HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 25 September 2020 - The Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HDBank - HoSE: HDB) today announced the signing of an agreement to issue convertible bonds and enter into a strategic tie-up with DEG - DEUTSCHE INVESTITIONS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH ("DEG").
DEG will invest in convertible bonds issued by HDBank.
The two parties will have a strategic partnership for developing products, services and finance packages for German businesses in Vietnam and Vietnamese exporters to Germany and Europe, contributing to boost the trade cooperation between Vietnam and Germany as well as with other European countries.
DEG is a development finance institution owned by German state-owned development bank KWF and is one of Europe's15 leading development finance institutions.
It is currently present in 19 countries, managing a portfolio of around EUR8.6 billion in private groups around the world. In Vietnam, DEG has been active for almost 20 years with a portfolio of EUR220 million.
Jochen Steinbuch, its regional manager in the Asia Pacific, said: "Vietnam is seen as a bright spot for foreign investors as the economy is believed to be least affected by Covid-19."
"Thanks to a young population with a expanding middle class, demand for banking and financial services is high."
"HDBank is one of the leading joint stock banks in Vietnam, always maintaining a good and sustainable growth rate."
"HDBank's financial health, asset quality and business performance are among the best in the industry. Notably its NPL ratio usually stands around 1 per cent and ROE is over 20 per cent. We have great confidence in the development of the bank in the future."
The agreement opens a new chapter in the long-term co-operation between German and Vietnamese businesses, especially in the context that the EVFTA took effect recently.About HDBank:Ho Chi Minh City Development JSC Bank (HDBank, HOSE:HDB) was established in 1990, makin ......read more
Awards recognise outstanding contributions to FinTech sector, with Mr John Tsang, Senior Advisor of Bowtie, Mr Jim Lai, Vice President, Tencent Holdings Limited & Chairman, Fusion Bank Limited and Dr Suen Wai Mo, Founder & CEO, ClusterTech Limited on list of awardees HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 25
September 2020 - The IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards 2019 (the "Awards")
organized by the Institute of Financial of Technologists of Asia (IFTA)
successfully concluded today. The award ceremony this year was held online in
response to the persistent influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
award has returned in its second edition with the theme of "Transforming
FinTech Communities with Competence, Character, and Care", to recognise talents
and corporates in their pursuit of innovative solutions that meet both business
and social needs. A total of 26 corporate and 4
individual awards were announced in a wide range of fields, including Cloud
Computing, Big Data Analytics, Payment Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and more.
Kicking off the
award ceremony was Guest of Honour Mr
Joseph H. L. Chan, JP, Under Secretary
for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong SAR government.
Mr Chan said "Hong Kong has one of the
highest consumer FinTech adoption rates in the world. According to the Global FinTech Adoption
Index, Hong Kong's adoption rate increased from 32% in 2017 to 67% in 2019,
ranking above other major markets including France, USA and Japan."
"With over 600
FinTech companies and start-ups operating in Hong Kong, the government will
continue to work closely with the industry and develop Hong Kong as a FinTech
hub of the region" Mr Chan added.
Pong, IFTA Founder and
Chairman, added "FinTech solutions enable businesses and consumers to address
physical distancing needs without losing access to the financial systems they depend
upon. We are in difficult times, but it can also be seen as a golden year for
the develo ......read more
Industry leaders and analysts share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic
SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 25
September 2020 - Fuji
Xerox Singapore, a leading provider in document and communications solutions, presented
the third edition of its flagship event; Innovation Re:Mix Forum Work
With approximately 80% of
organisations in Asia Pacific expecting a decline in 2020 revenue, the
Innovation Re:Mix Forum is particularly timely as it explores the many facets
businesses face in their accelerated digital transformation journeys to ensure
business continuity in the current climate.
Aligned with Fuji Xerox
Singapore's corporate practice 'Genko-Itchi',
a Japanese concept of walking-the-talk, Fuji Xerox Singapore leads this
charge, with the agenda of the three-day conference set by new Chief Executive
Officer Mr Koh Ching Hong, who assumed his role amid the pandemic.
"As Fuji Xerox innovate
within to meet the new demands in the marketplace, we are also enabling our
customers with new ideas in transforming how their processes work in new
digital world, how their distributed workforce collaborate more effectively,
and how they are able to re-connect and re-engage their customers and
stakeholder as we go into the next normal," said Mr Koh Ching Hong. "This is
emphasised in our annual Innovation Re:Mix Forum as we explore how
organisations, big and small, can pivot their business and future-proof
operational resiliency and customer engagements amidst current challenging
This conference is also the
pioneer virtual conference hosted on International Data Corporation's (IDC) new
proprietary platform, IDC Arena.
A fireside chat with Ms.
Sandra Ng, Group Vice President, Practice Group, IDC Asia/Pacific brought to
focus the significance of redefining, rethinking and refreshing workplace
collaborations to ease into the 'new' normal and enhance business outcomes with
Internet of Things (IoT), Artificia ......read more
- Media OutReach - 25
September 2020 - Singapore cross-border payments firm TranSwap has been awarded the
Platinum Award for Payment Tech category at the prestigious IFTA FinTech
Achievement Awards. Video-streamed on 24 September 2020, the award showcases
and celebrates the extraordinary achievements made by corporations, NGOs,
start-ups, and individuals in the Finance and Technology industry.
TranSwap is one of 7 awardees under the Payment
Tech category that were recognised at the award ceremony. The award recognised
41 award winners in total, spanning 21 categories which include Artificial
Intelligence, Blockchain-based Transformation, Digital Banking and more who
have demonstrated leadership and significant contributions in Fintech.
The Singapore firm emerged as the Platinum Award
winner for the Payment Tech category, where it excelled in at least 9 out of 12
criteria necessary for outstanding achievement and efforts in FinTech.
Launched in 2017 to tackle the pain points in
making international payments, TranSwap has transformed the traditional
cross-border payments process. Through the FinTech platform, businesses can
send money to over 180 countries in over 120 currencies, and 60 local payment
rails and auto clearing houses -- at lower costs and transparent rates and fees.
TranSwap soon expanded its business to its third market Indonesia and rolled
out new innovative services for remittance. Just recently, the AMTD ASEAN
Solidarity Fund Group announced its investment in TranSwap. TranSwap plans to
use the investment to accelerate product innovation and drive regional
Mr Benjamin Wong, CEO and co-founder of TranSwap, shared "We are humbled by the acknowledgement of
our contributions to Hong Kong's burgeoning FinTech industry. Many businesses
still suffer from expensive and opaque money transfers which impede their
growth and development. With our cross-border payments platform, businesses
will benefit from more convenient, faster an ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 24 September 2020 - Organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the Taiwan International Water Week (TIWW 2020) and Circular Economy (CE Taiwan 2020) start their physical exhibition on September 24 in Taipei. Although impacted by the COVID-19, this joint trade show is widely supported by all walks of life, as shown by the participation of a number of indicator units from the industries, the governments, the academia, and the research institutes, such as the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), GSD Technologies, FineTek, Advantech, JU-TIAN Cleantech, and SHUI-MU International. As this joint trade show is expected to create the most business opportunities and a new green-gold value in the post-COVID-19 era, it is considered this year's most important professional industry exhibition for water resources and circular economy.
As the pandemic has been accelerating the digital transformation of global industries, TAITRA, as the organizer of the trade show, has also actively launched a number of digital services to help companies expand their global trade business opportunities. For instance, the "Water Week Middle East Business Opportunity Day", which is the first to debut, connects exhibitors and Middle East buyers by the use of cloud video conferencing services. Meanwhile, the online and offline activities during this period include the online exhibition halls, the one-on-one purchasing video conferences, the global government procurement meetings, the W Stage popular product launches, and the "TIWW X CE Taiwan ON AIR" live show. The last one is considered this year's most watched new project, as it enables those buyers who cannot visit the exhibition venues in person to view the show as if they are on the scene. The video will be aired at the Taiwan Trade Shows Digital Channel (TTS D'Channel) at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on September 25. ......read more
New survey highlights clear challenges for Hong Kong office occupiers, while finding optimism for recovery and potential new opportunities in a changed market
are now a primary focus, with more than 85% of respondents experiencing negative
business impacts from COVID-19
firms are now anticipating reduced space needs over the next three years
70% of respondents believe business will return to pre-COVID-19 levels within
the next 12 months
are clearly embracing remote working, with 65% of respondents expecting to
adopt some degree of working from home on a long-term basis
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 24 September 2020 - Cushman & Wakefield has
released their "Occupier Survey 2020:
Hong Kong " report, a first
study from the firm into how office tenants in Hong Kong are meeting the
challenges of COVID-19, how it has resulted in changes to their office leasing
plans, and the degree to which pandemic-response measures have become a
permanent fixture of their strategies. The report also offers recommendations
for occupiers to help optimize their space strategies ahead.
"Many firms in Hong Kong began this year hopeful for a more stable
business environment following a difficult 2019, with U.S.-China trade tensions
and social unrest both having contributed to growing uncertainties. The
months-long pandemic, however, has dealt many firms a third blow and led to an
even more uncertain business outlook amongst office occupiers. Beyond that,
COVID-19 has also forced many to adopt new ways of working and given way to new
priorities that may outlive the pandemic," said Reed Hatcher, Head of
Research, Hong Kong and the lead author of the report.
"The survey responses clearly reflect current challenges, while pointing
to optimism for a recovery and a potentially new, more multifaceted office
market," added Hatcher.
"Our recommendation to occupiers is to leverage the
current u ......read more
Upload a Selfie to Share Kindness Around Hong Kong HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 24 September 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has
created an unprecedented distance between people, since it has become the new normal
to put on face masks most of the time. What used to be a simple act of kindness
that warmed our hearts -- sharing a smile among strangers -- has not been seen
for months, hidden behind masks. To drive a positive change in society, the Hong
Kong Federation of Youth (HKFYG) and Gingko
House have joined forces, inviting people of different generations to creatively
#ShareASmile by "drawing" funny or cute smiles over their face masks in selfies
virtually. By uploading these photos to social media, they aim to spread kindness
and warmth across Hong Kong.
A group of youth
volunteers join forces with Gingko House chefs at five Gingko House restaurants,
to prepare "Smiley Meal Boxes" for distribution to the underprivileged in the
Starting from last Friday (18
September), HKFYG and Gingko House have been distributing "Smiley Meal Boxes"
at five Gingko House restaurants located across the city for 10 consecutive
days. A total of 10,000 meal boxes prepared by youth volunteers from HKFYG and Gingko
House chefs will be distributed to those in need.
It only takes a few simple steps
to support the #ShareASmile campaign. Hong Kongers are invited to take a selfie
in your face mask, then add a smiley sticker or emoji, or even draw a virtual
smile onto the face mask, to make your smile stand out. Upload the selfie to your
social media platforms with the hashtag #ShareASmile and invite friends to join
The "Smiley Meal Boxes"
are distributed to registered beneficiaries via five Gingko House restaurants. Those
who wish to receive a meal box can apply at any of the Gingko House restaurants. Gingko
House is also working with various social welfare organisations to support
anyone in need.
Campaign Photos: https://bit.ly/3cxxW1R
*Address ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 24 September 2020 - Committed to fostering
sustainable development and making Hong Kong a more liveable city, Chinachem Group (the Group) has
introduced Enertainer, a battery storage system, to improve the environment of
its construction sites and surrounding areas. The Group is the first real
estate developer in Hong Kong to make use of the Enertainer system which
replaces traditional diesel generators, thereby enabling developers to promote
the use of clean energy on construction sites and fully implement the concept
of green building.
Choi, Executive Director and Group CEO of Chinachem Group (Left) and Brandon
Ng, CEO of Ampd Energy. (Right)
Group first to introduce "Enertainer" to promote clean energy use on
Enertainer is the first purpose-built construction energy storage
system in the world. It has been developed by Ampd Energy, an incubatee of Hong
Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). Compared with diesel
generators, Enertainer is smaller in size, nearly silent, will not emit dark smoke
from burning diesel, and can reduce carbon emissions by up to 85% or up to 200
tonnes per year. It can effectively lessen the air pollution -- the equivalent to
removing 200 to 400 passenger cars from the
road, noise and fire risk caused by diesel generators on construction sites.
Donald Choi, Executive Director and Group CEO of Chinachem Group
said, "Chinachem Group attaches great importance to ??sustainable
development and is dedicated to incorporating the concept of sustainable development
into its core businesses, creating positive value for people, the community and
the environment as it shapes the city. As the first real estate developer in
Hong Kong to introduce Enertainer, we hope to promote clean energy and the sustainable
development of Hong Kong, while also supporting start-ups in their innovation
and technology development. Enertainer has been applied first on the ......read more
Survey reveals that less
than three in 10 Asia Pacific consumers are confident in their ability to age
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 24
September 2020 - Premier global nutrition company,
Herbalife Nutrition, today
released findings from the 2020 Asia Pacific Healthy Aging Survey, which revealed
that Asia Pacific consumers have a clear vision of what healthy aging means to
them, but less
than three in 10 consumers had the confidence to age healthily, with the fear of
falling ill due to lower immunity as their top worry.
To shed light into Asia Pacific consumers'
aging-related fears, concerns, confidence levels and actions, the survey polled
equal numbers of Generation Z (18 - 23 years), Millennials (24 - 39 years),
Generation X (40 - 55 years) and Boomers+ (55 years and above) in 11 markets
including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
is the third edition of our survey designed to uncover concerns about aging
across demographic groups and markets in Asia Pacific, the region with the
highest average life expectancy in the world," said Stephen Conchie, Senior
Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific. "The
findings showed that many people worry about falling ill due to lower immunity
as they age - a likely result of their changing health concerns due to the
ongoing pandemic. Additionally, we also observed that consumers in Northeast
Asia markets, where an aging population is particularly notable, have lower
levels of confidence in their ability to age healthily compared to their
Southeast Asia counterparts."
"As Healthy Aging Month falls in September, this is an opportune time for
us to deepen awareness about the need to take steps towards healthy aging
earlier in life. At Herbalife Nutrition, we believe that a healthy diet and an
active lifestyle can play a part in slowing down or preventing many age-related concerns from materializ ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 24 September 2020 - 7-Eleven has
always been known for running attractive redemption programmes that offer
appealing collectibles. However, the team decided to do things differently this
time round -- they wanted to shift the programme from simply being a way to
reward loyalty into a platform to increase brand equity and authentically
engage the customer in a fun and exciting way.
So, 7-Eleven launched a total of four Snoopy concept stores in
Hong Kong and Macau to not only showcase and generate awareness of the
programme itself, but also create an exciting destination for Snoopy fans to
visit and enjoy.
HAPPINESS IS... : a fun, meaningful
platform to engage and connect
To coincide with Snoopy's 70th birthday, 7-Eleven chose to collaborate with
PEANUTS, the iconic cartoon strip featuring Snoopy and his friends. "HAPPINESS
IS...." was selected as the overarching platform for the campaign; a famous
catchphrase from the PEANUTS cartoons that encourages us to appreciate the
little things in life.
In their latest redemption
programme, 7-Eleven partnered up with PEANUTS and Japanese lifestyle fashion
brand niko and... in their first ever crossover collection in Hong Kong to launch
a series of eight colourful, stylish eco bags featuring Snoopy and the gang. To
accompany the launch and promote the programme in an exciting and engaging way,
7-Eleven developed the innovative idea of the Snoopy concept store.
A fresh perspective on customer engagement
The rationale behind the Snoopy
concept stores was to bring the redemption programme to life and create an
opportunity for customers to truly experience the wonderful world of Snoopy and
his friends within selected 7-Eleven stores.
Store 1: Happiness is... Friends and Togetherness.
Store 2: Happiness is... Sharing.
Store 3: Happiness is... More Hellos.
Store 4: Happiness is... A Day Out.
Four locations were chosen to undergo the transformation; a hub of three stores i ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 September 2020 - GBG (AIM:GBG), the
global technology specialist in fraud and compliance management, identity
verification and location data intelligence, has been classified as a Category
Leader for Know Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) in both the
Chartis RiskTech Quadrant® for KYC/AML
Software Solutions 2020 under their Financial Crime Risk Management Systems
GBG as a category leader is recognised for depth and breadth of
functionality, interconnectivity of data management and technology
infrastructure, risk analytics, ease of use in reporting and presentation, innovation
in business model and packaged solutions, market penetration, and for
demonstrating a clear strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, matched with
high standards of customer experience in managing financial crimes. GBG's KYC and AML solutions are determined to lead in completeness
June Lee, APAC
Managing Director of GBG said, "GBG has been
innovating constantly across 30 years and this recognition as category leader is
testament to our success in delivering an end to end digital risk management
and intelligence platform that provides organisations an integrated identity
verification, compliance and fraud prevention customer journey, with straight-through
processing to onboard and transact faster. With the pandemic creating new
classes of fraudsters and fraud typologies, from individuals and small
businesses turning to commit fraud for the first time as a result of the
economic downturn, to syndicated crime rings coordinating new social
engineering tactics, GBG is well placed to address the needs of organisations
growing their digital customer footprint."
GBG provides the full range of omnichannel KYC
capabilities worldwide, from biometric verification to document verification
and identity verification, and is GDPR compliant. Today we can verify billions
of identities globally. GBG also offers a
wide range ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24
September 2020 - Enterprise Asia, Asia's leading non-governmental organization for
responsible entrepreneurship hosted its first virtual summit; the 6thInternational CSR &
Sustainability ICS Summit 2020 (ICS) on 23 September 2020. The summit was
reimagined and hosted as a virtual event due to public health and safety
The Summit themed "Purpose Before Profits: An Equilibrium World", convened over 600
corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability leaders and practitioners
representing 19 countries with high international participation from Cambodia, China,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
and Vietnam. Participants gathered online to collaborate and exchange insights
on the most stirring conversations in CSR today, and in deliberating solutions
to current society issues.
To drive a fundamentally important shift in
this decade, the Summit serves to urge corporations to share the same central
objective -- to reshape capitalism for an environmentally endangered age. This
movement calls for business decision makers to take decisive actions to solve
global problems; looking beyond financial returns to creating benefits to all
stakeholders to achieve a cohesive and sustainable world.
The Summit was officiated by Tan Sri Dr Fong
Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia. He expressed that, "how businesses work
now affect not only people, but also the planet. The environmental costs
created by businesses are estimated at US$4.7 trillion per year. Now is the
time for businesses to give back. From reducing environmental impact to
contributing to healthier societies and fighting forced labour, companies can
achieve tremendous results if they place purpose before profits."
Among the speakers were Petrus Ng, Chairman
and Managing Director of BASF (Thai) Ltd.; Vivek Pathak, Regional Director,
East Asia and the Pacific of IFC -- International Finance Corporation (World ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 September 2020
today announced expanded open source database-based services through a new
agreement with Redis Labs for Southeast Asia and India. Redis Labs is the home
of Redis, the world's most popular in-memory database, and the
commercial provider of Redis Enterprise, which delivers instant experiences in a highly reliable
and scalable manner for organizations ranging from high-growth start-ups, to
large enterprises, and government agencies.
By extending the partnership for this
region, both Redis Labs and Ashnik aim to focus on further supporting the
explosive demand for Redis - in particular as a fully managed database-as-a-service
(DBaaS) - in this technology thriving territory.
"Southeast Asia and India are important
APAC markets that will present a lucrative growth opportunity for Redis Labs.
