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Chinachem Group donates movie tickets to the elderly to promote community for all ages development

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 29 January 2020 - To encourage our senior citizens to integrate into the community and show gratitude for their contributions to society over the years, the Chinachem Group (the Group) is offering free movie tickets for the seniors of the Yan Oi Tong Woo Chung District Elderly Community Centre in Tuen Mun. Over 5,000 free tickets are expected to be given out for their enjoyment. The Chinachem Group's Paris London New York Milano Cinema expects to donate more than 5,000 morning show movie tickets to elderly people aged 60 or above in Tuen Mun District.   From December 2019 until May 2020, the Group's Paris London New York Milano Cinema, located at Tuen Mun, is donating morning show tickets to elderly people aged 60 or above at the Community Centre to help them integrate more into the community. Through these movie mornings, it is hoped that they can enjoy their leisure time with friends and enrich their lives. Around 1,400 tickets have been given out in the first two months. The Group has always been dedicated to giving back to society and building a more livable environment for the next generation. In addition to making charitable donations, the Group integrates the concept of sustainability and community for all ages into its core business and promotes the development of art.About Paris London New York Milano CinemaParis London New York Milano Cinema has been a popular entertainment venue in Tuen Mun District for 30 years, having opened for business in 1989. It is a wholly owned cinema under Chinachem Group. The cinema has four houses and a total seating capacity of 1,046. It is equipped with advanced digital cinema equipment and comfortable seating, offering audiences premium visual and audio enjoyment.Chinachem GroupChinachem Group is a leading property developer based in Hong Kong, with a real estate pedigree dating back to the 1960s. Today, we develop residential, commercial, retai ......read more

Former New York University President John Sexton will be Asian University for Women’s 2020 Commencement Speaker; an Indian economist, a Pakistani actress, and a Swiss educator will receive honorary degrees

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - Media OutReach - 23 January 2020 -  Professor John Sexton, a U.S. national, who served as the fifteenth President of New York University (NYU) and whose vision and leadership led to the creation of New York University Shanghai and Abu Dhabi campuses, will be the Commencement Speaker at the Eighth Commencement of the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Saturday, May 9, 2020.  A law professor, who also served as Dean of NYU Law School, John Sexton is the author of the leading American casebook on civil procedure as well as several other books, including, Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game and Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age. Professor Sexton will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Commencement. John Sexton  Andrea Schenker-Wicki  Gita Gopinath  Meesha Shafi Three others will receive honorary degrees from the Asian University for Women during the Commencement Proceedings.  Andrea Schenker-Wicki, a Swiss national, who serves as the President of the University of Basel, will receive a Doctor of Laws; Gita Gopinath, who was born in Kolkata and serves as the first female Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (where she is on leave from her position as John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University) will receive a Doctor of Laws; and Meesha Shafi, the noted Pakistani actress and singer who made her film debut in the Hollywood production of A Reluctant Fundamentalist, will receive a Doctor of Arts. AUW expects that 123 students from 12 countries will graduate at the Eighth Commencement. The Eighth AUW Commencement will be chaired by AUW Chancellor Mrs. Cherie Blair, CBE, of the United Kingdom and AUW Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Dipu Moni (who is also the Bangladeshi Minister of Education). Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE ......read more

F1® Delta Time auction for "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" race car NFT celebrates Chinese New Year

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23 January 2020 - Animoca Brands and F1® Delta Time are thrilled to announce the auction for the ultra-rare "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon", the latest official Formula 1® (F1®) non-fungible token (NFT) digital collectible race car. In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the auction will start on 23 January 2020 at 3 am (GMT) and end on 31 January 2020 at 3 am (GMT). See www.F1DeltaTime.com for auction details.   The "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" NFT is the first of the F1® Delta Time "Four Guardians" race cars. The Azure Dragon (Qinglong in Chinese) is a mythological creature representing the East and the season of spring. The "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" digital collectible is extremely rare as only one will ever be made available.   The black and azure livery of the "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" is embellished by two gold dragons, each holding square-holed Chinese coins that represent great wealth for the car's owner. Photos of the "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" are available at https://www.animocabrands.com/f1deltatime-auction-azure-dragon.   The other three cars in the "Four Guardians" limited series, namely "White Tiger", "Black Tortoise", and "Vermillion Bird", will be released in the coming months. The "Four Guardians" race cars are based on the four mythological symbols of China, which are the guardians of the four cardinal directions.    In F1® Delta Time there are 5 rarity and power levels for cars: Apex, Legendary, Epic, Rare, and Common, with Apex being the most scarce. Each race car in the "Four Guardians" series is of the Apex level and completely unique.   The top-level performance indices of the "China Edition 2019 Azure Dragon" make this car a ferocious contender on any race circuit and a fitting tribute to the legend of the A ......read more

New Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) study finds a need for more balanced regulation to protect innovation and societal benefits

The increased pace of technological change is making it difficult for regulators to keep upA knee-jerk regulatory reaction that results in an outright ban on technologies in response to disruptive forces can stifle innovationRegulators need to take a measured approach that balances societal concerns with stakeholder and industry consultation, informed debate and factual analysis TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 23 January 2020 - The speed to technological disruption is making it difficult for regulators to keep pace but regulatory response needs to be measured in order to protect innovation, according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. A fine balance: Regulations and the societal benefits of disruptive technologies is a new research report sponsored by Philip Morris International (PMI). The report examines how best to balance the introduction of new regulation with the societal benefits of new technology through industry case studies and in-depth interviews with senior executives and academics. It includes two case studies--one on the development and impact of regulation on electric scooters and the other on the introduction and use of blockchain technology in rural finance.   The report finds that disruption typically results from friction caused by the introduction of a new technology that makes accepted ways of doing things obsolete. This change can cause fear among segments of society around issues like job security and the loss of tradition. Disruption is not a new thing, and technology that creates more efficient ways of doing things has helped the world progress for hundreds of years. However the pace of such change has become much faster, and regulators have found it difficult to balance societal concerns with societal benefits given the greater speed and the increased scale and scope of the impact from new technology, according to the report.   Starting with ......read more

Par-Tee like Royalty at Holey Moley’s VIP Booths in Singapore’s Main Party Zone

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 January 2020 - Holey Moley, Singapore's 1st mini golf bar, is shaking things up in 2020 -- this time, with sleek VIP Booths.  Thanks to Holey Moley Clarke Quay, mini golf is no longer a sport for retirees. In late 2018, Singapore was introduced to a brand-new concept -- indoor putt-putt on the booze! Throw in catchy tunes, live DJs, elaborate cocktails, countless #instaworthy spots, bright neon lights, 27 quirky themed holes and you've got yourself an iconic hangout spot unlike any other. Customers can enjoy golf packages from $16 per pax or even host social events like corporate team building, birthday parties and hen's parties. Not to mention the mini golf bar also has various venue promos and deals on food and golf all week long for anyone who needs to putt loose. But that's not all. With Holey Moley's VIP Booths, Singapore's one & only mini golf bar is determined to keep the its party space fresh and happening.  Mini Golf Meets Glitz & Glamour  With VIP Booths, guests be able to bask in the whimsical ambiance of Singapore's first mini golf bar with a fancy booth all to themselves. In addition to VIP check-in, guests get a tab to spend on premium liquors from The Caddyshack Bar and food items specially prepared by Holey Moley's very own gourmet kitchen. These include their Fresh as a Birdie cocktail, Monster Gold Burger, and 1 Metre Mega Pizza. Holey Moley will also deploy their dedicated wait staff (host and table service) to give all VIPs a truly elite experience. Rates start from $788++ for 8 guests. All guests will get 2.5 hours of exclusive access to the VIP booth and services. Bringing Putt-ty Time to the Lion City Holey Moley Clarke Quay teed off with a bang. The mini golf bar took over Shanghai Dolly's old spot along River Valley Road in late 2018 and enacted a 2-storey funhouse of mini golf, cocktails and gourmet food ......read more

ESR achieves APAC's first WELL Gold Certification for logistics real estate and attains LEED Gold certification in South Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23 January 2020 - ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR" or the "Group"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the leading pan-Asia logistics platform and the largest owner of logistics stock by GFA and the largest development pipeline in the Seoul Metropolitan Area, has received APAC's first WELL Gold Certification with the Bucheon Logistics Park in South Korea from International WELL Building Institute's (IWBI) WELL Building Standard (WELL), for its outstanding achievements in creating a work environment that promotes health and wellness.In addition to WELL, the Bucheon facility, together with the Goyang Logistics Park, have both attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for their environmentally friendly initiatives.Thomas Nam, CEO of ESR-Kendall Square, ESR's South Korean platform, remarked, "Accelerating e-commerce growth has spurred a rising demand for modern, large-scale logistics facilities in the country, in particular among multinational companies and major local corporations, for which sustainability is an increasingly prime consideration. In meeting this growing need, we have taken the initiative to provide sustainable, high-performing facilities for our clients. "We are very proud to be the first logistics property developer in APAC to be awarded the WELL Gold certification. Together with the LEED Gold certification, these accolades are a testament to our enduring commitment to promoting sustainability and providing best-in-class logistics properties that help our people and our clients thrive."WELL, a globally recognised performance-based rating system, assesses building design and performance for human health and wellness in work environment. The Gold certification process has stringent focus on ten key factors: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community with a significant enhancement on the well-being ......read more

Etiqa joins industry lead body NATAS in leading travel excellence as Official Travel Insurer

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 January 2020 - Etiqa Insurance has been named as the NATAS Official Travel Insurance Partner by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) from 2020 to 2022. With a vision to be the Travel Insurer of Choice in Singapore, Etiqa is committed to working with NATAS and its members towards sustainable growth and profitability in the travel industry. Amid the development of new technologies and faster innovation cycles in the local market, Etiqa -- the insurance arm and a member of Maybank Group - recognises the need for significant partnerships to build an effective ecosystem, and has pledged support to NATAS and its members to strive towards service excellence, agility and the delivery of quality customer experiences. "Outbound departures by Singapore residents had crossed the 10 million mark in 2018 and will heighten in the next few years. NATAS has always been a strong advocate of travel insurance and believes that a comprehensive travel insurance is fundamental to smart travelling. The association is excited to partner Etiqa Insurance to effectively drive this message across to all travellers via the biannual NATAS Travel Fairs and various marketing outreach initiatives. Beyond the NATAS Travel Fairs, we envisage this collaboration to unlock new possibilities in strengthening the value propositions of the travel agency community," remarked Mr Steven Ler, President of NATAS. The upcoming NATAS Travel Fair (Travel 2020) is set to be from 21 to 23 February at Singapore Expo Halls 4B and 5. Each fair draws over 100,000 visitors on average, bringing together a host of outbound travel agents, national tourist organisations, airlines, hotels and other travel-related services.  "We are honoured to be named the NATAS Official Travel Insurance Partner and appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with the players in this key economic service industry. From t ......read more

Trend Micro Creates Factory Honeypot and Traps Malicious Attackers

Six-month investigation results can help inform protection strategy for industrial environments HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 January 2020 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the results of a six-month honeypot imitating an industrial factory. The highly sophisticated Operational Technology (OT) honeypot attracted fraud and financially motivated exploits.   The six-month investigation revealed that unsecured industrial environments are primarily victims of common threats. The honeypot was compromised for cryptocurrency mining, targeted by two separate ransomware attacks, and used for consumer fraud.   "Too often, discussion of cyber threats to industrial control systems (ICS) has been confined to highly sophisticated, nation-state level attacks designed to sabotage key processes. While these do present a risk to Industry 4.0, our research proves that more commonplace threats are more likely," said Greg Young, vice president of cybersecurity for Trend Micro. "Owners of smaller factories and industrial plants should therefore not assume that criminals will leave them alone. A lack of basic protections can open the door to a relatively straightforward ransomware or cryptojacking attack that could have serious consequences for the bottom line."   To better understand the attacks targeting ICS environments, Trend Micro Research created a highly realistic, industrial prototyping company. The honeypot consisted of real ICS hardware and a mix of physical hosts and virtual machines to run the factory, which included several programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), separate robotic and engineering workstations and a file server.   Trend Micro urges smart factory owners to minimize the number of ports they leave open and to tighten access control policies, among other cybersecur ......read more

Thailand’s SEC Grants License to Crypto Exchange Platform Zipmex

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 22 January 2020 - Asian cryptocurrency exchange platform, Zipmex, has gained the license to provide digital assets and exchange services in Thailand, following a 12-month wait.   Headquartered in Singapore, the trading platform currently operates in Indonesia and Australia, standing at a current valuation of $18 million after having raised $5 million to date. The bitcoin trading license follows Zipmex's $3 million pre-Series A funding round just last September, led by Infinity Blockchain Holdings. Zipmex Expands Operations into Thailand, Heating Up Competition Following reports that only four out of a total of 20 cryptocurrency firms were granted the same license in early 2020, Zipmex now joins the growing list of firms operating in Thailand. The other four newly licensed firms are Bitcoin Exchange, Bitkub Online, Satang Corporation, and Huobi Thailand. At the same time, it should be noted that two other firms - Cash2coin and Southeast Asia Digital Exchange - were rejected from their applications , due to "inconsistent'' Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering processes. Ever since Thailand's SEC began regulating under its Emergency Decree in Digital Asset Business B.E. 2561, only a few firms have been granted the green light following its prudent regulatory requirements. Having begun the process early in 2019, Zipmex had to meet several stringent conditions prior to receiving the green light from Thailand's Ministry of Finance and SEC. One of them necessitated a shareholder equity of at least $1.6 million (approximately 50 million baht). Attaining the regulatory nod from Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) puts the young Asian cryptocurrency firm on the global map, adding credibility to their remarkable growth in present time. Nothing short of a major achievement for the young crypt ......read more

Sunrise SKYWALKS launched for one weekend only to celebrate Lunar New Year from Sydney’s ultimate viewpoint

Take Lunar New Year celebrations to new heights with a Sydney Tower Eye sunrise SKYWALK and more High resolution images available here  SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 21 January 2020 - Get ready to set your alarm clock, because for one weekend only - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January -- Sydney Tower Eye will host a series of sunrise and early morning SKYWALK sessions to bring in the Year of the Rat (otherwise known as 'Yang') which symbolises the beginning of a new day! The first 90 minute Sunrise SKYWALK kicks off at 5.30am and will offer guests the ultimate viewpoint of Sydney's spectacular sunrise. Step out onto the outdoor platform at the crack of dawn whilst the city below sleeps, and absorb 360-degree views of Sydney and beyond as the first rays of sun emerge, making for the ultimate photo opportunity. You'll also be joined by Caishen, the Chinese God of Fortune, who is said to bring good luck and wealth for the new year to the people he encounters. Early morning SKYWALKS following at 6.00am, 7.30am and 8.00am promise to set the tone for the day ahead as you start your day on a high. PLUS, the first 100 people to book in their SKYWALK during the Lunar New Year weekend will receive a limited edition LNY 2020 red cap as a memoir of their unique experience. Complementary Chinese tea will also be served to SKYWALK guests on the Observation Deck at the end of the experience. There's limited spots available, so be sure to book online and secure your spot. For those looking for a sky-high experience without the adrenalin rush, Lunar New Year celebrations continue indoors as the Observation Deck transforms from the 18th January -- 2nd February to bring in the Lunar New Year with free activities, photo opportunities and giveaways for all: Kick off your visit with good fortune with complementary lucky candy and fortune cookies with your ticket purchase on-site.Meet and greet the ......read more

GrabLucky Brings Digital HongBao to Telegram for CNY Giveaway

"$18,888 worth of Digital HongBao Packets to be Given Away this Chinese New Year to GrabLucky's Telegram community" SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 January 2020 - GrabLucky is launching big by giving away digital Hongbao (lucky packet gifts based on Chinese tradition) to its Telegram community in an effort to encourage more users to send and receive digital currencies such as Bitcoin.   To participate, users need to join the GrabLucky Telegram group and grab the randomly-distributed HongBao as it appears.   The Chinese New Year campaign, which kicks off on 24th January 2020 and lasts till 2nd February 2020, will be the first major HongBao give away outside of China.   However, unlike its Chinese counterpart, GrabLucky has introduced a points system, called GrabChance, which is required to collect the e-lucky packets. While users will be given 20 default GrabChances upon joining, more can be earned upon completing various tasks, which includes sending an HongBao of their own. Image Credit: GrabLucky   Hundreds of HongBao will be given away daily during the campaign period, with the biggest prize of SGD 8,888 to be eligible to users who have acquired at least 20,000 GrabChances. Top 3 grand prize winners will be announced on 4th February 2020.   CEO Mr. Lam says "We would like to celebrate the Lunar New Year by sharing the gift of prosperity to everyone." He continues, "Our Telegram bot was created to foster the growth of Telegram communities while showing everyone how easy it is to own cryptocurrencies".   Users can join the fun and win GrabLucky HongBao by first downloading Telegram messenger on their mobile phones and then clicking on this link: https://t.me/GrabLucky About GrabLuckyGrabLucky is a Telegram bot that uses the concept of HongBao (Lucky Packets) based on Chinese tradition. With GrabLucky, you can now send and receive digital cu ......read more

Allianz Risk Barometer 2020: Business interruption and natural catastrophes remain top risks amongst China companies

9th annual survey on top business risks attracts record participation of 2,700+ experts from over 100 countries, including ChinaBusiness interruption ranks #1 for third consecutive year and remains a key challenge with digitalization and civil unrest creating new causes of disruption and loss of incomeNatural catastrophes remains at #2 despite economic losses arising from nat cats declining by 20% globallyCyber incidents and market developments are tied at the third spot while climate change debuts in the top 10 at #5 SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media OutReach - January 21, 2020 - For the third consecutive year, Business Interruption (30% of responses) ranks as the most important business risk for Chinese companies in the ninth Allianz Risk Barometer 2020. Natural catastrophes remains at (#2 with 26% of responses) while rounding up the top three is Cyber incidents and Market developments tied at the third spot (24% of responses.) The annual survey on global business risks from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) incorporates the views of a record 2,718 experts in over 100 countries including CEOs, risk managers, brokers and insurance experts.   Business interruption -- an undiminished threat with new causes After seven years as the top risk globally, BI drops to the second position but maintains top spot in China in the Allianz Risk Barometer reflecting the continuing trend for larger and more complex BI losses. Causes are becoming ever more diverse, ranging from fire, explosion or natural catastrophes to digital supply chains or even political violence. In Australia, the total damage and economic loss caused by wildfires from September 2019 and into 2020 is estimated to cost $110 billion[1].   Businesses are also increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect impact of riots, civil unrest or terrorism attacks. Escalating civil unrest in Hong Kong has resulted in property damage, BI and gen ......read more

