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Club Med Launches Super Brand Day With Fliggy To Highlight Transformative Holidays

Enjoy Premium All-Inclusive Holiday at Club Med, Bring Home More Than Just Memories SANYA, CHINA - Media OutReach - April 19, 2019 - Club Med has launched Super Brand Day with Fliggy, a renowned Chinese online travel platform under the Alibaba brand, making it even easier for Chinese consumers to enjoy all-inclusive, hassle-free holidays at Club Med resorts and bring home more than just memories. With the release of <Parent-Child Travel Tips>, the Super Brand Day campaign marks the official announcement of Club Med's upgraded brand concept -- Bring Home More Than Just Memories - which highlights the power of transformative family holidays in Club Med resorts. The brand promotion will start officially on April 18 on Fliggy and last for two days.   Club Med and Fliggy will launch the Super Brand Day at Club Med's beautiful resort in Sanya, Hainan, while further demonstrating Club Med's new upgrade to its brand image and key concept. By discussing the trending topic of "Dad Takes Care of the Kids" and the "Role that Dad Plays in a Family", and giving feasible solutions, the <Parent-Child Travel Tips> helps provide tangible meaning to Club Med's new brand concept of "Transformative Holidays". Club Med resorts will now focus on offering customers a holiday experience that goes beyond generating long-lasting memories, and aims to enrich guests with transformative experiences that will permeate into their day-to-day lives.   Club Med Greater China CEO, Gino (Right) and General Manager of International Business at Fliggy, GUO (Left)   Under the themes of confidence, togetherness, new tastes, new friends and independence, the experiences to be had at Club Med will allow guests to discover a different self, strengthen family bonds, indulge in the realm of senses, make new friends, learn to think independently and embrace a brand new self after the holiday.   Driven by its philosophy that the ......read more

‘Iron Lady’ Cheryl Tay to Represent Singapore at Volvic® Volcanic Experience Challenge

#FINDYOURVOLCANO SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 April 2019 - On the 31st of May this year, local Ironman triathlete and founder of Rock The Naked Truth, Cheryl Tay, will be participating in the annual Volvic® Volcanic Experience (VVX) 25km trail running event in France, alongside her other Volvican teammates led by renowned Asian celebrity You Sheng, VVX Team Leader and Volvic® Asia Brand Ambassador; and Leanne Szeto, founder of TriP Triathlon Coaching. In encouraging everyone to unleash their inner potential and go beyond their comfort zones to achieve their goals, Volvic®'s #FindYourVolcano campaign is back for its second instalment. The campaign will once again trace the steps of actor You Sheng who undertook the grueling VVX challenge last year, and will now lead the team in conquering the 25km trail running event together. Organised by the Volvic® Volcanic association, the trail running event is held within a UNESCO World Heritage natural site, starting from the heart of the the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park near the Volvic® source. The run will take participants on a 25km long journey through the Chaîne des Puys/Faille de Limagne area and will include a new feature this year, with part of the trail passing through two active volcanic rock quarries. Cheryl Tay, who is eagerly looking forward to the trail running event, said: "I've trained for and participated in several endurance races before, but VVX is going to be an entirely new challenge for me especially with the steep terrains of the volcanic trail! While I may be new to trail running, I am determined and inspired to push beyond my limits to conquer this new frontier!"Franck Escudier, EVI Marketing Director said, "At Volvic®, we believe there's a volcano inside everyone and its power is unimaginable. With the latest instalment of our #FindYourVolcano campaign, we are setting out to inspire others to tap into this inner strength and push beyond their limits. No matter your age ......read more

The time for Legacy Planning is now! Etiqa launches Premier for High Net Worth Individuals

