Schmidt Vinotek Showcase Selection at The WineFamily Gathering 2015

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17th October 2015, Singapore – Schmidt Vinotek had made a strong statement to local wine connoisseurs that they are here to stay! As one of the world’s well-known wine distributor who majors in German Wines, Schmidt Vinotek recently entered Singapore market and created more options for wine fans in Singapore. The company also distributes Austria and Sweden wine alongside with hand-picked Italian and Hungarian wine offering the wine connoisseurs a pampered list of choices.

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Recently at The WineFamily Gathering 2015, held at Singapore Flyer, Singapore, Schmidt Vinotek showcased their selection at the event and had received excellent accolades from the attendees to the event. Attended mainly by wine connoisseurs, restaurant & hotel owners, celebrities and country ambassadors, the event also attracted many wine fans and tourists. It is no doubt the most visited wine table (Booth) at the event.

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The company is well established in Hong Kong being one of the most popular German Wine company with 3 upmarket outlets and the company is looking to duplicate the success here in Singapore. What came as a surprise was, there are far more German wine fans than expected. If you had not tasted German wine or had not sampled German wine for the last decade, it’s time to do soon. German wine today packs more flavor than what it was known before – raw and lacking of character. And trust us, you will be pleasantly surprised – by German Wine.

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Do keep yourself updated by Liking Schmidt Vinotek’s Facebook Page here.

And continue to be “Wein Surprised”!

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Ruder Finn Wins 2015 Gold PR Week Award for Greater China Consultancy of the Year‏

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Ruder Finn Wins 2015 Gold PR Week Award for Greater China Consultancy of the Year‏

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Photo: A Golden Victory: Ruder Finn China and Hong Teams Celebrating Winning PR Week’s 2015 Greater China Consultancy of the Year

25th June 2015, SHANGHAI, CHINA – Ruder Finn Asia(www.ruderfinnasia.com) won the PR Week Gold Award for Greater China PR Consultancy of the Year at the PR Week Awards Ceremony held in Hong Kong on 18 June, 2015. In a highly competitive category, which saw numerous major public relations firms submit entries, the judges recognised Ruder Finn’s work, people and performance in awarding Gold in the category. Ruder Finn also scored two Bronze Awards on the evening. In Singapore, Ruder Finn won Bronze for Media Relations Campaign of the Year for GrabTaxi “Rides Made Awesome” and in Guangzhou won Bronze for Best Use of Broadcast/Video for Cotton Council International for “‘Mian is’ Touch of Cotton, Touch of True Me”.

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Gary Scattergood, Editor of PR Week, said today, “This category saw every major international firm in China submit entries and we congratulate Ruder Finn Asia on their victory. The firm has had a good year and this performance was recognised by the judging panel formed of both consultancy and client-side representatives. We wish them all the best as PR Week’s Gold Winner of Greater China PR Consultancy for 2015.”

The PR Week Gold win marks another high point in a record-breaking year for Ruder Finn which saw the firm achieve five #1 market rankings in Greater China in the R3 Worldwide China PR Scope 2015 research (www.r3international.com). Ruder Finn was ranked by client-side marketers as the #1 PR firm in China across the priority business and performance categories of “Contribution to Business Growth”, “Client Performance”, “Market Insight”, “Breakthrough Thinking” and “Campaign Effectiveness” in the R3 Worldwide study. In addition to five #1 rankings and increasing client satisfaction scores, Ruder Finn China also showed financial, client, new business and operational success in 2014 with year-on-year revenues increasing by 10% and profits by 42%. Ruder Finn China today employs 250 people and the firm’s largest clients include Volkswagen Group China, Cartier, Sanofi, Michelin, Hermès, Longines, Omron, Bosch and British Columbia. A significant portfolio of new client wins has also driven business outperformance, including Alibaba, Shanghai Disney Resort, De Beers, Michael Kors, Richemont, Blancpain and Watches and Wonders.

