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Hotelbeds Presents MaxiRoom, its New Simpler, Faster and Smarter Hotel Partner Extranet

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PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain /PRNewswire/ — Hotelbeds, the world leading bedbank, presents its new and improved hotel partner portal MaxiRoom – a faster, smarter and easier to use extranet designed to drive maximum occupancy through Hotelbeds’ leading channels of distribution. Maxiroom provides hoteliers’ with much greater autonomy and control; created with the aim of significantly improving usability and functionality to help its partners easily optimise their performance across Hotelbeds’ worldwide markets and channels.

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Highlights include a global dashboard providing hotel partners with a complete overview of all their inventory while allowing them to make instant adjustments to the presentation of their products.

Other functionalities include:

  • Fully interactive calendar enabling changes to rates and room types.
  • Intuitive content manager to easily update and rate the quality of a hoteliers’ content, images and offers.
  • Mass update tool makes it fast and simple to update availability and pricing across multiple rate and room types.
  • Intelligent alerts dynamically informs hotel partners of any sold dates, missing descriptions or images.
  • Promotion manager that allows hotel partners to directly and dynamically launch their own offers at any time.

MaxiRoom also helps its partners to remain more competitive by providing a simple snapshot view of how they are performing in a range of aspects against their local competitors making it straightforward to optimise their offer and contents to improve performance.

In addition, the platform enables hoteliers to make informed decisions over their pricing strategy by enabling easy access to information on their production by source market and distribution channel as well as the demand performance on specific dates.

MaxiRoom has been established inline with Hotelbeds’ new focus on driving simplicity across the travel value chain under the banner “We love simple”. Maxiroom comes hot on the heels of the launch in World Travel Market of APItude, Hotelbeds new hotel distribution API. Like Maxiroom, the new distribution API has been redesigned from the ground up to be significantly simpler, faster and smarter than the industry average.

Javier Arevalo, Product Director Hotelbeds, stated: “Our fresh focus to redesign our processes and platforms to be as simple and intuitive as possible is paying dividends. The new Maxiroom platform has been embraced by the sector lots of enthusiasm. Feedback has been highly positive with many partners rating Maxiroom as best in class.”

Source: Hotelbeds

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December 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

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RiskMap 2016: Crisis Point?

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

  • The security and political risk outlook looks worse than at any point in the past decade 
  • Terrorism, Middle Eastern instability, cyber-risk, a Chinese economy in transition and European financial and political uncertainties mean a potentially more volatile world in 2016  
  • But there are causes for optimism, including the possibility of further successes of multilateral diplomacy following the landmark Iranian nuclear deal and the restoration of US ties with Cuba 
  • Stable growth in most western economies, the possibility of a gradual rise in commodity prices as the decade continues, and indications by governments that they are willing to cooperate on environmental issues, offer a range of opportunities to well-prepared businesses in 2016 and beyond 

Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, today publishes its annual RiskMap report, an authoritative guide to political and business risk and a key reference for policy makers and business leaders seeking to plot global trends over the coming year. RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016.

Control Risks’ report suggests 2016 will be a challenging year for businesses, as they are forced to navigate escalating security and political risks.

  • The cyber threat will grow as more nation states engage in cyber operations and criminal attacks on corporate networks become increasingly damaging.
  • Uncertainty over China’s capacity to adapt to a new era of 6% growth has the potential to send jitters through global markets.
  • Presidents Obama, Putin and Xi are locked into an impasse, each grappling with his own domestic issues and nullifying the others’ influence overseas.
  • Civil society activism is flourishing, threatening unwary business with serious reputational damage.
  • Al Qaida regroups in the Yemen and elsewhere, while IS continues to entrench its ‘caliphate’ in the Levant.
  • Europe is fractured, dealing with growing nationalism at home and failing to provide co-ordinated responses to challenges such as terrorism, regional security threats and migration.

And perhaps the biggest potential disruption of all, another global financial crisis, could be triggered by any combination of an end to cheap money, a Eurozone crisis, or a Chinese hard landing.

