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ICBC Credit Suisse Appoints Laura Lui as Head of Index & Quantitative Investment

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management International, the international arm of one of China’s largest asset managers, today announced that it has named Laura Lui, as Head of Index and Quantitative Investment. Laura reports to Richard Tang, the Chief Executive Officer and will be based in Hong Kong.

“Ability to access China efficiently has become increasingly relevant for international investors when making asset allocation decisions for their global portfolios,” said Richard. “We have big strategic ambition to meet this need, and are delighted to have someone of Laura’s strong calibre joining us during this exciting time.”

“As one of the largest onshore asset managers in China, the firm has been on a strong growth trajectory and is very well placed to become a powerful franchise in the China ETF and index space,” said Laura. “Its recent collaboration with S&P Dow Jones Indices on the flagship S&P China 500 in particular is an important milestone. I am excited by the opportunity to work with the team and contribute to its success.”

“We would like to congratulate Laura on her new role at ICBCCS International,” says Michael Orzano, Director of Global Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “By launching the S&P China 500 Index, we are proud to bring greater index-based solutions to Chinese investors. We look forward to working closely with ICBCCS International on various other initiatives.”

Laura has more than 12 years of experience in the finance industry. Prior to joining ICBC Credit Suisse, she was the Head of ETF and Index team at Mirae Asset Global Investments, responsible for building out the ETF and Index capabilities for the firm in Asia. Laura has an Honors BSc in Actuarial Science and Statistics from theUniversity of Toronto, and an MSc in Global Finance from New York University and HKUST.

About ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management is the asset management joint venture between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Credit Suisse. As of Sep 30, 2015, the firm has approximately 550 employees and RMB800 billion in assets under management, providing first-class investment management and advisory services for over 12 million institutional and retail clients.

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November 12, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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Preclinical Studies Justify Mode of Delivery and Dosing Regimen for Anisina

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-Intravenous Anisina drug product identified
-Efficacy in a preclinical model of neuroblastoma as monotherapy and in combination using IV delivery is retained
-Anisina safety assessment program has commenced

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited (NRT: ASX; NVGN: NASDAQ), today announced details of preclinical studies which confirm the efficacy of the lead anti-tropomyosin (ATM) compound, Anisina, when delivered using a clinically relevant formulation, mode of administration and dosing regimen.

Presenting at the ‘American Association for Cancer Research Advances in Pediatric Cancer Research: From Mechanisms and Models to Treatment and Survivorship’ conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida today, Justine Stehn PhD, Novogen Anti-Tropomyosin Program Director, said “These data validate the strategic decision to develop the Anisina drug candidate. We have shown that intravenously administered Anisina dosed less frequently in a preclinical study retained anti-cancer activity as a monotherapy, and enhanced the efficacy of a drug commonly used to treat pediatric neuroblastoma”.

“Based on these data we have now identified the Anisina drug candidate to be progressed into preclinical safety studies, and, pending successful completion of those safety studies, into our clinical development programs in adult and pediatric indications,” Dr Stehn said.

Lead Investigator Dr Timothy Cripe MD, PhD, from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio, said “This is a key proof-of-concept study and confirmed the clinical potential for this class of drug in the treatment of neuroblastoma.

“This class of compounds now has the potential to improve the effectiveness of standard-of-care chemotherapeutics such as vincristine (VCR),” Dr Cripe said.

Background Detail

Anisina belongs to a unique ‘first in class’ family of compounds which target the cytoskeleton of a cancer cell. Previously the Company has highlighted that Anisina has activity in vitro against a diverse panel of both adult and pediatric tumor cells and is effective as a monotherapy in reducing tumor growth in preclinical models of cancer.

The real novelty and potential of this class of compound lies in their ability to enhance the effectiveness of standard-of-care microtubule inhibitors belonging to the taxane and vinca alkaloid families as observed preclinically. This enhanced activity has been observed in vitro in both adult (prostate) and pediatric (neuroblastoma) cancer types.

