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CSA Group Opens New State-of-the-art Laboratory in Irvine, California

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-Facility offers expanded services for medical devices and ingress protection testing

IRVINE, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and a leading standards development organization, today announced it opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory inIrvine, offering testing and certification services including expanded services for medical devices and a new ingress protection testing laboratory.

The new laboratory in Irvine is 38,000 square feet and specializes in testing and certification across a variety of sectors including information technology equipment, medical devices, laboratory and industrial equipment, lighting products, and fuel burning and electric appliances.

“The new laboratory allows us to broaden our service offerings for our local clients,” said Rich Weiser, CSA Group Regional Vice President United States and Mexico. “CSA Group is dedicated to expanding our services in the United States to help our clients reach North American and global markets faster and more efficiently. With the added capacity in this laboratory, we will be able to meet the growing needs of our clients in southwestern United States.”

The Irvine lab is able to evaluate and test products to applicable standards for North America, Europe and other international markets. The facility also offers U.S. Field Evaluation services for electrical and fuel burning equipment plus Field Sanitation Evaluation services for food preparation equipment. The lab is also one of only four facilities approved for field evaluation services for Los Angeles County.

In addition to the above services, the facility in Irvine, offers testing in the areas of electric vehicle supply equipment, lighting systems, pool and spa products, home appliances, process control, transformers, power supplies, water pumps, and energy efficiency verification. CSA Group also has certification and testing labs throughout the US including Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle and employs more than 1,800 people across the globe.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, transportation, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit

Contact: Allison Hawkins, Manager, Corporate Affairs, +1-416-747-2615,

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November 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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GENEWIZ Joins Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-growing Private Companies for Second Consecutive Year

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. /PRNewswire/ — Leading global genomics service provider, GENEWIZ, has been named to the Inc. 5000 for the second year in a row. The 34th annual Inc. 5000 is Inc. magazine’s exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

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GENEWIZ is a genomics service provider of Sanger DNA sequencing, gene synthesis, molecular biology, high throughput/next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and GLP-CLIA regulatory services. Its proprietary technologies deliver quality data results allowing scientists at both top-tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and the world’s most prominent research facilities and universities to more quickly advance their projects and spend more time focusing on their discoveries.

“With the largest network of genomics laboratories in the United States, as well as strategic overseas locations, we ensure our customers access to quick results, enabling them to advance their scientific research and discoveries more rapidly than ever before,” said Dr. Steve Sun, GENEWIZ Chairman and CEO. “Our success and rapid growth within the R&D genomics service market is due in thanks to our strong relationships with our customers, as well as our combination of delivering quality results backed by our highly-proficient, Ph.D.-level technical support team.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event was held October 21-23, 2015 in Orlando, FL. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” said Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

GENEWIZ is a global leader in R&D genomics services that enable research scientists within pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, environmental and clean energy, academic, and government institutions to advance their discoveries. Customers rely on our unique and proprietary genomics technologies and services, backed by our specialized experts in DNA sequencing, gene synthesis, molecular biology, high throughput sequencing, bioinformatics, and GLP regulatory-compliant services.

Headquartered in South Plainfield, NJ, GENEWIZ is privately-held with a global network of laboratories in Boston, MA; Washington, DC Metro; Research Triangle Park, NC; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. International locations include Beijing, China; Suzhou, China; London, United Kingdom; andTokyo, Japan.  For more information, visit, and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook,YouTube, and Weibo.

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 were featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today.  For more information, visit

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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November 2, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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Mobile Accessories Revenues to Total $81.5 Billion in 2015

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — ABI Research expects that global revenues for mobile accessories will reach US$81.5 billion in 2015 and is forecast to grow to US$101 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%. Protective carry cases is the top growing category, contributing the most to aftermarket mobile accessories shipments, followed by chargers, screen protectors and headsets. “The thinness and lightness of a smartphone makes a protective case a necessity, and new features with cases, such as wireless charging and digital payment, will likewise drive the protective cases market,” says Marina Lu, Research Analyst at ABI Research.

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The headset market will grow fastest among the categories in terms of revenue, and the shipment is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% over the period 2015 to 2020. Bluetooth headset shipments are increasing steadily, especially those with stereo headsets, despite continued strong unit shipments of wired headsets. The highest average sales price in mobile accessories is commanded by the headsets category since consumers feel more comfortable making large investments in headsets. In addition to advances in technology, including smartphone proliferation, features like noise cancelling and large amount of music content on the devices, the ‘bling’ factor from premium brands such as Beats also helps consumers to open their wallets.

