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Ensogo’s New Mobile Marketplace Demonstrates Exceptional Early Growth

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-Ensogo new mobile marketplace performing strongly with exceptional growth in sellers and products by 600% and 3000% respectively
-Flash sales expertise and leadership in personalisation technology firmly establishes Ensogo as Southeast Asia’s #1 mobile marketplace
-Powerful personalisation technology on the new Ensogo mobile marketplace further drives strong product discoverability, creating individualised shopping experiences for consumers.

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Ensogo Ltd. (ASX: E88), Asia’s leading e-commerce company, celebrates the exceptional growth of its new mobile marketplace. In just 10 weeks since launch, the Ensogo mobile marketplace has already attracted strong support from established sellers in the region, with rapid increases in active sellers and inventory by 600% and 3000% respectively over the first two weeks of January[1], following on strong Q4 2015 metrics.

The rapid growth in availability of quality products on the new mobile marketplace, coupled with Ensogo’s flash sales expertise and market-leading personalisation technology has gained significant traction within the business. Powerful personalisation technology on the new Ensogo mobile marketplace further drives strong product discoverability, creating individualised shopping experiences for consumers.

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Ensogo personalised shopping

Mr. Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO of Ensogo commented: “The introduction of Ensogo’s new mobile marketplace represents a game-changing shift for the business. Since its launch, we have seen an exponential increase in both new and active sellers, adding hundreds of thousands of products to our offering. Exciting merchandise is a pre-requisite to successful customer acquisition and retention; Ensogo now offers consumers across the region a vastly expanded and truly exceptional range of products at a competitive price.”

The rapid traction established with the mobile marketplace underscores the company’s transition away from itslegacy services business. Along with changing trends and consumer behaviours in Southeast Asia, the company believes a streamlined offering is critical as the business moves into its next stage of growth.

CEO Marszalek emphasized, “The e-commerce opportunity in Southeast Asia is enormous, and has immense potential for further growth. We have already experienced significant traction, reaffirming that our decision is a move in the right direction for both our customers and our investors.”

About Ensogo
Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: E88) and headquartered in Singapore, Ensogo Ltd. is a leading e-commerce platform focused on connecting products for sale to over 600m+ consumers throughoutHong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. To ensure our customers enjoy a superior shopping experience, we handpick our offerings and work only with highly reputable, select merchants and brands. From the latest consumer electronics, state-of-the-art gadgets, luxury accessories from world-renowned brands, to stylish furnishing and accessories for the home, you can find it on Ensogo!

For more information, please contact:

Ensogo Limited
2 Kallang Avenue, CT Hub, #03-09, Singapore, 339407
T +65-6299-3011
F +65-6299-3435

Corrine Koh
Chief Marketing Officer, Ensogo Group



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March 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

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Businesses guilty of wasting 5% of revenues a year

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Global organisations needlessly wasted an average amount of 5% of revenue every year, according to a new study by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  Among the most common causes for losses were delayed projects — with 75% admitting to wasted costs in this area — followed by inefficient systems and processes (74%) and started but subsequently cancelled projects (55%).

CIMA polled more than 2,000 finance professionals, of which half (50%) admitted their organisations lack any kind of strategy to drive cost competitiveness. A further third (33%) of respondents claimed there is little to no mandate within their organisations to drive down costs when making day-to-day decisions.

Proving that there is gap between expectation and reality, 80% of respondents believed that promoting a cost conscious culture was the responsibility of their executive team. But in stark contrast, the results revealed that only 1 in 4 firms (25%) have a board member tasked with maintaining cost competitiveness.

Peter Spence, CIMA’s head of performance management research said: “Lack of a cost conscious culture is a threat to competitiveness — we can be as innovative or as creative as we like, but if our products and services cost too much we will not be maximising our profits, and we are at risk of losing out to cheaper competitors.

“However, cost is not just about being cheap. It’s about embedding a cost conscious culture, so that every decision, at every level of the business, focusses on return on investment.”