A recent study conducted by Dr Cripe demonstrated in a preclinical animal model of neuroblastoma that intraperitoneally delivered Anisina, when used in combination with vincristine, resulted in a significant regression of tumor growth in ~60% of animals treated. This translated to a significant improvement in median survival with one animal from this treatment group having no measurable tumor 100 days post treatment.

Whilst very informative, the initial proof-of-concept combinatorial study had limitations in that Anisina was delivered daily via intraperitoneal injection and this mode of delivery is not practical in a clinical setting. Today’s announcement concerns the important key step of validating the acceptable mode of delivery and dosing regimen of Anisina.

In this study, the, circulating blood levels of Anisina were measured after the delivery of the drug by either an intravenous (IV) or oral (PO) route. The level and length of time Anisina remained in the blood was significantly higher when delivered by IV compared with oral. The efficacy of Anisina delivered IV in combination with vincristine was evaluated in a preclinical model of neuroblastoma in collaboration with Dr Cripe’s group at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this study, animals with tumors were treated with: i) no drug (Control), ii) vincristine alone (, 1x/week, IV), iii) Anisina alone (60mg/kg, 2x/week, IV) and iv) VCR (, 1x/week, IV) + Anisina (60mg/kg, 2x/week, IV).

Again the combined treatment group showed a significant reduction in tumor growth (>90% at day 14) compared to no drug control and prolonged survival compared to either drug alone. Additionally Anisina alone, significantly retarded tumor proliferation (~50% at day 14) compared to control. This study confirms that it is possible to deliver Anisina using a clinically relevant formulation, reduced dosing schedule and mode of delivery without any impact efficacy. An additional key finding was that the Anisina doses as a monotherapy and in combination was well tolerated in vivo as no significant change in percentage body weight was observed in these treatment groups compared to no drug controls.

In parallel Novogen is progressing very smoothly with the large-scale manufacture of the drug substance and drug product required for clinical trials. The Company is currently on track to commence a first-in-human safety study later in 2016.

About Anisina

Anisina is a small molecule which belongs to a family of compounds termed the anti-tropomyosins or ATMs. Anisina has been designed to inhibit a protein known as Tpm3.1. Tpm3.1 is a structural protein and is an indispensable component of the actin microfilaments which make up the cytoskeleton of the cancer cell. By binding to Tpm3.1, Anisina impacts the function of this structural protein causing the collapse of the cytoskeleton which results in the death of the cancer cell. Anisina has been shown to be effective against a broad range of cancer types. Novogen’s current strategy is to develop Anisina as an adjunct therapy to improve the effectiveness of standard-of-care microtubule targeting agents, which are used for a large number of both adult and childhood cancers. We are currently focused on the clinical development of Anisina for the treatment of prostate cancer and neuroblastoma.

About Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor in children outside the brain. It is most frequently observed in the young with more than 90% of diagnoses occurring in children under 5 years of age. Although childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma are relatively rare compared to adult cancers, the emotional burden and the potential years of life lost due to this cancer are substantial making it essential that new clinical strategies are developed to treat this disease. We believe this approach of targeting the actin to enhance the effect of existing standard-of-care chemotherapeutics represents a very promising and novel therapeutic strategy.