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Elan Shou, SVP and Managing Director of Ruder Finn Greater China said today, “This is a wonderful result and it feels great to be the Gold Winner of PR Week’s 2015 Greater China PR Consultancy of the Year! This is a win for everybody — all of our team. Every day we strive to deliver great work, passion and commitment and this has now been recognised in these important industry Awards.”

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Photo: A Golden Victory: Ruder Finn China and Hong Teams Celebrating Winning PR Week’s 2015 Greater China Consultancy of the Year

Jean-Michel Dumont, Chairman of Ruder Finn Asia said today, “This is a huge win for us and marks an extraordinary journey building our Greater China business into a powerhouse of clients, talent, creativity and financial performance. We have built a business that can now be accurately defined as the Gold Standard for our industry in Greater China. The Award is a reflection of the outstanding work our China team does, day in, day out. Our people are constantly proving themselves and doing better and better work.”

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Kathy Bloomgarden, Global CEO of Ruder Finn, said, “Ruder Finn Asia has truly set the bar for PR performance in Greater China with unparalleled results in one of the world’s most important and dynamic markets. This incredible honor is a testament to our global commitment to progressing innovative communications in China, with the best creative ideas, superb client service and meaningful results — focused on truly making an impact for our clients.”

Ruder Finn Overview
Ruder Finn (www.ruderfinn.com) is a US$75 million global public relations consultancy, with dual headquarters in New York and Beijing and ten additional offices in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The firm closed 2014 with a 17% global revenue increase (24% in the US), its second consecutive year of double-digit growth with 86% of 2014 revenues from multinational clients. Founded in Asia-Pacific in 1989, Ruder Finn Asia has grown at an average of 25 per cent every year since 2000 and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. With close to 330 staff in Asia-Pacific, and 250 in China, the firm is represented across all other regional markets through a network of high quality affiliates. Delivering award-winning innovative, strategic public relations campaigns, Ruder Finn Asia’s key clients include Emirates, Jumeirah, Cartier, Volkswagen Group, Sanofi, Daiichi Sankyo, L’Oréal, Omron, Hermès, GSK, Cotton Inc, Bang & Olufsen, Michelin and leading brands from the Kering, LVMH and Richemont Groups.

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Ebizo Ichikawa XI Returns to Singapore

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Ebizo Ichikawa XI Returns to Singapore
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with Japan Theatre 2015 to Revive One of Kabuki‘s Greatest Plays‏

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23rd June 2015, Singapore – First performed in 1699, Uwanari  is one of the famed Kabuki Jūhachiban, a set of eighteen kabuki plays that epitomise the Ichikawa family’s acting style. Uwanari, meaning “second wife” or “jealousy”, is a torrid tale of jealousy, hate, and love, wherein a jilted wife revenges herself against her ex-husband and his new wife. Passions will flare and dark schemes will bloom in this riveting play.

Along with Uwanari, Ebizo Ichikawa XI will also be debuting a brand new piece in Singapore, Mimasu Kuruwa no Kasauri, a piece about an umbrella seller who charms passers-by with his fine wares and irresistable charisma. When confronted by ruffians who attempt to extort him, the umbrella seller reveals himself to be Ishikawa Goemon, Japan’s greatest thief and outlaw. In a dazzling display of athleticism, he soundly beats the thugs and is lauded as a hero by the entire district.

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This October, audiences will not only be amazed and delighted by one of Japan’s best living kabuki practitioners, but will also have the opportunity to witness kabuki history being made.

Tickets for Japan Theatre 2015 will go on sale on 11 July 2015 through Marina Bay Sands (marinabaysands.com/ticketing), for S$89, S$115, S$145, S$185 and S$350 (VIP).

Showtimes:

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17 October 2015 — Saturday

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18 October 2015 — Sunday

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About EMS Entertainment
EMS Entertainment is the leading global creator of high-quality interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions. For more than two decades EMS Entertainment has specialized on emotional brand building by transforming new and existing brands into immersive, educational, interactive and entertaining experiences that travel the world.

