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Green Technologies Seminar Returning for the 4th edition in Hong Kong

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-A seminar co-hosted by ClassNK and Seatrade that brings you the latest eco-efficient solutions

SINGAPORE, /PRNewswire/ — As the maritime industry advances towards the development of green technology and fuel efficiency, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is currently developing a Green Shipping Finance Tool (GSFT) concept, aimed at implementing a sustainable, scalable and commercial financial instrument that provides a solution to accelerate investments in sustainable shipping projects.

2014 Green Technologies Seminar
2014 Green Technologies Seminar

EIB was invited by the European Commission and various maritime stakeholder representatives to reflect on how financial initiatives established under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) could assist the shipping sector. Mr Mark Clintworth, Head of Shipping, EIB, will be presenting the keynote address on Financial Initiatives for Green Shipping at the 4th Green Technologies Seminar, an event co-hosted by ClassNK and Seatrade on Monday, 16 November 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Returning to Hong Kong this year, the complimentary half day afternoon seminar covers a diverse range of topics on new environmentally-friendly and energy efficient solutions. Presentations will include the practical and financial implications of retrofitting ballast water management systems to existing vessels in addition to eco-efficient software and machinery. ClassNK together with NAPA, will share new case studies at the seminar on the effectiveness and practical application of the Dynamic Performance Model, an eco-green software. This will be presented by Mr Katsutoshi Nagata, Manager, Marine and Industrial Service Department, ClassNK.

Other prominent speakers include Mr Kenji Kamita, Hull Design Group Leader, Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, MrIsamu Teranishi, CEO, Sanwa Dock and Dr Toshio Yamatogi, General Manager, Composite Business Department, Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd. Mr Arthur Bowring, Managing Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association will be moderating the questions and answers segment and presenting the closing remarks.

Visit http://www.greentech-seminar.com for more information about the event.

About ClassNK

ClassNK is one of the world’s leading classification societies, providing safety and certification services for more than 20% of the world’s merchant tonnage. In addition to its wide range of classification services, ClassNK is also one of the world’s leading maritime research organisations.

As part of its Joint R&D for Industry program, ClassNK is working with partners from throughout the maritime industry to carry out research and development projects focused on addressing key challenges such as maritime safety, green technology, and GHG emission reduction. Since the program’s founding in 2009, ClassNK has provided research support and funding to more than 300 maritime R&D projects around the world.

About Seatrade

Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired recently in 2014 by UBM, the world’s second largest media and event organiser across a wide variety of industries. Seatrade’s publications, events, management training, research and award schemes cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries and are highly respected around the globe.  The company’s principal strength is its ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry. Seatrade’s headquarters are based in Colchester, UK, with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, as well as representatives in all major maritime centres and cruise destinations across the globe.

For more information, visit www.seatrade-maritime.com.

About UBM plc

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. Running over 300 events per year UBM is the second largest exhibitions organiser globally and the biggest commercial organiser in the US, mainland China, India and Malaysia. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com ; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow@UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM’s Twitterati. http://media.ubm.com/social

For more information, please contact:

Daphne Yuen
Email: dyuen@seatrade-asia.com
DID: +65 6922 3740

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Source: Seatrade Communications

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November 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm

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Smart Watches to Trump mHealth Wearables for Integration into the $34 Billion Smart Home Market

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LONDONPRNewswire/ — The smart home market, projected to reach US$34 billion in 2020, is becoming the center of activity for multiple IoT ecosystems, including wearables. In a report from ABI Research, smart watches will drive the most interest for wearables integration into the smart home even though fitness trackers were approximately two-thirds of all wearable device shipments in 2014. Recent announcements of Android Wear from Google and Apple Watch are driving integration efforts from various smart home platform vendors such as iControl, Alarm.com and Samsung’s SmartThings.

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See the Smart Home Wearables Applications: Remote Control, Security, Healthcare and Analytics report athttps://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1018121-smart-home-wearables-applications-remote-c/

Wearables integration with smart home systems will drive more proximal network communications in the smart home. This is starting to happen as device vendors slowly start to open up their APIs and share data to deliver more interoperability between wearables and single point devices such as thermostats, door locks, lighting and smart home appliances.

“The biggest challenge is delivering wearables value in the smart home while facing existing limitations such as device interoperability issues, closed platforms, limited processing and battery capacity,” says Adarsh Krishnan, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. In the short term, wearables application in the smart home will focus primarily on delivering time critical notifications and alerts from smart home security applications. Wearables’ role in the smart home will deliver significant value when physiological data points collected from wearable devices are leveraged to deliver services such as home healthcare, assisted living and user personalisation.