Looking at the lack of encouragement within organisations to change bad habits, a third (32%) of respondents claimed that employee incentives are poorly designed to encourage cost control — with a quarter (25%) believing cost containment strategies are ineffective. A further 36% think that technology and data analytics are poorly used within their organisations.

Peter Spence said: “The balancing of short- and long-term objectives requires the engagement of management accountants, who have a keen understanding of the drivers of cost, risk and value across the organisation’s value chain. CIMA members have never been more relevant in ensuring sustainable success in today’s volatile business world, where there is uncertainty around every corner.”

Siew Lian
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Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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March 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

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JNA Awards 2016 now accepting entries

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The fifth edition of the JNA Awards is inviting qualified companies and individuals from the jewellery and gemstone industry to enter the prestigious international award.

(From left) Nishit Parikh, Director of Diarough Group; Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia; Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; Noa Pardo, Managing Director of Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies Asia Pacific; Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia; and Liu Zheng, Deputy General Manager of Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd.
(From left) Nishit Parikh, Director of Diarough Group; Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia; Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; Noa Pardo, Managing Director of Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies Asia Pacific; Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia; and Liu Zheng, Deputy General Manager of Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd.

The annual JNA Awards, organised by JNA, recognises innovators and leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the trade in Asia, and have demonstrated excellence and outstanding entrepreneurial achievements.

There is no cost to enter the JNA Awards and entrants can be self-nominated or nominated by others.

This year, the Awards will cover 11 categories:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award (nominated by the organiser)
  2. Brand of the Year – Retail
  3. Industry Innovation/Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  4. Manufacturer of the Year – Cutting & Polishing
  5. Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
  6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN/Korea
  7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
  8. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
  9. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
  10. E-tailer of the Year
  11. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

The JNA Awards 2016 is supported by Headline Partners, Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, together with Diarough Group, the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited serving as Honoured Partners.

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, said, “This year marks the fifth year of the JNA Awards, and as the organiser of the event, we are very proud of the impact and recognition the Awards has achieved thus far.

“As part of our company mission, UBM Asia is always seeking ways to better serve the trade. For our jewellery portfolio, the JNA Awards creates a strong synergy with our various fairs and trade publications to offer the jewellery and gemstone industry a comprehensive platform to conduct business in a more effective manner. In addition, the JNA Awards offers a unique opportunity where thought leaders, pioneers and successful entrepreneurs gather in one occasion to discuss breakthroughs to advance the trade and exchange views on how the industry can be transformed in a positive way.”

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development — Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards judging panel, said, “We are very privileged to be able to work closely with our Partners and experts from the industry each year to identify ways to make the JNA Awards a more meaningful event for the trade. As we enter the Awards’ fifth year, we have reviewed the judging criteria and revised the entry format to make it easier for entrants to share their achievements and highlight their success stories. We have also consolidated some categories that are judged against a similar set of criteria to create a more dynamic environment and a new level of competition. Moreover, some of the categories have been expanded to invite more entrants from regions that are key to the jewellery and gemstone industry.”

Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said, “The JNA Awards is an important part of Rio Tinto’s ongoing investment in the diamond industry, and we are delighted to continue as a headline sponsor in the fifth year of the Awards. The strong foundation we have created over the past five years is more important than ever in supporting growth in our industry, and we look forward to seeing a strong group of entries to showcase the best of our business.”

“The annual JNA Awards is a platform not only for recognising distinguished performances and encouraging innovation and progress, but also for exchanging ideas and connecting with the industry’s elite from different parts of the world. The JNA Awards’ contribution is highly regarded for promoting best business practices and fostering a sustainable operating environment for the industry. In recent years, the jewellery sector has faced many challenges. The industry should strive to keep pace with market changes through continuous innovation and improvement in an ever-evolving environment. The JNA Awards has demonstrated its positive and indomitable spirit in the pursuit of excellence and best business practices. Chow Tai Fook hopes that the JNA Awards will continue to thrive and shine in its effort to further drive the prosperous development of the jewellery industry,” said Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.

Interested parties can access the entry forms now on the JNA Award’s official website. Deadline for submissions will be midnight (Hong Kong time) of 30 April 2016.