Singapore, a regional hub for many global organizations, is going to be the key
focus area for us. One of the opportunities we see in the region is to work
with customers who are looking for the right-fit open source solutions and we
believe that we can add value with Redis Labs' robust modern data models and
high-performance capabilities," says Sandeep Khuperkar,
Ashnik's CTO and Director.
is extremely popular among developers throughout Southeast Asia and we're seeing a great
demand from their organizations to grow into an enterprise-grade Redis platform
to power their critical, data-intensive applications. We're thrilled to work with
a consultancy such as Ashnik who is a leader in delivering customer success
through open source and cloud-native technologies. Ashnik will enable our
customers to not only ensure they have the best Redis experience, but also do
more with Redis Enterprise," said James Calvert, Senior Director, Strategic
Alliances and Partnerships at Redis Labs.
Companies like ACL Mobile,
Grameenphone, Tokopedia, Swiggy, and more rely on Redis Enterprise to build
applications on-premise or i ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23 September 2020 - Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited ("Jacobson Pharma" or the Group"; Stock Code: 2633.HK), a leading company engaged in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of essential medicines and branded healthcare products in Hong Kong, has today announced that its subsidiary, JBM (Healthcare) Limited ("JBM"), has submitted the application (Form A1) to apply for the listing of and permission to deal in its shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX). The separate listing of JBM constitutes a proposed spin-off of JBM by the Group under the Listing Rules.
JBM is a Hong Kong-based branded healthcare company with product footprint covering Greater China, Southeast Asia and certain other countries. It is principally engaged in the manufacturing and trading of branded healthcare products, comprising consumer healthcare products and proprietary Chinese medicines. Currently, Jacobson Pharma indirectly holds 85.04% of JBM Shares. Upon completion of the proposed spin-off, Jacobson Pharma intends to hold not less than 50% of the shares of JBM and that the Group will still consolidate its accounts.
Jacobson Pharma considers the proposed spin-off will be in the interest of the Group and its Shareholders as a whole. The Group also believes that the proposed spin-off will better position itself and JBM for further growth in their respective businesses and deliver clear benefits to both due to the following reasons:
Enhance strategic and management focus
The nature of products offered under the Group's generic drug business and JBM's branded healthcare business is distinct and different and as such the two businesses require different business plans and strategic and management focus. The proposed spin-off will enable JBM to focus on sustaining its competence and competitiveness in brand and marketing management, as well as creating values through product portfolio management, wh ......read more
Hong Kong's workplace stress tops the
1 in 4 working class suffer from mental health issues
Mental health support at workplace is seriously
Wellness Index 2020 -- Hong Kong is rated at 56 points, Macau at 65 points, and the
mainland Greater Bay Area cities ("GBA") at 74 points, out of 100.
Kong Index has fallen 3 points from last year, indicating the city's quality of
life has declined.
to 2019, there is a drastic change in the importance of different wellness
dimensions and elements:
o "Mental Wellbeing" has become the most important dimension for wellness in HK, Macau and GBA, whereas the importance of "Financial Wellbeing" has fallen across the region.
o In Hong Kong, "Happiness" has moved up from the bottom of the top 10 wellness elements to become the most important one.
o Hong Kong's workplace stress tops the region, but only 27% of working class in Hong Kong considered mental health support from employers was adequate.
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 23 September 2020 - AXA Wellness Index survey
measures six dimensions that affect the public's overall wellness, namely, Physical
Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Fulfilment,
and Meaning and Value, as well as 30 elements under these dimensions, to better
understand the wellness needs and sentiments of Hong Kong, Macau and mainland
GBA populations. The 2020 survey was conducted online between 3 to 20 July
2020, covering 2,100 respondents from Hong Kong, Macau and GBA. Among which,
there were 1,000 Hong Kong residents aged 18-60 with monthly personal income of
at least HKD15,000 or liquid assets of HKD200,000 or more.
"Mental Wellbeing" is the most important
wellness dimension across regions
Hong Kong scored 56 points (out of 100) in the 2020 "AXA Wellness
Index", 3 points lower than in 2019; and 9 points and 18 points lower compared
to Macau and GBA respectively, showing Hong Kong's quality of life has de ......read more
Changing market demands due to COVID-19 are driving organisations to evaluate reskilling their workforce. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23
September 2020 - Aon plc (NYSE:
AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of
risk, retirement and health solutions, has released the results of a new global
pulse survey focused on how companies are rethinking their human capital
strategies in response to the humanitarian and economic impacts of the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
COVID-19 crisis has forced companies to evaluate employees beyond their current roles and look closely at employee potential,
capability, and most importantly, adaptability to change. Building an agile
workforce has emerged as a top priority for human resources (HR) and business
conducted the survey of 415 HR leaders and professionals in Singapore from 17
August to 25 August 2020, called "Accelerating Workforce Agility and Resilience."
Eighty four percent of respondents said that an agile workforce, defined as quickly
assigning new roles to employees to support changing business needs, is now
more important to the success of their business than ever before. However, only
38% currently view their workforces as agile.
workforce agility gap between what employees can handle today versus what will
be required of them in the near future is a major challenge for companies
across industries," said Na Boon Chong, Managing Director and Partner, Human
Capital, Southeast Asia, Aon. "The main issue that businesses are facing today
is reskilling the workforce in the right way. At the same time, the ease of remote working tells us that closing off
borders to talent is not the
If agile is the way of the future, are Singapore companies future-ready?
companies plan to extend their remote working arrangements, three-quarters of
all respondents said they are investing in new tools and technology to improve
productivity and colla ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 23 September 2020 - DBLend, the new star DeFi lending project,
has instituted a new mining program for holders of its mining supported token,
DIBI. DBLend's Leo reports that any community hold more than 30 million DIBI in
total, will have the privilege of "one pledging, two mining out".
Leo said: "Last week we launched a webinar series on DBLend
metrics, to break down the types of data that DeFi spin off -- what can this information tell us
about market sentiment.
After DBLend DAO members voted, the program named "one
pledge, two mining out" finally passed. Which means if any community that hold
more than 30 million DIBI in total, the members of this community who also be
the DIBI holders, can earn extra DIBI when they are mining DBL in the first
month after starting mining."
According to the new program rules, the qualified DBL Miner
can make earning as below:
1.DBL Profit algorithm
DBL(10mins) = your pledged DIBI / pledged DIBI in total *
DBL Issued from Mining Pool(10mins)
(As the token
of DBLend, DBL just can be issued by mining with a total of 2.1 million, and
will be halved year by year, no reservation, no Pre-Mining. The only way
to obtain DBL is by pledgeing DIBI token (Token of DiBi Global ECO System) to
the smart contract, and the payback cycle is 10 minutes. In addtion, DBL
holders have voting rights in DBLend DAO. It will be start mining on 27 Sep.
2.DIBI Profit algorithm
1 billion DIBI in DIBI Mining Pool issued in 30 days.
DIBI(10mins) = your pledged DIBI / pledged DIBI in total *
DIBI Issued from Mining Pool(10mins)
is the Platform-Token of DiBi Global Exchange. Holding DiBi Token can not only
exchange all the rights and benifits in the whole DiBi Global Ecosystem, but
also has great potential for appreciation. DiBi Global exchange will use 20% of
all profits to buy back DIBI and ensure that prices rise by destroying them. )
"It's hard for digital currency investors to keep up with
the ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 23
September 2020 - Southco Asia Ltd., a
subsidiary of Southco Inc., a leading global provider of engineered access
solutions such as locks, latches, captive fasteners, electronic access
solutions and hinges/ positioning technology, has expanded its successful E5 Cam Latch series, including an
extended housing version designed for increased panel thickness, a roller cam
option that compensates for inadequate gasket compression and a flush mounting
cup that provides sealing capability.
Extended Housing E5 Fixed Grip Cam Latch
extended housing E5 Fixed Grip Cam Latch accommodates panel and door
thicknesses up to 52mm. The extended housing E5 Fixed Grip Cam Latch delivers
light compression, and is ideal for applications where energy efficiency is a
key design consideration, such as enclosures with thermal insulation used in
the commercial HVAC industry.
Cam Latch series is now available with a plastic roller-style cam that reduces
operational force and provides light compression for simple enclosure
applications. Providing secure cam engagement and up to 2mm of light-duty
compression, the Roller Cam eliminates vibration and rattling during operation.
The cam roller rotates smoothly onto the frame when the user operates the
latch, minimizing the frictional force that traditionally occurs when using a
flat cam, which can make a door more difficult to open or close.
an optional keeper that constrains the roller to the flat surface of the
enclosure frame, the Roller Cam delivers robust, scratch-free engagement and
protects decorated or coated finishes. The Roller Cam offers an economic,
secure solution for overcoming inadequate gasket compression with low operating
efforts and is compatible with our E5 Cam Latches as well as other Southco
product series including H3 Swinghandle Cam Latches, E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latches, M1
Compression Latches and 92 T-
& L-Handle Style Cam Latches ......read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 23 September 2020 - Global Business Services (GBS) LTD and Vietnam Insider join hands to present the
"Inside Out" webinar series, shedding light on Vietnam's situation during the
COVID-19 period to support foreign investors dealing with a dynamic business,
regulatory, legal and operational landscape.
The webinar will be moderated by Rahn Wood, the
founder of "Inside Out" and Partner of GBS.
Rahn is an internationally
experienced executive with over 30 years of achievements in Retail, Commercial
& Digital Banking, Cards and Payments. He has performed executive roles at
some of the most prestigious financial institutions including HSBC, Vietnam
International Bank, Techcombank, Saudi British Bank, Macquarie Bank,
MasterCard, ANZ Bank and most recently as CEO of Mai Linh, Vietnam's largest
In the initial Inside Out webinar on
01 October, there will be presentations and Q&A from speakers as follows:
Conditions in the Real Economy - Richard
Burrage, Managing Director of Cimigo Vietnam
Debtor Management in Covid-19 conditions:
Schwartzhaupt, Chief Risk Officer, Vietnam Maritime
Kolechko, Head of Risk Management Division, Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VP Bank)
Legal framework & process - Tran
Minh Thu (Katleen), Principal Lawyer,
Wood, Partner of GBS
The main focus of the
webinar will be on the success of Vietnam in combatting the Covid-19 pandemic,
the ongoing economic challenges, and Vietnam's policies to recover and develop
The webinar aims to attract
over 500 real-time viewers, who are individual investors, business owners and
representatives from several investment funds, enterprises in different
If you are a foreign
investors, expatriate or business partner, who is hungry for insights about Vietnamese
business conditions, this is where you can hear directly from leaders across
sector ......read more
Challenges from ageing populations and covid-19 are putting
pressure on Japan's health system
Japan's health system falls behind its peers in terms of
long-term strategic perspective
Price review and setting mechanism introduces unintended
inefficiencies in the health system and act as a brake on structural reform
TOKYO, JAPAN - Media
OutReach - 23 September 2020 - Japan's healthcare system has kept the country remarkably healthy
with relatively minor changes for nearly six decades. The system provides
universal care, extensive coverage and the most innovative treatments at a cost
that is accessible to all. Yet the scope of coverage in the Japanese system
obscures the extent to which policymakers have put off making necessary but
difficult choices. In particular, the lack of regulation of demand for health
services, the pressures of an ageing population and the underdeveloped system
for determining cost-benefit for health investments could paralyse Japan's
healthcare system as the cost of providing health services increase. The
economic consequences of this would inevitably reverberate beyond the health
Sustainable health systems not only have
appropriate resources to effectively function but are also capable of keeping
up with developments and overcoming hurdles. Health systems must be able to
address challenges and demonstrate the political will required to explore and
implement innovative designs for health services. For Japan, evolving
population demographics and financial pressures represent two of the biggest
hurdles for sustainability.
Health system sustainability in Japan
is a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Pfizer. It
examines the challenges and opportunities that Japan's healthcare system is
facing and the sustainability of its current system compared with those of
other developed industrial countries. The research uses a scorecard to compare
Japan's performance against those of five other countries acr ......read more
The HKSAR Government is committed to combating abuse of charity status (Section 88) HONG KONG, CHINA
- Media OutReach - 22 September 2020 - Setting up a charitable organisation
is common in Hong Kong, as Hong Kong citizens have always been committed to
serving the community. The HKSAR Government also offers generous tax allowances
to both individual and corporate donors to tax-exempt organisations (up to 35%
of annual taxable income). Having said that, the Audit Commission recently
reviewed the tax exemption approval process and noted that the Hong Kong Inland
Revenue Department ("IRD") should be exercising closer monitoring on whether
these charitable organisations continue to fulfil their tax exemption
requirements after having been granted the status. As a result, in April 2020 --
following hot on the heels of its late 2019 guidelines -- the IRD issued an updated
and clarified version of its guidelines for charitable institutions, illustrating
its firm resolve to review the tax exemption status of charitable
Requirements for tax exemption status,
non-profit-making organisation is an approved charitable organisation. In order
to qualify for tax exemption status as a charity, the organisation has to be
established exclusively for one of the following four purposes:-
relief or poverty;
advancement of education;
advancement of religion; or
purposes of a charitable nature which serve the community.
In the first
three headings, the organisation can provide services for people across the
globe, while for the fourth heading, the organisation can only serve the community
in Hong Kong. Examples of acceptable purposes for the final heading include the
relief of illness, or assisting the physically and mentally disabled, and the promotion
point to note is that a charitable organisation should be geared toward serving
the public in general, or at least a significant proportion of the ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 22 September 2020 - Ohmyhome, the
Singapore-based unique one-stop proptech solution to property needs in
Southeast Asia, today announced their official launch in the Philippines, their
third location after Singapore and Malaysia. The proptech company will be
serving Philippines housing transactions with its full suite of end-to-end
property services, from professional real estate agents and mortgage to
renovation and more.
Operating on a hybrid
model that combines the best qualities of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) platform and
fully-fledged agency services, the proptech company is tackling traditional
property pain points that are rampant in the Philippines real estate industry
such as the lack of transparency, unreliable agents, slow feedback, and
fragmented property services.
The expansion brings
several benefits for Singapore property buyers and investors. It opens up a
new, trusted, and reliable avenue for sourcing real estate investments in the
Philippines. Conversely, with the Singapore listings accessible to house
hunters in Philippines, Singaporean homeowners and landlords will be able to
reach potential tenants and kickstart negotiations earlier.
Philippines' Untapped Potential
Ohmyhome brings their
comprehensive suite of services to the rapidly-growing Philippines market. The
burgeoning property market in the Philippines holds great potential but its
nascent development also means that there are areas for improvement. With
Ohmyhome's best-in-class property solutions and proven track record, expansion
into the Philippines market is the next logical step to growing its presence in
The proptech company
has spent the last nine months building up its capabilities to ensure a smooth
launch in the Philippines. It targets to have 2,000 listings and 80 properties
transacted in the first quarter of its launch.
"We believe that the
Philippines property market will remain resilient as there is a huge unmet
dema ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 22 September 2020 - Mox Bank
Limited ("Mox") is officially launched to everyone in Hong
Kong today. Mox is the new virtual bank created by Standard Chartered in
partnership with PCCW, HKT and Trip.com, which provides its suite of retail
banking services entirely digitally over its app.
Deniz Güven, CEO of Mox, said: "We are so
excited to welcome everyone in Hong Kong to Mox. We designed our bank around
the fact that every day and every moment count for people in Hong Kong. We want
to help you to make the most of today and plan for tomorrow at the same time.
We believe every day is a day for progress, and every day counts when you're
Our mission at Mox is to help everyone in Hong
Kong grow -- your money, your world, your possibilities. We want to help you
be in control of your day-to-day finances and build the financial freedom you
want to enjoy more of life. No matter how small you start or how big your goals,
every day with Mox is a chance to grow and to experience a whole new way of
smarter banking, saving and spending.
Banking can sometimes feel complicated. We want to take the headache out of banking
with a more streamlined financial management experience to provide you with the
insights to be in control. Opening an account is fast, secure and free. Within
minutes, you can add money from another bank within the app to
enjoy Mox's daily interest rate. Track your saving progress and see
your spending patterns real time. Earn CashBack that is calculated instantly
and credited daily to your account.
Mox also took the lead to launch Asia's first
all-in-one numberless bank card, further enhancing privacy and security for
customers. Mox is also the first virtual bank in Hong Kong to support both Apple
Pay and Google Pay, bringing a fast and simple way to pay online, in-apps and
We understand saving can be difficult to put into
practice. We ......read more
billion K-Pop-related Tweets in the past 12 months worldwide
300 K-Pop Topics (by artist names) that can be followed on Twitter
#KpopTwitter World Map shows most mentioned K-Pop
artists, most mentioned songs and fastest-rising artists in 20 markets
"Decade of #KpopTwitter" global live party in Twitter's Blueroom
to reward fans
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 22
September 2020 - Over
the past 10 years, Twitter and K-Pop have grown side by side to become a true dream
team and #KpopTwitter is one of the largest global conversations on Twitter
today. Despite the global COVID outbreak, there were 6.1 billion K-Pop related
Tweets in the past 12 months worldwide. Now with over 300 K-Pop Topics (by
artist names) that can be followed on Twitter, fans around the world can
immediately see the best Tweets and easily join the global conversation about
their favorite artists.
YeonJeong Kim, Head of Global K-Pop Partnerships at
Twitter said, "All we can say is thank you -- it's been a pleasure to watch and
participate in the growth of K-Pop over the past 10 years. When K-Pop artists want
to reach a global audience, they go on Twitter to connect with their passionate
fans who want to be the first to see and talk about what's happening. These
fans -- many who are young and based all over the world -- are flocking to
Twitter to join these fun #KpopTwitter conversations to feel connected to a global fan
To celebrate 10 years of #KpopTwitter success, Twitter has partnered with K-Pop
Radar to release K-Pop data
across 20 markets to show how the passionate global K-Pop community shares
their love and connects with their favorite artists around the world. In
addition, Twitter has organized an exclusive "Decade of #KpopTwitter" global live party in Twitter's Blueroom, bringing
together several of the K-Pop pioneers (Sunmi,
Wonder Girls), global top stars (Kihyun and Hyungwon, MONSTA
X) and fast-rising artists (Bang Chan, Stray Kid ......read more
ZUG, SWITZERLAND - EQS Newswire - 21 September 2020 - Munich-based research agency Sphene Capital has started to cover SunMirror AG. The analysts of the agency focusing on small and mid caps award a buy rating to SunMirror shares at a price target of €68.90. In doing so, the determination of the price target is based on a 50:50 mix of a sum-of-the-parts valuation, which Sphene Capital developed from the single assessment of SunMirror's three commodity assets, and publicly available valuation reports dealing with the three raw material regions concerned.
The analysts arrived at the conclusion that particular strengths are inherent in SunMirror's strategy to exclusively acquire investments in developed countries, thereby avoiding country-specific risks in politically instable regions.
The entire report will be available in the course of the day on SunMirror AG's website at www.sunmirror.ch and also at https://dynastar.ag.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
About SunMirror AGFounded in 2017, SunMirror AG is a strategic equity investment company for natural resources focusing on gold and other metals and minerals powering demand for sustainable next-generation technologies.
