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Leap Into iShopChangi’s Happy Haulidays Specials Featuring Exclusive Discounts and Promotions

Make this holiday season an unforgettable one with iShopChangi. Running until January 3, 2021, shoppers can save up to 60% on over 10,000 top-notch deals. Across stellar sitewide discounts, promotions and vouchers, find a duty-free bargain on everything from the latest electronics to festive wine and spirits.  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - As the festive season kicks off for Black Friday, 12.12 and Boxing Day, shoppers have a chance to score some unbeatable deals. Never one to miss out on the action, e-commerce retailer iShopChangi is getting into the spirit of things, with the Happy Haulidays campaign offering sitewide promotions, flash deals and discounts that'll make this holiday season one to remember.   Running until January 3, 2021, shoppers will discover exclusive savings of up to 60% on more than 10,000 deals, ranging from high-end electronics and premium beauty products to the perfect liquor to share with friends.   Soak Up The Holidays With Splendid Wine & Spirits   When it comes to celebrating the holidays with your loved ones, it never hurts to have a five-star drink on-hand. With iShopChangi, you won't have a problem finding a delicious tipple, with a vast range of discounted premium brands and new arrivals offering endless Christmas cheer. Look out for our special wine and spirit flash vouchers using the code DRINKS10, offering an extra 10% off with no minimum spend, capped at $50.   Across brands like BAILEYS, TANQUERAY and SINGLETON, you can find a bargain no matter your drink of choice. Plus, there are a wealth of tempting bundle deals and gift packs, including a delicious pairing of Auchentoshan 21 Year Single Malt Whisky with Legent American Bourbon Whisky.   Find A Deal On The Latest Electronics   There's no better time to stock up on the latest gaming, audio and fitness tech than during the festive season. If you've been eyeing an innovative device but haven't been ready to commit, iShopChangi's remarkably reduced pri ......read more

Four Startups Win Inaugural Microsoft Emerge X Pitch Competition in APAC

The Emerge X Program sits within Microsoft’s Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative, which discovers and nurtures high potential technology startups & grows the ecosystem in emerging markets across APAC  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Four startups from Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Singapore are winners at Microsoft's inaugural Emerge X Regional Pitching Competition in Asia Pacific:    1.     Abivin from Vietnam: An AI-powered platform that optimizes supply chains across multiple sectors by solving the vehicle routing problem  2.     Lifetrack Medical Systems in the Philippines and Singapore: A cloud-based platform that provides affordable access to medical imaging in emerging markets  3.     Agrithmics from Sri Lanka: A cloud-based solution that enriches the agri-industry by digitizing the farm to factory supply chain and connecting farmers and buyers  4.     Milky Way AI, from Singapore: An AI-powered smart retail solution leveraging image recognition technology to help retailers manage shelf inventory and maximize sales    "For Asia Pacific to remain at the forefront of global transformation, it takes disruptors, visionaries, and futurists. There are no limits to what people can achieve when the world and technology reflect the diversity of everyone who uses it. Which is why at Microsoft, we build technology so that others can create technology, and to be successful we all need to come together," said Andrea Della Mattea, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific. "Through the Highway to a 100 Unicorns and our Emerge X program, we aim to help startups on the road to innovation, where they can meet unarticulated needs of the industry and help businesses become resilient."    Growing the Startup Ecosystem in Emerging Markets across APAC  The Emerge X Program is part of Microsoft's Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative, which was launched in Asia Pacific in October 2020 after overwhelming success in India. Microsoft engaged with more than 70 pro ......read more

NEFIN and Alliance Joined Hands to Generate Solar Power Offsetting 39 tonnes of CO2 Annually

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - NEFIN, leading solar developer and investor in carbon neutrality solutions, and Alliance Construction Materials Limited ("Alliance"), a joint venture of CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited ("CKI") and HeidelbergCement Group providing concrete and aggregates total solutions are proud to announce the successful completion of the solar power projects in two of Alliance's concrete batching plants in Tsing Yi and Yuen Long. The systems will generate 76,170 kWh electricity annually. From December, the electricity output will be able to offset a total of 39 tonnes CO2 per year, similar to planting extra 647 trees for Hong Kong. As the trusted partner for developers, contractors and other professionals in the construction industry, Alliance provides concrete and aggregates solutions to support diverse range of construction projects around Hong Kong. With its primary "green" objectives of protecting the climate, preserving resources and reducing emissions, the company adopts stringent carbon reduction measures in its operation, including concrete batching plants, aggregates depots and logistics chain.   Mr. Vincent Yu, CEO of Alliance, said, "Consolidating green innovation in traditional practices established by decades of industrial development is not an easy task. As we pride ourselves on being a pioneer to enable a circular economy, we are keen to explore new approaches to lower our carbon footprint. This solar power project is one of our many green initiatives to make a difference. By setting long term decarbonisation target, deploying conservation measures in entire manufacturing and delivery process, as well as developing low carbon concrete products, we strive to minimise our environmental impact and support the construction industry to build a greener Hong Kong."   "Many enterprises are beginning to focus on environmental sustainability, but are hesitant to proceed due to a lot of considerations. For example ......read more

DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 signals recovery of globalization from COVID-19 setback

Global trade has rebounded strongly, sustaining economies around the world 'Digital globalization' raced ahead as people flows plummeted Singapore leads the pack of six Asia Pacific countries ranked among the top 30 Five Asia Pacific countries dominated list of top 10 countries that "punch above their weight" SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Today, DHL and the NYU Stern School of Business released the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 (GCI). The report, now in its seventh edition, is the first comprehensive assessment of globalization during the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. It tracks international flows of trade, capital, information and people across 169 countries and territories. After holding steady in 2019, current forecasts imply that the index will fall significantly in 2020 due to the distancing effects of COVID-19 on societies, such as closed borders, travel bans and grounded passenger airlines. Nonetheless, the pandemic is unlikely to send the world's overall level of connectedness below where it stood during the 2008 -- 09 global financial crisis. Trade and capital flows have already started to recover and international data flows surged during the spreading pandemic as in-person contact migrated online, boosting international internet traffic, phone calls and e-commerce. In the seventh edition released today, the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 signals recovery of globalization from the COVID-19 setback "The current crisis has shown how indispensable international connections are for maintaining the global economy, securing people's livelihoods and helping companies strengthen their trading levels," says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. "Connected supply chains and logistics networks play an essential role in keeping the world running and stabilizing globalization especially at a time of a crisis that spans our globe. This reminds us of the need to stay prepared for any challenge. The recent vaccine breakthrough has ......read more

A Quarter of Global Organizations Were Hit by Seven or More Cyber Attacks in The Last Year

Trend Micro’s Cyber Risk Index, now with worldwide data, reveals elevated risk of attack  HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the leader in cloud security, published survey findings revealing 23% of global organizations suffered seven or more attacks infiltrating their networks or systems over the past year. The vast majority (83%) of surveyed organizations expect that such attacks are "somewhat" to "very" likely to be successful in the coming 12 months.   The insights are published in the latest version of Trend Micro's Cyber Risk Index (CRI) www.trendmicro.com/cyberrisk) calculated by the Ponemon Institute by measuring the gap between organizations' current security posture and their likelihood of being attacked.   "The CRI is fast becoming an indispensable resource for CISOs looking to assess their readiness to respond to cyber attacks," said Jon Clay, director of global threat communications for Trend Micro. "This year we've added data from Europe and APAC to provide truly global insight. It will help organizations across the world find better ways to cut through complexity, mitigate insider threats and skills shortages, and enhance cloud security to minimize cyber risk and drive post-pandemic success."   The CRI is based on a numerical scale of -10 to 10, with -10 representing the highest level of risk. The current global index stands at -0.41, representing "elevated" risk, although risk is highest in the US (-1.07) due to a perceived lack of cyber preparedness versus other regions.   Responding organizations claimed their top cyber-threat risks globally are: Phishing and social engineering Clickjacking Ransomware Fileless attacks Botnets Man-in-the-middle attacks   Across the globe, organizations' key concerns are: The loss of customer data Access to IP and financial information Customer churn Stolen or damaged equipment   "Trend Micro's CRI is a useful tool for companies to better ......read more

Japan’s Fujikin selects Infor cloud ERP for business expansion

Infor CloudSuite Industrial to drive standardization and reduce operational workloads TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Infor Japan K.K. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Shinya Miura), the Japanese subsidiary of Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that Fujikin K.K. (Head Office: Yashio, Saitama Prefecture; President: Kenji Arakane), a metal-processing company specializing in automotive components, has selected Infor CloudSuite Industrial, Infor's cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for manufacturing industries, as part of its business expansion plan with the aim of standardizing its production management processes and reducing operational workloads.  The producer of 8-million automotive components per month, Fujikin's high-quality parts are used by 17 of the world's leading automakers, including BMW, Audi and Porsche and every Japanese automaker. ¦ Background Founded in 1955, Fujikin is a metal processing company specializing in drive-train and functional components for automotive transmissions, steering and other systems.  For its 8 million automotive components produced each month for its 150 different products, the management system for supporting this production to date has been manually assembled. As it expands this business to further service the world's leading automakers going forward, Fujikin found that its current system, designed for specific business partners, is unable to rapidly respond to the requirements of new projects. The system was also dependent on individual skills and on operation by a limited number of employees. There was a pressing need, therefore, to standardize and reduce the workload of the core production management system of its business. In light of this, Fujikin needed a cloud ERP solution that came packaged with the functionality for supporting its existing business, including the Toyota Production System (TPS) scheduling that i ......read more

Yi-Lai Berhad successfully invented Malaysia's first antivirus tiles

Tested and proven in China; further lab test to be carried out in Germany Antivirus tiles the next major trend in property market The Company plans to realign its manufacturing lines for mass production of antivirus tiles   KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Bursa Malaysia Main-Market listed tiles manufacturer Yi-Lai Berhad ("Yi-Lai" or "Company" or "Group") (KLSE: YILAI) has successfully come up with yet another ground-breaking product -- the first antivirus tiles in Malaysia.   According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.   While most people pay attention to high-touch surfaces such as handrails and wall surfaces, another surface has been neglected -- the tiles. Just imagine, when an infected person cough or sneeze, some droplets would land on the floor.   Today, with an innovative coating technology, Yi-Lai has successfully invented a unique next-generation antivirus tiles -- a design choice that creates an enhanced surface which could not only deliver 24/7 antiviral protection for life, but also help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.   Yi-Lai Berhad Executive Director Mr Au Yee Boon said: "We are pleased to announce that following our official launch of Talos Living Tiles -- Malaysia's first negative ion tiles to improve indoor air quality -- in September 2020, our Group has gone one step further by now offering the country's first tile with antivirus surfaces."   Notably, it is demonstrated that Yi-Lai's much-anticipated antivirus tiles could effectively eliminate contagious viruses, with various tests being performed on the H1N1 influenza A viruses have shown a very desirable antivirus activity rate.   According to the analysis and test results by Guangdong Detection Center of Microbiology (Gmicro), an independent product testing and certification company based in China, the infectivity titre value has dropped signific ......read more

San Francisco Bay Area Leaders Extend Support for Women's Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East

SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Corporate leaders from Salesforce, Google, PayPal, VISA, BlackRock, Cisco, Adobe, Horizon Therapeutics, KPMG and others, all serving in their personal capacity, have volunteered to come together to support the work of the Asian University for Women (AUW) located in Chittagong, Bangladesh.   The AUW Bay Area Advisory Board is entrusted with raising awareness of the urgent need to enhance opportunities for women's higher education and leadership development; facilitating partnerships between Bay Area universities and companies and AUW to improve teaching and learning at the University; and fundraising for student scholarships and other needs at the University from individuals, philanthropies, and businesses. It is part of a global network of Advisory Boards that support AUW, including in Tokyo, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.   Ritu Bhargava, the Chair of the AUW Bay Area Advisory Board Ritu Bhargava, a Senior Vice President at Salesforce, Chairs the Advisory Board.  "I went to an all-women's college in India," said Bhargava. "I was inspired and learned that a woman can dream of the unimaginable and achieve it.  I want to let the young women of AUW know that it is possible for them, too. And I want to help them get there." Bhargava, who is the head of Engineering for Sales Cloud, is also mentoring a current student at AUW.  This mentorship relationship is one of the core responsibilities of all Bay Area Advisory Board members. Stacey Taylor, the Chair of Events & Advocacy Committee Another Advisory Board member, Stacey Taylor, a Vice President at VISA, commented, "I'm excited to be a part of AUW, supporting women to advance their education and careers.  I have taken to heart the wisdom that Gail Evans shared in her book, She Wins, You Win, and believe that if we help women succeed through AUW, we are opening doors to women everywhere to make a bigger contribution on ......read more

WeTV Enters a Partnership with Media Prima, Making Exclusive Premium, On-Demand Content More Accessible For Viewers