But political and security concerns need not translate into a major business downturn.  Control Risks expects that the relative political stability of Western democracies will potentially give their economies a renewed competitive advantage over developing economies (such as China and India), which are confronting slowing growth and the prospect of political unrest.

Introducing RiskMap 2016, Richard Fenning, CEO, Control Risks, commented:

“We live in an age of surprises.

“We have seen very clearly how agile start-ups can subvert entire industries, how firebrand celebrities can single-handedly alter a country’s political landscape, how corrupt governments can be jolted into reform by angry protests, how terrorists can use social media and the internet to revolutionise their operations, and how skilled cybercriminals can steal sensitive data from even the most secure corporate databases.

“These risks – and many others – will continue to threaten unprepared businesses. Whether it is the see-sawing balance of economic power between the East and the West, uncertainty about the future of commodities prices, the disconcerting metastasis of IS, the ramifications of China’s adjustment to its new economic reality, or an explosion in the frequency and severity of criminal cyber-attacks, successful businesses will need to prepare themselves to face tough challenges on a number of fronts.

“It would be easy to think the world has never been more unsettled, or unpredictable, than now. But businesses and investors would do well to remember that, despite the many risks and challenges that 2016 will present, the world has always been a shifting and unpredictable place. That may be little comfort if your boat is sinking off the Greek coast, if your company is left stranded by an unforeseen technical innovation, or if you have just discovered a 16-year-old hacker at large in your network, but it is important to remember that the world remains full of promise for the well-prepared investor. Risk is a necessary precondition for opportunity, and 2016 will be no exception.”

For the RiskMap 2016 report, please visit

About Control Risks

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk. The company enables its clients to understand and manage the risks of operating in complex or hostile environments.  Through a unique combination of services, wide geographical reach and by adopting a close partnership approach with clients, Control Risks helps organisations effectively solve their problems and realise new opportunities across the world.

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December 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

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New Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Study Reveals Need to Rethink the Value Chain

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PARIS and NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ —

The Consumer Goods Forum and Capgemini call for needed industry change to secure long-term, sustainable growth; Existing value chains must evolve to consumer-driven value networks

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Capgemini today published results from their new report Rethinking the Value Chain: New Realities in Collaborative Business. The report identifies future trends in the consumer products and retail (CPR) sector and concludes thattraditional value chains are no longer sufficient to keep pace. In order to secure long-term growth, it recommends the adoption of a value network approach to doing business. The report was unveiled during the CGFs Board of Directors meeting in Amsterdam, with special recognition going to Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Motoya Okada, President and Group CEO of AEON Co., LTD, who initiated the project at the Board level and who are long-time Board Co-Sponsors of the CGFs End-to-End Value Chain & Standards Pillar, where this project sits. 

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It’s believed that this fresh perspective to the value chain will engage manufacturers, retailers and additional stakeholders. The industry should no longer think of the value chain as a linear journey, whereby products and information flow linearly and sequentially from supplier to manufacturer to retailer to consumer. Instead, it will increasingly organise itself as networks around consumers, offering a multiplicity of channels and interfaces across all value-add processes and business entities. Ultimately, the consumer is increasingly in charge, making decisions that have direct impact across the value network, with the industry responding to that – rather than the other way around.

Muhtar Kent said: “Today’s consumer is empowered like never before. Consumers now have the power and the means to share their opinions and concerns with a larger audience than ever, through a growing array of social and digital channels. In this era of rising consumer expectations and a rapidly changing business environment, there is one crucial question we need to ask ourselves: How do we strengthen our industry and benefit consumers through the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead? This report, initiated by The Consumer Goods Forum, considers some of the essential ways of anticipating and addressing such profound shifts.”

The report is the result of extensive working sessions and expert interviews with thought leaders from the world’s top CPR businesses as well as subject matter experts. It highlights how the industry needs to fundamentally change the way it collaborates with all stakeholders.