About Sphene CapitalFounded in 2010, Sphene Capital GmbH has positioned itself as the quality leader among German research agencies. The agency's initiation reports usually have between 40 and 80 pages, while the event-driven updates that the agency will publish about SunMirror following each of the latter's relevant corporate press releases will have between eight and 30 pages. In addition, Sphene Capital attaches great importance to the exact wording of its equity stories, a thorough understanding of market and competition as well as well-founded and error-free company valuations. Two years ago Sphene Capital was selected by Euronext as its exclusive research partner for all companies listed at Euronext Frankfurt which operate in the areas of biotech/pharmace ......read more
Art of Innovative Construction
Explore sustainable green living with Hong Kong artists
HONG KONG, CHINA
- Media OutReach - 21
September 2020 - Construction Industry Council -- Zero Carbon Park (CIC-ZCP) proudly
presents: "Art in Construction", an exhibition that gathers local
artists to explore and showcase the connection and creativity between
construction and art through various forms including sculptures, installations,
paintings, photography, and workshops. Starting from today, "Art in
Construction" is held at the CIC-ZCP in Kowloon Bay and supported by a free
online virtual exhibition and a guided tour video. By incorporating 360-degree
camera technology, the exhibition allows everyone to experience the creativity
of construction, engage with art, and sample what it's like to live a greener
The Art of Innovative
The evolution of
construction throughout history demonstrates mankind's creativity and
commitment to sustainability. From building houses and cities with wood and
stone to today's use of innovative technology and sustainable methods to
establish communities living in harmony with nature. CIC-ZCP is pleased to
present "Art in Construction", an exhibition and a series of activities that
showcases the synergy between construction and green living. Like art, the
imagination and creativity of construction are both impressive and breath-taking.
Mr. CHONG Kin-lit,
Paul, Chairman of CIC-ZCP, remarked in the exhibition's promotional video: "Climate
change is one of the biggest challenges confronting mankind. CIC-ZCP is a
pioneering and inspiring project serving as a knowledge-sharing platform for
industry practitioners in low carbon building design and technologies. By
organising various types of promotional activities, it is our mission to increase
public awareness of low carbon living. Recently, CIC-ZCP has been completely
renovated with several innovative green initiatives. Allied with the art pieces,
we hope to bring an ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media
OutReach - 21 September 2020 - STC International, a
Taiwanese company specialized in solar energy system integration, under the assistance
of GTPO (Green Trade Project
Office) and ITRI, successfully built its presence from the ground up in the
ASEAN market. From Cambodia's rural area to Malaysia, from NGOs to retail
restaurants, STC's solutions are being adopted in ASEAN nations thanks to its
leading technology and services. STC is a perfect example of a SME bringing its
flexibilities and niche focus into full play.
Green Energy Solution in Cambodia by STC
It all started in 2017
when STC International took part in ITRI's trade promotion delegation and
visited the rural village in Cambodia, the aim of the trip was to build solar power
system for a local NGO. This NGO regularly invites doctors to the village to
provide volunteer medical services. Electronic devices and cooling equipment
for medical purpose require basic power supply, but local power supply is very
unstable and power outages are frequent.'
After ITRI introduced STC
International to the Cambodian NGO, STC International soon put together a
comprehensive system including illumination, fans, solar panels, energy storage
and cooling devices for this customer. "As soon as the system entered service, the NGO is the only
place that is brightly lit after sunset with a few miles around the
neighborhood. Local businesses and stores were amazed and came to us for solar
system infrastructure. Coffee shops, Chinese-language cram schools and other
business operators all become his customers," said Mr. Polun Chen, General
Manager of STC International.
Mr. Chen also said that
before STC came, local community used to have a false impression that solar
system was expensive and dangerous. With the NGO became a model site, people
quickly accepted solar energy with confidence.
Until now, STC's energy
solutions have been adopted in farming irrigation systems, retail and catering, ......read more
AIA Financial Career Scheme 2020 will provide eligible candidates with comprehensive financial services training as well as vital financial support whilst undertaking the programme SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 September 2020 - AIA
Singapore today announced the creation of up to 500 new career opportunities,
in-depth training and financial support aimed at fresh graduates and mid-career
switchers, amid ongoing economic uncertainty and increasing unemployment as a
result of COVID-19. AIA's Financial Career Scheme 2020 is a reinforcement of
the continued efforts by the government of Singapore to create and sustain job
opportunities for Singaporeans, as the number of retrenchments more than
doubled in the second quarter of this year.
Ms Wong Sze Keed, Chief Executive Officer of AIA
Singapore, said, "At a time when so many are impacted by
retrenchment or are struggling to find jobs, it is vital that we support
Singaporeans and permanent residents by creating sustainable and long-term career
AIA Financial Career Scheme 2020 equips individuals with the skills and
necessary financial knowledge to pursue a new career path in the financial
services industry. By sharing our expertise and industry knowledge, candidates will
embark on fulfilling and successful careers, contributing to Singapore's economic
future well beyond COVID-19," she said.
strategic collaboration between AIA Singapore Private Limited (inclusive of its
AIA Financial Advisers Private Limited) and AIA Group's flagship asset management
Investment Management Private Limited (AIAIM),
the AIA Financial Career Scheme 2020 aims to provide support to individuals seeking
careers in Singapore's financial services sector. Eligible candidates will
undertake soft and technical skills training to enhance their industry
employability, as well as receive financial support to sustain them whilst
enrolled in the programme. Financial support ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 21 September 2020 - After
years of efforts in developing ASEAN countries, Everlight recently has a new
approach for these important markets. With the assistance from Green Trade
Project Office (GTPO), Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Industrial
Technology Research Institute(ITRI), Everlight starts new business strategy by
dedicating in the niche market of B2B turnkey solution export instead of tying
hands in low-priced channels such as hypermarkets and plumber shops. By doing
so, Everlight has gained positive feedbacks from local Taiwanese businesses in
LED Smart Lighting Pilot Project in Poland by Everlight
Everlight Senior Director Richard Hsu said Everlight was one
of the first Taiwanese LED companies that entered ASEAN nations. The challenges
encountered in the local markets include low price level and lack of rigorous
safety certification, which brought disadvantages to quality-focused companies.
Garment manufacturer in Laos installed Everlight's
solutions and became its
Everlight consultant William Kuo thus decided to take on
strategic transformation and shifted its focus from the channel markets of Thailand
and Indonesia to B2B and government procurement projects. Business
opportunities soon cropped up in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. One
successful example was that Everlight joined ITRI's trade promotion delegation
and visited Laos, where infrastructure is incomplete and is in desperate need
of Everlight's solutions. Everlight was also able to locate many Taiwanese
'invisible champions' in Laos that adopt Everlight's solutions.
For example, Lin Chung-I, Taiwan's Overseas Chinese Affairs
Commissioner in Vientiane, introduced Everlight products to a local Taiwanese
garment manufacturer that is an OEM of a US fashion brand. The garment
manufacturer soon asked quotation from Everlight and proceeded with in-factory
LED lighting replacement plan. LED lighting's advanta ......read more
AFRICA - Media OutReach - 21 September 2020 - The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on
business cannot be underestimated. It has forced organisations to reconsider
supply networks, product launches and employee well-being -- all the while
accelerating the speed at which digital tools or processes need to be
Enterprises looking to compete in today's marketplace are fast realizing the
necessity of a comprehensive digital transformation blueprint that integrates
various technologies across the board.
With this in mind, IT News
Africa and industry experts are set to tackle ideas
on how to drive the
future-of-work, future-of-connectedness, data management, connected digital
experiences and digital innovation strategies at this year's Digital
The DTC2020 virtual conference -- taking place on 7-8
October 2020 -- aims to impart knowledge
on how technologies like AI, IoT, Analytics, Blockchain, Machine Learning,
Cloud & Edge Computing, and Gamification can offer immense opportunities
for companies to develop resilient business models.
Vera Nagtegaal, Executive Head at Hippo
Terry Kelly, Founder and Director at the Digital Databank
Rabia Cozijn, Executive Manager for Transnet Global Smart Center,
Transnet SOC LTD
Loic Potjes, MD of Technology Disruptive Leap
Kerry Littlewood, Digital Transformation Lead at Accenture
Jared Pillai, Head of Digital at Vizeum South Africa &
Hendrik Malan, CEO of Frost & Sullivan
Dalene Deale, Director of Fintech at Transunion
Dr Dieter Veldsman, Group Executive of People Management at Momentum
will benefit from attending DTC 2020:
CIO, CMO, Chief Digital Officer, Head of
Customer Experience, Chief Transformation Officer, Strategy Director, Digital
Transformation Manager, Chief Security Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Chief
How to participate:
Register for ......read more
The Acquisition Fulfills Aoyuan Healthy's Deployment
of Resources for Developing its Medical Beauty Business and Furthers the Development
of its General Health and Wellness Business
The Move also Enhances Synergy Between its Businesses
of Property Management, Commercial Property Operation and General Health and Wellness
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 21 September 2020 - Aoyuan Healthy Life Group Company Limited ("Aoyuan Healthy" or the "Group"; SEHK stock code: 3662), a reputable provider
of property management service and commercial property operation service in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), is
pleased to announce that the Group's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary,
Guangdong Xinyuerong Industrial Investment Company Limited, has agreed to
acquire a 55% equity interest in Zhejiang Liantianmei Corporate Management
Company Limited ("Liantianmei") for a consideration of RMB 691.0 million. Aoyuan
Healthy has been holding a 5% equity interest indirectly in Liantianmei. After
the acquisition is completed, the Group's holding in Liantianmei will increase
to 60%. The Group plans to position Liantianmei as a leading medical aesthetic company.
The move serves to fulfill Aoyuan Healthy's deployment of resources for the
development of its medical beauty business, which will enable the Group to provide
healthy lifestyle services for the homeowners at the estates managed by the
Group and consumers alike. The acquisition will also allow the Group to give its businesses of property
management and commercial property operation full play and enhance the synergy
between Aoyuan Healthy's three core businesses.
Liantianmei is a leading medical aesthetic service
group in Zhejiang province with a history of 37 years. As one of the pioneers in
China's medical aesthetic industry, Liantianmei has
been providing comprehensive medical aesthetic services, including aesthetic surgery
services, minimally-invisive aesthetic services and aesthetic dermatology servic ......read more
Fully Supports Macau’s Cultural Industry and the Recovery of Macau MACAU, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 September 2020 - To revitalize the development of
Macau's cultural industry, Suncity Group fully supports the local arts event, rooting
for Macau citizens and local artists through series of astonishing and
diversified music entertaining events. 'Suncity Group Rooting for Macau - SIM!
Music Festival 2020' is the first musical performance of series events title
sponsored by Suncity Group, ended perfectly at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Macau
on September 19.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macau Government Tourist Office, Mr. Kevin Ho, Macau Deputy to the National People's Congress of PRC, Mr. Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group and President of Macau Artistes Association, Dr. Wilfred Wong, President and Executive Director of Sands China Ltd. attended the event
'Best Performance Award' was awarded to Classic heritage- The Final Trigger by Mr. Alvin Chau
Local singers, artists, dancers and more than 200 people from the industry were assembled to organise this music festival
With the purpose
of 'reigniting the local performing arts power', a group of outstanding local
singers, artists, dancers and more than 200 people from the industry were
assembled to organise this music festival. A total of 12 units did their utmost
to compete in the same stage with singing and dancing. There was no cessation
to the excitement and the symphony of applause and cheers in the whole night.
The organisers have
specially invited Mr. Kevin Ho, Macau Deputy to the National People's Congress of
PRC, Dr. Wilfred Wong, President and Executive Director of Sands China Ltd.,
Mr. Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group and
President of Macau Artistes Association to serve as adjudicators and
presenters, witnessing and supporting this diversified music festival that
belongs to Macau with the other officiating guests ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - EQS Newswire - 18 September 2020 - The board of directors (the "Board") of Uni-Bio Science Group Limited (the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") is pleased to announce updates on the developmental potential of the Group's innovative biologic self-developed drug Recombinant Exendin-4 Injection ("Uni-GLP").
Uni-GLP, a class of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists ("GLP-1 RAs"), can reduce high blood glucose by increasing insulin and decreasing glucagon secretion, is effective in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus ("T2DM"). GLP-1 RAs are particularly advantageous because of their incretin effect which can lower risk of hypoglycemia. In addition, GLP-1 RAs is one of the only classes of diabetic drugs shown to cause significant weight loss. The application for clinical trial of Uni-GLP submitted by the Company has been accepted by National Medical Products Administration ("NMPA") on 14 July 2020. Currently, the Group's professional and technical personnel are making great efforts to prepare for clinical trial-related works.
New Progress and Opportunities of GLP-1 RAs
Based on new data presented in the scientific community, GLP-1 RAs can treat a wide range of high value indications such as obesity, cardiovascular disease ("CVD"), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease ("NAFLD") and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH"), Alzheimer's disease ("AD"), as well as new coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19"; caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, "SARS-CoV-2"), where there are significant unmet medical needs.
As obesity is a common comorbidity of T2DM, this class is effective in T2DM patients who are overweight, accounting for at least 30% of all diabetes patients in the PRC according to IMS primary research. In addition, GLP-1 RAs has further been shown to have beneficial impact on cardiovascular function independent of its role in peripheral glycemic control, through increasing myocardial gluco ......read more
As part of the expanded global Pathways to
Progress initiative, Citi and the Citi Foundation to collectively invest US$35
million in philanthropic contributions and grants to improve the employability
of youth from low-income and underserved communities in Asia by 2023
Citi Asia Pacific to offer 6,000 jobs and 60,000
job-skills training opportunities for youth over the next three years
Young people to continue to be positioned front and center in tackling
most pressing challenges in Asia and accelerating progress towards the United Nations'
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 18 September 2020 - Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) - Citi Asia Pacific and the Citi
Foundation today announced a collective commitment of US$35 million in philanthropic investments
to advance economic opportunities and employability for youth from low-income
and underserved communities in the region by 2023. In addition, the bank will offer 6,000 jobs
and 60,000 job skills training opportunities for young people at Citi Asia over
the next three years.
commitments are part of Citi's expanded global Pathways to Progress initiative. This initiative is designed to equip young people with the
skills and confidence to improve their employment and entrepreneurship
opportunities and make a positive impact in their lives and their communities
commitment is in response to the impact of COVID-19 on youth employment in the
region. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), Asia Pacific
is home to more than half of the world's youth population, with 700 million
youth aged 15 to 24 years. While they represent 20 per cent of the total
working-age population, this youth segment accounts for almost half of the Asia
Pacific's jobless. The pandemic and resulting economic crisis has further
challenged this issue. Projections through the end of 2020 in 13 countries show
sizable jumps, with ......read more
NAIROBI, KENYA - Media
OutReach - 18
September 2020 - Infinix, a global leader in consumer electronics
market, has launched the ZERO 8 in the Kenyan market. ZERO 8 is the company's
flagship series for 2020/21. Though targeting the high-end market, Zero 8 will
retail at a relatively affordable price of Kshs 28,999.
launch has been conducted in partnership with Sally Karago, a renowned international fashion
designer. This partnership with a high-end designer is geared towards raising
the Infinix's brand position and perception in the market as a high end phone.
This is also part of a broader push to combine tech with fashion to create
products that are a fusion of design and innovation.
"Infinix is taking a step to be more premium and
able to compete and be the face of this new direction as a fashion-conscious
brand. This direction is very much in tandem with our target customers, whose
lifestyle can be described as image and fashion-conscious and trendy, with a
taste for high end gadgets", said Mike Zhang, Infinix Kenya Brand Manager.
Using her international acclaim and experience,
Sally has designed garments for the three celebrities who graced the launch,
namely the gorgeous songstress Tanasha Donna, celebrated chef Ali Mandhry and
Catherine Kamau, an award-winning actress. Inspired by the Turkana culture,
Sally's fashion collection has been made using local African fabrics and beads
for accessories (all drawn from the Turkana culture). The design features
diamond-shaped elements which are the main design concept for the Zero 8 smartphone.
(From left, singer Tanasha Donna, Chef Ali Mandhry and actress Catherine Kamau)
The accessories, including beads, also drawn from
Sally's Turkana collection experience, feature the main colours of the Infinix
brand, which are green, black, and white.
Explore more about the story https://youtu.be/ByjWM1xkf70
Tanasha Donna wearing the Sally Karago designed
garment for Infinix Zero 8 Launch
Sally a ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 18 September 2020 - Kerry Logistics Network Limited ('Kerry
Logistics'; Stock Code 0636.HK) is delighted to be crowned the winner of the
CILT Award (the 'Award') 2020 - Enterprise Award for its outstanding service.
biennially by the
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong ('CILTHK') to
recognise professional excellence and promote the best practice of transport
and logistics, the Award is categorised into two streams -- the Enterprise Award and the
SME Award. A five-member judging panel, consisting of industry practitioners,
academics and professionals, presided over the assessment to laud service
excellence. The awardees were selected based on seven
criteria, namely, customer satisfaction, achieving United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals, infrastructure, innovation, operational effectiveness,
quality management and risk management & control.
William Ma, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics Network, said,
"We are very excited to win this award. CILTHK is a renowned organisation that
has been making great contribution to the development of professionals for the
logistics and transport industry in Hong Kong. While we celebrate this honour,
we also feel a sense of responsibility and pride in our job as a logistics
service provider, at a time when the global supply chain is facing
unprecedented chaos. Logistics demands are coming from all
quarters, and the role that the logistics industry plays in supporting everyday
lives is more important than ever. It is a role that Kerry Logistics is equipped
and ready to play well."
About Kerry Logistics Network Limited (Stock Code 0636.HK)Kerry
Logistics Network is an Asia-based, global 3PL with a highly diversified
business portfolio and the strongest coverage in Asia. It offers a broad range
of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight
forwarding (air, ocean, road, rail and multimodal), industrial project
log ......read more
announced that it will invest US$18 billion in 2020 to support small and medium
businesses and that it will spend an additional US$100 million to promote small
businesses during Prime Day and through the holiday season
Amazon is one of the qualified e-commerce solution providers under the Digital
Resilience Bonus administered by IMDA, and eligible local retailers who
register to sell on Amazon.sg can receive a bonus of up to S$2,500
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18
September 2020 - (NASDAQ:AMZN) -- In 2020, Amazon has provided
support to thousands of local retailers and helped many of them to build
thriving businesses by selling on Amazon.sg,
and is keen to do more. Now, local retailers selling on Amazon.sg who meet the eligibility
criteria can also receive the Digital
Resilience Bonus (DRB) administered by the Infocomm Media Development Authority
(IMDA). In addition, as part of Amazon's continued global commitment to support
small and medium businesses (SMBs) during COVID-19, Amazon announced that it
will invest US$18 billion to help SMBs worldwide sell to customers, including
investments in logistics, tools, services, programs, and people. These
initiatives add on to the support measures for local retailers that Amazon has
leaned in to provide, including an ongoing
collaboration with Enterprise Singapore
on the eCommerce Booster Package which offers eligible local retailers a
one-time grant of up to S$9,000 when they register to sell with Amazon.sg.
"As local retailers
continue to adapt to the new normal, digitalisation is key to enabling them to
build resilience and tap into new revenue streams domestically and
internationally. Small and medium businesses
are a part of Amazon's DNA and we remain committed to their success. The new initiatives will provide the necessary push in encouraging
local retailers to step up digitalisation efforts and we're happy to work with IMDA on the Digital Resilience Bonus to offer additional su ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 18 September 2020 - Refinitiv, one of the world's largest
providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, today announced that China
CITIC Bank International has adopted Refinitiv Electronic Trading platform to
enhance its Foreign Exchange (FX) trading and distribution workflow.
today's evolving FX markets, banks need flexible trading platforms and tools
that provide control over electronic pricing, distribution, and hedging to meet
the growing demands of their client base and improve internal efficiency and
mitigate operation risks.
Refinitiv Electronic Trading, over 300 banks across 80 countries globally are
already benefiting from a turnkey, next-generation e-commerce FX trading
solution. Refinitiv Electronic Trading offers a powerful suite of e-commerce products
to shape, configure and automate FX prices to customers through a number of
distribution channels and FX venues while streamlining risk management. The
platform's auto-execution and smart order routing methods enable enhanced price
discovery and execution with minimal market impact, which have also been
critical in helping clients safely cope with much larger volumes from their
remote or virtual work environments.