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Malaysia's entertainment scene has reached new heights as it celebrates a partnership between leading streaming platform for emerging markets; WeTV and the nation's integrated media powerhouse, Media Prima. This significant milestone will see both parties working hand in hand to offer rich on-demand experiences to locals and viewers across Asia, boosting local content offerings for both parties. This partnership entails a licensing deal that enables WeTV's acquisition of both exclusive and library titles from Media Prima, beginning 26 November.   Since January 2020, WeTV Malaysia has seen a viewership growth of more than 10-fold, positioning it as one of the nation's leading streaming platforms. The entertainment scene is taking the initiative to adapt to digitalisation with the rise in digital consumers as the masses are shifting from the traditional means of media consumption to more on-demand offerings and services.   As a result of this partnership, a variety of content from Media Prima will be readily available on the WeTV platform, paving the way for more Media Prima consumers to access on-demand local content offerings. This content will not only consist of library titles formerly aired through Media Prima's channels but also brand new exclusive programmes and films locally produced by the entertainment house themselves. This partnership will serve to further strengthen the local entertainment industry and bolster it with even higher quality content which will be enjoyed by not just Malaysians but by viewers across Asia through the WeTV platform.   To kick off the partnership between both parties, two new exclusive programmes by Media Prima will also be launched via WeTV's streaming platform throughout the month of November and December. "Sang Pewaris" depicts a rags to riches story with an interesting romantic twist in the plot, featuring on 26 November 2020 while "Bidadari Salju" looks into a class ......read more

Eat With Your Family Day Draws Participation of Over 600 Organisations Amidst COVID-19

Initiative to Encourage Families to Honour Grandparents in 2021 SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Despite the more challenging times of the COVID-19 season, the Eat With Your Family Day (EWYFD) initiative has drawn the participation of over 600 organisations such as City Developments Ltd, Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd and Eu Yan Sang International Ltd who encouraged their employees to end work earlier and gather with their families for meals this year. During this time, most organisations were still in a work-from-home mode and employees often grappled with the blurred boundaries of work and life, at times working beyond normal working hours although they were at home. To encourage employees to be present for their families, and bond over meals and activities, the organisers of EWYFD tied-up special deals with over 50 merchant partners for the EWYFDs in September and November to offer food, retail and fun options for family activities. During EWYFD on 4 September 2020, the organisers of EWYFD worked with over 40 organisations to plan a special programme for their employees. The 150 families nominated by their organisations received a family meal delivered to their homes and participated in a photo contest and movie trivia to win prizes and goodie bags. For both events in September and November, special movie screenings of "Happy Feet 2" and "Despicable Me 2" were also broadcasted on Mediacorp Channel 5 so families could bond over movie time. In addition, the Centre for Fathering offered complimentary online fathering and parenting workshops to further strengthen family bonding. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and Patron for Centre for Fathering and DADs for Life said, "Family-friendly initiatives such as Eat With Your Family Day may seem only beneficial to employees but this practice can benefit the company in the long run. Organisations who put their employees first by helping them prioritise their families tend to have employees who are m ......read more

Twitter brings K-pop artists and fans closer than ever with the exclusive ‘2020 MAMA Stanbot’ videos

2020 MAMA partners with Twitter to give K-Pop fans worldwide content from their favorite artists, including ‘2020 MAMA Stanbot’, and Worldwide Fans’ Choice voting on Twitter SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 3 December 2020 - Twitter and Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS (MAMA), one of the most iconic global K-pop awards shows, are coming together to bring K-Pop fans' favorite artists closer to them than ever before. This year, Twitter and MAMA will bring the event to K-Pop fans around the world with the 2020 MAMA Stanbot, and Worldwide Fans' Choice voting on Twitter.   #2020MAMA will be the first time that 'Stanbot' captures the looks and moments of Kpop artists from MAMA. 'Stanbot' will create high quality, slow-motion cinematic videos of artists, capturing a side of them that many of their fans have never seen before. These exclusive '2020 MAMA Stanbot' videos will be viewable only on Twitter (@MnetMAMA). Twitter is also providing special emojis for hashtags #2020MAMA, #MAMAVOTE, #2020MAMA_Stanbot.   Voting for MAMA Worldwide Fans' Choice began on October 29, 18:00 KST, and will end on December 5, 23:59 KST at MAMA official website (www.2020mama.com), but will continue on Twitter until SNS voting deadline is announced during 2020 MAMA live on December 6th. Fans who want to vote for Worldwide Fans' Choice on Twitter are required to include both the #MAMAVOTE hashtag and the artists' official hashtag (#ARTISTNAME) within their Tweet for their votes to be considered valid. Fans across the world will also get to help decide the results of major awards categories including "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" and more via the official MAMA website: www.2020mama.com.   YeonJeong Kim, Head of Global Kpop Partnerships at Twitter said, "From #MAMAVOTE and #2020MAMA_Stanbot to keeping updated on everything happening on MAMA via Tweets and Fleets, Twitter is the best place for global K-Pop fans to join in the 2020 MAMA event, find out what's happening in real time, an ......read more

SAPA Thale Is Contributing to Repelling the Peak Wave of Covid-19

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - The European Union (EU) has issued the correct warning since September 2020 that the Covid-19 epidemic in some of its member countries will be worse than the March's peak. The first week of November 2020 reported the highest number of new infections in its member countries; On November 3rd, Europe reported 233,645 new infections and 3,801 deaths, which increased the number of infections and deaths caused by Covid-19 in Europe to 10,694,930 and 273,890 cases, respectively. Map and photo of Bijeljina field hospital. In the context of a sudden increase in new Covid-19 infections in European and North American countries, the General Director of World Health Organization (WHO), Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that this is an crucial time for leaders to take action and seize the opportunity to control the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, WHO's Director of Emergency Programs, Mr. Mike Ryan said, European governments are facing a "very difficult situation" in controlling new infections while citizens of the European Union (EU) are becoming increasingly tired of the new restrictions in their daily lives. Bosnia-Herzegovina was a country that succeeded in repelling the Covid 19 epidemic in the EU in March, but now they are also facing a very high wave of Covid-19 epidemic, which started in mid-October 2020, on November 25th, the number of new infections in Bosnia-Herzegovina was 1,589. The death rate was much higher than earlier this year, the number of deaths on November 16th was 75, the highest number ever reported in the country since the Covid-19 epidemic. SAPA Thale always considers that the bilateral investment cooperation relationship between SAPA Thale Group and the Government and the leading business sector of Bosnia - Herzegovina is a strategic relationship. In 2019, SAPA Thale conducted a series of visits and business trips in Europe. In which the key was a visit to Bijeljina city, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Pre ......read more

Singapore Fintech Festival and the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology to feature world’s first 24-hour hybrid digital and physical event

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - The Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH), the world's first week-long round-the-clock, hybrid digital and physical event, will run from 7 to 11 December 2020. Organised by Monetary Authority of Singapore and Enterprise Singapore, the event will feature a unique hybrid format that combines a 24-hour online event platform with global satellite events around the world. SFF x SWITCH 2020 will feature a digital city that will allow participants access to over 650 speakers from the global innovation and tech community, 150 content partners, 200 sessions to engage participants and more than 900 exhibitors on the Digital Singapore platform. Participants can access live content broadcasts running round-the-clock and on-demand sessions. Established speakers participating at SWITCH include: Dr Chi Youngcho, President and CIO, Hyundai Motor Group Timothy Draper, Founding Partner, Draper Associates Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, WeBank Professor H.S. Philip Wong, Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University Albert, Co-Founder, Traveloka Ye Gang, Group Chief Operating Officer, Sea Ltd The SWITCH Global Channel, curated by SWITCH's global innovation partners allows participants access to market knowledge, opportunities, insights and tips on business culture from over 42 cities in 31 countries across Africa, Asia (China, India and Southeast Asia), Europe, Middle East, North America and Northeast Asia & Oceania. Another highlight of SWITCH is Asia's most exciting global startup competition, SLINGSHOT, happening from 7 to 9 December. The Top 100 global startups stand a chance to win over S$7.5 million worth of prizes, including resources such as office space, cloud credits and mentorship to help global startups take root in Singapore. Key panels during SWITCH include: SWITCH ......read more

VinSmart leader reveals the plan on bringing many flagship products to the US

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - VinSmart is planning to bring leading technology products, including the Vsmart Aris Pro -- one of the first mobiles with no-defect screens in the world produced by Viet Nam -- to the US market. Vsmart Aris is one of the mobile models in VinSmart's plan for export to the US Two spearheads for VinSmart to enter the US At a recent discussion session, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong, General Director of Mobile Division, Vinsmart Research and Manufacture Joint Stock Company, revealed that in 2021, VinSmart will focus on the US market. According to her, Vietnamese products will be introduced to the US by both cooperating with major internet providers in the US market and accessing this market through distribution channels. In a detailed discussion on introducing the strategic products to this most hard-to-please market, Ms. Hong affirmed that VinSmart will bring the most prestigious and best quality products to the US. The expected products will be the Vsmart Aris and Vsmart Aris Pro, as well as other upcoming flagship products. This  is expected by the technology firm because the Vsmart Aris Pro with a camera hidden under the screen which were introduced recently were highly appreciated by experts and users. Around the world, until now, this is still a problem for many of the largest technology firms because it is not easy to overcome the optical barrier. According to Mr. Nguyen Minh Viet, Director of Mobile Device Research Institute (VinSmart), a camera hidden under the screen can only receive light at 15% in comparison with a common camera. Moreover, placing the camera under a screen layer can cause optical errors, flash and blur. VinSmart has found a solution by combining algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI) models in computer vision, computer photography, and created a technology called Vcam Kristal to eliminate the above phenomena; thereby, generating the best image quality. Therefore, on technology forums, ......read more

Citibank Launches Innovative Digital Value Proposition Citi Plus

Banking Experience Breakthrough Deposit, Investment, Protection and Shopping Rewards All At Clients' Fingertips Hong Kong is the First Asia Pacific Market to Launch Expect to Double New Clients in Two Years   HONG KONG - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) - Citibank announced today the launch of Citi Plus, a fully digital experience with deposit, investment, protection and shopping rewards all at the client's fingertips, offering a groundbreaking banking experience for "digital natives" who prefer mobile banking.   Citi Plus clients will be able to freely manage their banking needs without the limitation of branch operating hours, and enjoy key banking services flexibly and easily through the Citi Mobile® App or online banking with just a few simple steps. As the name Citi Plus indicates, its service positioning, design features, functions and user interface will delight clients in their daily wealth management and establish itself as their trustworthy partner. With Citi Plus, not only can clients enjoy the digital-first, one-stop, and seamlessly integrated service, they can also obtain customized wealth management information and knowledge kits, to accumulate their wealth, earn with fun, and embrace the motto "Live a Little More". It embodies the idea of "carpe diem" and fulfills the need for managing wealth in daily life.   Hong Kong is the first market to launch Citi Plus in the Asia-Pacific region, and this innovative digital experience will also be available in other Asian markets soon. Clients can register online now at Citibank (citibank.hk/citiplus6) to get the latest news and get a chance to be the first to experience its innovative digital platform. Citi Plus will be launched officially in the first quarter of next year to offer this brand-new experience to more customers.   Citi Plus's Innovative Features:   'Citi Interest Booster' is customer-driven to make wealth management an easy "mission" and earn annual deposi ......read more

CardUp Launches Operations In Hong Kong And Announces Visa Partnership To Offer Businesses Instant Access To Business Credit At Competitive Rates

The payment platform will allow businesses in Hong Kong to make payments with credit cards in instances where the recipients do not accept card payments. CardUp's solution will help Hong Kong-based businesses maximise and digitise their cash flow, access flexible and competitively-priced capital during the current economic climate, whilst equipping businesses with the tools to automate their payables processes CardUp is a registered Visa Business Payment Solution Provider (BPSP); this partnership enables customised pricing for Visa Commercial card holders at competitive rates HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - CardUp, the digital credit card enablement platform, has launched a new solution that enables businesses to instantly access credit on international payments at competitive rates. While the global remittance market is dominated by bank to bank transfers -- CardUp enables these payment to be made via credit cards to overseas suppliers who do not accept card payments. This means businesses can make use of their available credit limit to delay the outflow of that expense for up to two months, on payments to over 100 countries. CardUp's solution leverages the company's status as a registered Visa Business Payment Solution Provider (BPSP) to help more businesses in Hong Kong tap onto their underutilised credit limits. To do so, CardUp charges a processing fee per transaction, but the company's status as a registered Visa BPSP means customised rates can be offered to businesses, helping companies maximise their cash flow at a competitive price. "We are delighted to expand our services to businesses in Hong Kong, many of whom grappled both with cash flow problems and challenges digitising payables and receivables whilst finance teams work digitally in the new post-pandemic world. We saw an opportunity to help them with a more flexible digital business payment facility to enable their business continuity," said Nicki Ramsay, CE ......read more

Geo Energy Resources Limited Honored at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - Enterprise Asia is pleased to present an impressive list of sixty-one outstanding award recipients at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020 Regional Edition. These leading figures have set and proven themselves consistent and exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in going above and beyond expectations during this unprecedented year. Established in 2007, APEA recognises outstanding entrepreneurs and organisation representing the best the industry has to offer. An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region's leading NGO, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one-tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets.  This year, Enterprise Asia has rebranded its flagship program -- APEA, from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards to Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards with two additional enterprise awarding categories - Inspirational Brand Award and Fast Enterprise Award in bid to further recognise championing enterprises in strong reputation and thriving growth. This brings APEA to a total of four awarding categories -- Master Entrepreneur, Corporate Excellence, Inspirational Brand, and Fast Enterprise. Due to the impact of the pandemic, APEA 2020 Regional Edition was commenced virtually on 20 November 2020 with the theme of 'Accelerating Growth Beyond Borders'.  The theme objective is to unlock boundaries and shifting businesses to move beyond adaption and lead with impact. The APEA has gathered distinguished business leaders and organisations across 14 countries and markets into one unparalleled platform in fostering the continuity of sustainable entrepreneur growth in Asia. Company Introduction Geo Energy is a Mining & Energy group listed on the Mainboard of the SGX and is part of the Singapore FTSE-ST index. From a relatively small-scale mining services provider, the Group has transformed itself into a low-cost coal producer with high ......read more