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 April 2019 - Etiqa Insurance Singapore has introduced a new campaign for its Premier suite of legacy planning solutions for high-net-worth individuals. This omni-channel launch campaign takes an amusing look at the grave topic of bequeathing one's wealth upon passing on.   "Legacy Planning is an important consideration when developing a sound financial strategy. However, most people don't think about what they'd like to leave behind, or how they can do it effectively" explains Simon Ashton, Executive Vice President and Head, Partnerships Distribution at Etiqa Singapore. "Our ad campaign highlights the unfortunate outcomes of not having appropriate succession plans in place using a more light-hearted approach than is normally seen for this important subject."   A series of online videos feature people bickering intensely in various scenarios, such as a family squabbling in their living room and key business leaders arguing in the board room after an individual has passed on. The deceased person amazingly comes to life and expresses regret of not planning earlier or leaving a proper legacy, but it's too late.   "There never seems to be a good time to think about what life will be like for those closest to you when you're no longer around. Many people underestimate just how complicated their finances can be for their loved ones to deal with - and distribute as per their wishes - after they're gone. With Premier by Etiqa, you can now plan ahead to protect your business, provide a fair and equitable distribution of wealth to loved ones and create a meaningful legacy for the next generation," says Ashton.   The integrated campaign breaks mid-April across print, digital, out-of-home and free-to-air TV. A new website offers detailed illustrations of the various legacy planning solutions available. This will be followed by personalised marketing initiatives and events targeted at high-net-worth individuals. &nbs ......read more

Grand Opening of China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre Hong Kong Open Lab at Hong Kong Science Park

Setting up 28GHz Base Station in Causeway Bay for 5G commercialization HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 18 April 2019 - The spectrum licenses in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands will be released soon, and Hong Kong is entering a new era of 5G. Today, China Mobile Hong Kong relocated the China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre "Hong Kong Open Lab" from Kwai Chung to Hong Kong Science Park to accelerate the development of the 5G ecosystem, catering to the needs of local business partners. China Mobile Hong Kong also announced that a 26 / 28GHz base station will be installed in Causeway Bay by the end of April and will continue to proactively advance the development of the 5G network.(from left to right) Dr. Martin Szeto, Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited ; Mr. Sean Lee, Director & Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile Hong Kong Limited; and  Mr. Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks CorporationHigh-res images: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GQu_f87VSfQLAdI8AFwgqcT4pSPYrDGW The 5G Innovation Centre was founded by China Mobile Communications Corporation in February 2016. Hong Kong Open Lab has proactively initiated collaborations with telecom and vertical industry partners to echo the Hong Kong Government's initiative in promoting research and innovation in technological development to build a 5G cross-industry social integration ecosystem since its opening in March 2018.  After the relocation to Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong Open Lab will further carry out the "5G+ Project" to complement the existing 4G network with 5G infrastructure; to promote application of 5G technologies in various scopes; and to develop more comprehensive 5G ecosystems in developing a diversified economy and improving the quality of life. Leveraging its geographical advantages, the new Hong Kong Open Lab is ideally situated much closer t ......read more

Uni-Bio Group (HK690)’s Uni-PTH (Teriparatide) High-Precision Industrialization Project Was Successfully Approved

Focus on the Transformation of Major Frontier Achievements Targeting the Tens of Billions Osteoporosis Market HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 18 April 2019 - A fully integrated biopharmaceutical company -- Uni-Bio Science Group Limited ("Uni-Bio Science", together with its subsidiaries, referred to as the "Group"; Stock code: 0690.HK), is pleased to announce that a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, Beijing Genetech Pharmaceutical Co., ("Beijing Genetech Pharm"), its high-precision industrialization project of rhPTH1-34 for injection has been successful certified and approved by Zhongguancun Science Park Management Committee ("the Committee"), which has undertaken the establishment and declaration of major frontier original technological achievements transformation and industrialization projects, according to The Announcement on High-precision Industrial Cultivation Project in Zhongguancun Demonstration Zone Park (2nd batch) in 2018. After the project was launched, the first batch of government support funds were received in April 2019. Based on The Circular on the Collection of high-precision Industry Cultivation Projects in Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone Branches in 2018 issued by the Committee in May 2018, the declaring units selected for this project can receive financial support with a total amount of not more than 10 million yuan, and can support for up to three consecutive years. http://zgcgw.beijing.gov.cn/zgc/zwgk/tzgg/180307/index.html The company has signed with the Committee the Agreement of Support Fund Use for Zone Major Frontier Original Technical Achievements Transformation and Industrialization Project in Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration, and will accept the phased supervision and performance assessment by the Committee for the project in strict accordance with the provisions of the agreement. The special Cultivation Project is derived from the Sever ......read more