Lijun Bai, Executive Director ACEO, Head of Wholesale
Banking Group and Treasury & Markets Group at CITIC International, said, "In today's FX
market, we see a strong demand for electronic pricing, execution efficiency and
stability as the partner of our clients. Through the Refinitiv Electronic
Trading platform, we will be offering competitive prices in CNH and other major
FX currency pairs electronically, which we believe will improve the operational
and risk controlling efficiency for both our bank and our customers."
David Day, Head of North Asia at Refinitiv, said, "As a leading trading
venue and data company for financial markets, we are proud to strengthen our
partnership with China CITIC Bank International, one of ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 September 2020 - At the onset of the recession, Singapore-based online florist
Floristique continues uplifting morale and raising health awareness with a new
product line - welfare hampers.
This move was a colossal one for the online
florist who had specialized in floriculture ever since its inception in October
Floristique's co-founder, Wendy Han's
lightbulb moment came when news of mass layoffs, vast business closures, and
economic contractions dominated the headlines.
To spread good cheer and wellness during this
period of uncertainty, Floristique ventured into uncharted waters of their own
by exploring a new business line beyond floriculture that focuses on immunity
and good nutrition.
Spreading Love in a World in Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic caused humungous upheavals
in numerous aspects of life.
Many organizations have been hit hard, while
tons of other firms have had to shut their doors for good.
During this challenging time, businesses and
individuals alike must do their part to keep community morale up.
As an organization themselves, Floristique was
determined to spread positivity amidst these uncertain times.
For Floristique, lending a hand to those in
distress and doing their part to boost morale went beyond sending thoughtful
gifts. The online florist also sought to encourage better health and wellness
with their gift baskets.
Nourishing Eats and Thoughtful Gestures
Aside from keeping community morale up,
businesses must build healthier business relationships and stand by each other.
The act of gift-giving does just the trick.
Following more announcements about major
layoffs in several international corporations worldwide, Floristique unveiled a
new hampers series, including fresh fruits, health tonics, light snacks, and
To top it off, the online florist made
delivery free of charge for all gift hampers.
Standing Firm in t ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17
September 2020 - Global digital currency trading platform, DiBi Global exchange, today announced that
DBLend (Version 1.0 ) development phase officially launched.
DBLend is a digital currency lending platform which centred
around the usage of DeFi (Decentralized Financial) smart contract base on
blockchain technology as a trusted intermediary in facilitating the growth of
global lending marketplace.
Maggie, the Co-Founder of DBLend's Chinese Community, said: "As
blockchain technology and DeFi (Decentralized Financial) applications become
more and more mature, It is likely that DeFi will change the entire financial
system in the near future. As early as 2019, DiBi Global has been laying out
its own DeFi ecosystem. As the first and most important DeFi application of
DiBi Global, DBLend project has been widely concerned as soon as it was
lauched, that's because of DBLend's decentralized mining mechanism and users'
multiple ways of making profits here, and all of these features are based on
smart contracts on the blockchain. In the long run, code is more reliable than
humanity. Through the smart contract in blockchain technology, trust and
consensus can be well established. In addition, smart contract technology
automates the movement of funds and tokens, amplifying the provision of
liquidity to digital currency market participants. "
According to the whitepaper, Lenders and borrowers in DBLend
platform are matched automatically through the smart contract (Ethereum-based
protocol), eradicating the need for third parties. It's loaning feature plays
it safe for borrowers by allowing only up to 70% of the collateral's worth,
rather than the full 100%----minimizing risks. In additon, users have multiple
investment options with high-profit on the DBLend platform, such as DBL (DBLend
token) mining, providing DBL liquidity for the interest pool, mainstream token
lending, mainstream token lending, etc.
"I think DeFi will change from servi ......read more
- Media OutReach - 17
September 2020 - The
newly designed and patented White Series Collection by Singaporean diamond
designer, Paul Hung, revolutionises light performance in fancy shaped diamonds.
Managing Director of JANNPAUL Singapore, Paul is one of the first diamond
designers to have shaken up the industry with the newest 10 Hearts & Arrows cuts
featured in the traditional fancy shaped diamonds.
shaped diamonds are still cut the same way they were in the 1960s. Back then,
they were cut for different unique shapes, rather than light performance.
However, this changed with the high-performing White Series diamonds, cut to
exacting standards for maximum brilliance. With far more superior technology
and tools, the White Series collection features fancy shaped diamonds - think
cushion, pear, oval,
and even a decagon - that redefine diamond cutting. In contrast to a 57-faceted
round diamond, the Decagon 10 HA - part of the White Series - boasts 111
facets, engineered for high scintillation and brilliance. Sold exclusively by
JANNPAUL, these fancy-shaped diamonds are a gamechanger in the global market.
With a wide range of cuts and
variables considered in the performance of a super ideal cut, the quality of these fancy shaped diamonds
lie in brilliance, dispersion and scintillation. The White Series diamonds are
cut to illuminate from every major and minor facet from the center, synergising
from crown to pavilion to deliver edge to edge brilliance. Under the ASET
scope, the refractive light of play produces a mosaic of light in motion. The
mark of a brilliant diamond is produced upon analysis at 90 degree angles, but
with the White Series, the diamonds are engineered to perform at natural,
titled angles under the perspective of a naked eye.
The soft launch of
the JANNPAUL White Series include fancy shaped diamonds such as the cushion,
pear, oval and decagon diamond cuts produced at competitive prices. Against other
prem ......read more
Temenos partners with Alibaba Cloud
to offer financial institutions scalability, performance, resilience and
Temenos cements its leadership in the cloud delivering its
software across all major public cloud providers
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND and HANGZHOU, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 17 September 2020 - Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking
software company, and Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence
backbone of Alibaba Group, today announced that Temenos Transact, its next
generation core banking product is now certified on Alibaba Cloud. Financial
institutions will be able to run Temenos' mission-critical core banking
applications on Alibaba Cloud and benefit from elastic scalability, cost and
operational efficiencies. Banks can now easily adopt Temenos' world-leading
banking software on the powerful Alibaba Cloud infrastructure.
More than 3,000 financial services institutions around the world
leverage Temenos' modern, cloud-native and API-first technology. Banks can now
run Temenos' core banking software in Alibaba Cloud and take advantage of the
speed to market and agility of the cloud, enabling them to quickly reinvent
their business models and their organization as a whole.
The growing demand for cloud-based and SaaS models is being accelerated
by the coronavirus pandemic as banks require more resilient and agile
technology propositions. Cloud has become the established method of software
deployment for smaller banks and neobanks that need to launch quickly with
minimal IT infrastructure cost. However, incumbent banks increasingly require
cloud-native software to future-proof their business, gain greater speed to
market as well as reduce IT complexity and costs.
Temenos' core banking software will now be available on Alibaba Cloud,
and the two companies will jointly help banks go to market faster, open up new
business models, and achieve industry leading cost/income ratios. The two
companies are already engaged in proof of concepts wit ......read more
Winner in "Overall", "Agency-Letting/Sales", "Property
Valuation" for second consecutive year
Winner of "Research" under "Advisors and Consultants" Category
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 September 2020 - Leading global real estate services firm, Cushman & Wakefield, was named
the top commercial real estate advisor and consultant in Hong Kong, winning top
spot across all four categories of "Overall", "Agency Letting/Sales", "Property
Valuation" and "Research", according to the Euromoney's 16th Annual
Real Estate Survey of industry professionals for 2020.
& Wakefield added to its second consecutive wins in the categories of
"Overall", "Agency Letting/Sales", and "Valuation" with a win in the category
of "Research" as well.
Siu, Managing Director, Hong Kong of Cushman & Wakefield, said,
are honored to be recognized by Euromoney with a clean sweep of all awards in
the "Advisors and Consultants" category. This is the best testament to our unparalleled
leadership in the real estate industry in Hong Kong. This also signifies our unfaltering
focus and commitment in offering strategic advice and differentiated solutions to
our clients in support of their business growth."
& Wakefield was also named the No. 1 advisor and consultant for "Property
Valuation" and "Research" for the third consecutive year, and No. 1 in "Agency
Letting/Sales" for second consecutive year. The firm also claimed the No. 1
spot for "Investment Managers".
Greater China, Cushman & Wakefield was named as the
top commercial real estate "Advisor and Consultant" in China for three years.
The No. 1 rankings we have received across four categories -- including the
Overall category -- reflects our performance excellence, as well as our market
leading position as the premium real estate services provider with the most
comprehensive range of services across Greater China.
About Euromoney’s 2020 Real Estate SurveyEuro ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 17 September 2020 - First Page's recent expansion into Amazon marketing offers Amazon
retailers the opportunity to grow their businesses in new markets. The agency
is one of the only in South East Asia that offer Amazon marketing and Ads
services. First Page supports Amazon businesses by using SEO to optimize a
business's products for Amazon's unique algorithm to boost sales, and adapt
Amazon Pay Per Click Advertising to reach more potential customers.
has faced slow growth in the Asia-Pacific market, and that presents an
opportunity for immense growth. Since the Asia-Pacific market is unique from
much of North America and Europe, where Amazon is well-established, generic
eCommerce strategies may not offer the same success. A purpose-built strategy
optimized for Amazon's unique algorithm and a frequently refined Pay Per Click
advertising strategy will help Amazon retailers' products be recommended to
more potential customers, leading to a direct increase in sales.
Redhead, General Manager of First Page, recognizes the substantial opportunity
for online businesses in the Asia-Pacific to grow with Amazon, "First Page is
one of the only agencies in South East Asia that offers Amazon SEO and advertising services," says
Redhead. "Being based in Hong Kong gives us the local perspective we need to
support our clients with their goals of growing locally, and across the world
in Amazon-dominated markets."
About First PageFirst Page has been rated as the
fastest-growing agency in Hong Kong. As certified Google, HubSpot and Facebook
partners, they set themselves apart from the competition by delivering
guaranteed quality website traffic and what they call recession-proof digital
marketing. First Page's core values revolve around the 3C's: Customers,
Company, and Competence. They believe that customers deserve a company that not
only delivers positive results, but also serves them with integrity, empathy,
and flexibili ......read more
Leading global logistics giant recognized for exceptional use of cloud technology, including its newly-launched Singapore Warehouse Red Lion SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 17
September 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by
at its Inforum 2020 digital customer summit that German
logistics giant DB Schenker has taken home the "Best in Services" title, for
accelerating cloud transformation across its global warehousing, logistics and
supply chain systems in Asia Pacific.
Thomas Peter, Chief Information Officer/ Chief Digital Officer, DB Schenker Asia Pacific.
Infor's annual awards
recognize customers that drive innovation and showcase
exceptional business results. A panel of Infor solution and industry
experts evaluated each applicant on scope and depth of performance improvement, quantifiable
business benefits, customer focus and satisfaction, and technology use and
DB Schenker supports
industry and trade in the global exchange of goods through land transport,
worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain
management. With Infor's Warehouse Management Software (WMS), the company
is creating a modern, next-generation warehouse management
system and fully-digital supply chain network. This has already enabled DB Schenker
to increase warehouse productivity, enhance end-to-end insight across its
supply chain, and deliver on shorter customer lead times.
Future-forward Warehouse Innovation
leveraged Infor's WMS with the aim to reduce manual processes and increase
warehouse agility and productivity. The next-generation smart system, which is already
deployed to provide cutting-edge warehousing services to several hundred DB Schenker
customers in Asia and ANZ, also powers Schenker's new state-of-the-art Red
Lion warehouse in Singapore, that seamlessly synchronizes and bridges the
facility's automations and operational workflows. This has already prove ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17
September 2020 - The
Chubb Charitable Foundation announced today that it has completed two grants to All
Hands and Hearts, an organization which
addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural
disasters around the world.
The Foundation's grant will be channelled towards two initiatives in the
Asia Pacific, namely the Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut Relief and Australia
Bushfire Relief. In the Philippines, the Foundation's grant of US$10,000 focuses
on two primary schools which accommodate more than 500 students aged 6-12 years
old. The schools are located in the Philippines' northern Cagayan province,
which sustained destructive impacts of Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018. For Australia, the Foundation's US$10,000 grant will
be used for environmental protection and livelihood support in communities
recovering from the combined impacts of the 2019 bushfires and COVID-19.
"We are impressed by All Hands and Hearts' action-oriented philosophy to
natural disasters, which comprises response, recovery, resilience and renewal.
Through their active engagement with the community and volunteers, they get
straight to what the community needs most post-disaster while laying the
foundation for it to emerge stronger in the future. All Hands and Hearts'
efforts in the Philippines and Australia align well with the Chubb Charitable Foundation's
focus on education as well as the environment and will go a long way towards making
a real difference in the respective communities." said Paul McNamee, Regional
President for Chubb in Asia Pacific.
"All Hands and Hearts seeks to address the greatest
needs in communities devastated by natural disasters. With the generous support
of the Chubb Charitable Foundation, children in the Philippines have the chance
to receive a safe education in schools resilient to future disasters, as well
as access to clean drinking water, sufficient toilets and handwashing stations,
and outdoor play area ......read more
Refinitiv's Diversity & Inclusion Index measures relative performance
against multiple factors that define diverse and inclusive workplaces.
21 companies across eight countries in Asia-Pacific (APAC) are included in
the 2020 D&I Index Top 100 List.
Australia continues to lead the region with nine firms ranked among the top
100, followed by Japan and Malaysia with three companies each.
These companies come from a wide range of industries, including Computers,
Phones & Household Electronics, Food & Drug Retailing,
Telecommunications and Natural Gas Utilities, among others.
SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 17 September 2020 - Refinitiv today announced the 2020 Top
100 most diverse and inclusive organizations globally as ranked by the
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index. The index ratings are
informed by Refinitiv's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data,
designed to transparently and objectively measure the relative performance of close
to 10,000 companies representing 80%+ of global market cap across 450+ ESG data points, and provide clients with
critical and differentiated insight.
Industries leading this
year's D&I Index Top 100 are banking,
investment services & insurance firms with a total of 18, followed by pharmaceuticals
with 9 and telecommunications services, specialty retailers and personal &
household products & services with 7 respectively. United States leads the Top 100 list with 20
firms followed by the United Kingdom with 13, Australia with 9 and Canada and
France with 7.
Key findings of the Refinitiv Diversity and Inclusion report for 2020 include:
Globally the cultural diversity of board members has increased from five
years ago but has stalled at around 30%.
EMEA leads the way with the most culturally and gender diverse boards.
The average board in APAC is made up of 12% female members, which
represents a 53% increase over the last 5 years, but it is still behind ......read more
CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 September
2020 - We live in
the age of the social influencer. Nowadays, with
the development of the internet and the growth of social media, it is
increasingly easy for consumers to post a comment or a picture of a product and
to notice whether somebody else uses or praises a product or a brand, making word
of mouth and opinion leader recommendations more important than ever.
Online, a recommendation may come in
a form of a selfie on Instagram, a short Tweet, a "like" on Facebook,
or the fact that an opinion leader uses certain products. An entire cottage
industry has seemingly risen overnight where internet celebrities -- people who
acquired or developed their fame online -- make their entire livings from
corporate endorsement, using their relative notability to peddle products or
experiences to their followers.
However, using social influencers to
market a company's products or services can be tricky. Consumers nowadays are
savvy enough when they encounter a product endorsement to consider not only
that it is likely sponsored, but also whether the recommendation is purely
based on high product quality. It is highly likely they would also think about
whether it was because the social influencer selected a specific product (from
a variety of offerings) that suited their particular taste, says Chenxi
Liao, Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
(CUHK) Business School's Department of Marketing.
Under such a scenario, is there an
ideal number of varieties of a product a company could offer to maximise
profits? This is what drove a group of researchers to look at the impact of
product variety when consumers rely on the product evaluations of opinion
leaders or experts to make purchase decisions. Entitled Opinion
Leaders and Product Variety, the study was
conducted by Prof. Liao in collaboration with Prof. Dmitri Kuksov of the
University of Texas at Dallas.
"Absent costs of variety, to
increase pr ......read more
HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - Last weekend, in the framework of the
online event "Artificial Intelligence Day 2020 - Far-reaching to Take on
the Challenge", VinAI Research Institute (a member of Vingroup) announced
two AI technologies including VCam Kristal (AI photography technology for
cameras under display) and VSound Alto (noise filtering technology). Pioneering
AI technologies enable the realisation of ultimate infinity display experience,
and make VinSmart one of the first companies in the world to own a smartphone
with a camera under display.
VCam Kristal is a pioneering AI
photography technology successfully developed by VinAI Research, allowing
high-quality photography with cameras under display (CUD). By incorporating AI
algorithms and models in computer vision, computational photography, and
special neural network architecture, VCam Kristal overcomes optical barriers of
cameras under display. The technology eliminates image blur, lack of colour,
chroma noise and flare, colour fidelity, etc., to create sharp selfies with 4K
VCam Kristal is the result of
cooperation between VinAI and VinSmart Research and Manufacturer Joint Stock
Company. This consequently makes VinSmart one of the first companies in the
world to own a smartphone using a camera under display. VCam Kristal marks an
important breakthrough in AI camera technology on cell phones, opening up
opportunities to commercialise high-quality cell phones with cameras under display
while realising an infinity display experience.
VSound Alto is a noise filtering
technology based on deep learning in speech and sound processing. Working
similarly to human ears, VSound Alto can accurately capture and maintain voice
quality while eliminating noise with outstanding efficiency. Compared to
traditional noise filtering methods, this technology can filter out both common
noise sounds and sudden noise sounds (such as sirens, the sounds while children
are playing or fro ......read more
Free public registration to e-meet 70+ social innovators HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - The 13th Social Enterprise Summit ("SES 2020") will be held
from 19 to 21 November with the theme "new normal · collective power". The flagship
annual International Symposium to inspire and empower social innovation, will
welcome 70+ top international and local speakers over the 3 days filled with 20
sessions. This is a special time
when registration is free for the online exchange, opening up to a wider
audience's participation to co-create our new normal.
Flagship Social Innovation Event - Registration starts today.
The Launch ceremony of SES 2020 kicked off with an unusual
dialogue between Serial Social Entrepreneur Prof Erwin HUANG and the 12-year-old
founder of KidShare Miss Chloe WONG about how, with very different background,
experiences and life stages, they both took on roles to create movements of
collective power for social impact. Officiating
at the ceremony were Mrs Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair of the Social Enterprise
Summit Organizing Committee and Mr Jack CHAN, Under Secretary for Home Affairs against
the backdrop of a transforming butterfly around this year's theme of "new
normal · collective power".
Mrs Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair, Organizing Committee of the
Social Enterprise Summit, remarked "When the world is going through a turbulent
time like 2020, collective power is called for, from all members of our society;
to gather forces from the civil society, businesses, policy makers and academia
through dialogues and actions to co-create a new normal ahead."
"new normal · collective power" towards New Phase of Innovation
SES 2020 is bringing together over 70 leaders and social
innovators from USA, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, South
Korea, Thailand, Mainland China and Hong Kong over the 3-day event.
Mr Jeremy HEIMANS
(US), Co-Author of New Power and Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose, and Mr Henr ......read more
Data protection for financial services and governments with data residency requirements HONG
KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach -
16 September 2020 - Trend Micro
Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704),
in cloud security, today
announced that its hybrid cloud security offerings have received the AWS
Outposts Ready designation, part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Ready
Program. This designation recognizes that Trend Micro has demonstrated successful
integration with AWS Outposts deployments.
