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HDBank Issues Convertible Bonds to Strategic Partner Germany’s DEG

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

The IFTA FinTech Achievement Award 2019 award winners revealed

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.   The 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.   Mr Paul 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

Fuji Xerox Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined gives perspectives on how to pivot into the ‘next’ normal

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 Reimagined 2020. 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 times."   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

Singapore FinTech Company TranSwap Clinches Platinum Award at Hong Kong IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards 2019

SINGAPORE - 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 expansion. 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

TIWW X CE Taiwan Debut on 9/24 in Taipei to Create New Green Gold Value

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

Hong Kong occupiers bruised but unbowed in challenging times

New survey highlights clear challenges for Hong Kong office occupiers, while finding optimism for recovery and potential new opportunities in a changed market  Cost savings are now a primary focus, with more than 85% of respondents experiencing negative business impacts from COVID-19 Many firms are now anticipating reduced space needs over the next three years Around 70% of respondents believe business will return to pre-COVID-19 levels within the next 12 months   Firms 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

Gingko House and Hong Kong Federation of Youth Invite Hong Kongers to #ShareASmile

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 community. 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 too. 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[1]. Gingko House is also working with various social welfare organisations to support anyone in need.  Campaign Photos: https://bit.ly/3cxxW1R *Address ......read more

Chinachem Group first to introduce "Enertainer" to promote clean energy use on construction sites

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. Donald Choi, Executive Director and Group CEO of Chinachem Group (Left) and Brandon Ng, CEO of Ampd Energy. (Right)   Chinachem Group first to introduce "Enertainer" to promote clean energy use on construction sites. 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

Herbalife Nutrition Survey Reveals Asia Pacific Consumers Have a Clear Vision for Healthy Aging, But Fear of Illness Due to Lower Immunity Topped List of Aging-Related Worries

Survey reveals that less than three in 10 Asia Pacific consumers are confident in their ability to age healthily 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. "This 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

7-Eleven launches four HAPPINESS IS…Snoopy Concept Stores in Hong Kong and Macau: Creating fun and happy moments with our customers

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

GBG Recognised as KYC and AML Category Leader by Chartis Research for Financial Crime Risk Management Systems

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 pillar. 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 in offering.   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

International CSR & Sustainability Summit 2020: Call for Business to Commit to A Higher Purpose Beyond Profits

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 concerns.   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

Ashnik extends open source services with Redis Labs partnership in Southeast Asia and India

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 September 2020 - Ashnik 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.   "Redis 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

Jacobson Pharma Submits Form A1 to Spin-off Its Branded Healthcare Business

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

AXA Wellness Index 2020: Mental wellbeing takes over financial wellbeing to become the most important factor affecting public’s wellness in HK, Macau and other GBA cities

Hong Kong's workplace stress tops the region 1 in 4 working class suffer from mental health issues Mental health support at workplace is seriously insufficient AXA 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. Hong Kong Index has fallen 3 points from last year, indicating the city's quality of life has declined.   Compared 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[1] 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

Workforce Agility is the Key to Future Success, say 84% of Companies in Singapore: Aon Survey

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. The 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 leaders. Aon 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. "This 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 solution." If agile is the way of the future, are Singapore companies future-ready? As more 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

DBLend launched new Mining Program: "One pledging, Two mining out"

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. 2020).   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) (DIBI Token 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

Southco Introduces New Product Extensions to Its Successful E5 Cam Latch Series

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 Southco's 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. Southco's E5 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. Available with 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

Inside Out and Vietnam Insider partner in business briefings to provide insights into Vietnam’s post-Covid investment opportunities, legal and operational landscape

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 taxi firm.   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: Oliver Schwartzhaupt, Chief Risk Officer, Vietnam Maritime Bank  (MSB) Dmytro Kolechko, Head of Risk Management Division, Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VP Bank) Legal framework & process - Tran Minh Thu (Katleen), Principal Lawyer, Viclaw Moderator: Rahn 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 economy. 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 countries. 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

Structural changes required to make Japan’s health system sustainable, according to Economist Intelligence Unit report

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 system itself.   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

Cheng & Cheng Taxation Services reveals the important tips of setting up a charity in Hong Kong

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 organisations.   Requirements for tax exemption status, in brief Not every 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:- the relief or poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of religion; or other 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 of health.   Another 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 Proptech Company Ohmyhome Officially Launches The First End-to-End Property Services in Philippines

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 region.   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

Mox is officially here. Make every day count!