Asia-Pacific will account for 52.9% of all mobile accessories shipments. The large population base in Asiacombined with cost competitive smartphones has accelerated remarkable growth in mobile accessories in the region. China holds huge opportunities for accessories due to its large existing and potential consumer base, rapid growth of smartphone and tablet adoption, a growing online retail market and increasing disposable incomes. “Aside from these significant factors, consumers who use mobile devices as fashion accessories will further drive sales of the mobile accessories market worldwide,” adds Lu.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Wearables and Accessories Market Research Service (, which includes research reports, market data, insights and competitive assessments.

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit, or call +1.516.624.2500.

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November 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

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One Surprisingly Simple Way to Promote your Book

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-Latest PR Newswire Small Business PR Toolkit post explores a nontraditional method for book promotion

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — If there’s one eternal question for a small business owner turned author, it’s “How can I sell more books?” While word-of-mouth tactics have worked in the past, authors are increasingly challenged to uncover nontraditional ways to increase book sales. PR Toolkit contributing author, Scott Lorenz understands this challenge, and in his latest post highlights the power of a book review and how the service – NetGalley — can become one of the most important tools in your book marketing strategy.

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  • What is NetGalley? This service allows authors and publishers to get reviews of their work before and after it’s been published. With over 300,000 book advocates and influencers, this is a great opportunity to help authors drum up buzz about their book before it actually hits the shelves.
  • What is the process? Members of NetGalley may receive the work before others, can read the books digitally, share feedback and become part of the reading community. At times, the reach can exceed the NetGalley platform with reviewers posting their feedback on their own blogs, or other sites such as Amazon or GoodReads.
  • Why should I join? This cost-effective service provides a unique way to reach a growing and active member community that can help to ignite word-of-mouth buzz. Lorenz provides several examples of authors who have benefitted from the service and continue to use it for their upcoming publications.

For further discussion on this nontraditional method of book promotion, read Lorenz’s article here:

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 ( 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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November 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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Daniel Kaufman & Reagan Wireless Corp. To Fund New Dental Clinic With Kabataan Charity, Manila, Philippines

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DAVIE, Fla., /PRNewswire/ — Marie (last name withheld due to HIPPA) at eleven years old was suffering from uncontrollable seizures. Her family was distraught with nowhere to turn for help and unable to care for her. Fortunately, Kabataan Charity was able to come to her assistance and she was able to enter the orphanage to receive treatment for her undiagnosed seizures. And now a year later Marie has been reunited with her family and receives periodic visits with a local physician. Mrs. Flores, Head Social Worker, reports that this young child and her family are so grateful for the help she received which was made possible by the generosity of CEO Daniel Kaufman and Reagan Wireless Corp. through the work of Kabataan Charity.

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Now Kabataan Charity is excited to announce a large charitable donation from Reagan Wireless Corp that will help to provide the children at the Manila orphanage a new dental clinic which will be the only one of its kind for miles. It will offer free dental care for all the orphans and workers at the Kabataan orphanage. Volunteer dentists will help staff the clinic on a daily basis.

Reagan Wireless & Daniel Kaufman will completely fund the construction of a new dental clinic at the KABATAAN CHARITY’s medical clinic. This donation will also pay for new dental chairs, dental supplies and medicine. There are over 180 children in the orphanage that currently have no dental care whatsoever except in very extreme medical emergencies. The funding will also help pay for MRIs and treatment for 2 children that have brain injuries and that have been on a government waitlist for 6 months due to lack of funding.

For any questions and how you can help please contact us at:
Kabataan Charity 8930 State Road 84 Suite 256 Davie, FL 33324
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November 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm

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Hong Kong grabs Prestigious Accolades at JNA Awards 2015

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HONG KONG,  /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong companies shone brilliantly at the fourth annual JNA Awards as they picked up plum awards across four categories, including the two highest accolades — the Lifetime Achievement Award and 3 Decades of Excellence Award. Organised by JNA (Jewellery News Asia), the JNA Awards is the culmination of a year-long effort to recognise individuals and companies that are raising the bar on quality, innovation and excellence in the jewellery industry.