AWS Outposts is a fully managed
service that extends AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to
virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility. Teams
using Trend Micro for their hybrid cloud security benefit from a truly
consistent hybrid experience that combines the agility, breadth of services,
and pace of innovation of AWS with seamless security protection across an
Achieving the AWS Outposts Ready
designation differentiates Trend Micro as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member
with products fully tested on AWS Outposts.
"We know the importance of helping
customers and organizations more easily identify potential security risks in
order to take action," said Joshua Burgin, General Manager, AWS Outposts,
Amazon Web Services, Inc. "With Trend Micro's products available to customers
on AWS Outposts, we are able to provide a comprehensive view of (a customer's)
security posture on their infrastructure, on AWS Outposts, and in AWS Regions
both on premises and in the cloud for a truly consistent hybrid experience."
AWS Outposts allow organizations that
must keep their data on-premise to do so with the benefits of AWS
infrastructure and services. The availability of Trend Micro protection for AWS
Outposts allows verticals such as government and financial services to further
their digital transformation securely, while maintaining any data residency
According to a recent report from IDC,
"T ......read more
Asia’s Largest and Leading Microbiology Research Institute Confirms Copperline’s Unrivalled Efficacy and Protection HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - Copperline
Mask is the first and only face mask with the proven ability to render the
COVID-19 virus inactivate and terminate the replication of its RNA, according
to the latest test results published early this month.
The tests were conducted by the BSL3 laboratory from July
7th to Aug 19th, 2020 at Jeonbuk National University,
South Korea, the largest microbiology research institute in Asia. This
accredited laboratory tested the neutralization capacity and reusability of
masks infused with copper against regular masks without copper when exposed to
the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV2).
In an immunofluorescence assay, the fluorescence
signal was almost undetected in cells treated with Copperline Mask's
22%-copper-infused material for 30 minutes, in contrast with an intense green
fluorescence signal in the group treated with 0% copper. This finding was
reinforced by a quantitative real-time PCR test, which observed a pronounced
decline in the relative expression of the SARS-CoV2.
In terms of reusability, the mask was found to retain
its virus-deactivation capacity even after 30 washes.
Dr. John Hwa LEE, DVM, PhD, a professor and Dean at
the Jeonbuk National University who led the studies, said, "The tests conclude
that copper can quickly and effectively render SARS-CoV2 inactivate, inhibit
the replication of its RNA and reduce the infectivity of the virus. This is due
to copper's oxidation behavior and DNA affinity. Copper can bind with and
disorder helical structures, and breach the integrity of the virus plasma
membrane, thus killing the virus. In short, copper is essential and powerful
tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19."
"Additionally, Copperline Mask's material which is 3D
textured with 22% copper further enhances virucidal activity against SARS-Cov2.
The ......read more
Infor's digital hotel management solutions have helped the hotel chain enhance their hospitality services benefitting both colleagues and guests BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced at Inforum that Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) has won the 2020 Infor Customer Excellence Award (APAC) for their implementation of Infor's digitalized cloud solution, namely Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS).
Eric Wong, Vice President, Hospitality, Infor Asia Pacific
MOHG is an operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences located in prime destinations around the world. Since 2018, the decision to leverage Infor HMS has helped them achieve a best in class global platform for colleagues and a base for digital integration into other key systems, optimizing the guest experience.
Born in the cloud, the multi-tenancy HMS property management software gives employees access to actionable information about guests and prospects, allowing them to quickly assess each booking and offer guests a rich experience.
A World of Accomplishments in Just Two Years
Technology plays a critical role in the hospitality management business and hoteliers require the latest digital tools to reduce administrative burdens and focus on delivering core business value and guest satisfaction.
Infor HMS has improved MOHG's ability to capture a detailed understanding of guests and appropriately use that information to enhance experiences and personalize offers, while increasing efficiency and streamlining colleague-guest interaction to establish solid long-term relationships. HMS empowered MOHG to effectively and efficiently support company growth, including the ability to enter into new geographies with the flexibility to support unique property operations, localized business requirements, data privacy laws and more, all while reduicng corporate effort.
Inf ......read more
Recognized for transformation of business operations using digital technologies MUMBAI, INDIA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that the defence arm of Larsen & Toubro (L&T Defence) -- India's premier Defence Equipment and Systems company, has been awarded the 2020 Infor Customer Excellence Award in the Manufacturing Industry Category for the APAC region. The award recognizes L&T Defence for driving innovation through digital technologies and showcasing achievement of exceptional business results. A panel of Infor solution and industry experts selected L&T Defence for its technology implementation and innovation, performance improvement and quantifiable business benefits. Award winners and finalists from around the world were recognized at the first-ever digital Inforum, Sept 15-16.
L&T Defence' business vetical - dedicated to Precision Manufacturing and Systems Integration - embarked on next wave of digitalisation journey to enable a connected ecosystem for measurement of Overall Operational Efficiency (OOE). Infor LN, combined with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), helped L&T Defence digitally connect the facilities across the workshops with an aim to achieve operational efficiency, conformance to stringent quality standards, cost optimization and gain real-time insights for facilitating informed business decisions.
Commenting on this achievement, a spokesperson at L&T Defence said, "The advent of Industry 4.0 technologies provides the defence sector an opportunity to digitally transform business operations and strategically unlock new opportunities for gaining a competitive edge. Combining I4.0 technologies with Infor solutions is playing a key role in our digital evolution to deliver greater business value across engineering, planning, manufacturing and quality processes extending to the lifecycle of our product offerings."
" ......read more
Global tech firm and Malaysia's 6th largest banking group win with end-to-end enterprise Fraud and Cyber Risk Management Solutions SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 September 2020 - GBG (AIM:GBG), the
global technology specialist in fraud and compliance management, identity
verification and location data intelligence, and AmBank, the 6th
largest banking group in Malaysia, have today been announced as the winners of
the Cyber Risk Solution of the Year category at the Asia Risk Awards
2020, the longest-running and most prestigious awards for firms and
individuals involved in Asia's derivatives markets and risk management.
As consumer behaviour continues to shift away from
in-person banking and toward digital banking, the volume of cyber threats and
risks to individuals and businesses is heightened. GBG's risk management
solution is recognised for helping financial institutions prevent and centrally
manage their online fraud and cyber threat landscapes, while also adhering to
the latest regulatory compliance requirements. Particularly in Malaysia, where
the Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) policy was passed by Malaysia's
central bank, Bank Negara, on 1 January, 2020, mandating new governing
standards and guidelines for technology risk management and cyber risk
management for financial institutions; GBG has helped banks effectively meet
these new requirements with end-to-end fraud and cyber risk management
June Lee, APAC Managing Director of GBG said: "We are humbled to receive this industry recognition from the
Asia Risk Awards 2020, reinforcing the value of our proactive and preventative fraud
and cyber risk solutions. Our research shows that more than half of financial
institutions in APAC see the prevention of new types of cyber attacks as the
second largest challenge in fraud prevention. As the threats of cybercrime
continue to be exacerbated by the pandemic, GBG strives to continuously
innovate and expand our fraud prevention capabilitie ......read more
The win recognises Bega’s exceptional use of cloud technology in APAC SYDNEY,
AUSTRALIA - Media
OutReach - 16
September 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialised
by industry, today announced Bega
Cheese Limited chief information officer Zack Chisholm as the recipient of its
first CIO of the Year award in Asia-Pacific as part of its 2020 Infor
Customer Excellence Awards. These annual awards recognise customers that drive innovation and showcase
exceptional business results.
Zack Chisholm, Chief Information Officer, Bega Cheese Limited
A panel of Infor solution
and industry experts evaluated each applicant on scope and depth of performance improvement, quantifiable
business benefits, customer focus and satisfaction, and technology use and
innovation. Award winners and finalists were recognised at the first-ever
digital Inforum APAC, Sept 16.
publicly listed Bega Cheese Limited is a leading dairy and food producer of
cheese, infant formula, nutritional powders, and home to one of the most iconic
brands in Australia - Vegemite.
Bega has a vision to become The Great
Australian Food Company and knows that technology plays a critical role in
keeping them agile as the business grows. Led by Zack Chisholm, the
company has been working to transform the technology landscape to support the
business growth and to lay the foundations to better compete on a global stage.
To do this, Bega knew it needed to be able to implement change quickly and stay
on the most current versions of their systems. For this reason, Bega has
implemented Infor's Testing as a Service (TaaS) cloud solution allowing it to
achieve the benefits from the latest technology while minimising risk. Bega
recognised that to release changes quickly it required a robust and effective
way to test across the system, especially integrations and extensions. After
implementing Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage, the company has been able to
further optimise a range of ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - Given the span and complexity of Chinese
history, it is not surprising only a handful of people can have a comprehensive
knowledge of it. The Tang Prize Foundation and National Chengchi University
will co-host the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum for Sinology, scheduled to take
place from 2p.m. to 4p.m. (GMT+8), Taiwan time, on September 22, at the
University's Art & Culture Centre. Prof. Wang Gungwu, 2020 Tang Prize
winner in Sinology and world authority on the study of the Chinese overseas,
will speak on the topic, "The High Road to Pluralist Sinology."
featured in this forum are Prof. Huang Chin-shing, vice president and
academician of Academia Sinica, Prof. Chen Kuo-tung, research fellow of
Academia Sinica's Institute of History and Philology, and Prof. Yang Jui-sung,
professor and vice dean of National Chengchi University's College of Liberal
Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense,
which encompasses not only Chinese philology, linguistics, literature and art
but also Chinese thought and history. Erudite and perceptive, Prof. Wang spent
nearly four decades steeped in the research on the history of the Chinese
overseas, Sino-foreign relations, Southeast Asia, trade, as well as maritime
history. His works broke new ground in Chinese studies. Looking at China from
the periphery, he is able to provide unique insights about China's changing
place in the world and come up with innovative interpretations of Sinology's
important role in the modern society. It is for all these achievements that he
was awarded the 2020 Tang Prize in Sinology. In this forum, he will open a
discussion on the traditions of Sinology that also delves into the meaning
behind China studies in the new world order. He will begin by tracing its
evolution and contemporary developments before examining the newest trends and
exploring the continuity of such studies for the future. Prof. ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15
September 2020 - For this year's
Mid-Autumn Festival, Buono Thailand, presents their best-selling Durian Mooncake, "Buono
Snow Skin Mooncake" in brand-new elegant packaging inspired by the rabbit and
the moon in collaboration with Taiwanese illustrator Jun-Jun for guests to
celebrate the Moon Festival.
The Buono Snow Skin Mooncake is a
premium mooncake made with 100% luxury, Thai Monthong durian, also known as
"Golden Pillow". Unlike other mooncakes on the market, which mix a number of
ingredients to make the fillings, Buono Snow Skin Mooncakes are made from pure,
fresh durian wrapped in a soft, smooth snow skin and is the ultimate indulgence
for mooncake lovers.
Buono, established since 2001, is a manufacturer and
exporter of plant-based frozen desserts based in Thailand, which has been
selling their best-selling Durian Mooncake in Hong Kong for a number of years.
Products are created with customers in mind, crafted with the highest quality
ingredients, and only when it passes stringent quality control measures, are
they then made available for purchase. There is a strong emphasis on quality,
safety and traceability when it comes to Buono's products, and true to the
company's motto of enhancing happy and healthy living, the durian Snow Skin
Mooncake is dairy free, gluten free and vegan. They are free from artificial flavors
or preservatives, making it the ultimate guilt-free indulgence for mooncake
its elegant gift box and gift bag designed by Taiwanese illustrator Jun-Jun,
are 6 pieces of luxury mooncake, each individually wrapped with a cooling gel
inside, making it the ultimate gift for loved ones for this year's moon festival.
The Buono Snow Skin Mooncake will be available
for the retail price of HKD228 at Fusion, Su-Pa-De-Pa, Food Le Parc, Taste,
Great Food Hall, Gourmet and ParknShop, the latter both online and offline.
About BuonoEstablished in 2001, Buono
(Thailand) Public Company Limited is T ......read more
Featuring a world-class driving track tucked away in the mountains of Chiba HONG KONG, CHINA
- Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - Cornes & Company
Ltd. started construction on THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB this past spring in
Minamiboso, which is in Chiba Prefecture. In creating the club, which is
scheduled to open late 2022, Cornes envisions a truly unique driving club, road
course, and destination that will offer experiences unattainable at other racing
circuits. Located 60 minutes from the Tokyo metro area, Tokyo International Airport, and Narita International Airport,
the exclusive driving club allows members to enjoy an unparalleled driving
experience and spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Bay. In addition to its distinctive
3.5-kilometer driving course, The Magarigawa Club features a stylish restaurant,
bar and lounge, fitness center, hot spring baths, spa facilities, a family
lounge for members with small children, and many other facilities and amenities.
Complete with an outdoor play area, dog run, and hiking trails, the club offers
recreational options for everyone--not just car enthusiasts. The first round of
applications for membership are sold out.
first private driving club "THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB" scheduled to open late 2022 in
Tokyo Area, Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture
There are more than a few racing circuits in
the world today, and some of them are legendary. There are corners that any
motorsports enthusiast is familiar with and tracks that are known for the
drivers who conquered their competition there. These spots and places gain iconic
status, becoming destinations for those passionate about motor racing. Aiming to
put THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB on the map, too, Cornes wants to turn it into an iconic
destination by creating an exceptional, world-class driving club. The idea behind
the project is to build a truly unique
driving club, road course, and destination that will offer experiences
unattainable at other racing circuits.
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 September
2020 - COVID-19 is still on
everyone's lips, but the show must go on. With digital services becoming more
and more accessible, and affordable, even in developing countries, the sports
business has demonstrate it can still thrive despite the lack of personal engagement
with live attendance.
the above in mind, Singapore-based REBEL Fighting Championship
(REBEL FC) reaches a step closer to its planned Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
reality show in China by welcoming yet another top executive to its already
formidable sponsorship team. Wicky Wang, previously of City Football Group
(CFG), joins REBEL FC as senior sponsorship manager to boost its prospects of
getting partners onboard for the reality show. CFG is best known for its
ownership of the successful English football team, Manchester City FC.
the global front, REBEL FC has signed a distribution deal with Popular UK-based
Video-on-Demand service, Channel Fight, a popular UK-based Video-on-Demand
service showcasing mostly combat sports shows, martial-arts oriented
instruction and fight action documentaries. Channel Fight has the potential to
reach of 300 million homes worldwide via its distribution partners and REBEL
FC's deal will enable the promotion to access this wide reach.
more detailed information on Wang and Channel Fight, please read the following
sections over the next few pages.
Senior Sponsorship Manager, Wicky Wang (left) and Channel
Fighting Championship adds more Firepower to its ranks
Wicky Wang joins his colleagues with
presitigious backgrounds at REBEL FC -- Vivian Xia, REBEL FC's sponsorship
director, formerly of The Nielsen Company and Ophelia Yao, REBEL FC's
sponsorship manager, formerly of IMG
from the UAE-owned and London-based City Football Group and assumes the role of
senior sponsorship manager at REBEL FC
Hot on the heels
after the recruitment of sponsorship director, Vivian Xia, previously of T ......read more
Allows customers to continue
developing lifesaving medicines amid Covid-19 pandemic
Customers can view the lab studies
"live" with Merck scientists
- Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - Merck, a leading science and
today announced an expansion of its Singapore biosafety
testing laboratory services. These services allow customers to conduct viral
clearance studies that ensure the safety and quality of their biological drugs
during the clinical development process.
scientists conduct viral clearance studies in the BioReliance® Lab in Singapore
(Photograph by Merck KGaA)
"With Covid-19 travel restricted between many
APAC countries, this expansion allows our customers to continue developing lifesaving
medicines without having to travel to our BioReliance® laboratory in
Singapore," said Mr. Chris Ross, interim
sector head of the Life Science business of Merck.
Viral capacity at Merck's Singapore lab has
increased by 50 per cent to meet demand from biopharmaceutical and cell and
gene therapy developers and manufacturers in Asia Pacific. Merck's BioReliance®
technical team performs viral capacity studies that adhere to the customer's
protocol using technology and process enhancements that allow the customer to
have a similar experience remotely via secure, "live" feed video. Customers do
not need to travel away from their home labs and can watch experiments and
receive real-time updates as their process runs. The
complete viral clearance services offered by Merck scientists
include inactivation, filtration and chromatography, all conducted in a Good Laboratory Practice environment. All services
are supported by project managers fluent in Chinese, Japanese and Korean and help ensure the safe release of leading medicines to patients around
"We are delighted that Merck has
decided to expand its BioReliance® lab in Singapore to include viral clearance
capabilities ......read more
Corporate data policies may need to be refreshed as workforce remains remote HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - Trend Micro
Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704),
in cloud security, today released survey results that show smart home
devices and their apps represent a major weak link in the corporate
cybersecurity chain as the lines between work and home life increasingly blur.
Trend Micro's Head in the Clouds study surveyed
more than 13,000 remote workers across 27 countries to find out more about the
habits of distributed workforces during the pandemic. It revealed that 39% of
workers use personal devices to access corporate data, often via services and
applications hosted in the cloud. These personal smartphones, tablets and
laptops may be less secure than corporate equivalents and exposed to vulnerable
IoT apps and gadgets on the home network. Over one third (36%) of remote
workers surveyed do not have basic password protection on all personal devices,
Dr Linda K. Kaye, a cyberpsychology expert said:
"The fact that so many remote workers use personal devices for accessing
corporate data and services suggests that there may be a lack of awareness
about the security risks associated with this. Tailored cybersecurity training
which recognises the diversity of different users and their levels of awareness
and attitudes around risks would be beneficial to help mitigate any security
threats which may derive from these issues."
More than half (52%) of global remote workers have IoT
devices connected to their home network, 10% using lesser-known brands, the
study revealed. Many such devices -- especially from smaller brands -- have
well-documented weaknesses such as unpatched firmware vulnerabilities and
insecure logins. These could theoretically allow attackers to gain a foothold
in the home network, then use unprotected personal devices as a stepping-stone
into the corporate networks they're connected to.
China-Netherlands-U.S.-South Korea airfreight charter is developed with the
demands of the life science and healthcare sector in mind
Covid-19 pandemic saw shippers leverage DHL Global Forwarding's cold chain
capabilities in life science and healthcare to transport test kits and
- Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - DHL Global
Forwarding, the freight forwarding specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has
launched an air freight charter connecting Asia Pacific to Europe and the U.S.
to meet demand from customers in the technology, manufacturing and life science
and healthcare sectors. Managed by StarBroker,
DHL Global Forwarding's in-house charter team, the twice-weekly charter
originates from Chongqing, China and flies to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Chicago,
United States; Incheon, South Korea before returning to China.
Thomas Mack, Head of Global Air Freight DHL
Global Forwarding said, "While some passenger airlines have resumed operations,
the situation in the air freight market remains volatile -- especially as belly
capacity is still tight As the leader in the air freight market, DHL Global
Forwarding's top priority is to provide our customers with sufficient and reliable
air freight capacity. Not only are the resilient, agile and reliable supply
chains of highest importance for an economic recovery, but also in preparation
for the availability of vaccines and other essential medical supplies during
South Korea has seen its export of
healthcare products rise year-on-year by 26.7% in the first half of 2020,
with pharmaceutical goods in particular increasing by 52.5%. China has exported
more medical devices in the first five months of the year as compared to a
year ago. In 2019, China, the Netherlands and the United States were among the top ten
importers and exporters of medical goods.