Executive Appointment: Tarek El Nahas to Join Mashreq as Head of International Banking

DUBAI, UAE - EQS Newswire - 20 January 2020 - Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, has appointed Tarek El Nahas as its new Head of International Banking Group.   Tarek spent 25 years at Citibank, most recently as the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for North Africa, Egypt and Levant, managing teams across 6 countries in the MENA region. He has held several senior roles in Egypt, Algeria and the UAE and has extensive experience across a wide range of disciplines, including corporate finance, investment banking, derivatives and structured products, commercial banking and corporate banking. Tarek's wholesale banking experience extended to working with large corporates, financial institutions, sovereigns and the public sector. Tarek has a BA in economics and political science from the American University in Cairo and a MSc in economics from the London School of Economics.   Commenting on the appointment, Ahmed Abdelaal, CEO, Mashreq Bank, said, "I am delighted to welcome Tarek to the Mashreq family. Our legacy has been built upon a commitment to developing our leadership capabilities and as we look to grow our international presence Tarek's experience will be invaluable.   "Tarek will take over from Jan-Willem Sudmann later this month. Jan played a pivotal role in the success of Mashreq's international banking story for the last 4 years. We wish Jan good luck and gratitude for his service to Mashreq."   Tarek El Nahas, added: "I am excited to be joining Mashreq. Mashreq is recognized for innovation and service excellence and with my regional experience, I look forward to collaborating closely with my new colleagues to enhance the banks customer experience and creating further inroads to the international business group for Mashreq. Image link: https://imgur.com/Jrtofq4 About Mashreq:One of the UAE's best performing banks for fiv ......read more

Angola Shadow State Executives Imperil Privatisation Agenda

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report looking into the background of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in Angola. The full report is available on request and key findings are presented below.  LONDON, UK - Media OutReach - 20 January 2020 - EXX Africa publishes a special report on Angola shadow state executives who imperil the country's privatisation process. Using a high-profile anti-corruption campaign as a distraction, the Angolan political and business elite is once again deeply entrenched in embezzling funds from Sonangol contracted services. Ongoing trials and investigations in Angola display a lack of judicial due process and government bias in politically motivated targeted prosecutions, as well as public tarnishing of senior judges and prosecutors. This pattern bodes ominously for the IMF-backed privatisation agenda in which the ruling elite will seek lucrative stakes in state assets through opaque financing structures. The transition of political power in Angola has failed to root out entrenched state corruption over the past two and a half years, while the current government is engaged in new forms of fraud and embezzlement of state revenues. For any further comment or a full copy of the report, please contact info@exxafrica.comThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About EXX AfricaEXX Africa is a specialist intelligence firm providing analysis and forecasts on political, security, and economic risk across all African countries. The company was founded in 2015 and has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from DFIs, banks, traders, corporates, and insurers, to governments and military forces worldwide....read more

Future-ready with 5G: Speed for consumers, innovation for advertisers in South East Asia

New Verizon Media study finds excitement spreading for 5G in the regionConsumers looking forward to faster data transfer speeds, spectacular video streamingAdvertisers waiting to explore more immersive ad formats, enhanced content production SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 January 2020 - Verizon Media today shared findings from its 5G Advertiser and Consumer Outlook Study SEA 2020*. The study conducted with Publicis Media's Data Science division, surveyed over 600 consumers and 140 marketing professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines -- countries that are targeting to launch commercially viable 5G networks as early as 2020.   The study examines how both consumers and advertisers expect 5G to transform experiences in the very near future. "Excitement about 5G is spreading across the region, both among consumers and advertisers. This study shines light on what consumers are most looking forward to in a 5G world and the emerging opportunities for advertisers to leverage 5G in new and exciting ways to connect with audiences," said Francis Fung, Senior Insights Manager, International Consumer Growth Marketing, Verizon Media.   Among the respondents surveyed, 92% had heard about 5G, while 53% said they were 'extremely excited' about the technology. However, despite the awareness surrounding 5G, the actual benefits it will bring still remains a mystery for SEA's consumers and marketers. Only 32% and 20% respectively indicated they were 'at least moderately familiar' with the benefits of the technology.   What consumers want most in a 5G world Respondents had clear expectations on what they would like to gain from the implementation of 5G.   Speed is a clear winner: Faster data transfer speeds came out on top, with 78% of respondents citing it as the benefit they are most looking forward to and with good reason -- with 5G, downloading a full HD ......read more

Angola Shadow State Executives Imperil Privatisation Agenda

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report looking into the background of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in Angola. The full report is available on request and key findings are presented below.  LONDON, UK - Media OutReach - 20 January 2020 - EXX Africa publishes a special report on Angola shadow state executives who imperil the country's privatisation process.   Using a high-profile anti-corruption campaign as a distraction, the Angolan political and business elite is once again deeply entrenched in embezzling funds from Sonangol contracted services.   Ongoing trials and investigations in Angola display a lack of judicial due process and government bias in politically motivated targeted prosecutions, as well as public tarnishing of senior judges and prosecutors.   This pattern bodes ominously for the IMF-backed privatisation agenda in which the ruling elite will seek lucrative stakes in state assets through opaque financing structures.   The transition of political power in Angola has failed to root out entrenched state corruption over the past two and a half years, while the current government is engaged in new forms of fraud and embezzlement of state revenues.   For any further comment or a full copy of the report, please contact info@exxafrica.comThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About EXX AfricaEXX Africa is a specialist intelligence firm providing analysis and forecasts on political, security, and economic risk across all African countries. The company was founded in 2015 and has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from DFIs, banks, traders, corporates, and insurers, to governments and military forces worldwide....read more

A Good Start to 2020 - Desay SV Singapore received the Vehicle Safety Assessment (Milestone 1) Approval to test autonomous vehicles in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 January 2020 - For multinational automotive electronics innovator, Desay SV Automotive (Desay SV), 2019 ended with good news leading to a good start for 2020. Desay SV Singapore was successfully awarded in November 2019, the Vehicle Safety Assessment (Milestones 1) license by the Singapore Land Authority of Transport (LTA) and The Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (CETRAN). The M1 license permits Desay SV to carry out Autonomous Vehicle (AV) trials for unmanned vehicles within approved One-North test routes under an actual traffic environment.   Singapore is looking to be the leading global hub in the development of autonomous vehicle technology by exploring ways to leverage the latest AV technology for its land transport system. The launch of CETRAN in August 2016 - a 2-hectare test facility developed by LTA, NTU and JTC -- sees Singapore's efforts to spearhead the development of testing requirements and technology for AVs. With this enabler, LTA is able to work with partners to deploy new AVs technologies safely on the public roads. For Desay SV, this is an opportunity as the company chose to set up its first overseas R&D Research Division last year in Singapore to exclusively develop frontier technologies in Level 4 and Level 5 vehicle autonomy and automotive cybersecurity in collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB).   With the award of M1 license, in which Desay SV has successfully passed the first stage road tests (out of three stages), thus allowing its test vehicles to be tested on authorized public road for AVs tests. Desay SV can look forward to executing its plan to meet the second stage road tests for Milestones 2 license, where Desay SV's test vehicle will be assessed on advanced autonomy technologies and safety on designated public roads....read more

Rododo - Three Great Years of Hotpot/Steamboat’s Success Story: While Setting a New Record in Taiwan’s 100-years-old F&B Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - Under the slogans as "The best Hotpot/Steamboat service in Taiwan's F&B industry", "The incredible rapid expansions" and "The unimaginable large meat portion offerings ".  Rododo Hotpot/steamboat has set many records in Taiwan's F&B industry.  Also known for "The fastest development of any company operated restaurant chain", "The highest restaurant opening success rate in this industry", "The fastest single brand to reach annual revenue of $33 million USD total sales", and "The highest demand for new restaurant managerial positions". Opening of the first Rododo Hotpot/Steamboat overseas in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. David Hsu, Director of Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, and two economic secretaries, Mr. Samuel Ko and Mr. Greg Lee have been invited to sample the hotpot and provide their comments. On November 22, 2019, Rododo Hotpot/Steamboat opened its first international restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is planning for continue expansion of new restaurants into Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, US and Canada markets in the very near future.     During rapid expansion in 2018, with its 27 company operated restaurants in the market, already generated $40 million USD revenue. At present moment, its 34 company operated restaurants systemwide is expected to generated approximately $50 million USD in annual revenue. While Rododo Hotpot/Steamboat focusing on International expansion, also evaluating market such as Kuala Lumpur for acceptance of Taiwan's brand.   Rododo Hotpot/Steamboat's rapid development of company operated restaurants means more opportunities for its managerial staff to be exposed and be able to acquire International business operation know-hows.  The first Rododo's overseas restaurant in Kuala Lumpur highlights ready-to-eat Sichuan Spicy Hotpot/St ......read more

China Dongxiang Announces Operational Results for Q3 and the First Nine Months of FY2019/20

Accumulated Retail Performance Recorded Sustained Growth Implementation of Direct-franchise Operation Model Achieved Initial Success   HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - The leading international sportswear brand enterprise in the PRC, China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. ("China Dongxiang" or "the Company", together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", HKEx stock code: 3818) announces the operational data for the three months ended 31 December 2019 (''FY2019/20 Q3'') and the nine months ended 31 December 2019 (''First Nine Months of FY2019/20'').   For the FY2019/20 Q3, the retail performance of Kappa stores (excluding Kappa kids' apparel business and Japan business) for the overall platform registered a low-teen growth on a year-on-year basis, of which the off-line business recorded a mid-single-digit growth and the e-commerce business recorded a low-forties growth. The retail performance of the overall platform for the First Nine Months of FY2019/20 registered a low-teen growth on a year-on-year basis, of which the off-line business recorded a mid-to-high single-digit growth and the e-commerce business recorded a low-forties growth.   As for the same-store-sales ("SSS"), for the FY2019/20 Q3, in respect of Kappa stores (excluding Kappa kids' apparel business and Japan business) which have been in operation since the beginning of the same quarter the previous year, the SSS for the overall platform registered a mid-to-high single-digit increase on a year-on-year basis, of which the off-line business recorded a mid-to-low single-digit decrease while the e-commerce business registered a low-forties growth. The SSS for the overall platform for the First Nine Months of FY2019/20 registered a mid-single-digit increase on a year-on-year basis, of which the off-line business recorded a mid-to-low single-digit decrease while the e-commerce business registered a low-forties growth. ......read more

Corrective Services NSW Selects Infor to Achieve Critical Workforce Utilisation Efficiencies

Around 7000 rostered staff to benefit from industry-leading cloud platform SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialised by industry, announced that Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) has chosen Infor CloudSuite Workforce Management to future-proof aspects of its scheduled staff rostering needs through a competitive market process. Infor's comprehensive workforce management solution and associated business process changes will provide efficient and effective staff scheduling procedures, and provide ongoing workforce utilisation efficiencies. Infor's industry-leading workforce scheduling system will deliver a host of benefits to Corrective Services NSW, including: Providing live scheduling monitors in key locations that enhance staff safety and securityContinually adapting its workforce scheduling approach to new business modelsMitigate the risk of potential compliance errors by ensuring team members are rostered and paid in compliance with their respective Public Sector Awards.   The rostering of CSNSW employees is a critical business function that supports 6,885 rostered staff within 109 rostered sites state-wide 24 hours 7 days a week. Rostered staff comprises custodial, industrial, security and intelligence, administration, and clerical employees that attract any form of penalty rate payment during the performance of their duties. These CSNSW employees are situated in correctional centres, courts, operational or support locations across NSW. Infor ANZ Managing Director Jarrod Kinchington said that the complexity of a state-wide workforce demands a flexible and intuitive workforce management system that can be deployed with minimal disruptions to day-to-day activities. "We are thrilled that Corrective Services NSW has chosen Infor for its cloud-based workforce management needs. Our Infor CloudSuite solution will provi ......read more

CCG expands Asia-Pacific presence with Singapore office

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - Hong Kong-based communications agency Creative Consulting Group (CCG) has responded to regional growth by launching a Singapore operation at the start of 2020. CCG expands Asian footprint with the opening of a Singapore office.(From left) Belinda Chan, Managing Partner of CCG; Kevin Leung, Director CCG; Penn Leung, Account Director of CCG. Led by Director of CCG Kevin Leung, the Singapore operation will continue to seek new opportunities that make strategic sense not only to grow the group's business, but also provide additional value for their clients. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kevin has nearly two decades of experiences in financial marketing and publishing industry. Kevin is deeply invested in delivering the optimal one-stop solution and be a trusted service partner to clients from the local and international arenas. Founded by former journalist Belinda Chan in 2001, CCG has been regarded as one of the leading full-service integrated communications consultancies in the region. Adding CCG Singapore will further support their diversified client partnerships and to deliver seamless and quality service. "Our clients are increasingly looking at an integrated, pan-Asian approach," said Chan, managing partner of CCG. "Singapore is a key market in Asia for many multinational companies. With our proven client relationships and diverse capabilities, we are poised for even further growth and footprint expansion under the regional leadership of Kevin." CCG Singapore will provide clients with a range of service including branding, creative development, integrated communications including digital, language, advertising, media relations, coaching and training, and event management services. About Creative Consulting Group (CCG)Founded in Hong Kong in 2001, CCG is a multidisciplinary agency group with a focused expertise in corporate and marketing communicatio ......read more

MSIG’s Latest CNY Advert Pulls On The Heartstrings With Touching Road Safety Story

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - What's New: MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd "(MSIG Malaysia)", one of Malaysia's leading general insurers, has produced a sentimental Chinese New Year advert which is aimed at the hearts and heads of Malaysian drivers this holiday season. In the advert, a grandfather asks his grandson to collect a precious "parcel" for him. To ensure the "parcel" arrives safe and sound, he reminds his grandson to get his tyres checked before the trip, stay alert and drive safely. He also cautions his grandson against playing with his phone or speeding while driving to avoid any risk or damage to the special "parcel." When the grandson arrives at his grandfather's, he asks what is in the parcel that is so valuable. At this point, the grandfather sweetly reveals that, all along, what was precious was his grandson who has safely returned home. Mr Chua Seck Guan, Chief Executive Officer, of MSIG Malaysia, said, "Chinese New Year is always one of the busiest times on the roads and unfortunately accidents do happen. That's why we crafted this video which aims to remind people that 'Loved Ones Are Waiting' -- especially during holiday season. We hope it helps people be more mindful and careful on the roads and contributes to improving Malaysia's road safety record in line with MSIG's support for UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. We wish our customers and all Malaysians a happy and safe festive period. Gong Xi Fa Cai." Why is this important: As one of Malaysia's leading motor insurers MSIG is committed to road safety. The creation of this emotive advert is one of a number of initiatives that MSIG has embraced in the past year as part of its commitment to UN SDG 3  and its aim to reduce road traffic accidents. What MSIG has announced: MSIG has worked with Plus Community Partnership to create the advert which is viewable on MSIG Malaysia YouTube channel. Previously, MS ......read more

CPA Australia Survey: Tax Reform And Technology Adoption To Bolster China's Stable Economic Growth In 2020

BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - Bolstered by the adoption of emerging technologies and the government's tax and financial sector reforms, most accounting and finance professionals expect China's economy to maintain a stable growth rate of above 5.5 per cent in 2020. In addition, three-quarters expect their company's profit will remain the same or increase, according to the China Economic and Business Sentiment Survey 2020 conducted by CPA Australia, one of the world's largest accounting bodies. From left to right: Mr. Kevin Ng Member of CPA Australia North China Committee ,  Mr. Derek Chan President of CPA Australia North China Committee, Mr. Michael Yu President of CPA Australia East & Central China Committee and Mr. William Huang President of CPA Australia South China Committee Stable and high-quality economic growth Despite short-term headwinds, the survey findings show that accounting and finance professionals are cautiously optimistic in China's economic conditions in 2020, with 76 per cent of respondents forecasting GDP growth of 5.5 per cent or above. The results indicate that a combination of the adoption of emerging technologies and tax and financial sector reforms are helping to boost the economy. Further , over one-third of respondents believe improved China-US relations will also help to improve China's economy, with the easing of trade tensions expected to improve confidence in trade and investment, and make doing business easier. A stable growth rate around 6 per cent in 2020 and high-quality growth driven by investments in emerging technologies will see China remain a key driver, if not the most important driver of global growth in 2020 and beyond. Business resilience Respondents are generally confident in China's business outlook for 2020, with 75 per cent expecting that their company's profit will remain the same or increase , of which 64 per c ......read more

CUHK Business School Research Reveals Strong Link Between Stock Market Liberalisation in Emerging Markets and Increased Innovation

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 January 2020 - There is little doubt that the liberalisation of stock markets in emerging markets has been a positive force in the world economic order. One previous study has found that stock market liberalisation leads to a 1 percent increase in a country's annual real GDP growth.   Closer to home, economic reforms in modern China have been hailed as a success leading to the Asian behemoth's rise as a world power.   What is less well understood is how the government removal of restrictions on foreign investors' participation in domestic stock markets promotes economic activity. This is a question posed by a group of researchers, who believe the answer lies in the positive effect of economic reforms on innovation.   One theory has been that stock market liberalisation allows risk to be shared among a greater number of market participants -- and thereby reducing the cost of capital for firms. The problem with that, according to Prof. Wenrui Zhang, Assistant Professor of Department of Finance at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School and Prof. Bohui Zhang, Executive Associate Dean and Presidential Chair Professor at CUHK-Shenzhen's School of Management and Economics, is that it fails to explain the magnitude of the benefit.   There has also been a lack of empirical research looking at how innovation -- which tends to involve long-term investment in risky and intangible assets -- works to increase productivity in the wake of the opening up of markets.   "While some studies show that stock market liberalisation leads to an increase in capital expenditure, it is unclear ex ante how stock market liberalisation affects a country's innovative activities," Prof. Wenrui Zhang said.   Innovation as key contributor The study, entitled "Stock Market Liberalization and Innovation," identifies technological in ......read more

The First HKIS Best Development and Conservation Award 2020 is now Open for Application