From left: Mimi Ou Yang Chiu Mei; representatives of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association
From left: Mimi Ou Yang Chiu Mei; representatives of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association

Leading off the assembly of awardees from Hong Kong was Mimi Ou Yang Chiu Mei, recipient of the event’s highest honour — the Lifetime Achievement Award. The other awardees were the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA); Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd and Lorenzo Jewelry Ltd.

Recipients of this year’s JNA Awards from Hong Kong and their categories are:

1. Mimi Ou Yang Chiu Mei — Lifetime Achievement Award
2. HKJJA — 3 Decades of Excellence
3. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd — Industry Innovation of the Year
4. Lorenzo Jewelry Ltd — Manufacturer of the Year — Gem-Set Jewellery

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development — Jewellery Group at UBM Asia and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, noted, “As an important hub for the jewellery industry, Hong Kong continues to demonstrate leadership in innovation, fine craftsmanship and best business practices, as well as the advancement of the industry. I have always known that Hong Kong has some of the industry’s highest achievers, and it is such a pleasure to have some of these individuals and companies recognised at the JNA Awards.”

Commenting on her award, jade studies and research expert Mimi Ou Yang Chiu Mei said, “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the judges for recognising my work and study in Fei Cui for the past decades. This award does not merely belong to me, but it goes to the whole jewellery industry of Hong Kong, Fei Cui in particular.”

Founded in 1965, HKJJA has demonstrated tremendous industry leadership, nurturing and promoting Hong Kong’s jewellery and jade industry both at home and overseas. Its efforts, over the past 50 years, have elevatedHong Kong to its current position of undisputed leader in the global jade jewellery business. The association said, “We would like to thank JNA for initiating this unique awards programme and recognising our passion and contributions to the jewellery industry in Hong Kong.”

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, which has consistently won accolades at the JNA Awards since the programme’s inception, is known for applying innovative initiatives to enhance its business operations. “Chow Tai Fook and the JNA Awards share the same values of innovation, excellence and achievement. It is a privilege to be honoured in the prestigious JNA Awards since these accolades are highly regarded and widely recognised industry-wide,” remarked Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd.

First-time recipient, Lorenzo Jewelry, has carved out leadership positions in the market, not only as a producer of fine polished gemstones, but also as a designer and manufacturer of gem-set jewellery including collections and bespoke pieces sold under its own brand. The company commented, “This honour enhances our competitiveness since the JNA Awards is only presented to companies that show outstanding performance and leadership in the jewellery industry.”

The JNA Awards 2015 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The event was supported by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd as Honoured Partners.

Award categories for 2016 will be announced shortly in November. For the complete list of the 2015 JNA Awards Recipients, please visit

For enquiries, please contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-2184

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, the largest jeweller listed in Hong Kong by market capitalisation, is celebrated as one of the most dynamic jewellery companies in the world. It was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index.

The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and is renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed US luxury jewellery brand, has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group has an extensive retail network comprising 2,270 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire points of sale spanning nearly 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through its Chow Tai Fook e-Shop and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.

The Group’s sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw materials procurement, design and production to marketing and sales through its extensive POS and e-tail channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India,Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Gubelin Group (

Since 1854, the name Gubelin has stood for the very highest standards in gemstones, jewellery and watches. With its selection of the most sought-after timepieces and jewellery of its own design, the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, St. Moritz, Lugano andGeneva. In 2013, Gubelin Jewellery established its presence in Hong Kong.

Besides the jewellery boutiques and the Gubelin Ateliers, the group has an Academy and a world-renowned Gemmological Laboratory. The Gubelin Gem Lab is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, relied on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.

3.3 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres and IDI works to enhance Israel’s position as a major trading and manufacturing hub.

IDI works to benefit Israel’s diamond industry in a variety of areas including: marketing and PR, technological innovation, encouraging local manufacturing, training, and security consulting. IDI seeks out new markets for Israeli diamonds and develops existing ones. As part of this effort, IDI organises industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, establishing Israeli Diamond Pavilions and sponsoring events at these shows.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.4 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in Chinaand provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.5 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district inCentral Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiorganise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

From left: Bridal gold jewellery necklace by Chow Tai Fook; coloured gemstone jewellery pieces by Lorenzo Jewelry Ltd
From left: Bridal gold jewellery necklace by Chow Tai Fook; coloured gemstone jewellery pieces by Lorenzo Jewelry Ltd

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November 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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Sydney Opera House Lights up for Wallabies

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — The Sydney Opera House was lit up in green and gold tonight ahead of the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in London.