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SOPA 2015 Awards Finalists Announced

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SOPA 2015 Awards Finalists Announced
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Representing the Best Journalism in Asia for the 17th year

21st May 2015, HONG KONG, CHINA – The shortlisted finalists for SOPA 2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence were announced today. The SOPA Awards attracted a record number of entries region-wide, which were rigorously assessed by a panel of more than 100 judges from around the world, which included journalists, editors, and columnists from leading publications and notable academics from the media departments of prestigious universities. Winners will be announced on Wednesday evening 10 June, 2015 at the Gala Dinner to be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are stepping in the 17th year to honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of distinguished media practitioners. The awards have been widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry. The 18 award categories this year reflect Asia-Pacific’s vibrant editorial scene. Each category is divided into three groups according to the circulation, region of publication and language. In addition, thenew award categories added last year, including the “Excellence in Digital News”, will also continue in the SOPA 2015 Awards to reveal the influence of the increasingly digital-savvy publishing world.

Shortlist of finalists can be viewed on the following website:http://www.sopawards.com/awards/awards-finalists/.

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A seminar on Best Practices in Reporting in Asia featuring top journalists has been organized on the morning of the awards at JMSC, Hong Kong University. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize winning Keith Bradsher of the International New York Times, and distinguished writers and editors from The Wall Street Journal, Quartz and Commonwealth. Admission costs HKD$350; Students with valid ID costs HKD$50.  Afternoon media tours include presentations at Bloomberg and Google with limited spaces.  Register herehttp://www.sopawards.com/workshop-and-media-tours/  

The SOPA 2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence is supported by Invest Hong Kong (Platinum Sponsor) and Google (Silver Sponsor). K11 is the Supporting Sponsor. CatchOn is the public relations partner, and Media OutReach is the newswire partner.

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Tickets for the Awards presentation dinner are now available.  To reserve your tickets for the SOPA2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 10, 2015, please contact the SOPA Secretariat at Tel: +852 3589-9778 /mail@sopasia.com or visithttp://www.sopawards.com.

About SOPA
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to promote both local publishers and local representatives of foreign publishers in Asia, with a view to fostering better cooperation and understanding among members.

It is based in Hong Kong and represents international, regional and local media companies in Hong Kong and around Asia. SOPA is a not for profit organization. It hosts the prestigious annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence to set world-class benchmarks for journalism in Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia exists to promote excellence in journalism and best practices across all local and regional publishing platforms in Asia Pacific.

Distributed on behalf of The Society of Publishers in Asia by newswire partner Media OutReach.

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CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015

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12th May 2015, Hong Kong – CASBAA’s annual Satellite Industry Forum is once again being held in Singapore at the beginning of June. The conference explores the latest developments and issues affecting the satellite industry in the Asia Pacific. Taking place on June 1st at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 is a one day event that brings together industry experts to examine a variety of hot topics and to exchange and discuss information critical to the development of the communications sector and related services across the Asia-Pacific.

The conference continues to grow from strength to strength with an impressive lineup of speakers and a good mix of Asian and global players in attendance. Last year around one hundred companies were represented with almost half of delegates coming from the US and Europe – with most of the balance coming from Asia.

“Satellite services are instrumental in delivering television signals to the bulk of viewers across the region, and the satellite sector is an integral component of the multichannel TV industry in Asia.” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. “The annual CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum is an extremely important event in our calendar, a fact that is reflected by our very active Satellite Industry Committee, as well as by the number of satellite-related companies that are CASBAA members”.

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This year’s welcoming Keynote will be delivered by Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the ITU. “Zhao only took office in January this year so for many this will be the first opportunity for people to see him in this capacity”, said Kevin Jennings, Programme Director, CASBAA.

In addition, CASBAA announced that Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat is delivering the Industry Keynote. Spengler is a satellite and telecommunications industry veteran with experience in the media, broadband, government and internet sectors and is a driving force behind Intelsat’s next generation of satellite solutions.

The Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Myanmar, U Thaung Tin, will also speak at the Forum and discuss Myanmar’s plans to launch its own satellite and how a the role of a sovereign satellite will impact the country.