Surveying Excellence in Development and Conservation HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 January 2020 - The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors ("HKIS") is launching the first HKIS Best Development and Conservation Award 2020 ("BDCA"). This year's theme, "Surveying Excellence in Development and Conservation" addresses BDCA as a pioneering award that recognises exceptional achievements and excellence of construction projects related to both development and conservation.   Sr Winnie SHIU, President of the HKIS, said, "It is the first time ever for the HKIS to host an award in the name of the Institute, I am privileged to be the one bringing together the six divisions and paying tribute to the surveyors who have made substantial contributions in sustainable development and conservation."   Not only will the BDCA support the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 set by the United Nations, but also promotes the professional image of surveyors from the various divisions; recognises their untiring efforts contributed to development and conservation; and raises the public awareness of conservation in development projects.   The Award is designed to address the contribution of surveyors from various backgrounds throughout the development cycle, BDCA's five award categories are named after each stage: (1) Planning; (2) Pre-construction; (3) Construction; (4) Sales & Leasing; and (5) Post-occupation.   Sr Alexander Lam, HKIS BDCA 2020 Organising Committee Chairman, added, "The Award focuses on the use and application of surveying knowledge and/or professional expertise across the disciplines in the respective phases within the project development cycle, of which brought about economic, environmental and social sustainability." Key Dates Date Items 16 January 2020 Award Briefing Session & Application Opens ......read more

Nominations For 20th Anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards Announced

Nominees unveiled in seven categories following vote of over 1000 global sports media, with legends of Laureus World Sports Academy to select winnersWinners announced at landmark 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards, which will celebrate a 'Sport Unites Us' theme in Berlin on February 17Apply for media accreditation for the 2020 Laureus Awards at laureus.com/accreditationFor more information and the full list of Nominees, click here BERLIN, GERMANY - Media OutReach - January 16, 2020 - The world's sports media have cast their votes and the Nominees for the landmark 20th Anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards have been confirmed. The greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams now have just over a month to wait to see if they have won a prestigious Laureus Statuette at the world's pre-eminent international sports Awards Ceremony in Berlin on February 17.The Nominations List of Laureus World Sports Awards 2020   Three-time Laureus Award winner and world No. 1 tennis star Rafael Nadal is in contention for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award alongside six-time Formula 1 World champion Lewis Hamilton, six-time World MotoGP champion Marc Márquez and six-time FIFA World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi. Also nominated are Eliud Kipchoge, the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours and golf legend Tiger Woods, who won his 15th Major Championship at The Masters.      In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category, FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe is joined by gymnastic great Simone Biles, track and field stars Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the first Asian tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world, Naomi Osaka and US skiing great Mikaela Shiffrin.   FIFA Women's World Cup champions United States Women's Football Team and UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool FC are the football nominees in ......read more

Johnson Electric reports Business and Unaudited Financial Information for the Third Quarter of Financial Year 2019/20

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15 January 2020 - This news release is made by Johnson Electric Holdings Limited ("Johnson Electric" or the "Company") for the business operations and selected unaudited financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for the nine months ended 31 December 2019.   The Board of Directors of the Company considers the publication of quarterly performance updates to be consistent with international corporate disclosure best practice. The objective of this news release is to provide transparency and to ensure that investors and potential investors receive equal access to the same information at the same time.   The Group's sales for the nine months ended 31 December 2019 were US$2,338 million compared to US$2,436 million for the same period in 2018; a decrease of 4%. Excluding currency movements, sales decreased by 2% to US$2,390 million.   Foreign exchange rate movements had a negative effect of US$52 million on the Group's sales during the period. This was mainly due to the decline of the Euro and Chinese Renminbi versus the US Dollar, comparing average exchange rates for the nine months ended 31 December 2019 to the same period last year.   Automotive Products Group ("APG")   APG's sales for the nine-month period, as reported, decreased by US$27 million or 1%.   Excluding currency movements, APG's sales increased by 1%, an outperformance compared to the 6% decline in global light vehicle production volumes in the same period.  Sales changes by region in constant currency terms were as follows:   Asia decreased 3%Europe was flatAmericas increased 8%   APG's sales outperformance compared to automotive industry production volumes was due to new product launches and production increases including thermal management and braking applications. The division's innovative technolog ......read more

BrickMark signs purchase agreement for the largest ever real estate transaction paid in tokens of a total volume of over CHF 130 million

BrickMark purchases a prime commercial building from RFR Holding in the heart of Zurich's central business district in a share A significant part of the purchase price will be paid in BrickMark tokensThe premium investment property with 1,600 sqm of space in the heart of Bahnhofstrasse has high redevelopment potentialThe BrickMark real estate portfolio will continue to grow quickly with a pipeline of nealy 1 billion in commercial properties mainly in major cities in central europeBrickMark is now positioned as the world's leading blockchain real estate investment firmThe management team combines the experience of more than a century of real estate investment expertise managing over EUR 15 billion of property assets Berlin/Zug - EQS Newswire - 15 January 2020 - BrickMark AG ("BrickMark"), an innovative, high-growth real estate Investment company, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement about the largest ever real estate purchase using tokens, buying a high profile prime commercial property on Zurich's prestigious Bahnhofstrasse. The transaction volume amounts to over CHF 130 million. The transaction is based on a share deal and initially BrickMark acquired 80% of the shares of Bahnhofstrasse AG with a call option on the remaining 20% within 9 months. The seller of the property is the international real estate investor RFR Holding GmbH ("RFR"). RFR will remain a 20% shareholder in Bahnhoftstrasse AG and will lead the redevelopment process. A considerable part of the purchase price will be paid in BrickMark tokens.The purchase agreement signed by the two parties opens up new dimensions in terms of the size and institutional character of token-financed real estate transactions. "We are breaking new ground for the real estate industry," said Stephan Rind, CEO of BrickMark. "There has never been a token-based real estate transaction of this magnitude. We are implementing what was once no more than a concept in the real estate in ......read more

World’s Largest Annual Feng Shui And Astrology Live Conference by No. 1 Chinese Metaphysics Expert Joey Yap Concludes with Global Audience of 32,000

Participants from over 32 countries attended Joey Yap’s largest conferences in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Over 32,000 participants attended Joey Yap's annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar (FSA 2020) this yearJoey Yap shared about the forecasts for the Year of the Metal Rat and shed light on the global economic outlook for 2020 SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 January 2020 - Global best-selling author and world-famous Feng Shui expert Joey Yap successfully held his highly-anticipated annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar across Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, drawing the largest crowd of over 32,000 participants. Attracting over 8,000 attendees at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore on 5th January 2020, the FSA 2020 went on to enthral an overwhelming crowd of more than 24,000 enthusiastic fans on 11th and 12th January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur. Participants from over 32 countries have specially made their way to Joey Yap's live conferences to gain valuable insights on the upcoming year from the renowned Feng Shui expert. During the highly successful conferences, Joey Yap shared his wealth of insights on the latest 2020 Feng Shui Outlook, as well as comprehensive forecasts on wealth, career, romance, health and family for each of the 12 zodiac groups. Joey Yap also revealed a useful deep dive analysis of Feng Shui and Qi Men, as well as how one can utilise Qi Men Dun Jia charts to forecast outcomes, and to improve each individual's life for 2020. Joey Yap Feng Shui & Astrology seminar 2020 in Kuala Lumpur Joey Yap Feng Shui & Astrology seminar 2020 in Singapore Joey Yap's first seminar was held almost 24 years ago, with a humble attendance of 8 participants. Since then, his followers have grown by leaps and bounds, and enthusiasts from all over the world have travelled miles to attend his highly-anticipated live conferences every year. "In the span of a week, I've had the honor of speaking t ......read more

Kerry Logistics A Five-Time Winner at the Quamnet Outstanding Enterprise Awards 2019

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15 January 2020 - Kerry Logistics Network Limited ('Kerry Logistics'; Stock Code 0636.HK) was a proud winner at the Quamnet Outstanding Enterprise Awards ('QOEA') 2019 for the fifth consecutive year, clinching the Outstanding Global 3PL title for the third year running. Presented in Hong Kong last night by leading Hong Kong financial news platform Quamnet, the title secured Kerry Logistics' reputation as a global 3PL with expanding worldwide presence. With the QOEA, Kerry Logistics was commended for its distinction in products and services, brand reputation, philosophy of operation, marketing strategies, sustainable development strategies, accomplishments, corporate social responsibility and unique business philosophy or development.   Alex Ng, Executive Director of Kerry Logistics, said, "We are grateful to Quamnet for its recognition of our constant dedication to excellence. To receive the Outstanding Global 3PL title for the third time is a great encouragement as we extend our international footprint across diverse regions. We will continue to enhance our service capabilities while growing our geographical coverage in order to accommodate the changing needs of our customers around the world."   Organised annually, the QOEA is judged by a committee made up of the Quamnet editorial team, the Quam research team and independent financial analysts to identify and compliment the remarkable performance of Hong Kong enterprises. Prior to winning the Outstanding Global 3PL title in 2017 and 2018, Kerry Logistics was named Outstanding Global Logistics Network and Outstanding Logistics Solution Provider in 2015 and 2016, respectively.   Kerry Logistics has recently deepened its reach in the Middle East by setting up a new office in Bahrain and opening a new bonded logistics facility in Dubai, in addition to acquiring a majority interest in Turkey's Asav L ......read more

Bespoke solar developer NEFIN installs the city's largest solar panel system at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15 January 2020 - Last December, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort ("HKDL") appointed NEFIN Solar Asset Limited ("NEFIN"), a member of the NEFIN Group, to install the city's largest solar power system. Following the recent completion of the project's second phase, a total of 4,500 solar modules, approximately the size of a football field, have now been installed on rooftop spaces at the resort's buildings.   With the full system up and running following the project's second phase, HKDL has become the city's biggest producer of solar power to date with an installed capacity of over 1.8 MWp. HKDL and NEFIN share the same commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. With over a decade of industry-leading expertise in solar development, NEFIN installed a comprehensive suite of bespoke integrated solar energy systems at HKDL, which use the latest photovoltaic innovations. The project was engineered with high safety and quality standards to withstand typhoons and salt corrosion. The inverted V-shape design of the panels maximizes electricity generation and minimizes the impact of wind load.   "NEFIN is honored to be part of HKDL's green initiative which brings both companies a step closer to tackling climate change and reducing carbon footprints. It is our mission to help our clients achieve carbon neutrality. NEFIN selected premium grade equipment to perform module level monitoring and generation optimization for this project. This enables us to maximize yield while tackling hot spot issues simultaneously. Our system is sensitive and prudent enough to isolate and automatically shut down the affected module when a potential fault is detected." said Mr. Glenn Lim, CEO of NEFIN. As a Hong Kong Science Park incubated company, NEFIN is currently developing AI solutions to monitor and manage renewable energy assets more efficiently and effectively.   Hong ......read more

Apollo World Touring and Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Inc. Join Forces on World Tour

A New, Ground-Breaking, Touring Music Phenomenon Featuring The Biggest Names In Music, Staged In The World's Most Iconic Cities   Robbie Williams to Headline First Stop of WORLD TOUR in Melbourne, Australia   HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - January 14, 2020 - Apollo World Touring and Westbrook Inc. announce today that they will co-produce World Tour, a new multi-genre event-series, staged in the world's most iconic cities.    Each live event will feature internationally acclaimed A-list artists, locally celebrated superstars and globally recognised DJs. Fans will be able to engage globally through exciting  content formats on multiple platforms.   World Tour kicks off in Melbourne, Australia on 14 March 2020, alongside the Formula 1 ®Rolex Australian Grand Prix. International superstar Robbie Williams is announcing his only Australian public performance of 2020 as one of the headline artists, with other incredible acts to be announced shortly.   After Melbourne, World Tour will be touching down in other exciting world cities including; Montreal, Berlin, Milan, Seoul, Taipei, Osaka and Miami. The schedule of live events, complemented by multi-platform media elements, will make World Tour a non-stop year-round experience for audiences and brand partners, uniting millions of fans globally.   Tera Hanks, President of Westbrook Inc. said:   "On behalf of Will and Jada and the entire Westbrook Team, we're so excited to partner with Apollo World Touring on this innovative event series. From the inception of World Tour, we've been excited with its potential as a global franchise to bring mind-blowing experiences and unparalleled access to fans and creators worldwide.We're gathering some of the biggest names in music to celebrate cities around the world and the amazing creativity found there. We can't wait for everyone to join us o ......read more

Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group Donates $20 Million to Support China Foundation for Disabled Persons

MACAU, CHINA - Media OutReach - 2020?1?14? - Mr. Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group has always been committed to support Macau's society and charity. This year, he also supports the nationwide charity campaign "Ji Shan Fu Pin Jian Kang Xing" launched by China Foundation for Disabled Persons (CFDP). A cheque presentation ceremony and signing ceremony were held on 13th January, and Mr. Alvin Chau was appointed as a committee member of China Foundation for Disabled Persons.  Alvin Chau and representatives of China Foundation for Disabled Persons Mr. Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group, presented a cheque of RMB 20 million to China Foundation for Disabled Persons, and both two sides signed the agreement for implementing the charity campaign "Ji Shan Fu Pin Jian Kang Xing". And afterwards, Mr. Alvin Chau was awarded the certificate of appointment as the "Committee Member" of China Foundation of Disabled Persons in recognition and appreciation of his efforts to China's charity business, witnessed by the representative from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, the delegation of the China Foundation for Disabled Persons, and the special guests,  Mr. Leong Heng Teng, Mr. Chau Ting Bo, Mr. Si Chong Su, and Mr. Chang Ka Un.   The CFDP charity campaign "Ji Shan Fu Pin Jian Kang Xing" is targeted to the project of poverty alleviation and health improvement in China. This campaign aims to provide free medical aids and treatments for impoverished families in China, such as cataract surgery, orthopedic surgery for joint and bone, rehabilitation services for children with Autism, etc. Since 2016, the CFDP "Ji Shan Fu Pin Jian Kang Xing" charity campaign has been successfully launched in Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Guangxi, Guizhou, Gansu, Qinghai, Yunnan and other provinces, saving mo ......read more

Aruba Delivers Industry’s First End-to-End, Services-Rich Switching Portfolio Spanning Enterprise Campus, Branch and Data Center

New CX Series Switches with Cloud-Native Operating System Integrate Closed-Loop Automation and Analytics to Simplify the Operator Experience HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - January 14, 2020 - Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that it is changing the rules of networking with the introduction of switching and software innovations designed to address the unique needs of today's modern enterprise campus, branch and data center. The Aruba CX Switching Portfolio now includes the Aruba CX 6300 Series fixed configuration and CX 6400 Series modular access, aggregation and core switches, while delivering the latest advancements in the AOS-CX operating system. This gives network operators one simple, end-to-end switching platform to dramatically improve business outcomes today and into the future.   Aruba is the first company to offer a single switching platform that runs on a modern network operating system -- AOS-CX -- from the enterprise edge to the core to the data center. This unique, cloud-native platform is further optimized by Aruba's powerful Network Analytics Engine (NAE), which utilizes embedded analytics and automation to simplify management, accelerate troubleshooting of application performance issues and remediate common network problems.    Gartner states, "As update speed increases, it is no longer viable to manually plan for and deploy tens, hundreds or thousands of network changes each time an application change occurs. Making these changes manually is not only impractical, but is likely to result in significant errors."[i] Manual processes can significantly hinder an organization's ability to move quickly, innovate and thrive in a competitive marketplace. Moreover, many of these hurdles can be overcome with a cloud-native infrastructure. According to Gartner, a "cloud-native infrastructure exhibits the following characteristics:    Mod ......read more

Finland Leads for the Second Year Globally in Providing Future-skills Education for Youth, According to the 2019 Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI)

Finland's universal future skills strength across all index pillars including policy and teaching environment and access to technology see it retain its lead among 50 economies in the third edition of the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Yidan Prize FoundationSweden and New Zealand ranked second and third, with Sweden advancing two places and New Zealand maintaining its third position from 2018's resultsThe Philippines, Ghana and Mexico all performed strongly among a new income-adjusted ranking due to their ability to channel their more limited resources to implement strong policy and advance a future skills agendaAmong the world's largest economies, the US, UK, France and Russia all fell in their rankings while China, India and Indonesia advanced their scores HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 14 January 2020 -  The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019: Top ten economies Rank Economy 1 Finland 2 Sweden 3 New Zealand 4 Singapore 5 Netherlands 6 Canada 7 Switzerland 8 Australia 9 Germany 10 Japan   Consensus on the need to adopt future-focused approaches to education has grown in countries globally but implementation of policy to make such changes remains the largest challenge to preparing students for the challenges that await them in work and society according to a new report released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Themed "From Policy to Practice", the white paper is commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation and based on the findings of the third annual Worldwide Educat ......read more

#KpopTwitter rises to the top with 6.1 Billion Tweets globally in 2019

Kpop conversations continue to dominate with a new global record of 6.1 billion related Tweets in 2019, a 15% increase from 2018BTS (@bts_twt) holds the title of 'Golden Tweet' for the most retweeted Tweet in 2019 worldwide   SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 14 January 2020 - 2019 was a huge year for #KpopTwitter, as Kpop remains an undisputable force that continues to make waves across the world. With an amazing record of 6.1 billion Tweets in 2019, which was 15% higher than in 2018, Twitter shows that it is the best place to find out what's happening with all things Kpop, and to join in the conversations with like-minded Kpop fans around the world! While Kpop gained popularity in South Korea 25 years ago, it is only in recent times through the power of millennial fans worldwide that Kpop-related conversations have gained traction across the world on Twitter. Here are the top 10 countries that Tweeted the most about Kpop in 2019: Additionally, countries such as Canada, France, Great Britain, India and Turkey were also amongst the top 20 countries that were Tweeting the most about Kpop. Topping the charts: BTS (@bts_twt) holds the worldwide Golden Tweet for 2019 Once again, the BTS Army demonstrated their power by propelling BTS (@bts_twt) member Jungkook's video Tweet of him dancing to Billie Eilish's (@billieeilish) "Bad Guy" to become the most Retweeted Tweet (aka the Golden Tweet) worldwide in 2019.   Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/BTS_twt/status/1137775053993533440   Kpop Buzz: Most discussed Kpop accounts worldwide   Popular Kpop bands BTS (@BTS_twt), EXO (@weareoneEXO) and GOT7 (@GOT7Official) continued to lead our global list for most discussed #KpopTwitter accounts, but we also saw a trend of individual team member accounts rising above the crowd such as Baekhyun (@B_hundred_Hyun) and BamBam (@BamBam1a). Fastest Growing Kpop Groups in 2019 ......read more

