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Thousands of Students Around the World Participate in Inaugural TOEFL® Young Students Series GO English! Project

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PRINCETON, N.J., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Educational Testing Service (ETS), creator of the TOEFL® test, received over 400 projects for its TOEFL® Young Students Series GO English! project — “Our Town. In Our Words.” Launched in October 2014, the global campaign was designed to inspire students, under the guidance of their English-language teachers, to practice and improve their English skills in the classroom.

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More than 3,500 students from 23 countries used their English-language skills to share what is great about their towns through video, radio, poster and newspaper column advertisements. Students, under the guidance of their teachers, were encouraged to be creative and use their knowledge of the English language to effectively communicate their messages.

“We’re proud of the students and teachers who participated in the TOEFL Young Students Series GO English! project,” said David Payne, Vice President and COO of Global Education at ETS. “It’s becoming increasingly important for students at younger ages to develop their English-language skills, and the number and quality of the projects submitted show us just how committed these schools are to helping students prepare for the future.”

Participating countries/regions include Brazil, mainland China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam. Many of the projects can be viewed online at http://www.ets.org/toefl/goenglish.

“We’d like to thank ETS for the chance we were given to participate in the project,” said Mr. Nainggolan, English teacher for Class VIII-02, Soetomo School in Medan, Indonesia. “We’ve gained experience, had a lot of fun, and hope that we will get another chance to take part in a project like this in the future.”

Participating schools and classes received certificates and a plaque as part of a thank-you kit, as well as English-learning educational and promotional materials to support teachers in the classroom. ETS in-country partners in several countries also hosted ceremonies for participating schools.

The campaign is part of the TOEFL Young Students Series, a natural extension of the ETS TOEFL program, and is specifically geared to the English language learning needs of younger students. It includes the TOEFL® Primary™ tests, designed for students ages 8+ to set the right foundation for successful development of English-language skills, and the TOEFL Junior® tests, designed for students ages 11+.

For more information on the project, visit the TOEFL Young Students Series GO English! website at http://www.ets.org/toefl/goenglish.

About the TOEFL® Young Students Series

Designed to set the foundation for the successful development of English-language skills, the TOEFL® Young Students Series features age-appropriate assessments, products and services — including the TOEFL Junior® and TOEFL® Primary™ tests — to help guide younger students to the next steps of learning.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. http://www.ets.org

Source: Educational Testing Service

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May 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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Macalester College Goes 100% Solar And Saves Millions Of Dollars With SunEdison

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BELMONT, Calif., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world’s largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota to offset 100% of the college’s electricity use with solar energy. Macalester College will save millions of dollars on electricity costs over the 25 year agreement by purchasing a share of output from SunEdison’s community solar gardens.

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The SunEdison community solar gardens program enables customers to receive a share of electricity output from a locally sited community solar system. Each month, the customer receives credits on their electricity bill – up to 120% of their electricity usage. At the end of the year, the customer will receive payment from the utility for any excess credits which have not been used.

“We’re excited to be working with Macalester College, one of the first colleges to participate in SunEdison’s community solar gardens program,” said Sam Youneszadeh, Managing Director of Distributed Generation Western USA at SunEdison. “Our solar garden program allows customers to enjoy the benefits of solar even when they are unable to install solar systems on their property. We expect to see more schools, colleges, and universities follow Macalester College’s lead and take advantage of the solar gardens program in the near future.”

“We are happy to partner with SunEdison and participate in the community solar gardens program,” said Macalester College Vice President for Finance and Administration David Wheaton. “Macalester has a long history of commitment to environmental and energy initiatives. This agreement furthers our campus sustainability goals and is a financially responsible initiative for Macalester. Given our projected consumption patterns and the expected rising trend in electricity rates over the period of the agreement, we believe that the savings over the term of the agreement could be in the millions of dollars. Those savings will begin as soon as the solar gardens are operational and will benefit both current and future students.”

SunEdison plans to begin construction of the community solar gardens in 2015 and begin commercial operation in 2016. This project is on the Call Right Projects List for TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. SunEdison anticipates offering this project to TerraForm Power for investment upon completion. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

About SunEdison
SunEdison is the world’s largest renewable energy development company and is transforming the way energy is generated, distributed and owned around the globe. The company manufactures solar technology and develops, finances, installs, owns and operates wind and solar power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services for its renewable energy customers around the world. Corporate headquarters are in the United States, with additional offices around the world. SunEdison’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SUNE.” To learn more visit http://www.sunedison.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements, including: we believe that the savings over the term of the agreement could be in the millions of dollars; SunEdison plans to begin construction of the community solar gardens in 2015 and begin commercial operation in 2016 and SunEdison anticipates offering this project to TerraForm Power for investment upon completion. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include changes in applicable regulatory requirements and incentives for production of solar power; and general business and economic conditions, including seasonality of the industry, and other risks described in SunEdison’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent SunEdison’s judgment as of the date of this press release. SunEdison disclaim, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Source: SunEdison, Inc.
Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:TERP NYSE:SUNE

