customer Experience Index in Singapore, followed by StarHub and SingTel.

He added that the scores for the service providers signify that qualitatively their Customer Experience rate between “Somewhat Positive” and “Very Positive”, though on the lower end of the scale.

“More importantly, the ratings reveal that the telecommunication companies have ample room to improve the quality of customer experience for their customers,” he added.

Mr. Bhat said that the good news is that all companies surveyed scored above 3 and a lower rating would indicate that they are not able to provide the minimum levels of customer experience.

He added that based on the survey, many service providers did not do enough to establish and reward customer loyalty and tenure with more than 40 per cent of respondents feeling unrewarded.

“Even with customers who do receive loyalty rewards, the service providers generally demonstrate little innovation and differentiation in terms of privileges. Approximately only 3 per cent felt that they were getting any form of personalized treatment,” he added.

In terms of rewards-based appreciation, M1 registered the highest scores for going the extra mile to reward their customers. Examples cited include birthday treats and discounts and vouchers to its customers.

“These companies are the ones that have been voted highest by their own customers when it comes to delighting them,” he added.

In Singapore, M1 has been recognized by their customers, based on the latest Customer Experience survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan, with the Excellence in Customer Experience Management, Telecommunications Industry (Singapore) in Overall Experience, In-Store Experience, Contact Center Experience and Mobile Experience.

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. 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 economi

-~M1 ranked highest for Customer Experience delivery in Singapore

SINGAPORE, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pricing and subscription plans remained as the most important factor for Singaporeans in selecting their telecommunications service providers, says Frost & Sullivan.

Mr. Nitin Bhat, Partner at Frost & Sullivan said that based on Frost & Sullivan Singapore Telecommunications Services Customer Experience study, 83 per cent of consumers said that they will choose their service providers based on pricing and subscription plans while 62 per cent of consumers said they will make their choice based on their individual customer experience.

Frost & Sullivan conducted an online survey from October to November 2014, involving 1,300 respondents, randomly selected from consumer online panels, to measure customer experience in the telecommunications sector in Singapore.

Mr. Bhat said that based on the survey, M1 ranked first in the Customer Experience Index in Singapore, followed by StarHub and SingTel.

He added that the scores for the service providers signify that qualitatively their Customer Experience rate between “Somewhat Positive” and “Very Positive”, though on the lower end of the scale.

“More importantly, the ratings reveal that the telecommunication companies have ample room to improve the quality of customer experience for their customers,” he added.

Mr. Bhat said that the good news is that all companies surveyed scored above 3 and a lower rating would indicate that they are not able to provide the minimum levels of customer experience.

He added that based on the survey, many service providers did not do enough to establish and reward customer loyalty and tenure with more than 40 per cent of respondents feeling unrewarded.

“Even with customers who do receive loyalty rewards, the service providers generally demonstrate little innovation and differentiation in terms of privileges. Approximately only 3 per cent felt that they were getting any form of personalized treatment,” he added.

In terms of rewards-based appreciation, M1 registered the highest scores for going the extra mile to reward their customers. Examples cited include birthday treats and discounts and vouchers to its customers.

“These companies are the ones that have been voted highest by their own customers when it comes to delighting them,” he added.

In Singapore, M1 has been recognized by their customers, based on the latest Customer Experience survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan, with the Excellence in Customer Experience Management, Telecommunications Industry (Singapore) in Overall Experience, In-Store Experience, Contact Center Experience and Mobile Experience.

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. 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? Contact Us: Start the discussion

Media Contact

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
Phone: +65-6890-0926
Email: melissa.tan@frost.com

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Media Contact

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
Phone: +65-6890-0926
Email: melissa.tan@frost.com

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July 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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Lanson Place Brings in Serviced Suites to Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited (“Lanson Place” or the “Company”) gladly announced its latest partnership with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Group to manage a Serviced Suites by Lanson Place Project in the Waigaoqiao Sunland area. This marks the Company’s 5th flag in Shanghaiand the 11th project of Lanson Place.

