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Marshall Cavendish Education Conference Explores Recipe for Success in 21st Century Learning

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Education experts congregate in Singapore to address the critical systems necessary to ensure student mastery of required skills.

Children must adhere to 21st Century values in order to thrive in ever-changing new world
Critical thinking and metacognition identified as key competencies
Teaching pedagogy to shift focus towards process rather than outcome
Digital advancements, demographical changes and globalisation are key factors influencing the education systems in many countries. One of the critical challenges is preparing students adequately for the challenges in a dynamic and fast-moving world. How can education stay relevant in the new 21st century?

“What does 21st Century learning entail?” This was the topic of discussion at the fifth Marshall Cavendish Education Conference 2016 held in Singapore. Themed ‘Putting Change into Context — A Journey into 21st Century Learning’, the biennial event brought together some of the most influential local and overseas experts in education to share their insights on teaching curriculum, use of technology and professional development to empower teachers and engage learners.

There is no doubt that a robust approach is essential for holistic learning, which if done well, can ensure a smooth and efficient transition from school to the workplace. The question is, are the skills being taught in schools today sufficient to meet the demands of the 21st Century economy? In this innovation-driven, rapidly changing world that we live in now, literacy and the ability to solve arithmetic problems are no longer enough to attract employers. Society now demands that its global citizens have more than textbook knowledge. They must have creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaborative skills on top of values such as tolerance, social justice, open mindedness, empathy, and a deep respect for their equals.

To facilitate this transformation, schools must revamp themselves as a platform for learners to be inquisitive, proactive to ask questions and build self-confidence. However, the current learning landscape is still full of teacher dominated classrooms that implement regular high stake examinations. Too much emphasis is placed on the outcome, or the grade. To prepare students ready for the 21st Century, we must shift our focus to the process so learners can be more adept in areas of metacognition — the analysis of one’s own thinking processes, reasoning development and concept explanation.

High quality educators are key to the success of this proposition and professional development should always have this end goal: enhance the teachers’ capacity to improve student learning and development outcomes.

Professor S Gopinathan, Academic Director, The HEAD Foundation; Adjunct Professor, LKY School of Public Policy, National University Singapore, said: “Professional development courses need to be contextualised with the realities and challenges of teaching and student learning. In order to be effective, they have to offer a wide range of formats, activities, and experiential learning platforms so that there is greater transferability from teacher learning to classroom practices. Teachers must always be committed to continual and lifelong learning and cannot afford to stay stagnant.”

Lee Fei Chen, Head of Publishing of Marshall Cavendish Publishing Group added:

“There will always be changes but these changes are taking place at a much faster pace than before. As a publisher of education solutions, we want to ensure that our contents are effective for both teachers and students so that they can bridge the gap between teaching and learning.”

Source: Marshall Cavendish Education

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September 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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Marriott International’s Expanded Portfolio of 30 Leading Hotel Brands Sets New Global Standard for Unrivaled Travel Experiences and Expanded Loyalty Benefits

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-Starting Today, Loyalty Members Can Link Their Accounts to Receive Recognition at More Hotels and Redeem Points for Travel to More Destinations Than Ever Before
BETHESDA, Md. /PRNewswire/ — Today, the most iconic and visionary name in hospitality, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), expands to include 30 of the most desirable and prestigious hotel brands with the addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

Marriott International – The World’s Largest Hotel Company
Marriott International – The World’s Largest Hotel Company
At a time when travelers place even greater emphasis on enriching and personal experiences, they can now choose from the most diverse selection of hotel brands ever. With more than 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms in over 110 countries across the globe, guests now have access to the best hotels and resorts wherever they travel. Marriott International’s portfolio now includes a series of quintessential luxury and lifestyle names. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels and EDITION define a new era of luxury travel, with dynamic brands such as Westin, Renaissance and Autograph Collection occupying an evolving lifestyle category. Premium brands like Marriott Hotels and Sheraton anchor the portfolio and provide a broad array of choices around the world for business and leisure travel. And new, fun, accessible experiences at Moxy Hotels, AC Hotels and Aloft add to the portfolio, ensuring our guests have whatever they want, wherever they are in the world.