ASIA APPAREL EXPO Returns to Berlin in February 2020

BERLIN, GERMANY - Media OutReach - 14 January 2020 - ASIA APPAREL EXPO is the important sourcing meeting place in Europe for Asian clothing manufacturers and fabric suppliers to connect with European brands and will once again take place at the BERLIN MESSE in Hall 26, opening on TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY through to THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020. Now in its 9th edition, European sourcing professionals have confirmed that the expo provides an ideal platform to stay informed of industry sourcing issues and innovations, meet with potential new suppliers and discover new sourcing options and solutions. Over 450 companies are participating in 2020, particularly from HONG KONG and CHINA, as well as the other major apparel export producing countries of BANGLADESH, PAKISTAN, INDIA, THAILAND, TURKEY and TAIWAN meeting the demand from European customers for finished garments, contract manufacturing and private label development. Apparel products will be on show covering mens, womens and childrenswear, denim, knitwear, fabrics and textiles, as well as trimmings and accessories from the carefully-selected factories. Showing zones include: APPAREL FOR MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN KNITWEAR STUDIO ASIAN DESIGN FASHION ACCESSORIES BLUEPRINT -- DENIM GARMENT ACCESSORIES & TRIMMINGS Over 1800 trade professionals are expected to attend reinforcing that the well-edited selection and variety of factories and suppliers from Asia under one roof at the expo provides a very convenient sourcing marketplace for apparel buyers looking to capitalise on the high productivity and speed to market demonstrated by Asian apparel factories. European apparel buyers have benefitted from the movement of production activities to low-cost countries in the Far East, which reflects the significant advantages due to efficient infrastructure, low production costs, easy access to an array of raw materials, supply chain concentration and benefits of ......read more

Great Bay Bio injected with 2.5 million USD of convertible note

DONGGUAN, CHINA - EQS Newswire -14 January 2020 - Recently, Great Bay Bio signed off convertible note, and the company will be injected with 2.5 million USD by existing shareholders, which including renowned financial institute and family foundation. Such injection of funds fully shows the confidence and support by existing shareholders to Great Bay Bio for its results in 2019. Capital will be injected into projects, to further optimize CMC service platform and product pipeline development of Great Bay Bio. Dr. Chen Liang, the CEO of Great Bay Bio, said: "Progress for Great Bay Bio projects has exceeded  expectations with remarkable results. We will continue putting our effort into projects in response to the affirmation and support of Great Bay Bio shareholders."About Great Bay BioHeadquartered in Hong Kong, the CMC/CDMO platform of Great Bay Bio was established in 2002, where originally more than 100 million yuan was invested to build a national level CMC platform. The CMC/CDMO platform has independent and integrated technology platforms for drug R&D and large scale preparation. The company has a strong existing track record of developing customized CMC packages for biologic products, some of which are national class I projects of innovative biological new drugs that have already reached NDA stage. Greta Bay Bio positions itself as a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), applying AI technology on CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing, Control) platform for drug development, which targets the headache for recent drug development process including long development timeline and high development cost, and solves such headache with AI+CMC to enhance efficiency and reduce cost. CMC technology platform runs AI analysis model with massive data out from conventional biologics development, combining AI and biotechnology, so to overcome hurdle for biologics development and greatly reduce development timeline and development cost. With ......read more

Allianz Risk Barometer 2020: Cyber top peril for Asia-Pacific companies for the first time

9th annual survey on top business risks attracts record participation of 2,700+ experts from over 100 countriesCyber incidents have become more damaging and expensive for companies -- and often result in lawsuits and litigation after the eventBusiness interruption ranks second, but remains a key challenge with digitalization and civil unrest creating new causes of disruption and loss of incomeClimate change rises to third top risk, while political risks and violence makes first appearance in top 10. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 January 2020 - For the first time ever, Cyber incidents (35% of responses) ranks as the most important business risk in Asia-Pacific in the ninth Allianz Risk Barometer 2020, relegating perennial top peril Business interruption (BI) (34% of responses) to second place. The region's results mirror a global trend that has seen awareness of the cyber threat growing rapidly in recent years, driven by companies increasing reliance on data and IT systems and a number of high-profile incidents. It is a stark change from seven years ago when it did not even feature in the top 10 risks on the mind of risk managers regionally.                                                                                                                      Climate change (#3 with 25%) and Political risks and violence (debuting in the top 10 at #1 ......read more

Borneo Eagle Resort for a Total Island Getaway Off the Sabah Coast, East Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 14 January 2020 - Nestled serenely on the island of Pulau Tiga 2.5 hours away by land and sea from Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu lies the plush Borneo Eagle Resort -- a cluster of 13 luxury contemporary villas opened in April 2018. The 21-acre verdant enclave is situated in the Kimanis Bay within walking distance of the first Survivor filming series site in 2000. The Resort faces the Crocker Range in the horizon with views of the majestic Mt Kinabalu across the South China Sea. Aerial view of Borneo Eagle Resort with the jetty Borneo Eagle Resort is the only luxury resort on the island set against a backdrop of lush virgin jungle. Its main building design is inspired by the wingspan of the sea eagles inhabiting the island. The Resort is a stunning, ecological landscape of flourishing flora and fauna including 148 coconut trees. Bee hives are introduced to encourage cross pollination. Proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, snakes and hornbills are some of the wildlife spotted while marine life abounds with a diverse array such as the clownfish, puffer fish, sea turtle and the occasional whale shark. Accommodation Principal architect Karim Hussein from Arkitek A Karim Hussein was tasked with ensuring that the Resort integrated well with the natural environment, uncompromised in its design and construction. All 13 spacious sea facing villas with their own courtyards are categorized according to three types: Pool (171 sq m), Coral (261 sq m) and Spa (288 sq m) . Each villa provides super king-sized beds matched with comfortable pillow-top mattresses, premium bedding and linen. A well-stocked mini bar, water pitchers, complimentary aluminium water canisters, teas, a Nespresso Machine, in-room safe, alarm clock with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, portable MyFi, wireless internet, 55" flat screen TVs and Bose home theatre systems ensure gue ......read more

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH enforces its patents in the field of human milk oligosaccharides against Nestlé in Germany

RHEINBREITBACH, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - 13 January 2020 - Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH filed a patent infringement suit with the regional court in Mannheim on January 09, 2020 against Nestlé Nutrition GmbH and its holding company Nestlé Deutschland AG. Nestlé offers its infant formula Beba Supreme which contains two human milk oligosaccharides -- unique saccharides naturally occurring in human breast milk only -- for sale in Germany. Pursuant to the findings of Jennewein Biotechnologie, Nestlé uses human milk oligosaccharides for the manufacturing of its infant formula that are produced by a process being protected - among other IP rights - by European Patents EP 2 896 628 and EP 3 131 912 (start of protection: January 22, 2020) which are thus infringed by Nestlé.   As Nestlé offers its infant food containing human milk oligosaccharides not just in Germany, Jennewein currently investigates measures against the assumed infringement of its corresponding foreign patents by the manufacturing of products such as Illuma, SMA, NAN and Gerber Good Start.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcementAbout HMOs:Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are complex sugar molecules that are only present in  breast milk. Excluding water, they are the third most abundant constituent of human milk after fats and lactose. More than 200 structurally different HMOs have been identified. The most abundant HMO is 2′-fucosyllactose, which is produced by about 80% of all       lactating mothers at concentrations of up to 3 g/L. Scientific studies have shown that HMOs, and 2′‑fucosyllactose in particular, have a positive impact on infant health and development. HMOs are prebiotics, i.e. they specifically promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms, and at the same time they inhibit the growth of pathogens by directly and indirectly prevent ......read more

Dr Ganesh Ramalingam of G & L Surgical on Battling Obesity

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 13 January 2020 - According to the Health Promotion Board, one in 10 Singaporeans aged between 18 and 69 is obese. If left unmanaged, obesity rates -- projected to hit 15 per cent in the next seven years ­-- could swell into a sizeable problem as the condition could lead to such potentially life-threatening illnesses as heart diseases and stroke. For Dr Ganesh Ramalingam, a surgeon specialising in gastrointestinal, bariatric, advanced laparoscopy and endoscopic surgery of G & L Surgical, maintaining a controlled diet and exercise regime are key factors in achieving one's weight-loss goals. However, in cases where diets and lifestyle management appear to be insufficient, patients are advised to consult a doctor for advice on alternative treatments.   What are some health risks of being obese?In general, being obese affects one's level of physical activity and mental wellness, with the attendant body pain and breathing problems leading to a low quality of life. Clinical depression and sleep apnea may also set in.   Beyond that, there are many other long-term health risks that can affect a person with a high BMI -- a person with a BMI that exceeds 25 and 30 is considered overweight and obese respectively. Some risks include hypertension (high blood pressure), Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, as well as heart, liver and kidney diseases.   What are some non-surgical alternatives available when it comes to weight loss procedures?Diet and lifestyle modifications are always the mainstay of weight management. The next step is usually medication and there are various oral medications available.   Another alternative is an injectable medication called Saxenda, which is approved by the Health Sciences Authority in Singapore. Saxenda is an injectable pen prefilled with liraglutide, which is designed to behave like a hormone that regulates one's appetite. ......read more

MSIG Partners with MyKasih to Support 130 Underprivileged Students in Sabah and Selangor

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 13 January 2020 - MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd "(MSIG Malaysia)", has teamed up with MyKasih to provide bursaries of RM720 per annum (each) for 130 students in two schools in Sabah and Selangor.   The programme, which developed out of MSIG's involvement with FINCO (Financial Industry Collective Outreach), is focused on children from underprivileged families in the B40 income group. Student beneficiaries are rendered assistance in the form of cashless bursaries via a contactless MyKasih smartcard. Once registered, a spending allowance of RM30 will be deposited twice a month. The students will draw on the allowances by using their MyKasih student smartcard to pay for purchases of school books and stationery from the school bookstore, as well as food from the school canteen. As part of the bursary scheme, each student will also be annually reviewed in terms of overall attendance and academic performance.   Mr. Chua Seck Guan, Chief Executive Officer of MSIG Malaysia, said, "MSIG is delighted to be working with MyKasih and FINCO to help these underprivileged, children and their families. We are a supporter of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is focused on creating inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for all. We hope that the bursaries will allow these children to focus on their education, rather than worrying about basic provisions which more privileged children take for granted".   MSIG will be supporting 80 students at SK Babagon Toki, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (the entire school) and 50 selected students at SJKC Damansara, Damansara, Selangor. As part of their 'Love My School' programme, MyKasih will be working with the children and their parents to ensure that the bursaries are spent responsibly.   "As one of Malaysia's leading general insurers we have been impressed with how this MyKasih programme will help educa ......read more

[UPDATE] AXA Insurance Launches First-in-Market Plan For Cancer Survivors

AXA Cancer ReCover provides comprehensive coverage to cancer survivors who may be denied coverage, or face significantly higher premiums when they apply for a new protection planIn line with the launch, AXA also unveils a short film to raise awareness of the importance of critical illness insuranceSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 January 2020 - AXA Insurance has launched the first protection plan in Singapore specially designed for cancer survivors. With improvements in screening and treatment, survival rates for people with cancer have increased over the years in Singapore. However, many are left without insurance protection against possible relapse or diagnosis of a new cancer after recovering from cancer. Cancer survivors are often declined coverage, or face significantly higher premiums when they apply for a new protection plan. AXA Cancer ReCover is designed to protect cancer survivors by covering recurrent or new primary cancers. The plan provides comprehensive coverage, including a lump sum payout of 100% sum assured in the event of diagnosis of advanced stage cancer, and a payout of 15% sum assured in the case of early or intermediate stage cancer. Sean Goh, Managing Director, Life, AXA Insurance Singapore said, "Many cancer survivors are left without any insurance coverage after their first diagnosis and do not have the security of a financial safety net if cancer strikes again. We want to take away this uncertainty by protecting them financially should they be faced with cancer again, so they can focus on treatment and recovery. This is part of our commitment to support our customers across their entire health journey and to empower them to live better lives." For parents who have concerns about hereditary cancer, the plan also offers a child cover benefit, with free coverage of 15% of the sum assured, should the child be diagnosed with an advanced stage cancer.AXA Cancer ReCover comes with the following addition ......read more

Lightnet Raises $31.2 Million in New "Series A" Financing

Set to build Asia’s next-gen blockchain financial mobility network BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach - 10 January 2020 - Lightnet, the Bangkok-based fintech company has received A round funding of US$31.2 million in fresh capital. With this round completed, Lightnet is Asia's first blockchain company to receive financial backing from six large conglomerates, providing access to millions of Asian users searching for improved financial mobility. From left to right: Carlos Liu,Vice President, Uni-President Asset Holdings; Rae Deng, Managing Partner,Du Capital; Kenjiro Nishii, Team Leader,Seven Bank; Hee Baek Kwon, Chief Executive Officier, Hanwha Investment and Securities; Chatchaval Jiaravanon, Founder and Chairman,Lightnet; Tridbodi Arunanondchai, Founder and Vice Chairman,Lightnet; Mike Kennedy, Chief Executive Officier, Interstellar; Kian-Wee Seah; Chief Executive Officier and Managing Director, UOB Venture Management; John Ng Pangilinan, Managing Partner,Signum Capital; Chao Deng, Chief Executive Officier, HashKey Capital; Ng Yu Zhi,Managing Director, Hopeshine Ventures. Lightnet was co-founded by Chatchaval Jiaravanon -- a family member of the Charoen Pokphand Group in Thailand -- and serial tech entrepreneur and former investment banker Tridbodi Arunanondchai.  The financing round was led by UOB Venture Management, Seven Bank, Uni-President Asset Holdings, HashKey Capital, Hopeshine Ventures, Signum Capital, Du Capital and Hanwha Investment and Securities. The proceeds from the latest fundraising will go towards strengthening Lightnet's investment in the underlying blockchain technology on the Stellar Network, and to build a next-generation financial mobility network. "We launched Lightnet to offer low-cost and instantaneous financial inclusivity and mobility to the four billion lives across Asia Pacific -- all powered by Stellar's fast, scalable, and sustainable blockchain technology," said Chatch ......read more

Li Bao Ge Acquires Sun Kau Kee to Venture into Shanghai Market; Enters into Framework Cooperation Agreement with Freshippo

To Drive Cross-Regional O2O Development HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 January 2020 - Li Bao Ge Group Limited ("Li Bao Ge" or the "Company"; stock code: 1869) today announces its acquisition of a 70% stake in Yaoliang (Shanghai) Food Co., Ltd. ("Yaoliang"), the brand owner and operator of Shanghai Sun Kau Kee ("SKK") at a consideration of RMB22.4 million. The acquisition is in line with the Company's strategy of exploring opportunities in China's "new retail" light-meal delivery market through an asset-light business model. Concurrently, the Company enters into a framework cooperation agreement with Shanghai Freshippo Network Technology Co., Ltd. ("Freshippo") to deepen the cooperation and accelerate the pace of store opening.   Pursuant to the acquisition agreement, Li Bao Ge will acquire a total of 32 SKK in-store counters opened in Freshippo stores. SKK is specialized in cooked food with roast duck as its signature product. It is one of the leaders in the roast meat ("Siu Mei") industry in Shanghai, China. Through this acquisition, Li Bao Ge will expand the presence of its in-store counters in Freshippo from Hong Kong and cities in the Greater Bay Area such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou, to Shanghai, where the consumer purchasing power is strong. Furthermore, pursuant to the framework cooperation agreement, Li Bao Ge will open in-store counters at Freshippo stores and will offer Cantonese-style soup, dim sum, dessert, as well as other specialties such as festive delicacies. Taking advantage of Freshippo's comprehensive online-to-offline ("O2O") platform and technical support, including its marketing initiatives, online sales resources, delivery service and potential customers, Li Bao Ge will be empowered to further expand its businesses in Mainland China.   "We are actively exploring opportunities in the light meal delivery market, developing from a restaurateur to a multi-channel operator coverin ......read more

The Land of Peace and Charity: The First Harmony & Synergy & World Peace International Forum in 2020 will Come on Stage in Taiwan this September

TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 9 January 2020 - "Taiwan never absent towards international public welfare and charity, we have earned world-wide reputation and our friends from all over the world are all pleased to know Taiwan, appreciate Taiwan, and honors global NGOs in Taiwan." said William Liu (???), founder of "Long Hsiung Economic Development Foundation" and "Harmony & Synergy Culture Party", who will host "The First Harmony & Synergy & World Peace International Forum in 2020" in September, honoring philanthropists from all over the world in the name of 'Peace'.   "Long Hsiung Economic Development Foundation" is hosting "First Harmony & Synergy & World Peace International Forum in 2020" in September 2020. "The First Harmony & Synergy & World Peace International Forum in 2020" will feature "Millennium Gall Wood Panda" as spokesperson to promote world peace. William Liu (Founder of the Foundation)  and  "Millennium Gall Wood Panda"(Photo Credit: Long Hsiung Economic Development Foundation)   "The establishment of world peace requires a common spiritual language and a connected cultural brand as the baton of inheritance." William Liu (???) pointed out the foundation is entering its fourth year, there are so many things he has done that he can't remember, but he will carry on, keep moving forward, so to help more people and fulfilling their dreams. "There is also a hidden event in the forum this year." William Liu (???) gave a smile and told us it needs to keep as secret at this stage, but here's the clue: "We will showcase this 'Millennium Gall Wood Panda' as the main show, it's from our foundation's exclusive collection, this will definitely delight our guests." At this very moment, the selection process for the awards is ongoing. According to William Liu (???), they are expecting to deliver the winning list and invitations in Spring, so the winner ......read more

Nestlé hands DHL Supply Chain contract to manage entire warehousing operations in Myanmar

Nestlé operations is located in DHL's first multi-user warehouse in the country, located in Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone in Yangon - accounts for more than 60% of total available warehousing spaceThis is an extension of a longstanding partnership between both companies, that has spanned over two decades in the region YANGON, MYANMAR - Media OutReach - 9 January 2020 - Nestlé, the world's largest food company has appointed DHL Supply Chain (DHL), the global market leader for contract logistics solutions, to manage warehousing operations for its food products in Myanmar, which include household brands such as Coffee mate®, MILO® and Nescafé®.Mr. Kevin Burrell, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Thailand Cluster (Left) and Mr. Terry Ryan, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific (2nd to Left) hand the first invoice to Mr. Victor Seah, CEO of Nestlé Indochina (2nd to Right) and Mr. Stephen Knight, Country Manager of Nestlé Myanmar (Right) to mark the partnership between Nestlé Myanmar Trading Ltd. and DHL Supply Chain Myanmar at DHL Supply Chain Myanmar, Dagon Seikkan Warehouse, Yangon. Total operations for Nestlé products spans 4,000 sqm, which accounts for more than 60% of total warehouse space in DHL's first multi-user warehouse in the country. The recently-unveiled warehouse is conveniently located next to Nestlé's new manufacturing facility, situated in Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone in Yangon, the country's trade and commerce epicenter. Kevin Burrell, CEO DHL Supply Chain, Thailand Cluster (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia) said, "Myanmar is an exciting market to be in, and we have been very successful in ensuring that our capabilities are customized to meet our customers' needs, enabling them to grow their business footprint here. As the country shapes up to be a bigger player in intra-regional trade, and with the local economy projected to grow by mo ......read more

