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HashKey International Digital Asset Summit 2019 brings together industry leaders to demonstrate how digital assets are entering the mainstream

Talks centred on applications in finance, digital asset regulations, fundamental changes to financial infrastructure and Hong Kong as a fintech leader HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 March 2019 - More than 600 delegates attended the inaugural HashKey International Digital Asset Summit 2019 (HIDA2019) to hear leading experts discuss how blockchain technology is beginning to transform how we work, live and play in the same way that widespread adoption of the internet changed the world.   Michel Lee, Executive President of HashKey Group, delivers his welcome remarks at the HashKey International Digital Asset Summit 2019  "Blockchain technology has transformed from being an experiment just a few years ago to powering a new economic reality. There are new cases and new fintech startups announced every week. Digital assets is moving from its 'wild' stage of early development into the mainstream," said Michel Lee, Executive President of HashKey Group. HashKey co-hosted the summit with Wanxiang Blockchain Labs, with the support of Cyberport, DBS, FinTech Association of Hong Kong and ZhongAn International. During the day-long event at The Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, speakers and panellists discussed how financial institutions from the traditional investment community needed to take up the challenge that blockchain and other fintech technologies represent, or be left behind. Dr. Xiao Feng, Vice Chairman & Executive Director of China Wanxiang Holdings and Chairman & CEO at Wanxiang Blockchain, outlined how fintech is pushing economic development. He believes we are entering Fintech 3.0, with financial infrastructure reconstituted with mainstream organisations launching new products that are not based on existing banking facilities but new blockchain technology. In his keynote speech entitled 'Digital Transformation and Blockchain Application in Supply Chain Trade Finance,' Abdul Raof Latiff, Managing Director at DBS, di ......read more

Taiwan Fastener Companies on the Rise in Europe

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 22 March 2019 - The major markets of Asia, America, Europe and the Middle East continue to boom. The construction industry is growing continuously, and the automotive industry regularly reports records in sales. Fastener production is one sector benefitting most, especially Taiwanese producers.   The numbers clearly demonstrate the strengths and competitiveness of Taiwanese fastener companies. The largest markets and producers are China (19%), USA (18%), Japan (10%), Germany (8%) and Taiwan (5%). Taiwan is already the third largest exporter of binding and fastening products worldwide. Tu-Chin Tsai, Chairman of TAIWAN INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE (TIFI) confirmed: "With 1,650 factories employing 35,000 industry personnel, Taiwan's fastener industry exported more than 1.65 million tons of fasteners in 2018, to over 150 countries around the world".   At the Stuttgart Fastener Fair, the three Taiwanese market representatives, BOLTUN CORPORATION, ANCHOR FASTENERS INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD and SUPER NUT INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD presented their extensive product portfolios and introduced themselves as an inexpensive and innovative alternative, especially for the construction and automotive sectors. Germany is regarded as the most lucrative and most important sales market after the USA. Thus, the main goal is to take the market share from the German top dogs.   Diversified product portfolio Founded in 1988, BOLTUN CORPORATION today employs approximately 3,800 people worldwide and recently generated turnover of approximately $US 600 million. The company develops and produces tools and considers itself the leading producer of fastening elements in the automotive sector. Jason Chen, Sales Director of BOLTON CORPORATION explains: "Boltun offers a wide range of products, such as fastening elements for automobiles and wind turbines, metal components and stamped parts. Also included are i.a. high-tensile bolts made of 10.9- and 12.9-s ......read more

CIFI issues US$255 million 5-year senior notes at a coupon rate of 6.55% The issue was well received by the capital market

The coupon rate is one of the lowest among the real estate enterprises in China with the same credit level recently HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 March 2019 - CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. ("CIFI" or the "Group", HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer engaged in the property development and investment business in the first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China announced that the Group issues US$ 255 million senior notes at a coupon rate of 6.55% with a 5-year maturity. The coupon rate is one of the lowest among real estate enterprises in China with the same credit level recently.   The issue received over US$ 625 million subscription and was approximately 2.5 times over-subscribed, representing a keen market demand for the issue.   Standard Chartered Bank is the sole global coordinator, sole bookrunner and sole lead manager of the issue.     On 15 March 2019, Standard & Poor upgraded CIFI's rating from "BB-" to "BB". It is because CIFI has significantly improved its diversity and scale in the past two to three years. The "stable" outlook reflects S&P's expectation that CIFI will continue to expand its sales scale with controllable leverage.About CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd.Headquartered in Shanghai, CIFI is one of China's top real estate developers. CIFI principally focuses on developing high-quality properties in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China. CIFI develops various types of properties, including residential flats, office buildings and commercial complexes.   To learn more about the Company, please visit CIFI's website at: http://www.cifi.com.cn...read more