Alsid raises a record sum of €13 million in investments to finance their global market expansion plans

Alsid has achieved this European record for investment in the cybersecurity market thanks to Idinvest Partners with the participation of its long-standing investors: 360 Capital Partners and Axeleo Capital. PARIS, FRANCE - Media OutReach - 18 April 2019 - Alsid, the pioneering Active Directory protection solution provider announces a Series A funding record of €13 million ($15 million) in investment led by Idinvest Partners, the leading European capital-investment company. This capital will be used to continue and accelerate the international success they have already achieved in France and Hong Kong.   Alsid was founded in 2016 by Emmanuel Gras and Luc Delsalle, both experts at the ANSSI (NCSC -- France's National Cyber Security Center). The company rapidly developed its own revolutionary approach to Active Directory security, a vital infrastructure for the security and business continuity of enterprises. Thanks to their proven platform, Alsid achieved more than 500% growth in 2018, doubled its client portfolio, and has earned the trust and loyalty of a large number of prestigious key accounts such as Lagardčre, Groupe Accor, Orange, Saint-Gobain, Sanofi, Sodexo Unibail-Roadmco, VINCI Energies, and HKBN in Hong Kong.   Active Directory is the cornerstone of major modern business IT infrastructures. This software is used by 95% of all businesses with more than 1000 employees, and is relied upon to organise user access rights to applications and network and data sharing activities. As a result, Active Directory has become a priority target for cybercriminals. Once they gain control of it, they can grant themselves access to all their victims' assets.   In the light of this, securing Active Directory has become a universal requirement and now represents a global market worth tens of billions of euros. Alsid has naturally become a leader in this market thanks to their significant technological advances and their proven larg ......read more

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Hong Kong Mediation Centre and International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute co-host city’s first International Dispute Resolution Conference 2019

Experts in conflict resolution gathered to promote a “New Era of Global Collaboration” HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Hong Kong Mediation Centre played host to the city's first International Dispute Resolution Conference 2019 -- a vital global summit co-hosted alongside the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute (IDRRMI), and in collaboration with the Department of Justice of HKSAR Government ("DoJ"). This event was funded by the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme of the Government of the HKSAR.   More than 25 international and regional dispute resolution experts, practitioners, academics, judges and senior government officials delivered presentations and participated in panel talks during the inaugural event, which took place on April 17.   Hong Kong Mediation Centre welcomed more than 850 participants to learn more about the emerging risks, trends and solutions for commercial, trading and investment disputes among states, organisations, businesses and individuals.   "Globalization beings with rapid increases in trading and investment collaborations, which carry the inevitable risk of creating conflict," said Dr Francis Law, President of Hong Kong Mediation Centre, and Chairman of IDRRMI. "As a leading international dispute resolution centre and a hub for global business and investment, Hong Kong has an invaluable role to play in serving as a cross-border risk management, deal-making and disputes resolution services centre in the Greater Bay Area, Belt and Road Countries and worldwide.    "That was why the decision was made jointly by the UN, IDRRMI and Hong Kong Mediation Centre to work together in organising this first-of-a-kind conference in Hong Kong."   The Secretary of UNCITRAL, and Director of the Division on International Trade Law in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations ......read more

