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Concrete Show South East Asia 2015 Achieves Record Participation

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, /PRNewswire/ — The third edition of UBM’s annual Concrete Show South East Asia was successfully held last week at Jakarta International Expo on 28-30 October. The trade show attracted a record number of exhibitors and visitors, with 200 exhibiting companies from 28 countries and 6,223 visitors.

Director General of Highways Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia visiting Concrete Show South East Asia 2015
Director General of Highways Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia visiting Concrete Show South East Asia 2015

Indonesia and other countries in the South East Asia region have huge demand for advanced concrete technologies and products in order to meet their ambitious infrastructure and development targets. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Christopher Eve, President Director of PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia, the organiser of the event, said “Concrete Show South East Asia provides the perfect platform for Indonesian and international companies to showcase and demonstrate the very latest in products and services for the manufacture, application, testing and maintenance of concrete.”

Director General of Highways Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia, Chairman of Indonesian Association of Precast and Prestressed Companies, President Director PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia
Director General of Highways Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia, Chairman of Indonesian Association of Precast and Prestressed Companies, President Director PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia

Indonesia’s construction market is the biggest within ASEAN, accounting for 60-70 percent of the total market in the region. “The rapid growth of the construction industry has turned the construction sector into the largest contributor to Indonesia’s national income at about 10 percent,” said Mr. Taufik Widjojono, Secretary General of the Ministry Public Works and Housing at the opening of Concrete Show South East Asia.

Secretary General Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia in the Opening Ceremony of Concrete Show South East Asia 2015
Secretary General Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia in the Opening Ceremony of Concrete Show South East Asia 2015

One of the Indonesian government’s flagship infrastructure policies is its target to build one million new houses per year. At Concrete Show South East Asia, a residential house was built within 24 hours in order to demonstrate the use of precast and prestressed concrete technologies. Mr. Widjojono, commented that such techniques enable a house to be built in a matter of days, instead of a month when using common techniques, and will help the government to achieve its target. “Concrete Show South East Asia 2015 serves an important role in supporting the improvement of Indonesian construction quality through interaction and knowledge exchange among both domestic and global players in the construction industries.”

The Ministry Public Works and Housing took the opportunity of Concrete Show South East Asia to unveil its Catalogue for Concrete Products, an initiative aimed at establishing standards for the industry and accelerating the use of prestressed and precast concrete from its current level of around 16% to a target of 30%.

In addition to the exhibition, Concrete Show South East Asia featured an extensive program of conferences, seminars and workshops covering every aspect of the concrete industry. These were organised by UBM in collaboration with the Indonesian Association of Precast and Pre-Stressed Concrete Companies (AP3I), the Indonesian Association of Precast and Pre-Stressed Engineers (IAPPI) and the Indonesian Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (HAKI).

The next edition of Concrete Show South East Asia will be held on 14-16 September 2016 at Jakarta International Expo, occupying a larger hall area to accommodate more exhibitors.

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Niekke W Budiman
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PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 2930 5959
M:  +62 812 936 1944

Source: PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia

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November 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

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Supermicro® World Record Performance Benchmarks for SYS-1028GR-TR with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors Announced at Fall 2015 STAC Summit

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-STAC-A2™ Results Set New Speed Record for Warm Runs of the Baseline GREEKS benchmark (STAC-A2.B2.GREEKS.TIME.WARM)

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, announces its SYS-1028GR-TRsupporting dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (Haswell EP) 14-core at 2.6GHz and dual Intel® Xeon Phi™ 7120P (Knights Corner) coprocessors has set the new STAC-A2™ World Speed Record. The 1U high density form factor SYS-1028GR-TR is optimized for high performance computing applications with support for dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 and up to 3x Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. It has achieved world record benchmark results, showing the solution’s ability to accelerate computation time for financial risk calculations. The STAC Report™ of these benchmark results is available at

“Supermicro’s 1U SuperServer optimized for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors is fine tuned to achieve the highest performance in its class and the STAC-A2 world record benchmark is an independent result that highlights our solution’s capability,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “For applications in need of lowest-latency or highest density for parallel processing, our Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 based Green Computing servers are exactly optimized to maximize performance with highest energy efficiency.”