Among wireless connectivity technologies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are likely to gain significant traction with wearables penetration in the smart home market. Bluetooth smart technology, which has significant market share in wearable devices, will be instrumental in driving Bluetooth adoption in the smart home market competing with technologies such as Zigbee, Thread, Z-wave and other proprietary technologies.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Smart Home Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/service/home-automation-and-smart-buildings/), which examines the market for monitoring and control technologies used for automation applications in the home, including home energy management, connected appliances, home security management, home healthcare, entertainment and lighting control.

ABI Research provides technology market research and technology intelligence for industry innovators. 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 www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.

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Christine Gallen
Tel: +44.203.326.0142
pr@abiresearch.com

Source: ABI Research

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November 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

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Appier Raises US $23 million in Series B Funding to Further Expand in Asia

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TAIPEI, Taiwan/PRNewswire/ — Today, artificial intelligence company Appier announced that it has closed US $23 million in Series B funding from UOB Venture Management Pte Ltd (UOBVM), Sequoia India, JAFCO Asia, TransLink Capital, and MediaTek Ventures. The company will use the funding to further expand inAsia and strengthen the research and development team behind its cross screen AI technology. In total, Appier has raised US $30 million.

Mr Seah Kian Wee, Managing Director of UOBVM, which focuses on private equity investments in Southeast Asiaand China, said, “With research showing Asia’s lead in digital innovation and the dynamism of Asian consumers’ behaviour in their use of multiple electronic devices, there is huge potential for the mass adoption of cross screen technology here. Appier has a strategic advantage with its early investment in the region, especially in Southeast Asia.”

Consumers now regularly move between smartphones, tablets, PCs, and even smart watches throughout the day. In Asia alone, eight markets saw growing numbers of people using two or three screens in the first half of 2015.1Cross screen behaviors and habits differ from market to market: for example, although much of Asia sees highest tablet usage on weekends, Indian tablet users are most active on weeknights, while Australian PC users are most active on Sundays. Advertisers trying to reach customers online face mounting complexity as the number and types of screens multiply. AI can help navigate the complexities and help predict both how people travel across PCs, smartphones, tablets and TVs, and the best way to reach them.

“We are living in a post-mobile era: the era of cross screen,” said Chih-Han Yu, CEO and Co-founder of Appier. “Artificial intelligence is the best approach to resolve this complexity and make cross screen easy. In fact, advertising is just the beginning. We believe in the future our AI can help businesses solve a variety of difficult analytical problems.”

Since Appier started three years ago, it has seen strong growth: over 300% in the past year, and 600% since the Series A round in June of 2014.

“We’re delighted with the progress at Appier in the last 18 months since we partnered with them. Appier has assembled a team of very accomplished AI scientists, for solving a very important and challenging set of problems in the cross screen internet era. Their stellar growth across multiple countries, borne out of results delivered for 500 advertisers, gives us high conviction that Appier can continue to scale rapidly.” said Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India Advisors.

“Appier’s performance over the past few years is a powerful testament to the strength of their technology and their team,” said Edward J. Lee, Associate Director at JAFCO Asia. “We’re very excited to partner with them to help fuel their next phase of expansion in Japan and across Asia.”

1 Source: Appier Cross Screen User Behavior Report, 1H 2015

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November 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm

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CIMA Releases Latest Exam Pass Rates

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, /PRNewswire/ — The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has released its latest exam pass rates*, covering the August case study exams and the objective tests between 2 January and 30 September 2015.

Students continue to perform well at the management and strategic level case studies, while the CIMA Gateway exam pass rate has also increased compared with the May window.

Candidates’ performance in the objective tests has continued to improve with the biggest increases found in P3, F3, P1 and P2. Both exam pass rates and first time pass rates have remained consistent across the subjects. Meanwhile, overall pass rates for every subject are 62% or higher.

Noel Tagoe, Executive Director of CIMA Education, said: The objective test pass rates demonstrate that our on demand-exams continue to meet students’ needs, with increases seen across all subjects. Candidates’ performance continue to improve as they choose to take resits when they feel they are ready. We are pleased with the high overall pass rates and expect these to further increase over time.

The case study pass rates, particularly the strong performances at management and strategic level, indicate that students are becoming more familiar and confident with the new exam format and simulated business scenario. While the case study pass rates have decreased at the operational level, this could be due to a range of reasons. We are currently analysing these factors so that we can continue to best meet students’ needs.