Honeywell Names Brian Davis as President of ASEAN

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - April 17, 2019 - Honeywell, (NYSE:HON), a Fortune 100 diversified global technology and manufacturing leader, today announced the appointment of Brian Davis as the new President of Honeywell ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), succeeding Briand Greer who will be retiring in June this year. Brian Davis - President of Honeywell ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation)   Charged with overseeing business across six main ASEAN markets -- Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam -- Davis will play a critical role in driving Honeywell's growth in the region.   Davis joined Honeywell in September 2006, holding multiple senior leadership roles, including most recently, Vice President of Asia Pacific (APAC), Commercial Aviation, under Honeywell's Aerospace strategic business group. He also held the position of Aerospace leader for Honeywell International Sdn Bhd (HISB), the first multi-national company to have joined the Malaysian government's Principal Hub Initiative in 2015.   A seasoned executive with more than 20 years' experience in the airlines industry, Davis served in numerous leadership and management positions at Mesa Air Group, US Airways, Pro Air Inc., and United Airlines. Under his strong leadership, Honeywell's APAC Commercial Aviation business demonstrated consistent growth while supporting a broad network of aviation and aerospace partners, customers and key stakeholders. Under Davis, Honeywell recently established its Aerospace aftermarket headquarters in Malaysia, with key decision-making level executives in place to accelerate response time to customers.   "Macro trends such as rapid urbanization, increased infrastructure, improved well-being of people and communities, improved industrial production and manufacturing are providing technology-driven companies such as Honeywell with the opportunity to drive smarter and more sustainable growth th ......read more

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Disaster Response Team ends first deployment in Africa having processed nearly 800 tonnes of cargo

Three teams of 12 volunteers processed cargo from approximately 50 aircraft over 20 days at Beira Airport to support relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Idai   BONN, GERMANY - Media OutReach - April 17, 2019 - Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world's leading mail and logistics services provider, has ended its first Disaster Response Team (DRT) deployment in Africa. On Friday April 12, 2019 the last DRT members moved out of Beira, where cyclone Idai the month before damaged over 700,000 hectares of crops, and destroyed close to 200,000 homes.[1] The team, in its time there, moved nearly 800 tonnes of incoming humanitarian aid from approximately 50 aircraft for further distribution to those displaced and affected by this natural disaster.Member of DRT drives a forklift at Beira Airport to support relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Idai.Members of DRT work to offload supplies at Beira Airport to support relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Idai.   DPDHL Group's DRT was deployed at Beira Airport between March 24 and April 12, 2019 at the request of the United Nations. 12 DHL volunteers from Mozambique, South Africa and United Arab Emirates worked in rotation across three teams. Over the course of nearly three weeks, the volunteers handled incoming relief goods and coordinated incoming humanitarian aid for the United Nations and international relief organizations.   Chris Weeks, Director for Humanitarian Affairs at Deutsche Post DHL Group who headed up the deployment said, "This particular deployment was groundbreaking for us in that it was our first mission to Africa. The challenges however were familiar and within the first few days of arriving the DRT firmly established its coordination expertise in the supply chain of incoming humanitarian aid." He continued, "All too often the sudden influx of relief aid to an airport creates bottlenecks and aid is unable to get out in a timely manner. This was precisely the scenar ......read more

FrieslandCampina Hong Kong Received the “HKQAA CSR Advocate Mark” for Three Consecutive Years

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - April 17, 2019 - FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) Limited (FCHK), a subsidiary of Royal FrieslandCampina, is committed to nourishing the lives of Hong Kong people with its full range of high quality and nutritious dairy products for all ages. FCHK is honoured to be awarded the 'HKQAA CSR Advocate Mark' by Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency ("HKQAA") for 3 consecutive years, recognising its immense efforts and outstanding contributions in corporate social responsibility.   FrieslandCampina Hong Kong received the 'HKQAA CSR Advocate Mark' for 3 consecutive years in recognition of its full commitment and dedication in CSR practices. The HKQAA CSR Advocate Index is a credible independent audit scheme for FCHK to conduct voluntary benchmarking to measure the maturity level of its practices.  Among the professional audit designed with reference to the ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility, FCHK is proud to receive the recognition from HKQAA of its outstanding CSR performance across seven core subjects -- 'organisational governance', 'human rights', 'labour practices', 'environment', 'fair operating practices', 'consumer issues', and 'community involvement and development' through the Index. This year, FCHK has hit full score in three aspects, "human rights", "labour practices" as well as "community involvement and development", and has yielded an overall average score of 4.64 out of 5.    Ms. Helena He, Managing Director of FrieslandCampina Hong Kong, commented on the award, 'We are honoured to be awarded "HKQAA CSR Advocate Mark" again this year, which recognises our commitment and dedication in CSR practices. In FrieslandCampina Hong Kong, we embrace our responsibilities to create a favourable business environment for sustainable development by implementing CSR practices internally with respect to corporate governance as well as people and business strategies, and extending influence to ......read more