About Novogen Limited

Novogen is a public, Australian-US drug development company whose shares trade on both The Australian Securities Exchange (NRT) and NASDAQ (NVGN). The Novogen group includes US-based, CanTx Inc., a joint venture company with Yale University. Novogen has two drug technology platforms [the superbenzopyrans (SBPs) and anti-tropomyosins (ATMs)] yielding drug candidates that are first-in-class with potential application across a range of degenerative diseases. Given the encouraging data from in vitro and in vivo preclinical proof-of-concept studies in the field of oncology, our immediate focus is to undertake their respective toxicology programs. Our target indication for Cantrixil is ovarian cancer, and Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) for Trilexium. While the initial target pediatric indication for Anisina has been identified as neuroblastoma, we are yet to identify the adult indication and are intending to open an all-comers Phase 1 trial initially based on our preclinical studies. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company has tried to identify such forward-looking statements by use of such words as “expects,” “appear,” “intends,” “hopes,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “may,” “target,” “evidences” and “estimates,” and other similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to any statements relating to the Company’s drug development program, including, but not limited to the initiation, progress and outcomes of clinical trials of the Company’s drug development program, including, but not limited to, Anisina, and any other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties relating to the difficulties or delays in financing, development, testing, regulatory approval, production and marketing of the Company’s drug components, including, but not limited to, Anisina, the ability of the Company to procure additional future sources of financing, unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of the Company’s drug compounds, including, but not limited to, Anisina, that could slow or prevent products coming to market, the uncertainty of patent protection for the Company’s intellectual property or trade secrets, including, but not limited to, the intellectual property relating to Anisina, and other risks detailed from time to time in the filings the Company makes with Securities and Exchange Commission including its annual reports on Form 20-F and its reports on Form 6-K. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factions including those risks and uncertainties mentioned or referred to in this press release. Accordingly, you should not rely on those forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual future results.

Source: Novogen Ltd

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November 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

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GrabTaxi Announces GrabHitch in Singapore for Affordable Door-to-Door Rides

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— GrabTaxi app now offers multiple complementary transport services that cater to different customer segments
— With GrabHitch, anyone with a car can pick up a passenger to offset cost of the journey and meet like-minded people

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia’s largest land transport brand, today announced GrabHitch, an affordable social ride sharing service for Singapore commuters. This latest product offering is designed for drivers with extra space in their vehicles to pick up passengers who are going the same way. The GrabTaxi app now offers multiple complementary transport services that cater to different customer segments  with different travelling preferences and cost considerations.

GrabHitch addresses a gap in the current market and provides a transport option at a price point between taxis and public transit options, such as trains and buses. Passengers who want a convenient door-to-door service at an affordable price can choose GrabHitch. Drivers can share their ride with passengers going the same way to offset the cost of their journey.

“With over half a million private cars [1] in Singapore, there is a significant pool of vehicles with extra seats for more passengers. Every car has the potential to play a part in improving Singapore’s public transport network and meet the growing demand of rides each day,” said Anthony Tan, CEO and Co-founder, GrabTaxi. “With GrabHitch, we now offer the most number of complementary transport choices for people using the GrabTaxi app to give people options at all price points, at all times and for all needs.”


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Benefits of GrabHitch

“GrabHitch hits the sweet spot for people who want a door-to-door transport service, but prefer not to pay a premium above public train or bus fares. We think GrabHitch will attract users of public transit options, which will alleviate the crowds on trains and buses, said Tan Hooi Ling, Co-Founder, GrabTaxi. “It is a win-win for both drivers and passengers in terms of costs, and there’s an added benefit of meeting new people with similar interests. GrabHitch makes transport more than a transaction it’s now also an enabler to build new relationships.”

GrabHitch will match drivers and passengers who are taking the same route and going to the same destination.

Benefits to GrabHitch users include:

  • Social: GrabHitch is for journeys of all kinds, making it easier to meet people and possibly new friends with mutual interests. Drivers and passengers could be on the same commuter route from Ang Mo Kio to Cecil Street; two couples could both be going to the Singapore Zoo on the same weekend; fellow concert-goers may head to the Sports Hub from the same housing estate.
  • Price: Drivers will be able to offset the cost of their journey, while passengers will pay approximately half the cost of a taxi.
  • Safety: To help create a connected ridesharing community in Singapore, GrabHitch drivers and passengers log in to use the service with Facebook. This allows them to see each other’s profile and whether they share mutual friends. Both parties can also indicate that they only want to travel with someone of the same gender.
    Potential GrabHitch drivers must provide documentation including driving license, motor vehicle registration and insurance. There will also be further verification checks for major traffic offences, in order to ensure the safety of passengers. All drivers and passengers will be continually verified by our feedback system
    GrabHitch users will also have access to the robust safety measures in the GrabTaxi app, including the ‘share my ride’ feature that allows live tracking of the ride, and the 24-hour customer service hotline.
  • GrabTaxi network: All the services GrabTaxi, GrabCar, GrabHitch and in some markets, GrabBike are available in the GrabTaxi app. Passengers have more transport options and can seamlessly choose to book the service they prefer at that point of time.
    With GrabTaxi’s large user base, GrabHitch drivers and drivers on any of our products will also have a higher chance of getting bookings, particularly during peak hours when ride demands increases.

