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The Hong Kong Institute of Housing becomes one of the Recognized Professional Bodies of the Property Management Services Authority

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - The Hong Kong Institute of Housing ("HKIH") is proud to become one of the Recognized Professional Bodies (RPBs) of the Property Management Services Authority ("PMSA").   Since the enactment of the Property Management Services Ordinance (Cap. 626) ("PMSO") by the Legislative Council on 26 May 2016, HKIH has been very involved in all consultations/discussions relating to PMSO subsidiary legislations formulation. Among which,  HKIH took the lead in gathering views and suggestions from its professional members and other closely related professional institutions/associations in order to attain comprehensive and feasible recommendations for PMSA's serious consideration. Recently, representatives from HKIH were also invited to attend and offer professional and pragmatic advice during a code of conduct (general and conclusive) focus group meeting in August 2019.   HKIH is proud to become one of the first batch of RPBs approved by PMSA after fulfilling stringent and comprehensive assessment criteria. It reaffirms HKIH's authoritative reputation and demonstrates recognition of over thirty years of professional contribution. HKIH will continue to work closely with other professional stakeholders as to monitor the sub-legislation development and to encourage open dialogue with PMSA for the long-term benefit of its members and the future professional development of the industry. HKIH will facilitate timely dissemination of industry updates to members, including but not limited to, development of PMSO and its impact on the industry and housing management professionals.  About The Hong Kong Institute of HousingThe Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH) was incorporated on 29 November 1988 and was officially registered on 9 May 1997, in accordance with The Hong Kong Institute of Housing Ordinance (Cap. 507, originally 34 of 1997). HKIH also initiated th ......read more

Niigata Prefecture to hold Niigata Fair at Thonglor Nihon Ichiba, Japanese fresh wholesale food market in Thailand

NIIGATA, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - In Thailand, the demand for Japanese food is growing with the spread of health-conscious lifestyle and the increasing need from those who have traveled Japan. The country is said to have the largest number of Japanese restaurants in Southeast Asia. Also with the growth of inbound tourists to Thailand, food is becoming more diversified, which has further spurred the demand for globally popular Japanese food. Responding to these needs for Japanese food, Niigata Prefecture in Japan will hold from December 13 to 15, 2019 the Niigata Fair at Thonglor Nihon Ichiba market in collaboration with Niigata City and JETRO Niigata Trade Information Center.   As a place to offer Japanese agricultural, forestry and fishery products, Thonglor Nihon Ichiba has provided local restaurants, hotels, wholesalers, and retailers with a variety of fresh and high-quality Japanese food shipped by air since its opening.   Niigata Prefecture has abundant products from the farm, woodland, and sea. This time, Niigata Fair will feature Okesa persimmons, rice, and seafood from the prefecture. This event's highlights will be Japanese pears and Okesa persimmons.   Niigata has a long tradition of growing Japanese pears documented to date back to about three hundred years ago. Grown in fertile soil with abundant water of Niigata, they are popular for juicy sweet taste and crispy texture. Okesa persimmons are seedless and convenient to eat. They have characteristic melting texture and mild sweet taste. Enjoy the unique deep orange color and sweet taste. Okesa persimmonsJapanese pears [Event overview] - Dates/time: 9:00 - 18:00, December 13- 15, 2019 - Place:    Thonglor Nihon Ichiba    Thonglor Nihonmura, 87 Soi Akapat (Thonglor 13), Sukhumvit 55, Road, Klongtan-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thonglor Nihon Ichiba website: www.jvalue.c ......read more

Japan to suffer minimum $10bn economic loss from Typhoon Hagibis, according to Aon catastrophe report