Total is Title Sponsor of BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2019

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Total today announced its sponsorship of the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, in celebration of its fifth year of partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in Asia. Having inaugurated its partnership with BWF in 2015, the sponsorship reinforced Total's continued support to badminton, and renewed its long-standing partnership with BWF, the sport's international governing body. Total today announced its sponsorship of the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, in celebration of its fifth year of partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in Asia. From left to right: Christine Richard and Christian Cabrol from Total, Poul-Erik Hřyer and Thomas Lund from the BWF   The next BWF Para-Badminton World Championships, which will take place in Basel, Switzerland on 21 -- 25 August 2019, will see Total coming on board as Title Sponsor. This is in addition to Total's ongoing role as the Title Sponsor for the BWF major events, which includes the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cups, TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup and TOTAL BWF World Championships; and the Official Energy Partner for all HSBC BWF World Tours.   "Total is proud to strengthen our support and association with Badminton -- one of Asia's most popular sports. Our partnership with BWF, over the last five years, has created a lasting brand impact in terms of brand awareness and engagement with stakeholders. With 38 tournaments played in 15 key countries across Asia, and with over 600 million potential households reach globally every year, we are looking forward to 53 more tournaments up to 2021," said Christian Cabrol, President and CEO of Total Oil Asia Pacific. "Through our sponsorship of the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships and to make the badminton sport accessible to all, Total firmly believes in promoting diversity and inclusion thereby creating equal opportunities for all to work together for a shared future." ......read more

Long Well Group: Singapore Apex Court Rejects Commerzbank Asset Management Asia Ltd. Appeal

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Long Well Group Ltd., a privately-held conglomerate with wide ranging business interests, said today that the Singapore Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal by Commerzbank Asset Management Asia Ltd. and upheld the lower court's finding that it had breached agreements entered into with Long Well Group Ltd and a related entity.   In reaching its conclusion, the Court of Appeal noted that Commerzbank Asset Management Asia had failed to show that it had transferred shares to the plaintiffs, which had been paid for.   The latest decision by the Court of Appeal signifies a final closure to this long-standing legal suit, which commenced in 2012. There is no longer any legal recourse by Commerzbank Asset Management Asia Ltd. to dispute liability and it owes a judgment debt of $41 million to the Long Well Group (and its related entity).   A statement from the Long Well litigation team said: "Long Well is pleased with its success at the trial and the appeal. Our clients truly believed in the investment opportunity from the outset. Hence, the finality of the successful appeal has come as a relief. We have been instructed to now take the necessary legal steps to enforce the judgment debt owing by Commerzbank Asset Management Asia Ltd."   Background of Long Well Group vs Commerzbank Suit   The plaintiffs in this case are Long Well Group and its related entities, which are privately held with business interests in energy, construction and property in Southeast Asia.   The defendants are German-headquartered Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, which owns Commerz Asset Management Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., which in turn owns Commerzbank Asset Management Asia. The latter remains a "live" company.   This case dates back to October 2005 when one of the defendants, a Commerz fund, and Indonesia's PT Pertamina successfully bid for and secured oil and gas concessions in Liby ......read more

Artesyn Announces New Four-Slot Case and Hold-up Module for Second Generation MicroMP Series Configurable AC-DC Power Supplies