Engro Fertilizers Limited Honored at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - Enterprise Asia is pleased to present an impressive list of sixty-one outstanding award recipients at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020 Regional Edition. These leading figures have set and proven themselves consistent and exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in going above and beyond expectations during this unprecedented year.  Established in 2007, APEA recognises outstanding entrepreneurs and organisation representing the best the industry has to offer. An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region's leading NGO, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one-tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets.  This year, Enterprise Asia has rebranded its flagship program -- APEA, from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards to Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards with two additional enterprise awarding categories - Inspirational Brand Award and Fast Enterprise Award in bid to further recognize championing enterprises in strong reputation and thriving growth. This brings APEA to a total of four awarding categories -- Master Entrepreneur, Corporate Excellence, Inspirational Brand, and Fast Enterprise. Due to the impact of the pandemic, APEA 2020 Regional Edition was commenced virtually on 20 November 2020 with the theme of 'Accelerating Growth Beyond Borders'.  The theme objective is to unlock boundaries and shifting businesses to move beyond adaption and lead with impact. The APEA has gathered distinguished business leaders and organizations across 14 countries and markets into one unparalleled platform in fostering the continuity of sustainable entrepreneur growth in Asia. Company Introduction Engro Fertilizers' journey began in 1964 when Esso set up a Urea plant with an annual capacity of 173,000 tons after a successful agreement signed with Government of Pakistan. By 1991, Exxon had divested their fertilizer business globally, leading ......read more

B+W Builders Private Limited Honored at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - Enterprise Asia is pleased to present an impressive list of sixty-one outstanding award recipients at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020 Regional Edition. These leading figures have set and proven themselves consistent and exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in going above and beyond expectations during this unprecedented year.  Established in 2007, APEA recognises outstanding entrepreneurs and organisation representing the best the industry has to offer. An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region's leading NGO, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one-tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets.  This year, Enterprise Asia has rebranded its flagship program -- APEA, from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards to Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards with two additional enterprise awarding categories - Inspirational Brand Award and Fast Enterprise Award in bid to further recognise championing enterprises in strong reputation and thriving growth. This brings APEA to a total of four awarding categories -- Master Entrepreneur, Corporate Excellence, Inspirational Brand, and Fast Enterprise. Due to the impact of the pandemic, APEA 2020 Regional Edition was commenced virtually on 20 November 2020 with the theme of 'Accelerating Growth Beyond Borders'.  The theme objective is to unlock boundaries and shifting businesses to move beyond adaption and lead with impact. The APEA has gathered distinguished business leaders and organisations across 14 countries and markets into one unparalleled platform in fostering the continuity of sustainable entrepreneur growth in Asia. Company Introduction B+W Builders Private Limited was incorporated in July 2015 to enhance efficiency and to complement its sibling companies in the highly competitive market. Having its roots in carpentry and joinery works since 1971, it seeks to become a progressive ......read more

Christine Hau, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lead8 Honored at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - Enterprise Asia is pleased to present an impressive list of sixty-one outstanding award recipients at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020 Regional Edition. These leading figures have set and proven themselves consistent and exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in going above and beyond expectations during this unprecedented year. Established in 2007, APEA recognises outstanding entrepreneurs and organisation representing the best the industry has to offer. An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region's leading NGO, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one-tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets.  This year, Enterprise Asia has rebranded its flagship program -- APEA, from Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards to Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards with two additional enterprise awarding categories - Inspirational Brand Award and Fast Enterprise Award in bid to further recognise championing enterprises in strong reputation and thriving growth. This brings APEA to a total of four awarding categories -- Master Entrepreneur, Corporate Excellence, Inspirational Brand, and Fast Enterprise. Due to the impact of the pandemic, APEA 2020 Regional Edition was commenced virtually on 20 November 2020 with the theme of 'Accelerating Growth Beyond Borders'.  The theme objective is to unlock boundaries and shifting businesses to move beyond adaption and lead with impact. The APEA has gathered distinguished business leaders and organisations across 14 countries and markets into one unparalleled platform in fostering the continuity of sustainable entrepreneur growth in Asia. Introduction Christine Hau is a Co-Founder of the Hong Kong based, multi-award-winning architecture and design firm Lead8. She leads the Corporate Division and is responsible for business management, operations, legal, financial and corporate governance strategies for t ......read more

Business of Design Week "BODW CityProg" 200+ Design & Creative Happenings

Finding Clarity in Post-pandemic World with Vision to Design for Society HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - The global pandemic has upended our everyday lives like never before. The optometric term "20/20 vision" denotes normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet. In this age of uncertainties, having such a clear vision becomes ever more important in helping us grasp opportunities and uphold hopes amidst the unprecedented crisis. Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), BODW CityProg (CityProg) comes to its third edition this year with the theme "20/20 Vision of Post-pandemic World". We present more than 200 design and creative happenings to inspire you to search for your unique 20/20 vision and a spirit of designing for society. As in previous years, CityProg spans across November and December. Its 9-day peak period from 28 November to 6 December will coincide with Business of Design Week (BODW) and other concurrent events to ignite an outburst of creativity throughout the city. Carrying on the 3 platforms distinctly curated for different types of creative partners, this year CityProg continues to connect local creativity and design initiatives with incredible local talents to bring to the public 17 one to three-day Anchor Site Festivals, 5 Design EduVation programmes targeting different age groups and more than 50 Satellite Events. They add up to more than 200 activities of various scales and unfold in 4 types of "post-pandemic 20/20 vision": Made in Hong Kong, Wellness and Sustainability, Placemaking and Business as Force for Social Good. All of these visions aim to foster the design thinking and creative problem-solving spirit to boost the city's resilience and agility as the post-pandemic era ushers in. In addition, organised by Hong Kong Design Centre and initiated in 2018, 3-year creative tourism project Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) comes to its final year with the theme "transFORM" to forge ahead into the futur ......read more

iText Software is a Digital Signing Partner of Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GOVTECH)'s National Digital Identity (NDI) Program

GHENT, BELGIUM - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - From 5 November 2020, SingPass users can use the new "Sign with SingPass" feature to electronically sign contracts, agreements and other legal documentation. This new feature will be progressively rolled out by the Government Technology Agency's wholly owned subsidiary, Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd (ATS), in collaboration with leading PDF technology provider iText Software and 7 more partners: DocuSign, Netrust, Adobe, OneSpan, Dedoco, Tessaract.io and Kofax. iText's award-winning products are used by millions of users, both open source and commercial. The diverse customer base includes many of the Fortune 500 companies - ranging from technology, financial, travel to healthcare companies, as well as small companies and government agencies. Besides digitally signed PDFs, iText enables an even wider range of crucial document creation, manipulation and processing needs; such as text redaction with pdfSweep, multilanguage extraction and rendering with pdfCalligraph, recognizing text from scanned documents with pdfOCR, data extraction with pdf2Data, PDF creation from HTML with pdfHTML, generating images from PDFs with pdfRender, flattening dynamic forms with pdfXFA, or easy creation of PDFs based on templates using the low-code tool iText DITO. As more businesses offer "Sign with SingPass", users can look forward to using digital signatures to complete transactions without the need to be physically present to sign PDF documents. Today's SingPass has evolved to provide seamless and convenient access to over 1,000 digital services offered by some 250 government agencies and private organisations. There are now over 2.1 million users of the SingPass Mobile app since its launch. As Benedict Lee (???), Regional Manager, Asia Pacific for iText says: "iText Software is a proud partner of GovTech's national digital identity (NDI) initiative. Working together with GovTech, iText has developed an SDK and code exam ......read more

POND'S Presents Skin Advisor Live on Shopee to Address Consumers’ Skincare Woes

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 2 December 2020 - It's no secret that the pandemic situation has brought many changes to our lives. Continued working from home, constant exposure to the blue light from our computer screens and perpetual mask-wearing have all taken their toll on our precious faces leaving them drier, acne-prone and more susceptible to early wrinkles. To provides solutions to consumers to maintain their skin health, POND'S has teamed up with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to integrate its Skin Advisor Live (SAL) chatbot on the platform so consumers can easily identify and find solutions to some of their most pressing skincare concerns.   Research by the POND'S Institute shows that common skincare issues in Indonesia such as dullness, dark spots, wrinkles, acne and oily skin were exacerbated by the pandemic due to prolonged mask wearing and continued all-day exposure to our screens. Leveraging data and insights from a global network of skincare experts and researchers, the POND'S Institute predicts that many of these skincare issues will persist into 2021, as those behaviours will continue to be mainstays of our everyday lives.   "Our goal is to provide consumers with the most up-to-date and pioneering skincare solutions," said Rohit Bhasin, Global Brand Vice President, POND'S. "Our research from the POND'S Institute helps inform our innovation so we are continually updating our diverse range of products to cater to a variety of skincare needs whatever their environments. POND'S SAL helps consumers on their skincare journey by identifying their own skincare concerns and points them to products which may be able to help -- all from the comfort of their sofa. And with this first-of-its-kind integration onto Shopee, this journey just got even easier and more enjoyable, helping consumers from feeling overwhelmed by the choice of skincare products online."   AI skincare advisors such as POND'S SAL chatbot can h ......read more

TE Asia Healthcare Partners expands its oncology regional portfolio by investing in Beacon Hospital

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - TE Asia Healthcare Partners (TE Asia), a leading private healthcare investment and operations platform, has formed a strategic collaboration with Beacon Hospital, Malaysia's leading oncology specialist hospital. Along with this partnership, TE Asia will acquire a significant stake in Beacon Hospital. This is in line with TE Asia's strategy in establishing single-specialty hospitals that bring clinician expertise and healthcare operators together to deliver efficient and high-quality care. "The healthcare landscape is changing. Patients are becoming more sophisticated and proactive in exploring options for their needs. As medicine grows increasingly complex, healthcare needs to cater to more specific and specialized demands. To better fulfill such needs, we are further expanding our Integrated Oncology Centres (IOC) regional portfolio with Beacon Hospital onboard," says Eng Aik Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer of TE Healthcare. Beacon Hospital is a multidisciplinary hospital with a focus on oncology treatments. It recently received re-accreditation as an European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care and is the first hospital in Malaysia to receive an ESMO re-accreditation. TE Healthcare's IOC portfolio now includes 7 oncology centres and more than 40 oncologists across Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. By coordinating resources, sharing best practices, and tapping on economies of scale, IOC benefits both doctors and patients. Compared to traditional multi-specialty healthcare, single-specialty hospitals offer the advantages of specialisation, reduce operational costs, require less capital, and more importantly, improve patient accessibility. "Our doctors are our partners and hence involved in all major decisions. Their success becomes our success. The IOC platform enables doctors to focus on a particular set of dise ......read more

"EAR UP INCUBATION" Hong Kong music mentoring programme shows young local indie musicians a way to build a Hong Kong music ecology

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Now in its fourth year, "Ear Up Incubation" programme invites six local industry masters including Adrian Chow, Veronica Lee, Alok Leung, Gaybird Leung, Teddy Robin and James Ting to empower 18 groups of new Hong Kong music talent through an all-round mentorship. Live shows and concerts Apart from dedicated small group mentorship sessions, the programme also includes a series of performance workshops and international forums for young musicians to enhance live performance skills, understand the latest industry trends and discover potential collaboration opportunities. Livehouse showcases and school showcases are also arranged for participants to gain performance experience and build up a fanbase. All the participants are selected through open recruitment and audition process organised by Ear Up Music. Fostering new Hong Kong music Ear Up Music was set by Renaissance Foundation Hong Kong to develop a sustainable and diverse music ecology in the industry, and nurture rising young music stars. Sponsored by Create Hong Kong (a Government unit that aims to develop Hong Kong into a regional creative capital) since 2016, the label has now created the "Ear Up Incubation" programme to spotlight new music in Hong Kong and in neighbouring regions and beyond. Young Hong Kong musicians on a mission The music industry in Asia is going through a renaissance at the moment, with musical phenomena like K-pop even attracting a global audience, as societies worldwide becoming more open to diverse strains of music styles. In Hong Kong, Cantopop is still the dominant musical genre, but the city is also embracing a growth in independent music. Groups of young local musicians are on a mission to bring the Hong Kong music industry to a new heyday. A helping hand But there are challenges. Ear Up Music understands that lack of professional training and guidance are the main stumbling blocks for new musical talent to break through ......read more

Atradius: COVID-19 crisis lends fresh urgency to MENA economic diversification efforts