We congratulate our students on their hard work and achievement and remain committed to supporting them on their journey towards qualification.”

Enquiries

Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha
T. +84-9038-78985
E. ha.nguyen@cimaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

* Full exam pass rate data can be obtained from http://www.cimaglobal.com/Examinations/

Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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November 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

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Better Access to Europe from Taiwan via DHL’s Expanded Asia-Europe Multimodal Network

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— New sea link between Taiwan and mainland China connects to Warsaw via Suzhou
— DHL Railline full-container load service available from mainland China into Europe

TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, has added Taiwan into its pioneering and fast expanding North Asia multimodal network. The sea link betweenTaiwan and mainland China offers customers the full-container load door-to-door service, DHL Railline, and will connect the leading Taichung port to Shanghai with a rail link to Warsaw via Suzhou, which also serves as a base for over 10,000 Taiwan-funded export-oriented enterprises. DHL now offers three multimodal rail services betweenmainland China and Europe.

DHL Asia-Europe Multimodal Network
DHL Asia-Europe Multimodal Network
DHL links Taiwan to China-Europe rail
DHL links Taiwan to China-Europe rail

The sea link that added Japan and now Taiwan into the network means that customers all over North Asia now have an alternative to sea and airfreight — as do their trading partners across Europe — and access to benefits such as reduced transit times, costs and CO2 emissions.

Similar to the Japan service originating from Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Hakata launched last year, the new multimodal Taiwan-China-Europe service will offer freight costs savings of up to 85% and CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to air freight with shorter transit times than ocean freight. The seamless scheduled service will use a combination of trucking, sea and rail solutions to move cargo from Taiwan into DHL Global Forwarding China’s rail freight solution which reduces the delivery time by between 10 and 21 days, depending on origin and destination pairs, compared to solely using ocean freight.

Using the DHL Railline service, customers can block out single containers, wagon groups or whole block trains. A true door-to-door service, DHL’s multimodal solution for Taiwan uses any and all combinations of rail, ship and road to connect the market‘s businesses to Europe with the reassurance of high security and last mile delivery by truck or rail. From Europe, the multimodal service is also available via rail through mainland China and sea to Taiwan for import shipments. Customers now have more choices and more flexibility whether their cargo are being shipped from Taiwan, Japan, mainland China or Europe.

Charles Kaufmann, CEO, North Asia and Head, Value Added Services, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific said: “Imports and exports form the main source of Taiwan’s economic growth momentum. Taiwan’s foreign trade amounted to USD $588 billion in 2014 with exports and trade surplus hitting a new high[1]. With a foreign trade dependence rate of 111%[2] and 20th ranking in the leading exporters and importers in world merchandise trade[3], it is important that Taiwan remains closely integrated into the global trade network to maintain competitiveness.”

Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China said: “Our new service extension comes at a time when China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative — an economic initiative of up to US$21 trillion (EUR19 trillion)[4] — is taking shape and expected to strengthen cross-border economic ties in markets between Europe and Asia. Our multimodal network directly links Taiwan to mainland China and Europe, both of which are among Taiwan’s top five trading nations[5], bringing more opportunities to Taiwan enterprises. In addition, the European Commission recently announced that it is exploring negotiations on investment with Taiwan as part of a trade globalization plan[6], showing the island’s growing importance in the global marketplace.”

Kenny Mok, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Taiwan said: “Taiwan has been pushing different initiatives — including the free economic pilot zones plan which looks at key high-end, high value-added service industries such as logistics for innovation — to accelerate its integration into the regional economy[7]. Taiwan’sindustries will need to rely on highly specialized global logistics services to meet the requirements of international trade. The combination of cost-efficient and faster access to markets offered by our multimodal service has created business opportunities for customers in many industries and enhanced their competitive edge. We know that this innovative solution will also appeal to Taiwanese exporters and importers as they capitalize on the growth opportunities.”

Earlier this year, DHL added a third route to its China-Europe multimodal network — the westbound and eastboundZhengzhouHamburg service which complements DHL Global Forwarding’s two established routes. The first is a weekly scheduled block train service along the trans-Kazakh West Corridor rail service that originates fromChengdu, a hub for high tech goods, automotive and other industries, and the main distribution center for Western China, to Lodz in Poland. The second — also weekly — via the trans-Siberian North Corridor serves the manufacturing and commercial centers of Shanghai, Suzhou and surrounding areas and runs both westbound and eastbound services between Suzhou and Warsaw.