“Intel’s collaboration with Supermicro has once again set a new STAC-A2 World Speed Record benchmark using Supermicro’s 1U compute-dense form factor based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors,” said Hugo Saleh, director of HPC Marketing and Industry Development, Intel Enterprise and High Performance Computing Platform Group. “Financial services developers are able to address the most demanding workloads in computational finance and algorithmic trading using open standards based programming techniques and the rich features of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015, ensuring the long term viability of their codes on future servers and workstations.”

Supermicro, Intel SolutionSpecs – STAC-A2 Benchmarks (beta 2)
1U SuperServer® (SYS-1028GR-TR) supporting dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (Haswell EP) 14-core at 2.60GHz, 2x Intel® Xeon Phi™ 7120P (Knights Corner) Coprocessors, 256GB DRAM, 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 drive bays, dual port GbE LAN, Redundant 1600W Platinum Level High-Efficiency (94%) Digital Power Supplies

Stack under test:

  • STAC-A2 Pack for Intel Composer XE (Rev G)
  • Intel® C++ Compiler XE
  • Intel® Math Kernel Library
  • Intel® Threading Building Blocks
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1

Supermicro, Intel Solution STAC-A2™ Benchmarks –

  • STAC-A2.B2.GREEKS.TIME – Seconds to compute all Greeks with 5 assets, 25K paths, and 252 timesteps.* – WARM 0.216

The Supermicro, Intel solution will be present at the STAC Summit in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology Auditorium on November 3rd, 2015.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro®, the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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November 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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World’s Largest Rooftop Dual-Axis Solar Power Station Coming to Taiwan

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HSINCHU, Taiwan, /PRNewswire/ — The world’s largest rooftop dual-axis solar power station is currently under construction on a food facility in Pingtung County of Taiwan. This is an 840-kW project which utilizes BIG SUN iPV solar trackers (dual-axis) to maximize energy output and be able to resist extreme weather conditions such as typhoons in Taiwan. Topper Sun, a subsidiary of BIG SUN Group, serves as the EPC of this project for Chailease Finance Co. (CFC). By the end of year 2015, this site will be installed completely.

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“CFC has been working with BIG SUN for a long time to develop many PV sites in Taiwan. We rely on BIG SUN’s professional solar products and services, and believe that iPV solar trackers will provide stable energy harvesting and produce over 30% more energy than fixed-tilt systems in this sunshine area,” said Simon Hou, President of CFC. CFC has invested in a total of 23.1 MW of solar power plants till year 2014, and expects to reach total capacity of 50 MW of 200 sites in 2015.

“Solar trackers are one of the fastest-growing PV applications, IHS forecasts tracker application to grow to an impressive 20% of the market in 2015,” said Summer Luo, Chairman of BIG SUN. “BIG SUN iPV solar tracker features a unique cable-driven mechanism which is simple to be maintained and will help to lower the capital and O&M costs of this kind of dual-axis PV sites. Besides local installations, iPV solar trackers have been delivered for projects in many countries such as China, Japan, and Luxemburg. We look forward to seeing that iPV solar trackers will be widely used all over the world in the near feature.”

About BIG SUN Group

BIG SUN was founded in 2006. Its core business is focused on the design, production, and sale of high-quality solar products. BIG SUN’s main products include 6″ mono-crystalline silicon solar cells, the iPV Solar Tracker and the web-based iPVita monitoring & control system. The current conversion efficiency of BIG SUN’s 6″ mono-crystalline silicon solar cell is 20.0% (60-cells module with up to 290 watts power). Based on its extensive product lines, BIG SUN can offer vertical integrated PV power system solutions.

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About Chailease Finance Co.

Chailease Finance Co., Ltd. (CFC) was established in 1977 and the main services are leasing, installment, factoring, corporate direct loan and off-shore financing (OSF). CFC is at the leading position in Taiwan’s leasing industry and provides professional financial solutions to customers.


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November 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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Ad Blockers and Google’s AMP Added to Digital Media Asia Programme

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The impact of ad blockers on news publishers’ advertising revenues and the release of Google’s Accelerated Media Pages (AMP) are two of the latest topics that were recently added to the programme of Digital Media Asia (DMA). The event, which will take place this year in Hong Kong, on 17-19 November, offers a one-stop platform for reinventing the digital news media business.