Sydney cheers on the Wallabies on the Sails of the Sydney Opera House_Destination NSW James Morgan (1)
Sydney cheers on the Wallabies on the Sails of the Sydney Opera House_Destination NSW James Morgan (1)

New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the whole of NSW was behind the Wallabies as they attempt to claim the World Cup for the first time since 1999.

Sydney and NSW are turning up our support for the Wallabies as we light up the iconic Sydney Opera House to cheer the team on. I’ll be setting the alarm for Sunday morning, and wish the team the very best of luck,” Mr Ayres said.

“NSW is the home of Australian rugby, and it’s fitting that one of our most iconic buildings is dressed up to celebrate the Wallabies.”

“NSW is Australia’s sporting capital, playing host to events including the Cricket World Cup, Asian Cup football, Netball World Cup, Bledisloe Cup and in 2013 the tour by the British and Irish Lions.”

“From 6-7 February next year, Sydney will also host the Sydney Sevens at Allianz Stadium, with fast-paced Sevens rugby on display in the summer sunshine,” he said.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said that NSW will continue to support major rugby events in 2016.

“In addition to the Sydney Sevens, Sydney will also be hosting the Bledisloe Cup for another year at ANZ Stadium. It will be a fantastic occasion, a World Cup Final replay, and like all Aussies I can’t wait to see the Wallabies emerge victorious, as we all support them this weekend at Twickenham,” Ms Chipchase said.

The Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand will kick-off at 3am on the morning of Sunday 1 November. The Sydney Opera House will be lit from 8pm-12am on Friday and Saturday night.

Tickets to the Sydney Sevens are still available, and more information can be found at

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November 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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UI Designer… What’s that? Today’s Job Titles Puzzle Parents

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-If you are in one of these jobs in Singapore, chances are your parents don’t know what you do for a living

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD)  As jobs change to suit a new digital world, today’s parents struggle to keep up, according to new research released by LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network.

Taking in responses from 503 current workers and 922 parents of current workers in Singapore, the research found that Singaporean parents may be struggling to understand many of the technical roles that exist today, with only 12% of Singaporean workers claiming their parents are very familiar with what they do for a living and only around half (53%) believing their parent knows what their job title is.

The survey revealed that while the majority of Singaporean parents could confidently describe more traditional job titles like ‘teacher’, ‘lawyer’, and ‘personal assistant’, few knew what titles like ‘UI Designer’, ‘data scientist’ or ‘social media manager’ entailed.

The study was launched in the run-up to LinkedIn’s third annual Bring in Your Parents Day (BIYP) on November 5which aims to bridge this knowledge gap. Some companies in Singapore, including IDC, Tickled Media, Happy Marketer and Click2View, will also be participating as businesses recognize the importance of engaging their employees’ parents. Having parents visit their children’s workplaces would give them a better idea of what their children do in their careers, helping to encourage better support networks in the world of work.

“Technology continues to evolve and so do career paths, with more and more specific industry job titles. In particular, with a booming tech industry in Singapore, parents may feel disconnected as their children take up less traditional roles, or jobs that did not exist a few decades ago,” said Feon Ang, Senior Director of Talent Solutions for LinkedIn in Asia-Pacific and Japan.

The survey also found that while three-quarters (75%) of Singapore workers say they would like more career guidance and advice from their parents, only 6% actually receive this advice. And while nearly half (49%) of Singaporean parents say they often find themselves having an opinion about what their child should do in a work situation, over a third (35%) hold back on giving this advice because they fear their advice might be out-of-date or irrelevant.

“Bring in Your Parents Day is an easy, yet important way, to help parents gain the insights and knowledge they need to offer useful advice to their children,” said Ang.

Singapore's Most Misunderstood Jobs
Singapore’s Most Misunderstood Jobs

Results: If you are in one of these jobs, chances are your parents don’t know what you do for a living. Figures in parenthesis represent percentage of Singaporean parents who would not be confident describing:

1. UI Designer (72%)

What is it? UI Designer is short for ‘user interface designer’ – a person who designs user interfaces or the ‘way you interact’ with machines and software, including everything from mobile devices to home appliances and computers, with a focus on maximising user experience.

2. Actuary (67%)

What is it? A person who uses mathematics and statistics to work out the financial implications of risk, often in relation to businesses or insurance.