Atradius’ latest report on Middle East and North Africa analyses challenges faced by the region and identifies opportunities for economic diversification to fuel future growth HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - The oil-dependent economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been dealt a fresh blow by COVID-19, but the region can limit the damage and rejuvenate growth by focusing on fiscal consolidation, technological innovation and economic diversification, according to Atradius' latest MENA economic report.   Buffeted by geopolitical challenges and a range of social issues, the MENA region -- a grouping that includes the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations -- has been further weakened by the pandemic and faces an unprecedented slowdown of -7.0% in 2020, the report notes, arguing that it's in the countries' best interests to intensify diversification efforts, which have been underway for some time now, in order to secure long-term growth.   Shakeups in the oil industry have seen traditional oil exporters cede market share to the US shale industry and lose control over the price of oil while a potential easing of sanctions on Iranian oil exports poses another risk, leaving even the most financially robust GCC countries, such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar, vulnerable and struggling to maintain current living standards for coming generations, according to the report.   As the steady flow of petrodollars -- which helps fund government spending and private consumption -- has dwindled, it has contributed to widening the persistent twin deficits of the region's economies. This, in turn, is blunting the policy tools at the disposal of MENA governments and hurting their ability to support other traditional growth engines, such as construction and real estate, which contribute between 10-15% to the GDP of GCC countries, according to the report.   "The twin oil-coronavirus crisis has had a large negative impact on most se ......read more

Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel Opens in Picturesque Lantau Island

The second Sheraton Hotel in Hong Kong, The Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel is set to be the new social hub in Tung Chung for locals and travelers  HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, situated in picturesque Tung Chung, Lantau, opens its doors today. The new hotel will serve as the neighborhood hotspot for locals and travelers to enjoy meaningful connections and elevated guest experiences and adventures within and beyond the hotel.    Conveniently located atop T-Bay in Tung Chung, the newest community hub of restaurants, bars and shops , the hotel is only a 10-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport and Asia-World Expo. It also enjoys close proximity to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the Shenzhen border with China and local attractions which include designer shopping in Citygate Malls, The Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and Hong Kong Disneyland. Nature explorers can also have easy access to some of the city's best hiking trails and beaches on Lantau Island.   "We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of our second Sheraton Hotel in Hong Kong. Sheraton is Marriott International's most global brand, and this opening marks another exciting milestone for the brand's continued expansion in the region." said Henry Lee, President of Greater China, Marriott International. "We look forward to offering travelers more choices and flexibility through tailored services and inviting spaces that provide them chances to connect with the community as they visit this metropolitan city." The new hotel features 218 rooms and suites tastefully decorated in pastel shades and full-length windows from which to take in the sweeping views of the mountain and the sea. Walls are adorned with local art, taking their cues from the cultural icons of the region, allowing guests a chance to embed themselves in the local community. Guestrooms are appointed with modern amenities including 49-inc ......read more

"What's Your Story?" video contest invites individuals and schools to share personal experience on online safety during the pandemic

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the leader in cloud security,  and Save the Children Hong Kong today announced the first "What's Your Story?" video contest in Hong Kong.  This award-winning, user-generated video competition encourages youth and schools to educate others on great uses of the Internet using an interactive platform to showcase their creative storytelling talents.   First started in the United States in 2010 by Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids & Families program, "What's Your Story?" comes to Hong Kong for the first time with the full support of the Save the Children Hong Kong.  The competition invites schools and individuals in Hong Kong to share personal experiences and suggestions on addressing the question: "How have you kept yourself safe online during the pandemic?" Video submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on their ability to inspire, as well as how effectively contestants have promoted their entries via social media.   "The contest is a unique opportunity for young people to tell us how they can make the Internet a better place," said Matthew Chan, Business Director at Trend Micro Hong Kong. "'What's Your Story?' celebrates the savviness and creativity of the digital generation and encourages them to start and sustain a positive, online dialogue with their peers."   "Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse on the internet is an important priority for us," said Carol Szeto, CEO of Save the Children Hong Kong. "With the COVID-19 situation, children are inevitably spending more and more time in the virtual world learning and connecting with others, and this poses greater cyber risks to them. We are excited to partner with Trend Micro to roll out the first 'What's Your Story?' contest in Hong Kong, to further raise young people's awareness of online risks." To learn more about the contest details, submit a video, or see the entri ......read more

Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors forecast to rebound by end-2021, market size slated to reach US$2.3 trillion by 2024

Takeaways from the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/21 will be unveiled at Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020, providing insights on capturing opportunities in the resilient Muslim market  Malaysia (#1) once again tops Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the eighth year. New entrants to the top 15 include Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. Travel worst hit while food segment fares the best; global spend on Halal food and beverage forecast to hit US$1.38 trillion by 2024. Investments in Islamic economy-relevant companies totalled US$11.8 billion in 2019/20, a decline of 13 percent compared to the previous year. Indonesia (#1) and Malaysia (#2) ranked ahead in terms of investment activities, while Halal food sector expanded by 219% to $6.3 billion in total deal value. 33 key signals of opportunities identified including: tokenisation of sukuks (Islamic bonds) within Islamic fintech, supply chain shifts, food security investments, nutraceutical demand, domestic tourism, and accelerated digital transformations.   SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - CollabDeen and #HaveHalalWillTravel, Singapore-based Halal lifestyle digital platforms, in partnership with DinarStandard, a US-based research and advisory firm, are hosting a Southeast Asia launch of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE) 2020/21 at the inaugural Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020 virtual conference on 2 and 3 December 2020. Under the theme of 'thriving in uncertainty', the eighth edition of the Report is supported by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and presents an annual update on the Islamic economy, encompassing Halal products, Islamic finance, and lifestyle sectors and services.   This year's SGIE Report, produced by DinarStandard, estimates that Muslims spent US$2.02 trillion in 2019 on food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, modest fashion, travel, and media. While this spending reflects 3.2 percent year-on-year growth, Muslim spending i ......read more

2021 skincare solutions just a click away with POND’S Skin Advisor Live chatbot now on Shopee

Banish Pandemic-induced Skincare Woes with POND’s Beauty Tech on Shopee  HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - It's no secret that, among many other things, Covid-19 has been damaging for skin. Continued working from home, constant exposure to the blue light from our computer screens and perpetual mask-wearing have all taken their toll on our precious faces leaving them drier, acne-prone and more susceptible to early wrinkles. With the POND'S Institute predicting that the continued restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic across the region will continue to play havoc with our skin, POND'S has teamed up with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to integrate its Skin Advisor Live (SAL) chatbot on the platform so consumers can easily identify and find solutions to some of their most pressing skincare concerns.   Research by the POND'S Institute shows that common skincare issues  in Vietnam, such as dullness, dark spots, wrinkles, acne and oily skin were exacerbated by the pandemic due to prolonged mask wearing and continued all-day exposure to our screens. Leveraging data and insights from a global network of skincare experts and researchers, the POND'S Institute predicts that many of these skincare issues will persist into 2021, as those behaviours will continue to be mainstays of our everyday lives.   However, the news doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, as AI skincare advisors such as POND'S SAL chatbot can help to identify the skin issues particular to each person. The cutting-edge AI chatbot will identify key skin concerns based on an individual's selfie or uploaded photo, and recommend skincare products to tackle skin concerns. For example, if a user has a high acne score, the Acne Clear facial foam will be recommended as it fights 99 per cent of germs. Users with a high wrinkle score will be recommended the Age Miracle Day Cream, which has Vitamin B3 to offer strong protection aga ......read more

Infor Launches Hospitality Management Cloud Solution based on Amazon Web Services in China to Spur Digital Transformation among Chinese Hotels

Rich capabilities allow hoteliers to centralize cross-platform hospitality management systems; AWS partnership ensures stability and security of data in the cloud BEIJING, CHINA - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced the launch of Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) in China together with AWS China (Ningxia) Region (operated by Ningxia Western Cloud Data -- NWCD).  The launch is aimed at helping more customers in China's hospitality management industry rapidly implement seamless solutions that streamline operations, with the overall goal to provide enhanced guest services and experiences. Infor HMS is a hotel property management system built for the cloud with the flexibility, security, efficiency and mobile capabilities to deliver a great guest experience. It provides a rich array of capabilities and functionalities to help enterprise users manage cross-platform, cross-brand and cross-location hospitality systems, while backed by the flexibility, reliability and security of hosting data in the AWS cloud. Born in the cloud, the Infor HMS property management software allows employees to quickly access each booking and offer guests a rich experience. Why AWS? Infor chose AWS because of Infor's focus on customer experience, which allowed it to offer better solutions for Chinese hoteliers by optimizing applications for performance on AWS. AWS boasts globally leading cloud technology, providing customers with extensive and in-depth cloud services. Its delivery model, cost structure and operational excellence complement and enhance Infor's solutions very well. The technical advantages and local service capabilities of AWS China (Ningxia) Region will ensure the smooth establishment and operation of Infor's offerings in China, simplify the development and management of Infor China's solutions, and enhance the stability and reliability of application systems. It w ......read more

Zane Morton to oversee DHL Global Forwarding in New Zealand and Fiji

The logistics veteran brings four decades of DHL experience to the key role in the South Pacific SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - As the business in DHL Global Forwarding New Zealand and Fiji continue on its growth trajectory, the freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group officially appoints Zane Morton as Managing Director for these two countries in the South Pacific effective today. Having built an illustrious career with the Group spanning almost four decades, Morton will lead the operations in New Zealand and oversee the growth of the business in Fiji, managed by Country Manager Ray Viegas, who will report to him.   "Across his many different roles and responsibilities, Zane has proven himself to be a respected leader, who is customer-oriented in his outlook and finely attuned to developments in the logistics and freight forwarding industry. We are confident he will help our businesses in New Zealand and Fiji reach greater heights amidst the current challenging microenvironment and augment existing synergies between our operations in New Zealand and Fiji," said Charles Kaufmann, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding North Asia South Pacific.   New Zealand's exports grew 58.6% in the last decade between 2009 and 2019. DHL Global Forwarding is optimistic about the growth potential in the market and considers perishables, life sciences and healthcare, amongst others, as promising areas that the company would further develop.   Reporting to Kaufmann in this new role, Morton said, "I'm acutely aware that I'm taking on the role at a very interesting time. In the short term, the industry will face a massive undertaking of delivering an unprecedented volume of more than 10 billion doses of vaccines worldwide; at the same time, DHL Global Forwarding is undergoing a digital transformation with the rollout of myDHLi in accordance to the Group's Strategy 2025 to futureproof the organization and improve operational excellence in the long term. I am e ......read more

Blake Dair Announces New Managing Partner

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Blake Dair Consulting Pte Ltd, the Singapore based front office trading and technology specialist recruitment company, would like to announce that Nafisa Manasawala will be appointed as Managing Partner of the business from 1st December 2020. Nafisa has more than 20 years experience in top tier banking as a successful private banker, executive search recruiter and internal talent acquisition specialist. She has worked with banks like Merrill Lynch, Standard Chartered, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. Nafisa combines team management experience with hands-on recruitment experience and deep business understanding, making her a trusted strategic partner in talent management and acquisition. Nafisa commented, "I am excited to join an established recruitment firm such as Blake Dair Consulting and keen to contribute to the growth of the company through exceptional client service and candidate advisory. My first priority is to build the team selectively, to deepen our experience pool and enhance our market reach." "Nafisa joining is fantastic for the team at Blake Dair," says James Ient, the Founding Shareholder. "The experience Nafisa brings to Blake Dair really helps us achieve our objective of being the preferred employer and preferred vendor in this sector." Blake Dair Consulting is a specialist recruitment firm operating in Singapore since 2011 that services clients with roles in Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in Front Office, Trading and Trading Technology. +65 67213050 info@bdc.sg www.bdc.sg   Employment Agency License: 11C2852...read more

Salaries set to rise in 2021, but employers in the Philippines signal increased caution, says Mercer survey

Companies forecast a 5.6% overall increase in salaries for 2021, but more than half say they expect changes to salary increment levels. Nearly seven in 10 companies have implemented a hiring freeze 14% of companies expect lower bonus payouts for 2021, with one in two stating it is too early to tell MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Salaries in the Philippines are projected to increase in 2021 despite the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Companies in the Philippines are forecasting an average 5.6% overall increase in salaries for 2021, up from 5.3% this year.   This is according to the annual Philippines Total Remuneration Survey (TRS) 2020 by Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments. The survey polled 416 companies across multiple industries in the Philippines between April and June this year, with additional surveys conducted in July and August in light of the fast-changing market environment.   The projected salary increments come on the back of an uncertain economic outlook for the Philippines, with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expected to contract by 8.3% this year. While growth is expected to rebound to 6.5% [1]in 2021, downside risks such as a slower-than-expected global recovery that could weigh heavily on trade and investment, have resulted in caution among companies.   Floriza Molon, Mercer's Career Business Leader for the Philippines said, "Due to the uncertainty, more than half of the companies have indicated that they will delay the increase of salaries or revise salary increment levels. With sustained pressure on businesses to keep costs down, we see that companies are taking a cautious approach with regards to salary budgets."   Across industries surveyed, the Chemical industry is expected to see the biggest rebound in salary increments at 5.5% in 2021, up from 3.9% in 2020. The Consumer, Life Sciences, Energy as well as Retail and Wholesale industries also saw ......read more

Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Appoints Ms. Katty Lam as Chief Executive Officer