In 2014, DHL pioneered the first temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service, providing customers with temperature-sensitive products year-round access to this cost-effective shipping route regardless of the weather conditions.

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DHL — The logistics company for the world

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

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

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November 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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Latest Release of CIMA Exam Pass Rate from August’s Exams and Tests

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, /PRNewswire/ — The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has released its latest exam pass rates*, covering the August case study exams and the objective tests between 2 January and 30 September 2015.

Students continue to perform well at the management and strategic level case studies, while the CIMA Gateway exam pass rate has also increased compared with the May window.

Candidates’ performance in the objective tests has continued to improve with the biggest increases found in P3, F3, P1 and P2. Both exam pass rates and first time pass rates have remained consistent across the subjects. Meanwhile, overall pass rates for every subject are 62% or higher.

Noel Tagoe, Executive Director of CIMA Education, said: The objective test pass rates demonstrate that our on demand-exams continue to meet students’ needs, with increases seen across all subjects. Candidates’ performance continue to improve as they choose to take resits when they feel they are ready. We are pleased with the high overall pass rates and expect these to further increase over time.

The case study pass rates, particularly the strong performances at management and strategic level, indicate that students are becoming more familiar and confident with the new exam format and simulated business scenario. While the case study pass rates have decreased at the operational level, this could be due to a range of reasons. We are currently analysing these factors so that we can continue to best meet students’ needs.

We congratulate our students on their hard work and achievement and remain committed to supporting them on their journey towards qualification.”

Enquiries

Andrias Soesilo
CIMA Country Representative, Indonesia
T. +62-811-834-920
E.
Andrias@cimaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

* Full exam pass rate data can be obtained from http://www.cimaglobal.com/Examinations/

Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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November 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm

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Report on Challenges in Hiring and Retaining Managers for Foreign MNC’s in Thailand

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-In comparison with similar surveys conducted in Japan, Singapore and Vietnam

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — en world Thailand (formerly Top Talent Asia), is a leading recruitment agency specializes in connecting great companies to the best managers and mid-career professionals in Thailand, published a regional report on “Challenges in recruiting and retaining mid-level and senior employees for foreign firms in Thailand“. This report is part of a series of comparative surveys in Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.

Shortage of mid-level candidates in terms of both quantity and quality

52% of respondents to the survey conducted in Thailand say that they have not been able to look for enough mid-level and senior Thai employees for their firms over the last 12 months. This is a “hard-to-solve problem” not only inThailand but also in Singapore and Vietnam with 53% and 41% respondents, respectively, saying it is difficult for them to recruit enough talents.

Apart from the lack of quantity, Thai candidates have not completely satisfied employers’ requirements. In particular, 54% of the respondents say that Thai candidates still lack technical skills. It is followed by leadership skill and management skill complained by 50% and 34% respondents, respectively.

84% of the respondents say that the biggest challenge in retaining managers is fierce competition in terms of salary and benefits from industry peers. Regionally, Singapore (82% respondents) and Vietnam (56% respondents) also face the same challenge in retaining managerial candidates.

Strengths and weaknesses of mid-level personnel in Thailand

The surveys show that mid-level and senior personnel in each country have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. While managers in Japan and Thailand are perceived to have very high self-motivation, managers inVietnam and Singapore seem to share the same strength of being hardworking and eager to learn new things.  Managers in Thailand, Japan and Vietnam are highly praised for their communication skills.

Mid-level managers in Thailand are viewed as having good professional skills, high sense of responsibility and high adaptability.

One of the most important factors in recruiting mid-level and senior managers for foreign companies in Thailand is the need for working experience in a similar field. However, respondents were the least satisfied with this skill of the managers in their firms.

Training remains the best solution

All the 4 countries with surveys choose to include leadership and management skills in the training programs for their firms’ managerial personnel. Among the survey respondents, 78% in Singapore, 74% in Thailand, 60% inJapan, and 48% in Vietnam answer that this will be the main area of training for management staff.

“Train the trainer” helps make “learning by doing under supervision” a more effective model as 90% respondents inSingapore, 82% in Thailand and 57% in Vietnam claim that this is the prevalent model in their firms. According to survey data, Singapore is the only country that puts financial support (co-sponsorship) for self-development in the top 3 most popular training models for managers.