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - Aon plc (NYSE:AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, launches Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during October 2019.   The report reveals that Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan's Iza Peninsula on October 12 before later sweeping through the greater Tokyo metro region. At least 95 people were killed, and more than 93,250 structures damaged or destroyed. Total economic losses were expected to exceed USD10 billion, with insured losses minimally in the billions (USD).   In the United States, extreme wildfire conditions marked by the seasonal return of Diablo and Santa Ana winds led to numerous fire ignitions across California from October 10-17. At least three people were killed and nearly a dozen others were injured. The most destructive fires included the Saddle Ridge Fire (Los Angeles County) and Sandalwood Fire (Riverside County). Total economic damage was expected to exceed USD100 million, with most of the losses covered by insurance.   Further extremely critical wildfire conditions resulted in numerous ignitions across Northern and Southern California from October 23 into early November. The most significant fires included the Kincade Fire (Sonoma County); Tick Fire (Los Angeles County); Getty Fire (Los Angeles County); Hillside Fire (San Bernardino County); Maria Fire (Ventura County), and the Easy Fire (Ventura County). The Kincade blaze prompted the largest evacuation on record in Sonoma County, and a statewide state of emergency was declared. Total economic and insured losses were expected to reach into the hundreds of millions (USD).   Meanwhile, a severe weather outbreak spawned nearly 30 tornado touchdowns, damaging winds, and large hail across the U.S. Plains an ......read more

Time Magazine named Weiwuying as one of World's Greatest Places 2019

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - Kaohsiung's soft power is once again on the international stage! The latest issue of the well-known American Time Magazine named Kaohsiung's well-known National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) as one of World's Greatest Places 2019. Taiwan's Pride, Weiwuying, became the first Taiwan attraction to appear on Time magazine's list.National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has become an important platform connecting Taiwan and international culture. It uses cultural soft power to speak for Taiwan. It has successfully attracted many foreign tourists and international performers. In order to continue enriching cultural elements, Kaohsiung will establish a unique Marine Culture and Pop Music Center in 2020. It is located at the junction of Love River and Kaohsiung Port, leading the city's style and future trend. It will help Kaohsiung to become an Asia-Pacific pop music creation and performance center and an international oceanic culture exchange platform.Recently, Kaohsiung has been using the influence of Internet celebrities to promote tourism. Among them, Korean model Junghwan & Dani has been invited to visit National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). The center left a deep impression on her. She expected to revisit Kaohsiung for the future marine culture and pop music center next year.In addition, Thailand's Kaykai Salaider tasted the world famous traditional snacks of Liuho Tourist Night Market and Chishan's old Street gourmet, Cultural and Creative Stationery Store and Spicy Hot Pot. Malaysian influencer Cody arranged the travel itinerary to romantic Rainbow Arch, night tour at Love River, Dream Mall and Ferris Wheels, Glory Pier, and watched the sunset at the British Consulate at Takow. Hong Kong influencer Mira focused on having fun while being beautiful, with the theme of beautiful medical tourism while touring in Kaohsiung. The best t ......read more

Imports sustain China’s trade despite overall slowdown in growth

Imports of Basic & Industrial Raw Materials, Chemicals & Products and Temperature or Climate Controlled Goods remain positiveRise in exports of Machinery Parts coincides with growing focus on smart manufacturing and high-quality development SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - The DHL Global Trade Barometer (GTB) indicates a further contraction in world trade for the next three months, with China recording the weakest growth outlook compared to all surveyed GTB countries. China's ocean and air imports in certain sectors[1] look set to remain strong as domestic consumption drives the economy amidst an overall decline in trade growth, according to data from the DHL Global Trade Barometer released by DHL, the world's leading logistics company. The DHL Global Trade Barometer, an early indicator of global trade developments calculated using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, revealed that China's trade index now stands at 42 points and therefore indicates negative growth for the three months ending in January 2020. With three points down from the previous quarter it's the lowest result since the launch of the GTB in January 2018. Although China's Index value remains below 50[2] -- the threshold for net trade growth --imports for important sectors like Basic Raw Materials and Chemicals & Products via air freight and Industrial Raw Materials and Temperature or Climate Controlled Goods via ocean freight remain strong, suggesting domestic consumption is responding positively to government stimulus policy. "This quarter's index indicates that China's trade growth continues to decelerate, but also points to substantial strength in domestic demand that has made up as much as 60% of China's economic growth this year," said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China. "Increases in air imports of raw materials and ocean exports of machinery parts should offer cause for optimism a ......read more