Customers’ experience leads to a highly successful outcome for Vetter at the 2019 CMO Leadership Awards

A win in all six core categories affirms Vetter as a trusted solution provider Vetter performs very well in customer-critical aspectsResults directly reflect the experience of pharma and biotech companies in working alongside a trusted contractorMore than 120 service providers assessed to determine the award recipients  RAVENSBURG, GERMANY - Media OutReach - March 22, 2019 - Life Science Leader, a leading trade press publication has awarded Vetter, a global operating Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), in all six core categories of the 2019 Leadership Award. The award was granted during a ceremony in New York City on March 20. Unlike other awards, there is no application process and the winners are determined by customers ranking their experience with service providers they have actually worked with. Because results cannot be influenced in any way, the awards signify a high level of accomplishment that those companies have attained in supporting the needs of pharma and biotech customers. Vetter won the award in all core award categories -- quality, expertise, reliability, capabilities, compatibility, and service. This is an affirmation of the company's hard work in its daily efforts for customers and a motivation for continued improvement towards excellence as a solution provider.   Pride and satisfaction in accepting the 2019 CMO Leadership Award. Oskar Gold, Vetter's Senior Vice President Key Account Management, Marketing/Corporate Communications and Customer Project Management.Picture source: Vetter Pharma International GmbH "Vetter is thrilled to win this award, particularly in all six core categories. Together these areas are among the key performance indicators cited by our customers when doing business with us, and well represent our continuous efforts to meet their expectations," said Vetter Managing Director Peter Soelkner. "We are especially pleased to receive such ......read more

New Counterbalance Hinge from Southco Allows Safe Operation of Heavy Panels and Lids

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 March 2019 - 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 Positioning Technology portfolio with the addition of a new Counterbalance Hinge that neutralizes the weight of heavy panels and lids, providing reliable positioning control for a variety of applications. The CB Counterbalance Hinge provides precise control when opening and closing heavy panels, reducing safety and liability concerns while improving end user ergonomics. CB Counterbalance Hinge The CB Counterbalance Hinge neutralizes the downward force of gravity and provides precise control when opening and closing heavy panels, enabling the panel to be lifted and lowered effortlessly. Its compact, adjustable design allows the CB Counterbalance Hinge to be mounted inside enclosures with minimal protrusion, and can fine-tuned to the precise requirements of the application. The CB Counterbalance Hinge provides high vibration resistance, making it an ideal solution for a variety of mobile and stationary storage applications, such as medical and industrial equipment. Constructed of corrosion resistant materials, the CB Counterbalance Hinge offers reliable performance in both hot and cold environments. Designed to provide a lifetime of maintenance free, reliable operation, the CB Counterbalance Hinge is useful in reducing warranty and installation costs.  "Southco's CB Counterbalance Hinge offers reliable position control for heavy panels and lids while providing ergonomic benefits and safe operation for end users," said Global Product Manager James Stroud. "With its compact design and reliable performance, the CB Counterbalance Hinge is ideal for controlling a variety of panel weights in applications where power or hydraulic solutions cannot be used ......read more