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 with Mox." Every Day Counts 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. Smart Banking 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 in-stores. Smart Saving We understand saving can be difficult to put into practice. We ......read more

Celebrating 10 years of #KpopTwitter in 20 markets worldwide

6.1 billion K-Pop-related Tweets in the past 12 months worldwide Over 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 worldwide Exclusive "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 community." 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

Sphene Capital Starts Research Coverage of SunMirror Shares / Recommendation to Buy, Price Target €68.90

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

CIC-Zero Carbon Park Presents: "Art in Construction" Exhibition with 3D Virtual Tour

The 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 lifestyle. The Art of Innovative Construction 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

STC International lights up the rural area in ASEAN

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 Singapore creates up to 500 new career opportunities for fresh graduates and mid-career switchers impacted by COVID-19

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[1].   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 opportunities.   "The 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.   A strategic collaboration between AIA Singapore Private Limited (inclusive of its wholly-owned subsidiary, AIA Financial Advisers Private Limited) and AIA Group's flagship asset management company, AIA 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

Everlight starts strategic transformation and dedicates in ASEAN's B2B market

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 ASEAN. 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 spokesperson   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

Unlocking the Potential of Digital Transformation at DTC2020

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH 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 implemented. 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 Transformation Congress. 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.   Confirmed speakers include: 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 & Sub-Saharan Africa Hendrik Malan, CEO of Frost & Sullivan Dalene Deale, Director of Fintech at Transunion Dr Dieter Veldsman, Group Executive of People Management at Momentum Metropolitan   Who 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 Data Officer. How to participate: Register for ......read more

Aoyuan Healthy Acquires 55% Equity Interest in Leading Medical Aesthetic Services Group Liantianmei

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

Suncity Group Named Title Sponsor for Local Arts Events

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

VOLUNTARY ANNOUNCEMENT: Uni-GLP Development in Treatment of COVID-19 and Other Indications

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").   About 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

Citi Steps Up Its Commitment to Youth Employment, Skills Development and Innovation across Asia Pacific

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.    The regional 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 in rapidly changing economies.   The increased 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

Infinix partners with Sally Karagon a Renowned Fashion icon on Zero 8 Launch in the Kenyan market

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. The 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

Kerry Logistics Crowned the Winner of the CILT Award 2020 - Enterprise Award for Service Excellence

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.   Organised 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

Amazon introduces additional support measures to help small and medium businesses bounce back from COVID-19

Globally, Amazon 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   In Singapore, 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

China CITIC Bank International launches Refinitiv EFX distribution platform

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.   In 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.   With 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

Online Singaporean Florist, Floristique Boosts Spirits and Immunity with New Line of Affordable Welfare Hampers

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 2017.   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 other merchandise.   To top it off, the online florist made delivery free of charge for all gift hampers.   Standing Firm in t ......read more

DBLend, the first blockchain DeFi project in DiBi Global ecosystem, has entered the development stage

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

JANNPAUL revolutionises the global diamond market with the Decagon 10 Hearts & Arrows Diamond

SINGAPORE - 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.   Presently, fancy 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 Banking Software available on Alibaba Cloud to Power Banks’ Digital Transformation

Temenos partners with Alibaba Cloud to offer financial institutions scalability, performance, resilience and innovation 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

Cushman & Wakefield Hong Kong Swept Four Number 1s in Euromoney’s 2020 Real Estate Survey

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.   Cushman & 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.   John Siu, Managing Director, Hong Kong of Cushman & Wakefield, said, "We 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."   Globally, Cushman & 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".   In 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

First Page Hong Kong Now Offers Amazon SEO and PPC Ads Services

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.   Amazon 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.   Byron 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

DB Schenker bags Infor Customer Excellence Award 2020

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 industry, announced 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 innovation.   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.   Driving Future-forward Warehouse Innovation   Schenker 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

Chubb Charitable Foundation completes grants to support All Hands and Hearts initiatives in Asia Pacific

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

21 Asia-Pacific Companies Recognized in Refinitiv's 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Index

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

CUHK Business School Research Looks at How Companies Can Tailor Product Variety to Maximise Influencer Marketing