Niigata rice fair at Jiuguang in Shanghai

NIIGATA, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 9 January 2020 - Niigata Prefecture and Niigata City, in collaboration with JETRO Niigata, will hold a fair featuring rice produced in Niigata Prefecture at Jiuguang department store in Shanghai.In the Chinese market, food safety awareness has been increasing along with the economic growth. Among Japanese food products that are in high demand, rice grown in Niigata Prefecture, an area that boasts the highest production volume and quality of rice in Japan, is particularly popular. To respond to the needs, Niigata Prefecture of Japan will hold an event featuring rice produced in Niigata Prefecture for seven days from January 15 through 21, 2020 in the basement floor at Jiuguang department store in Shanghai. For the first time in about nine years, a Niigata rice fair will be held at a department store in China. This also marks the first event since Niigata rice export was resumed in November 2018.Jiuguang is one of the most luxurious department stores in Shanghai and is known for always being thronged with many customers. As the event coincides with the busy season before Chinese New Year, huge visitor turnout is expected. Niigata rice will be on sale and visitors will also have an opportunity to sample delicious rice. [Sampling and sale] - Date/time: 10:00 - 18:00, January 15 - 21, 2020 (Rice sampling available irregularly) - Place: Basement, Jiuguang department store, NO.1618 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai - Event: Sale of Niigata rice ...read more

NEFIN x BOSCH First Solar Photovoltaic Project Completion in Nanjing on 8 January 2020

Journey towards Carbon Neutrality HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 January 2020 - In a bid to achieve its carbon neutrality goal as soon as possible, Bosch, in partnership with NEFIN, the bespoke solar developer, announced the completion of its first solar photovoltaic project at its Nanjing plant of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket (China) Co., Ltd. Government representatives including Mr. Tao Lei, Deputy Director of the Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology, Mr. Liu Hongwen, Member of the Nanjing Bureau of Commerce Party Committee and Deputy Director General of the Nanjing Investment Promotion Bureau, Mr. Shen Yinlong, Deputy Director of Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone, Mr. Tao Xiaojun, General Manager of State Grid Nanjing Power Supply Company, also management of Bosch Group including Dr. Frank Scheidemantel, Regional President APAC of Bosch Global Business Services and Member of the Board of Bosch China, other VIP guests and media participated in the event that took place on 8 January 2020.   The Nanjing project is, by-far, the largest solar project by Bosch globally. The project is divided into two phases. With completion of the first phase, 17,422 solar modules, would be installed on available carparks and ground surface, approximately the size of 100,000 square meters in total. The first phase is expertly engineered to produce an estimated 7,700,000 kWh clean solar energy per annum and reduce carbon emission by 8,000 tones. Leveraging on the robust mounting structure, the ground mounted solar panels can easily be redeployed to the rooftops of buildings in Bosch in the future. With construction started by 1st August 2019, the first phase was completed within five months, which is exceptionally short compared to industry standard. With the full system up and running, it will be able to generate an installed capacity of over 10,680,000 kWh, worth over a millio ......read more

HYDEOUT Unveils Phase 3 Line-up, With Additions of J Balvin, Tinashe, Bea Miller And More, Including Iconic Stage Takeovers By Andrew Rayel - Find Your Harmony, BFAM, Monstercat And Brownies & Lemonade

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 8 January 2020 - Hydeout, the region's first-ever multi-genre music festival, happening across two weekends at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on the 10-11 April & 17-18 April 2020, has unveiled its 3rd phase of artistes joining the stellar line-up of international and regional artistes showcases. In addition to the star-studded repertoire of headliners and special guests previously announced such as A$AP Rocky, Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Gucci Mane, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Rita Ora, Sam Feldt Live, San Holo, Slushii and Yellow Claw, the latest release reveals an eclectic mix of artistes, and Hydeout's very own Pantheon Stage -- which will host the festival's highly-anticipated stage takeovers. WEEKEND ONE (10-11 April 2020) Tastemakers can look forward to a multi-genre wonderland with three more esteemed international artistes joining Hydeout's already stacked line-up on Weekend One (10-11 April 2020). Among the special guests include French DJ and producer Mercer, bringing his infectious disco-influence remix to the crowd; and Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer Tinashe who will be performing in Singapore for the first time. The 26-year old recording artiste recently released her third album, Songs For You -- following her chart-topping singles of 'Die A Little Bit', '2 On' and 'Faded Love'. Chinese-born U.S.-based rapper Bohan Phoenix will also join the line-up as a supporting guest with his harmonious bilingual rhymes inspired by his salient East-West identities. The rapper has been making waves on the global hip-hop scene with popular releases such as 'The Prince', 'Overseas' and 'Angels'.   Also making her Singapore debut alongside headliners A$AP Rocky and Rita Ora on 11 April is Alison Wonderland -- who promises to deliver her intensely raw, personal lyrics, blended with her digitally rendered beats in a true wonderland sty ......read more

Make a Wish this New Year with 'Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes' Room Package

And receive amazing perks that include 40% off room rate, breakfast, and dinner for two, Michelin-recommended dim sum meal, free airport lounge access, and more HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 January 2020 - What better way to kick start the New Year than with 'Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes' room package that satisfies every wish and whim when you are travelling for business or leisure. Breakfast? Check. Dinner? Check. Free meal at a Michelin-recommended restaurant? Check...and more 'wishes' waiting to be discovered. With a nightly rate starting from just HK$580, guests can look forward to spending a memorable night in a stylishly designed Premier Room with daily buffet breakfast for two and two extra perks of 'your' choice at the Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong - an award-winning 4.5-star hotel located in the charming neighborhood opposite to the famous Happy Valley racecourse.    'Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes' comes with breakfast for two and two self-selected perks from the wish list below at NO EXTRA cost: In-room dinner for two   Free Dim Sum Set Meal at Tim Ho Wan Michelin-recommended dim sum restaurant for one Free Signature Meal (for breakfast or all-day meal) at a Hong Kong-style Cha Chaan Teng -- Wan Chai Cha Don for two 3-hour access to Plaza Premium Lounge at HK International Airport for one Exclusive 20% off Ocean Park ticket(s) Free upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room Buy one, get one free -- Arrival coach transfer from airport to hotel Unlimited free laundry Free pressing of one garment daily One-off free minibar  Complimentary late check-out till 6 pm Premium Wi-Fi access for a maximum of 10 devices in the room   This promotion is available on hotel website till July 31, 2020. Book NOW   Guests can also take advantage of other "beyond thoughtful" brand initiatives absolutely free of charge ......read more

Avnet Launches New IoT Partner Program at CES 2020 to Accelerate IoT Adoption and Speed Time to Value

New Partner Program gives developers a place to build and scale IoT solutions  LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES - Media OutReach - January 8, 2020 - At CES 2020, leading global technology solutions provider Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT) is launching a new Partner Program designed to provide developers with a place to build complete IoT solutions, enabling them to scale their business in a quick and cost-effective manner. Using Avnet's IoTConnect platform, powered by Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite, developers can seamlessly connect devices that address both the software and hardware needs of IoT solutions.   This spring, Avnet's offering will expand to include a comprehensive Marketplace, which will allow any developer to write IoT applications to our platform and offer them for sale to a much broader audience. The combination of Avnet's IoTConnect platform, Partner Program and Marketplace will simplify the complexities of IoT and enable businesses to more rapidly deploy secure and complete solutions.   "IoT is complex, with unique hardware, software and security requirements at every stage of the development cycle," said Pete Bartolotta, president of business transformation for Avnet. "With our Partner Program and the upcoming Marketplace, we are putting proven IoT solutions in the hands of partners and systems integrators so they can scale their own businesses and accelerate the adoption of IoT."   New solutions seamlessly connect devices through IoTConnect platform Avnet's newly expanded suite of IoT solutions is powered by Avnet's IoTConnect platform, which allows critical IoT devices, assets and systems to be connected securely--without compromising speed and simplicity--by leveraging pre-built and proven Smart Applications that are equipped with a suite of AI services for specific industry verticals.   Partner Program speeds solution development Avnet's new Partner P ......read more

Artesyn Embedded Power Announces High Efficiency 1300-Watt Quarter-brick with Digital Control for Telecom and Compute Equipment

Supports 48-volt data center and network applications HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 January 2020 - Artesyn Embedded Power, an Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) company, today announced the BDQ1300, a new 1300 watt quarter-brick dc-dc converter, designed to provide the highest efficiency on-board 12V output for telecom, computing and server applications, with optional digital control. With efficiency rated over 97 percent, the BDQ1300 is designed as a voltage source for non-isolated point-of-load converters. It can accept an input voltage range from 40 to 60 volts, making it ideal for 48-volt data center and communications network equipment. Rated for up to 110 amps, the Artesyn BDQ1300 is a fully isolated dc-dc converter, which can be applied with separate input and output ground connections. This isolation means that EMI management and any possible fault condition can be contained within the primary side of the converter. The modules use a standard high-current quarter-brick pin-out. A pair of power pins are provided for the positive output and ground connections to enable the current to be conducted to the host PCB. Conduction losses from the module are minimized using large diameter pins. "The BDQ1300 has been designed to primarily support two power-conversion architectures," said Andy Brown, director of technical marketing dc-dc for Artesyn Embedded Power. "Either the conventional and widely used 'two-stage' conversion architecture network, where the BDQ1300 only provides power to non-isolated, 12V input point-of-load converters such as Artesyn's LGA80D or LGA50D families; or the module can also be used to support a hybrid conversion architecture. This is where some of the application's power is converted with 48 V to low-voltage 'direct conversion' products, such as those being developed by members of the Power Stamp Alliance, and -- operating alongside this direct conversion network -- a conventional ......read more

Pokémon and Joyoung launched co-branded small household appliances, a big hit in China

JINAN, CHINA - Media OutReach - January 8, 2020 - Japanese super popular cartoon game Pokémon and Joyoung, China's well-known small appliance brand, jointly launched a series of small appliances that were very popular in China. Themed on Pikachu, the Pokémon co-branded health-care pots, warming coasters, juicers, and milk makers triggered a rush of buying in their first debut during the New Year's shopping festival held by Chinese E-commerce platform Tmall on January 6th. 2020 is the year of the mouse. Pikachu endowed small appliances with vitality which gained great popularity from young Chinese consumers. Pokémon was born on February 27, 1996, in Gameboy, a series of games developed by Game Freak and Creatures and distributed by Nintendo. Pokémon has become a super international IP. Films and television animation works adapted by Pokémon have been published one after another since 1997 and elves like Pikachu are popular all over the world. Joyoung, founded in 1994, is a famous household appliances brand with hundreds of millions of users in China. It is popular for good-looking product design and perfectly convenient products experience. Joyoung original products such as easy-clean automatic soy milk machines, blenders and steam rice cookers were loved by its fans in 2019. The combination between super animation IP and China's small household appliances, breaking dimensional walls, changed mechanical small household appliances with strong a sense of science and technology into fashionable and cute single items with the help of Pokémon, quickly capturing the hearts of Chinese young people. Adorable co-branded products have attracted lots of consumers to share the joy of using them on social media and become web celebrity small household appliances. Pokémon has cooperated with many famous fashion brands such as clothing, beauty makeup, and beverages previously. The wonderf ......read more

Arrow Electronics introduces first healthcare-focused proof-of-concept design incorporating Analog Devices' 3D time-of-flight technology

Powered by intelligent sensing algorithm for monitoring breathing pattern and small-motion detection HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 January 2020 - Global technology solutions provider Arrow Electronics today unveiled the first healthcare-focused proof-of-concept design incorporating Analog Devices' 3D time-of-flight (ToF) technology at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Powered by intelligent sensing algorithm, the design demonstrates how 3D ToF technology can be deployed to deliver highly accurate, up to nanosecond real-time sensory data for monitoring breathing pattern and small motion detection.  This integrated design will be used by Hubble Connected, an IoT platform that provides connectivity and services to Motorola-branded smart nursey products, to create these intelligent and intuitive nursery products.  A live demonstration the innovative design is on showcase at Analog Devices' booth (South Hall 3, #30322) at CES in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10, 2020.Arrow now offers ADI 3D Time-of-Flight development platform evaluation kit to help engineers accelerate prototyping and product development. Accelerating adoption of smart sensing technologySmart sensing technologies are being introduced into healthcare products and devices to enrich user experiences and deliver superior functionalities.  Some of the engineering challenges that product designers often face include how to choose the right intelligent sensing technology; how to best to integrate hardware system and AI algorithm so that sensory data can be translated into meaningful insights; and how to accelerate the engineering design cycle and minimize development costs. "We appreciate Arrow's support in jump-starting our innovation cycle by developing an integrated platform that combines Analog Devices' latest depth-sensing technology, powerful computing module, and intelligent sensing algorithms to enable smarter and more intuitive ......read more

Vingroup Is Now Among 34 FIDO2 Certified Companies in The World

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 7 January 2020 - VINCSS Internet Security Services Limited Liability Company (a member of Vingroup) has just been awarded FIDO2 Certificate for its authentication key product: VinCSS FIDO2 Authenticator by IDO Alliance. This makes Vingroup become one of 34 companies in the world capable of producing and mastering the most modern technology in the field of security authentication. FIDO2 is the overarching term for FIDO Alliance's newest set of specifications. FIDO2 enables users to leverage common devices to easily authenticate to online services in both mobile and desktop environments. In the world, there are 13 countries capable of mastering technology for producing FIDO2-certified authentication products, led by developed countries such as USA, Japan, Canada, UK and Germany. This event not only marks VinCSS in the world security technology community but also affirms the transformation of Vingroup as the leading technology corporation, gradually integrating with world-class and complex technologies. This result also enables VinCSS to ranks among FIDO2 certified technology companies and corporations in the world such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Yubico, Solokey and Kensington, etc. To achieve the certification, VinCSS FIDO2 Authenticator must pass the interoperability testing with a rate of 180/180 tests in two consecutive days. All product operations must be compatible with all popular browsers. Interactions with 10 authentication servers specified by FIDO Alliance must have a zero error. Besides, design engineers of VinCSS must pass a face-to-face interview by FIDO Board Certification Committee with lots of difficult questions about the technological design details of the product. Last but not least, VinCSS was required to submit a Vendor Questionnaire detailing all the technical specifications of the product for evaluation by FIDO Alliance. About this event, Mr. Nguyen ......read more

Envision Digital Appoints Sylvie Ouziel as International President

Newly created role in response to the increasing global demand for AIoT (Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things) technology in the era of digital transformation SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 January 2020 - Envision Digital International Pte Ltd (Envision Digital), a global AIoT technology leader, has appointed Sylvie Ouziel as International President as it strengthens its business covering Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas. Headquartered in Singapore, Envision Digital's world-leading AIoT operating system, EnOS™, connects more than 120GW energy assets globally. Partnering with companies and governments, Envision Digital through its suite of applications and solutions, is committed to enabling global clean energy transition and digital transformation. Ouziel will be based in Singapore and will also serve as Managing Director of the Singapore entity. With over 28 years of experience in business transformation and technology leadership roles, she joins Envision Digital from Allianz, where she was Global CEO of Allianz Assistance and Asia Pacific CEO of Allianz Partners for four years. In this role, Ouziel delivered high-touch, high-tech services to consumers in a B2B2C model for business partners in mobility, home, and consumer electronics. Ouziel joined Allianz in 2012 and her first role was to establish and lead the company's global Shared Services covering digital transformation and global operations. Prior to this, Ouziel spent 20 years with Accenture where she led transformation projects for industrial clients spanning across the airspace, automotive, construction, pharmaceutical, and healthcare sectors. Ouziel's last position at Accenture was Global COO of Accenture Management Consulting. "Sylvie is an accomplished global business leader with a strong track record in leading digital and technological transformation initiatives. As we look to accelerate our growth i ......read more

Largest Annual Feng Shui And Astrology Live Conference in Singapore by World No.1 Expert in Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics - Joey Yap

Joey Yap's largest conference arrived in Singapore on 5th January, and will continue its run in Malaysia and Bangkok  Nearly 8,000 participants attended Joey Yap's annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar at Resorts World Sentosa on 5th January 2020Joey Yap shared about the forecasts for the Year of the Metal Rat and shed light on the global economic outlook for 2020 SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 January 2020 - On 5th January 2020, global best-selling author and world No.1 Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics expert Joey Yap held his highly-anticipated annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar at Resorts World Sentosa -- the largest one yet, attracting nearly 8,000 participants from 21 different countries around the world. Drawing over 5,000 participants in 2019, the 2020 annual Feng Shui & Astrology seminar is back again, this time with even more valuable insights from Joey Yap.   An authoritative voice on all things Chinese Metaphysics, Joey Yap spoke on the forecasts for the Year of the Metal Rat, as well as illuminating insights on the overall economic outlook for the year. Attendees were given a clear overview of obstacles and opportunities that will follow in the coming months.   Set to be an extraordinary year according to Chinese Astrology, the Year of the Metal Rat is a pivotal year for many on both professional and personal levels. Joey Yap also shared his wealth of insights on the latest 2020 Feng Shui Outlook, as well as comprehensive forecasts on wealth, career, romance, health and family for each of the 12 zodiac groups.   Joey Yap also revealed a deep dive analysis of Feng Shui and Qi Men, as well as how one can utilise Qi Men Dun Jia charts to forecast outcomes that will benefit them in 2020.   "Joey Yap's case studies with BaZi are really relatable for me and easy to understand. So far, I've used it to practice self-awareness, and it guides me in overc ......read more