"Over the years, DHL has built up its expertise
from globally certified facilities and staff to tec ......read more
TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 14 September 2020 - As COVID-19's global rampage continues,
countries around the world are in a race to develop not only effective vaccines
but also promising therapies. The 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science
is jointly awarded to Dr. Charles Dinarello, university professor of the
University of Colorado, Dr. Marc Feldmann, professor emeritus at the University
of Oxford, and Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto, former president of Osaka University,
for their groundbreaking discoveries about three cytokines critically involved
in the pathogenesis of various autoimmune diseases--interleukin-1(IL-1), tumor
necrosis factor (TNF), and interleukin-6 (IL-6). They made great contributions
to our understanding of these diseases and facilitated the development of
cytokine-targeting biologics that help alleviate the pain of patients suffering
from debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing
spondylitis, and psoriasis. The Tang Prize Foundation, in collaboration with
Experimental Biology of the US and Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University,
will stage the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum for Biopharmaceutical Science at
9a.m., Taiwan time (GMT+8), on September 22, and livestream it on the
Foundation's website (https://www.tang-prize.org/en/week.php?cat=94 ), with both Mandarin and English settings
"Targeting the Hyperactive Immune System, from Autoimmune Disease to Cytokine
Storms," this forum will be co-hosted by Prof. Yun Yen, president emeritus of
Taipei Medical University, and Prof. Shaw-Jeng Sean Tsai, chair professor in
the Department of Physiology at National Cheng Kung University. In addition to
the lectures delivered by three 2020 awardees, 2014 Tang Prize and 2018 Nobel
Prize winners Dr. James P. Allison and Prof. Tasuku Honjo will also take part.
Taking advantage of videoconferencing technology, we will offer a platform for
audiences in Taiwan and around the globe to engage and interact with ......read more
NINA MALL Collaborates with Deliveroo and foodpanda to Launch Series of Special Privileges HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 14 September, 2020 - While the local economy, especially the F&B and retail sectors, have been seriously battered by the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, Chinachem Group has been carrying out a host of support initiatives for their retail tenants to show the Group's care for the community and its commitment to corporate social responsibility. Besides offering rental relief for their mall tenants across different sectors on a case-by-case basis, the Group has also launched a series of dining promotion privileges and complimentary delivery services in order to help its tenants ride out the current challenges.
Photo 1 & 2): Chinachem Group made a swift decision during the peak period of the epidemic to deploy its resources to provide free delivery services for NINA MALL's F&B tenants.
Additionally, to cope with the surge in demand for food takeaway and delivery, NINA MALL 1 & 2, the flagship shopping properties of Chinachem Group in Tsuen Wan, is offering extra services for its shop tenants and customers. Partnering for the first time with Deliveroo and foodpanda, two of the largest food delivery service providers, NINA MALL will support its restaurant tenants by waiving onboarding fees and subsidising relevant service charges during the promotion period, while customers can enjoy delicious food comfortably at home.
A host of extra benefits are also on offer for NINA CLUB members during the promotion period (details below).
Get $50 coupon codes with member bonus points
"Want to enjoy wonderful delicacies in the comfort of your home?" Starting from 16 September, 2020, just click on Deliveroo or foodpanda's delivery platforms and place orders at 17 listed restaurants (refer to list 1) of NINA MALL. NINA CLUB members can instantly redeem Deliveroo or foodpanda coupon codes from 16 September to 15 November, 2020 with ......read more
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media
OutReach - 14 September 2020 - Catch Malaysia's most prominent
personalities in a new YouTube series, called "Trading with the
stars". These celebs are famous in their respective industry, and each possesses
many talents. However, their wit and skills will be put to the test by trading
on the Forex market.
The series is
powered by OctaFX, an online broker providing Forex trading services since
2011. All episodes will be available on their YouTube channel.
Watch as Harris
Annuar, Yasmin Hani, fashion influencer Andre Amir; content creator Rhys
William; celebrity fitness trainer, Kevin Zahri learn the ins and outs, led by
Master Trader Gero. Many are wondering which celebrity will gain the most.
There are six
episodes in total, covering the basics of Forex trading and more advanced
strategies, such as risk management. With so many chances to earn, the question
is whether or not Gero can turn them into formidable traders.
It's not all fun
but there are real stakes on the line! All of the generated profit and success
by the traders will be put forth to benefit a selected local charity, OctaFX
decided to donate all profits to the selected organization.
Here are a couple
of snippets from the first episode released, "I want to learn about Forex
as I've been interested in it for a while now. And I have heard stories of
people making money, and some about losses too. But to me, the urge to make
money is definitely there. So I will not pass up the opportunity to learn about
Forex." said Andre Amir.
"My dream is
that at the end of this program, I will have the experience and know-how to
safely and carefully when I'm trading and at the end of the day not risk it
all. And simplify to better control my trades." said Yasmin Hani.
Stay tuned for more
information regarding the triumphs of these celebs. Remember to cheer them on
since all proceeds will benefit the National Cancer Society Malaysia.
OctaFX YouTube chann ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 September 2020 - Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm
providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today announced
its collaboration with Doerscircle, an all-in-one platform to source and market
insurance solutions to entrepreneurs and
independent workers. Aon and Doerscircle aim to re-design and provide new insurance
solutions for the large, and often underserved, workforce of entrepreneurs, startuppers
and freelancers initially in Asia.
Shift in the future of work
Small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) account for two-thirds of all employment and contribute close to $200 billion
to the Singaporean economy, and start-ups and home-grown entrepreneurs continue
to drive innovation and growth. Through the
strategic collaboration, Aon and Doerscircle will develop and source commercial,
risk, and health insurance solutions that address the needs of smaller enterprises
and independent workers, enabling them to focus on growing their business instead
of spending their time and energy on understanding and managing insurance
Historically, processes involving insurance
have been manual, expensive and, in some cases, unavailable for individual
contributors. Aon's collaboration with Doerscircle will allow entrepreneurs,
startuppers and freelancers to manage their risks in a convenient and seamless way.
Members of Doerscircle will have access to tailored insurance solutions through
a streamlined online process on the Doerscircle platform. Over time, Doerscircle
aims to extend these offerings to include more products and countries
leveraging Aon's broad network, risk management expertise, and global
Addressing the needs of independent workers
Despite the World Bank's recent findings
that almost 50% of the global workforce is self-employed, access and
affordability continue to be a challenge as traditional insurance plans are not
usually designed to fit the ne ......read more
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach
- 14 September 2020 - Evolution Wellness, Asia's leading health club operator whose
portfolio of brands also includes Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First, today
announced the launch of a competitive licensing programme for its premium
boutique gym brand, FIRE Fitness.
Established in Malaysia in 2015 by several fitness industry veterans -- husband
and wife duo Dave Nuku and Tracy Minnoch-Nuku, and Rich Hutson -- FIRE Fitness
enjoys a leadership position in the premium boutique segment in Malaysia,
delivering some of the most popular boutique fitness class experiences1
in the market today. There are currently four FIRE Fitness clubs -- or
Firestations -- in Malaysia, delivering virtual and physical proprietary classes
such as BARRE, FORCE, RIDE, STRIDE, and STRIKE.
Signature programmes are designed to deliver engaging and uplifting results-driven
fitness experiences in an intimate boutique environment. From the consistently
full classes and bookings on the waitlist in the early days of the brand until this
very day, it's clear that we have a winning formula -- from innovative programme
design and studio concepts, to the inspiring FIRE trainers and the tight-knit community
of fans we have managed to grow over the years," said FIRE Fitness co-founder
Signature programmes are time-efficient and geared towards delivering results
while transcending various exercise modalities; 80% of Signature classes
comprise fusion classes which not only challenge the body in new ways, but also
keeps fans motivated with variety. For example, STRIDE combines treadmill
running, weight training, and body weight movement, while in a STRIKE
programme, treadmill work is replaced by boxing moves. RIDE Yoga, on the other
hand, combines thirty minutes of high intensity sprints, followed by a power
yoga segment which presents participants with the thrill of HIIT cycling and
the calmness of yoga.
"This year, w ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 11 September 2020 - To explore issues complicated by the
coronavirus, including sustainable development, climate change and
environmental protection, the Tang Prize Foundation and National Tsing Hua
University will co-host the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum for Sustainable
Development, taking place at 4p.m. (GMT+8) Taiwan time, on September 21.
Livestreamed on the Foundation's website (https://www.tang-prize.org/en/week.php?cat=94)
with Chinese and
English settings available, this forum features several Tang Prize laureates
who, though unable to travel to Taiwan due to the pandemic, will deliver their
speeches, take part in roundtable discussions and answer the audience's
questions via videoconferencing. This special organization is not only to
reflect how the pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we used to live but
also to show the Foundation's determination to provide a platform for people
around the world to have serious conversations on topics closely related to
sustainable development and thus to become more alert to possible dangers
caused by mankind's disregard of ecological balance.
Economic development, environmental
conservation, and social justice are the three pillars of sustainable
development, at the core of which is ecological conservation, the main theme of
this forum. In addition to the moderator, President of Taiwan's Academia Sinica
Dr. James Liao, and the keynote speaker, 2020 Tang Prize winner in Sustainable
Development Dr. Jane Goodall, three previous Tang Prize laureates will also
contribute their professional opinions. They are Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former
director-general of the WHO, Dr. James Hansen, director of the Program on
Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions in the Earth Institute at Colombia
University, and Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Edward A. Frieman Endowed
Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability in UC San Diego. Moreover, Prof.
Huey-Jen Jenny Su, president of National C ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 11 September
2020 - Poker players who cross over to cryptocurrency trading are seeing
astounding success out of the gate -- for example, a trading team comprised of
poker players and captained by poker star Mike McDonald placed in the top three
in the recently concluded World Series of Trading (WSOT). A total overlay prize
pool of $1.27 million in cryptocurrency was paid out to the winners of the
inaugural edition of the global crypto trading competition powered by Bybit, in which 135 teams and 12,368
participants joined from around the world.
Poker star McDonald (pictured center) commented, "A lot of poker players
are good at making financial decisions while limiting the role that emotion
plays -- that would be one of the skills that transfers particularly well to
trading. There will be times when crypto prices will hit the roof or post
massive dips. Do you follow the herd or stick to your own strategy? Just like
in poker, the choice is yours. Jump tables or stick to yours and play the game
Poker is a game that tends to reward
strategic thinking, mental endurance and emotional resilience -- traits that
happen to work equally well for crypto trading. Practiced with discipline,
these traits can very well generate desirable results in both fields. Here
are some of the common traits of winning poker players and profitable crypto
Make +EV Decisions: Trading strategy deals
with risk/reward ratio, similar to how poker players make expected value
calculations for each hand when they consider whether to bet, check, call,
raise or fold.
Don't Go on Tilt: The calm and
imperturbable demeanor synonymous with poker players tends to help them during
volatility, when they are able to think and trade without giving in to
Hand Selection: In poker, just like in
crypto trading, you can't play your cards randomly. You have to understand the
situation, process the chances of winning, and decide whether you want to ......read more
Produced by the Group's indirect wholly-owned
subsidiary, Zip Cinema, #ALIVE topped the movie chart on Netflix globally
on 10 September 2020
Starring Yoo Ah-in of
Spackman Media Group, and Park Shin-hye, #ALIVE ranked #1 in 35
countries around the world, based on viewership in Singapore,
Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, India, France, the
United States, etc.
Following #ALIVE, Zip Cinema's upcoming
film, BROKER, to be headlined by Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won and Bae
Doona and directed by Japanese film director, Kore-eda Hirozaku
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 11 September 2020 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment
Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"),
one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that
#ALIVE, produced by the Company's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Zip
Cinema Co., Ltd. ("Zip Cinema"), attained #1 position on Netflix
internationally, following its theatrical run in Korea.
According to FlixPatrol, which
records the daily updated Video On Demand ("VOD") charts for 211
streaming platforms in 83 countries worldwide, #ALIVE took the first
position on the global chart of TOP Movies on Netflix in the World on
#ALIVE ranked #1 in 35
countries around the world based on viewership in Singapore, Thailand, Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, India, France, the United States, etc.
The film premiered internationally on Netflix on 8 September 2020.
Starring top leading actor Yoo
Ah-in of UAA&CO Inc., a subsidiary of the Group's associated company
Spackman Media Group Limited ("Spackman Media Group"), and superstar
actress Park Shin-hye, #ALIVE previously crossed the 1 million ticket
sales within five days of its theatrical release and maintained its #1 position
at the Korean box office for three consecutive weeks.
In Korea, #ALIVE
achieved the top ranking in VOD sales since the first day of its ......read more
NAIROBI, KENYA - Media OutReach - 11 September 2020 - TECNO, a global premier smartphone and
smart device brand, today debuted its strategic
launch of TECNO Smart AIoT ecosystem strategy, marking TECNO's strategic
expansion of its business portfolio to AIoT area. Riding on its unique
strengths and resources, as well as its accumulated market insights in emerging
markets, TECNO is committed to bringing customers the most desirable AIoT
products and smart connection solutions with best quality at competitive price.
Looking at the quick evolution
into 3G/4G and even 5G era in emerging markets, TECNO unveils a forward-looking
"1+N" AIoT strategy with a customer-oriented obsession, wherein "1" means that
customers shall be taken as the core; "N" means N types of living
scenarios the customers will experience which includes home interconnection,
commerce, education, travel, sport, leisure, entertainment and more in their
current and future life. Along with the strategy launch, TECNO also brings a ranges
of new products including smart audio, smart wearables and first smart routing
solution of 5G CPE with
ultra high speed.
"We have constant investment and dedication
to our long-term commitment to global emerging markets, with AIoT being one of
TECNO's strategic priorities in next few years. Standing at
point into a new smart living era, we understand consumers' real needs to high-quality
smart products at competitive price, and we have great confidence and unique
advantages to provide consumers there with more visionary and desirable mobile solutions." Stephen HA,
General Manager of TECNO Mobile commented.
AIoT is increasingly becoming more
mainstream globally including emerging markets, leading human into a more
connected future and lifestyle. According to IDC, by 2025, there's projected to
be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices. While, in emerging markets like Latin
America, Middle East and Africa, performance to price ratio is an import ......read more
Allows design and system engineers to develop embedded vision applications with camera sensor modules at a much lower cost of entry PHOENIX, US - Media OutReach - 11 September 2020 - Leading
global technology solutions provider Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT) today introduced the 96Boards ON
Semiconductor Dual Camera Mezzanine development and prototyping platform for
the AP1302 imaging processor coupled with dual imaging camera modules. This
platform will enable design and system engineers to create cost-effective
embedded vision applications utilizing industry-standard technologies.
two Imager Access System (IAS) camera modules that ship standard on this
Mezzanine use the AR0144 monochrome digital image sensor from ON Semiconductor.
The AR0144 is a 1-megapixel Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) sensor
(1280 horizontal by 800 vertical resolution) and will run at 60 frames per second
at full resolution. Its innovative global shutter pixel design is
optimized for accurate and fast capture of moving scenes while producing clear,
sharp digital images. The ability to capture clear images is critical for
applications such as scanning, industrial inspection and drone navigation.
By using the 96Boards standard, this card can easily enable
low-latency vision system prototyping by leveraging the many capabilities of the
Xilinx Ultra96-V2 platform.
"This prototyping platform is specially created for design
engineers, system engineers and suppliers to focus on IoT vision, AI and computer
imaging applications," said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging
technologies, Avnet. "It simplifies the complex process of developing
applications with imaging sensors. In addition, Avnet has matched this card
with our Ultra96-V2 to provide a very high performance, cost effective AI
The platform utilizes MIPI and the camera serial interface (CSI2)
standardizations which are specifications of the MIPI Alliance. The MIPI-CSI2
specification defi ......read more
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 10 September 2020 - In the advent of challenges posed by critical
issues such as climate change, global pandemics and social justice, what can
civilians in the modern era, those without power and resource, do to help? To
look into this question, the Tang Prize Foundation, in collaboration with
National Taiwan University, will stage the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum for
Rule of Law from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT+8), Taiwan time, on September 21. Three
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that jointly won the 2020 Tang Prize in
Rule of Law, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Dejusticia: the
Center for Law, Justice and Society, and The Legal Agenda, will speak on the
topic, "Exploring the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the
Contemporary Civil Society," sharing their experience of mobilizing the civil
society to facilitate the application of law and to change the world for the
These three awardees are praised for
utilizing strategic litigation, education and advocacy to advance legal
institutions and protect socially vulnerable populations, in the milieus where
the foundations of rule of law are under severe challenge. The Foundation hopes
this Forum will be an opportunity for members of modern society who have long
been concerned about public issues, including civil servants, experts and
social advocate groups, to get together and get a deeper understanding of how
these three organizations tap into the potential of civil society, and combine
academic research and social activism to further the rule of law.
Also taking part in this Forum are leading
advocates for the rule of law in Taiwan: Robin J. Winkler, former president of
Environmental Jurist Association, Mei-Nu Yu, former chairperson of the
Awakening Foundation, Clarence Chou, chairman of Taiwan Association for Human
Rights, and Lucas Wang, chair of the International Cooperation Team of the
Judicial Reform Foundation. They will be exchanging i ......read more
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media
OutReach - 10 September 2020 - LIKE App is a disrupting social media
marketing platform with the key mission of "providing
an accessible platform for everyone to participate and create value to the
public through the power of social media", LIKE App is currently offering influencers with genuine
influence growth support and merchants with quality social media traffics. LIKE
App is venturing into the Indonesia market starting from September 2020. It is
tapping into the largest social media marketing industry in SE Asia region
through strategic localization.
LIKE App is ready to venture into largest population market in the SE Asia, Indonesia.
"LIKE App has registered over 200,000 users, across SE Asia as of
September 2020. Compared to other social media marketing platforms, LIKE App
has two unique advantages, a strong community of social media users and a
healthy social media ecosystem development aspect. LIKE has established
partnerships with local community groups across SE Asia and work with
influencers closely. LIKE App also provides the best rewards for the community
of social media users as well as the lowest cost for influencers and merchants
with the aim to generate the highest value for the ecosystem where the whole
community can strive together. Thanks to LIKE App technology, merchants can now
reach and work with influencers with just a few clicks. Its technology allows social
media users to contribute their social activities and generate organic traffics
for both influencers and merchant." said Timofey Smirnov, CEO, LIKE App. "LIKE
App is constantly engaging new communities and partners to ensure that the
ecosystem gradually grow over time and able to provide a triple win situation
for all parties."
LIKE App's business model allows
merchants from varies brands to connect with relevant influencers at the ease
of their fingertip across SE Asia. LIKE App provide this service through a talent pool of genuine social
media us ......read more
Star chefs assemble!
Unbox cookery secrets, culinary inspirations every day
courses on Chinese cooking for domestic helpers
Secret tips on ingredient
selection and culinary arts
CHINA - Media OutReach -
10 September 2020 - In the midst of the pandemic, everyone looks to hone
their cooking skills while staying home. To help spice up the eating-at-home
routine, the Hong Kong and China Gas
Company (Towngas) proudly launches its "top"-of-the-town Towngas Cooking
YouTube Channel. With a celebrity chef ensemble sprinkling flame cooking ideas
around, the professional culinary platform promises to kindle your interest in
cooking and enrich your recipe collection -- from casual cooking to gourmet
dinner; local daily deli, Japanese, Korean, Thai cuisine, French pastry to even healthy and
tasty veggie dishes -- you name it, we have it!