India's trade growth remains buoyant thanks to strong ocean trade

Ocean imports and exports maintain momentum as key industries experience recovery, causing trade growth index to rise significantlyIndia is the only country in the Global Trade Barometer with a positive trade outlook for the next quarter MUMBAI, INDIA - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - Strong ocean imports and exports will sustain India's trade growth over the three-month period ending in January 2020, making it the only country out of the world's seven largest economies with a positive trade outlook according to data from the DHL Global Trade Barometer released by DHL, the world's leading logistics company. The DHL Global Trade Barometer, an early indicator of global trade developments calculated using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, predict mildly positive growth for Indian trade with the country's Index rising five points to 54.[1] The positive outlook is driven primarily by an uptake in ocean imports of Basic & Industrial Raw Materials and Chemicals & Products, coupled with a gradual revival in air exports of Consumer Fashion Goods.[2] In total, ocean trade grew by 10 points, maintaining India's positive outlook even as air trade forecasts experience relative weakness.  "India has the strongest trade forecast this quarter and the highest index value of all countries in the latest Global Trade Barometer survey, followed closely by the United Kingdom and Japan," said Niki Frank, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding India. "This highlights the underlying potential of India's economy, which will benefit from the government's plan to invest US$1.39 trillion (€1.26 trillion) in infrastructure projects. The country's commitment to establishing itself as a strategic maritime hub with initiatives and investments in coastal infrastructure appear to be supporting the Index's positive ocean trade outlook and will likely also contribute positively to longer-term trade growth." Steady but mild decl ......read more

Trend Micro Debuts World’s Broadest Security Services Platform for Organizations Building Applications in the Cloud

Trend Micro Cloud One automates and simplifies cloud security to give organizations the flexibility they need to meet their most strategic cloud priorities  HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - December 6, 2019 - Trend Micro Incorporated ( TYO: 4704 ; TSE: 4704 ), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the launch of Trend Micro Cloud One™, a security services platform for organizations building applications in the cloud. Cloud One allows developers to rapidly build applications using the cloud services they want, while managing their organization's risk.   Cloud One delivers the industry's broadest range of security capabilities in a single platform. Designed to help organizations meet their most strategic cloud priorities, it allows customers to migrate existing applications to the cloud, deliver new cloud-native applications and achieve cloud operational excellence.   The first-of-its-kind platform has the flexibility to solve immediate customer challenges and the innovation to rapidly evolve with cloud services. At its heart, Cloud One includes the world's leading workload security service that is already in use by thousands of organizations. It is complemented by enhanced container security and brand-new offerings for application security, network security, file storage security and cloud security posture management to ensure cloud infrastructure is optimally configured.   Many cloud security solutions are often hard to manage and deploy, inflexible and fail to provide the level of visibility IT teams need to manage fast-emerging risks.   Trend Micro's all-in-one platform approach is designed to deliver simplified, automated and flexible protection, regardless of where an organization is on the journey to the cloud. Customers using the platform will benefit from a single-sign-on to all services, common user and cloud-service enrolment, visi ......read more

SK Jewellery Launches Lab Grown Diamond Brand, Star Carat Shop with Diamonds for Millenials

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 6 December 2019 - SK Jewellery Group announces the launch of their lab grown diamond series under their Star Carat Shop with diamond ranges designed with millennials in mind. Everyone knows about the decades old conundrum that a diamond is forever. With today's technological advancements and Science, one can now obtain a 1 carat diamond that is unparalleled in beauty, and quality at a fraction of the original price.   SK Jewellery Group has recently launched the new era of diamonds -- Star Carat Diamond. This new generation of diamond is the real diamond deal and it is your one stop shop to getting the perfect greater sparkle that comes with a smaller price tag.   Because Star Carat Diamonds are in fact, diamonds! They have the same chemical, physical and optical properties as a mined diamond. With over 60 years of research and development, and state-of-the-art technology, lab created diamonds have now achieved its optimum quality and output, at a fraction of the time required by Mother Nature. This essentially translates to quite a substantial savings -- more than 50% lower than mined diamond of equivalent size and specifications. Simply put, they are the real deal, just at a fraction of the price you would pay for a mined diamond.   Star Carat Diamonds are internationally certified, and graded on the exact same standards as mined diamonds. Besides, the SK Jewellery Group is one of the largest jewellery chain retailers in the region; with over 60 outlets in Asia, and more than 30 years in making women shine. Luxury is now even more affordable, accompanied with prices ever-so accessible.   A diamond is forever indeed. So don't compromise on its size and quality. Check out the Star Carat diamonds at any SK Jewellery, Love & Co, and Star Carat Shop outlets. For more information, please visit www.starcaratshop.com....read more