Sunland Serviced Suites by Lanson Place
Sunland Serviced Suites by Lanson Place
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Main Entrance – Artist Impression

The Sunland Serviced Suites by Lanson Place, situated in Waigaoqiao Sunland, is developed by Shanghai Heng Mao Land, a subsidiary of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Group and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Development Co. Limited. Shanghai Free Trade Zone Development Co. Limited is a listed state-owned enterprise founded in 1992. The group has been responsible for the development of the Waigaoqiao Sunland area, which houses fashion-themed outlets, five-star hotels, high-end serviced apartments, headquarter offices and river-side restaurants of Oriental and Western styles.

The project is right next to the Zhou Hai Road Station of Metro Line 6. It is 5 minutes away from Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. Lujiazui and Pudong International Airport are 30 minutes away, the first Harrow International School inShanghai and the Cultural Center are just a stone throw’s away.

Sunland Serviced Suites has a resident clubhouse including a fitness center and a swimming pool. This project offers 196 units of studios and 1- to 3-bedroom apartments, and targets to open in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Mr. Lu Ji, General Manager of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Group said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Lanson Place on this project. Their attention to details and uncompromising penchant for exceptional lifestyle are in line with our operation motto. Lanson Place unceasingly delivers home-from-home where guests can truly find comfort, style and freedom. This home living approach sets Lanson Place apart from others. We strongly believe the cooperation with Lanson Place will spur affirmative growth for both companies, and set a new benchmark of service standard in the Free Trade Zone.”

Mr. Marc Hediger, Chief Executive Officer of Lanson Place, said: “We see a burgeoning demand for modern serviced suites, especially amidst the bloom of Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone. As our 5th project in Shanghai, the Sunland Serviced Suites would benefit from our strong brand reputation and solid operating experience in the region. The Sunland Serviced Suites would be another arena for us to maximize property value for the owner and refine theneighborhood for our customers.”

About Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited

Lanson Place is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wing Tai Properties Limited (Wing Tai), a publicly listed company inHong Kong (HKEx stock code:369), currently manages ten properties (four of which Wing Tai has equity in) under the Lanson Place brand, comprising high-end serviced apartments and a boutique hotel in Hong Kong, Beijing,Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Lanson Place properties are generally located in close proximity to the central business district as well as shopping and entertainment precincts. Lanson Place aims to offer attentive and personalized service with the convenience of a luxury hotel and the comfort and privacy of home.

The Group will continue to grow the “Lanson Place” brand as a pan-Asian brand and will continue to explore investment and management opportunities mainly in gateway cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Source: Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited

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July 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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Vizury Unveils its New Product Vizury Reach to Help Brands Win New Customers

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BANGALORE /PRNewswire/ — Vizury, a premier Big Data Marketing company today launched Vizury Reach, a product that helps brands with their new customer acquisition strategy. With this product launch Vizury emphasises its focus on offering personalized marketing solutions that maximize ROI for its clients.

“In an increasingly crowded digital space new customer acquisition has grown more complex. Brands must direct their efforts on reaching the right audiences with the right message. Combining data, technology and complex algorithms, Reach promises a unique solution that directs relevant new customers to a brand’s website on mobile and the desktop. This solution works well across iOS and Android devices,” said Mr. Shiju Mathew, Head – Product Management, Vizury.

He also added, “Our beta campaigns have shown great results across various verticals. For e-commerce brands we saw the new user ratio increase from 22% (with retargeting) to 63%. Also, banking brands could acquire new customers at 58% lower costs when compared to CRM retargeting.”

Reach leverages behavioural signals sent by users across the internet to identify new customers who are interested in the brand’s offerings/services. With its ROI driven approach this solution helps brands boost their website conversions.

With Reach, brands can action marketing strategies to:

  1. Target relevant audience based on “look-alike” user profiling.
  2. Retarget potential customers who have been dormant for pro-longed periods.

With this new product launch, Vizury now offers end-to-end marketing solutions that help brands reach new users to maximize market share, boost conversions with retargeting and maximize customer LTV through a data management and marketing platform.

About Vizury:

Vizury, a premier Big Data marketing firm, helps marketers secure customers using personalized marketing solutions across channels. Established in 2008, we work with some of the best known brands in 40+ countries across industries like travel & hospitality, e-commerce, healthcare, automobile and classifieds. Listed on Deloitte APAC Tech Fast500 for two consecutive years (2013 & 2014) and a FOMA 2015 win for smart use of data, Vizury is among the first companies in Asia to be badged a Facebook Marketing Partner with an FBX specialty and a Twitter Retargeting Platform Partner.