Sharing about the survey results collected in Thailand and 3 other countries, Belinda Skinner, Country Manager of en world Thailand said: “This report shows you some of the interesting and most common underlying issues. We found that the issues are different from country to country. In Thailand, one of the strongest issues was cultural fit.Thailand is an emerging market, with many strong multinational companies operating here. Our consultants at en world Thailand are highly trained to act as a consultant, not just a recruiter. One of our main focal points is to match the company’s cultural and environment fit to the potential candidates”.

About en world*

en world is a group of recruiting consultancies specialising in professional and managerial roles. Operating from 7 countries, we support global companies’ recruitment needs through our Asia Pacific network.

About en world Thailand

en world Thailand (formerly Top Talent Asia) is a leading recruitment agency specializes in connecting great companies to the best managers and mid-career professionals in Thailand. We will also develop services with the growing number of Japanese companies investing in the region.

Please visit us: www.enworld.com/th

*en world is a registered trademark of en world Japan K.K.

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Source: en world Group

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November 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm

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Report on Challenges in Hiring and Retaining Managers for Foreign MNC’s in Singapore

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-In comparison with similar surveys conducted in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — en world, a group of recruiting consultancies specialising in professional and managerial roles, published a regional report on “Challenges in recruiting and retaining mid-level and senior employees for foreign firms in Singapore“. This report is part of a series of comparative surveys in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Shortage of mid-level candidates in terms of both quantity and quality

53% of respondents to the survey conducted in Singapore say that they have not been able to attract enough mid-level and senior employees to their firms in the last 12 months. This is a “hard-to-solve problem” not only inSingapore but also in Thailand and Vietnam with 52% and 41% respondents, respectively, saying it is difficult for them to recruit enough talents.

Apart from the lack of quantity, candidates have not completely satisfied employers’ requirements in Singapore. In particular, 33% of the respondents say that candidates lack leadership skills. This is followed by low competency in technical skills and management skills for 33% and 29% of respondents respectively.

82% of the respondents say that the biggest challenge in retaining managers is fierce competition in terms of salary and benefits from industry peers. Regionally, Thailand (84% respondents) and Vietnam (56% respondents) also face the same challenge in retaining managerial candidates. 

“Strengths and weaknesses of mid-level personnel in Singapore

The surveys show that mid-level and senior personnel in each country have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. While managers in Singapore and Vietnam seem to share the same strength of being hardworking and eager to learn new things, managers in Japan and Thailand are perceived to have very high self-motivation. Managers in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam are highly praised for their communication skills.

Mid-level managers in Singapore are viewed as having good professional skills, logical thinking, integrity and high sense of responsibility.

One of the most important factors in recruiting mid-level and senior managers for foreign companies in Singapore is the need for leadership skills. However, respondents were the least satisfied with leadership skills of the managers in their firms.

Training remains the best solution

All the respondents in the four countries surveyed included leadership and management skills in the training programs for managerial personnel. 78% in Singapore, 74% in Thailand, 60% in Japan, and 48% in Vietnam said that this will be the main area of training for management staff.

“Train the trainer” helps make “learning by doing under supervision” a more effective model as 90% respondents inSingapore, 82% in Thailand and 57% in Vietnam claim that this is the prevalent model in their firms. According to the survey data, Singapore is the only country that puts financial support (co-sponsorship) for self-development in the top 3 most popular training models for managers.

Sharing about the survey results collected in Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, Yusuke Nishino, Country Manager of en world Singapore said: “The report shows that each country has its own unique challenge within anAsia-Pacific context. Upon the agreement of the TPP and the establishment of the AEC, we foresee a more diverse business environment and greater labour mobility in the region. Multinational corporations need to create a platform where all employees can work together efficiently whilst respecting the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of their colleagues.”

About en world:

en world is a group of recruiting consultancies specialising in professional and managerial roles. Operating from 7 countries, we support global companies’ recruitment needs through our Asia Pacific network.

Find out more about en world Singapore: www.enworld.com/sg

*en world is a registered trademark of en world Japan K.K.

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November 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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Singapore American School Adopts Pioneering Acoustic System

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-Singapore American School Adopts Pioneering Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to a major gift from an alumni to the Singapore American School (SAS) Foundation honoring the teaching and mentorship of theater coordinator Mrs. Paula Silverman, SAS has installed Southeast Asia’s first Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system in its upgraded school auditorium. Silverman’s 29 years of vision and leadership at SAS have expanded the school’s dance program and supported the theater tech club, theater makeup club, and usher society. Both the school’s student and community productions will benefit from Constellation in one multi-purpose auditorium space. For example, technical theater students will learn to digitally control acoustics to offer audiences a complete, customizable sound experience. This learning resource made possible by a former student’s philanthropic giving will in turn give current SAS students first-hand knowledge of cutting-edge technology.