Medical Experts Highlight Nutrition Survey Data During 20th PENSA Congress 2019 in Hong Kong

BAD HOMBURG, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - December 6, 2019 - Fresenius Kabi held its United for Clinical Nutrition (UCN) Satellite Symposium during the 20th Congress of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA) on October 9, 2019, in Hong Kong.Dr. Jesus Inciong (Philippines) leads a presentation on current clinical nutrition practices in Asian hospitals.The UCN symposium gathered today's top experts to exchange insights on clinical nutrition. In photo from left to right: Prof. Seo, Dr. Ungpinitpong, Dr. Inciong, Prof. Joshi and Prof. Laviano. The symposium's featured topic was the UCN Nutrition Insights Day Asia (NID), a comprehensive survey led by an advisory board and supported by Fresenius Kabi that provides insights into clinical nutrition practices in 83 hospitals in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Leading clinical nutrition experts were present to discuss UCN NID: Prof. Alessandro Laviano (Italy), Prof. Rajeev Joshi (India), Prof. Han-Hsui Hsu (Taiwan), Dr. Jesus Fernando B. Inciong (Philippines), Dr. Winai Ungpinitpong (Thailand), and Prof. Jeong-Meen Seo (South Korea). As nutritional deficits continue to burden the global healthcare system, the panel of experts emphasized the importance of prioritizing patients' nutritional needs in order to effectively enhance post-admission recovery. Prof. Seo said, "The time is now. No more excuses. We must work together to bring clinical nutrition forward." NID results will soon be available at www.unitedforclinicalnutrition.com.   About 'United for clinical nutrition'In 2014, Fresenius Kabi established UCN to raise awareness for disease-related malnutrition around the world. Through regional data collection and clinical assessment, and tailored events and tools for healthcare professionals, UCN aims to reduce the prevalence of hospital malnutrition. In 2018, the initiative expanded in Asia. To learn more, visit www.unite ......read more

Japan's Food Business Giant Watami Deploys Infor Cloud ERP for Business Standardization and Decision-making

Multi-tenant cloud solution includes data-driven management BI for costings and production planning TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 5 December 2019 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that Watami Co. Ltd. has gone live with Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage (F&B) -- a multi-tenant1 cloud ERP solution purpose-built for the F&B industry -- as its supply chain management (SCM) platform for its sites across Japan. At the same time, Watami will implement data-driven management with Infor Birst cloud-based business intelligence (BI) platform linked to the Infor CloudSuite solution.The Watami Group of companies, with Watami at its head, is an integrated food business operating multiple restaurants and meal delivery services. The group is currently working on "Merchandise Reform," a set of transformations to enable better earning structures and data-driven management decisions in real time via an optimized SCM platform. The aim is to implement a renewable energy-based program in support of what is known in Japan as the "sixth industrialization model2".   Watami selected Infor CloudSuite F&B for its ability to drive business standardization through industry-specific functions and to build a platform for data analysis. In October 2019, Watami went live at three of its domestic sites with a cloud-based SCM system based on Infor CloudSuite F&B. By February 2020, it will roll out the system to all 11 of its food processing plants across Japan that service its restaurant and meal delivery businesses.   Adoption of Infor CloudSuite F&B has enabled Watami to unify item numbers across the entire company, where previously a single item had multiple codes, and to define multi-level recipes depending on the process, where previously they were single level. This has helped standardize business processes and data definitions in produ ......read more