SUSE Completes Move to Independence and Strengthens Asia Pacific Presence

SUSE continues business momentum in Asia Pacific as the industry’s largest independent open source company, and a leading provider of enterprise-grade, open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions for hybrid and multi-cloud workload management HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - March 21, 2019 - SUSE® strengthened its foothold in the Asia Pacific region as a standalone company after the completion of its acquisition by growth investor EQT from Micro Focus. SUSE is now the industry's largest independent open source company and it is well positioned to focus on the needs of customers and partners in this region as a leading provider of enterprise-grade, open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions, enabling customer workloads anywhere -- on premise, hybrid and multi-cloud -- with exceptional service, value and flexibility.   The EQT investment comes at an opportune time as business enterprises across Asia Pacific are focusing on strengthening their IT systems to cater for the challenges and demands brought upon by a data-fuelled, digital-driven business environment.   SUSE Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific and Japan Andy Jiang said: "Enterprises across Asia Pacific are facing tremendous pressure in the face of digital disruption and a dynamic business landscape with shorter economic cycles. Increasingly, these organizations are turning to SUSE's enterprise-ready, reliable and secure infrastructure solutions as they entrust their mission-critical systems to SUSE's open, open source solutions and flexible business practices that are free from enforced vendor lock-in. In turn, this drives a momentum that allows SUSE to continue to deliver the innovation that enterprises in this region require to achieve their digital transformation goals."   Growth in Asia Pacific   SUSE brings over 25 years of open source expertise to the Asia Pacific region. It first ......read more

Continued high pace of acquisition activity for leading independent investment boutique as it reinforces global position and rebrands to “Alvarium Investments”

- Alvarium completes five acquisitions in eight months in London and globally -  HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 - Alvarium Investments (formerly LJ Partnership, and previously known as Guggenheim Investment Advisors in Hong Kong), a leading independent global investment boutique, today announced the acquisition of Iskander, an asset manager dedicated to large private investors, giving it a presence in France and further strengthening its international reach.  This is the fifth transformative acquisition made by the firm in the last eight months, extending its capabilities into the Italian, French and Australasian markets[1]. The Iskander acquisition comes in the same week that Queensgate Investments, a partnership between Alvarium Investments, Peterson Group, the Kow Family and Dilmun acquired four Grange Hotels in Central London in a deal valued at around £1 billion2.  Alvarium also recently completed its merger with London based media, consumer and technology boutique Lepe Partners, creating a merchant banking platform (Alvarium Merchant Banking Division).  Alvarium Merchant Banking has already supported tech unicorn Tradeshift in an extension of its series E round, taking funds raised to $300m in the round.  Tradeshift is the leader in supply chain payments and marketplaces valued at $1.2bn.  Investors in the business include Goldman Sachs Group Inc, PSP Investments, HSBC amongst others. This week, the firm announced that it has rebranded as Alvarium Investments, marking a new chapter that sees it consolidating its existing brands and its position as the leading independent global investment boutique. Guggenheim Investment Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited, which was acquired by LJ Partnership in 2016, will also adopt the new company name. Over the last twelve months, the firm has extended its reach into new geographies across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific; and developed new investment s ......read more

Thai Night brings the ‘Creative Thai’ spirit to Hong Kong FILMART

Thai Night at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, on the evening of the 20th March, 2019. Organized by The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 -  Thailand celebrated the 'Creative Thai' spirit of its thriving film festival at Thai Night on the evening of the 20th March. The highlight of the evening was the official opening by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi. In a speech recognizing the achievements of the many creative talents working within Thailand's film, television and animation industries, Her Royal Highness said, "I am particularly proud to stand here before you to share Thailand's accomplishments with the world. Just like the international market has grown so much, so has the Thai film industry, and the driving force behind our astonishing progress is Thai creativity." Mr. Boonyarit Kalayanamit, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce highlighted the support by the Department of International Trade Promotion for the film, television and animation industries, not only at FILMART, but at a number of international markets throughout the year, including the American Film Market and the Cannes Marché du Film. He recognized the value of the entertainment industry to the economy. In 2017, the combined revenue from film, television and animation was almost three billion US dollars. And in 2018, over 98 million US dollars was generated from international production services alone. Also present at the event were representatives of the twenty-two leading Thai companies attending FILMART, and 509 invited international guests. Hong Kong A lister, Ray Lui Leung-wai attended along with Dr Ally Liu, Senior VP of CP Group HK, H.E. Tun Sri Brandon Toh, Partner of P+ Capital and Sir Eldee Tang, CEO & of Noble Vici Group, Inc. A number of Thai stars also flew to Hong Kong to join Thai ......read more