“The marriage of these two leading hotel companies means Marriott will deliver an unparalleled guest experience with more hotels in more global destinations, an unrivaled range of comprehensive accommodations to suit every traveler, and the industry’s best loyalty programs,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. “Providing such a wide selection reinforces our enduring commitment to offering guests an even greater world to explore with Marriott at their side.”

Expanded Loyalty Benefits

Also starting later today, members of Marriott’s leading loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards — which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), are invited to link their accounts at to enjoy the benefits, recognition and experiences each program has to offer. Members will have their status matched across programs and be able to transfer and redeem points across programs for travel to more destinations than ever before. Members who link their accounts will be able to transfer points at a three-to-one ratio (three Marriott Rewards points = one SPG Starpoint) between the programs for redemption stays or on the Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace or SPG’s Moments platform.

“Marriott’s and Starwood’s guests have shown tremendous loyalty to our brands and now that we are one company, we are seizing the opportunity to reinforce our loyalty to them,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer. “Beginning now, we’re drawing upon the best of our loyalty programs by enabling members to join or link their accounts and immediately receive reciprocal status and benefits.”

Members of Marriott Rewards — which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and SPG will immediately be able to take advantage of these benefits:

Status Match: Receive immediate status match across programs to take advantage of robust member benefits and recognition.

Points Transfer & Redemption: Transfer points between programs to access new and exciting redemption opportunities. Redeem points to visit new destinations, indulge interests with exclusive experiences, and purchase merchandise through the loyalty shopping mall.

Moments / Experiences: Gain exclusive access to money-can’t-buy events and experiences powered by our combined portfolio of exciting global partnerships in music, sports (including professional football, baseball, basketball, and tennis), and entertainment.

Access to More Destinations: Now Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members can use points to travel to new, sought-after destinations such as the Maldives; Santorini, Greece; and Bora Bora, while SPG members have access to popular locales such as Aruba; Tuscany’s Serchio Valley; and Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Member Rates: Members of the loyalty programs who link their accounts will be able to take advantage of exclusive Member Rates — our lowest guaranteed rates — when they book direct on the Marriott mobile app or SPG app, on or, through a call center or with a hotel. (Note: Marriott Rewards Member Rates are only available on Marriott booking channels, SPG Member Rates are only available on SPG booking channels and both are based on hotel availability.)

Mobile: When members book their stays directly with Marriott, they can use the Marriott mobile app to check in and check out, receive an alert when their room is ready, as well as make service requests directly to participating hotels using Mobile Requests before, during, and after their stays. Similarly, SPG’s mobile app allows guests to use SPG Keyless to check in, get their room number and unlock the room door using their smartphone or Apple® Watch at participating hotels.

Free Wi-Fi: When loyalty members book direct through the Marriott mobile or SPG apps, on or they will always receive free in-room Wi-Fi.

Introducing Global Travel Day

Marriott International will officially launch Global Travel Day inspired by the spirit of travel and created to highlight the extraordinary travel experiences brought to life through the new Marriott portfolio of hotels. Global Travel Day will come alive on Friday, October 14, 2016 at New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center® with a 4,140-square foot interactive map showcasing Marriott’s now more than 5,700 properties worldwide — unveiled for visitors to explore and celebrate all the places they can now travel with Marriott. In addition to the map experience, Marriott will place larger-than-life push pins in front of all Starwood and Marriott properties in New York City marking the breadth of Marriott’s new portfolio.

Loyalty members in the U.S. will also have a chance to win one of 30 travel packages through a unique social media sweepstakes. Beginning on October 14, loyalty members will be able to enter by sharing their dream destination with @MarriottRewards and @SPG on Twitter or Instagram, along with the push pin emoji and #YouAreHere #Sweepstakes.*

In addition to the social sweepstakes, members of Marriott Rewards and SPG can also access an array of unique global experiences, such as:

Super Bowl LI party and suite at the game exclusively for Marriott Rewards members, and other unique NFL experiences such as exclusive tailgate experiences and meet-and-greets with NFL Legends for UK-based Marriott Rewards members at the NFL International Series
Tickets and meet-and-greet opportunities with NBA Legends for Marriott Rewards members at NBA Global Games China 2016: Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and LeSports Center in Beijing
SPG members-only dining experiences including kitchen tours, cooking demonstrations, signed cookbooks, photos and autographs with chefs at some of the world’s best restaurants, including Minibar (Washington, DC), Alinea (Chicago), Trois Mec (Los Angeles), Craft (NYC), Quintonil (Mexico City), The French Laundry (Napa), and L’Arpege (Paris)
Tickets to the 2016 World Series and other exclusive Major League Baseball (MLB) ballpark experiences including tickets, batting practice viewing and more during the MLB Postseason, including the American and National League Wild Card games, Division Series and League Championship Series
SPG Luxury Suite at Madison Square Garden in New York City, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, The O2 Arena in London and Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for concerts and sporting events available exclusively to SPG members
For a comprehensive list of all the experiences available to loyalty members please visit the Experiences Marketplace and SPG Moments websites. To join Marriott Rewards — which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards — or SPG, and to see full rules, please visit

*No Purchase Necessary. Open to Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members who are residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and at least 18 years old. Enter Sweepstakes from 10/14 — 10/21. Rules will be available before promotion launch for all details, including prize descriptions and odds.

Editor’s Note:

Marriott International will hold a call with news media at 9:00 A.M. EDT on Friday, September 23 to discuss the closing of the company’s merger. Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, will host the call and will be joined by members of his executive team. To access the conference, please call toll-free (800) 401-2065 for U.S. dial-in or (706) 679-3455 for international callers or log into Follow us on Marriott’s Twitter handle @MarriottIntl.

Media assets, including images, logos, b-roll, video and explanatory graphics are available on our Acquisition page.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 5,700 properties in over 110 countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit and @MarriottIntl.

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Source: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)
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September 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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RS Components, Raspberry Pi Foundation Celebrate Shipment of 10 Millionth Raspberry Pi

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-Popular among engineers and enthusiasts alike, the 10 millionth Pi is a significant milestone in the platform’s success

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, announced in conjunction with the Raspberry Pi Foundation that the cumulative sales total for Raspberry Pi products has now reached 10 million units.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit comprises eight items — Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board, case, micro-SD card pre-installed with New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS), USB keyboard & mouse, international power supply, HDMI 2.0 cable, and the “Adventures in Raspberry Pi” book, which has nine fun projects to inspire users to design and build their own inventions and innovations.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit comprises eight items — Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board, case, micro-SD card pre-installed with New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS), USB keyboard & mouse, international power supply, HDMI 2.0 cable, and the “Adventures in Raspberry Pi” book, which has nine fun projects to inspire users to design and build their own inventions and innovations.

RS has played an important role — from the very beginning in February 2012 — in enabling the Raspberry Pi to reach this impressive sales landmark. In addition to being an authorised distributor, RS is one of the official manufacturers of the Raspberry Pi and, during peak production, produces just short of 1400 boards per hour with manufacturing partner Sony at their factory in the UK.

Lindsley Ruth, Group Chief Executive at Electrocomponents, commented: “We are privileged to be a part of the phenomenal achievement that is Raspberry Pi. It has been a huge hit in many industrial applications as well as in the education sector. RS is a key link in the supply chain of this remarkable success story of 10 million boards sold. This is a very proud moment for all of us.”

Targeting use in industry, in homes and in schools and colleges worldwide, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has introduced a number of new and increasingly powerful models since the board’s launch more than four years ago, all available from RS across EMEA and Asia Pacific, and from Allied Electronics in North America.

Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit

Another significant milestone was the recent worldwide launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit. Targeting new and beginner-level users, the Starter Kit comprises eight items — Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board, case, micro-SD card pre-installed with New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS), USB keyboard & mouse, international power supply, HDMI 2.0 cable, and the ‘Adventures in Raspberry Pi’ book, which has nine fun projects to inspire users to design and build their own inventions and innovations. The kit provides customers with all the connectors and peripherals they need to be off to a fast start with the Raspberry Pi 3.