Since its launch in 2009, DMA  an event organised by The World’s Association of newspapers and news publishers (WAN-IFRA) has grown to become Asia’s largest digital event dedicated to the news publishing industry. It features 3 focussed days of conference and masterclasses, the presentation of the Asian Digital Media Awards and a tech & services Expo. It will also host an exclusive workshop organised by the Guardian News & Media’s Publisher network.

DMA sessions are designed to strengthen news media companies’ digital transformation strategy and tackle burning-hot questions for the industry.

The growing usage of ad blocking software by internet users around the world is severely jeopardizing the still fragile digital advertising ecosystem. However, this threat also offers a unique opportunity to redefine how advertising works online. Publishers, not platforms, must take the lead. Ben Shaw, Director of WAN-IFRA’s Global Advisory will present at DMA how leading media organisations are reacting to this growing challenge. He will moderate a panel session with key news publishers, such as The Economist, and digital pure-players.

Jeremy Butteriss, Managing Director of Partner Business Solutions APAC at Google will present his company’s new initiative for publishers called Accelerated Mobile Pages. Taking on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News, this new open source standard aims to allow webpages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to load instantaneously and work alongside smart ads. A core goal of the project, claims Google, is to support publishers’ subscriptions and paywalls.

DMA’s focus presentations and breakout sessions will also address other key digital issues such as:

  • Content innovation: Virtual Reality and 360 degree videos & animations
  • Partnering with Facebook Instant Articles
  • Programmatic advertising strategies
  • Social and mobile video, from Periscope to Instagram
  • Re engineering the newsroom for multimedia
  • Data strategy & Audience Intelligence
  • Media for Millennials

Confirmed speakers include Suzy Hay, Global Director of Content Partnerships at The Guardian; John Pullman, Global Head of Video & Pictures at Reuters; Inez Albert, Digital Sales Director Asia at The Economist; Anjali Kapoor, Head of Digital APAC at Bloomberg; Dilson Varela Ribeiro, Digital Analytics Manager at Lagardere Active; Vincent Tsui, Chief Marketing Officer at Apple Daily;  Jerome Le Feuvre, MD and CMO at News Republic; Yumiko Ono, Digital Editor Asia at Dow Jones; Eugene Leow, Digital Editor at the Straits Times; Joey Chung, Founder & CEO at The News Lens, and many more.

The conference full speakers’ list and detailed programme can be found at:


On November 17, DMA will offer in-depth sessions on mobile video and online classifieds leaded by recognised international experts with a notorious understanding of the Asian markets’ specificity and challenges.

DMA will also host an exceptional half day workshop organised by The Guardian News & Media Publisher Network, which will offer unique insights on how The Guardian is tackling partnerships with digital pure-players and technology suppliers, such as Facebook, Google, Samsung or Apple.

Hashtag: #DMAHK15

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November 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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CPF Commits to Hire Migrant Workers on a Fair, Legal Basis Based Firmly on the Humanitarian Principles

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BANGKOK, /PRNewswire/ — Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) underlines its commitment to legally hire migrant workers especially more than 3,400 Cambodians working at its chicken processing plants in Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima plants on a fair and equal basis according to the labor MOU Thailand has signed with member countries.

*H.E. Eat Sophea *(Center), Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand visits Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL. (CPF)'s Chicken Processing Plant in NakhonRatchasima welcomed by *Mr. Veerachai Ratanabanchuen* (4th left), Deputy CEO to witness high standard of chicken processing & its practices to Cambodian workers. CPF has committed to hire migrant workers on fair, legal basis based on the humanitarian principles.
*H.E. Eat Sophea *(Center), Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand visits Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL. (CPF)’s Chicken Processing Plant in NakhonRatchasima welcomed by *Mr. Veerachai Ratanabanchuen* (4th left), Deputy CEO to witness high standard of chicken processing & its practices to Cambodian workers. CPF has committed to hire migrant workers on fair, legal basis based on the humanitarian principles.