HONG KONG, 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

Vingroup to Announce a Pioneering Solution to Optimize Cameras Under Display

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 resolution. 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

Social Enterprise Summit 2020 theme "new normal · collective power"

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.   Annual 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

Trend Micro Achieves AWS Outposts Ready Designation to Deliver Seamless Hybrid Cloud Security

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), the leader 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 enterprise infrastructure. 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 requirements. According to a recent report from IDC, "T ......read more

Revolutionary Copperline Face Mask Scientifically Proven to Deactivate COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2)

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 Customer Excellence Award for Deployment of Infor HMS in the Cloud Awarded to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

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

India's Larsen & Toubro Defence wins Infor Customer Excellence Awards 2020

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

GBG and AmBank Win Cyber Risk Solution of the Year at Asia Risk Awards 2020

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 solutions.   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

Bega Cheese's Zack Chisholm named ‘APAC CIO of the Year’ at 2020 Infor Customer Excellence Award

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.   The 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

Taiwan's 2020 Tang Prize Laureate Wang Gungwu to Talk about the Many Faces of Sinology

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."   Also 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 Arts. The 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

Buono Thailand Launches Buono Snow Skin Mooncake with 100% Thai Monthong Durian in Collaboration with Taiwanese Illustrator Jun-Jun for Mid-Autumn Festival

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 lovers. Inside 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

Asia’s First Private Driving Club "THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB" Scheduled to Open Late 2022 in Tokyo Area

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. Asia's first private driving club "THE MAGARIGAWA CLUB" scheduled to open late 2022 in Tokyo Area, Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture Concept 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.   ......read more

REBEL Fighting Championship Makes Significant Progress with New Hire and Distribution Deal

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. With 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. On 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. For 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 Fight   REBEL 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  Wang joins 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

Merck Expands BioReliance® Viral Clearance Offering in Singapore, Saving Customers Time

Allows customers to continue developing lifesaving medicines amid Covid-19 pandemic Customers can view the lab studies "live" with Merck scientists SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 September 2020 - Merck, a leading science and technology company, 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.   Merck 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 the world. "We are delighted that Merck has decided to expand its BioReliance® lab in Singapore to include viral clearance capabilities ......read more

Trend Micro Study Finds 39% of Employees Access Corporate Data on Personal Devices

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), the leader 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, for example.   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. ......read more

DHL Global Forwarding connects three continents with dedicated flight

The China-Netherlands-U.S.-South Korea airfreight charter is developed with the demands of the life science and healthcare sector in mind The Covid-19 pandemic saw shippers leverage DHL Global Forwarding's cold chain capabilities in life science and healthcare to transport test kits and pharmaceutical products SINGAPORE - 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 the pandemic."   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 28.5% 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's 2020 Tang Prize Biopharmaceutical Science Laureates to Decipher the Code of Body’s Inflammatory Responses

TAIPEI, 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 available.      Titled "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

Chinachem Group Shopping Arcades Adopt Additional Tenant Support Measures

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

Malaysian celebrities battle on the Forex market in OctaFX Youtube Series

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

Aon and Doerscircle Partner to Provide Insurance Solutions to Entrepreneurs and Independent Workers

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 issues.   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 capabilities.   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

Evolution Wellness Launches Global Licensing Programme For FIRE Fitness, Asia’s Hottest Boutique Gym Brand

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. "FIRE Fitness's 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 Dave Nuku. FIRE Fitness's 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

COVID-19 Prompts Tang Prize Laureates to Examine New Challenges Facing Sustainable Development

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

Dear Crypto, I’m all in. Love, Poker. Crossover Poker Players Are Winning Big in Crypto Trading

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 skillfully." 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 traders: 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 impulses. 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

Spackman Entertainment Group's #ALIVE Number One on Netflix Globally

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 September 10[1].   #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[2]. 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

A New Player to AIoT Game: TECNO Debuts AIoT Strategy with Smart Audio and Smart Wearables New Launches, and First 5G CPE with Ultra High Speed at Industry Best Price

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 the revolutionary 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

Avnet Introduces 96Boards ON Semiconductor Dual Camera Mezzanine for Fast Prototyping

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. The 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 vision platform."   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