Motoya Okada said: “Members of The Consumer Goods Forum and our industry have a responsibility to collaborate for a better future for the world’s consumers. This Future Value Network report highlights additional opportunities, due to the many changes impacting our industry, for all of us to become even more effective in making lives better for consumers while delivering on our responsibility of value and trust. We can achieve these goals by collaborating much more effectively than in the past. The world is changing profoundly and so must we.”

The report highlights three overarching priorities on which the industry could collaborate and which should deliver a positive return on investment:

  • Consumer engagement. Taking part in a true dialogue with consumers, justifying their trust in our industry. The industry needs to be consistently responsible with consumers’ data so it can add value in serving them and engaging with them. This will require companies to adopt common and clear principles for consumer engagement.
  • Transparency. Keeping consumers informed about the nature and traceability of products’ ingredients, nutrients and provenance – to inform consumers of the contents, safety, environmental and societal impact of products, while improving efficiency within the industry. This will require a step-change in collaboration on product global data definitions, data quality and data sharing, going beyond simple track-and-trace and audits.
  • The last mile of distribution. Reconsidering the assumption that distribution to stores and consumers is an area where companies operate independently of each other, and exploring opportunities to collaborate, under certain circumstances, to improve speed, efficiency and consumer satisfaction while minimising environmental impact. The new model would involve a new form of ‘network’ partnerships. To fully grasp these opportunities the industry will need to invest in flexible technologies, interoperability of new processes and more open corporate cultures.

Peter Freedman, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, said: “The CGF is constantly looking for ways to support greater business efficiency and to build consumer trust. This report emphasises the importance of action to address both opportunities. It reinforces much of our current agenda but provokes us all to implement it with a very different approach to collaboration and with still greater urgency”.

Ted Levine, Global Sector Leader, Consumer Products & Retail at Capgemini, stated: “As an industry, we need to agree to adopt modular technology which offers a plug-and-play approach to business applications and big data services – to speed up time to market and create a culture of innovation. At Capgemini, we see the opportunity for Consumer Goods and Retail companies to move towards a consumer-driven supply chain that builds end-to-end value networks with greater localisation across all channels, visibility and insights to drive speed and innovation to meet the demands of the digitally-enabled consumer.”

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs.

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About Capgemini

With 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2014 global revenues of EUR 10.573 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business, technology and digital solutions that fit their needs, enabling them to achieve innovation and competitiveness. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience™, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model.

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Source: The Consumer Goods Forum and Capgemini

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December 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm

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Xura Announces Availability of its Signaling Fraud Management System – Detecting and Preventing Fraud on Mobile Operator’s Core Networks

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-Enhancing its network security portfolio, Xura protects Communications and Interconnect Service Providers against network attacks from vulnerabilities in signaling protocols

WAKEFIELD, Mass.  /PRNewswire/ —

Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG), a leading provider of digital communications services, today announces the availability of its Signaling Fraud Management System, built to protect mobile operators’ signaling networks from sophisticated exploits and security threats. Xura’s highly efficient and topographically independent solution, provides 360-degree security and privacy protection, addressing many types of signalling network attacks. With a tightly integrated firewall and analytical module, Xura’s Signaling Fraud Management System provides mobile operators with advanced, real-time detection of malicious traffic alongside smart prevention mechanisms.With the full extent of security vulnerabilities in the signaling network only now being exposed and exploits of these vulnerabilities on the rise, mobile operators need a managed solution to guard the integrity of their networks, as well as their subscribers’ privacy. Xura, an industry expert in signaling, has taken an advanced approach to security by enabling the operator to introduce a specialized element at the network interconnect points to function as Signaling Fraud Management. This advanced and lightweight approach integrates easily into any signaling network, and is secured by Xura’s powerful, heuristics engine that screens and performs validation across all levels of the network protocol stack, addressing today’s threats and those that are yet to come.