How GrabHitch works

Passengers can pre-book a ride seven days in advance and up to 15 minutes before pickup, by simply by entering their pickup location and destination. Drivers and passengers will be notified when a successful match of the route is made.

In line with Singapore carpooling regulations, GrabHitch drivers will only be able to accept up to two rides a day, and the fares will only cover the driver’s variable costs, such as petrol and car depreciation. The fares for GrabHitch rides are calculated based on the distance of the ride and is shown upfront, allowing passengers to decide whether they are comfortable with the price before confirming the booking.

All fares are paid via GrabPay, the cashless credit card option available in the GrabTaxi app.


GrabHitch is now open for the beta driver signup phase in Singapore, which runs from 11 to 30 November 2015. Early bird drivers who sign up during this beta phase will receive exclusive GrabHitch gifts and be eligible for a lucky draw. Drivers can download or update to the latest version of the GrabTaxi app, which is available for free on the Singapore Google Play or App Store, and sign up by clicking on the “GrabHitch” icon and following the instructions.

GrabHitch will be launched to all consumers in Singapore by end-2015.

To find out more, please visit

About GrabTaxi

Founded in July 2011, the GrabTaxi mission is to revolutionize the taxi industry in Southeast Asia. Since the app was launched in 2012, 160,000 drivers have been using smartphones equipped with GrabTaxi sophistication to accept bookings in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. GrabTaxi began as a taxi app but has diversified its product offering to include GrabCar and GrabBike; available via the GrabTaxi app. GrabCar is a private hire vehicle service currently available in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. GrabBike is a motorbike taxi booking service that was launched in Vietnam, Indonesia andThailand. The GrabTaxi app has been downloaded 9 million times and is the market leader in Southeast Asia.

This application can be downloaded on smartphones and tablets with:

For more information please visit:

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November 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

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APAC Navy Chiefs and Flag Officers to Gather at the 12th Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance Summit in Malaysia

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — With three weeks to go, senior Naval and government officers fromMalaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Indonesia and more will gather on 1-2 December to discuss maritime security and coastal surveillance updates at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jointly hosted by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and IQPC Asia, the 12th Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance Summit will feature keynote addresses from Vice Admiral Dato’ Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Haji Ahmad Baharuddin, Deputy Chief of the RMN, Admiral Dato’ Haji Ahmad Puzi bin AB Kahar, Director General for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Major General Guillermo A Molina Jr. II, Deputy Chief of Plans and Head of the Armed Forces of Philippines Modernization Programme, Vice Admiral Sucheep Whoungmaitree, Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy and more as they discuss the critical challenges and operational requirements to enhance the region’s maritime security.

We felt it was a great opportunity for IQPC to collaborate with the Royal Malaysian Navy and use this year’s conference as a regional platform for Navies and Coast Guards to come together and engage in constructive dialogue to overcome challenges in the changing maritime security environment in the Asia-Pacific region,comments Joshua Lim, Head of the Defence and Government Portfolio at IQPC.

In addition, the conference will also cover topics on technological capabilities and procurement with regard to the South China Sea situation, with leading market intelligence and research institutes including IHS Janes and RSIS providing timely updates on the situation.

Alongside senior representation and participation from the RMN, the conference will also feature over 250 delegates, including high-level military officers from MMEA, MIMA, US Navy, French Navy, Italian Navy, Indonesian Navy, and officers from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand, the Philippines and more.