3. Data scientist (63%)

What is it? A person who uses processes and systems to extract knowledge or insights from large quantities of data in order investigate problems quickly and efficiently. Data scientists use both data mining and data analysis to approach anything from fraud detection to risk management.

4. Sub editor (61%)

What is it? A person who checks and edits the grammar, spelling, tone and house style of written text for printed new in magazines, websites and newspapers.

5. Social media manager (58%)

What is it? A person who manages social media presence (LinkedIn or other social media channels), for a brand, product, individual or corporation. This can include creating posts, competitions to drive engagement and monitoring user engagement.

6. Sociologist (57%)

What is it? Using theory of social science, a sociologist is a person who studies social behaviour to understand how people, governments and institutions behave to develop knowledge about social order, social disorder and social change.

7. Radio producer (56%)

What is it? A person involved in making a radio show. This could be sounds and audio or content i.e. overseeing and coming up with ideas or features for radio shows.

8. Veterinarian (53%)

What is it? Short for ‘veterinarian surgeon’, a person qualified to treat sick or injured animals.

9. Fashion designer (53%)

What is it? A person who creates designs for clothing, choosing fabrics and playing a part in each part of the production process of fashion items.

10. Laboratory technician (49%)

What is it? A person who works in a laboratory, carrying out hands-on experiments to gain understanding within biology, chemistry or life sciences areas. They may work in lots of different fields or industries, from medicine to manufacturing or the environment.

LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day will be held on November 5, 2015 in 17 countries and regions includingSingapore, the United Kingdom, United States, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Australia,India, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mainland China, Japan and Hong Kong, and encourages businesses and individuals worldwide to take part in the day.

25,000 people took part in BIYP worldwide in 2014, and this year companies including Samsung and Doro are already signed up to take part. Whether you’re a parent, an employee, or a business, you can find out how to take part by visiting Join conversations on Twitter with #LinkedIn #BIYP.

About LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 400 million members and has offices around the world.

About the research

The research was commissioned by LinkedIn. Opinium surveyed 20,176 adults (15,227 current workers and 11,492 parents of workers) between 26th August and 3rd September 2015 in the following countries and regions: Singapore, UK, US, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland,Netherlands, Italy, India and New Zealand.

A total of 503 current workers and 922 parents of current workers in Singapore were surveyed as part of the study.

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The Shaping Careers and Learning Forum will be held on 3 Nov. 2015

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The Workforce Development Agency, The National Trades Union Congress’ Professionals, Managers and Executives (PME) Unit and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) are jointly organsing its inaugural ‘Shaping and Careers Forum’ that will be held on 3 Nov. 2015 at NTUC Centre, One Marina Boulevard. The ‘forum’ is designed to equip employers, human capital practitioners and PMEs with the latest trends, ideas and best practices on learning which is vital for businesses and PMEs to keep ahead of the curve.

This forum’s keynote speaker is Ms Barbara Oakley — a renowned career resilience speaker from the United States, Professor of Engineering, creator of “Learning how to learn” on Coursera and 4 human capital practitioners who will share insights into learning from a business and individual perspective.

Recognising that learning is either work-motivated or individually-led, the forum is broken into two segments and themes:



(including Human Capital



1pm – 5pm

6pm – 9.30pm


Trends in learning & development
and insights on productivity

21st Century skills – how to stay
resilient in the face of a changing


Organisational Training and

Learning and Staying Resilient in
Your career

By Ms Barbara Oakley

Topic title & speaker  

On the Job training: Organisation’s
Missing piece
by Mr Tham Chien Ping 

Tenacity Through Challenges

By Ms Bernadette Sim

Evolving roles of learning & design
by Ms Jeanette Lim 

Do companies want me?
by Mr Tham Chien Ping 

Prior to the forum on 3 Nov., a closed-door pre-forum networking dinner will be hosted by NTUC’s Assistant Secretary General, Mr Patrick Tay who will share more on NTUC’s work for PME with regards to their learning and Ms Barbara Oakley will share insights on her upcoming book ‘Mindshift’ on 29 October.

This event is complimentary. Employers, human capital practitioners and PMEs who are interested in attending the forum must register on by 31 October 2015.