The Constellation acoustic system is a package of equipment and technical support services enabling sound settings to be pre-programmed for different performance types, setting the auditorium apart from other major performing arts venues in Singapore. Existing venues which use Constellation include Miami Beach Soundscape (Florida), Franco Dragone’s House of Dancing Water (Macau), Nordea Concert Hall (Estonia), University of California San Diego (USA), and more.

Constellation is centered around Meyer Sound Laboratories’ Variable Room Acoustics System (VRAS™) that gives multi-purpose venues the flexibility to instantly alter their acoustics to accommodate a variety of events, maximizing a community’s benefit. Researcher Mike Poletti from Auckland, New Zealand created the VRAS with a sound-optimizing algorithm in 1997 as part of his doctoral thesis, subsequently commercialized it with LCS Audio, after which it became part of Meyer Sound’s Constellation system. SAS uses a VRAS processor to generate and process multichannel sound reverberations with loudspeakers and microphones designed for the acoustic system.

Built with acoustic and digital signal processing professionals, the system fixed the 19-year-old auditorium’s problem of sound leakage that prevented performers from hearing each other well, instead of directing sound back at the performers and audience. The Constellation system involves hanging a canopy of 38 microphones and over 200 speakers over the stage and audience to capture, process, then relay sound. Constellation creates optimal, flexible building acoustics that can be digitally adjusted to suit the nature of the performance without excessive materials, reducing energy consumption.

Meyer Sound’s system achieved customizable reverberation times with a retrofit that used fewer building materials compared to a new construction. The auditorium’s visibly labelled new seats, energy-efficient lighting, new surface materials such as carpeting, sound-absorbing and reflecting walls, improved soundproof double doors, and roof were all built in collaboration with ONG&ONG Pte. Ltd. using materials complying with the Singapore Green Label Scheme, European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

SAS students who study stage lighting, sound, video, and stage technical systems will now learn to apply calibrated sound settings to different types of performances, and study the principles behind procsesor sound sampling and optimizing reverberation. Students will develop ideas for live sound performances such as drama, musical theater, speech, jazz, symphonic band, chamber orchestra, and choir. Assistant theater manager and teacher Paul Koebnick explains, “As much as you can operate lighting to get someone’s attention on something, you can also change the focus of what they’re hearing. Students responsible for sound operations can change the sound settings in the middle of a show, when a different group comes on with a different song.”

SAS high school senior and mixed choir member Tia Abdi said, “Before, the auditorium was really difficult to project sound in. You could be yelling from the stage and not hear an echo even if you were speaking very loudly. You could often only hear yourself sing, and it was hard to hear any other parts. Now I can hear the people around me a lot more easily, and the audience can definitely hear whether our sound is flat or ringing.”

Superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball said, “As a school, we have a bold vision to be a world leader in education, cultivating exceptional thinkers, prepared for the future. The Constellation acoustic system allows us to be that world leader; it truly is the epitome of excellence. Of course, it doesn’t change the work and the talent it takes to create great art. Our students and our staff are tremendous performers and talented individuals, and they work very hard to perfect their craft. The acoustic system shines light on their art. Every time we do a renewal project, we think about how a new facility can best support our programs and what we want for our kids. This auditorium is a special place; these kids are going to do amazing things in their lives.”

The SAS auditorium is hosting the school’s music festival featuring student choir, band, and string orchestra concerts on October 31, November 2, and November 3 respectively. Slated to welcome more performances from SAS’s wide range of arts programs, the Constellation system illuminates the results of faculty leadership over many years. For more information on Constellation, visit http://www.meyersound.com/product/constellation/ .

About Singapore American School

Singapore American School (SAS) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college preparatory day school offering an American curriculum with an international perspective for students in preschool through grade 12. SAS has the largest Advanced Placement program outside of the United States, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the U.S., and offers the American High School Diploma at the senior level. Established in 1956, the school primarily serves the American and international expatriate communities of Singapore.

For more information, please visit www.sas.edu.sg or contact the SAS communications office atcommunications@sas.edu.sg or +65 6360 6031.

Media Contact:

Vanessa Spier (vspier@sas.edu.sg)
Strategic Director of Communications
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands Street 41 Singapore 738547

Source: Singapore American School

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November 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

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