Mr. Suchart Sitthichai, Senior Vice President, CPF, who manages the Nakhon Ratchasima chicken processing plant, affirmed that CPF was truly aware of the indispensability of migrant workers especially those fromCambodia and Myanmar who help drive the Thai economy. In hiring migrant workers, CPF adheres to the policy to hire them on an equal, fair and non-discriminatory basis which aligns with international standards and the humanitarian principles. According to Mr. Suchart, CPF condemns all exploitation forms of child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.

At present, CPF’s chicken processing plant at Nakhon Ratchasima is employing 2,300 Cambodian workers, all of whom are directly hired by the firm, Mr. Suchart said. This is the fruition of intense collaboration between the Thai and Cambodian governments to select reliable licensed labor agencies in Cambodia. The selected firms then were subject to verification under the standards of Thailand’s Ministry of Labor before they were allowed to recruit workers for CPF.

CPF is honored to welcome H.E. Eat Sophea, Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand, on her visit to CPF’s chicken processing plant at Nakhon Ratchasima as an opportunity to be informed of CPF’s hiring policy of migrant workers as well as to witness working conditions, welfare, fair and non-discriminatory treatment of Cambodian labor offered by CPF.

Mr. Suchart explained that selected Cambodian workers are fairly treated as soon as labor agencies transfer them to the firm at the Thai-Cambodian border at Klong Luek District, Sa Kaew Province. Food and vehicles are provided. CPF is also responsible for all expenses relating to work permit and health check-up based on its direct-hiring policy. Cambodian workers then attend a five-day training program before start working in the production line. In addition, buses and dormitories are provided free-of-charge to facilitate workers.

Cambodian workers are entitled to the same legal labor rights accessible by Thai workers.  This includes, among a few, a minimum wage of Baht 300 a day, 1.5 times normal pay as an overtime pay during normal working days and 2 times overtime pay during holidays, 30 days’ sick leave, 7 days’ business leave and no fewer than six days’ annual leave plus social security. One thing that CPF provides for everyone with no exception is medical allowance.

To overcome the issue of language, CPF has set up the Thai-Cambodian Coordination Center staffed with Cambodian-speaking interpreters to communicate at the plants and during emergency situations, Mr. Suchart said.

“Cambodian workers who are with us can send as much as Baht 8,000 a month back to their families, which does improve their living conditions. A lot of them come from the same village,” Mr. Suchart said.

With its commitment to treat migrant workers on a non-discriminatory basis based on the humanitarian principles, most recently, CPF has been accredited the highest level of the Thai Labor Standard Accreditation (Thai Labor Standard 8001-2553). “This really reflects our spirit to treat all workers under our roof on a fair, non-discriminatory standard that meets international labor practices. Ultimately, we hope to raise work standards of all our labor at our workplace,” Mr. Suchart said.

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Source: Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF)

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November 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm

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BORGWARD Pioneered Direction Indicators: In 1949 the Bremen-based Company Introduced This Beacon of Modern Safety Systems as Standard Equipment

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STUTTGART, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

– Pioneering Innovations

Many technical features that are taken for granted in today’s automobiles were only introduced as standard equipment because of the determined efforts of valiant pioneers. Carl F. W. Borgward (1890-1963) was one of them. The direction indicator was one of the trendsetting technical innovations that made the post-war BORGWARD Hansa 1500 a milestone of automotive history. That’s because this 1949 model was the first German automobile to feature a direction indicator system as standard equipment.


Although Carl F. W. Borgward practically devoured almost all the automotive technology magazines he could get his hands on and was virtually unmatched in his efforts to successfully bring together all of the new research findings in the automotive sector, he got his idea for the direction indicator simply from his close observation of the army vehicles of the U.S. forces that occupied Bremen after World War II. He noticed that almost all of these vehicles were equipped with advanced direction indicator systems. This fired the imagination of the automobile developers at BORGWARD.

Electro-mechanical trafficators had been introduced in Germany in 1928. These systems were attached to the sides of vehicles, where they were supposed to clearly indicate the direction in which a driver wished to turn by extending a signal arm. Because it changed a vehicle’s silhouette, an extended trafficator was clearly visible in good light. However, this technology was very fragile from a mechanical standpoint and it greatly restricted the possibilities of body design. Moreover, whenever a vehicle travelled at high speeds the increased air resistance prevented the signal arms, which were operated by electromagnets, from extending. As a result, trafficators were no longer state-of-the-art for advanced automobiles after World War II.