The theme for 2015 asks “Is The Satellite Game Changing?” in acknowledgement of the ever-evolving industry landscape. The agenda for this year’s forum will touch upon the challenges the industry is facing as the very definition of television changes to embrace new technologies, delivery methods and consumer habits.

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As well as speaking with game changers and new kids on the block, the forum will discuss whether high throughput satellites the answer to reducing costs for customers. Another panel session is provocatively titled “Staring the Future of TV in the Face – A Watershed for the Satellite Industry?”

The roster of speakers encompasses the whole value chain of the satellite industry including:

Mitsutoshi Akao, Exec Officer Space & Satellite Bus Group, SKY Perfect JSAT

PJ Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast

Terry Bleakley, Regional VP, Asia Pacific, Intelsat

Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT

Thomas Choi, CEO, ABS

Gregg Daffner, CEO, GapSat;

Gonzalo de Dios, Associate General Counsel, Intelsat

Michel de Rosen, CEO, Eutelsat

Dr. Ali Ebadi, SVP, Space Systems Development, MEASAT

Vern Fotheringham, CEO, LeoSat

Yvon Henri, Chief, Space Services Department, ITU

Huang Baozhong, EVP, APT Satellite

Erwin Hudson, Programme Manager, ViaSat

Ferdinand Kayser, CCO, SES

Ethan Lavan, Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat,

Deepak Mathur, SVP Commercial, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, SES

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Barry Matsumori, SVP, Commercial Sales & Business Development, SpaceX

Deepakjit Singh, MD, Asia, Encompass Digital Media

Soo Yew Weng, MD, Globecast Asia

Dave Ulmer, SVP& GM Asia, SeaChange International

Bill Wade, President & CEO, AsiaSat

Plus many others

The CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2015 also recognizes the generous support of the sponsors for this year’s event:

ABS, AsiaSat, Boeing, Eutelsat, Intelsat, JSat, Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Measat, SES, SSL, and Telstra.

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.casbaa.com/events/events-calendar/details/508-casbaa-satellite-industry-forum-2015

About CASBAA:
CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising.

To view the full list of CASBAA members please visit here.

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OTT Offers Huge Potential; Piracy Still a Hindrance – CASBAA OTT Summit 2015

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OTT Offers Huge Potential; Piracy Still a Hindrance – CASBAA OTT Summit 2015

9th March 2015, Hong Kong/ Singapore – CASBAA, the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery throughout the Asia-Pacific, recently concluded its OTT Summit 2015 on Tuesday, March 3 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

“Attracting over 200 delegates, speakers, and media, the second edition of CASBAA’s OTT Summit was another successful forum providing essential information to help better understand how over-the-top television services can best fit into our current broadcasting environment,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. “The Asia Pacific region is still primarily driven by the traditional linear TV market but, as our speakers have detailed today, there is tremendous business potential in tapping into OTT.”

Christine Fellowes, Board Member Responsible, CASBAA OTT & Connected Media Group, and MD Asia Pacific, Universal Networks International, started off the day by painting a positive outlook for OTT: “Currently fixed broadband in Asia Pacific is at 35% household penetration. Mobile broadband subs powered by 3 and 4G networks are at 866 million today and will expand to reach almost two billion subs in just five years. While linear television will remain the driving force for some time, OTT is currently a US$3 billion industry in Asia Pacific and forecast to be $8 billion by 2020.”

Further reinforcing the enormous potential that OTT services hold for the region, Wangxing Zhao, Associate Research Analyst, SNL Kagan said that “We see OTT as much more of an opportunity than a threat for all players in the TV industry. OTT is being leveraged by free broadcasters, pay-TV providers and pay-TV platforms too but discrepancies between markets in the Asia-Pacific region are phenomenal and, as a result, OTT in some markets will have a much longer trajectory than in more developed markets.”

Zhao added: “Netflix has proven that OTT is more about getting new subscribers for the TV industry, rather than cannibalizing existing ones.”

But, despite the rosy picture, other speakers pointed out hurdles that could hinder the progress of OTT in the region.