Industry bell weathers including Airbus Defence and Space, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Selex ES, Thales, SAAB, Damen, Kongsberg, Transas, General Atomics, Hawker Pacific, MBDA, Terma, GEM Elettronica, Aerodata, Indra and more have also already confirmed their attendance at what looks to be Asia Pacific’s largest maritime security and surveillance conference this year.

Given the recent change in command of many APAC Navies and Coast Guards from Thailand, Philippines,Singapore, Malaysia and more, the conference is an excellent opportunity for these flag officers to get together and discuss new partnerships, and equally important for the industry to meet and network with them,” adds Dora Zhang, Defence Partnerships Director at IQPC.

For more information on the 12th Annual Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference, please or email:

Dhiraj Bhanushali
Tel. +65 6722 9443

Source: IQPC Worldwide

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November 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

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Energy Leaders at SIEW Conclude Discussions on Global Energy Transitions

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The 8th annual Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) saw more than 28,000 top energy leaders, representing businesses, governments and international organisations from 60 countries, sharing insights and perspectives on this year’s theme on “Global Energy Transitions”.

In a special message, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations said SIEW’s theme “provides the opportunity to reflect on the major volatility in oil prices and the critical importance of alternative energy options”.

Diverse views from energy thought-leaders were shared at SIEW’s anchor events  the SIEW Opening Keynote Address and Singapore Energy Summit:

“Following the great plunge in oil and gas prices, we are on track for the largest fall in upstream investment in dollars terms ever in 2015 and there are real risks of further cuts in 2016. The longer the squeeze on investment goes, the greater the risks to future adequacy of supply  there is no room for complacency on energy security,” said Dr. Faith Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, as he delivered the SIEW Opening Keynote Address.

Asia has strong energy demand, rich resources, and huge market scale and potential. The energy transformation will further drive technological innovation, mutual regional energy aid and international energy cooperation,” saidWang Min, Executive Vice President of the State Grid Corporation of China.

“With the rapid increase in energy demand driven by industrialisation and urbanisation, Asia provides opportunities in many areas including power generation. We see a clear role for independent energy players with a strong track record to help Asia meet its growing demand for power,” said Tang Kin Fei, Group President and CEO of Sembcorp Industries.

“There has been a lot of progress made around storage systems and access to technology. It would be a game changer if this was shared with the developing world,” said Gireesh B. Pradhan, Chairman and CE of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) India.

“With capital costs reducing by about 10 times, solar energy does not need government subsidies and can be self-sustainable and compete with fossil fuels,” said Eric Luo, CEO of Shunfeng International Clean Energy.

Commemorating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, the Singapore Energy Story Exhibition was officially opened by Mr S Iswaran Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry). Commissioned by the Energy Market Authority, the exhibition provided a glimpse into Singapore’s energy history and past milestones, and plans to ensure a sustainable energy future. The Opening Ceremony was attended by Singapore’s energy pioneers, the Union of Power & Gas Employees (UPAGE), heads of generation companies and students.

Adding their voices to SIEW, some 300 youths participated in Youth@SIEW activities. Students from secondary schools, junior colleges, Institute of Technical Education (ITEs) and universities took part in a lively Q&A session with Minister S Iswaran during “In Dialogue with Youth”.

SIEW will return on 24 October  28 October 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Please visit for updates.

About Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW)

In its 8th edition, Singapore International Energy Week is the premier platform in Asia for energy insights, partnerships and dialogue, which brings together the world’s leading conferences, exhibitions, and roundtables in one week, one location. SIEW enriches the global energy conversation by convening political, business, academic and energy industry thought-leaders to define and advance the world’s leading energy challenges, solutions and actions across the energy spectrum of oil & gas, clean and renewable energy, and energy infrastructure financing. Please visit for further information.