The better is the enemy of the good. BORGWARD immediately recognised the advantages of the new technology, which was already being successfully used in the USA. With its typical determination, the German carmaker spared no effort to introduce direction indicators as standard equipment. Several German supplier companies such as Bosch also began to experiment with direction indicators during this time. The suppliers used a bimetal element to ensure that the lights would flash reliably.

When Carl F. W. Borgward surprised the automotive world in 1949 with Germany’s first newly designed post-war car, the Hansa 1500 not only boasted a breath taking pontoon shape but also served as a shining example of progress, thanks to its standard-fitted direction indicator system.

BORGWARD introduced this innovation much earlier than required, as legislators didn’t “see the light” until some years later. The German government made direction indicators mandatory for all vehicles in 1961, as traffic continued to increase in the country as a result of Germany’s “economic miracle”.

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November 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ new Yale-NUS campus opens in Singapore

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. /PRNewswire/ — Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has completed the campus forYale-NUS College in Singapore, Yale’s first college established outside of New Haven, CT. The campus is adjacent to and in partnership with the National University of Singapore.

In collaboration with Forum Architects of Singapore, PCPA designed the three residential colleges and two buildings, creating a dynamic living/learning campus. A fourth college is being planned. Intellectually and socially, students inhabit a lively and engaging environment; interact spontaneously with faculty and administrators outside formal offices and classrooms; and gather with peers in a variety of open spaces. Outdoor courtyards provide a relaxed atmosphere to balance the rigors of study.

“Our approach to the Yale-NUS campus design was to combine the sensibilities of the Yale campus residential college model and Asian architecture, with Singapore’s climate influencing many details,” says Principal Mariko Masuoka AIA, who led the PCPA design team. “In the end, the design is not a simple collage of architectural elements from two traditions but a unique response to program and context.”

At the main entrance, glass-enclosed stairwells and a colonnade are topped by an inward-sloping roof of grand scale. A square oculus in the middle of the roof allows a dramatic cascade of rainwater to flow in a controlled way into a large circular reflecting pool below. The Learning Commons is the first building to be viewed, located directly across the central courtyard, sitting at the highest elevation on the site. Adjacent is the Agora, a sheltered assembly space for campus activities and student engagement. The courtyard is landscaped with a lush garden, six heritage trees and an eco-pond. East and West Core academic buildings flank the courtyard and are accessible by sun- and rain-screened walkways.

Students live and learn amongst their peers and professors in an inclusive setting. The three residential colleges include classrooms, as well as faculty and student residential spaces. Student residential towers are organized into nested vertical communities. Thirty sky gardens define these neighborhoods and act as wind portals to direct breezes through the sky gardens. Each tower sits atop a two- and three-story wing, comprised of classrooms, administrative offices, a dining hall and an enclosed landscaped courtyard.

The campus received the Green Mark Platinum Award from the Singapore Building and Construction Authority in 2013, and was the first educational institution to receive the Landscape Excellence Assessment Frameworkcertification in 2014, from NParks, Singapore.

About Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Founded in 1977 and led by Cesar Pelli FAIA, RIBA, JIA, Fred Clarke FAIA, RIBA, JIA, and Rafael Pelli FAIA, LEED AP, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is an internationally acclaimed firm. Its long history of collaboration with Yale University began when Cesar Pelli was Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1977 to 1984 and Fred Clarkewas a visiting critic from 1977 to 1982. The firm’s work for Yale includes the Daniel L. Malone Engineering Center and the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine, as well as master plans for the science campus.

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November 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Appoints Top UN Diplomat Bernardino Leon Gross as its First Director General

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates /PRNewswire/ —

  • Appointment underlines EDA s focus on delivering world-class training in diplomacy to Emirati students
  • Developing the next generation of Emirati diplomatic talents is central to supporting our foreign policy objectives, says HH Sheikh Abdullah
  • EDA serves the important role of providing world-class training, research and intellectual leadership for our future Emirati diplomats, says HH Sheikh Abdullah

Emirates Diplomatic Academy today announced the appointment of Bernardino Leon as the first Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading centre of excellence in diplomatic studies. Mr. Leon will take up his position in December, 2015.