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the latest four-slot case and a new hold-up module for its second generation MicroMP (µMP) series configurable AC-DC power supplies. Designated µMP09, the new enclosure supports a maximum power output of 550 watts at 85-180 Vac and 1100 watts and 80-263 Vac. The new hold-up module is designed for high-reliability applications and enables the supply to continue providing power for a period of time if the input power is interrupted. µMP09 Case Measuring just 256.9 x 88.9 x 40.0 mm (10.11 x 3.5 x 1.57 inches) the µMP09 case can be configured using Artesyn's world-class family of highly efficient, digitally controlled power modules certified to service a diverse range of applications including industrial, medical, test and measurement, telecoms, process control and military and aerospace systems. Designed to ensure high efficiency and reliability -- even in extreme environmental conditions -- the µMP09 is rated for performance at temperatures from -40 to 70 degrees Celsius. It can withstand a shock of more than 50 G and meets the MIL-STD-810G specification for vibration. The calculated mean time between failures is more than 350,000 hours at full load. Conformal coating is also available as an option. The power supply is fully approved to the third edition of the EN60601-1 and UL ES60601-1 medical safety standards and with 2X Means of Patient Protection (2XMOPP), it can be used in non-patient contact and non-patient critical equipment. Hold Up Module The new hold-up module for Artesyn's µMP systems is designed to maintain electronic system operation during extended input bus drop-out scenarios. This can be important in industrial, military and aerospace applications. The module is designed to enable compliance with the SEMI F47 specification, an industry standard for voltage sag immunity, which says that industrial equipment must tolera ......read more

Vetter’s Skokie Facility Expansion nears Completion

Facility growth is necessary to help meet customer demands and new product requirements Demonstration of consistent strategy to stay at the forefront in the marketExpansions will help meet an increase in customer projects A second extension is in the final planning stage SKOKIE, USA and RAVENSBURG, GERMANY - Media OutReach - April 17, 2019 - Vetter, a global operating Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) announced today that a significant level of expansion activities are nearing completion at its US clinical manufacturing facility located at the Illinois Science & Technology Park in suburban Chicago. The ongoing growth of the facility will help satisfy existing and ever-increasing future customer requirements as well enable meet the complex needs of newer drug molecules like peptides or antibodies, many which need refrigeration or freezing. New offices with 45 work stations, conference rooms and an archive room are also included. To support the increase in customer projects, a permanent second work shift will be added in Visual Inspection over the next months. A second shift in Quality Oversight is also planned. "This variety of activities is a further proof point of Vetter's consistent strategic approach to stay ahead of the market by focusing on the important service needs of our customers during their drug development journey; promptness; flexibility; high yield of their valuable API and, of course high quality," explains Dr. Claus Feussner, Senior Vice President of Vetter Development Service.      Inside the new freezer farm at Vetter's US Development Service site.Picture source: Vetter Pharma International GmbH    Since beginning full operations in late 2011, Vetter's US early-stage development site has been expanding to help meet growing customer demands. As recently as 2016, the site expanded its storage capacity by 150 percent to 3,700 sq. ft. With the new additions, most of whic ......read more

South China’s small businesses leading Asia Pacific in innovation and technology

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Small businesses in South China generally experienced positive business conditions in 2018, with small businesses from Guangzhou being the most likely from Mainland China to state that they grew, according to a survey conducted by CPA Australia, one of the world's largest accounting bodies. Mr William Huang, President of CPA Australia South China Committee, introduces the findings of Asia Pacific Small Business Survey 2018These positive conditions are expected to continue in 2019 with Guangzhou's small businesses also being the most likely from Mainland China to expect to grow. This reflects the resilience and capability of South China's small business sector in the face of a potentially uncertain and challenging year. Key to this is the very strong focus on innovation and technology by small businesses from Guangzhou and Shenzhen -- with the survey results showing that small businesses in those cities not only leading the rest of Mainland China in the use of many technologies, but also leading small businesses from the Asia Pacific. Further, the survey results also show a clear link between innovation and technology, and strong business growth. The findings from CPA Australia's 10th annual Asia-Pacific Small Business Survey, follow extensive surveying of more than 3,600 small business operators in ten markets, including Australia, mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. With 77 per cent reporting that their business grew in 2018 and 46 per cent increasing the size of their workforce, Guangzhou's small businesses experienced the most positive conditions in Mainland China among the surveyed cities. The positive sentiment in Guangzhou is likely to continue, with nearly 80 per cent of small businesses expecting their business to grow in 2019 and over half expecting to increase their headcount. Mr William Huang, President of CPA Australia South China Committee said that under ......read more