July and August saw excellent sales of the Raspberry Pi 3 in China, so the outlook for sales of the Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit is extremely positive. Customers in China are very creative in how they use the Raspberry Pi, putting it to use in coffee machines and sushi belts, for example. That ingenuity should help drive local sales of the Starter Kit.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

The latest Raspberry Pi model is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which was launched in February of this year. This board has significantly upgraded processing capabilities to deliver 50% more performance than Raspberry Pi 2 and approximately ten times more than the original Raspberry Pi, allowing it to run even higher-end applications, as well as offering integrated Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity as standard for Internet of Things (IoT) development projects.

“The Raspberry Pi 3 platform can be used for an enormously wide range of applications,” said Rob Maycroft, Global Product Manager at RS Components. “The low cost coupled with the tremendous versatility of the platform have seen worldwide sales balloon beyond anyone’s wildest imagining. And with the Starter Kit, users can begin their prototyping and development projects as soon as they have the board in their hands.”

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of GBP1.29bn.

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September 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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“We help make a difference” – 80 million euros: Bosch expands activities in Southeast Asia

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— Peter Tyroller, the Bosch board member responsible for Asia Pacific: “Southeast Asia is an important region for the Bosch Group”
— Bosch Group products and solutions contribute to improving quality of life in the region
— Integrated campaign aims to increase brand awareness
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — With a population of more than 600 million, Southeast Asia offers the Bosch Group excellent business opportunities. The leading global provider of technology and services is present in all ten ASEAN member countries and is continuously expanding its activities. “Southeast Asia is an important region for the Bosch Group,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management responsible for Asia Pacific. “To support growth in the region, we are planning to invest around 80 million euros in Southeast Asia this year.” In the first half of 2016, Bosch opened new offices in the Philippines and Indonesia with the aim of being closer to its customers. The company is also strengthening its manufacturing capacity in the region and plans to expand its Mobility Solutions plants in Malaysia and Vietnam. Additionally, a new plant in Thailand is planned. In the past ten years, Bosch has invested almost 500 million euros in the expansion of its manufacturing and development locations in Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia offers Bosch a broad range of opportunities

In 2015, Bosch achieved sales growth of 12 percent in Southeast Asia, generating sales of more than 780 million euros. The company also expects positive development in the current year, despite partially volatile economic development in some of the ASEAN markets. In the first half of the year, business in the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam developed well. There are many factors in the region that bring forth opportunities for Bosch: these include its large and young population, the growing purchasing power of the middle class, increasing demand for infrastructure, urbanization, and the need to conserve natural resources. The company also sees potential in the area of connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) in Southeast Asia.

Strong local presence

Bosch has been present in Southeast Asia since 1919. Today, the company employs more than 6,800 associates in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. In the coming years, the workforce is expected to keep growing. The company has manufactured locally for more than 20 years and currently has seven plants in the region. In Malaysia, for example, Bosch manufactures power tools, products for the Car Multimedia division, and steering systems. The Bosch plant in Vietnam produces variable transmissions belts for automatic drive systems. In Thailand, Bosch manufactures washing machines, wipers, and gasoline systems. Southeast Asia is also becoming increasingly important for the Bosch Group’s global R&D network. The company has had development activities in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia for several years already.

Since 2010, Bosch has operated its first software development center in Southeast Asia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Among other things, engineers at the center work on software solutions for the Internet of Things. This makes Bosch an increasingly important software employer in the region. In Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia, the company has implemented the German concept of dual education.

Strengthening of the brand: “We help make a difference”

Besides expanding its regional presence, Bosch is also strengthening its brand communication in Southeast Asia. The first international corporate campaign has been launched in the growth region, with marketing and PR activities on different channels. The aim is to raise awareness about Bosch in the ASEAN member states — especially in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. In fact, Bosch is still largely seen as a manufacturer of power tools in the region. The campaign aims to show that Bosch also offers technologies in many other areas that can improve quality of life, among them automotive parts such as spark plugs, wipers, batteries, brakes, and driver assistance systems that make driving safer and more comfortable. Other examples include hydraulic systems for marine engineering that support the progress of local industry, and power tools that contribute to better quality in the building sector. Packaging technology keeps foods and beverages fresh, even in high temperatures.

The theme of the campaign is “We help make a difference”. In the dynamic growth region, Bosch is working to develop and offer technology that is tailored to the needs of the local market. In some instances, these solutions are available at a lower cost and meet different specifications.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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September 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

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