Trend Micro Leads the Industry in Hybrid Cloud Security Market Share

#1 Ranking in 2018 market share for SDC Workload Security According to Global Analyst Firm HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 5 December 2019 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced it has been named by IDC as the #1 vendor in Software-Defined Compute (SDC) workload protection, according to the analyst firm's new independent report: Worldwide Software Defined Compute Workload Security Market Shares, 2018 (DOC #US45638919, November 2019). The report revealed Trend Micro achieved a market share lead of 35.5 percent, almost triple its nearest competitor in 2018.  "We predicted a decade ago that organizations would need multi-layered security to protect their cloud environments and software-defined data centers," said Steve Quane, executive vice president, Network Defense and Hybrid Cloud Security at Trend Micro. "We're glad to see our foresight and innovation being recognized by so many customers and to be ranked a #1 vendor for 2018 market share by IDC."   The firm defines SDC in the report as, "SDC technologies are often used in the context of public or private clouds, but can also be implemented in non-cloud environments--particularly virtualized and/or containerized environments. These products accomplish their goals by ensuring the system does not run malicious software that can compromise business applications and data on the servers."   "For years, Trend Micro has steadily built out its SDC workload protection capabilities for virtual, public cloud and container environments, offering tight integration with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform," said Frank Dickson, program vice president, security and trust at IDC. "Although, the future has not been written, Trend Micro is the dominant player in this market."   Over this time, real-time security has been embedded into running applications and Trend M ......read more

NVGI Develops Smart IoT-enabled Barista Coffee Machines in Southeast Asia

NVGI Plans for Series A Funding SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 5 December 2019 - Noble Vici Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: NVGI) announces plans for the development and deployment of smart IoT-enabled barista coffee machines, namely V-MORE Xpress, bridging the mass adoption of users and merchants for V-MORE e-commerce platform. NVGI plans to accelerate growth in their IoT and e-commerce business in Southeast Asia through Series A funding. One of the key breakthroughs offered by NVGI's IoT ecosystem is the ability to bridge the gap between online and offline commerce with its unique real-time analytic data collection through its IoT platform. The IoT-enabled barista machines not only offer barista quality coffee to users, but also connect online users to the machines; accessing the benefits of an O2O (offline to online) platform via V-MORE Xpress. Since the last 2 years, NVGI has been developing its own ecosystem from e-commerce to IoT infrastructure, while tapping on its internal resources and capital. The proceeds raised will be used to expedite installation of smart IoT-enabled barista machines in the next 18 months across Southeast Asia. "We aim to be the fastest player to deploy this self-service machines in Asia," said Sir Eldee Tang, CEO of NVGI. V-MORE Xpress offers an effortless payment through major cashless e-Wallet providers to facilitate and simplify the public users' experience in making transactions; enabling users to purchase a vast selection of high quality products and services through the digital payment within their e-Wallet. By adopting digital payments in sync with the IoT-enabled barista machines, it not only provides a hassle-free payment but also creates better customer experience.   In conjunction with the latest round of funding initiatives, NVGI has begun the rollout of its IoT-enabled barista machines and is pleased to announce the partnership of V-MORE Xpress with Barist ......read more