A career diplomat with rich international experience spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Leon’s most recent role was as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Libya, a position he has held for the past year.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDA, said: “The Emirates Diplomatic Academy serves the important role of providing world-class training, research and intellectual leadership for our future diplomats. The deep experience and understanding of global geo-politics that Mr. Leon brings to EDA will be a rich resource for our new generation of diplomats.

“The UAE’s diplomatic corps are the pillars of our international engagement, upholding our interests and promoting our leadership’s vision at global platforms. Developing the next generation of Emirati diplomatic talents is central to supporting our foreign policy objectives and in ensuring that our nation’s voice is heard as we pursue our outlook of promoting regional peace and stability.”

A Spanish national, Mr. Leon has a deep understanding of global politics, diplomacy and foreign affairs. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, playing a major role in the European Union team that followed up and supported the Taba talks as well as the Hebron, Wye River, Camp David and Shepherdstown Accords.

He was actively involved in the Geneva Agreement, and has served in Spanish Diplomatic Services at the recently created European External Action Service in the United Nations and other international centres. He has worked widely in political and economic affairs, especially as a G20 Sherpa, and has contributed significantly to cultural diplomacy.

As Director General, Mr. Leon will work with EDA’s Board of Trustees to establish the strategic direction of the Academy as a global thought leader in diplomatic studies. He will lead the international faculty of experts at EDA in ensuring the highest standards in diplomatic education and competency to create the new generation of Emirati diplomats that the Academy nurtures. The appointment will also help enhance EDA’s status as an elite diplomatic institution that provides vital policy direction and insights on contemporary regional and global issues.

Speaking about his new role, Mr. Leon said: “I am delighted to take up this new position and look forward to engaging with the young Emirati nationals and working with the seasoned faculty, training and research teams to establish EDA as a referral point in diplomatic studies. EDA is truly a path-breaking initiative by the UAE Government to nurture the next generation of diplomatic and foreign relations professionals. Its unique world-class academic and research platform is built on course offerings and research themes that match the UAE’s growing prominence in regional and international affairs.”

Emphasizing EDA’s crucial role in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership, Mr. Leon said: “The Academy shapes a dedicated talent pool of young professionals who can enter diplomatic careers with an insightful world view of politics and foreign affairs. Such a forward-looking training initiative will further enable the UAE to achieve even more significant successes in its international relations.”

During his distinguished diplomatic career, Mr. Leon has been in active engagement with governments and diverse stakeholders in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Tunisia, among others. His sphere of influence has covered economic diplomacy, intercultural dialogue, security, energy and migration.

Mr. Leon conducted crucial negotiations in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia promoting Arab values and underpinning the need for tolerance and cultural understanding. His abiding respect for Arab values and fostering intercultural dialogue was instrumental in the launch of the Vienna Centre for Dialogue between Religions and the foundation of Three Cultures, a Moroccan-Spanish Centre.

Mr. Leon holds a diploma in International Relations from the University of Barcelona and a Degree in Law from the University of Malaga, Spain. He is the author and translator of several books, lectures at universities around the world and has won over 20 international awards for his diplomacy work.

About Emirates Diplomatic Academy:

EDA was established by Cabinet Decree No. 29 of the year 2014, as a pioneering integrated academic and research centre dedicated to strengthening the UAE national’s foreign policy knowledge.

EDA’s Board of Trustees includes distinguished leaders from government, academia and industry. The Board of Trustees ensures that the Academy adheres to the purposes for which it was created and that the Academy’s integrity and financial resources are preserved for its current and future objectives.

EDA aims to build a broad knowledge base in the field of international and diplomatic relations, while providing technical and advisory support to UAE government entities, and while strengthening cooperation with major training centres and universities to exchange experiences and best practices.

EDA’s core areas are interlinked, with activities in one area contributing to the others to create balance and synergies.

1. Academics and Research

  • Students study a customised course that incorporates UAE and regional context alongside EDA research
  • EDA faculty participate in research projects supported by visiting Middle East scholars and institutional partnerships

2. Academics and Executive Education

  • Students benefit from executive courses delivered by EDA
  • Students of diplomacy collaborate and build professional networks (e.g. capstone)

3. Research and Executive Education

  • Researchers design training courses with relevant UAE-related content
  • Researchers have access to students for study purposes (focus groups, surveys, etc.)