About CaliberLink
CaliberLink assists local professionals to be more career resilient. We provide career and training advice, organise workshops, and run programmes to enhance job search skills and employability. Our recruitment and networking initiatives connect professionals and organisations to explore opportunities. For more information, please visit

About NTUC Professionals, Managers and Executives Unit (PMEU)
Set up in September 2011, PMEU aims to strengthen the Labour Movement’s PME membership base and build an emotional connection with the Professional, Managerial and Executive (PME) working populace in Singapore. Besides being their voice, PMEU looks into the 4Ps for them, namely Protection, Progression, Placement and Privileges. Amongst the efforts are equipping them with knowledge of their workplace rights and obligations, looking into workplace representation and employment terms for them, helping them to be future-ready and future-proof by attending suitable professional development programmes, providing them with employment and employability opportunities, and offering benefits that meet their lifestyle needs. In 2014, we have established three U PME Centres to assist PMEs in all the 4Ps. For more details, visit

About Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)
As THE leading organisation to create solutions for better employment and employability, e2i exists to create better jobs and better lives for workers. Since 2008, we have helped 400,000 workers through providing better jobs, developing better skills through professional development, and improving productivity for companies. e2i serves all segments of workers, from rank-and-file to professionals, managers and executives. For more information, please visit

Loretta Song

Liew Shi Wei

Source: Workforce Development Agency

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November 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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GOASEAN at London World Travel Market Offers Travellers a Tantalising View of Southeast Asia

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-GOASEAN offers a one-stop site for travel tips and insights to tropical ASEAN destinations; makes holiday planning easy with the all-new LetsGoNow online travel booking system

LONDON, /PRNewswire/ — GOASEAN is set to share unique views of Southeast Asia holiday destinations at the London World Travel Market 2015 (WTM) which will be held at ExCel London next week.  The award-winning GOASEAN – a multi-platform digital and broadcast channel on all things related to travel in ASEAN[1] – will showcase new, mysterious and distinctive destinations to tempt visitors in making travelling to tropical ASEAN a part of their holiday plans.

Visit GOASEAN's award winning website
Visit GOASEAN’s award winning website

GOASEAN will be sharing their original travel programmes during WTM at the GOASEAN booth within the Malaysian Pavilion, to showcase the best destinations for all things holiday related such as the best local food spots, pristine beaches, epic hiking and camping trails, as well as luxury spa retreats. GOASEAN guides will also be on hand at the booth to part little-known information on interesting places to see and do in Southeast Asia.

GOASEAN makes travel easy with one-stop online travel booking system LetsGoNow
To make travel easy to all the colourful destinations in Southeast Asia, visitors can use GOASEAN’s online travel booking system, LetsGoNow, found on The online travel booking system easily allows users to book flights, hotels, airport transfers and in the future, tours throughout the ASEAN region.

Visitors will be assured of seamless planning when using the LetsGoNow system, giving them the flexibility to plan their very own personalised ASEAN getaway with competitive rates for hotels and flights that is catered to suit every travellers’ needs. Travellers and tourists will be able to plan and optimise their time and budget, adding more value to their overall ASEAN travelling needs and experience.

Visitors to the GOASEAN booth will also have the exciting opportunity to win themselves an Apple Watch worth(USD400).  All they have to do is to snap a photo or record a video by creatively using GOASEAN themed placards and collaterals, and upload their submission onto GOASEAN’s Instagram page using hashtag #wtm2015.  The winner will be announced via the website

Since its launch a mere five months ago, GOASEAN has proven itself very quickly to be a fast-expanding channel in its efforts to build interest on ASEAN as a single tourism destination.  GOASEAN will be leveraging on its participation at WTM to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with potential partners and business affiliates. has earned international recognition since their launch.  The travel channel won both the Gold and Silver awards respectively for Best Travel and Best Tourism website by the prestigious New York based W3 Awards 2015 which recognises digital communications excellence. also won the Best Asia Pacific Destination Website and silver for Best Tourism Website by TravelMole Asia Pacific Web Awards 2015 and Davey Awards 2015 respectively.  In Malaysia, GOASEAN was voted the Best Website of the Monthfor August by the Malaysia Website Awards.

GOASEAN is the world’s first ASEAN travel initiative to promote ASEAN as a single tourism destination, featuring key areas such as community-based tourism, culture, heritage, entertainment and business. A brainchild ofMalaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib Abdul Razak to commemorate Malaysia as the Chair of ASEAN in 2015, Malaysia is spearheading the GOASEAN initiative to promote travel and spur economic growth within the region.

GOASEAN is shown on ASTRO Channel 737 in Malaysia and Brunei.  For more information please visit,

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an alliance promoting economic and political cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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