Innovative Hong Kong restaurant PLAY Dim Sum opens in Ho Chi Minh City

The stylish Hong Kong dim sum restaurant brings playful, photogenic dishes to the heart of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City’s most vibrant neighborhood HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 7 January 2020 - PLAY Dim Sum, an innovative new Hong Kong dim sum restaurant created and managed by Vietnam Cuisine Alternative Holdings Ltd, is celebrating its grand opening with a party this Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Set in the heart of this vibrant commercial and dining district, PLAY Dim Sum takes Hong Kong cuisine to new heights with a winning combination of authentic flavors, playful ideas and masterful techniques. To celebrate the opening, PLAY Dim Sum is delighted to offer a cash voucher of VND100,000 to each table when diners collectively spend over VDN1,200,000 at the restaurant between January 6 and March 31, 2020. Each table can get a maximum of two VDN100,000 vouchers.  In addition, every customer will take home a coupon calendar filled with enticing monthly deals when they dine at the restaurant during the opening month of January. Building on Hong Kong traditions, PLAY Dim Sum's chefs love to play with unconventional ingredients -- such as Italian black truffle, balsamic vinegar and okra -- and create unexpected flavor combinations. Offering updated takes on the classics, signature dishes like spicy beef shanks paired with frozen watermelon promises a delicious balance of fiery and cooling flavors; a two-bite, de-boned pork knuckle and okra ball comes packed with collagen; our lobster cheese puff features a flaky, buttery exterior (naturally colored with carrot juice) stuffed with juicy lobster and prawn meat; and our truffle mushroom buns topped with cocoa powder are prepared with exceptional ingredients and expert techniques.     PLAY Dim Sum also spoils little foodies with hand-crafted edible animal characters, such as our '3 Little Piggies' house-ma ......read more

Prudential Vietnam and SeABank establish exclusive bancassurance partnership

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 January 2020 - Prudential Vietnam Assurance Private Limited ("Prudential Vietnam"), a subsidiary of Prudential plc, and Southeast Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank ("SeABank") have entered into an exclusive bancassurance partnership with a 20-year term. Prudential Vietnam will also become the preferred life insurance provider to BRG Group Joint Stock Company ("BRG Group"), a leading conglomerate in Vietnam with approximately 10 million customers. The partnership is expected to be effective from April 2020. SeABank is a fast-growing bank in Vietnam with approximately 1.2 million customers and almost 170 branches. It has adopted a pioneering ecosystem strategy, bringing together a number of market leaders to leverage their respective strengths and customer access, including BRG Group and others in the telecommunication, postal and retail segments. This strategy is underpinned by a digital-convergence approach to transform customer journeys and deliver a compelling suite of innovative products and services for the customers of its ecosystem partners. SeABank's ecosystem strategy is expected to deliver a step-change in its customer base and contribute towards its mission of becoming "the most favourite leading bank in Vietnam". Prudential Vietnam is a leading life insurance company in Vietnam and is a household name synonymous with life insurance, built up over 20 years of operations. It serves over 1.5 million customers and has a nationwide footprint, with more than 360 sales offices across 63 provinces.  Prudential Vietnam and SeABank have a shared focus on helping local consumers achieve their financial and protection goals. Under this partnership, consumers will be provided with a comprehensive range of customer-centric life insurance solutions, seamlessly delivered via a suite of digital tools to enrich the customer experience. The partnership builds on Prudential's strategy o ......read more

China's Lingtong Selects Infor as Environmental Sustainability Partner to Create a Green Exhibition Service Ecosystem

Infor LN improves Lingtong’s overall management and business visibility with its robust industry-specific capabilities and flexible deployment BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 January 2020 - Infor a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that Lingtong Exhibition System Co., Ltd. ("Lingtong") has chosen Infor to be its eco-friendly partner. Together, they will help raise the bar for environmental sustainability within China's huge exhibition industry. This will be achieved by deploying the Infor LN solution to improve Lingtong's management and operational capabilities, and, ultimately, achieving the goal of building a green exhibition service ecosystem.   In recent years the exhibition industry has undergone rapid development, which is a phenomenon that is in-line with urbanization trends. As the industry expands, concerns have grown about high-energy consumption and pollution levels caused by exhibitions. As the earliest professional company in China to develop and produce exhibition display equipment, Lingtong's vision is to take "green exhibition service global" and is committed to "building a green exhibition service ecosystem" worldwide through technology, as well invest in as research and development. Lingtong provides large-scale exhibition equipment for various industries, comprising quick-to-build, recyclable, safe, and environmentally-friendly materials. The company is committed to providing customized, environmentally sound construction solutions for different exhibition needs in the future.   The continuous expansion of the exhibition industry has led to environmental issues becoming even more commonplace. With Lingtong's rapid growth, current management tools can no longer support the needs of Lingtong's group operations and business development. Through this partnership, Lingtong and Infor have pledged to promote better environmental ......read more

Nexusguard Research Shows DNS Amplification Attacks Grew Nearly 4,800% Year-over-Year; Highlighted by Sharp Increase in TCP SYN Flood

Enterprise networks and telcos must take heed of the resurgence of old threats to avoid junk traffic consuming user bandwidth  SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Media OutReach - 6 January 2020 - DNS amplification attacks continue to increase in number, growing 4,788% over Q3 2018, according to Nexusguard's Q3 2019 Threat Report. DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) remains the main driver of growth of DNS amplification attacks in the quarter, yet Nexusguard analysts have detected a sharp and concerning rise in TCP SYN Flood attacks. TCP SYN Flood is not a new method, but findings indicate that techniques have grown in sophistication and have emerged as the third most used attack vector, behind DNS amplification and HTTP flood attacks.   Cyberattackers have long favored DDoS attacks that amplify damage beyond the resources required, but suitable reflectors or amplifiers are not as widely available for DNS amplification and memcached reflection attacks. In contrast, any server with an open TCP port is an ideal attack vector, and such reflectors are widely available and easy to access to cause SYN Flood reflection attacks.   Consequently, SYN Flood reflection not only hits targeted victims, but also can impact innocent users, including individuals, businesses, and other organizations. These innocent victims end up having to process large volumes of spoofed requests and what appear to be legitimate replies from the attack target. As a result, bystanders can incur hefty fees for bandwidth consumed by junk traffic, or even suffer from secondary outages.   "Our research findings revealed that even plain-vanilla network attacks could be turned into complex, stealthy attacks leveraging advanced techniques, from the bit-and-piece attacks, also known as carpet bombing, we identified last year, to the emergence of Distributed Reflective DoS (DRDoS) attacks in the third quarter. Telcos a ......read more

Catriona Gray to unveil her wax figure in Manila

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 6 January, 2020 - Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 have her image immortalized in Madame Tussauds Singapore. Catriona's wax figure will wear a replica of the iconic lava gown, inspired by Albay's Mayon Volcano, specially designed by Mak Tumang, which she wore when she won the 2018 Miss Universe tile.    "I am so excited to see the final figure and be a part of this special event! To unveil the figure in my home country with my fans watching is another dream come true." said Catriona on her Instagram.   "The Philippines market continues to be one of our strongest markets and has been very important to our attractions in Asia and we had seen an increase of travellers to Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. We believe that by having Catriona's wax figure, it will definitely be a huge draw and create the platform for her fans to get up-close with her in 2020. Her figure will be in Madame Tussauds Singapore for a limited period of time. Thereafter, her figure will be going to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Hong Kong" said Susan Ang, Regional General Manager, Asia (excluding China).    "We are constantly bringing in more fun to cater to various markets and we look forward to welcome Catriona who will be the first Filipino wax figure in Madame Tussauds Singapore. Besides her figure Catriona also filmed something special for Madame Tussauds" said Alex Ward, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Singapore.   More information will be released on Madame Tussauds Singapore's social media pages, so be sure to stay tune for more information! Twitter: @TussaudsHK | @MTsSingapore Instagram: @MadameTussaudsBangkok_Official | @madametussaudshongkong | @MtsSingapore   Facebook: @MadameTussaudsBangkok | @MadameTussaudsHongKong | @MadameTussaudsSingapore Hashtag: #MTBKK | #MadameTussaudsHongKong | #MadameTussaudsSG Madame Tussauds The u ......read more

IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards 2019 Now Opens for Applications

Recognising Excellence in the FinTech Industry HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 3 January 2020 - The IFTA Fintech Achievement Awards 2019 (the "Awards") is now open for applications. Organised by the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia ("IFTA"), the Awards recognises achievements worldwide in FinTech innovation, education, R&D, and its applications through its 26 corporate and 4 individual award categories.   Established in September 2017, the IFTA is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation aiming to promote professional standards within Asia's FinTech industry, to facilitate its education, and to nurture new talents. For two consecutive years, the Awards recognises companies that have contributed to this emerging industry, facilitating the development of FinTech in Hong Kong.   Themed "Transforming FinTech Communities with Competence, Character, and Care", the Awards recognises talents and corporates in their pursuit of innovative solutions that meet both business and social needs. Apart from being able to demonstrate their competence in the respective judging criteria, the awardees should also uphold a high standard of ethics and professionalism, and are committed to continuous improvement.   The Awards serves as a baseline within the FinTech industry, encourages corporate and professional development, thus facilitating the sustainable development of the FinTech community.   "The IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards aims to recognise companies, NGOs, start-ups, and individuals who have contributed to the FinTech industry." IFTA Founder and Chairman Mr Paul Pong said, "Through the Awards, we hope to facilitate the exchange of FinTech companies across the globe, laying a solid foundation for local products to 'Go Out'."   IFTA Head Juror Dr Charleston Sin added, "There are two major stakeholders in the FinTech industry: corporates and start-ups, both n ......read more

Appointment of Mr Allan Yu as Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Life

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 2 January 2020 - Tahoe Life Insurance Company Limited ("Tahoe Life", "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Allan Yu as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tahoe Life effective 1 January 2020.Mr Allan Yu, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Life In his new role, Allan will be responsible for driving Tahoe Life to become one of the leading life insurers in Hong Kong and continuing the success of Tahoe Life in driving further growth and sales through multiple distribution channels, as well as capitalising on the opportunities brought about by the development of the Greater Bay Area. Allan first worked for Tahoe Investment Group Co., Ltd. ("the Group") on the acquisition of Dah Sing Life Assurance Company Limited and Dah Sing Insurance Services Limited in 2016 and was one of the core members in the process. He then became Executive Director of Tahoe Life in 2017 following the successful completion of the acquisition. He has very strong bonding with Tahoe Life and has rejoined the Company since October 2019. Possessing over 45 years of experience in the general and life insurance industry with exceptional management strength and expertise in underwriting, pricing, reinsurance, claim reserving models and product development particularly in general insurance, Allan is a proven leader with profound experience, business vision and the ability to bring people together. He assumed various senior management roles in international and local insurance companies previously, including CEO of the Hong Kong branch of a Swiss international insurer. His appointment as CEO of Tahoe Life will definitely benefit the Company, the customers and the industry as the Company enters its next chapter of innovation and business growth. Mr Huang Qisen, Chairman of Tahoe Investment Group Co., Limited and Tahoe Life, commented on the appointment of Mr Allan Yu, "Allan is an industry veteran who has outstandin ......read more

Gelam Gallery Alive Returns for a 2nd Edition in January 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 January 2020 - Gelam Gallery Alive is back again for a 2nd edition in early January 2020 in conjunction with the Singapore Art Week.   Gelam Gallery Alive is a vibrant pop-up arts and craft market in a unique setting at the Gelam Gallery @ Muscat Street - Singapore's first ever outdoor art gallery.  Visitors can visit this unique art gallery to check out the wall murals, shop for artisanal handicrafts or check out workshops like soap-making, crochet dolls, bag painting or  visit the shadow cutter, haiku composer, caricature artist and more!   Plan a long visit to catch surprise performances like bubble shows, juggling and mime acts, dancers, singers, violinist and more!   To top it all, catch artists at work when they perform the dustbin makeover challenge! You will get to vote for your favorite painted bin and the 3 top artists will win cash prizes.   10-11 January and 17-18 January 2020 Venue: Gelam Gallery @ Muscat Street The opening hours on Fridays are 5pm-11pm and Saturdays are 4pm-10pm Entrance is free. Gelam Gallery Alive is organized by Colorinc Pte Ltd and supported by Singapore Tourism Board and Singtel Dash.   An all-in-one mobile wallet, Singtel Dash enables you to make safe and easy payments wherever you go -- be it in-store or online, locally or globally. Download Dash from Apple App Store or Google Play Store to shop, dine, commute and send money with your mobile phone.   For more information on Dash, please visit www.dash.com.sg   Visitor Information: The entrance to the Gelam Gallery is located at the two Muscat Street, perpendicular to Baghdad Street, Singapore. For more information, please visit https://www.theadmin.sg/gelam-gallery-alive...read more

New Pop-up Venue for So Cantai Market January 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 January 2020 - So Cantai Market is back for a 2nd edition at a new and exciting location outside the Indian Heritage Centre @ 5 Campbell Lane. This event held in conjunction with ARTWALK Little India, is organized by Colorinc Pte Ltd with the support of Singapore Tourism Board.   So Cantai Market is a vibrant outdoor arts and craft market selling colorful ceramic wares, grass straws, artisanal candles, handmade lip balm, wax tablet and more... Visitors can participate in many activities like henna art, kolam making, diya painting or play dress up at the sari photo booth. There will also be non-stop performances throughout the day so just come and be entertained in more ways than one!   Taking place over 2 weekends, the pop-up dates are   10-11 January and 17-18 January 2020 Venue: outside Indian Heritage Centre @ 5 Campbell Lane Fridays are 12-5pm and Saturdays are from 11am-6pm Entrance is free   Visitor Information: So Cantai Market is located right outside the Indian Heritage Centre For more information, please visit https://www.theadmin.sg/so-cantai-market...read more

Appointment of Mr Allan Yu as Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Life

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 2 January 2020 - Tahoe Life Insurance Company Limited ("Tahoe Life", "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Allan Yu as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tahoe Life effective 1 January 2020.Mr Allan Yu, Chief Executive Officer of Tahoe Life   In his new role, Allan will be responsible for driving Tahoe Life to become one of the leading life insurers in Hong Kong and continuing the success of Tahoe Life in driving further growth and sales through multiple distribution channels, as well as capitalising on the opportunities brought about by the development of the Greater Bay Area.   Allan first worked for Tahoe Investment Group Co., Ltd. ("the Group") on the acquisition of Dah Sing Life Assurance Company Limited and Dah Sing Insurance Services Limited in 2016 and was one of the core members in the process. He then became Executive Director of Tahoe Life in 2017 following the successful completion of the acquisition. He has very strong bonding with Tahoe Life and has rejoined the Company since October 2019.   Possessing over 45 years of experience in the general and life insurance industry with exceptional management strength and expertise in underwriting, pricing, reinsurance, claim reserving models and product development particularly in general insurance, Allan is a proven leader with profound experience, business vision and the ability to bring people together. He assumed various senior management roles in international and local insurance companies previously, including CEO of the Hong Kong branch of a Swiss international insurer. His appointment as CEO of Tahoe Life will definitely benefit the Company, the customers and the industry as the Company enters its next chapter of innovation and business growth.   Mr Huang Qisen, Chairman of Tahoe Investment Group Co., Limited and Tahoe Life, commented on the appointment of Mr Allan Yu, "A ......read more

Isabel dos Santos, Unitel awarded prestigious financial sector awards

Global Banking and Finance Awards 2019 celebrate both dos Santos and Unitel as Angolan industry leaders. LONDON, UK - Media OutReach - 2 January 2020 - The Global Banking and Finance Review has named Isabel dos Santos the best Angolan chairperson for 2019, and her company Unitel the best telecommunications company in Angola for 2019.   Dos Santos owns 25 percent of Unitel, Angola's largest telecoms company. She also sits on its board and last March had her board membership renewed.   The Angolan investor has been busy this past year. In 2019, Unitel became the first Angolan Associate Partner of the World Economic Forum. This exclusive club of corporate partners help WEF implement its vision in Africa and attend summits all over the world. The only other African partner is the Dangote Group. They both join giants such as Alibaba, Facebook, Google, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   "This is a very big achievement for us," dos Santos said at the time of the announcement. "The management team is very proud to be part of this exclusive partnership and network of impressive business leaders. We have a very clear exciting path of growth and look forward to speaking about it at next WEF Davos."   In November, dos Santos attended AfricaCom 2019 as Unitel's representative and called for global investors to pave the way for 5G.   "I would like to see in the Energy sector the same thing that happened in the Telecommunications sector: a big investment from the private sector," she said in Cape Town. "Today we are 1.2 billion people in Africa, by 2050 we will be 2.4 billion -- more than in China. The investment required in infrastructure is huge".   She said that her company had invested $2.2 billion in fibre optic cables over the past two decades: "Today we have 14,000 km of optical fibre, we promote the expansion of the internet nationwide wi ......read more

Kincentric Announces 4 Best Employers in Indonesia for 2019

Best Employers in Indonesia lead the way with a 16-point higher employee engagement score than market average. JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 2 January 2020 - Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company, has named 4 organisations as Best Employers in Indonesia for 2019, as part of Kincentric's global Best Employers program, which recognises leading employers that strive to continuously spark change, inspire their people and accelerate business success. Best Employers, the leading employer benchmarking program, measures and recognises extraordinary employers that demonstrate workplace excellence. Formerly a part of Aon, the Best Employers program is now offered by Kincentric, a new business unit of Spencer Stuart, following the close of Spencer Stuart's acquisition of this business from Aon on July 1, 2019. Findings from this year's study show that Best Employers in Indonesia continue to invest in creating a highly engaged workforce, with an employee engagement score of 92%, compared to a market average of 76%. In today's uncertain business environment, Best Employers are also better positioned to manage change, with 91% of employees in Best Employers believing that their organisation is highly agile, innovative, inclusive and responsive to changing needs (compared to 72% market average). Furthermore, 89% of these employees agree that their senior leadership has communicated a clear vision for the organisation (compared to 72% market average). Best Employers are also strongly committed in nurturing and developing their employees professionally, with 92% believing that their organisation is supportive of their learning and development (compared to 77% market average). The Kincentric Best Employers in Indonesia for 2019 are:   DBS Bank InterContinental Hotels Group (Indonesia) Marriott International (Indonesia) Marriott Vacations Worldwide (Indonesia) Stephen Hickey, Culture & Engagement APM ......read more