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April 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Education, Energy

Female Leaders Get Ready To Tackle The Boardroom Gender Imbalance

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PRNewswire/ —

Harvey Nash and The University of Hong Kong Business School announce the 2015 instalment of board preparedness programme, to increase gender balance on boards

Harvey Nash, the global executive search and leadership consulting firm and The University of Hong Kong Business School have announced the 2015 instalment of the Women’s Directorship Programme (WDP) to be held in Hong Kong in May and September. The international board preparedness programme, exclusively for women, was created in answer to the worldwide business community’s call to tackle the existing gender imbalance in boardrooms.

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Harvey Nash and HKU Business School created the certificated Women’s Directorship Programme in 2013, with the aim of enabling participants to become effective board members and serving to increase the supply of board-ready women executives across geographies and business sectors.

Led by esteemed faculty members of HKU Business School, the Women’s Directorship Programme offers a unique combination of lectures and academic leadership theories, plus practical insights and real life case studies delivered by international business leaders. The involvement of senior business leaders as guest speakers sets the programme apart, providing unprecedented levels of access to their boardroom insights and experiences.

Donald Brydon, Chairman of Sage Group and Royal Mail, Women’s Directorship Programme guest speaker, said:

“In order to produce a pipeline of exceptional women for boards, we need to have more initiatives like the Women’s Directorship Programme, bringing together academia and practitioners to share their experiences and explain how behaviour in the boardroom is different to behaviour in the rest of your corporate life.”

The 2015 programme includes six modules – including strategic leadership, ethics and compliance, finance and market regulation – taught over two three-day sessions (May 28-30 and September 10-12, 2015). Participants have access to on-going support through the alumni programme and benefit from a global network of peers and senior business leaders.

Albert Ellis, CEO Harvey Nash Group, said: “Through the Women’s Directorship Programme and our partnership with The University of Hong Kong we are committed to creating lasting change across the world, unlocking the talent pipeline and empowering female leaders to gain the confidence and skills needed to secure board positions.”

Please visit http://www.wdpglobal.com for more information.

To learn more about Harvey Nash and HKU Business School, please visit http://www.harveynash.com and http://www.fbe.hku.hk .

Source: Harvey Nash

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March 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

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How Solution Providers Can Capture the North American Terminal Automation Market

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— Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — An increase in oil and gas (O&G) production in North America is expected to spur investments in new terminal infrastructure and further enforce modernization and retrofit additions in existing chemical terminals. While the rise in brownfield projects will allow for more diversified product portfolios for terminal automation, including field devices, controllers and software, the development of greenfield terminals will boost demand for custom terminal automation systems that streamline operational activities, custody transfers and inventory management. However, the North American terminal automation market is likely to witness a slow compound annual growth of 5.5 percent from 2013-2020 as capital expenditure for automation is lower than for upstream exploration and downstream refinery operations.

Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users.
Integrated solutions and data management offer most valuable advantages to end-users.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the North American Terminal Automation Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $110.5 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $160.4 million in 2020. The study covers solutions used to automate terminal operations in the O&G, industrial (chemical and petrochemical) and biofuel industries.

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Compared to other components in the O&G and chemical value chain, growth of automation in terminals lags behind as customers do not have a clear-cut business case to justify return on investment. A key area that solution providers can potentially target is data management for business applications, as otherwise, maintaining a local server at terminals incurs high costs.

“The advent of cloud-based technologies provides end users a cost-effective way to monitor business applications such as certification, transaction management and loading operations while still using an on-premise model for mission critical applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Senior Research Analyst Rahul Vijayaraghavan. “Therefore, the software and services market is expected to offer greater opportunities than the commoditized hardware segment as end users look to outsource their in-house engineering capabilities.”

To keep pace with this trend, solution providers are improving after-sales support and adding new rail and pipeline management tools to its existing software platforms. Custom-specific applications for varying terminal requirements are also making inroads in the market.

In addition, the integration of rail loading and unloading operations at the terminal, which includes utilizing various components such as real-time locating systems, global positioning satellites, ocular character recognition, and radio frequency identification, will become a standard in terminal automation systems.