For more information, please visit http://www. vizury.com.

Follow Vizury on LinkedIn or on Twitter @vizuryonetoone .

Media contact:
Namrutha Ramanathan
+91-9663323583
namrutha.ramanathan@vizury.com

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July 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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Bloomberg BNA and Baker & McKenzie Global Transfer Pricing Conference Comes to Shanghai September 17-18, 2015

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— International Officials, Government Representatives and Leading Practitioners to Address Critical Transfer Pricing Issues in Asia-Pacific

ARLINGTON, Va. /PRNewswire/ — Bloomberg BNA today announced the latest event in its Global Transfer Pricing Conference series with Baker & McKenzie, in association with the Tax Management Educational Institute, to be held September 17-18, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  The conference provides an opportunity to hear from government, OECD and UN officials and practitioners from the private sector just as the OECD and G-20 are planning to issue significant guidance in connection with their ambitious Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).  The event, which is being co-organized by Vision Events, takes place at the Jing An Shangri-La and registration is available here.

This inaugural event in China, which builds on the previous conferences in Washington, D.C., Paris, and Toronto, will address the key issues for multinational companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region and provide guidance on what is shaping up to be the largest shift in the global tax landscape in decades.  Sessions will cover topics including:

  • Practical implications of the OECD’s guidance on transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country reporting
  • Approaches to pricing intercompany transactions and the key points on risk and recharacterization
  • Guidance on cost contribution arrangements, and approaches for valuing intangibles
  • Recent developments in relation to IP boxes, hub structures and other regimes
  • Progress on action items governing financial transactions and how Asia-Pacific countries treat management and service fees
  • Tax dispute resolution best practices in an environment of increasing tax disputes

“As China and other Asia-Pacific countries are key stakeholders in the BEPS project, bringing this event toShanghai enables conference attendees to hear directly from the policymakers who will be implementing the changes they have helped to develop — and from the industry leaders who must comply with these changes,” said Molly Moses, Transfer Pricing Editor for Bloomberg BNA Tax & Accounting.  “We are extremely excited to have such an impressive lineup of government and industry speakers to help multinational corporations prepare for a dramatically altered international tax regime.”

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Liao Tizhong, Director General, International Taxation Department, State Administration of Taxation,China
  • Mr. Stig Sollund, Director at Ministry of Finance, Head of International Tax Section, Tax Law Department,Norway (UN Tax Committee, Transfer Pricing Subgroup Coordinator)
  • Ms. Noor Azian Abdul Hamid, Deputy CEO/Deputy Director General (Policy), Inland Revenue Board ofMalaysia
  • Mr. Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner, International, Australian Taxation Office
  • Mr. Robert Stack, Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs), United States Treasury (recorded interview)

Registration is available here.

About Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg BNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg, is a leading source of legal, regulatory, and business information for professionals.  Its network of more than 2,500 reporters, correspondents, and leading practitioners delivers expert analysis, news, practice tools, and guidance — the information that matters most to professionals.  Bloomberg BNA’s authoritative coverage spans a full range of legal practice areas, including tax & accounting, labor & employment, intellectual property, banking & securities, employee benefits, health care, privacy & data security, human resources, and environment, health & safety.

About Baker & McKenzie
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 11,000 people in 77 offices in 47 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. Global revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2014, were US$2.54 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Executive Committee. (www.bakermckenzie.com)

About Tax Management Educational Institute
Tax Management Educational Institute (TMEI) is an independent educational organization founded by Tax Management, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.  TMEI is devoted solely to the conduct of responsible, professional seminars and conferences of the highest quality dedicated to issues of tax policy and practice, and to the funding of related scholarly endeavors.

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July 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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New Compact Arduino Mini Wireless Development Board Now Available From RS Components

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-Arduino Yun Mini provides an affordable, small and lightweight Linux-based WiFi prototyping solution

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand ofElectrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced that it is extending its Arduino portfolio of open-source electronics development and prototyping boards with the addition of the new Arduino Yun Mini.

New Compact Arduino Mini Wireless Development Board Now Available From RS Components
New Compact Arduino Mini Wireless Development Board Now Available From RS Components

Aimed at embedded engineers, hackers and students, the Arduino Yun Mini is a redesign of the Arduino Yun WiFi microcontroller board and has been re-engineered to be used with a breadboard, making prototyping easier, and also provides its functionality in a light and highly compact package.