“For the mobile operator, signaling is the central nervous system of their network with mission-critical, real-time data on subscriber identity, status, location, technology and servicing elements. Because of weaknesses in the current signaling protocols (SS7, Diameter, SIP), they are open to exploitation and prone to attack from hackers who can expose mobile subscriber’s data and violate privacy by stealing money, listening to conversations, monitoring messages, manipulating data, and generally disrupting services,” said Jim Saunders, EVP Digital Communication at Xura. “Not only does the Xura’s state-of-the-art solution block suspicious traffic, it also secures the network against any type of protocol vulnerabilities, which someone with the right technical knowledge might exploit and then strike in the future.”

Xura’s strong heritage in signaling and messaging means it understands the challenges faced by operators today. It’s 20-year expertise has translated into a security solution with transparent design, high performance and a robust architecture, that can be placed at any relevant point in the core network, eliminating the need and expense of redesigning the network architecture. In addition, with its own Diameter and SIP stack embedded into its solutions, the Xura Signaling Fraud Management System can ensure secure continuity, even in the design stage, across all signalling networks including Evolved Packet Core and IMS (LTE and 5G), preventing a broad spectrum of threats.

Xura Signaling Fraud Management features an easy to control graphical user management interface that provides real-time views of detected security threats, blocked or suspicious activity, top attack targets and raises alarms in real-time for detected risks. In addition, the system has a world-class analytics engine that provides high performance data collection and real-time streaming analysis of incoming traffic. This advanced detection means operators can filter malicious messages and report on detected, blocked traffic. The solution also helps discover new fraudulent patterns, including attack source, types of attacks and attack targets. A flexible query module enables security teams to explore details of the captured traffic, to simplify and automate investigation efforts for the detected outbreaks.  Lastly, native virtualization of the solution supports operators with hardware independence and plays a part in any ongoing NFV strategy.

For more information about Xura’s network security solutions, including its Signaling Fraud Management System, please contact, alternatively view our video or visit Xura’s website at

About Xura, Inc.

Xura, Inc (NASDAQ: MESG) offers a portfolio of digital services solutions that enable global communications across a variety of mobile devices and platforms. We help communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises navigate and monetize the digital ecosystem to create innovative, new experiences through our cloud-based offerings. Our solutions touch more than three billion end points through 350+ service providers and enterprises in 140+ countries.  You can find us at

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December 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Agrees to Strengthen Its Partnership

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TOKYO and PARIS /PRNewswire/ —

Following a Renault Board of Directors meeting in Paris, and a Nissan Board of Directors meeting in Tokyo today, Renault and the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. issued the following statement from Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance:

“Today was an important day for the future of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. After months of discussions, I am happy to say that an agreement has been reached that builds on our heritage and strong foundations to achieve further sustainable growth and success of the two partners. While there were important short-term issues to address, it was imperative that all involved took a long view.”

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The agreement is based on three points:

  • The principle of the French government’s double voting rights within Renault to be maintained as of 1st April 2016, and a contract between the French government and Renault caps the French government’s voting rights at 17.9%, up to 20% in case of an unusually high quorum at the shareholders general meeting;
  • No enfranchisement of Nissan shares in Renault;
  • A contract between Renault and Nissan providing for non-interference in Nissan’s governance by Renault.

Mr. Ghosn continued, “I want to thank all parties involved in helping us reach today’s agreement for their hard work, constructive spirit and business vision. We now look forward to all parties returning their focus to day to day operations to pursue sustainable growth for Renault and Nissan and to increase performance through additional Alliance synergies.”


The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, sold 8.5 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2014. The Alliance has strategic collaborations with automakers including Germany’s Daimler, Japan’s Mitsubishi, China’s Dongfeng, and India’s Ashok Leyland. The Alliance also owns a majority stake in the joint venture which controls Russia’s AVTOVAZ, maker of the Lada brand.

Rachel Konrad
Global Director of Communications and Marketing
Renault-Nissan Alliance

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December 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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Huawei Launches Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia

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-A centre dedicated to the smart digital Malaysia transformation, underlines Huawei’s commitment in the country’s ICT aspirations

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — Building on its commitment to Malaysia’s transformation into a Smart Digital Nation, Huawei launched the Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center (CSIC) here in Cyberjaya today. The facility was inaugurated this morning by Y.B. Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia.