The judging process will be undertaken by a highly respected international panel starting from May to mid-June. The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 23 June at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, and will be feted together with the Recipients or winners on 14 September at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

For more information, visit or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-2184

Notes for Editors:

1.About JNA (

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

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world’s major producers of rough diamonds and operates a fully integrated diamond exploration, mining and marketing business.

For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik) and an advanced diamond project in India (Bunder).

Rio Tinto Diamonds’ production is sorted and prepared for sale at its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, Belgium, supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth, Australia for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited ( Stock Code: 1929 ) is a world-class leading jeweller listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Being the largest jeweller listed in Hong Kong by market capitalisation, which is also one of the world’s top few, the Group also excels as the number one for sales in the world.

The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. luxury diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,340 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire stores spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-Shops and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.

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

3.  About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (

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

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

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

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

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (

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

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

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

3.3 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (

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

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

3.4 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (

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

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

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

4.  About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai,Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.


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March 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Two New Ships

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-The leader in family cruising will grow its award-winning fleet with imaginative innovations that are uniquely fun and distinctly Disney

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver.

The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

“We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests each and every day, and the expansion of our Disney fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures.

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has provided a quintessential family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the thrill of exploring different parts of the world. Guests step aboard majestic and beautiful ocean liners to enjoy legendary Disney entertainment, exquisite dining, spacious and well-appointed staterooms and magnificent public spaces.

The company also has been an industry leader in innovation and game-changing creativity. With the launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in 2011 and 2012, the company introduced several firsts for the industry, including a water coaster at sea (AquaDuck) and virtual portholes in interior staterooms (Magical Portholes) that provide real-time views of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.

Plans for the expansion of Disney Cruise Line come during a period of momentous growth and innovation for Disney properties around the globe.

“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

More details about the Disney Cruise Line fleet expansion and onboard offerings will be announced at a later date.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world’s leading family vacation destinations — Disneyland Resort,Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is opening in June 2016 in Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

About Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line was established in 1998 as a leader in the cruise industry and continues to provide a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create. Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry for excellence in entertainment, dining, youth activities, spa facilities and guest service. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line, please visit

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March 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

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Has Digital Marketing Replaced Traditional Marketing?

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-PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit contributing author Rich Kahn discusses the answers

NEW YORK  /PRNewswire/ — To stay relevant and visible during the ongoing evolution of digital marketing, small business owners must leverage the new opportunities and technologies to promote their brands through online channels.

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In his latest post on the PR Toolkit, Rich Kahn, founder and CEO of explains how technology has changed the way marketers market, which then changes the look and feel of a business’ marketing department. Kahn further explains the following reasons why digital marketing is the new traditional marketing:

  • Departmental changes. Employers have made the shift within their organizations to reflect the wants and needs of their consumers. With employees now having titles as “social media manager” or “content strategist,” most customers want access to information very quickly and they dictate how they want to see it. Kahn suggests integrating “experience marketing” where you leave the channels behind and focus solely on the user and their unique experience.
  • Omnichannel approach. As we continue to adopt new technologies, marketers must continue to implement an omnichannel strategy to coordinate seamless interactions between different devices and experiences. Kahn sites how print campaigns are now leveraging QR codes, hashtags and social media icons to drive consumers back to an online experience.

For further discussion on the reasons digital marketing has become the new traditional marketing, read Kahn’s posthere.

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

Amanda Eldridge
Director, Strategic Channels
+1 201-360-6906

Source: PR Newswire Association LLC

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March 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

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AWS Truepower Releases 2015 Annual Wind Trends Bulletin with new Global Wind Performance Index

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ALBANY, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in wind and solar energy consulting and engineering services, announces the release of the 2015 Annual Wind Trends Bulletin, which provides global maps and commentary on deviations of the 2015 wind energy resource from the long-term average (defined as 1988-2014). As every 1% change in mean wind speed typically causes a 1%-2% change in energy production, such deviations, or anomalies, can have an impact on the financial performance of wind projects, as well as on the mix of other energy resources such as coal and gas consumed in a region.