Please download high
resolution photos here:
Star chefs reveal secrets of flame cooking
and share over 500 recipes
When it comes
to keeping well, a healthy diet is just as vital as protective gear. With
limited opportunities to dine out these days, it becomes particularly important
to expand your repertoire of recipes. The Towngas Cooking YouTube Channel
features your favourite celebrity chefs, including Chef Paul, Master Chow
Chung, Swiss chef Jacques Kagi, French cuisine guru and Disciples Escoffier
Professional Diploma graduate Joey Leung, celebrity mom Skye Chan, Super-Daddy Kay Ho, Star Doctor
Marcus Kwok, YouTuber Portugal
Story-Telling Chef John Rocha and Warm-boy Chef Andy Dark -- to
name but a few -- who will take turns to present professional cookery advice and
demos on a daily basis. In addition to live instructions, these culinary
maestros will share essential facts about foods, give pointers on handling
ingredients and condiments, and reveal their best hidden secrets of cooking!
With a collection of over 500 simple recipes that will soon be presented one by ......read more
First virtual event for Aruba’s channel partners with new programs to help them prepare for the next phase of business growth SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 September 2020 - Aruba, a Hewlett Packard
Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), hosted its Aruba Atmosphere (ATM)
Asia Pacific Partner Conference in a fully virtual event for the first time,
bringing parnters from across the region.
The event, which attracts hundreds of partner attendees every
year, comes as the highly anticipated ATM has also gone online amid the ongoing
global pandemic. Along with the new format, this year's event outlined how Aruba
is poised to collaborate with partners by providing them with new business
models to navigate the changing market landscape and to become digital-ready.
"The ATM Asia Pacific Partner Conference is a
significant gathering for Aruba's channel partner community. We have made great
strides in collaborating with our partners particularly during these
unprecedented times. We remain fully committed to delivering products, programs
and services that support their business goals and helping partners grow their
opportunties," said Anthony Smith, Director Asia, Pacific and Japan Aruba
Channel at Aruba.
Aruba's Partner Plan for Everything-as-a-Service
its partner strategy will focus on managed services, delivering network
solutions as everything-as-a-service (XaaS) given the rapid shift to cloud, digital transformation and emergence of
hybrid workplace. These will include partner branded and Aruba branded
offerings that Aruba partners will exclusively take to market:
Partner Branded: for
Aruba Partners who wish resell and deliver to customers their network solutions.
Partner-Aruba Branded: for
Aruba managed services providers, using the partner's own capability to deliver
cloud-managed networks to their customers using an as-a-service model
underpinned by the partners own network operations center (NOC) and customer
Aruba ......read more
Aiming to take the smart life to a new level for local customers NAIROBI,
KENYA - Media OutReach - 10
September 2020 - Infinix, a global leader in consumer
electronics market, launched its new X1 smart TV in September 7 with their
flagship phone ZERO 8. With Android TV™, the
high-quality viewing experience, and the AIoT technology, the new smart TV will
develop the new business line for the company and take the entertainment of
local customers to a new level.
The Infinix X1 will retail at a
relatively affordable price of KES 31,990(43-inch)/KES 19,490(32-inch) and will
be covered by a guarantee policy of up to 24 months.
Infinix is always committed to
providing a great user experience for customers. The new product was launched
to reinforce the company's "smart device + mobile connectivity" strategy, as it
is determined to drive changes in the industry and offer high-quality smart TVs
with the best value-for-money for customers around the world. Based on AIoT,
Infinix is set to create an ecosystem of "smartphones + mobile connectivity
service + home appliances + digital accessories", and Infinix is launching
smart TVs to drive AIoT and help customers live a future smart life today
starting from integrating multiple smart devices together.
Infinix always has a strong presence
in Africa. S1, the company's first smart TV, was well-received by local
customers and media alike, and became one of the best-selling smart TV products
in Nigeria immediately after it was launched in the country. For years, Infinix
has been working with various market players to develop new technologies and refine
the existing ones in Africa. Thanks to its advantage of designing products
locally as well as its powerful sales and service networks, Infinix has become
a leading brand in Africa's consumer electronics market.
Android TV helps to create a home entertainment center
The Infinix X1 Android TV makes it
easier to get more from your TV. Access 400,000+ movies and shows, pla ......read more
Sponsored campaigns designed to “Celebrate Living” met with critical acclaim HONG KONG,
CHINA - Media
OutReach - 10 September 2020 - FWD Hong Kong ("FWD") has won 29 marketing
and public relations (PR) awards so far this year for the breadth and creativity of
their recent community engagement campaigns, embodying our brand promise to "Celebrate
Living". The accolades include seven Marketing Event Awards, four Event
Marketing Awards, twelve PR Awards, two PR Awards Asia, one Bloomberg
Businessweek Financial Institution Awards, one MARKies Awards and two
Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards (see Table 1 for details).
Rolling out high-profile campaigns
is a long-held tradition at FWD. FWD's vision is to change the way people feel
about insurance, not only by offering innovative, easy-to-understand products
and services to serve different needs, but also by proactively engaging with the community and
sharing its passion to "Celebrate Living".
Ken Lau, FWD Managing Director
of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer explains: "'Celebrate
Living' encapsulates the value of living in the moment, seizing opportunities,
and embracing new life experiences. We've always sought to establish an intimate
connection with the community around shared values, and will continue striving
to share our passion through award-winning initiatives and campaigns."
of FWD's latest campaigns showcase the wide-ranging breadth of its community
FWD x "The World of Studio
Ghibli's Animation" exhibition enchants crowds
In 2019, FWD awakened some
of Hong Kong people's most treasured childhood memories. Critically acclaimed
and declared a "must see", the FWD x "The World of Studio Ghibli's Animation"
exhibition was a resounding success and positive coverage of the event spread
like wildfire on social media.
Studio Ghibli's films
inspire the audience to reflect on different stages of their lives, which
resonates with FWD's promise to empower peopl ......read more
Arrow Open Lab makes engineering support more accessible to bring innovative products to life HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 10
September 2020 - Global technology solutions provider Arrow
Electronics today announced its IoT and engineering services collaboration with
Hong Kong-based technology startup Platysens to accelerate the commercialization
of smart and connected sports devices. Powered
by sensing and IoT technologies, smart sports gadgets can bridge the physical
and digital world by collecting a wealth of information about performance
metrics and providing real-time actionable insights for sports enthusiasts,
athletes, and trainers to strive for continuous improvement.
Arrow Electronics empowers Hong Kong startups to accelerate commercialization of smart sports gadgets
The global sports technology market is expected to grow at CAGR 20.4% by
2027, according to a recent research.1 Founded by sports enthusiasts in
2014, Platysens is a startup focused on sports sensors
and analysis. "Today the world of sports has been increasingly shaped by
technology integration," said CY Wong, founder of Platysens, "We see there is a
unfulfilled demand in the market for robust smart wearables to provide swimmers
with accurate and real-time data and analysis.
Thanks to the engineering guidance and support by Arrow, we are able to
rapidly integrate IoT and sensing technology and shorten our new product
Benefited from the free engineering
consultative services available at Arrow's Open Lab located in Hong Kong
Science Park, Platysens is able to rapidly combine algorithm, IoT, and sensing
technology to accelerate its new smart product development schedule. With
the engineering support and consultative service provided by Arrow engineers at
its Open Lab, Platysens put together a working prototype for its new product
SEAL, which is expected to be launched by end of the year. This smart gadget is designed to capture the
motion and force of t ......read more
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NEWSAKTUELL - 9September 2020 - In the next two to three years, the 5G Automotive Association's (5GAA) expects to see mass deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) use cases geared towards improving traffic efficiency and road safety around the world. This vision is outlined in a new White Paper released by 5GAA which explores how leading automakers, mobile network operators and their suppliers see the world of automotive connectivity evolving over the coming decade.
Vehicles talking to one another but also to roadside and telecom infrastructure and operators -- so-called V2X communication -- is just the tip of 5GAA's vision for 'advanced 5G-connected driving'. In its latest White Paper, 5GAA offers a comprehensive roadmap to guide all parties involved in this near-term market development, bringing both automotive and telecom sectors together to fulfil what 5GAA sees as a powerful digital ecosystem in this fast-moving field.
The Paper highlights selected end-to-end V2X applications factoring in the necessary technological evolution, industry readiness and spectrum needs. 5GAA has developed 'advanced driving' use cases such as Cooperative Manoeuvres and Sensor Sharing in conjunction with both the adoption of Cellular Vehicle-To-Everything (C-V2X) standards and the availability of the required technologies and devices. These provide a tangible account of how advanced driving is taking shape globally.
"Success in this endeavour requires to have all industry stakeholders on-board, including telecoms and automotive. Only then will new business opportunities and necessary investments be secured to fuel this 'ecosystem'," said 5GAA's CTO and spokesperson Maxime Flament upon the White Paper's launch.
With close to 200 million 'connected vehicles' already on the roads worldwide in 2020 and a growing number of vehicles with the ability to exchange traffic and road condition information over cellular networks, the foundations for 5G-connected dri ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 September
2020 - GS1 Hong Kong launches a brand new "Quality
Food Scheme+" programme
to encourage food & beverage enterprises to adopt more stringent measures in
accordance with internationally accredited standards in terms of management,
control and traceability, for example identifying critical control points along
the food supply chain, which helps to enhance food safety and instil trust in
(From left to right) Patrick Tong, General Manager of
Tong Shun Hing Poultry (HK) Co. Ltd.; May Chung, Chairperson of Hong Kong Food
and Beverage Industry Advisory Board of GS1 HK, and General Manager of Nestlé
Hong Kong Ltd.; Anna Lin, Chief Executive of GS1 HK; Ben Tsang, Managing
Director of SGS Hong Kong; Heidi Ho, Principal Consultant of GS1 HK.
Confidence Using a Trio of International Standards
The Centre for Food Safety has issued more than 75 food alerts and results of sample
with irregularity since the start of this year. The foods not in compliance
cover seafood, vegetables, sauce, etc., from Australia, China, England, France,
Thailand, New Zealand and others.
They were either stopped sale, removed from shelves or recalled by the traders.
While food safety incidents happen regularly,
citizens have been extra cautious as the COVID-19
help enterprises cope with the new normal in the midst of epidemic, GS1 HK
launches "Quality Food Scheme+" (the
new Scheme) with SGS HK as the audit partner. Under the new Scheme,
participating enterprises are assessed based on more comprehensive
internationally accredited food safety standards, including GS1 Global Traceability Standard (GTS),
ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management
System Standard, as well as HACCP --
Food Safety Control Standard.
response to the latest infection, the new Scheme report will provide companies
with disease prevention advice, including industry best practices and how food
safety management and system is uplifted through prope ......read more
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 9 September 2020 - DHL eCommerce Solutions, a
division of the world's leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group
(DPDHL), announced that it will relocate its Sydney headquarters to a 19,000
sqm facility, co-located with DHL Global Forwarding, at Unit 1 Millennium
Court, 33-41 Military Road, Matraville, NSW 2036.
Denise McGrouther, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Solutions Oceania
DHL eCommerce Solutions is moving its Sydney HQ to Matraville and expanding its square footage by more than double to meet growing e-commerce shipping demands
relocation will see the e-commerce logistics specialist more than double its
square footage from its current Rosebery HQ. This expansion comes amidst
significant growth in e-commerce shipping demands from overseas consumers as a
result of lifestyle changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Export data
from DHL eCommerce Solutions shows a whopping 60 times volume growth in the
export of children's toys since the start of the year. Other product categories
such as kitchen & home cooking, health & beauty, and pet products have
also seen triple digit volume growth.
more so than ever, Australian businesses are seizing cross border opportunities
to expand their business globally, despite the current economic headwinds. As e-commerce
becomes the new normal, this investment will enhance our speed and service
capabilities, while demonstrating our commitment to support local businesses by
meeting the growing demand for reliable and affordable international shipping,"
said Denise McGrouther, Managing
Director for DHL eCommerce Solutions Oceania.
new facility will provide the organization with space for planned investments
into innovative warehousing technologies. When fully operational, these
advancements will enhance overall efficiency and enable faster processing times
for the growing number of e-commerce parcels coming in and going out of
Australia. Be ......read more
The special coverage is part of the insurer’s regional #ShareTheLove movement to give back to the community – by protecting what matters most, and enabling healthier, longer, better lives for generations to come SINGAPORE
- Media OutReach - 9
September 2020 - AIA Singapore
today announced that they will be offering complimentary AIA #ShareTheLove
covering COVID-19 and 21 infectious diseases (including dengue fever) for the essential
The initiative will rally
together members of the community to protect this vulnerable group. Starting
today, members of the public may nominate a family member or friend who is an essential worker
via Facebook or Instagram. Both parties in the selected stories (individuals
who submitted the story and their nominees) will be provided with the free AIA
#ShareTheLove Insurance, which covers infectious diseases, including COVID-19
and dengue fever, paying tribute to their service by protecting what matters.
workers have put the communities' needs above their own health and wellbeing. Aside
from COVID-19, the exposure to infectious diseases is not over even after ending
their work, as dengue cases continue to plague homes. By engaging the help of
the community at large, we hope to play a part in bringing more of these
amazing stories of resilience to light and paying tribute to our essential
workforce. This is a little gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices that
they have and continue to make as we deal with this crisis," said Ms Melita Teo, Chief Customer and Digital
Officer, AIA Singapore.
This activity is part of a regional AIA
#ShareTheLove movement taking place across Asia. It is during these challenging
times that we realise the positive impact that love can bring. Be it for
ourselves, our family, or the community, a little sharing of love goes a long
way. In Singapore, besides offering 2,000 complimentary AIA
#ShareTheLove Insurance plans as part of its efforts of paying tribute
t ......read more
The first of its kind, the Microsoft Enabler Program provides cloud & AI training for PwDs, accessibility education for employer partners, and inclusive hiring from non-profit organizations supporting PwDs.
SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 9 September
2020 - The
Microsoft Enabler Program launched
today pioneers disability inclusive workplaces across Asia Pacific by removing
the barriers for a more diverse workforce. With more than 1 billion people with
disabilities (PwDs) in the world, disability-inclusive employment can lead to
1-7% rise in GDP in Asia Pacific through increased economic productivity. [United Nations ESCAP]
The program will pilot in five markets: Korea, New Zealand,
Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, before expanding to the rest of the
region by the end of 2020.
Organizations committed to the program will
receive training from the Non-Profit organizations (NPOs) to become inclusive
employers, and these businesses will in turn provide job shadowing,
internships, mentoring and opportunities in tech jobs for PwDs identified by
the NPO's. Microsoft will provide industry required training in cloud &
artificial intelligence, as well as a platform for all three to collaborate towards
an inclusive future for every person.
"In today's workplace, it is imperative that we include everyone,
and accessibility is the vehicle to inclusion. It is a responsibility and an
opportunity. There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology
reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it," said Vivek Puthucode, Chief Partner Officer at
Microsoft in Asia Pacific. "Inclusive organizations outperform their peers and
attract and keep top talent, and we have seen how inclusion drives innovation".
Skills and Knowledge
will provide online training in data engineering and programming, cloud
computing on Microsoft Azure and application development in GitHub to
the PwDs. These modules will provide crucial technology skills th ......read more
SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 9 September 2020 - One year ago, the Chinese brand HiPhi, a subsidiary of Human Horizons, showed
people its prototype, which advanced the lines of a future high-end electric
full-size SUVs. Now the firm has revealed the final version of its first model,
which has been bestowed the name HiPhi X and go on sale in the first half of
The HiPhi X is positioned as a transcending product to
redefine the era of smart electric vehicles.
In recent days, the campaign made its broadcast debut during
peak hours in London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing on mega-screens
across the cities. Followed by takeovers on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and
The objective of the campaign was targeted at raising brand
awareness and product recognition, as well as a teaser to its official launch
at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.
Speaking of R&D, Human Horizons does have some
impressive names involved in that side of the business, including 35-year
Jaguar and Ford veteran Mark Stanton as chief technical officer. Former Bugatti
designer Camilla Kropp is also on the crew.
The man behind the Shanghai-based company is Ding Lei, the
former president of Shanghai General Motors who set up Human Horizons in end of
One of the most intriguing parts of the HiPhi X's design are
NT-Door system. As stated by the manufacturer, the HiPhi X is pitched as a
"self-learning smart vehicle".
What does that mean? Well, the way Human Horizons explains
it the HiPhi X has been based on a "human oriented architecture" which is
over-the-air upgradable and has a secure software-developer platform to enable
feature and app development.
Overlaying that is an advanced highly-personalised onboard
artificial intelligence assistant, HiPhiGo, that has been developed in
collaboration with Microsoft.
HiPhiGo has an array of intelligent functions and a level of
reasoning and continuous learning while interacting with its occupants, the
surround ......read more
Extending Care HONG KONG,
CHINA - Media OutReach - 8
September 2020 - Henderson
Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the "Manager")
is pleased to report the final results of Sunlight REIT for the year ended 30
June 2020 (the "Year").
unprecedented challenges during the Year, Sunlight REIT managed to deliver reasonably
respectable results, registering a 0.3% year-on-year ("YoY") rise in net property income ("NPI") to HK$684.7 million. Annual distributable income was HK$467.0
million, virtually unchanged from last year.
has resolved to declare a final distribution of HK 13.6
cents per unit. Coupled with an interim distribution of HK 13.2 cents per unit,
the total distribution per unit for the Year would amount to HK 26.8
cents, down 1.8% YoY. The implied payout ratio is 95.2%,
compared with 96.4% in the preceding year.
30 June 2020, the value of Sunlight REIT's property portfolio was appraised at HK$18,918.0 million, 5.4% lower
than a year ago; accordingly,
its net asset value declined by 7.6% to HK$14,771.2 million, or HK$8.89 per
At 30 June
2020, average occupancy rate of the entire portfolio of Sunlight REIT increased
to 95.7% (30 June 2019: 95.3%). Contrary to the office portfolio which
registered an improvement in occupancy rate to 95.6% (30 June 2019: 94.0%),
occupancy rate of the retail properties dropped to 95.8% (30 June 2019: 98.1%),
reflecting the emerging negative impact of an economic recession and weakening
consumer confidence. Average passing rent of the office portfolio was HK$36.5
per sq. ft., up 2.8% YoY, while that of the retail portfolio was HK$74.8 per
sq. ft., down 1.3% as compared to a year ago. Average rental reversion of the
portfolio for the Year was 6.0%.
Of the top
three properties of Sunlight REIT, performance of the two shopping malls,
namely Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade ("SSC") and Metro City Phase I Property ("MCPI") were inevitably affected by weak local c ......read more
transactions in August fell by 29% m-o-m with RVD home prices edging lower by
0.3% m-o-m; another 0.8% m-o-m drop is expected in August.
investment market remained subdued in Q3 with total
transaction volumes falling by 64.3% q-o-q.
Hong Kong buyers
remain subdued, while PRC activity is expected to be more active than local
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 September
2020 - The downward trend continued in both the residential and
investment markets in Q3 2020 as the pandemic and continuing geo-political
uncertainties continued to weigh on sentiment. Despite the
challenges, strong pent-up demand, government policy support, economic stimulus
packages and the low interest rate environment remain favourable factors that,
together, may stabilize the market and induce a rebound by the end of Q3.
declined in Q3 by 6% quarter-on-quarter in both primary and secondary sales
markets but recorded a major increase of 30% when compared with Q3 2019. While
this indicates that social and economic factors continue to impact the residential
market, the unprecedented owner-occupier demand and anticipation of a
post-pandemic recovery can be strong stabilizers. Among individual estates,
property prices at Taikoo Shing as of August had fallen their lowest level
since January 2019 while those in The Harbourside have fallen even further, and
are now 10.6% below the previous trough in January 2019. Prices of popular
estates are expected to fall further in the near-term.