Deloitte unveils first 23 Best Managed Companies winners

The first Whitepaper on China Best Managed Companies, released same day, indicates private companies in China can learn from leading management practices Strategy, capabilities, commitment and financial strength are the four cornerstones of management excellenceSHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 - Deloitte China, with Bank of Singapore, the Business School of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Harvard Business Review China and the Federation of Shenzhen Commerce, launched the Best Managed Companies (BMC) program in August last year, the first program of its kind in China to identify and recognize private companies based on their management systems.   The BMC review panel comprised more than 40 experts from Deloitte and Bank of Singapore. After six months of rigorous reviews, interviews and specialist research, 23 private companies from cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Changsha, and Hangzhou were named the first China Best Managed Companies winners. Beijing and Shenzhen outperformed other cities with six and five winners respectively. Today, executives from private companies from China and around the globe gathered in Shenzhen for the Best Managed Companies Forum 2019 and Best Managed Companies Awards Ceremony 2019.     Bank of Singapore is one of the proud sponsors of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards in China. Derrick Tan, Global Market Head, Greater China and North Asia and Chief Executive, Hong Kong Branch, Bank of Singapore said, "The Best Managed Companies Awards puts a timely and well-deserved spotlight on Chinese-owned companies and entrepreneurs that are operating at the highest levels of performance, have a strong commitment to growing their business and developing leaders of the future. While the winners cover a wide range of business, what is constant is their drive to do better and to be better. These Chinese-owned companies have set the benchmark for exc ......read more

Cybercriminals Turn Opportunistic with Cryptocurrency Mining; Continue to Exploit Vulnerabilities; Steal Data and Resources to Disrupt Businesses and Individuals in Asia Pacific

Profit-oriented cybercriminals are turning their attention to stealthier tricks such as cryptocurrency mining;While ransomware encounters declined globally, the region was hit by 40 percent more ransomware attacks as compared to the rest of the world;Poor cyber hygiene and low security awareness led to 22 percent more Drive-by download attacks and 37 percent more malware encounters than the global average.   SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 - Even as businesses capitalize on the latest security intelligence and protections to stay ahead in the evolving cybersecurity landscape, Asia Pacific continues to be an attractive region for cybercriminals. Microsoft today unveiled the Asia Pacific findings from the 24th edition of its Security Intelligence Report (SIR), an annual study aimed to improve cyber resilience in the region. The SIRv24 comprises of core insights and key trends derived by sifting through data between January to December 2018 from multiple, diverse sources, including 6.5 trillion threat signals that go through the Microsoft cloud every day. The Asia Pacific insights were derived from analyzing data from 15 markets, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The report includes an overview on the lessons learned from the field and recommended best practices.   "Undoubtedly, cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues for organizations today. As cyberattacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication, understanding prevalent cyberthreats and how to limit their impact has become an imperative," said Eric Lam, Director, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft Asia. "The SIRv24 aims to keep pace with the ever evolving cyberthreat landscape by highlighting the techniques and tradecraft of cybercriminals and offering insights to improve cyber resilience and overall cybersecurity health ......read more

Chubb appoints Serene Neo as Division Head of Accident & Health in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 March 2019 - Chubb today announced the appointment of Serene Neo as Division Head of Accident & Health (A&H) for Singapore, effective 25 March 2019. She will report to Scott Simpson, Chubb's Country President for Singapore. In this role, Ms. Neo will have responsibility for leading Chubb's A&H Division; providing strategic oversight on all aspects of business development and financial performance, in addition to spearheading new partnerships and digital initiatives.  Ms. Neo joins Chubb with over 15 years of experience in banking and financial services.  Prior to joining Chubb, she was the Senior Vice President & Head of Brand Strategy & Insights, Group Brand, at a local bank where she led the strategic development and management of retail banking and payment products. On Ms. Neo's appointment, Mr. Simpson commented, "I'm delighted to welcome Serene to the Singapore team. She's an experienced leader with a proven track record in product development, innovation and digitalisation. As the A&H business continues to evolve to meet the changing customer needs, I'm confident that Serene's expertise and customer-centric focus will position her well to propel the business forward." About Chubb in SingaporeChubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited, via acquisitions by its predecessor companies, has been present in Singapore since 1948. Chubb in Singapore provides underwriting and risk management expertise for all major classes of general insurance, including Property & Casualty, Marine, Liability, Financial Lines and Group Personal Accident insurance. As one of the leading providers of Accident & Health insurance through direct marketing, the company partners with financial institutions and other companies to tailor individual policies for their clients and employees. In addition, it offers a suite of customised Personal & Spe ......read more