“The North American terminal automation market is moving toward integrated packaged solutions that cater to application-specific requirements of terminal end users,” noted Vijayaraghavan. “Centralized control and operations of all activity inside the terminal will improve efficiency and further strengthen the grounds for automation uptake in North American terminals.”

Analysis of the North American Terminal Automation Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Analysis of Global Automation and Control Systems (ACS) Market in the Upstream Oil and Gas (O&G) Industry, Automation Opportunities in the United States for the Upstream Tight Oil Market, Changing Tides in Offshore Oil and Gas Production: Subsea Automation Opportunities at the Ocean Floor, Automation Modernization Opportunities in the US Refinery Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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August 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Shiv Nadar Receives the AIMA Corporate Citizen Award 2014

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NEW DELHI /PRNewswire/ —

– Recognized for his philanthropic endeavours in leadership development in India

The All India Management Association, an apex body of professional management in India set up in 1957, awarded the AIMA Corporate Citizen Award 2014 to Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation, for his unparalleled efforts in philanthropy.

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Accepting the award, Shiv Nadar said, “This is a great honor and I thank AIMA for this recognition. Education is a key determinant of development while inclusive education goes a step further to enable the progress and regeneration of communities. The Shiv Nadar Foundation would continue to harness the power of inclusive education to bridge the urban-rural divide and drive exponential social transformation in India by creating leaders from every socio-economic segment.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of the Jury, AIMA Managing India Awards 2014 & Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group said, “I congratulate Shiv Nadar for the award and for his truly exemplary work in institution building and education. His vision is an inspiration and worthy of emulation and admiration. Under his guidance, HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation have established high benchmarks with regards to best business practices and inclusive leadership development.”

Shiv Nadar, acknowledged as visionary in modern computing and technology in India, founded HCL in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups. Currently, HCL comprises three companies in IndiaHCL Technologies, HCL Infosystems and HCL Healthcare with annual revenues of US$ 6.5 billion and over 95,000 professionals from diverse nationalities operating across 31 countries including over 500 points of presence in India.

In 1994, he established the Shiv Nadar Foundation, a private philanthropic organization. A significant driver of social change and transformational education, the Foundation has set up landmark institutions in India spanning the entire education spectrum, from universities and colleges to K-12 schools. These include the SSN Institutions,India’s top ranked engineering college; the Shiv Nadar University, a multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation and Vidya Gyan, a radical experiment in leadership development through free residential education to meritorious rural poor children. The Foundation has invested Rs 2,946 crore till March 2014 as per audited accounts, and is on course to spend Rs 3000 crore committed in 2013 over the next 5 years.

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Source: HCL Technologies Ltd

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August 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

Pacific Conferences Equips Communications Professionals to Tackle Social Media Crises

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Crisis Attack – What’s Your Communications Plan? 

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — A social media crisis moves at the speed of light. Raging complaints and defamatory posts go viral in minutes. Audiences will demand honest answers. And they will want them fast. Yet speed is the biggest issue that businesses face with crisis communications on social media.Phillip Raskin, Managing Director of Spectrum Communications explains, “Things took a big turn about 15 years ago when Internet usage and news distribution became widespread, and then it took another several laps around the track about five years ago with Twitter and IM apps becoming the norm.  That kind of speed and extreme pressure can cause a lot of missteps and mistakes that people and companies might not make if their crisis were unfolding at what we used to consider “normal” speed.”

What are some blunders that companies make when dealing with social media crises? Raskin shares his thoughts, “The most common mistake is not understanding soon enough whether they’ve got a serious problem.  It’s natural – companies are full of people, and people are busy, especially in today’s organisations, and there is so much information going back and forth and so much to keep track of.  So there’s often an element of “hoping it will go away” or at least hoping the issue will not grow any further which sometimes results in a delayed reaction, and therefore more trouble down the road.

Another is trying to solve the issue on “your terms” versus the terms of what’s happening.  You see some brands and especially more civic/governmental organisations do that sometimes, especially if they’re more accustomed to controlling the conversation.  That’s usually where an issue gets brought up on a Facebook page or a Tweet and the response comes out something like “we don’t want you to talk about that,” and usually then the reaction becomes worse than the initial issue.  Part of this is being realistic about your situation and where you sit – the Internet almost always supports Goliath over David and companies are increasingly having their operations and business practices called into question.  So understand yourself and your potential vulnerabilities from an outside, dispassionate perspective, and be ready to work with that.  In essence, work with the real world and not the world you want it to be.