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 1 December 2020 - Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group announces the appointment of Ms. Katty Lam as Chief Executive Officer with effect from today. Ms. Katty Lam has over 25 years' work experience with renowned multinational food companies. Prior to joining Lee Kum Kee, Ms. Lam was Danone's Regional Vice President, Greater China -- Early Life Nutrition Division. Began her career with KPMG as an auditor, Ms. Lam later joined PepsiCo China, with her last position being the Chairman, Greater China Region. During her 22-year tenure with PepsiCo, she served in different management roles in finance, marketing, beverage bottling and foods operations. Ms. Lam holds an MBA from the University of Portland, US, and a bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the City University of Hong Kong. Mr. Charlie Lee, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group, welcomed Ms. Lam: "With her extensive experience, Ms. Lam will lead the Group's overall business strategy and development, strengthen collaboration and drive innovation initiatives to ensure the Group continues to be recognised as a global leader in Asian sauces and condiments. Together, we will work towards our vision of 'Where there are people there is Lee Kum Kee'." ABOUT LEE KUM KEELee Kum Kee was established in 1888 by its founder Mr. Lee Kum Sheung. With its sustainable development in 132 years, Lee Kum Kee has become a household name of sauces and condiments, as well as an international brand and "a symbol of quality and trust". Spanning over three centuries, Lee Kum Kee is a globally renowned multinational corporation offering over 200 types of sauce and condiment to over 100 countries and regions. Please visit www.LKK.com for further details. ...read more

"Emma by AXA", your insurance and healthy living partner Download now to enjoy first-in-market free "Post-Vaccination Protection"

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - Emma by AXA --- AXA's all-in-one insurance & health services platform is now providing first-in-market free "Post-Vaccination Protection". Hong Kong and Macau residents can enjoy one year of free "Post-Vaccination Protection" by downloading the Emma by AXA app and completing a simple registration. The offer is applicable to all Hong Kong and Macau residents aged 18 to 65, with a valid Hong Kong or Macau ID card. Each applicant can register for four of his/her family members (spouse or child) aged 65 or below. Limited quota only, first come-first served. Emma by AXA has been launching in phases since May 2019, providing a comprehensive range of insurance and healthy living services, with four key features: Symptom Checker -- An AI-powered chat functionality that integrates the U.S. top medical group Mayo Clinic's algorithms. It can understand the symptoms input by users and provide useful information. Find a Doctor -- Find the most suitable AXA panel doctors based on consultation type and preferred location. Make a Claim -- Submit medical claims based on eligibility and track the claim status at any time. Mind Charger -- A mindfulness meditation tool with selective modules guided by the renowned yoga instructor, Margaret Chung. Through this tool, users can enhance their daily lives and build up resilience by making mindfulness a regular practice. Modules include Relax and Unwind, Problem Solving, Positivity and Building Resilience. Download "Emma by AXA" to get the first-in-market free "Post-Vaccination Protection" * From today, Hong Kong and Macau residents aged 18 to 65, holding a valid Hong Kong or Macau identity card, can get one year free "Post-Vaccination Protection" simply by downloading the Emma by AXA mobile app and completing a simple registration. Each applicant can register for four of his/her family members (spouse or child) aged 65 or below. Limited quota only, first come-first served ......read more

Zipline, Medical Drone Delivery Pioneer to Headline HISA2020

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - Technology is transforming industries on a global scale, with the COVID-19 pandemic presenting an interesting opportunity for medical practitioners and policy-makers to test new ways in which technology -- like Telemedicine, AI, Big Data, Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobility -- can facilitate sustainable healthcare systems of the future.   An example of this is Zipline, an on-demand drone-delivery company that uses aviation technology to distribute medical supplies to healthcare workers in Africa and all over the world. The US based company is currently valued at $1.2 Billion and is slated by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies of 2020.   Zipline says that it is on a mission to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies -- and it will do this by combining healthcare expertise with cutting-edge technology. With their Rwandan blood drive being an excellent case study of such mission.   Daniel Marfo, GM of Zipline International, is expected to unpack Zipline's Customer-Centered and Tech-Enabled approach at this year's Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa -- taking place virtually on 2 to 3 December 2020.    HISA 2020 will bring together the who's who of Africa's healthcare and technology communities for two days of networking, lively intellectual exchange and exploration into what will shape the future of healthcare.   Key Topics at HISA 2020 include: ?        Building Resilient Health Systems in a COVID-19 ?        Impact of the Pandemic on Digital Health Disruption ?        Identity and Access Management for Healthcare ?        COVID-19 and Technologies for Patient Engagement ?        Analytics in Healthcare -- How Can We Start the Process?   Confirmed speakers include: ?    Dr Vuma Magapa, Director e-Health, Department of Health, KZN ?    Eldrid Jordaan, CEO of GovChat ?    Greg Horne, Global Principal of Healthcare at SaS Institut ......read more

The Public Relations Network (Asia Chapter) to offer regional intelligence & local expertise to industries benefiting from the recently-signed RCEP amid COVID-19 Challenges

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on 15 November 2020, the Asia Chapter members of Public Relations Network (PRN) are prepared to provide all-round and cross-border support to various industries from participating nations of RCEP in regards of business development and investment. PRN Asia Chapter is formed by profound local PR agencies across Asia. With this tightly-knit network of PR experts, chapter members align to provide effective, efficient, and think-out-of-the-box solutions across the region. With all local teams on board, PRN Asia Chapter is well-positioned to offer hands-on and ready-to-deploy services, from media relations and digital campaigns, to event management and crisis communications to industries who will blossom as a result of the RCEP. Under the impact of COVID-19, demand for public relations solutions has risen to new height. With all kinds of new normal in place, being highly-flexible and mobile, the ability to mobilize regional connections swiftly and to establish new game plans as a result of changing market demands are all crucial to enterprises. Ms Belinda Chan, Chairperson of the PRN Asia Chapter, and Managing Partner of Creative Consulting Group in Hong Kong: "The RCEP will drive the shift of economic engine to Asia. With our strong foothold in strategic locations across the region, we, together, represent a one-of-a-kind PR think-tank for enterprises that are drawn to tap into the market benefits." Mr Jacky Cheng, CEO of CommNow in Shanghai: "This RCEP can help China building closer trade relations with Asian countries, which will eventually help Chinese companies to find their new markets. This is very crucial under the current circumstances." Ms Stacy Ang, Director of The Right Spin in Singapore: "The RCEP has unlocked new levels of market access in Asia. As agencies that can move expeditiously in our own markets while implementing cross- ......read more

Velo Labs, Lightnet Group and Visa to Develop Payment Solutions in Asia

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - Velo Labs Technology Ltd. (Velo Labs) has announced a collaboration with Lightnet Pte. Ltd. (Lightnet Group) and Visa Worldwide Pte. Limited (Visa) to jointly develop payment solutions in Asia.   Velo Labs, Lightnet Group and Visa to collaborate on payment solutions in Asia VELO tokens to serve as the digital asset collateralizing financial solutions   With a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in effect between the parties, Velo Labs, Lightnet Group and Visa will collaborate on payment solutions aimed at addressing the under-served micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) lending market in Asia. The International Finance Corporation estimates that, globally, USD 5.2 trillion in MSME lending goes unserved annually, with more than half of this financing gap existing in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. "Being new-to-credit or lacking creditworthiness is often an obstacle to achieving one's financial goals, such as securing loans to start a business or even buying a car," said Tridbodi Arunanondchai, Vice Chairman and Group CEO of Lightnet Group. "We are delighted to be a part of this unique cooperation along with trusted partners like Velo Labs and Visa. We are providing customers from the MSME market with another pathway to build credit and improve financial wellness." Velo Labs, Lightnet Group and Visa's partnership extends the reach of all three firms by allowing near real-time global transactions between participating banks, money transfer operators and other financial service providers. This initiative aims to enable users with poor or inexistent credit histories to receive a line of credit by depositing digital assets as collateral. This approach is ideally suited to connect over one billion unbanked and underbanked individuals in APAC to the global financial system. VELO tokens will serve as the digital asset collateralizing financial solutions. "This agreement is a testament to Velo Labs' and its partners' ......read more

Halza and IEI Subsidiaries to Establish A Connected Health Ecosystem at the 2020 Healthcare Expo in Taiwan This December

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - As technology becomes increasingly cutting-edge, so too must global health tech ecosystems adapt to capitalize on new opportunities in the field. That is exactly what social-medical app, Halza, and IEI Integration Corp have in store for the future of healthcare in Taiwan.   On December 3 -- 6, Halza will highlight their plans for an integrated health ecosystem, developed in collaboration with IEI, at booth #M232 at the 2020 Taiwan HealthCare Expo.   In anticipation of the advent of 5G technology, Halza and the various subsidiaries of IEI Integration Corp have partnered to develop a network that will simplify both the consumer's and the medical professional's healthcare experience. "5G is offering exciting opportunities to present high definition medical images, including DICOM film, faster and easier on mobile devices. Our partnership with IEI Integration Corp is strategic as their QNAP solutions are supporting this development and will help bring the ecosystem to the next level in the Digital Healthcare market," said Richard Nijkerk, Halza founder.   Whether at a hospital, a private clinic, or even the gym, health data can be collected, securely stored, and easily accessed by the patient and the medical professionals attending to them through a private cloud.   Patients are empowered with the ability to upload and enter the medical results they choose. In addition to the centralized health management system of Taiwan, users can gain access to a fuller, more comprehensive health overview at their fingertips through the Halza app. This move will also strengthen Halza's focus on women's health, through features like the newly launched IVF and Pregnancy. Women managing their journey to motherhood will be better supported through an efficient sharing of their health information.   Renowned for welcoming medical tourists, Taiwan is also in a unique position for an interconnected health system like this to thriv ......read more

GEODIS welcomes New Regional Managing Director, Contract Logistics in Asia-Pacific Region

Twenty-five year logistics veteran, Eric Herman, joins GEODIS to strengthen the supply chain operator’s growth in contract logistics throughout APAC  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 30 November 2020 - Eric's extensive logistics experience in supply chain strategy, operations and capacity assessments, as well as network and facility design will support GEODIS' increased focus on Contract Logistics in APAC. Eric joins GEODIS from CBRE GROUP's Supply Chain Advisory Asia where he was a Senior Consultant. His previous career includes running Puma Energy in Indonesia; leading Contract Logistics & Business Development for CWT Ltd, and various management roles in ocean carrier Maersk. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience from working across many industry verticals. In welcoming Eric, GEODIS APAC Regional President and CEO, Onno Boots said, "Eric has an in-depth Asia-Pacific market knowledge of e-commerce trends, last-mile networks and next generation warehouse designs. Through his leadership, I see the strengthening of our team's capability and commercial approach. He will lead an accelerated growth strategy, by guiding our investments in Contract Logistics across the Region, expanding GEODIS' footprint and implementing state of the art technology." Eric commented: "COVID-19 and the recent Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade pact, formalizing the world's biggest trade deal, will greatly accelerate the need for robust supply chains that connect clients across the APAC region and beyond. Clients must adapt to rapid upticks in volumes. Major brands with increasing e-commerce businesses are desperate to retain their market share and get products to their end customers quicker than ever before." GEODISGEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS' growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distr ......read more

The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors Annual Conference 2020 Steps Forward on Application of New Technologies in Surveying Industry

Featuring the theme “Beyond 2020: The Trend of Surveying” HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 28 November 2020 - The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) Annual Conference 2020 successfully concluded today at HKIS Headquarters. The Conference was held online and attracted about 300 local and overseas participants. Governmental and corporate leaders, specialists, academics congregated at 2020 Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) to project a visionary future of surveying with the theme: Beyond 2020: The Trend of Surveying.   Like the Webinar itself, surveyors have embraced the benefits of a "hybrid" working approach, by infusing traditional practices with newer and more powerful tools. The challenge that Covid-19 brings along is also an opportunity for further advancement in light of quick adaptation to the constant changing status quo. Smarter tools and technologies unleash surveyors' creativity and enhance their precision. The HKIS Annual Conference facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience across surveying industry.   At the beginning of the event, the Under Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government, Mr LIU Chun-san, JP, spoke at the conference on behalf of the Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government, Mr Michael WONG, JP, as the Guest of Honour to deliver the opening remarks. "Hong Kong has ranked 11th place globally and 3rd place in Asia in the 2020 Global Innovation Index released in September. We have improved by two places internationally and scored the highest ranking since 2016. There is however no place for complacency. The Government's efforts alone are surely grossly inadequate. Let's join hands and make Hong Kong not only a strong contender in the competition of innovation of technology, but through these make Hong Kong a world-class smart city where over seven million call home", Mr LIU Chun-san commented.   The conference invited guest speakers who excel in fields closely related to surveyin ......read more

SunMirror AG will upgrade Listing for Regulated Exchange on Dusseldorf Stock Exchange

Preparation for Listing in Frankfurt and London early 2021 SunMirror share tradable on Vienna's Xetra system from November 30th 2020 Sees strong tailwind from boom in demand for gold, tech and renewables   ZUG, Switzerland - EQS Newswire - 28 November 2020 - SunMirror AG ("SunMirror"; Ticker: Xetra Vienna: ROR1, ISIN: CH0396131929), the mining and exploration firm specialising in raw materials powering the technological future such as gold, lithium and other metals and minerals, is planning to switch the listing exchange of its shares from the open to the regulated market of the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange ("DSE"). The change of segment is subject to the approval of the securities prospectus to be filed shortly with the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier ("CSSF") and the DSE. In addition, the Company is preparing for admittance onto the Frankfurt Securities Exchange ("FRA") and the London Stock Exchange ("LSE"), respectively. In the interim period, SunMirror shares become tradable using the fully electronic Xetra trading system in Vienna with (Ticker: ROR1), effective November 30th 2020. SunMirror's plan to have its shares quoted on the Frankfurt and London stock exchanges aims at increasing visibility and tradability for its investors, amidst an unprecedented and sustained "bull run" in strategic resources like gold, lithium and beyond. "By doing so, we wish to offer partner investors the possibility of investing in SunMirror and gain exposure to our unique growth story," says Dr Heinz Rudolf Kubli, a Director of SunMirror AG. At a recent investor roundtable, Kubli presented SunMirrror's prospects in economic terms. "When we see how technology is driving consumer and industrial demand for innovation, which in turn, is powering global growth everywhere, we then see clearly the enabling role SunMirror can play in helping to supply raw materials for this historic transformation." SunMirror continues to attract renowned partners for both the intended ......read more