For more information about EDA, please visit

For media inquiries, contact: Nedal Al Asaad, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller,, +971-4-450-7600

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November 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm

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Philippine Resources Savings Bank Selects IBM Global Financing to Support Expansion Efforts

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PASIG CITY, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing business segment of IBM today announced that the Philippine Resources Savings Bank (PRSB), the country’s fourth largest independent thrift bank, will adopt its financing solution to fund the acquisition of core banking software and hardware infrastructure.

Founded in 1977, PRSB has 102 branches. It has several offices strategically located in key cities and municipalities nationwide. According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), PRSB is currently the 3rd largest lender among all independent savings banks and the 5th most profitable within its category. In 2011, PRSB was given the approval by BSP to upgrade from a rural bank to a savings bank.

IBM will aid PRSB in securing the IT infrastructure needed to address the bank’s unique requirements, while keeping the bank’s cash flow and asset management productive. IBM will provide support for the investments made by PRSB on its core banking system at every phase of the IT lifecycle. This will help PRSB accommodate its growing clientele and continue expanding its branch network nationwide. PRSB plans to offer new products and services and open more distribution and delivery channels to its customers, even in the e-commerce market, with efficient online and mobile banking systems.

“IBM has been delivering business value to banking clients in the Philippines for more than seven decades. We are excited and honored that IBM will support the funding strategy of one of the largest savings banks in the country. We are glad to add them in the portfolio of many global and local banks that we serve,” said Luis Pineda, President and Country, IBM Philippines. “Access to IBM’s financing expertise will enable PR Savings Bank acquire the latest technological solutions and services for them to grow, transform, and innovate  helping their vision become a reality.”

IBM Global Financing offers a full range of financing options that can be implemented quickly and easily. The variety of IT payment options help companies address unique requirements, while helping to manage cash flow and assets. It provides a one-stop financing for IT hardware, software and services, from IBM as well as other vendors, across the IT lifecycle to support information technology investments  from acquisition through disposition.

PRSB acquired the award-winning core banking software, T24, by Swiss software developer Temenos Group AG. It will run T24 Model Bank on powerful UNIX servers and hardware supplied by local IBM Premier Business Partner, Questronix Corporation.

“We have been working with IBM and Questronix for a number of years, and they provided us with the IT infrastructure to reach out to a wider market. Today, with Temenos joining us as a new partner, we aim to keep expanding to more areas in need of financial services, and fulfill our goal of promoting inclusive growth throughout the country,” said Roberto P. Alingog, President and Chief Executive Officer, Philippine Resources Savings Bank.

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November 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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Thales Renews Partnership with IndiGo for Component Support

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — India’s fastest-growing low-cost carrier in terms of Available Seat Kilometre (ASK) growth between FY 2011 and FY 2015, IndiGo, according to Centre For Aviation (CAPA), has extended its long-term maintenance agreement with Thales for its growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract will cover avionics maintenance for a fleet of up to 250 aircraft, including the A320neo which will start being delivered to IndiGo in late 2015.

Thales has been a partner to IndiGo since the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A320-200 aircraft in 2006. Through this agreement Thales provides spares availability and replenishment to IndiGo with stocks located onsite at their main hub in New Delhi, the airline’s main base. Thales also offers IndiGo direct access to a pool of spare parts located in Thales’ Asia-Pacific repair hub in Singapore.

Through this agreement, Thales is able to provide a flexible solution to IndiGo that helps them optimize the maintenance of their fleet while keeping inventory under control,” said Daniel Malka, Thales Vice President, Avionics Services Worldwide.

As an airline that is committed to affordable travel with on-time performance, having a comprehensive maintenance and support program with a trusted vendor like Thales is of paramount importance,” said Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo. “We have had great support from Thales these past nine years and we look forward to a continued partnership as our business develops.

Thales provides a wide range of support and services for avionics in the civil aerospace market. As a proven OEM, Thales offers comprehensive and flexible asset management services — from maintenance services and part distribution to standard exchanges, access to spares pools, pre-owned equipment trading and full component availability packages.

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November 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

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