Finally, you need to have a defined social media team – and that doesn’t mean you hire a bunch of interns because they’re “digital natives.”  You need a mix of people with crisis experience, company knowledge, authority and perspective.  You need that team to have guidelines and an understanding of key issues and appropriate responses, and you need them to be empowered to act.  This is not like it used to be, where every press release and statement gets vetted by the board or an extended family of suddenly interested parties from every department.  It has to be a framework for responding, with clear escalation points and clear actions and responsibilities, that can be enacted while that board or C-suite group is discussing things.  Otherwise, everything will get stuck in committee and you’ll be getting killed online for hours or days before you can fire back a single Tweet.”

To equip communications professionals with critical skills to develop a holistic crisis management strategy that leverages on traditional and social media best practices, Pacific Conferences has organised a 2-day practical workshop on “Crisis & Social Media“, to be held in Singapore on 21-22 August 2014, and in Hong Kong on 28-29 August 2014. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, acquire social media monitoring techniques to anticipate potential crises, learn how to create stratified action plans that guide your decision making under fire, pick up messaging strategies to promptly shoot down inaccurate information, and discover how to rebuild trust post-crisis.

The workshop is led by Phillip Raskin, former Managing Director for Burson-Marsteller Korea, acknowledged as a crisis communications expert with 20 years experience. Raskin has worked with clients including Visa, Cisco, Allergan, Qualcomm, Emirates, LG Electronics, Alcatel, the government of Korea, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to deal with a wide range of crises from product safety to labour, legal, and investor relations issues.

Workshop Details

Title: Crisis & Social Media Workshop
Date & Venue:

21 – 22 August 2014, M Hotel, Singapore
28 – 29 August 2014, Regal Hongkong Hotel, Hong Kong

Organiser: Pacific Conferences
Contact Person: Ms Daphne Poon
Tel: (65) 6592 7366
Email: daphne@conferences.com.sg

Full programme can also be found at: http://www.conferences.com.sg/ws-crisis10.htm

About Pacific Conferences

Pacific Conferences specialises in organising business conferences aimed at providing interactive, insightful information and analysis about issues facing businesses in Asia-Pacific. Our conferences are developed through thorough research and a deep understanding of the critical concerns facing industry professionals. They are addressed by experts and leaders who have deep knowledge and practical experiences in their respective areas.

More information may be found at www.conferences.com.sg

 

 

 

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July 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thomson Reuters Announces the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

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– New citation analyses reveal a who’s who of the most impactful scientific researchers

PHILADELPHIA, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today released its analysis announcing “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014,” listing the top researchers in science around the globe. Those named have earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among those most frequently cited by fellow researchers.

“Science and innovation are strong drivers of the future — and these people are making that future come to life,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “The global nature of the study highlights the countries, institutions and researchers on the cutting edge of science. It’s our mission at Thomson Reuters to support these individuals as they advance innovation globally.”

The report is based on two separate studies, both drawing on data and commentary from Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts via InCites™Essential Science IndicatorsSM, the world’s leading web-based research analytics platform. The analysts used a unique compilation of science performance metrics and scientific trend data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from the Web of Science™, the premier web-based platform for scientific and scholarly research.

The first analysis, an annual study performed by Thomson Reuters, spotlights the scientific community’s emerging trends and the innovators behind them by ranking the scientists, or hottest researchers, who recently published at least 15 papers with notably higher levels of citations. The 2014 list of the hottest researchers was identified by tabulating citations that were recorded during calendar year 2013 for papers published between 2011 and 2013.

The second, longer-range study updates the world’s most influential researchers listing, also known as the mostHighly Cited Researchers. Thomson Reuters collaborated with its valued partner, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to create the Highly Cited Researchers listing for 2014.

Thomson Reuters analysts assessed papers indexed between 2002 and 2012 in 21 broad fields of study. They tracked authors who published numerous articles that ranked among the top one percent of the most cited in their respective fields in the given year of publication. These documents represent research that the scientific community has judged to be the most significant and useful.

There are upwards of 3,200 researchers from around the world recognized in this study. This compilation attests to the power and scope of citations in determining influential research across disciplines. To learn more about the methodology behind the listing of Highly Cited Researchers, visit http://highlycited.com/.

“Among the unique strengths of the Web of Science is the comprehensive citation data that supports every indexed item,” says Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scientific and Scholarly Research. “Citations offer a direct testament to work that scientists themselves judge to be the most important to ongoing research. By analyzing these citation connections, one can identify the most impactful people, publications, programs, and more. The listings in Highly Cited Researchers truly reflect positive assessment by peers, and constitute a searchable database containing an elite selection of the world’s most influential scientific researchers.”

Visit ScienceWatch.com to download “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

Learn more about Highly Cited ResearchersWeb of ScienceEssential Science Indicators and InCites.

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June 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Posted in Education