Source: Energy Market Authority
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November 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

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BG Consulting and Anagram Group Announce Banking Training Partnership in Asia

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-Partnership will expand BG Consulting’s global reach and expand Anagram’s training programs significantly

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — UK-based BG Consulting and Singapore-based Anagram Group have announced a partnership which will see Anagram Group representing BG Consulting in Asia, and providing a suite of BG Consulting courses and programs, for banks and finance companies.

BG Consulting is a leader in financial training, with over 20 years of experience delivering programs in the UK, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. BG’s programs are developed by senior ex-bankers with managerial and technical experience. This partnership will expand BG Consulting’s global reach, and expand Anagram’s training programs significantly.

Anagram will deliver BG Consulting’s courses in Asia, including graduate and associate training, and across sectors such as capital markets, cash and derivative products, corporate finance, accounting and financial analysis; and credit. Anagram will also grow BG’s presence through recruitment of experienced trainers with banking & finance experience.

Mark Stuart, Anagram Group’s Managing Director will be representing BG Consulting in Asia. Mark is a financial and leadership trainer, with over 15 years of banking experience in Asia, the UK, and Australia.

“We are delighted to work with Anagram. Mark is a great fit as he has a great training pedigree,  understands banking with his particular experience of financial institutions from his years of work and commitment to Asia,” saidClaire Anderson, Managing Director, BG Consulting.

“BG Consulting has an excellent reputation among banks and finance companies globally. We are excited to work with BG Consulting to deliver their market-leading range of banking courses in Asia,” said Mark Stuart, Managing Director, Anagram Group.

To view the BG-Anagram range of courses in Asia, visit

About BG Consulting
Established in 1995, BG Consulting delivers financial training for global financial institutions, across the world. BG is accredited by The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW), The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (CIMA), and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Visit for more information.

About Anagram Group
Anagram Group is a training and communications company based in Singapore, delivering training across Asia. Anagram delivers highly customised training to government agencies and MNCs. Anagram is an Accredited Training Partner of CISI. Visit for more information.

Media Contact:
Liyana Stuart
Anagram Group

Source: Anagram Communications

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November 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

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Singapore American School Educator Contributes to WW2 Teaching Resource

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — National History Day (NHD), the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media are launching a new, free digital resource for teachers on Veterans’ Day: This website includes 21 lesson plans created by US teachers who took the trip of a lifetime this summer to discover the stories of World War II fallen heroes buried and memorialized overseas as part of the Understanding Sacrifice education program.

Matthew Elms, a social studies teacher at Singapore American School, created a lesson plan for social studies and English classrooms after doing extensive research on the Akimoto brothers who fought alongside one another in World War II. Understanding Sacrifice took Elms to Europe to follow in the footsteps of U.S. Army Pfc. John Akimoto and U.S. Army Pvt. Victor Akimoto from Los Angeles, California. A Japanese-American Family’s Experience During WWII incorporates role-playing and graphic organizers for students to gain a deeper understanding of issues that Japanese-Americans faced during the war. Through a single family’s account of the war, students gain an understanding of what it meant to be a Japanese-American during World War II and the impact the war had on families. Elms’ lesson plan is hosted on along with those of the 17 other teachers who participated in Understanding Sacrifice. Elms took the project a step further and penned a young adult non-fiction book that details the full story of the Akimoto brothers titled When the Akimotos Went to War: An untold story of family, patriotism and sacrifice during World War II.

To see Elms’ profile of the Akimoto brothers, visit:

Teachers selected local US service members who lost their lives in northern Europe. Through months of intense study and in-depth research, the teachers uncovered the stories of their fallen heroes while developing a broader understanding of the campaigns and battles in which they fought. The group then traveled through northern Europe, from the United Kingdom to France to the Netherlands and Belgium, to visit overseas cemeteries of US troops and to walk the battlegrounds where they gave their lives.

“National History Day is always looking for new and engaging ways to demonstrate the power of history,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “This partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University allowed us to take 18 extraordinary teachers to battlefields and memorials of northern Europe. Their experience can now aid teachers around the world through 21 engaging lesson plans about a variety of topics.”