Spackman Entertainment Group’s Upcoming Film, CRAZY ROMANCE, Produced By Zip Cinema, Completes Filming And Set To Release In Korea In 2019

Produced by the Group's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Zip Cinema, CRAZY ROMANCE is a romantic comedy movie starring well-known actor, Kim Rae-won, and popular actress, Gong Hyo-jin Filming of CRAZY ROMANCE has completed and is currently in the post-production stage The film, which marks 16 years since Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin last collaborated in Korean drama SNOWMAN, is expected to be released in Korea in 2019 SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 March 2019 - 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 founded by media investor Charles Spackman, wishes to announce that its upcoming movie CRAZY ROMANCE has completed filming and is presently in the post-production stage. CRAZY ROMANCE is scheduled to be screened in theatres in Korea in 2019. The movie is produced by the Group's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Zip Cinema Co., Ltd. ("Zip Cinema"), and presented and distributed by Next World Entertainment Co., Ltd. Headlined by Kim Rae-won of DOCTORS (2016) & MY LITTLE BRIDE (2004) and Gong Hyojin of DON'T DARE TO DREAM (2016) & CRUSH AND BLUSH (2008), CRAZY ROMANCE is Zip Cinema's major film following its Korean financial crisis movie, DEFAULT, which recorded the highest November opening in the Korean box office. The film raked in more than 3.7 million tickets and grossed more than US$27 million at the Korean box office. CRAZY ROMANCE is the first commercial film made by independent film director Kim Han-gyeol. It also marks 16 years since Kim Rae-won and Gong Hyo-jin last collaborated in Korean drama SNOWMAN.  About Spackman Entertainment Group LimitedSpackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups founded by investment veteran, Mr. Charles Spackman, is prima ......read more

Arrow Electronics Helps Enterprises and Startups in China’s Greater Bay Area Boost AI and IoT Capabilities

Newly launched engineering and supply chain services making it more accessible for engineers and innovators to create, make and manage technology of tomorrow HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - March 20, 2019 - Global technology-solutions provider, Arrow Electronics announced at its annual "Arrow Technology Showcase" event held today in Shenzhen, China, the launch of engineering and supply chain services designed to put best-in-class technological know-how and robust ecosystem support into the hands of innovators and entrepreneurs in China's Greater Bay Area, making it easier for them to create, make and manage technology of tomorrow.Simon Yu (centre), president of Arrow's Asia-Pacific components business, with Hong Kong, Taipei, Japan and South Korea team representatives at the robot boxing contest at the Arrow Technology Showcase 2019 in Shenzhen. To support business growth of large enterprises and startups in the Greater Bay Area, Arrow has launched a range of new engineering and supply chain services covering design tools, proof-of-concept review, rapid prototyping, turnkey solution design service, embedded software, cloud software integration, edge computing, sensing technology, advanced connectivity network, power management, data analytics, production and secure assets disposal.  Greater Bay Area (a cluster of 11 cities with a combined population of over 69 million people and a GDP at US$1.5 trillion in 2017) is expected to be the largest economy by 2020, among some global bay and metropolitan economic and technology centers such as New York City Metro Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and Tokyo Bay1. The recent development of innovation and technology in the Greater Bay Area was announced earlier this month by the Chinese government for constructing an international sci-tech and innovation center between Shenzhen and Hong Kong and another one between Zhuhai and Macau2. "The Gr ......read more

Security experts to address future counter-terrorism and public safety at Milipol Asia-Pacific 2019

Asia-Pacific’s most influential thought leaders in homeland security to comment on topics related to the global terror crisis and harnessing the power of technology in the future security framework.  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 March 2019 - Returning for its 8th edition, Milipol Asia-Pacific 2019, the region's flagship international homeland security conference will bring together the region's leading experts on counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, organised crime and public safety for a three-day conference from 2nd to 4th April at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The conference will attract over 350 international and regional delegates. Furthermore, the exhibition, which will see more than 300 exhibitors in attendance, showcases the latest and future innovations in border security, crowd control, threat detection systems, search and rescue technology, drone and anti-drone technology and field operation equipment for law enforcement. Organised by Comexposium Singapore, one of the world's leading organisers specialising in international Security exhibitions and conferences in Middle East, Indonesia, and Singapore, Milipol Asia-Pacific 2019 is expected to receive over 200 official VIP delegates from Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam with over 8000 in attendance. Various Sponsors also include Certis, MSA -- The Safety Company, Stelop and Thermoteknix Systems. "The evolving challenges of today's regional security landscape require dynamic and relevant solutions. With Asia-Pacific's most influential thought leaders in homeland security gathered under one roof at Milipol Asia-Pacific 2019, delegates can expect three full days of insightful dialogue on some of the most pressing security challenges faced in the region", said Mr Andrew Marriott, Managing Director of Comexposium Singapore. Speaker Highlights With the terrorist threat ever present, t ......read more