Singapore Airlines Partners with Adyen To Speed Digital Payment Journeys

Customers can look forward to a more seamless payment experience on the Singapore Airlines website and app SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 April 2019 - Singapore Airlines has partnered with Adyen, the payments platform of choice for many of the world's leading companies, to ensure a frictionless payments experience for customers when they book online or in-app. Working with Adyen, Singapore Airlines has enjoyed an increase in authorization rates, flexibility on fraud risk management and richer data insights, resulting in a more seamless payment experience for its customers across the globe.   In line with Singapore Airlines' vision to be the world's leading digital airline, the partnership will center on Adyen's solutions to optimize the payments process. This includes the use of Adyen's direct credit card acquiring capabilities which eliminates the need to run payments across multiple third-party platforms, increasing Singapore Airlines' already healthy payment authorization rate by leveraging Adyen's RevenueAccelerate.   Singapore Airlines can identify legitimate customers as the solution taps on Adyen's global, cross-industry data network to block fraudulent transactions, leaving the genuine travelers unhindered. This unlocks more revenue for Singapore Airlines and creates a frictionless experience for customers. "For Singapore Airlines, best-in-class customer service begins with the booking," said Warren Hayashi, President of Adyen, Asia-Pacific. "At Adyen, we have seen that payments data can be the jet fuel that powers global expansion for airlines.  Payments data remains a valuable resource for companies who seek to understand their customers better and improve revenue. We are pleased to partner with Singapore Airlines to power seamless payments experience for travelers regardless of location, device or payment method."    For more information, please visit www.adyen.com.About AdyenAdyen (AMS: ADYEN) ......read more

Fourth Internet Economy Summit attracts around 3,ooo attendance

Speakers from WeLab, ZhongAn, StanChart and Bank of China (Hong Kong) discussed the impact and advantages of virtual banking at the FinTech Forum HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 April 2019  - The fourth Internet Economy Summit (IES) attracted around 3,000 attendance from industry players, entrepreneurs and investors over two days in Hong Kong to explore the potential of innovative technologies and the latest development of the digital economy.   The FinTech Forum, titled "The New Era of Finance Redefined", took place this morning. The fruitful panel discussions explored what the future holds for the banking and insurance sectors with the arrival of virtual banks and digital insurers; and what disruptive changes emerging technologies such as InsurTech and -smart contracts with Blockchain might bring in the future. Mr Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and Dr Lee George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport, officiated the opening.   "Like the past three events, this year's summit is packed with intelligence and insight from an international gathering of expert speakers, who, like myself, have faith in the promise of the digital economy. As one of the world's leading international financial centres, Hong Kong is blessed with a strategic location, the 'one country, two systems' unique arrangement and ever-growing economic collaboration with the Mainland of China," said Mr Chan during his opening address.   "Moreover, Hong Kong has a remarkably enabling environment for the development of FinTech. After all, we boast a highly efficient infrastructure in information and communications technology, transparent and reassuring financial regulation, the free flow of capital, talent and information, the rule of law underpinned by independent judiciary, and a government committed to a FinTech future," he continued.   Dr Lee George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport, said: "As the government contin ......read more

Erbil and Sulaymaniyah International Airports set up their disaster preparedness levels with help from Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP

ERBIL, IRAQ - Media OutReach - 16 April 2019 - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and DPDHL, in partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCCC), is conducting a 'Get Airports Ready for Disaster' (GARD) workshop in Iraq from April 14 to 18, 2019 to prepare airport personnel for post-disaster logistics situations. The five-day workshop will provide training to a mixed group of thirty (30) airport staff as well as employees from relevant government agencies, at Erbil International Airport. This is the first time a GARD workshop is held in Iraq.  (L to R) Chris Weeks, Vice President, Humanitarian Services, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Vakhtang Svanidze, Deputy Country Director- Operations, Hoshang Mohammed, Director General JCC and Kawa Aziz, Deputy Director General EIA at the 'Get Airports Ready for Disaster' (GARD) workshop in Iraq. Since 2009 nearly 50 GARD workshops have been held in 24 countries, and nearly 1,160 attendees trained.   Iraq, in addition to security issues, faces multiple threats from natural disasters due to its varied climate, including drought and desertification, floods, sandstorms, and earthquakes. Along its border with Iran, where the Eurasian and Arabian tectonic plates meet, earthquakes occur frequently. In November 2017, a huge earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude hit this area. It was the largest ever recorded in this region and considered the deadliest quake in the world that year.   "As a frequent responder to help after natural disasters, we at DPDHL see it over and over again -- airports quickly get overwhelmed by the chaos of incoming relief aid, UN and NGO personnel, military organizations and the crowds of people trying to leave. Add to this the fact that humanitarian aid sometimes arrives faster than the airport can organize for it to get out, and you get a massive bottleneck in the flow of relief logistics. Timing is critical du ......read more

TOZ debuts one-stop cybersecurity risk assessment + insurance services

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 April 2019 - TOZ, Hong Kong's first one-stop cybersecurity and insurance service provider, officially launches its services today. With Hong Kong becoming a frequent target for cyber-crimes, TOZ aims to provide its comprehensive solutions to several target groups, including licensed financial companies, online businesses, digital assets, critical infrastructures and NGOs.   Over the past three years, the Hong Kong public has become more cognizant about cybersecurity risk, as cyber-crime becomes more frequent. According to the SCMP, there has been more than 9,000 cyber-crime in 2018 alone, accounting for financial losses of HK$2.2 billion. Another survey conducted by a major insurer indicates that 70 percent of small-medium enterprises in Hong Kong had experienced a cyber incident in 2018.   As the frequency of cyber-crime increases, the socio-economics costs also escalate dramatically. When cyber-crime takes place in higher value targets such as financial institutes, the costs of recovering from client/staff data breaches, ransom, reputation repair also become much higher. In 2018, a Ponemon Institute study found that the average cost of a data breach was US$3.86 million, whereas the "mega-breach" (such as the Facebook and Equifax incidences) could cost anywhere from US$150-350 million.   As a result, more businesses are seeing cyber liability insurance as an essential line of business insurance, alongside general liability or directors' and officers' insurance. TOZ fills that demand by providing vertically integrated cybersecurity risk assessment and insurance services in unison. The risks covered include (but not limited to) costs of remediation, compliances and regulatory investigations, business interruption loss, and third-party liability arising from a cyber incidence. TOZ also have established a local disaster recovery and incidence response centre, providing its cli ......read more

Vinpearl Becomes a Pioneer Applying Face Recognition Technology in Tourism and Hotel Industry in Vietnam

HA NOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 16 April 2019 - Vinpearl on April 15th officially became the first resort, hotel and entertainment system in Vietnam to apply facial recognition technology based on artificial intelligence (AI). The technology has been applied to help customers have new experiences such as opening the door automatically, checking in within 3 seconds or paying for services, all with a simple smile. In the first phase, the application of facial recognition has been implemented at Vinpearl Nha Trang and features check-in and check-out options at Vinpearl Land entertainment areas and restaurants. This technology identifies and authenticates customers' identities accurately and quickly through observation devices without other control procedures.The technology at Vinpearl possesses 5 pre-eminent advantages: SPEED - identification within one second, large data processing system with MILLIONS of faces, DYNAMIC security warnings in real time, PRECISION - almost 100 per cent and CONFIDENTIAL customer information at the highest level.With the combination of Vinpearl's 5-star services and the new technology, visitors will enjoy three unprecedented experiences: check-in for the whole family at the same time, passing through automatic gates and using personal privileges with the highest privacy. The features of this technology help visitors minimise the waiting time for procedures and the process of moving between Vinpearl's internal areas. In particular, when using privileged services in buffet restaurants and private games areas ... visitors do not need to bring their room cards.All 43 Vinpearls nationwide will apply the new technology in the future to help customers feel comfortable at check-in desks. Being the first resort, hotel and entertainment system in Vietnam to apply AI in operation and management, Vinpearl has created a breakthrough for the country's tourism and hotel indust ......read more



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