Mr Alva To, Cushman & Wakefield's Vice President,
Greater China & Head of Consulting, Greater China, commented "The secondary sales market has come under severe challenges
from the pandemic blow. However, a recent decline in new cases coupled with
strong pent-up demand may support a rebound by the end of September 2020. Nonetheless,
from a more holistic perspective, with no lasting resolution to either the
pandemic or geo-political challeng ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 September 2020 - QBE Hong Kong today announced the launch of a new mental health support coverage, offering unique COVID-19 support to individuals and their families, with a view to assisting people facing mental health concerns due to the pandemic.
The mental health support coverage is a new feature and it will help to subsidise consultations with professional psychologists for those suffering from mental wellbeing concerns brought on by enforced Work-From-Home (WFH) arrangements during COVID-19.
The new coverageis being launched in response to how COVID-19 has radically changed how we live, work and communicate amid movement restrictions and new financial pressures. While work from home (WFH) arrangements have become a common precautionary measure to protect the safety and wellbeing of employees, this change has seen new types of risks become more prominent, with long periods of working remotely potentially having an impact on individuals' health and mental wellbeing.
"In today's world, there is no shortage of uncertainties. With COVID-19 adding further pressure to the economy, it also reminds all of us what matters most: family, friends, health, safety and wellbeing," said Lei Yu, CEO North Asia and Regional Distribution Head. "Emotional and mental wellbeing is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy and balanced life. At QBE, we are committed to giving people the confidence to achieve their ambition by protecting them from potential barriers which may hold them back. In the near future, we are looking at creating new products to address mental wellness which will better protect our customers and their families."
In early August, QBE Hong Kong had also extended the digital capabilities of eClaims to both personal and business insurance products so as to provide uninterrupted customer claims experience during the pandemic. All claims can be submitted online, anytime anywhere. Customers can also choose bank ......read more
Georg Jensen inspiration combines with Philips expertise for a unique mobile speaker SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 8 September 2020 - The new Philips TAJS50
Bluetooth speaker was designed together with Georg Jensen to be simple, yet
striking. The gleaming polished steel top plate contrasts beautifully with the
tactile Kvadrat wool-blend speaker fabric. Home, office, or dinner party -- the
contrasting design always makes a beautiful impression. The soft but tough
Kvadrat speaker fabric also makes the speaker easy to grip when you pick it up.
Spectacular Sound from a Compact Speaker
Despite its compact size and light weight, the TAJS50 has a rated power
output of 30W, and delivers powerful but delightfully detailed music and
speech. The beautiful wool-blend premium speaker fabric, from high-end
manufacturer Kvadrat, is acoustically transparent, allowing every sound to flow
freely from the speaker into the room. You can easily pair your TAJS50 with an
identical Philips Georg Jensen speaker to enjoy your music in stereo.
20 Hours Play Time and 20m Range
The battery gives you 20 hours play time from a full charge, and the
wireless range is up to 20m. Charging the speaker takes 6 hours, via the
included USB-C cable. There's a handy USB-A port on the speaker that lets you
use the speaker as a power bank to charge a smart device.
The Philips TAJS50 Bluetooth speaker is available for an MSRP of
SGD$289 at all authorized Philips Audio distributors in Singapore from
September 8, 2020.
Find out more about Philips TAJS50 Bluetooth speaker now.
About TP VisionTP Vision Europe B.V. ('TP Vision') is registered in the Netherlands,
with its head office in Amsterdam. TP Vision is a wholly owned company of TPV
Technology Limited ('TPV'), which is one of the world's leading monitor and TV
TP Vision is a consumer electronics key player in TV and audio
entertainment. TP Vision concentrates on developing, manufacturing and
marketing Philips-branded TV s ......read more
- Media OutReach - 8 September 2020 - Leading financial advisory company IPP Financial Advisers ("IPPFA") and FWD Insurance ("FWD") today announced a
strategic partnership that will see FWD own a minority interest in IPPFA, enabling
IPPFA to further cement its position as a premier financial advisory firm in
Singapore, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Tay Huai Eng, CEO of IPP Financial Advisers said, "We are extremely
pleased to welcome FWD as our strategic partner in IPP Financial Advisers. As a
major pan-Asian Insurer, FWD's capital resources, expertise, and market
knowledge will further enhance our company's growth and expansion in Singapore
and the region. It will also strengthen our professional staffing and
strategic alliance will enable FWD to design attractive and competitive Life
Insurance products that comprehensively meet the evolving life insurance
financial needs of clients. This expansion complements IPPFA's already
extensive range of financial products, financial planning services and
investments capabilities. IPPFA will retain its position as an open
architecture financial planning institution with complete access to a
comprehensive range of products from different insurers and fund houses.
General Manager of FWD Singapore's Life Business shared, "We're delighted to be
partnering with IPP Financial Advisers. Their reputation as a premier
organisation dedicated to providing excellent wealth planning and management
for their clients aligns with FWD's ambition to make financial security
accessible to everyone. We share a mutual commitment to continued growth in the
region and look forward to supporting them as they continue to lead the way in
the financial planning arena."
partnership will create a positive impact on IPPFA clients. Traditional
processes will be digitalized through the integration of FWD's technology
solutions, simplifying the process for IPPFA customers. Backed by FWD's
ex ......read more
Free public registration to e-meet 70+ social innovators HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 September 2020 - The 13th Social
Enterprise Summit ("SES 2020") will be held from 19 to 21 November 2020 with
the chosen theme "new normal?collective power". The
flagship annual International Symposium to inspire and empower social
innovation, with 70+ top international and local speakers in 20 sessions, will
be opening up for free this year to a wider audience's participation and
exchange to co-create our new normal.
SES 2020 Theme: "new
normal * collective power" ?
19-21. 11. 2020 ? Online ?
The turn of the
decade 2020 begins with a pandemic affecting people around the world, raising
attention to health and changing the way people work, study, commute or
socialise. Everyone in our society will require some shifts to come out of the
current situations. Collective efforts are needed to re-focus on fostering
mutually reinforcing solutions, continuous communication towards common agendas
and making swift decisions based on current data and measurement. This
International Symposium will examine the process through 4 thematic tracks:
Community Empowerment, Digital Social Innovation, Sustainability and Business
as well as Education Innovation.
This year, the grandiose
speakers line up comprises over 70 leaders and social entrepreneurs from USA,
Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand,
Mainland China, Hong Kong etc locations.
Mr Jeremy HEIMANS
(US), Co-Author of New Power,
Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose, and Mr Henry TIMMS (US), Co-Author of New Power, President and CEO of Lincoln
Center, will discuss what "New Power" means in today's connected world and how
to harness this rise of new power to make changes for a better world.
Thematic Session: Overcoming Challenges 2.0: Rebuilding City Resilience
Mr Francis NGAI
(HK), Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong; Mr David YEUNG (HK),
Founder and CEO of G ......read more
NAIROBI, KENYA - Media
OutReach - 7 September 2020 - Infinix,
a global leader in consumer electronics market, has today launched the Zero 8
smartphone in the Kenyan market. The Zero 8 is the company's flagship series
for 2020/21. Though targeting the high-end market, the Zero 8 will retail at a
relatively affordable price of KES 28,999 and will be covered by a guarantee
policy of up to 25 months. The warranty
will cover repairs on any purchased Zero 8 device that malfunctions after purchase
for free as a bonus aftersales value addition to Zero 8 consumers.
The stylish and fashion-focused Infinix
Zero 8 runs on Android v10 operating
system, with its key feature being the
presence of a Media Tek Helio G90 processor. This, combined with its128 GB ROM and 8 GB RAM, will enable consumers
experience improved speeds and overall device performance, including quick
upload and download times and an amazing experience with the apps, compared to
the Zero 6. The 90HZ Full HD Display and G90T processor also means enhanced
performance for the cameras, including the wide angle, ultra-wide angle and
rear cameras that will take photographic performance to a new level.
"Infinix is taking a
step to be more premium and able to compete and be the face of this new
direction as a fashion-conscious brand. This direction is very much in tandem
with our target customers, whose lifestyle can be described as image and
fashion-conscious and trendy, with a taste for high end gadgets", said Mike
Zhang, Infinix Kenya Brand Manager.
The smartphone is
backed by a 4500 mAh battery which signifies fast charging and a longer life
(31 hours talk time and 26 hours stand-by time). The connectivity features in
the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, and more. It is 4G, 3G and
Zero 8 is, no doubt, set to redefine the company's image when thinking about
their devices. Another salient feature is the device's cameras, both on the
front and at the back. On the front, for the f ......read more
HONG KONG , CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 September 2020 - The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime (EWC) today outlined an innovative "One Health" approach to reforming wildlife trade laws that the group said would help avoid future devastating wildlife-related pandemics.
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"No organisation on its own can address the multiple threats that could lead to the emergence of new wildlife-related diseases, or the spread of older diseases, with potential catastrophic consequences for economies, people and wildlife," said EWC chair, John E Scanlon AO. "We must take a collaborative global approach to wildlife trade, one that brings together animal, human and environmental health -- a "One Health" approach -- and embed it into the international legal framework if we want give ourselves the best chance of averting future wildlife-related pandemics."
In a briefing paper released today, EWC proposes specific amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to include public health and animal health criteria into the Convention's decision-making processes.
"The COVID-19 crisis has brought home just how vulnerable we all are as a result of our dysfunctional and destructive relationship with wildlife and the natural world," said EWC Steering Group member, Will Travers, OBE, Co-founder and Executive President of Born Free Foundation. "Transformative changes are clearly needed, and CITES, the global wildlife trade regulator with its 183 member countries, existing structures and compliance mechanisms, has the critical mass to play a vitally important role."
The most likely explanation for COVID-19 is that the virus was transmitted to humans from a reservoir host, a horseshoe bat, via another intermediate host species such as a pangolin.
"We know that past pandemic ......read more
Global delivery of 10 billion doses of
serum needs scaled-up medical supply chains
A framework is provided to tackle
future health emergencies beyond COVID-19
BONN, GERMANY - Media OutReach - 7 September 2020 - With first emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines
expected to be effective in the last quarter of 2020, logistics providers are
challenged to rapidly establish medical supply chains to deliver more than ten
billion doses worldwide. DHL, working with McKinsey & Company as
analytics partner, has published a white paper on securing a stable supply
chain for vaccines and medical goods during COVID-19, and future health crises.
Currently, more than 250 vaccines across seven platforms are being
developed and trialed. As COVID-19 vaccines have leapfrogged development
phases, stringent temperature requirements (up to -80°C) are likely to be
imposed for certain vaccines to ensure that their efficacy is maintained during
transportation and warehousing. This poses novel logistics challenges to the
existing medical supply chain that conventionally distributes vaccines at ~2--8°C.
In the paper, DHL evaluates how the transport of vaccines as a highly
temperature-sensitive product can be managed effectively to combat the further
spread of the virus. The scope of this task is immense: To provide global
coverage of COVID-19 vaccines, up to ~200,000 pallet shipments and ~15 million
deliveries in cooling boxes as well as ~15,000 flights will be required across
the various supply chain set-ups.
"The COVID-19 crisis emerged with an
unprecedented breadth and impact. It required governments, businesses, and the
logistics industry alike to adapt quickly to new challenges. As a world leader
in logistics, we want to share our experience of operating during one of the
biggest health crises in recent history, in order to develop strategies in an ever-more
connected world", explains Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL. "To protect lives
against t ......read more
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 September 2020 - LeddarTech®, an industry leader in environmental sensing solutions for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems from level 1 to level 5 will participate and present at the 22nd China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) from September 9-11. This live event, is being held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition Center and brings together 3,000 exhibitors welcoming over 80,000 industry professionals to learn, share, and engage in 60 concurrent forums, seminars, and activities.
During the Optoelectronic Application Forum, LeddarTech's Horry Cheng, Strategic Account Manager for China, will present "Flash LiDAR and Environmental Raw Data Fusion Perception Solutions" during the MEMS Seminar: LiDAR Technology and Application sub-expo which runs concurrently with the China International Opto Expo. This session will explore both the roadmap for LiDAR technology relating to AD and ADAS as well as examine environmental perception for safer and more reliable autonomous driving. LeddarTech will also participate in a Round Table discussing the growth of LiDAR companies both in China and around the world. "LeddarTech China is honored to be presenting at this long-standing event that brings together industry leaders and colleagues in optoelectronics to discuss the advancements made in environmental sensing solutions as they pertain to mobility and autonomous driving," said Frantz Saintellemy, President and COO of LeddarTech.
Attend LeddarTech's Presentation:
Flash LiDAR and Environmental Raw Data Fusion Perception Solutions
Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 11.15 a.m. China Standard Time
Location: Shenzhen World Exhibition Center 2B, 2nd Floor, Hall 2
Attend the Round Table Presentation:
Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 1.30 -- 2.40 p.m. China Standard Time
Location: Shenzhen World Exhibition Center 2B, 2nd Floor, Hall 2
Attendance is open to all delegates.About LeddarTechLeddarTec ......read more
CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media
OutReach - 5 September
2020 - Clip TV and coocaa cooperated live
streaming in more than 10 popular Vietnamese media platforms witnessed new
record-high numbers on September 3, drew nearly 36.000 views and more than
That was the first time ever coocaa brand and Clip TV
cooperated for the launching event of their newest product: 40S3G TV. Customers
could purchase the product with 5000K value coupons along with lifetime
memberships at the live stream showed on September 3 at 20:00. Immediately, on
September 4, the first wave of sales of 2000 units was all sold out. Along with
that impressive deal, customers who buy the first 1000 units can get an extra
year of free which means 2+1=3 years of warranty.
With high-end quality and breathtaking price, 40S3G
TV was launched in more than 10 popular Vietnamese media platforms including VN
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Lazada, Clip TV app, Facebook pages of Ð?i s?ng,
Thính, Vietnamnet, GenK, 2Sao.
This first time ever cross-brand cooperation spells
a new chapter of TV watching experience and overturns the traditional habits of
family entertainment. Coocaa 40S3G latest smart TV provides you with all free
content from Clip TV, which enable all customers to watch any their favorite
show at any time with no advertisements placed in. Just as easy and smooth as
Now the second wave of flash sale at the best offer
of 3.999.000VND will launch on coocaa Lazada online flagship store at
https://bit.ly/3hpjP0e on September 9. Seize this unbelievable opportunity and
click in for the best treat!
coocaa is a registered trademark of the
market-leading TV manufacturer Skyworth. Also, even coocaa has just launched,
it already has 23 years Japan standard quality since their product was produced
by a Toshiba factory with a really high standard. coocaa joined Vietnamese
market at the end of 2018, selling 5 smart TV models' on Lazada including
55S5G, 50S5G, 40S5G, 40S5C ......read more
Accelerating the Progress of 2nd Generation Uni-PTH Launch HONG KONG, CHINA - EQS Newswire - 4 September 2020 - A fully integrated biopharmaceutical company -- Uni-Bio Science Group Limited (the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; Stock code: 00690.HK) is pleased to announce that Uni-PTH (pre-filled injection pen) or "2nd Generation Uni-PTH" has been successfully approved by the National Medical Products Administration ("NMPA") for clinical trial with the acceptance number of CXSL2000138. The approval allows the Company to begin conducting bridging clinical trials, which will accelerate the launch of 2nd Generation Uni-PTH, expected as soon as 2022.
Uni-PTH is the world's only anabolic (bone growing) agent for osteoporosis and ostealgia treatment. Its treatment mechanism is quite different from products already existing in the market. Rather than inhibiting bone absorption, Uni-PTH has been shown to be effective in stimulating new bone formation on quiescent bone surface. By stimulating new bone formation, Uni-PTH can quickly improve bone quality and increase bone density within 6 months of treatment, therefore reducing fracture incidence and bone pain, especially helpful in treating patients with moderate-to-severe osteoporosis and ostealgia. Furthermore, 2nd Generation Uni-PTH improves upon the formulation of 1st Generation Uni-PTH in terms of patient convenience. On 5th May 2020, the Company announced a strategic collaboration with Swiss self-care giant Yposmed to develop 2nd Generation Uni-PTH alongside YpsoPen®, a state-of-the-art pen injector with unparalleled dosing accuracy and minimized injection pain. Together with YpsoPen®, 2nd Generation Uni-PTH is designed to provide safer long-term self-care solution for osteoporosis and ostealgia patients.
Mr. Kingsley Leung, the Chairman of Uni-Bio Science Group, said, "The approval of clinical trial application was faster than we expected. Moreover, the NMPA has been very open to new cli ......read more
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 4
September 2020 - HUA Exchange
"HUAX" has registered over 1 million users, across 200 countries and
regions. HUAX (Hua Exchange) is a digital asset trading platform, registered in
Cayman Island. With the key mission of "Your own Exchange, You can
Trust", HUAX is currently offering traders with the lowest transaction
fees, a cutting-edge security system, and deep liquidity trades for digital
assets, over-the-counter and derivatives products.
HUAX sophisticated order execution engine provides
retail and institutional investors access to low fees and digital assets
markets around the world. HUAX service individual investors, institutional
investors, hedge funds, proprietary trading groups, and financial advisors. The
team's decades of focus on building technology and high-frequency trading
automation has enabled HUAX to equip clients with a low latency trading platform
to manage and trade their investment portfolios, with the highest standards in
compliance and security protocols.
HUAX currently lists more than 30 popular digital
assets trading pairs, crypto derivatives products, and OTC platforms. These
allow investors to increase their digital assets portfolio, through US Dollar,
Malaysia Ringgit, Renminbi, and more local payment methods. HUAX operates with
a dedicated team of customer service
support operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week to deliver a
high-speed, secure, and reliable digital asset trading platform. In the product
pipeline, HUAX will introduce a range of decentralized financial products,
tokenized assets, and stable coins, for greater mainstream participation in
"Compared to other digital trading platforms, HUAX
has two main advantages, a strong community, and ecosystem development aspect.
HUAX has established partnerships with local community partners across various
countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, and more.
Collaboration with local communities to custo ......read more
LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach -
4 September 2020 - JinMatic,
one of the leading SEO agencies based in Malaysia, today announced the launching
of SEO Rescue Package for social enterprises in South East Asia. This noble
initiative focuses on helping social enterprises thrive during the difficult
times of pandemic, and to improve their brand awareness and revenue. Any social
enterprises in South East Asia are entitled to SEO Rescue Package which is
totally free. The applicants will get a customized strategy plan, website
diagnosis, and market research. Comprehensive reports will be provided.
digital marketing team will carefully review the applicants' websites and
provide actionable insights on aspects such as user experience, current keyword
rankings, website architecture and content. For example, the team will analyze
the applicants' website security and loading speed, which are important factors
in improving user experience.
idea was inspired by a recent collaboration with Du Anyam that happens to be an
Indonesian social enterprise. Du Anyam aims at improving the health and
financial condition of women in the rural areas. They have also handed over 170
scholarships to students thereby giving them a shot at making a good life and
a social enterprise is more challenging than small and medium enterprise
because social enterprises have to achieve both economic sustainability and
their social mission.", said Terence Lim, founder of JinMatic. Terence
continued, "We are all going that extra mile to support one another during
this difficult, unpredictable period. By offering this package to social
enterprises, we hope we are doing our bit to support the good cause."
global pandemic seems to have hit everyone hard and so by doing a little, the
company may be able to help achieve social objectives. Social enterprises are
finding it hardest to thrive because the challenges have got bigger.
is pioneered b ......read more