“We have a huge problem when it comes to OTT monetization, where piracy is fast becoming the de facto viewing habit of a full generation of users,” said Matt Pollins, Media Lawyer, Olswang Asia. “Evidence confirms that the main reason people pirate is because it is free and I don’t think the industry alone can remedy this simply by putting more content options out there, without substantial help from the authorities in more actively enforcing copyright.”

“In many Asian markets there are services flagrantly infringing copyright in broad daylight without any real risk of enforcement,” Pollins warned.

Net neutrality, an issue topical in the United States presently, was also highlighted as a possible issue for the Asia Pacific in the future.

Said James Miner, CEO, Miner Labs: “Nobody has mentioned the words ‘net neutrality’, but we have to be concerned about who is going to finance the networks needed to provide bandwidth needed for online video….Netflix and YouTube are the poster children for overconsumption.”

However, what was clear after the day’s sessions was that old business models would not be sufficient in the digital age.

“Change is the thing that will define this industry, and those who can manage that best will succeed,” said David Habben, Chief Media Strategist, Akamai Technologies.

Supporting the event, corporate partners for the CASBAA OTT Summit 2015 included Presenting Sponsor Brightcove, Official Interactive Q&A Partner Ooyala and Sponsors Accedo, Akamai, Irdeto and Letv.

 

About CASBAA
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Established in 1991, CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across a variety of geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA and its members reach over 500 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. The CASBAA mission is to promote the growth of multichannel TV and video content via industry information, networking exchanges and events while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members please visit here.

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IAS career fair draws more crowds in its second year

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IAS career fair draws more crowds in its second year

9th February 2015, Singapore – Into its second year the IAS (Institute of Advertising Singapore) career fair attracted over 600 undergraduates eager to explore a career in the marketing communications and advertising industry.

Following the success of the first IAS career fair in 2014, students this year were again greeted by agencies and organisations driving awareness of the industry as they seek the best talent in Singapore.

The fair provided students from most tertiary institutions that included NTU, NUS, SIM, SMU, Ngee Ann Poly, Republic Poly, Murdoch, MDIS and La Salle, an opportunity to meet top creative talent, see examples of outstanding work and get their questions about the industry answered.

The fair was held at Red Dot Design Museum on Thursday night with presence from 17 top marketing communications industry businesses including Bates CHI, BBDO, BBH, DDB, Grey, Havas Media, JWT, Leo Burnett, Lowe & Partner, McCann, Ogilvy, Publicis, Sapient Nitro, TBWA, VML Qais and Zenithoptimedia.

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Goh Shu Fen, President of IAS said:

“Judging from the diverse student turn out, from Engineering to Economics and Digital Entertainment, IAS efforts to help the marcoms sector attract talent from a larger pool has been very successful. IAS Career Fair has yet again proven to be an excellent exchange and education platform connecting industry veterans and graduates.”

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John Hadfield, Chair of the Careers Fair, and CEO of BBH Asia Pacific added:

“The industry relies on getting more than its fair share of the very best graduates. As such, an event such as this acts as a great shop window for the companies involved and the industry as a whole.”

Undergraduate Weifang Lam, 22 summed up the event: “Often as students we don’t get to experience what actually goes on in advertising or what kind of agencies are out there but the career fair gives us jobseekers a great overview on what we can expect.”

“The event was well-organized. Agency personalities were apparent. We spoke to some of the agency people and gained a greater insight into the marcomms industry.” – Roger Tan, 23 an undergraduate from NTU added.

About IAS
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Launched in 1990, the IAS (Institute of Advertising, Singapore) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents all parties in the marketing communications industry including marketing companies, media owners and their agencies. Its remit is to help the marketing communications industry in Singapore shape its future in a global leadership role. The IAS does this by focusing on the development of its key asset, talent. As businesses that are centered on people and ideas, the attraction, development and the retention of talent is, without doubt, the number one priority for the industry.

The IAS organises educational events and programs, celebrates best practice (through award shows – e.g. Effies, APPIES, Hall of Fame Awards) and facilitates the exchange of information and ideas.

For further information about the career fair, please visit http://www.ias.org.sg or call the IAS office at 6220 8382.

 

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