Extraordinary Journeys! Exceptional Deals! Find Them All at Travel Revolution 2019 – The Event

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 March 2019 - Say no to the ordinary and travel the extraordinary, revolutionary holidays start right in the heart of the city! From Friday to Sunday, 29 to 31 March, 11am to 9pm daily, head down to Marina Bay Sands basement 2 Expo Halls D and E for Travel Revolution 2019 -- The Event, organised by Singapore Outbound Travel Agents Association (SOTAA) and supported by official card American Express and official travel insurer AIG. Admission is free.The bi-annual travel fair offers a plethora of extraordinary journeys. Bona fide travel junkies can check off their ultimate bucket list destinations from South America, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, Israel, Jordan to Central Asia. Those seeking authentic unique experiences can look forward to Antarctica and Artic expedition cruises, organised tours hunting for Aurora Australis or Southern Lights, the quieter sister of the famous Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights that can only be found in the Southern Hemisphere, once-in-a lifetime trips accompanied by professional photographers, campervan or self-drive convoys and other thematic tours such as glamping, wildebeest migration and stargazing. Said Ms Kay Swee Pin, president of SOTAA, "Into its fifth consecutive year and ninth instalment, the event that is also fondly known as MBS travel fair or TR fair has seen oversubscription of its booths with strong support from travel agencies and trade partners. No effort has been spared in putting together the highly-anticipated travel fair for those seeking to fuel their wanderlust, escape their everyday or create unforgettable moments with their loved ones". Besides exceptional deals of one-for-one offers, half-price offers for the second person, free stay, flights or cruises, family savings and group discounts, a bonanza of gifts awaits at the travel fair. Redeem Samsonite 20" / 25" / 28" Enwrap Spinner with $2888 / $4888 / $6888 spend respectively on eligible ......read more

Asian firms are better prepared than European peers to comply with data-privacy regulations, according to new EIU study

Firms in China and South-east Asia are more confident than those in Europe to deal with potentially stricter rules around consumer-data gathering and use; the US leads both regionsAsian companies may be ahead of the ethics curve: companies in China and South-east Asia are more likely to tie data-privacy practices to good corporate governance than those in the WestThis comes amid the increasing importance of data privacy to organisations today--it will be even more important in future, according to EIU surveyYet firms also generally believe people are willing to trade data privacy for improved services HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 March 2019 - The collection and use of personal data for commercial purposes are on the rise, but concerns over privacy and cyber-security breaches are causing concern among consumers, companies and regulators alike. The report, The transparent business barometer: Preparing for the end of easy data, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by Ant Financial, assesses companies' level of preparedness to face a more privacy-conscious world. It is largely based on a survey of 250 executives across China, the US, Western Europe and South-east Asia. Nearly 100% of respondents agree that data privacy is important to their organisation, with a majority (54%) saying it will be much more so in three years' time. One reason for this is the perceived importance of data privacy to good corporate governance, which is something that 88% of executives across the surveyed regions and almost all Chinese executives (98%) believe to be true. Many firms are waking up to the fact that stricter laws in the mould of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation may be in the offing. In a barometer constructed for this study, companies were asked to rank their preparedness to face various data-privacy regulations, such as that which might restrict their ability to gather data directly from co ......read more

Extraordinary Journeys! Exceptional Deals! Find Them All at Travel Revolution 2019 – The Event

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St. John’s International School Breaks New Ground with New Campus Opening