Y.B. Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia (middle), Abraham Liu, CEO Huawei Malaysia(fourth from left) and Kevin Zhang, President Huawei Corporate Marketing (fourth from right) officially inaugurate the Huawei CSIC Opening Ceremony.
Y.B. Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia (middle), Abraham Liu, CEO Huawei Malaysia(fourth from left) and Kevin Zhang, President Huawei Corporate Marketing (fourth from right) officially inaugurate the Huawei CSIC Opening Ceremony.

Applications and experience are driving the future of the all connected world. Huawei CSIC is a global network of dedicated and global innovative state-of-the-art experience labs that allow interested parties to experience, architect, validate and build information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and applications. The showcase at CSIC aggregates over 120 global reference applications and services from Huawei’s clients and research & development (R&D) labs. Building on Malaysia’s ICT Hub aspirations, Huawei’s new Cyberjaya installation will serve strategically as the southern pacific regional innovation center.

“ICT innovative capability is the key index of a country’s competitiveness. Every government is considering how to speed up the ICT development to improve the economy and social well-being. CSIC is another commitment that Huawei made to support the Malaysia Government and industries to build a better connected smart digital nation,” said Kevin Zhang, President of Huawei Corporate Marketing.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Huawei Malaysia CEO, Abraham Liu said, “Malaysia has been making tremendous progress in ICT development namely under Vision 2020 guidelines. The high speed broadband ( HSBB ) network has laid a solid foundation for the smart digital nation development. We are very pleased to see that the Malaysia government has set the vision of smart digital nation by launching the IoT Roadmap and the Smart Community Initiatives. However, to achieve smart digital nation and regional ICT hub status, the need for the industry to be smarter and faster is pivotal now more than ever. CSIC as an integrated ICT experience platform will boost the transformation speed of  the way we govern, conduct businesses, live, work and play.”

In conjunction with the CSIC opening, Huawei also launched a white paper titled “Accelerating A Smart Digital, Building a Better Connected World”. The white paper explores the ICT strategies towards Smart Digital Nation. A combination of top down and bottoms up methodologies are recommended for the smart framework implementation approach. The whitepaper also outlines the ICT infrastructure to enable the adoption of smart applications.

“In order to efficiently drive and implement the transformation initiatives and with the growing demand on broadband, challenges in providing Internet access to rural areas, building nationwide state-of-the-art ICT infrastructures as well as ensuring that people are tech savvy and ready for this evolutionary change must be addressed. Collaboration between key stakeholders is vital in order to further accelerate the smart digital nation vision and to bring Malaysians up to par with the industry demands and growth. Huawei is always looking for new opportunities to serve as the engine for Malaysia’s Smart Digital Nation efforts,” added Liu.

“As Malaysia strives towards Vision 2020, it is a transformative time for the nation, and Huawei remainsMalaysia’s committed partner in this journey,” Abraham Liu concluded.

For more details of the “Accelerating A Smart Digital Nation, Building a Better Connected World” whitepaper, please visit the website

About Huawei:

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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December 15, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Posted in Uncategorized seeks partnership in effort to help re-energize children’s website

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LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — (Not Affiliated with Google) in a continuing effort to redesign its existing children’s website is seeking equity partners/content providers to help develop and/or fund the re-energizing of its children’s website. The domain name was registered before and the opportunity to develop the children’s website utilizing the domain name is permitted pursuant to a settlement agreement with Google. The settlement agreement also puts various restrictions on the use of the GOOGLE trademark and the types of services that Google, Inc. can provide to children. So, in an effort to achieve a greater children’s audience and to protect and enforce its rights in commenting with the services to be provided to children, is seeking equity partners/content providers for this important market. Interested parties should contact Bob Wyman, Esquire of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles Californiaat

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December 15, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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CSA Group and Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Host Seminar on Long-Term Economic Development and Competitiveness in an Era of Globalization

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TAIPEI /PRNewswire/ — CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development, product testing and certification services, together with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) and with the support of Alberta Taiwan Office, held a seminar today in Taipei on export competitiveness and expansion into worldwide markets. The event was hosted by RJ Falconi, Executive Vice President Government and Corporate Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CSA Group, Hélène Vaillancourt, CSA Group Executive Vice President, Science and Engineering and Interim Executive Vice President, Asia, Frances Hung, Interim Regional Vice President North and Southeast Asia, Mr. Mario Ste-Marie, Executive Director, CTOT and Mr. Tom Cumming, Deputy Director, CTOT.