Kincentric Announces 3 Best Employers in Hong Kong for 2019

Best Employers in Hong Kong lead the way with a 24-point higher employee engagement score than market average. HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 2 January 2020 - Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company, has named 3 organisations as Best Employers in Hong Kong for 2019, as part of Kincentric's global Best Employers program, which recognises leading employers that strive to continuously spark change, inspire their people and accelerate business success.   Best Employers, the leading employer benchmarking program, measures and recognises extraordinary employers that demonstrate workplace excellence. Formerly a part of Aon, the Best Employers program is now offered by Kincentric, a new business unit of Spencer Stuart, following the close of Spencer Stuart's acquisition of this business from Aon on July 1, 2019.   Findings from this year's study show that Best Employers in Hong Kong continue to invest in creating a highly engaged workforce, with an employee engagement score of 84%, compared to a market average of 60%. In today's uncertain business environment, Best Employers are also better positioned to manage change, with 88% of employees in Best Employers believing that their organisation is highly agile, innovative, inclusive and responsive to changing needs (compared to 60% market average). Furthermore, 87% of these employees agree that their senior leadership has communicated a clear vision for the organisation (compared to 63% market average). Best Employers are also strongly committed in nurturing and developing their employees professionally, with 88% believing that their organisation is supportive of their learning and development (compared to 65% market average).   The Kincentric Best Employers in Hong Kong for 2019 are:   DBS BankInterContinental Hotels Group (Hong Kong)Marriott International (Hong Kong)   Stephen Hickey, Culture & Engagement APMEA Pra ......read more

Activation Group Announces Proposed Listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong to Raise up to HK$538.2 million

Indicative Offer Price Range of HK$1.71 to HK$2.34 Per Share HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 31 December 2019 - A leading and fast growing integrated marketing solutions provider, Activation Group Holdings Limited ("Activation Group" or the "Company", which together with its subsidiaries, is referred to as the "Group", stock code: 09919) announced on 30 December 2019 the details of the global offering (the "Global Offering") and the proposed listing of its shares (the "Shares") on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "HKSE").Ms. Carina Lau Kar-ling (middle), Mr. Steve Lau (4th from the left), Co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Activation Group, Mr. Johnny Ng (4th from the right), Co-chairman and Chief Operating Officer and Activation Group's management.A 360° virtual reality photo is taken of Ms. Carina Lau Kar-ling with Hong Kong's harbour view as the backdrop. The technology is developed by Activation.   The Global Offering of a total of 200,000,000 Shares (the "Offer Shares") is comprised of 180,000,000 Shares for an international placing (the "International Placing") and of 20,000,000 Shares for a Hong Kong public offering (the "Hong Kong Public Offering"), which respectively represent 90% and 10% of the total number of the Offer Shares. The offer price (the "Offer Price") is in the range of HK$1.71 to HK$2.34 per share. The over-allotment option allows the issue of up to 30,000,000 additional shares, or equivalent to 15% of the Offer Shares.   The net proceeds from the Global Offering are estimated to be approximately HK$355.1 million after deducting the underwriting commissions and other estimated expenses in connection with the Global Offering, assuming an Offer Price of HK$2.025 per Offer Share being the mid-point of the indicative offer price range, and assuming that the Over-allotment Option is not exercised. The Group intends to use the net proceeds for ......read more

Taiwan to launch contactless payment on airport metro line

TAOYUAN, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 30 December 2019 - Taoyuan Metro company will launch contactless payment via bank cards on January 16, 2020 to serve passengers travelling to and from the capital city of Taipei and Taoyuan International Airport.Taoyuan Metro smart cards lead you forward to the world The tap-and-go service will open to holders of VIAS, Mastercard, Union Pay and JCB cards and mobile devices with NFC (Near Field Communication) functions such as Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.   The latest system of metro transportation convenience was announced last week by Taoyuan Metro at a press conference - "Smart Taoyuan Metro -- smart cards lead you forward to the world".   Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said the tap-and-go system for the rapid transit (MRT) line linking metropolitan Taipei and Taoyuan international airport would bring more friendliness and convenience to both domestic and international travelers.   Introduction of the contactless payment was a further evidence of Taoyuan Metro's efforts applying advanced technologies to better serve passengers since the airport metro line was opened two years ago, Mayor Cheng said.   During the two years of operation, Taoyuan Metro has introduced WIFI networks and QR Code system to streamline fare payment.   The mayor hoped the contactless payment would be expanded to all MRT lines in Taipei and other public transportation systems to benefit more riders.   Taoyuan Metro would continue its objectives of offering "safety, friendliness, intelligence and efficiency" to travelers as the airport MTR enters its third year of service, he added. Taoyuan Metro Chairman Liu Kun-I ensured the public that more quality service line would be offered. From January 16, the speed payment will open to passengers holding Visa, Master, and Union Pay cards, and those carrying JCB cards would enjoy the benefit ......read more

Michael Page: Vietnam surges to the front of Southeast Asia’s fintech race

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 27 December 2019 - As Vietnam shifts its focus from low-tech manufacturing to a service-oriented economy, more efforts are going into building its information technology (IT) industry. Vietnam continues to grow as a regional market for both domestic and global technology companies. One of the sectors within the tech industry showing great promise for growth is Vietnam's fintech industry, expected to hit US$7.8 billion in revenue by 2020. An estimated 120 companies and brands cover a wide range of services, from wealth management to blockchain and digital payments. Details from the Vietnam Employment Outlook 2020 published by professional recruitment services firm -- Michael Page, draws attention to the growth and transformation of the financial services and fintech industries. Mark Donnelly, Director at Michael Page Vietnam added, "The continued movement of the technology, software, gaming and mobile segments, makes for a buoyant conversation around the start-up market, and marks technology in general as an exciting space." Vietnam's FMCG industry also looks set for success in the coming year. According to the Employment Outlook 2020, employees can expect a 15 -- 20% average salary increase when switching jobs within similar industries. "In Michael Page Vietnam's growing industry segments, we continue to see a race for market-ready talent. In particular, professionals with a strong track record, who are looking to move their careers forward across some of the fastest growing disciplines including digital, property, fintech, manufacturing and FMCG," commented Mark Donnelly.   As Vietnam's economy accelerates, the search for skilled top talent to fuel that growth continues. While technical skills go a long way in numerous specialised fields, organisations are keen to hire employees with not just technical capabilities, but the soft skills required to succee ......read more

Singapore boutique marketing agency, Jack And Chaz signs its first franchise in Vietnam

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 December 2019 - Singapore based marketing agency, Jack And Chaz Pte Ltd, has just signed its first master franchisee in Vietnam on 23rd December 2019. With more than five years in the local marketing scene, Jack And Chaz has helped several small, medium enterprises (SMEs) achieve brand awareness and optimal sales growth via its unique marketing strategies. "Our company's forte is to grow SMEs to their optimum potential. We believe that by having the right marketing strategy, a business can achieve greater heights. We want to help more SMEs around the world so that is why we are now venturing outside of Singapore." - Jack And Chaz, Chief Executive Officer, Jacky Tan. In August, Jacky Tan attended an event at Google Singapore, where Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister, Mr Chan Chun Sing was the guest speaker at the event. During his speech, Mr Chan observed that SMEs are not Small Medium Enterprises but rather, they are Singapore MNCs Emerging. Another speaker at the event also noted the potential of the Southeast Asian market. Since then, Jacky was inspired to set his business goals beyond our shores. The challenges for many self-funded small-sized companies like Jack And Chaz are plenty. Other than limited funds, most financial institutions or enterprise supporting bodies may not want to risk helping such small companies to expand worldwide. The idea for smaller companies to have franchises overseas can be seen as an uphill task. Therefore, most of the time, it is up to the small business owners themselves to control their destiny. Fortunately, Jack And Chaz managed to seek help from Emerhub Vietnam which helped foreign businesses set up companies legally in Vietnam. A trip to Vietnam in late August 2019 also motivated Jacky to set his eyes on the country. He attended a Startup event in Ho Chi Minh city and was encouraged to see many young budding en ......read more

Get Supercharged this Year of the Rat with SK Jewellery Pokémon Collection

SK Jewellery introduces a twist on the age-old tradition of ‘cash’ red packet exchange with everyone’s all-time favourite Pokémon characters, in Pure Gold Ang Pow. An auspicious and delightful alternative to cash Ang Pow, bringing joy and all things rosy to recipientsPreserving the traditional act of giving and receiving red packets in an unorthodox yet meaningful form -- 999 Pure Gold Pokémon Ang Pow SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 December 2019 - SK Jewellery is thrilled to be collaborating with Pokémon to develop and launch the first comprehensive assortment of fine jewellery and gold collectibles in Singapore. Celebrating the importance of family, love, happiness and the auspicious spirit of giving, the collection delights fans with Pikachu and friends in Chinese New Year themes and styles. This isn't the pioneering concept for SK Jewellery. Since 2017, the brand has been collaborating with various licenced intellectual properties. Here's a quick glance of SK Jewellery's pioneering the market with creative licenced Ang Pow collection: 2017, Year of the Rooster - Starring Minnie and the playful, stackable friends of Tsum Tsum 2018, Year of the Dog - Featuring Snoopy and the classic, well-loved Peanuts Collection 2019, Year of the Pig - The fun-loving, wacky Looney Tunes collection with Porky Pig playing the center stage The Year of the Rat isn't going to be an exception, except that in 2020, SK Jewellery is teaming up with one of the most-hyped franchises of all-time, Pokémon. And what better way to usher the New Year with Pokémon's frontman, Pikachu. Known for his quick agility and electrifying personality, this electric-ability trait of Pikachu accompanied with the other super powers of his friends, are exactly the strength and robustness we all need to charge forward this New Year. Featuring the 5 most favourite Pokémon characters.From left: Snorlax, Eevee, Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur ......read more

Solomon Systech launches SSD1363 to cultivate a wider market for its PMOLED panel application

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23 December 2019 - Solomon Systech Limited, a world leader in passive matrix OLED (PMOLED) display driver technology, announced the expansion of its PMOLED driver family with a new product, SSD1363, which taps into the growing demand for home appliances and industrial applications. Along the years, the PMOLED market has projected to grow rapidly, fueled by demand from wearables and smart home solutions that has been benefited from the enhanced display quality of PMOLED comparing to, say STN display, the conventional display technology. Ordinary panels in different sizes, colors and resolutions have long been prevalent in the market, in where the bendable and transparent PMOLED displays are also gaining presence.  All these accelerate the adoption of PMOLED in smart device and IoT applications.  Enhancing display quality and brightness The aforesaid new product is not only compactable with a higher resolution PMOLED panel up to 320 x 160, but also provides flexibility for the manufactories and brands to tailor-make their products according to individual requirements for panel size up to 3 inches. Apart from supporting high resolution which allows more content to be displayed on the same panel size with 16-level grayscale color, SSD1363 also enhances display quality with an increased DPI. Moreover, this compact-sized SSD1363 supports 500uA segment maximum source current and 120mA common maximum sink current, marking a remarkable advancement of the high brightness PMOLED display technology. PMOLED panels driven by SSD1363 can achieve higher brightness than that of its counterpart. Support cascade IC features to increase display resolution Furthermore, SSD1363 is developed to support cascade IC to extend panel resolution up to 640 x 160, which is a technological advancement that allows flexibility for the industry to design and manufacture various kinds of pro ......read more

Huarong and NWS Holdings' Investee Sued

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 23 December 2019 - The minority shareholders of Malaysian fintech company, Tranglo Sdn Bhd (Tranglo) have filed an oppression suit against TNG Fintech Group Inc (TNG Fintech), which acquired its 60 per cent equity in Tranglo from government-link, private equity fund management company, Ekuinas in October 2018. Defendants also named in the suit are Alexander Kong King Ong (also known as Alex Kong), Wong Wing Chi (also known as Takis Wong), co-founder of Tranglo Sia Hui Yong and Tranglo Sdn Bhd. Both Kong and Wong sit in the board of Tranglo as TNG Fintech's representatives after the acquisition. The suit came about after a series of events that materially impeded business operations, including TNG Fintech's rejection of Tranglo's approved financing plan and unreasonable delay in signing up new bank partners. TNG Fintech also attempted to install Alex Kong's sister as a required signatory of all bank accounts maintained by Tranglo. In addition, Kong and Wong rejected a dividend payout to shareholders despite the company's healthy performance. Six repeated requests by minority shareholders for a shareholder agreement to be signed were refused by TNG Fintech represented by Kong and Wong. TNG Fintech is registered in the British Virgin Islands, based in Hong Kong and controlled by Alex Kong. Kong's previous business ventures, Next Millennium Sdn Bhd and Asia Travelmart Sdn Bhd, were wound up by the government of Malaysia and Technology Park Malaysia Sdn Bhd for non-payment of taxes and rental respectively. Kong also had a track record of two personal bankruptcies, one in Malaysia and another in Hong Kong. Whilst TNG Fintech had issued a statement on 11 September 2017 on its completion of a USD115 million Series A funding, Kong admitted in an email on 8 April 2019 to the Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia) that this funding never materialized. The suit was bro ......read more

Huarong and NWS Holdings' Investee Sued

TNG Fintech’s Alex Kong admitted to the Central Bank of Malaysia that its USD115 million Series A funding never materialised KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 23 December 2019 - The minority shareholders of Malaysian fintech company, Tranglo Sdn Bhd (Tranglo) have filed an oppression suit against TNG Fintech Group Inc (TNG Fintech), which acquired its 60 per cent equity in Tranglo from government-link, private equity fund management company, Ekuinas in October 2018.   Defendants also named in the suit are Alexander Kong King Ong (also known as Alex Kong), Wong Wing Chi (also known as Takis Wong), co-founder of Tranglo Sia Hui Yong and Tranglo Sdn Bhd. Both Kong and Wong sit in the board of Tranglo as TNG Fintech's representatives after the acquisition.   The suit came about after a series of events that materially impeded business operations, including TNG Fintech's rejection of Tranglo's approved financing plan and unreasonable delay in signing up new bank partners.   TNG Fintech also attempted to install Alex Kong's sister as a required signatory of all bank accounts maintained by Tranglo. In addition, Kong and Wong rejected a dividend payout to shareholders despite the company's healthy performance.   Six repeated requests by minority shareholders for a shareholder agreement to be signed were refused by TNG Fintech represented by Kong and Wong. TNG Fintech is registered in the British Virgin Islands, based in Hong Kong and controlled by Alex Kong.   Kong's previous business ventures, Next Millennium Sdn Bhd and Asia Travelmart Sdn Bhd, were wound up by the government of Malaysia and Technology Park Malaysia Sdn Bhd for non-payment of taxes and rental respectively.   Kong also had a track record of two personal bankruptcies, one in Malaysia and another in Hong Kong.   Whilst TNG Fintech had issued a statement on 11 September ......read more

Club Med has opened its new flagship resort in the Alps: Club Med Alpe d’Huez

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23 December 2019 - Fosun Tourism Group ("Fosun Tourism" or the "Company"; together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", Stock Exchange stock code: 01992), the world's leading leisure-focused integrated tourism group, is pleased to announce that Club Med opened its new flagship resort in the Alps: Club Med Alpe d'Huez on 15 December 2019.   Club Med Alpe d'Huez is expected to welcome more than 14,000 customers of over 12 different nationalities throughout the 2020 winter season, starting from 15 December 2019.   Now with 442 rooms (including 44 Deluxe rooms and 8 Family Suites), this premium 4-Trident resort continues the historic partnership with the ESF (French Ski School) and almost 80 instructors. The resort will also be open in the summer, starting in 2020.   Located in the heart of the French Alps at an altitude of 1,860m, this new resort offers an exceptional panoramic view of the surrounding peaks, thanks to its large, south-facing terraces. The Alpe d'Huez ski resort was voted "Best ski resort in Europe 2019". Due to the 300 days of sunshine that it gets each year, the Alpe d'Huez resort is one of the sunniest resorts in Europe.   Its location within the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine, France's second-largest ski area, provides direct access to 250km of slopes. This allows customers to fully enjoy all the thrills of winter sports, as well as the world's biggest slopes, including the famous 16km-long La Sarenne slope.   The resort is welcoming more and more international customers. This is due to its accessibility, as it is only 1 hour 20 minutes from Grenoble train station, 1 hour 30 minutes from Grenoble airport and 2 hours from Lyon Saint Exupéry international airport.   Since 1957, Club Med has been offering a real mountain experience, in addition to winter sports. Club Med is offering its customers, particularly at Al ......read more

OPPO announced three initiatives to co-build a new intelligent service ecosystem with developers and partners

BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 December 2019 - OPPO today kicked off its 2019 OPPO Developer Conference (ODC) in Beijing under the theme of "Innovation and Intelligence", unveiling a range of initiatives to co-build a new intelligent service ecosystem with developers and partners. The three new initiatives announced at the conference include the enhanced developer support program "Gravity Plan 2.0", for which OPPO will allocate RMB 1 billion (about USD $143 million) in 2020, the "Five System-level Capability Exposure Engines" and the "IoT Enablement Plan".   In the past year, OPPO has made remarkable progress in building a new ecosystem, boasting more than 320 million monthly active users globally on its ColorOS operating system and accumulating a massive number of users across its applications, services, and content ecosystem. To date, more than 120,000 developers have joined the OPPO open platform where its open capability service has been used more than 3 billion times per day.   RMB 1 Billion towards "Gravity Plan 2.0" in efforts to connect developers and users. At the 2018 Developer Conference, OPPO officially launched the "Gravity Plan", an RMB 1 billion program to support outstanding developers worldwide. Since then, the plan has provided resources for more than 2,000 applications, resulting in 9.2 billion impressions and more than 180 million downloads.   Henry Duan, Vice President, Internet Services, OPPO, said in his keynote speech at today's event that with the help of ColorOS, which is available in more than 140 countries and regions around the world, the "Gravity Plan 2.0" will build on last year's plan to provide sustained and all-round support to partners in the four major fields of applications, services, content and going global, Duan said.   Enabling Multi-scenario Convergent Experiences through Launching "Five System-level Capability Exposure Engin ......read more

CUHK Business School Research Reveals Cultural Differences in Recognising Collective Emotion

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 December 2019 - To be a leader requires many skills, including the ability to read and assess the emotional reactions of subordinates quickly and accurately. This skill, also known as emotional aperture, is an important leadership skill that allows leaders to interpret group reactions of organizational events.   "Emotional aperture ability provides a leader with a wealth of information about how a group is responding emotionally to a situation, and allows her to behave appropriately and strategically," says Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Marketing of Department of Marketing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School.   In her recent research study in collaboration with researchers at Australian Catholic University in New South Wales and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Prof. Hong explores how culture affects emotional aperture.   "Accurately reading collective emotions is particularly necessary as individuals are regularly more dependent on accurate inferences regarding the collective's beliefs, goals, and action tendencies, to harmoniously navigate social life," she says.   Prior research have shown how, given the wide-ranging influence of collective affect, an individual's ability to decode the collective affect can facilitate their success in liaising, leading, and navigating group dynamics. In a previous study, she and other researchers found that Chinese had lower level of collective empathy toward the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami as compared with Americans.   However, it is not easy to interpret collective emotional reactions.   "Unlike perceiving individual emotions, where attention rests on a single focal target, perceiving collective emotions requires focusing on a broader view of targets. Given the inherent subtle, variant, and fleeting nature of em ......read more