2015 Global Wind Performance Map
2015 Global Wind Performance Map

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The 2015 Bulletin shows that some of the world’s key wind-producing areas, led by China, the United States, India, and southern Europe, experienced mildly to significantly below-normal winds in 2015. Southern India, the westernUnited States, and southeastern China were particularly hard hit. Other wind-producing areas such as northernEurope and northeastern Brazil experienced above-normal winds. It was a notably strong year for the UK andDenmark.

New to the Wind Trends Bulletin is the Global Wind Performance Index, which tabulates the wind deviations compared to normal conditions experienced by wind plants in each country and region. The Global Wind Performance Index is designed to provide a quick and easy way to track the influence of wind resource variations on wind industry performance.

According to the Global Wind Performance Index, the wind resource experienced by plants in the United States, in the aggregate, was about 2.7% below normal. This shortfall is actually a welcome showing after a challenging first half of 2015 when much of the country experienced a severe “wind drought.” The India wind industry, at 4.9% below normal, was not so fortunate. China (-0.8%) experienced on the whole a near-normal year, while Denmark’s wind resource was a remarkable 6.4% above the long-run average.

“The Wind Trends Bulletin has been of great interest for wind plant owners and investors looking to interpret their projects’ performance,” said Michael Brower, President of AWS Truepower.  “While it has always provided a good visual indicator in the form of maps, the addition of the Global Wind Performance Index provides a quantitative measure of the impact of variations in wind resources on industry performance. We are continuing to develop new methods of delivering relevant information to the wind energy industry.”

Wind plant locations and rated capacities used in the calculation of the Global Wind Performance Index are from The Wind Power (

The full version of the 2015 Annual Wind Trends Bulletin is available for download at

About AWS Truepower:

AWS Truepower provides the most accurate, reliable, and innovative clean energy project development, engineering and operations solutions available today.  Energy developers, investors, utilities, system operators, and governments rely on the company’s 30 years of experience, proven expertise and technology to reduce uncertainty, mitigate risk, and maximize return on their investments.  AWS Truepower’s suite of consulting and engineering services, innovative software, maps, and data products support the complete wind and solar project development lifecycle.  Headquartered in New York, AWS Truepower has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America andAsia. Learn more about the company online at

Media Contacts
North America: Lisa Andrews
Ph: (518) 213-0044 x 1044

Europe and Latin America: Santi Parés
Ph: +34 93 448 7265

Asia-Pacific: Sreenivasa Krishnamurthy
Ph: +91-96112-78577

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March 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

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Debiopharm International SA Has Won Its Patent Infringement Suit for Elplat(R) Against Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Debiopharm International SA (Debiopharm), part of Debiopharm Group™, a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical company today announces that the Tokyo District Court granted Debiopharm an overall victory for the first instance demanding the suspension of patent infringement of the formulation patent owned by Debiopharm (Patent N- 4430229) related to Elplat® (Oxaliplatin) Drip Infusion of 50, 100 and 200 mg a treatment drug for cancer.

The Court ruled that the sale of the generic version of the cancer drug by Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (Nippon Kayaku) infringed Debiopharm’s Japanese patent.

Debiopharm filed a patent infringement law suit with the Tokyo District Court on May 8th, 2015 against Nippon Kayaku, the distributor of the generic version of Elplat® treatment. In accordance with this judgement, a provisional disposition order was issued for the company to suspend the distribution of products. Twelve other pending infringement actions were also filed by Debiopharm against all the generics companies that started to commercialize their generic version of Elplat® in 2015.

About Elplat®
Elplat® is an anticancer platinum drug, for which Yakult Honsha, Co., Ltd. acquired development and commercialization rights in Japan from its licensor Debiopharm International SA (Switzerland) in 1997. Elplat® was approved for the indication for the treatment of “curatively unresectable advanced/recurrent colorectal cancer” inMarch 2005, and launched on the market in April of the same year. In August 2009, Elplat® became indicated for “postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer”. An additional dosage and administration for “curatively unresectable advanced/recurrent colorectal cancer” was approved in September 2009, and an additional dosage and administration for “postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer” was approved in November 2011. Subsequently, Elplat® was approved for the indication for the treatment of “curatively unresectable pancreatic carcinoma” in December 2013. And furthermore, Elplat® was approved for the indication for “unresectable advanced or recurrent gastric cancer” in March 2015 and then “gastric cancer” in November 2015, integrating “unresectable advanced or recurrent gastric cancer” and “postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for gastric cancer”.