The ecosystem of People & Work comes together at People Matters TechHR

The entire ecosystem of the world of work comes together to make 2020 edition of Asia's Largest HR & Work Technology Conference bigger, bolder and more impactful by design. From professional bodies like IHRP, HCLI, SHRI, Japan HR Society, EuroCham Vietnam and many more from Southeast Asia to thought leaders like Casey Kozyrkov (Google), Casey Swails (NASA), Nora Manaf (MayBank) and many more People Matters TechHR is where the entire community of the world of work will be. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - December 5, 2019 - People Matters TechHR, Asia's Largest HR & Work Technology conference is back for the second time in Singapore, scheduled for February 19-21, 2020 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. People Matters TechHR Conference will host over 3,000 attendees from over 40 countries, over 200+ tech partners, 60+ startups, 50+ investors and 100+ speakers. Keynotes, power panels, masterclasses, certification workshops and study tours make this a packed three days of intensive & innovative learning and networking experience that is completely unique. Alongside, the People Matters TechHR Ideas for the Future will become the largest exclusive exhibition for HR & Work technology in Southeast Asia with over 200 tech product partners and 50+ curated startups from around the world participating in the People Matters Startup Program. Talking about the theme of this year's conference, Ester Martinez, CEO and Editor-In-Chief, shared, " Today's talent transformation journey is not just about improvement, but about completely re-thinking how we run our business, how work gets executed and how we create seamless experiences for our customers and employees. Now more than ever, intent, focus, creativity and discipline are crucial for successful transformation. It is this philosophy that forms the basis of People Matters TechHR 2020 theme ' By Design - Digital by Design, Experience by Design, and I ......read more

MQDC, Tourism Authority of Thailand and RSTA Jointly Organise "Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness"

Amazing light and sound spectacular on Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard to light up Bangkok's skyline and Create a New City-Center Countdown Destination BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach - 5 December 2019 - Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand's leading property developers, together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA),  today announced that they are jointly organizing 'Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness'. The dazzling light and sound spectacular will turn the landmark Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard tower into a stunning attraction - lighting up Bangkok's skyline during the festive season and culminating in a New Year Countdown display.   The 'Beautiful Bangkok' annual display is now in its third year. This year the event has grown with 'The Wonder Flower Land', featuring a wide range of activities on the square in front of Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard.   'Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness' will start on Monday 16 December 2019 between 6pm and 9pm. The light-up continues through to the New Year Countdown on 31 December. Activities in front of Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard are open to the public from 17 to 31 December 2019 between 6pm and 11pm.   The event aims to enrich the Holiday Season in Ratchaprasong for Thais as well as international visitors, reinforcing Bangkok as an exciting destination and capturing the hearts of people from around the world.   Mr. Visit Malaisirirat, CEO of Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), said: "Beautiful Bangkok 2020 is designed to spread happiness and goodwill to all and to strengthen the tourism industry of Bangkok and Thailand. We are investing heavily to make this year's edition even bigger and more spectacular than ever before and are also creating 'The Wonder Flower Land' on the square i ......read more

DFA Awards 2019 Honours Design Giants

Shining a light on designs that impact work, live and play DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 winner -- Rei Kawakubo DFA Design Leadership Award 2019 winner -- teamLab DFA World's Outstanding Chinese Designer 2019 winner -- Wang Shu   HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 4 December 2019 - DFA Awards 2019 stands true to its commitment of recognising design with an Asian perspective by both established and emerging designers. This year, DFA Awards celebrates design leadership and exemplary design by giving the highest honour and recognition through its major annual award programmes. Design giants include DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 winner -- Rei Kawakubo, Founder of Comme des Garçons; DFA Design Leadership Award 2019 winner -- teamLab, the International Art Collective; and DFA World's Outstanding Chinese Designer 2019 winner -- Wang Shu, Co-Founder of Amateur Architecture Studio. "This year, our honourable judging panel has highlighted individuals that have created true impact to our daily lives, and teams that have shown dedication to creativity in design project after project. Design is something that enhances life, it's not just cosmetic. It is important to show value for the visionaries' creations of unique experiences within this built world across professional, personal and playful environments. The Awards programme allows us to continue foster innovative thinking and creative confidence." said Professor Eric Yim, Chairman of the HKDC. Underpinning the role of designers in society while celebrating design leadership, exemplary designs and projects with impactful commercial success in Asia, DFA Awards alumni are an incredible list of creators and innovators that have shaped the conversation around today's design thinking and design excellence. DFA Lifetime Achievement Award, DFA Design Leadership Award and DFA World's Outstanding Chinese Designer are the highest honour ones can receive in ......read more