The Yun Mini has approximate PCB dimensions of 71.1mm x 22.9mm, which is less than half the area of the Arduino Yun PCB, which has dimensions of approximately 68.6mm x 53.3mm with its USB connector extending the length to approximately 73mm. In addition, the weight of the Yun Mini at 16g is half that of the Yun. The board’s small size makes it ideal for use in small spaces and especially projects for home automation, where locating smaller devices in small boxes can improve siting flexibility.

The Yun Mini offers an affordable breadboard PCB with an ATmega32u4 microcontroller and the Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 system-on-chip IC with a MIPS 24K CPU, which operates at up to 400MHz and supports a Linux distribution based on OpenWRT called Linino. A bridge library enables communication between the two processors, providing Arduino programs the ability to run shell scripts, communicate with network interfaces and receive information from the AR9331 processor.

The board has built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n operation up to 150Mbps) and supports 20 digital input/output pins, seven of which can be used as PWM outputs and 12 as analogue inputs. Other specifications include a 16MHz crystal oscillator, a micro-USB connector, an ICSP header, two reset buttons and one user button.

The Yun Mini is similar to the Arduino Leonardo in that the ATmega32u4 has built-in USB communication, eliminating the need for a secondary processor, which allows the Yun Mini to appear to a connected computer as a mouse and keyboard, as well as a virtual (CDC) serial/COM port.

The Yun Mini can be customised from a choice of up to two out of three available accessories, which are the dogRJ45, the dogUSB and the dogUSB eMMC. The dogRJ45 is a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port; the dogUSB is a USB A type connector with USB 2.0 hub that features a slot for a mini SD to extend the memory of the board; and the dogUSB eMMC is a USB port type A with an integrated 4GB of Flash.

The board can be powered via the micro-USB connection with 5V DC, which is the recommended option. However, a regulated 5V DC can also be used to power the board via the Vin pin. The Yun Mini can be programmed with Arduino software downloaded from arduino.org/downloads or the Linino IO from www.linino.org.

About RS Components

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

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2015 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://china.rs-online.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6430-3324

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

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Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components 
www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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July 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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The Peninsula Shanghai is Voted “the World’s Best Hotel in Asia” in The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

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-In addition to the World’s Best Hotel in Asia, The Peninsula Shanghai was also voted eighth on the World’s Best 100 Hotels list

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — The Peninsula Shanghai has been voted the “World’s Best Hotel inAsia” by the readers of influential US-based travel and lifestyle publication Travel + Leisure. The Peninsula Shanghai topped the Best Hotel in Asia readers’ poll with an impressive score of 96 out of 100. Despite only opening in October 2009, the Bund-front hotel confirmed its stellar reputation among discerning travellers in China,Asia and worldwide by also being voted eighth on the World’s Best 100 Hotels list. Among the unique services offered to guests, The Peninsula Shanghai is the first hotel anywhere in the world to include the BMW i8 hybrid sports car in its vehicle fleet, and offers private luxury cruises on the Huangpu River aboard The Peninsula Princess 54 yacht.

In addition to the success of The Peninsula Shanghai in winning the 2015 Best Hotel in Asia award, the details of which are published in the August 2015 issue of Travel + Leisure (US), The Peninsula Hotels also ranked third in the overall Top Hotel Brands Category, a rise of four places from the seventh position achieved on the 2014 reader survey.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award from a respected international publication such as Travel + Leisure. To be voted the Best Hotel in Asia is a considerable achievement for the entire team at The Peninsula Shanghai, especially as we have been open for less than six years. During that time, everyone has worked tirelessly to deliver award-winning standards of service and comfort for our guests, and to show that luxury hospitality in China can be truly world-class,” said Joseph W.Y. Chong, General Manager and Managing Director of The Peninsula Shanghai Complex.

In its review of The Peninsula Shanghai, published on its website (www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best) Travel + Leisure notes: “On a stretch of the historic Bund, the 13-story granite-clad building is a Modernist reflection of its Art Deco-era neighbors … the 235 guest rooms combine embossed glass lamps and black-lacquer screens with 21st-century amenities. All come with VoIP phones, portable master control panels and spa tubs with music and light settings.”