“CSA Group has almost 100 years of experience developing standards to help make a better, safer, more sustainable world,” said RJ Falconi.  “We are pleased to bring that knowledge to Taiwanese manufacturers helping them to strengthen their competitiveness and the performance and safety of their products.”

As global markets become more important for success of an organization, international standards development and harmonized standards will play an important role. Harmonizing standards with multiple markets helps to lower trade barriers and create a benchmark for performance and safety around the world. Testing and certification through a recognized third party laboratory will further strengthen brand reputation and competitiveness.

Executive Director Mario Ste.-Marie of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei stated: “We are honoured to have had the chance to co-organize today’s event with such a key player in the international standards industry as the CSA Group. We believe the seminar highlights the opportunities for Taiwanese companies to work together with Canadian enterprises to enhance their worldwide export opportunities.”

CSA Group is expanding its standards development activities to help clients globally and will continue to offer training and services to assist manufacturers in understanding the requirements for global markets. It has established laboratories in Taipei and an office in Taichung, with a full range of product testing and certification services for global markets, including Europe and North America. In the future, CSA Group will accelerate investments and expand local services to meet the increasing needs of clients in Asia.

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

Media Relations Contact: Holly Huang, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, +65 6390 3346

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December 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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The Hotel Dillon: The Luxurious World of Domaine Clarence Dillon in a Superb Paris Mansion

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ —

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Domaine Clarence Dillon, whose history has always been intimately bound up with fine wine and dining, set out to capture the philosophy, worldview and its unique blend of tradition and innovation, with the creation of its new Paris home: the Hotel Dillon. Located in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle, this exceptional 19th century mansion, fully restored, offers a world of charm and elegance.

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The splendid residence hosts a Fine Wine shop, La Cave du Chateau, and a gourmet restaurant Le Clarence.

A talented duo: Christophe Pele, managing director and Executive Chef, and Antoine Petrus, restaurant manager and Chef Sommelier, add a contemporary touch to the classic French cuisine and service.

Located both on the ground floor and within the cellars of the Hotel Dillon, La Cave du Chateau is an elegant boutique of fine wines, replete with exceptional bottles. This mecca for discerning wine lovers, which prides itself on being able to satisfy its clients’ every wish, is a genuine treasure trove, including not only precious vintages from the vineyards of Domaine Clarence Dillon, but also a hand-picked selection of the finest grand crus and spirits produced in France.

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Created in 1935, the family-owned and managed company, Domaine Clarence Dillon, has the unique privilege of producing five rare and exceptional estate wines: two red wines and two white wines from First Growth, Chateau Haut-Brion and its sibling Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. Since the 2011 vintage, the company is also proud to represent one of the finest wines from Saint Emilion: Chateau Quintus.

In 2005, the Company created the Bordeaux Fine Wine Merchant, Clarence Dillon Wines, which has become one of the most important Fine Wine Merchants in Bordeaux, and launched Clarendelle, “Inspired by Haut-Brion”,Bordeaux’s first super premium luxury brand wine, thus testifying to the far-sighted spirit that has characterizedDomaine Clarence Dillon from the onset.

As wardens of three mythical Estates, steeped in close to two millennia of history, the family company strives to have this deep heritage reflected in all of the wines produced under its name. Domaine Clarence Dillon combines tradition with innovation in order to extract the quintessence of an exceptional terroir and produce comprehensive families of authentic wines that are defined by their complexity and elegance.