HONMA Golf Announces FY2020/21 Interim Results

Despite COVID-19, sales up by 52.3% and 16.9% in China and South Korea E-commerce grew by 79% Gross margin expanded by 1.5 percentage points and EBITDA increased by 142%   HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 27 November 2020 - HONMA Golf Limited ("HONMA" or the "Company"; together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; HKEx stock code: 6858), one of the most prestigious and iconic brands in the golf industry, has announced its consolidated results for the six months ended 30 September 2020 (the "period").   Since the outbreak of the global health crisis, the golf industry and retail sector were affected severely by social distancing measures and shelter-in-place orders, especially during the 3 months ended 30 June 2020. The industry quickly rebounded since May 2020, as a good majority of golf courses in Asia, the US and Europe gradually re-opened for play under social distancing rules.   Benefiting from a speedier recovery from the pandemic and thanks to strong activation of products aimed at premium and super premium consumer segments, China and South Korea saw sales grew robustly by 52.3% and 16.9% respectively during the 6 months period ending September 30, 2020, on a constant currency basis. Sales from e-commerce advanced significantly due to change in consumer's purchase behavior and continued investment by the Company in social media, content marketing and digital platforms.   During the same period, Japan, North America and Europe continued to battle with the global health crisis and as a result, the revenue of these markets decreased by 59.6%, 36.7% and 19.4% respectively. Revenue from the rest of the markets showed different developments corresponding to how government authorities respond to the health crisis, representing a 30.7% increase in revenue during the period.   In terms of revenue by product groups, golf clubs, golf balls and apparels accounted for 77.8%, 10.3% and 5.5% respectively of the total. Due to the negative impact of the global health crisis, r ......read more

7-SELECT x TABASCO® Take Spicy to the Next Level In their first-ever crossover launching 25th November

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 27 November 2020 - If you're a spicy food fanatic, then you know that chilli peppers are the perfect way to perk up any dish! To delight all those spicy food lovers out there, 7-Eleven, in their continuous quest to bring fun and excitement to its customers, has teamed up with TABASCO®, the legendary American century-old hot sauce brand, and developed a menu of new and original recipes. The result? A crowd-pleasing line up of 7-SELECT x TABASCO® items to make your mouth water. In this update, we're thrilled to unveil the Chipotle Meatball Hot Wrap and Chipotle Chicken Korean Roll - so you can now enjoy good quality spicy food on the go, anytime, anywhere. Plus there's more! We're also adding a pair of unmissable snack items to the Hot Shot menu - TABASCO® Buffalo Chicken Wings and TABASCO® Spicy Stirred Udon! The Ideal Snack for One On the Go - 7-SELECT x TABASCO® Chipotle Chicken Korean Roll When it comes to Korean comfort food, hot sauce is simply the must-have condiment. Now, just imagine the taste sensation if you were to add the iconic American spicy sauce to the beloved Korean handroll? 7-SELECT has done just that with the 7-SELECT x TABASCO® Chipotle Chicken Korean Roll ($20), combining the Korean "gimbap" with the smoky and flavourful TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce. A perfect partnership! Each handroll is packed with pickled radish, cucumber, cheese and chicken. And don't worry if you can't handle too much heat, this handroll is only mildly spicy so you'll still be able to enjoy the smoky pepper flavour. The Perfect Afternoon Pick-Me-Up - 7-SELECT x TABASCO® Chipotle Meatball Hot Wrap The 7-SELECT x TABASCO® Chipotle Meatball Hot Wrap ($18) -- a delectable combination of succulent chicken meatballs coated in smooth Mozzarella and cheddar cheese sauce and seasoned with a generous serving of TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce, made from slow-smoked jalapeno peppers. Experience its fusion of flavours -- the pairing of chilli ......read more

COMMANDO Hits the Thailand market with the launch of COMMANDO ORIGINAL

After the fighting bears brand ‘COMMANDO’ has demonstrated a successful in-ternational market expansion in Africa, the Middle East, and more than 36 coun-tries around the world, the company is now ready to penetrate the Thai market and shoot their new energy drinks straight to the stars. BANGKOK THAILAND - Media OutReach - 27 November 2020 - COMMANDO now entered Thailand's energy drink market after hitting the African and Middle Eastern markets, and more in 36 countries worldwide. With the slogan 'COMMANDO, START DOING', the brand will soon launch a new television commercial, starring Bin Banluerit, a well-known volunteer, ex-rescue worker, and actor, who was chosen as a presenter in this ad only to reflect the brand's intention to 'support those who do good for society'. The brand also vows not to participate or involve in politics regarding the issue. Mr. Sittinan Assarasee, Managing Director of Krungsiam Beverage Company Limited revealed about the official launch of COMMANDO ORIGINAL that  "After the brand has grown considerably and gained popularity in over 36 countries worldwide, we decided it's time for people in Thailand to enjoy our high-quality energy drinks certified by recognized international manufacturing standards.   Thai consumers don't seem to have many options for their energy drinks as the flavors available in the market are quite limited. We saw a business opportunity here and went for it. Though competition is fierce, we have every confidence in our products, especially the COMMANDO ORIGINAL which is now sold in Thailand. This less-sugar formula was adapted to make it easier to drink. It tastes great, not so sweet, as well as pleasant smell too. Our COMMANDO ORIGINAL is not just a delicious thirst-quencher, but it also contains nutrients that have health benefits such as lysine, an amino acid that helps to convert body fat into energy that can fuel your body longer; taurine; vitamin B3, B5, B6, B8, B12; and choline. Our drinks are ......read more

The First Online Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Concludes Successfully

SSIA will continue rolling out ongoing and new initiatives to meet the industry needs as the economy and social restrictions change SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 27 November 2020 - The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) was held yesterday (26 November). It is the first time the Association held the AGM online due to the COVID-19 situation. One of the AGM agenda was the election of Board Members for the next term, 2020 -- 2022. Andrew Chong, Independent Board Director and Business Advisor, was re-elected as Chairman of SSIA Board, while Brian Tan, Vice President and Regional President of Southeast Asia at Applied Materials, was the new Vice Chairman of the Board. All the Board members were re-elected to another term in office.   SSIA Chairman Andrew Chong said, "2020 has been a rollercoaster year for the semiconductor industry in Singapore. Our economy was hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry has been fortunate to see less of an impact than many other sectors. Nevertheless, the industry has still been impacted by the supply chain disruptions, trade tensions, and workforce shortage due to travel restrictions."   To stay relevant to the needs of companies, SSIA launched different initiatives in 2020, which included working with global trade associations to seek governments' support in recognizing the semiconductor industry as essential operations should the pandemic situation worsen, hosting the Minister Dialogue session to discuss concerns from the industry, as well as hosting the SSIA Supply Chain Conference inviting local and global speakers to share their supply chain management insights and possible collaborations.   At the AGM, the Board also discussed the business outlook of the semiconductor industry in 2021. Andrew said, "The COVID experience has accelerated the semiconductor industry's growth with the recognition of the industry's essential contribution to enabling the changes to the econ ......read more

Switzerland takes part in Singapore Fintech Festival 2020 with digital pavilion, Asia remains its key market

Swiss Pavilion participates for the 4th consecutive time at the Singapore event  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 27 November 2020 - Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and the Swiss Business Hub ASEAN said today that their Swiss delegation will participate at this year's Singapore FinTech Festival 2020 through its digital Swiss Pavilion. Emphasizing that Asia remains an important market for internationally oriented Swiss SMEs, the "virtual" participation of the Swiss delegation is part of the bigger goal of S-GE to enable Swiss and Lichtenstein SMEs realise their business potential in new and existing markets. Switzerland Finance Minister Mr Ueli Maurer will lead the Swiss participation with his keynote speech "FinTech, Sustainable Finance and Innovation". This will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion that highlights the strengths of Switzerland as a global financial centre. This panel discussion comprises: Mr Thomas Gottstein, CEO Credit Suisse Group AG; Mr Ralph Hamers, CEO UBS AG, and Mr Herbert J. Scheidt, President of the Swiss Bankers Association and this session will be telecast live from Zurich on 7 December (5pm SGT). Subsequently, Switzerland's key invited players in the field of green and sustainable finance will present their initiatives at the "SFF Impact Summit" on 9 December (3:50pm SGT). Mr Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Singapore, said that "the participating companies will reflect the robustness of the Swiss finance ecosystem, paving the way for collaborations and partnerships in co-innovation and fresh ventures. With Singapore being Switzerland's most important trading partner in Asia, Swiss fintech companies view the republic as an important gateway to the wider Asian economic region." These efforts will be reinforced by the participation of seven Swiss fintech companies, which are strong in regulation technology, blockchain solutions, big data and analytics, algorithm trading and cybersecurity. The event ......read more

HDBank wins award for outstanding international payment service for 3rd consecutive year

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - For its almost 100 per cent success rate in straight-through processing, the Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HDBank, HOSE: HDB) has received the MT202 and MT103 STP awards for international payment services from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. This is the third year in a row HDBank has won the MT202 award, and the second year the Bank has received the MT 103 award. Both are given by J.P Morgan Chase Bank, the US's largest lender in terms of assets and the world's largest US dollar clearing agent. HDBank's STP rates exceed the benchmarks set by global credit institutions. According to JP Morgan Chase and other large institutions and agents providing clearing services in the greenback and euro, the STP rate for international electronic payment is currently 89-90 per cent on average. With an exceptional STP rate of 99.94 per cent for MT202 and 99.68 per cent for MT103, HDBank was one of the few Vietnamese banks to win the top prize. This underlines the prestige and quality of HDBank's international payment services with its modern technology platform and employees' professional competence in meeting the financial transaction needs of customers around the world. According to JP Morgan Chase, HDBank is its leading banking partner in Vi?t Nam in terms of both size and quality of international payment services. HDBank's business performance through the JP Morgan Chase system has continued to thrive even amid the challenges faced by the global and Vietnamese economies due to the impacts of Covid-19. With its relationships with more than 400 agents who are banking institutions and strategic co-operation with many leading Vietnamese and international partners, HDBank has extensive international payment operations and the Bank's international payment services quality is recognised also by other leading lenders. HDBank is also a pioneer in bringing ......read more

CIFI’s Corporate Family Rating (CFR) Upgraded to 'Ba2' and Senior Unsecured Debt Rating on Its Existing Notes Upgraded to 'Ba3' by Moody's Outlook Stable

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. ("CIFI" or the "Group", HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer and investor in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China, is pleased that Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has upgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. to Ba2 from Ba3 and upgraded the senior unsecured debt rating on its existing notes to Ba3 from B1. The outlook is stable. This reflects CIFI's business development, management efficiency, and credit quality improvement in recent years have been recognized by Moody's.   Moody's rating report expected that CIFI's credit metrics will improve over the next 12 to 18 months, supported by strong revenue growth and controlled debt growth. Moody's believed that with CIFI's more geographically diversified operations and continued strong access to funding, will enable the Group to deliver solid business growth over the next 12 to 18 months.   The report stated that CIFI contracted sales grew 12% to RMB174.4 billion in the first ten months of 2020, despite the negative impact on sales from coronavirus outbreak, especially in the first half of the year. This reflects the Group's ability to execute its property development strategy, which is focused on catering to the housing demand from upgraders in key tier-1 and tier-2 cities in China.   Moody's expected that CIFI's sizable salable resources, strong sales execution and solid housing demand in the Group's core markets will enable the Group to further grow its contracted sales to RMB220billion to RMB240 billion over the next 12 to 18 months. The Group's EBIT/interest will also improve to 3.1x to 3.6x from 2.5x over the same period, driven by higher earnings and declining interest costs.   Furthermore, as CIFI continues to demonstrate prudent financial management with a balanced debt maturity profile and solid balance sheet liquidity, Moody's believed that CIFI's debt ......read more

Shop for a Cause, Shop for H.O.P.E.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - The Covid-19 outbreak has affected everyone, including animals, to varying degrees. According to non-profit organisation Homeless & Orphan Pets Exist (H.O.P.E), there has been a 30% increase in animal abandonment at the animal shelter during the Movement Control Order. This is possibly due to the growing financial burden that pet owners are facing.    Understandably, with the current economic climate, donations to the H.O.P.E animal shelter located in Pekan Nenas, Johor have reduced greatly. Daily, H.O.P.E feeds an average of 1.2 tonnes (1,200 kg) of pet food to over 3,000 dogs and 200 cats that it is currently sheltering. This works out to more than RM140,000 needed to ensure these furry friends are fed on a monthly basis; and this is on top of the RM20,000 incurred for medical expenses and miscellaneous.   With the goal of improving the lives of pets through nutrition, shelter and education, pet care product brands WHISKAS® and PEDIGREE® are collaborating with H.O.P.E. animal shelter to raise funds via the "Shop for H.O.P.E." campaign on Shopee happening from now till 6 December 2020.   Through this campaign, Shopee users and pet lovers can make donations of RM10, RM20 or even RM50 to the animal shelter. Additionally, for every purchase made through the Whiskas and Pedigree Official Store on Shopee, 10% will be converted to products which will later be presented to H.O.P.E.    Mars Petcare Southeast Asia Pet Nutrition D-Commerce Director Phua Fui Ching said, "Ever so often, we come across a news article or video on social media on animals being abandoned and it is heart-wrenching. At Mars Petcare, we believe that pets make the world a better place and therefore, collaborating with H.O.P.E as well as Shopee is one of the many initiatives to achieve our goal in creating a better world for pets where they are healthy, happy and welcomed. Through this partnership, we hope to raise at least ......read more

Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust Issued HK$300 Million Five-year Medium Term Notes

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - Henderson Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the "Manager") is pleased to announce that Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust ("Sunlight REIT") has completed its first HK$300 million five-year medium term notes (the "Notes") today.  This successful inaugural Hong Kong dollar fixed-rate issuance marks a major milestone of Sunlight REIT, testifying to its credit quality amidst a challenging economic environment. As part of the US$1,000,000,000 guaranteed medium term note programme which was reactivated in April this year, the Notes carry a tenor of five years and a coupon rate of 2.00%. CMB Wing Lung Bank Limited ("CMB Wing Lung") and CMB International Capital Limited ("CMBI") are the joint placing agents of the Notes. Mr. Wu Shiu Kee, Keith, Chief Executive Officer of the Manager, said, "We are delighted to have partnered with CMB Wing Lung and CMBI in launching this maiden medium term note issue of Sunlight REIT, with the competitive pricing of the Notes clearly demonstrating its strong capital market recognition. Similar to the Japanese yen 7,000 million sustainability-linked loan completed last month, this financing exercise once again illustrates the Manager's commitment to diversifying Sunlight REIT's sources of funding, while strengthening its exposure to fixed rate borrowing." Mr. Wilson He, Assistant General Manager of CMB Wing Lung, said, "We are truly grateful to have such opportunity to support Sunlight REIT's issuance of the Notes and it is a move to further underpin our collaboration in the future." About Sunlight REITSunlight REIT (Stock code: 435) is a real estate investment trust authorized by the Securities and Futures Commission and constituted by the trust deed dated 26 May 2006 (as amended and supplemented by six supplemental deeds) (the "Trust Deed"), and has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 21 December 2006. Sunlight REIT offers investors the opportunity to inves ......read more

7-Eleven teams up with 8 popular Sanrio characters to launch a Mini Pouch Collectible Programme "Little Baubles of Joy"

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun! So, let's get into the festive spirit and spread some seasonal cheer! 7-Eleven in collaboration with Sanrio is launching a series of Sanrio characters Mini Pouches. You can hang the cute yet functional pouches from your handbag or backpack and always have your favourite colourful Sanrio characters by your side. Take them with you on-the-go and add a pop of colour to each and every day. 7-Eleven will be launching this series of collectibles on 25th November from 7 am, just in time for the holidays so you can enjoy the festivities with the cute Sanrio character of your choice. The Sanrio characters Mini Pouch -- Cute and practical! The series comprises of eight Mini Pouches each featuring a different beloved Sanrio character including Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin (Pudding Dog), Kerokerokeroppi, Ahiru no Pekkle (AP Duck), Little Twin Stars, Bad Badtz-Maru (XO) and Cinnamoroll. Made from high-grade silicone, each pouch is specially coated so are soft and smooth to the touch but also easy to wipe clean and dust resistant.   See your favourite Sanrio characters come to life! Coming in a spectrum of dreamy candy colours, the 3D pouch design depicts every detail of each character's charming expression and appearance. The dazzling array of designs and pastel hues means you'll never have any problem accessorising the pouch with your handbag collection! And there'll always be a design to match any mood or outfit. So, even if you're not a Sanrio fan, these pouches are too simply good to miss!   The 3D design portable Mini Pouch is 12cm (H) x 8.5cm (W) (sizes slightly vary depending on design). It includes a zipper on the back so you can conveniently store all kinds of little essentials such as keys, credit cards, earphones, coins and small accessories, and more inside on days out. You can even turn the pouch into a handy hygiene kit by putting hand sanitise ......read more

ChickP, the First in the World to Launch the Groundbreaking 90% Chickpea Isolate, Successfully Patents Its Brainchild in Israel

Investor Growthwell Group, a Local, Temasek-backed Plant-based Meat Manufacturer, Is Helping the Company Apply for a Patent in Singapore  Newly launched in November, the next-generation, non-GMO ChickP Native Starch has a narrow granule-size distribution that makes it perfect as a thickening or binding as well as anti-caking agent Production of the 90% chickpea isolate will increase to over 1,000 tonnes per annum in 2021 Growthwell will open a manufacturing plant in Singapore circa Q2 2021, producing a trio of chickpea protein-based seafood products SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - ChickP Protein (ChickP), the first in the world to launch the groundbreaking 90% chickpea isolate, has announced that it has successfully patented its plant-based protein solution in Israel. This milestone comes after an enduring journey of intensive research and development that began in 2015. Growthwell Group, a local investor in ChickP, is helping the company with its patent application in Singapore.  "Our successful patent application in Israel has been five years in the making," says Ron Klein, CEO of ChickP. "We stand on the shoulders of researchers and food technologists, without whom this feat would not have been possible. We are excited to see how our partnership with Growthwell Group can take our market reach to the next level." Chickpea isolate -- excelling in taste, texture and function The 90% chickpea isolate is developed by the faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Using state-of-the-art, patent-pending technology, the faculty is able to extract up to 90% pure plant protein out of the chickpea seed. As it contains all essential amino acids, the isolate is considered a complete protein. The isolate comes in powder form, making it an easy ingredient for food manufacturers to incorporate into their recipes. Research has found that products containing the 90% chickpea isolate consistently excel ......read more

Ericsson ConsumerLab Report: Digital Technologies to Augment Singapore's Transportation Infrastructure

43 percent of Savvy Commuters feel that they receive plenty of mental space when commuting 40% of Singaporeans feel that their city infrastructure is becoming more strained every year Technology expected to play an instrumental role in enhancing commuter experience SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - Ericsson's latest ConsumerLab report explores commuter behavior both before and during the COVID-19 crisis, reflecting consumers' opinions and habits that could be used to offer a more satisfactory commuting experience in the increasingly digital and connected world of tomorrow.   Commuting in Singapore has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis with measures during this unprecedented time influencing changes in consumer mobility patterns and future expectations. Consumers are demanding more from their devices, mobile connectivity, and vehicles during their daily commute to wrap up their work or partake in social and recreational activities while commuting. The Augmenting the Daily Commute report surveyed 16,000 commuters in 16 cities, including 1,000 from Singapore who used different transport modes, including ride and car sharing services.   Mental space for a positive commuting experience The report explores how the most satisfied commuters -- a group Ericsson has named "Savvy Commuters" -- see their commute as more than just time spent moving from one point to another. Savvy Commuters actively create positive conditions for their trips, using it to free up time for the rest of the day and turning it into an experience worth having.   A crucial criterion for a positive experience is the feeling of having enough physical and mental space. Physical space is dependent on the transport mode but mental space can be recreated through digital engagement. In Singapore, 43 percent of Savvy Commuters feel that they receive plenty of mental space during their commute, an additional 42 percent shared that they have sufficient personal space when commutin ......read more

DHL sends healthcare supplies for World Health Organization to the Pacific Islands

Tourism-dependent islands badly impacted by more than 90% decline in passenger flights Supplementary COVID-19 supplies moved through Singapore and Fiji to reach the Pacific islands SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - The far flung islands in the Pacific have not been spared the brunt of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has been working tirelessly to ensure much-needed supplies and healthcare equipment reach the shores of these islands. While the number of cases has been relatively small, many of these countries, which are heavily dependent on tourism, have been impacted by the dramatic cuts in passenger flights, resulting in a logistical challenge to send in basic supplies on a regular basis. Image taken prior to Covid-19   This week, the World Health Organization coordinated its latest cargo donation through DHL Global Forwarding ("DHL"), the freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, to support the islands' fight against COVID-19. The shipments, worth over EUR 650,000 contained medical devices such as oxygen concentrator sets, patient monitors and pulse oximeters, were airfreighted from Singapore to Fiji, where they will be dispatched to eight islands in the Pacific. The Pacific Islands, which had previously managed to avoid large outbreaks, experienced a recent spike in COVID-19 infections that doubled its total number of cases.   Due to the shortage of air capacity with passenger flights reduced by more than 90%, the freight had to be broken down into three tranches, sent some two weeks apart. DHL Global Forwarding organized the first shipment from Singapore to Fiji on 22 October, and will be stored till the last shipment arrives on 19 November. From Fiji, special flights or shipping lines were then organized into eight markets, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga, to ensure they reached their destination.   "Ensuring that the Pacific Island countries have access to the necessar ......read more

Virtual event TECHFEST VIETNAM 2020 - the determination of Vietnamese government to connect resources, acting as a springboard for innovative startups

HA NOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - The national festival for innovative startups, TECHFEST VIETNAM 2020, will be held from November 26-29 in Ha Noi. This is the largest annual virtual event organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MOST) to cooperate with international partners to develop and promote science, technology, and innovation in Vietnam in particular and South East Asia in general. Taking place amid the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TECHFEST shows an emerging nation eager to display the dynamism of the Vietnamese start-up ecosystem among investors/investment funds, enterprises, and experts worldwide via virtual events on techfest.vn. Themed 'Respond - Transform -- Break through', TECHFEST VIETNAM 2020 will be structured into 12 technology villages: (1) Medical Technology (2) Agricultural Technology (3) Educational Technology (4) Tourism and F&B Technology (5) Frontier Technology (6) Financial Technology (7) Smart Cities (8) Social Impact (9) Student Start-ups (10) Local Start-ups (11) Community (12) International village, with 250 potential start-ups booths, attracting nearly 200 investors, 150 corporations, enterprises and business accelerators virtually and physically. Notably, social impacts on innovative start-up solutions and business models will be presented in the Social Impact Technology Village by UNDP Vietnam and WWF Vietnam. MOST will work with partners to organize a High-Level Policy Dialogue, in which Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will hold a discussion with the innovative start-up community on solving difficulties in conducting business and creating a favourable environment for start-up to grow. After six years of implementation, local TECHFEST events have been organized in 15 provinces; the national TECHFEST VIETNAM has attracted around 30,000 people, of which international experts and investors accounted for more than 40%. In 2019, TECHFEST was held on an internation ......read more

ESR inks multi-lease agreement with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation at ESR Yokohama Sachiura park clearing strategic Higashi Ogishima site for imminent development

Transaction results in accelerated leasing at ESR Yokohama Sachiura DC1 and development commencement of ESR Higashi Ogishima DC1 TOKYO, JAPAN/HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 November 2020 - ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR" or the "Group"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation ("MFTBC" or "Mitsubishi Fuso") have worked closely on a sweeping reorganisation of logistics operations in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. The landmark transaction has resulted in 2 new lease agreements between ESR and MFTBC and material amendment of a third one. It involves ESR's 2 leading park projects under development in Tokyo with a combined total build-out area of circa 900,000 sqm and expected completion value in excess of US$3.0 billion.   Higashi Ogishima: the parties have agreed to relocate MFTBC's 1,200-truck domestic parking operation away from its historical site in Higashi Ogishima which ESR has controlled since 2016. The 8 Ha site being vacated will now develop as the first phase of ESR Higashi Ogishima park. Construction of the 310,000 sqm Higashi Ogishima DC 1 will commence next month for planned delivery in December 2022.   Featuring the first ever 9-storey warehouse design in Japan as well as advanced sustainability solutions ESR Higashi Ogishima park will set a new benchmark for distribution centre design where optimal integration into the urban fabric and lower environmental impact are achieved without sacrificing building functionality and high-throughput. E-commerce and 3PLs choosing to operate at ESR Higashi Ogishima will enjoy close proximity to Haneda Airport and Tokyo 23 wards as well as a supportive ecosystem with co-location of ancillary services including children's day-care facilities of ESR partner BARNKLÜBB™.   ESR Yokohama Sachiura Park: MFTBC has chosen to continue the domestic distribution of its complete vehicles at ESR's other distribution park in the greater T ......read more

Communications Association of Hong Kong Supports The New Initiatives on Telecommunications Industry in The Chief Executive’s 2020 Policy Address

New initiatives will be beneficial to the long-term development of innovation and technology and the implementation of the Smart City blueprint HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK) has expressed positive support to the Chief Executive's 2020 Policy Address, in particular its new initiatives on Network Development and Wider Application of 5G as highlighted under the "New Impetus to the Economy".   We welcome the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) Government's plan to release more 5G spectrum (currently at 3.5GHz, 4.9GHz, and 3.3GHz ranges) in different frequency bands in 2021 to meet the needs of various 5G applications in terms of speed, capacity and coverage, as cited in the Policy Address. Making available more spectrum to all mobile operators in Hong Kong is fundamental to meeting the ever-increasing demand for mobile data services.   In addition, the new initiatives will address the restriction zone issue in the Tai Po area, which is caused by the interference between 5G and the satellite earth station in the 3.5GHz band.  When the telemetry, tracking and control stations of the two satellite operators are relocated from Tai Po to Chung Hom Kok Teleport in four years' time, the overall 5G coverage in Tai Po will be improved when mobile network operators could deploy the 5G frequency bands in a more holistic and efficient manner.    On the promotion of 5G application, we note from the Policy Address that the HKSAR Government is determined to improve the deployment of 5G technology and application with the extension of the subsidy scheme application period under the Anti-epidemic Fund for six months until May 2021.  Furthermore, the HKSAR Government has also worked with a number of public organisations to encourage the deployment of 5G technology in various sectors to facilitate the early adoption of 5G technology and application in government departments and public organisations.    All these encouraging init ......read more