Kincentric Announces 6 Best Employers in Singapore for 2019

Best Employers in Singapore lead the way with a 16-point higher employee engagement score than market average. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 December 2019 - Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company, has named 6 organisations as Best Employers in Singapore for 2019, as part of Kincentric's global Best Employers program, which recognises leading employers that strive to continuously spark change, inspire their people and accelerate business success. Best Employers, the leading employer benchmarking program, measures and recognises extraordinary employers that demonstrate workplace excellence. Formerly a part of Aon, the Best Employers program is now offered by Kincentric, a new business unit of Spencer Stuart, following the close of Spencer Stuart's acquisition of this business from Aon on July 1, 2019. Findings from this year's study show that Best Employers in Singapore continue to invest in creating a highly engaged workforce, with an employee engagement score of 77%, compared to a market average of 61%. In today's uncertain business environment, Best Employers are also better positioned to manage change, with 78% of employees in Best Employers believing that their organisation is highly agile, innovative, inclusive and responsive to changing needs (compared to 59% market average). Furthermore, 79% of these employees agree that their senior leadership has communicated a clear vision for the organisation (compared to 60% market average). Best Employers are also strongly committed in nurturing and developing their employees professionally, with 84% believing that their organisation is supportive of their learning and development (compared to 66% market average). The Kincentric Best Employers in Singapore for 2019 are: DBS BankFar East OrganizationGreat Eastern SingaporeInterContinental Hotels Group (Singapore)Marriott International (Singapore)OCBC Bank In addition, DBS Bank has also been recognised as ......read more

Infor Named a Leader in Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Asset Management Software

NEW YORK, US - Media OutReach - 20 December 2019 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that the company was recognized as a Leader in the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Asset Management Software for Infor EAM.1 Per Gartner, key characteristics of Leaders include: broad and deep EAM offerings, proven success in moderate- to high-complexity environments, participation in a high percentage of new deals, a strong and consistent track record, high customer satisfaction ratings in multiple categories, consistent performance and vigorous client growth and retention, enduring visibility in the marketplace from both sales and marketing perspectives, a proven ecosystem of partners, and a global scale.2 The report also notes that, "Leaders combine the characteristics of vision and thought leadership with a strong ability to execute. Leaders in the EAM market are present in a high percentage of EAM evaluations, and they win a significant number of them. They have robust core functionality and offer reasonable --although not necessarily leading-edge -- capabilities in all EAM areas. Their offerings must meet all mainstream maintenance requirements in complex industries without significant modifications, and references must be available to validate this. Leaders must anticipate where customer demands, markets and technology are moving, and must have strategies to support these emerging requirements ahead of actual customer demand. Leading vendors should have coherent strategies to support IoT and OT integration and APM, and must invest in, and have processes to exploit, innovation. Leaders also have market momentum and strong client satisfaction -- both in the vendor's local markets, as well as internationally. Because Leaders are often well established in leading-edge and complex user environments, they benefit from a user community that helps them remain in the forefr ......read more

12 Innovative Thai Products, Services and Organizations Honoured International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards (IIA) 2019 in Singapore. IIA is among the most coveted global awards for innovation, and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, Thailand's Thai Beverage Public Company Limited and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority.   This year, Thailand emerged as the biggest winner with a total of twelve propelling winning innovations. Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, who is awarded under the Organization & Culture Category showcasing its winning innovation 'C asean', a collaborative platform for sustainable development in which not only engage people but also create networks and eco-systems for collaboration. Furthermore, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services is honoured in the Service & Solution Category with BDMS Emergency Services (BES), an emergency medical mobile hospital, providing prompt treatment for accident victims or those in critical condition. Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) Thailand's recognition of 'Chlorine Next', a user-friendly mobile application invented to be used as a single control point for chorine dosing in water distribution system is also accredited in the Service and Solution Category.   Further distinguished Thai winners from the Product Category are Aiyara Planet Co., Ltd. with AIYARA CASHEWY, Fractal-Thailand Co., Ltd. with FRACTAL SHADE, Mommylicious 24 Co., Ltd. with Mommylicious Juice - Super Huaplee Plus, Nature Idea Co., Ltd. with La Vita Vital Bright Facial S ......read more

Extra Space Asia Opens Its 10th Facility in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19th December 2019 - Extra Space Asia, a pioneer in the self-storage industry in Asia, celebrated a milestone by opening its 10th facility in Singapore this week. The new facility is strategically located at Toa Payoh, and is easily accessible via public transport. Extra Space Toa Payoh spans over 50,000sqft with 6 floors, and has a variety of storage types available for personal, business and even wine storage. Based on data from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), as home prices in Singapore hit a record high over the past 5 years, where the private residential property index increased by 0.9 per cent to 152.2 points in the third quarter of 2019[1], living spaces are fast becoming an increasingly sought-after luxury for many. Serving the growing demand for Self-Storage To that end, the self-storage pioneer seized the timely opportunity to acquire its fellow competitor, Store 11 Self Storage. The continual expansion has always been part of the strategic plan to meet the increasing demand for storage space. "Extra Space Asia is delighted and honored to launch its 10th facility in Singapore. We are determined to ensure that our customers are living life the way it should be, free of the stress that is brought upon by clutter and the lack of space," said Extra Space Asia's CEO, Mr. Kenneth Worsdale. "With our state-of-the-art security systems in place, we hope to give our customers peace of mind knowing that their belongings are safe with us." As more companies are springing up in the self-storage industry, Extra Space Asia aims to stand out by emphasizing on the element of human touch. "We take great pride in ensuring that all our customers enjoy a seamless storage experience," said Mr. Worsdale. With continuous expansions in sight, Extra Space Asia shows no signs of slowing down in deepening its footprint in the region. Plans are underway to launch Extra Space Asia's 4th facility in Malaysia in ......read more

Citibank Partners with AlipayHK to Launch Points Conversion Program Driven by Open API Technology

Direct Redemption of Citi Credit Card Points for AlipayHK Coupons Enjoy Reward up to HK$180 for Paying Bills with AlipayHK HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - Citibank and AlipayHK announced today the launch of a points conversion program enabled by Open API technology. Under the program, customers with an AlipayHK e-wallet can redeem AlipayHK Coupons with points earned through Citi credit card. The coupons are accepted by all AlipayHK partner merchants at their physical stores and can be used for bill payment and other services made through the AlipayHK App. Points conversion has never been more convenient or faster. By linking a designated Citi credit card to their AlipayHK account and authorizing the Citi Points conversion program, customers can check the balance of Citi Points on the related page in the AlipayHK App and use such Citi Points instantly to redeem for AlipayHK Coupons in order to enjoy discounts. With AlipayHK covering a growing number of local partner merchants and bill payment services, Citi credit cardholders will find this Citi Points conversion program even more handy and rewarding. Simply follow the steps below for Citi Points conversion: 1. Login to the AlipayHK App and link a designated Citi credit card to your account1; 2. Authorize the Citi Points conversion program and enter the mobile phone number registered with Citibank to obtain a one-time password for one-off identity verification; 3. Select the number of AlipayHK Coupons to be redeemed; 4. After redemption, you will receive a confirmation notice and can use the AlipayHK Coupons instantly. The minimum aggregate value of AlipayHK Coupons that can be converted under each redemption is HK$100 and the maximum aggregate value of AlipayHK Coupons that can be converted by the same AlipayHK account per day is HK$1,000. The face value of each AlipayHK Coupon is either HK$50 or HK$20. It can be used at AlipayHK's par ......read more

HIWIN Technologies Corp.'s HIWIN Robotic Gait Training System Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.   Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group.   Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.   "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.About HIWIN Technologies Corp.’s HIWIN Robotic Gait Training SystemHIWIN Robotic Gait Training System MRG-P100 is ......read more

Coles Selects Infor to Modernise International Supply Chain and Deliver Real-Time Inventory Visibility

Australia’s leading retailer invests in Infor Nexus to streamline imports and reduce costs  SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialised by industry, announced that leading Australian retailer Coles has chosen Infor Nexus for its global trade platform to create enhanced international supply chain visibility for the organization.   The deployment of the global trade platform will streamline imports, reduce costs and modernise Coles' international supply chain. The retailer will roll out the world-class solution in 2020, the first organisation in Australia to directly do so.   Infor Nexus, a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks, is a scalable platform that will enable Coles to: Reduce working capital through lower stock in transit and distribution centre stock holdings;Reduce transport costs, including freight, demurrage and customs clearance; andSimplify transactions with freight service providers.   Coles Executive General Manager Operations and Transformation Kevin Gunn said the Infor Nexus platform would enable real-time visibility of international stock. "Availability is a key issue for customers, and some popular items -- such as light globes, herbs and spices, and kitchen essentials like foil and garbage bags -- cannot be sourced domestically so we need to look to international suppliers," he said.   "By understanding where our stock is in transit, we can better plan our stock movements to enhance availability for customers and reduce the time taken to move products into our stores, improving our use of working capital by reducing the time inventory spends in our supply chain.   "It will also support improved efficiencies through the supply chain by minimising the need to move stock between states, resulting in fewer truck movements which ......read more

Sun Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd.'s No Antibiotics Ever and Herb Fed Chicken Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.   Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group.   Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.   "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.About Sun Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd.’s No Antibiotics Ever and Herb Fed ChickenSun Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is a ......read more

D-EDGE & DAILYPOINT Announce a Strategic Partnership

PARIS,FRANCE - Media OutReach - 19 December 2019 - D-EDGE- part of the Accor Group- and dailypoint™ are pleased to announce a global strategic partnership combining the CRS of D-EDGE, one of the leading providers of digital solutions for hotels, with the CRM and guest data management platform of dailypoint™. With technology playing an increasingly critical role in the hospitality business, hoteliers are accordingly seeking all-in-one tech solutions that cover the entire range of their technological needs. The D-EDGE-dailypoint™ partnership is a great step in that direction, providing the market with one solution combining CRS and CRM. This move is highly impactful and beneficial for hoteliers as CRM has become the reference system for guest management over the past few years, as a recent h2c study (1) shows: PC Grob, CEO of D-EDGE (previously Availpro Fastbooking) comments "This promising partnership between D-EDGE, a leading CRS provider, and dailypoint™ a leading Guest Data Management solution, is a major step forward in our strategy to simplify the complexity of technology for hoteliers so they can focus on their guests. It will materialise in a Guest Data Management solution fully integrated in our CRS that will enable our worldwide customer base to manage the entire guest journey and significantly improve their business thanks to a personalised and efficient guest data management. " Michael Toedt CEO of dailypoint™ (TS&C) adds: "CRM is becoming central for hoteliers, but hoteliers need to be diligent when selecting one. Today, even with a CRM solution 56% of hotel companies still need to clean data manually (1). Not with dailypoint™! We have developed a unique expertise on how to build a central guest profile, fully automated, which uses the most sophisticated cleansing algorithms in the industry. On top of that, specific AI (Artificial Intelligence) processes create uniq ......read more

Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) Thailand's Chlorine Next Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.   Among the notable recipients of the InnoCube are AIA Malaysia, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group.   Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.   "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.About Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) Thailand’s Chlorine NextMetropolitan Waterworks Authority (MW ......read more

Ospicon Systems Pte Ltd.'s SafetoSleep200 Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.   Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority.   Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.   "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.  About Ospicon Systems Pte Ltd.’s SafetoSleep200Helping parents nurture their infant's growth from birth to provide them with the best start i ......read more

Buffalo Machinery Co., Ltd’s ART™ - AXILE® Smart Monitoring System - Adapting to i4.0 Machine Tool Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions. "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia. Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group. Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass. "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.About Buffalo Machinery Co., Ltd’s ART™ - AXILE® Smart Monitoring System – Adapting to i4.0 Machine ToolART™  is the solution for intelligent mach ......read more

Zarina Group Public Company Limited’s THONGMA Gold Saving by ZARINA Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions. "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia. Among the notable recipients are Malaysia's AIA Bhd, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group. Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass. "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.About Zarina Group Public Company Limited’s THONGMA Gold Saving by ZARINATHONGMA Gold Saving by ZARINA is a kiosk of gold online platform or gold online retailer unde ......read more

Yahoo Year in Review: Singapore's Top Searches of 2019 Dominated by Tragedy and Scandals

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 December 2019 - What do former Malaysia PM Najib Razak, undergraduate Monica Baey and the Hong Kong protests have in common? They were among the people and developments that riveted internet users in Singapore this year, according to Yahoo's 2019 Year in Review (YIR).   The YIR is Yahoo's annual recap of the top search trends, events and happenings over the year, based on the daily searches across its platforms in 2019.   Top Happenings That Riveted The Nation Crime and tragedy were all-consuming topics in Singapore this year.   Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is mired in the scandal involving the 1MDB fund that he founded and chaired, was the subject of intense interest among Yahoo users.   Netizens were also shocked by the brutal Orchard Towers murder allegedly committed by a group of young adults. Natalie Siow, the only female accused in the case, made the list of top searches on Yahoo.   28-year-old actor Aloysius Pang and his tragic death following an accident during his army reservist training led many to search online about 'training safety' problems and solutions. Actress Jayley Woo, who made her relationship with Aloysius public after the accident, also emerged as one of Yahoo's top searches.   Monica Baey, a victim of a Peeping Tom case at the National University of Singapore, was in the spotlight as she sparked a national debate on campus safety and the penalty meted out to sex offenders.   The frosty relations between China and the US remained on top of the minds of internet users, who closely monitored the moves by the superpowers against each other throughout the year and their adverse impact on the global economy. The trade war and tariffs, in addition to Chinese tech giant Huawei, which is reeling from a component supply ban imposed by the US government, were among the top search topic ......read more

EXX Africa: Benin as a Paradigm for Improving Country Risk

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report that assesses that the West African country of Benin has set one of the most admirable examples on how to successfully mitigate country risk for foreign investment.  LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - EQS Newswire - 17 December 2019 - EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) publishes a special report on Benin as a paradigm for improving country risk in Africa.EXX Africa conducted a comprehensive review of the political, economic and security risks facing the country in the coming year and years.Since 2016, the government has embarked on a comprehensive plan for economic diversification and strengthening of the internal market to make the economy more resilient and to avoid the exogenous shocks to which it was exposed.The Beninese government has also recently adopted a new progressive constitution and a set of laws aimed at strengthening the country's institutions and enhancing transparency. These actions should reassure the international community about Benin's future prospects.Based on the findings of this report, EXX Africa views Benin as a paradigm for improving country risk in Africa, based on concrete measures taken by the government to mitigate the remaining risks and overcome current challenges.For any further comment or a full copy of the report, please contact www.EXXAfrica.com Distributed by APO Group on behalf of EXX Africa.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About EXX Africa: EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) is a specialist intelligence firm providing analysis and forecasts on political, security, and economic risk across all African countries. The company was founded in 2015 and has since become a leading risk advisory and consultancy with a broad network of clients ranging from DFIs, banks, traders, corporates, and insurers, to governments and military forces worldwide....read more

Li Bao Ge Comes Aboard Freshippo

To Explore New Retail Opportunities in Food Delivery Market Fully Integrated Online and Offline Operation HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 December 2019 - Li Bao Ge Group Limited ("Li Bao Ge" or the "Company"; stock code: 1869) announces its launch on Freshippo to tap into China's fast growing food delivery and takeaway market, based on the "New Retail" concept which integrates physical stores for in-store consumption with an online platform for fast and efficient ordering and delivery.   Li Bao Ge and Freshippo have entered into a cooperation agreement, under which Li Bao Ge will open in-store counters at Freshippo stores. With exclusive selling rights for Siu Mei products, Le Bao Ge will offer cooked-on-site Hong Kong-style roast meat ("Siu Mei") under the "Li Bao Ge" brand, as well as other specialties such as Cantonese-style soup, dim sum, dessert and festive delicacies. Freshippo will in turn make available its digital platforms and on-site facilities to Le Bao Ge and provide technical support, including its marketing initiatives, online sales resources, delivery service, potential customers, and establishment of online to offline ("O2O") channels.   Li Bao Ge undertakes to set up not less than 10 counters at Freshippo's stores on or before 15 December 2020. It will leverage Freshippo's brand awareness and high traffic to attract more young consumers and develop multi-channel sales to penetrate the Chinese takeaway and food delivery market. With the introduction of Le Bao Ge's Hong Kong style roast meat and other signature dishes, Freshippo will provide an exquisite shopping experience to customers. Since the size of the Company's new in-store counters are significantly smaller than its customary high-end Cantonese restaurants, the investment cost will be considerably lowered. This will enable the Company to transform into a less capital-intensive business model. Mr. Chan Chun Kit, Chairman of Li B ......read more

iGlobe Partners' Innovating Investing Honored at the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 December 2019 - Enterprise Asia announced the winners of the International Innovation Awards 2019 in Singapore. Thirty-five products, services and organizations are named as award winners from over 160 submissions.   "There are not conventional 'innovations'. When we set out to identify winners of the International Innovation Awards, our goal is to present a broad spectrum of innovations that could spur greater innovation in the recipients' respective countries and industries. Just as innovation itself is continuously self-redefining, the awards are meant to promote continuity in innovation", said Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.   Among the notable recipients of the InnoCube are AIA Malaysia, Taiwan's HIWIN Technologies Corp., Singapore's Olam International Ltd., Philippines' Unilever, Indonesia's PT MRT Jakarta, and United Arab Emirates' Roads and Transport Authority and Vietnam's Tan Hoang Minh Group.   Organized annually by Enterprise Asia, the International Innovation Awards is among the most coveted global awards for innovation and aims to recognize best innovations in the categories of Product, Service & Solution, and Organization & Culture. This year's judging panel include Martin Daffner, founder of Innobrix, Professor Nadia Thalmann of Nanyang Technological University, Professor Natcha Thawesaengskulthai of Chulalongkorn University, Makoto Shibata of FINOLAB, The FinTech Center of Tokyo and Anna Simpson of Flux Compass.   "These are the trailblazers of our world. Beyond the obvious commercial value, these innovations are what would power the world forward, individually and collectively. I hope that more companies and organizations would realize that constant innovation is not a luxury, but necessity", says Ng.  About iGlobe Partners’ Innovating InvestingiGlobe was established in Dec 1999 by its founder, ......read more



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