On November 17th 2015, Domaine Clarence Dillon’s scope of activities broadens with the creation of two new companies, both based in the Hotel Dillon, an elegant “Hotel Particulier” (private mansion) located at 31, avenueFranklin D. Roosevelt in Paris, just opposite Le Grand Palais, and only metres from Les Champs Elysees. This beautiful mansion gives visitors a chance to discover the world and culture of Domaine Clarence Dillon thanks to its gourmet restaurant, Le Clarence, and La Cave du Chateau wine shop that features a wide selection of wines sourced exclusively from the greatest terroirs of France.

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December 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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Shell and Akon Unveil Africa’s First Player and Solar Powered Football Pitch in Lagos

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LAGOS, Nigeria /PRNewswire/ —

Pitch to inspire entrepreneurs and bright energy ideas that open up access to energy in Africa and beyond

Akon and Hardwork debut new song on pitch that will feature in music video celebrating potential of renewable energy

Global music star Akon joined Shell to shine a light on the power of innovative options for access to smarter energy by unveiling Africa’s first human and solar powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos. The new pitch is the latest initiative from Shell’s #makethefuture programme, which puts bright energy ideas into action to bring benefits to local communities around the world.

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The football pitch was refurbished by Shell using more than 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the players. The tiles are the invention of a young British entrepreneur and founder of Pavegen,Laurence Kemball-Cook, who has been supported through Shell LiveWIRE. The kinetic energy is then stored and combined with power generated by solar panels to operate the new floodlights. This bright energy idea allows the students to play at night and provides a safer and more secure space at the heart of the community.

Music superstar and solar entrepreneur Akon joined Shell to officially open the pitch and continue his commitment to teaching young Africans the importance of harnessing the power of Africa’s renewable energy. The singer is spearheading, through Akon Lighting Africa, a large scale effort to develop solar-powered solutions that will provide African communities with access to clean and affordable sources of electricity. As part of the celebration at the Federal College of Education, Akon and DJ artist Philip “Hardwork” Constable debuted their new song “Tell Me We’re OK” in an exclusive performance on the pitch before its release in 2016. The innovative football pitch will feature in the upcoming music video.

Osagie Okunbor, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria & Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) said, “Shell makes a significant contribution to energy solutions forNigeria, and we are committed to supporting the Nigerian economy and its people. We need bright energy ideas. Some of these will come from Shell but naturally, others will come from outside our business. So it’s crucial that Shell supports energy entrepreneurs, and we hope that this pitch will inspire more entrepreneurs and young people to help us make a smarter energy future.”

Akon commented, “New, reliable and smarter energy solutions play a major role in driving human progress in Africa. Projects like this innovative football pitch draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole ofAfrica have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources. That is why Hardwork and I will feature this pitch in our upcoming video for “Tell Me We’re OK” because I want young people, whether they are in Lagos, Los Angeles or London to think about how they too can help us make the future.”

Shell LiveWIRE is an international programme that has been a catalyst for young entrepreneurs to develop enterprising ideas into viable and sustainable businesses for more than 30 years. The LiveWIRE programme was launched in Nigeria in 2003, and since then it has trained more than 6,000 youths in enterprise development and management, of whom more than 3,000 have been provided with business start-up assistance.

Laurence Kemball-Cook, Pavegen founder and CEO and Shell LiveWIRE UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2011, said, “Our work with Shell has been pivotal to Pavegen’s growth. We got involved with Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard, and both programmes have really helped us transition from a start-up to a small company with a 25-strong staff and global IP. I’m grateful for all the support Shell has given us, and hope we can continue to grow in the smart city future.”

Siji O. Olusanya, Provost of the Federal College of Education, Akoka, added, “We have more than 10,000 student teachers, who will benefit from this innovative solution to light our football pitch. They will be the next generation of teachers across Nigeria and can use their first-hand experience of this pitch to inspire their pupils that they too can work towards developing bright energy ideas that could make a real difference to their community, Nigeria or even the world. Not only our students but the community that surrounds us will all get to benefit from this pitch for years to come.”

To find out more about how Shell supports bright energy ideas, search #makethefuture on Google.

Notes to Editor:

About Royal Dutch Shell plc

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