About Debiopharm International SA
Debiopharm Group is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of four companies active in drug development, GMP manufacturing of proprietary drugs, diagnostics, and investment management. Debiopharm International SA is focused on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. The company in-licenses and develops promising drug candidates. The products are commercialized by pharmaceutical out-licensing partners to give access to the largest number of patients worldwide.

For more information, please visit

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Debiopharm International SA Contact
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Communication Coordinator
Tel: +41(0)21-321-01-11

Additional Media Contacts
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March 7, 2016 at 10:46 am

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DARPA Selects Aurora to Build VTOL X-Plane Technology Demonstrator

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-Aurora’s Revolutionary Aircraft Design Includes the First-Ever Distributed Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System

MANASSAS, Virginia /PRNewswire/ — Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company the prime contract for Phase 2 of the Agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program.

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VTOL X-Plane seeks to develop a technology demonstrator that could:

  • Achieve a top sustained flight speed of 300 kt-400 kt
  • Raise aircraft hover efficiency from 60 percent to at least 75 percent
  • Present a more favorable cruise lift-to-drag ratio of at least 10, up from 5-6
  • Carry a useful load of at least 40 percent of the vehicle’s projected gross weight of 10,000-12,000 pounds

The Aurora team’s design for its unmanned aircraft, named LightningStrike, seeks to provide an approximately 50-percent increase in speed over existing VTOL aircraft designed for comparable mission applications.

“Aurora is proud to support DARPA on what we all hope to be a truly historic breakthrough in aviation technology,” said Dr. John Langford, chairman and CEO of Aurora. “If successful, VTOL X-Plane’s radically improved flight capabilities could lead to revolutionary advancement of the U.S. military’s future mission capabilities. We’re honored to have been selected by DARPA to build and flight test the demonstrator aircraft.”

The technology demonstrator was designed in close collaboration with Aurora’s team members, Rolls-Royce PLC and Honeywell International Inc. The Aurora-led team intends to deliver a number of aviation milestones with the demonstration aircraft, including being the first aircraft designed to demonstrate:

  • Distributed hybrid-electric propulsion ducted fans
  • An innovative synchronous electric-drive system
  • Both tilt-wing- and tilt-canard-based propulsion for vertical takeoff and landing
  • High efficiency in both hover and high-speed forward flight

The aircraft design features a Rolls-Royce AE 1107C turboshaft engine that would power three Honeywell generators, and 24 ducted fans distributed on both the wings and canards. The aircraft’s electric distributed propulsion (EDP) system would consist of highly integrated, distributed ducted fans that, combined with the synchronous electric drive system, would enable the design’s potentially revolutionary hover efficiency and high-speed forward flight.

“The Aurora team’s goal is to help redefine the future of vertical flight,” said Mark Wilson, chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks, an advanced aerospace technology research and design unit. “Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks is proud to contribute both proven components and innovative new technologies in turbo-electric distributed propulsion to this exciting program.”

“Honeywell is proud to be a part of the Aurora team and contribute to this groundbreaking aviation research,” saidCarey Smith, president of Honeywell Defense and Space. “Our goal is to demonstrate technology that significantly improves electric power-generation efficiency, power density and size. The improvements are needed to meet the aggressive goals for this very innovative aircraft, and would raise the bar for electric power-generation efficiency that would enable this revolutionary advance in hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion.”

The DARPA technology demonstrator’s flight control system (FCS) builds on the heritage of Aurora’s Centaur and Orion optionally manned and unmanned aircraft platforms. The FCS system runs on a triplex-redundant design to ensure detection and correction of flight anomalies in both vertical and forward flight.

Pending successful completion of key program milestones to be achieved in close collaboration with DARPA, Aurora plans to conduct the first flight tests of the technology demonstrator in the 2018 timeframe.