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 19 March 2019 - St. John's International School (SJIS) opens the doors to brighter futures for its pupils as it officially opens a new campus building for its upper Secondary and pre-university students. Just 200m from the Main Campus 1, the senior students will get hands-on learning experiences with brand new facilities: science labs, computer labs, oral language learning centres, a new library, and renovated modern classrooms.  It's Official! Mr. David Thomas of the British High Commission cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of the new SJIS Campus. (L-R: Ms. Deepa Grace, Tunku Dato' Seri (Dr) Iskandar B. Tunku Abdullah, Mr. David Thomas, Mohd Rusland Bin Abu Samah, Mr. Suresh Dass, Dr. Inderjeet Singh) SJIS welcomed the Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr David Thomas, to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a delighted crowd of parents, pupils and other honoured guests, including Y.M. Tunku Dato Seri (Dr) Iskandar Bin Tunku Abdullah, who is an Advisor on the SJIS Board of Governors.   "We are tremendously proud and excited, for both the students and staff, to open our eagerly-awaited new campus building", said Mr. Suresh Dass, Principal & COO at SJIS. "We cannot wait for the students to make the most of the new, modern facilities, and for the staff, this represents a massive milestone for progress in our school's history".   The new Campus 2 is set to accommodate the increasing number of students at SJIS, which has grown significantly in the last few years. From just a handful of students and staff at the school's opening in 2011, SJIS has grown to over 600 pupils today, with a total of 90 employees including teachers and support staff. The school offers the IGCSE and A Level programmes, featuring the Cambridge International Examination series.   SJIS prides itself on a superbly well-rounded and holistic education. Students have regularly achieved regional, ......read more

Thai Night returns to Hong Kong FILMART in 2019

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 19 March 2019 - The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government will host Thai Night at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, on the evening of the 20th March, 2019.   Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi will preside over Thai Night: 'Thailand -- Where Films Come Alive', which this year celebrates the achievements of 'Creative Thai' talent. Her Royal Highness has long been a keen supporter of Thailand's film industry and has starred in a number of films and television series.   Thai Night is presented as part of the program by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) to support and promote Thailand's film and television industry in international markets. This year, we celebrate 'Creative Thai' achievements; the films that have attained international recognition, the companies who continue to expand their reach in global markets, and Thai creative individuals who have earned a strong international reputation.   Twenty-two Thai companies will be represented at the Thai Pavilion. These include eight production and post-production services and facility companies, seven film production and distribution companies, four television production and licensing companies and three documentary production companies   Thai Night will also include special appearances by top film and television stars. Special guest Ray Lui Leung Wai is best known for his role as "Ting Lik" in the 1980 Hong Kong television series The Bund and its two sequels which is praised as "The Godfather of the East". Ray Lui also starred in Transformers 4 and works on films and Chinese television series. He will be accompanied by distinguished corporate executives H.E. Tun Sri Brandon Toh, Partner of P+ Capital and Sir Eldee Tang, CEO & Founder of Noble Vici Group, Inc (NVGI:OTC).   Special guest Nawat Kulrattanarak rose to sta ......read more

Direct English Malaysia Expands Its Business Operations to Reach Wider Segment of English Learners in the Region

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 19 March 2019 - Direct English Malaysia is set to expand its business operations in the region, having opened its very own language centre, Direct English International Learning Centre (DEILC), in Kuala Lumpur today.   DEILC is wholly owned by Melewar Learning Resources Sdn Bhd, a company under the Melewar Group.   The opening of DEILC was officiated by the Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mr David Thomas, who was at the centre together with a host of guests and representatives from various institutions and organisations, including the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur.   Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with easy access to all infrastructure in the city, DEILC is poised to cater to the English learning needs of a very wide segment or spectrum of English learners, especially those from the city and its outskirt areas.   "The opening of DEILC epitomizes the aspirations of Melewar Learning Resources Sdn Bhd through its partnership with Direct English, UK, to contribute towards raising the proficiency of the English language not only amongst students but also amongst members of the business or corporate sector," said Group Executive Chairman of Melewar Group, Tunku Dato' Seri (Dr) Iskandar Tunku Abdullah.   "DEILC is well placed to benefit all English language learners and enthusiasts in this region especially when Direct English is already a proven system that successfully trains over 100,000 English language learners globally every year'' he added.   Direct English, which is part of the globally renowned Linguaphone Group, UK, is known to be delivering highly effective English language training not only to school and university students but also to corporate executives and professionals. The course consists of an eight-level proficiency course, covering those who are absolute beginners right up to advanced learners ......read more



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