Berjaya Hotels & Resorts Announces the Official Opening of Ansa Okinawa Resort

OKINAWA,  JAPAN - Media OutReach - 4 December 2019 - Berjaya Hotels & Resorts ("BHR"), a member of the Berjaya Corporation Group of Companies, announced the official opening of its ANSA Okinawa Resort ("ANSA Okinawa"), which marks the much-anticipated entry of BHR into Okinawa, an increasingly popular international tourist destination in Japan. Present at the opening ceremony were the Mayor of Uruma City Toshio Shimabukuro, CEO of Berjaya Land Berhad Syed Ali Shahul Hameed, CEO of Berjaya Japan Regional Office Mie Kojaku, Director of Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd. Tan Teng Yan and BHR Head of Operations Peter Wong.ANSA Okinawa is situated on the high ground of Uruma, the third largest city in the Okinawa prefecture, which is known for its subtropical climate, beautiful beaches and coral reefs. The location of the resort is unique as it offers a panoramic view of the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean at each side of the island. With an inventory of 123 rooms and suites, ANSA Okinawa is a 6-storey hill resort with a total floor area of 7,833 m²."Following the highly successful opening of our Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Kyoto in 2016, ANSA Okinawa is another milestone to Berjaya Group's significant investment in Japan. We look forward to more long-term development projects in Okinawa, such as the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences Okinawa which is expected to commence its groundwork by Q2 2020," said Syed Ali, CEO of Berjaya Land Berhad. ANSA Okinawa has an array of facilities, including two food and beverage outlets, banquet hall, conference room, swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, and parking bays. The resort will be introducing family-friendly activities such as on-site goat petting area, children's inflatable playground, picnic, grass sledding, cycling, jungle trekking and more. Nearby sightseeing attractions include Ishikawa Kogen Observatory, Bios Hill, Cave Okinawa, and C ......read more

Citibank Launches One-stop Mobile Account Opening Service

Straight Through Account Opening Process for Both Bank and Investment Accounts  HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - December 3, 2019 - Citibank is launching its one-stop Mobile Account Opening Service, which allows new clients to open bank account1 (Citibanking, Citi Priority or Citigold Account) and investment accounts in one go through Citi Mobile® App at anytime and anywhere. The account application can be completed in a minimum of 10 minutes2. Once the application is completed and approved, the new bank account can be used immediately on the same day. Clients no longer have to visit any branch throughout the entire account opening process.   There are several simple steps to complete the bank account and investment accounts3 application. First, new clients fill in their personal information, select preferred types of investment accounts out of Hong Kong Securities Account, China Connect Shanghai and Shenzhen Securities Account and/or Mutual Fund Account via online application form to register and get an application ID. They then download Citi Mobile® App to verify their HKID Card and capture their selfie, address proof and signature specimen. The approval process of banking account only takes about 10 minutes round the clock, while 3 additional business days are required for investment accounts upon completion of address verification. Successful applicants will receive notifications by both email and SMS, after which they can login to use the accounts via online banking or Citi Mobile® App. There is no limitation on where to transfer the initial fund, no matter same-name account or from someone else. Clients can also enjoy the convenience of applying cheque book online without the need of branch visit.   Josephine Lee, Head of Retail Bank, Citibank said, "Technology and digitization are transforming the way in which we interact with our clients. Consumer preferences are evolving and we realize that most of the ......read more

Serious Android Flaw Identified, i-Sprint found that most of the popular apps in APAC are vulnerable