Taiwan's Tang Prize Foundation collaborates with the National Taiwan University to stage the 2020 Tang Prize Masters’ Forum on the Power of Civil Society for Realization of the Rule of Law

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 better.    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

LIKE App is ready to venture into largest population market in the SE Asia, Indonesia

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

HK TOP Professional Flame Cooking Platform Towngas Cooking Channel Arrives on YouTube

Star chefs assemble! Unbox cookery secrets, culinary inspirations every day Introducing intensive courses on Chinese cooking for domestic helpers Secret tips on ingredient selection and culinary arts  HONG KONG, 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: (https://bit.ly/2FqQJPN)   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

Aruba strengthens commitment to Partners at the Asia Pacific Partner Conference

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   Aruba announced 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 success staff.  Aruba ......read more

Infinix launches its new X1 smart TV in Africa

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

FWD Hong Kong earns host of prestigious awards for focus on community engagement

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."   Four of FWD's latest campaigns showcase the wide-ranging breadth of its community engagement efforts.   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 Electronics Empowers Hong Kong Startups to Accelerate Commercialization of Smart Sports Gadgets

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 introduction cycle." 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

5GAA Releases New 2030 Roadmap for Advanced Driving Use Cases, Connectivity Technologies and Radio Spectrum Needs

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

GS1 Hong Kong Launches Quality Food Scheme+ to Boost Traceability, Food Safety Control and Management for Local Food Industry

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 consumers. (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. Triple 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 persists. To 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. In 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

DHL eCommerce Solutions expands Sydney headquarters to meet growing e-commerce shipping demands

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   The 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.   "Now 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.    The 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

AIA Singapore pays tribute to essential workers, providing them with free protection, AIA #ShareTheLove Insurance plan, against infectious diseases including COVID-19 and dengue fever

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 Insurance plans[1] covering COVID-19 and 21 infectious diseases (including dengue fever) for the essential workforce. 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[2] 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. "These 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

Microsoft, Non-Profits and employer partners launch program to increase employability for people with disabilities in Asia Pacific

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 Microsoft 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

HiPhi X Evolvable super SUV - Global landmark attracting the attention

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 2021. 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 other platforms. 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 2017. 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

Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust ("Sunlight REIT") Annual Results for the Year Ended 30 June 2020

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"). Despite 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.   The Board 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.     At 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 unit.   Operating Highlights 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

A 10% drop in residential prices is projected for 2020 as the unemployment rate is forecasted to reach 7%; Investment market remains subdued with 50% of deals in Q3 involving PRC buyers

Residential 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. Commercial 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 investors. 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. Residential transactions 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

QBE Hong Kong Offers New Mental Health Support Coverage for Individual Personal Accident Insurance Products

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 coverage[1]is 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

The New Philips TAJS50 Bluetooth Speaker Redefines The Shape of Sound

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 manufacturers. 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

FWD Insurance Acquires Minority Stake in IPP Financial Advisers

SINGAPORE - 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 technology capabilities." The 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. Adrian Vincent, 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." The 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

Social Enterprise Summit 2020 Theme "new normal?collective power"

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.   Keynote Speakers: 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

Infinix Officially Launches the Fashion Conscious Zero 8 in Kenya

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 2G-enabled. Infinix 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

Global Initiative Outlines a "One Health" Approach to Reforming Wildlife Trade Laws

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. Photograph by Paul Hilton / Earth Tree Images™. Further press materials, copyright information and captions can be downloaded here. www.endwildlifecrime.org "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

Delivery of COVID-19 vaccine: DHL study shows how public and private sector can partner for success

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

LeddarTech to Address Autonomous Driving, LiDAR, and Perception Technologies at CIOE Annual Conference from September 9-11, 2020

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

Clip TV and coocaa cooperation live streaming breaks e-commerce record with 2000 in sales

HO 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 42.000 likes.   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 you want.   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

Uni-Bio Science Group Receives IND Approval for Uni-PTH Liquid Injection by the National Medical Products Administration

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

HUAX, a digital asset trading platform has surpassed more than 1 million registered users across 200 countries and regions

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 cryptocurrencies. "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

JinMatic Launches SEO Rescue Package for Social Enterprises in South East Asia

KUALA 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.   JinMatic 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.   The 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 living.   "Running 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."   This 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.   JinMatic is pioneered b ......read more



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