About Aurora Flight Sciences
Aurora Flight Sciences is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced aerospace vehicles. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS; and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. To view recent press releases and more about Aurora please visit our website at

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March 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

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The Oberoi Group to Manage a Luxury Resort in Maldives

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NEW DELHI /PRNewswire/ — Subramanya Construction & Development Company Limited (SCDCL) and The Oberoi Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government ofMaldives to build a luxury resort in Maldives. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Mr.Moosa Zameer, the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Government of Maldives.


The investment for acquisition and development of the resort will be undertaken by SCDCL, a Bangalore-based real estate development company.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr K.N. Balasubramanyam, Chairman and MD, SCDCL said, “A luxury resort inMaldives requires expertise in design and operations of world-class standards. The Oberoi Group, which is rated as the best luxury hotel brand in the world, is well suited for this development. We look forward to working with The Oberoi Group to create more of such luxurious offerings globally and would like to say that this extraordinary project will make a major contribution to our long-term partnership.”

Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group said, “We are extremely pleased to partner and assist SCDCL in the design and management of the proposed luxury resort. We look forward to bringing the Oberoi hospitality to Maldives.”

He further added, “The resort will reflect the legendary Oberoi service delivered by an attentive and caring team, making it the preferred choice for luxury travellers.”

The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Government of Maldives, Mr Moosa Zameer stated after signing the MOU, “With growing demand of luxury hospitality services in Maldives, it is imperative to bring in the best in the industry and our partnership with The Oberoi Group will be a testament to this.”

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts was voted theWorld’s Best Hotel Brand’ by Travel + Leisure, USA, Worlds Best Awards2015.

About The Oberoi Group

The Oberoi Group, which was founded in 1934, operates 30 luxury hotels in several countries, two luxury Nile Cruisers, and a motor vessel in the backwaters of Kerala under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ brand. The Group is also engaged in flight catering, airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters. |

For further information, please contact:
Silki Sehgal
Telephone: +91-11-2389 0505
Director – Corporate Communications
The Oberoi Group

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March 7, 2016 at 10:43 am

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Richardson Named to’s Top Sales Training Companies & Top Leadership Training Companies Lists

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PHILADELPHIA /PRNewswire/ — Richardson, a leading global sales training and performance improvement solutions company, has been named to’s Top 20 Sales Training Companies list for the eighth consecutive year and its Top 20 Leadership Training Companies list for the third consecutive year. The Top 20 lists recognize the top providers for training services and technologies.

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For the past eight years, Richardson has been recognized for providing outstanding service and a proven track record for delivering superior sales training programs and improving the impact of the sales organization. Richardson provides sales professionals, managers, and leaders with the structure, skills, and tools that are necessary to increase their sales effectiveness and build their individual and organizational capabilities.

Selection to this year’s Top 20 Sales Training and Leadership Training Companies list was based on the following criteria:

  • Thought leadership and influence within the training industry
  • Industry recognition and impact on the sales training industry
  • Industry recognition and innovation
  • Breadth of programs and services offerings & the range of audiences served
  • Delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Strength of clients
  • Geographic reach
  • Experience serving the market

“The companies considered for the 2016 Top 20 Sales Training Companies list are some of the most impressive we’ve ever evaluated,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “This year’s list continues to highlight the best providers of sales training, one of the segments in the training industry that is very open to innovation, even though the majority of its services are delivered through instructor-led training.”

“The demand for sales training is consistently growing and impacting the shape of the training industry,” said Doug Harward, CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “The companies selected for the 2016 Top 20 Sales Training Companies list represent the best of the best in sales training.”

To learn more about Richardson, please contact Meghan Steiner at or

About Richardson
Richardson is a global sales training and performance improvement company. We collaborate with sales organizations to achieve greater levels of success by changing the behaviors of their salespeople and sales managers. Our approach is highly collaborative, with a focus on enabling the right sales activity and effective customer dialogues. To help you achieve your goals, we partner with you to develop customized training programs and a culture of continuous learning to help drive improved organization performance.

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March 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

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