The Best Hotels in Asia category forms part of the annual World’s Best Awards reader survey published by Travel +Leisure, a publication that is widely recognised as a leading global authority on travel and tourism trends. Each year, the readers of Travel + Leisure are asked to cast their votes for the hotels, airlines, car rental companies, destinations, airports, cruise lines and tour operators that represent the ultimate in worldwide travel.

In the World’s Best Hotels section of the survey, respondents are asked to rate hotels on room quality and facilities, location, service standards, restaurants and food, and overall value, plus optional characteristics for business and family travellers, for romance, for bars and nightlife and for design. The World’s Best Hotels Awards are divided into six regional categories: United States and Canada; Mexico, Central and South America; Asia; Europe; Australia,New Zealand and the South Pacific; and Africa and the Middle East.

About The Peninsula Shanghai

Located on the historic riverside Bund, The Peninsula Shanghai pays homage to Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, and recreates the look and feel of this glamorous era when the city was fêted as “The Paris of the East”. The Peninsula Shanghai features 235 comfortable guest rooms and suites commanding city and garden views, three restaurants – Yi Long Court for fine Cantonese dining, Sir Elly’s serving modern European cuisine and The Lobby offering The Peninsula’s famed Afternoon Tea – plus the maritime-themed Compass Bar and nightly dancing at the timeless Salon de Ning.

In addition, the hotel offers guests a suite of rejuvenating massage and wellness therapies at The Peninsula Spa. The Peninsula Arcade is home to more than 25 deluxe international brand stores, and The Peninsula Boutique stocks a wide range of branded Peninsula merchandise and gourmet treats. The Peninsula Shanghai also offers two deluxe city touring options: The Peninsula Princess 54 is an exquisitely appointed private yacht for breakfast or sunset cruises on the Huangpu River, and two MINI Cooper S Clubman cars provide chauffeured guided tours and shopping trips in Shanghai.

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of transport, club management and other services. The hotel portfolio of the Group comprises The Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Paris (opening in 2013). The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and The Peak Tramways, St. John’s Building, The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Cecilia Lui

Regional Director of Communications – China

The Peninsula Shanghai

No. 32 The Bund. 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road

Shanghai 200002, China

Telephone :  +86 (21) 2327 2888-6605

Fax:  +86 (21) 2327 2000

E-mail: cecilialui@peninsula.com

Website: www.peninsula.com

Digital Photo Library: www.peninsula.com/pdl

Broadcast Video Library:  www.thenewsmarket.com/thepeninsulahotels

Source: THE PENINSULA SHANGHAI

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July 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

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Karlie Kloss is the New Face of EXPRESS ‘Fit for You’ Denim Campaign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio /PRNewswire/ — EXPRESS, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today announces Karlie Klossas the face of the EXPRESS fall 2015 denim collection. The American supermodel stars in the retailer’s ‘Fit for You’ advertising campaign photographed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Claire Richardson. The official campaign launches July 2015 in print, digital, in-store, and on social media.

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In the ads, Karlie poses in three key denim styles—Girlfriend, Flare and Legging—which underscore EXPRESS’ fit, fashion and individual style. “Karlie is a modern icon,” said David Kornberg, EXPRESS CEO and President. “With her social media star status and philanthropic efforts, Karlie inspires and empowers young women globally to feel confident and self-assured. And, with her natural beauty and effortless style, Karlie is perfect to communicate a fresh, modern take on the American fashion staple—a great fitting pair of jeans. We are delighted to be partnering with Karlie Kloss to showcase the latest assortment of EXPRESS jeans.”

Available in-store and online at express.com beginning this month, the EXPRESS fall denim collection focuses on the best-fitting fashion jeans that are built to last. The collection features an assortment of updated washes and innovative fabrics including the new Performance Stretch jean made from a breakthrough fabric that retains its shape throughout the day. Customers can check out the hottest trends and find their perfect fit on express.com, in-store and by following #ExpressJeans on Instagram (@ExpressRunway), Twitter (@ExpressLife) and Facebook (EXPRESS).

About EXPRESS, Inc.:

EXPRESS is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer. The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality at an attractive value, addressing needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 600 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. EXPRESS merchandise is also available at franchise locations in the Middle East, Latin America, and South Africa. The Company also markets and sells its products through the Company’s e-commerce website,www.express.com, as well as its mobile app for iOS.

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July 15, 2015 at 10:26 am

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