Each lesson plan is based on solid scholarship, integrated with Common Core, and makes use of interpretive materials provided by ABMC. They are accompanied by research on fallen heroes of World War II who are honored at ABMC cemeteries in northern Europe.

The following teachers created lesson plans to invigorate the teaching of World War II in US classrooms:

  • Alan Birkemeier – Central Middle School in Columbus, IN
  • Joseph Boyle – Morrison R. Waite High School in Toledo, OH
  • Maile Chow – Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, HI
  • Donald DavisGeorge Washington High School in Chicago, IL
  • Matthew Elms – Singapore American School in Singapore
  • Brendan Gallagher – Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Westminster, MD
  • Gayla Hammer – Lander Middle School in Lander, WY
  • Julie Heintz – Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus, MS
  • Melanie Hunt – Morristown East High School in Morristown, TN
  • Amanda KordeliskiIrving Middle School in Norman, OK
  • Katherine LorioWestfield High School in Chantilly, VA
  • Christina O’Connor – Hingham High School in Hingham, MA
  • Cherie RedelingsFrancis Parker School in San Diego, CA
  • Patrick Slowey – Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Erica SwensonBruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, ME
  • Brian Weaver – Central Bucks High School – West in Doylestown, PA
  • Kamilah Williams – Suitland High School in Forestville, MD
  • Pren WoodsAlston Middle School in Summerville, SC

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 or contact the SAS communications office or +65-6360-6031.

Media Contact:

Vanessa Spier (
Strategic Director of Communications
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands Street 41 Singapore 738547

Source: Singapore American School

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November 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

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Singapore Business Formation Success Continues in Q3 2015 despite Global Challenges

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The number of company formations in Singapore showed impressive growth in Q3, but the Asian region remains at threat from a tepid global recovery and slowing Chinese economy.

Continuing the uptrend in the preceding quarter, the number of new business formations in Singapore grew by 10.3% in Q3 2015 with 17,608 new businesses being formed. The sustained growth endorses Singapore’s economic health, despite the hazy global economic conditions. This figure builds on the 9% growth posted in Q2.

Singapore continues to attract foreign investors and enterprises even amidst the tumultuous global economic condition. 35% of the new business formed in Q3 2015 had foreign shareholders. Singapore’s reputation as a regional business centre and international financial centre continues to attract foreign investors, enterprises and entrepreneurs to set up business in Singapore.

Commenting on the continued uptrend in business formations, Ms. Jacqueline Low, Chief Operating Officer of Hawksford Singapore, says, ‘Singapore’s inherent economic strengths and strong business fundamentals continue to attract foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Domestic consumption is strong and is upheld by robust employment numbers, this has helped to sustain small businesses. The enterprise landscape is vibrant and is conducive to all categories of entities. However, the businesses need to grow beyond sustenance. Although sustenance is the top priority in the turbulent economic conditions, in order to grow, the global recovery must be robust and broad based. With the Chinese economy lagging, there is imminent threat for the regional economies.’

Enterprises from British Virgin Islands, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan continue to set up their subsidiaries inSingapore. While the share of companies from the US declined to 4% from 5% in Q2 2015, the share of Hong Kongsubsidiaries has gone up in this quarter by 2% to 5%. The recovery in the US moderated, this may have caused the dip in US subsidiaries. With the Chinese economy slowing down, Hong Kong companies are shifting their attention to regional markets. Singapore offers an ideal gateway to regional opportunities, this may account for the marginal increase in Hong Kong subsidiaries.

‘Looking ahead, we anticipate the business formation trend will maintain its upward trajectory, supported by the seasonal upswing in domestic consumption around the globe. Singapore has narrowly escaped a technical recession in this quarter, it will manage to pull through in Q4 as well, however the medium term outlook remains challenging,’ added Ms Low.

For Q3 2015 Singapore Business Formation Statistics Report please click here.

Contact Person: Chye Fong Yee
Phone Number: +65-6222-7445

Source: Hawksford Singapore

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November 12, 2015 at 10:12 am

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