YESsafe AppProtect+ protects Android Apps against StrandHogg and other attacks SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2019 - StrandHogg, a serious Android flaw, has been reported by BBC News and i-Sprint has found that most of the popular Android Apps in APAC are also vulnerable. StrandHogg can be very damaging and costly to Android users. In recent news reported by BBC News, a Norwegian app security company, Promon, has identified a serious Android following an attack on several customer bank accounts and detected a vulnerability in the Android system.  Promon named it as StrandHogg that allows real-life malware to pose as legitimate apps, with users unaware they are being targeted.  Promon scanned top 500 popular mobile apps in the world, and they are vulnerable to StrandHogg.  StrandHogg is unique because it can be exploited with or without root access to any Android devices, and it affects all versions of Android, including Android 10.  By taking advantage of a weakness in the multitasking system of Android to enact powerful attacks, this allows malicious apps to masquerade as any other app on the device. This exploit is based on an Android control setting called 'taskAffinity' which allows any app - including malicious ones - to assume any identity in the multitasking system they desire freely.    i-Sprint has also done our own investigation by sampling 100 popular Android Apps across APAC and we found that all of them are susceptible to this vulnerability.  The consequences of exploiting this vulnerability by a malware include steal of usernames and passwords, drain bank accounts, track victim's movements and location, steal private SMS messages and photos, access victim's contact list and phone logs, spy through a phone's camera and microphone.   i-Sprint product, YESsafe AppProtect+, is a Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) solution that helps compani ......read more

Get ready for 2019 MAMA across the world with Twitter

MAMA partners with Twitter to give K-pop fans worldwide exclusive content from K-pop artistes/bands, including red carpet 360 and Livestream, #TwitterBlueRoom 'Thank You stage', Star Countdown video series and Worldwide Fans' Choice voting on Twitter  SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 3 December 2019 - Twitter and Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), one of the biggest music awards shows in Asia, has joined hands to engage K-pop fans worldwide on Twitter. This year, MAMA will bring the star-studded event closer to fans around the world with four global activations on Twitter: the red carpet 360 and livestream, the #TwitterBlueRoom 'Thank You stage', the Star Countdown video series, and Worldwide Fans' Choice voting. Fans can also join the #2019MAMA and #MAMARedcarpet conversations on Twitter with customized emojis using both hashtags.From voting for their favourite K-pop artistes and bands to keeping updated on the live events; Twitter is the best place for global K-pop fans to participate in the 2019 MAMA event experience, find out what's happening in real-time, and to talk about it with other K-pop fans. (Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/mnetmama/status/1201320441945579520)   Here are the best ways for fans to get real-time views of their favorite K-pop artistes/bands at 2019 MAMA: From December 4, 16:00 (JST) fans can watch the #MAMARedCarpet in real-time on Twitter and set up notifications via a special live page (https://twitter.com/i/events/1192190862660272129). Enhancing the experience is Twitter's Redcarpet 360, where fans from around the world will get to join in on all the red carpet buzz and activities. The Redcarpet 360 will offer up a 360-degree view of the star-studded event exclusively on Twitter, as K-pop artists and Korean celebrities take to the red carpet.After their award win, artists/bands will visit the 'Thank you stage' to share their excitement and thank their fans worl ......read more

Power-Optimized Microprocessors: A Unique New Service from Teledyne e2v

Fully matching application performance challenges and avoiding unwanted compromises GRENOBLE, FRANCE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2019 - Addressing the growing need to maximize performance, while keeping power budgets in check, Teledyne e2v has constructed a sophisticated methodology relating to its portfolio of microprocessors. Via this methodology the power consumption characteristics of QorIQ® T-Series and P-Series (Power Architecture®), as well as the ARM® based Layerscape devices supplied to its customers' systems can be studied in detail, rather than relying only on datasheet information. In a recent safety-critical aerospace customer project, Teledyne e2v was able to deliver T1042 multi-core microprocessors for which the power consumption was almost 50% lower on the final application -- thereby dramatically reducing the constraints placed on the overall system. The high levels of functionality needed by modern embedded designs means that engineers want to fit in as much processing capacity as possible. However, in many use cases (particularly in the avionics, military and space sectors) stringent power constraints must also be adhered to. Published parametric data concerning power consumption will have certain margins included (based on device variation and worst case operating conditions). Often these will force engineers to be overly cautious -- specifying microprocessors that offer less performance (or running devices at lower frequencies than they can actually attain), to ensure they remain within the maximum power consumption that their system will support.   Drawing on unrivalled knowledge in providing the market with high-reliability processing solutions, plus direct access to the native test programs from NXP (its original microprocessor manufacturing partner), Teledyne e2v is in a unique position when it comes to understanding devices' power characteristics. B ......read more



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