Senoko Energy Rewards Customers With Delights To Illuminate Holiday Season

Senoko Energy introduces thoughtfully curated offers & special giveaways to reward customers and brighten up the festive season SINGAPORE  - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Reimagine the holiday celebrations with Senoko Energy, as the authorised electricity retailer kicks off its year-end "Ho-Ho-Home with Senoko" campaign with a series of thoughtfully curated offers and festive giveaways, alongside a cheery Christmas video. While holiday celebrations will certainly look a little different this year with social distancing measures and travel restrictions in place, Senoko Energy seeks to share rewards that will help invigorate celebrations while sparking ways Singaporeans can relish the festivities even as they stay home this season.     Senoko Energy has released a 3-minute video starring home-grown vocal group MICappella, which seeks to put a spotlight on the many different ways to celebrate the season at home. With the use of imagination and selected rewards from Senoko Energy, the band spends Christmas at home in a uniquely local way with their families, creating endearing memories.   As part of the campaign, Senoko Energy is running a social media contest that encourages the public to submit tips on how they plan to reimagine their festive celebrations in the comfort of home. The contest will span over 2 weeks and the 10 most creative entries will stand to win a $50 GrabFood voucher.   Heather Ang, Head of Marketing at Senoko Energy said: "With travel restrictions still widely in place, we hope to help keep festivities merry with our rewards, even as our customers celebrate Christmas at home".   "November 2020 also marks the second anniversary of our launch in Singapore's Open Electricity Market, and we want to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their support with compelling rewards and benefits." She added.   Smart Rewards To help bring the Christmas cheer to homes through its loyalty programme, Smart Rewards, Senoko Energy has ......read more

Lead8 Design for Newly Unveiled ‘11 SKIES’ in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s $20 Billion Mixed-use Destination at SKYCITY HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Lead8, the international award-winning design firm, is excited to announce the firm's appointment as Lead Consultant on '11 SKIES' has been extended to include Interior Design alongside its Masterplanning and Architecture scope. 11 SKIES, the brand new HK$20 billion mixed-use destination at SKYCITY, will be Hong Kong's largest hub for Retail, Dining and Entertainment (RDE), and the first such development to combine wealth management and wellness services. The latest designs and name were unveiled this week by New World Development. "Lead8's multi-disciplinary undertaking as Masterplanners, Architects and Interior Designers on 11 SKIES has been an incredible achievement. This is a ground-breaking development which continues to attract international interest. It is a testament to the commitment, creativity and expertise of our team that we have been entrusted to design and deliver the city's most comprehensive and enhanced RDE destination to date," said Claude Touikan, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead8.   Operated by K11, 11 SKIES is a brand new landmark in Hong Kong for locals and tourists covering a gross floor area of 3.8 million sqft. The destination will feature 2.66 million sqft dedicated to dining and retail outlets and 570,000 sqft for experiential entertainment facilities. There will be over 800 shops including more than 120 dining concepts together with entertainment never seen before in the region, all under one roof. Notably, the destination has attracted the first launch in Greater China for famous entertainment brand KidZania. Further unique and imaginative entertainment facilities will also be on offer including SkyTrack, the world's largest indoor and outdoor karting track, a flying theatre, digital media performances and immersive educational experiences. Once complete, 11 SKIES will be the largest indoor entertainme ......read more

Advanced Energy Introduces New SCR Power Controller with Advanced Performance and New Capabilities to Bring Industry 4.0 to Precision Heating Applications

New Thyro-A+ substantially increases control accuracy in the industry’s smallest design footprint to meet the challenges in semiconductor and industrial manufacturing  DENVER, COLORADO - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS) -- a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions -- today announced the expansion of its market-leading line of SCR (silicon controlled rectifier) power controllers with its new Thyro-A+ for precision industrial and semiconductor heating applications. Thyro-A+ provides customers with next-generation SCR accuracy and load monitoring, the industry's smallest design footprint and new digital control capabilities for precision heating, melting, drying and forming applications. Thyro-A+ has a completely redesigned control engine, enabling a 16x increase to measurement sampling rate over the Thyro-A, for enhanced control accuracy, which substantially improves process uniformity and repeatability, reduces energy consumption, and increases process throughput in precision heating applications. It comes with the industry's smallest design footprint, delivering industry-leading power density. Featuring a new optional LED display for easy commissioning or visualization, Thyro-A+ offers a number of advanced digital capabilities for remote controlling, self-monitoring and a digital control interface for integration with other connected factory software and applications to deliver on the promise of Industry 4.0. "Building on Advanced Energy's renowned family of SCR power controllers, the Thyro-A+ is our most advanced SCR, further expanding the range and capabilities of our solutions to meet the heating application requirements of our industrial and semiconductor customers," said Andreas Breitkopf, director, photonics and PCS products at Advanced Energy. "Among AE's other SCR power controllers, Thyro-A+ is certified in the Rockwell Encompass Partner pro ......read more

DHL invests JPY 9.9 billion into largest distribution center in Japan

The new Osaka Distribution Center will increase shipment processing capacity by more than 50% At just a 20-minute drive away from downtown Osaka, the facility brings greater convenience to customers in the Kansai region SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - DHL Express, the world's leading international express service provider, will be opening its newest and largest distribution facility in Japan -- the Osaka Distribution Center (ODC) at Sakai city, Osaka-fu. At an investment of JPY 9.9 billion (EUR 79.9 million), the new facility is the largest-ever facility investment that DHL Express has made in Japan. DHL Express invests JPY9.9 billion into new Osaka Distribution Center, its largest-ever facility investment in Japan ODC brings together three separate DHL facilities under one roof -- the Kansai Airport Gateway,  Kansai Airport Service Center, and the Osaka Central Service Center. With 21,000 square meters of floor space in total, the ODC is DHL Express' largest distribution facility in Japan. It is equipped with a sophisticated auto-sorting system that increases DHL's shipment processing capacity by more than 50% compared to the previous facility at Kansai International Airport (KIX).   "Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan's export activity is recovering and the strong sustained growth in e-commerce will increase the demand for faster and more reliable deliveries. We are confident in the economic growth of the country and the ODC will make sure we are well-positioned in the long run to address the increasing demands in e-commerce shipping," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. The ODC relocated from the grounds of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and brings greater convenience to customers in the Kansai region due to its proximity to downtown Osaka city, which is just a 20-minute drive away. In addition to new sorting systems, state-of-the-art x-ray inspection machines have also been added to meet the ever gr ......read more

RB expands its support to Habitat for Humanity to create a cleaner, healthier world

Hong Kong SAR - Media OUtReach - 25 November 2020 - Reckitt Benckiser Hong Kong ("RB") is expanding its partnership with Habitat for Humanity in its third phase of the Community Anti-Epidemic Support Programme. The total face value of the operation and in-kind donation of the 3-phased programme is worth over HKD6.8 million. In this phase, RB extends its support to help low-income families, elderly people and vulnerable women in Hong Kong to have cleaner and healthier homes. As a global leader in health and hygiene, RB has been continuously addressing the collective fight against COVID-19. Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, General Manager Hong Kong & Taiwan, Health, RB Hong Kong, says: "We exist to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner and healthier world. In the third phase of the Community Anti-Epidemic Support Programme, we hope to strengthen access to hygiene for low-income families, elderly people and women and to break the chain of infection during the unstable pandemic situation in Hong Kong."   The collaboration with Habitat will support nearly 500 low-income families and vulnerable elderly people, including women in the community who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. RB has donated Dettol and Aerogard cleaning, disinfection and protection products to support family health and hygiene and provide a deep cleaning programme. The programme employs local domestic workers to provide a deep cleaning service to vulnerable elderly and disabled families living in substandard housing.   Mr. Boudewijn Feith, General Manager Greater China, Hygiene, added "In addition to supporting elderly people to have safer and more hygienic homes, we are also providing hygiene products and part time employment opportunities for vulnerable low-income women who have been experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic."   RB has partnered with Habitat in Hong Kong since 2018, supporting its Project Home Works programme which provides ......read more

Cloud Comrade Wins AWS ASEAN's Migration Partner of the Year Award

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Cloud Comrade, a leading Singapore-based cloud managed services provider and AWS Premier Consulting Partner, today announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) have recognised it as the 2020 ASEAN AWS Migration Partner of the Year.   Since its inception in 2014, Cloud Comrade has been focusing on AWS migrations and managed services. Having implemented hundreds of cloud projects over the years, and with more than 400 customers around the ASEAN region, Cloud Comrade has differentiated itself as the first AWS Premier Partner in ASEAN to receive AWS SAP Competency and AWS Well-Architected partner status. Moreover, Cloud Comrade has also achieved MSP Competency, Migration Competency and is now an AWS Managed Service partner in ASEAN. Besides cloud migrations, Cloud Comrade is also recognised for its extensive experience in the area of complex SAP deployments on AWS.   Cloud Comrade's customers come from a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, retail, logistics, public sector, education, and healthcare.   Commenting on the award, Andy Waroma, Cloud Comrade's co-founder and co-managing director, said, "This award is a great testimony to the winning collaboration we have with AWS and our joint customers, and an affirmation of our commitment to be the leading cloud migration and managed services expert. Cloud Comrade has a strong track record of delivering AWS cloud migrations to customers in ASEAN. We are honoured to receive this official recognition for the work and expertise that our employees deliver 24/7 especially during the unusual circumstances in 2020."   "Each year, we honour AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners who are leaders in the ASEAN channel community and play key roles in helping customers drive innovation and build solutions on AWS," said Conor McNamara, Managing Director, AWS ASEAN. "The ASEAN APN Partner Awards recognise a wide range of born-in-the-cloud and traditional APN ......read more

ESR Launches Its Five-Year ESG Roadmap

Driving Positive Impact with Sustainable Solutions for the "New Economy" HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries as the "Group"; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform, has reaffirmed its commitment to long-term sustainable growth by announcing its five-year vision roadmap and targets around ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) performance.   Following the adoption of a Group ESG Policy and having laid the foundation of its ESG roadmap, ESR's plan and targets are explicitly aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   The Group has set out a clear vision and targets across the three key pillars of Human Centric, Property Portfolio and Corporate Performance. They include improving gender ratios, achieving zero workforce fatalities, a 50% increase in solar power generation, a 20% reduction in group-wide energy consumption, and US$15 million of social investment in local community foundations by 2030.   Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson, Co-founders and Co-CEOs of ESR, underlined the importance of the roadmap and targets for the Company's future: "We have been committed to ESG throughout the years and this move strengthens our commitment to a structured framework with tangible goals that we will achieve. Our goal is not just to become bigger but also better, as we continue to advance the industry as a leader and a responsible custodian of our natural resources, stakeholders and communities."   ESR has achieved robust growth in recent years thanks to being well-positioned to capitalise on the secular growth trends in APAC. As the Group continues to strengthen its commitment to delivering the 21st century logistics infrastructure, the new economic paradigm in this uniquely challenging year has reaffirmed why responsible business will be more important than ever, both in the immediate recovery and longer- ......read more

GBG Announces New APAC Managing Director

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - GBG (AIM:GBG), the global technology specialist in fraud and compliance management, identity verification and location data intelligence, has announced the appointment of Dev Dhiman as Managing Director of Asia Pacific (APAC).   Dhiman joins GBG after 12 years at Experian, where he held various senior positions including most recently being Managing Director of South East Asia. Dhiman brings extensive experience working with financial institutions across the APAC and EMEA regions and in-depth knowledge in data intelligence, analytics, and fraud prevention; he will be responsible for driving the next phase of GBG's growth and innovation.   Nick Brown, Group Managing Director of GBG, said, "We are pleased to welcome Dev to the GBG team as Managing Director for APAC. This is an exciting and fast growing region for GBG and we are looking forward to working with Dev to continue delivering market-leading solutions across all our key industry segments."   Dhiman takes over the role from June Lee, who has been at the helm of the APAC business for three years. Lee has been integral to GBG's transformation in the region and achieved several significant milestones for the business including delivering double-digit year-on-year revenue growth, deepening relationships and broadening solutions implemented with regional customers, and expanding market penetration with the onboarding of new clients.   "I am excited to continue to grow GBG's leadership and expertise in APAC, building on the strong foundation that June has established," Dhiman shared. "As financial crimes continue to evolve and increase in complexity, financial institutions are looking towards technology providers to develop innovative solutions and create robust ecosystems that can help them pre-empt and mitigate emerging fraud attacks to achieve a safe and trusted digital environment to transact with their consumers. I am looking forward to taking GBG thr ......read more

China Dongxiang Announces FY2020/2021 Interim Results

Business Reforms Gradually Deliver Results Revenue and Gross Profit Show Steady Growth Launched Digitalised Omni-channel Operating Platform Optimised Distribution Channel to Boost Offline Sales Growth   Results Highlights (RMB million) For the six months ended 30 September 2020 2019 Change Revenue 899 899 flat Gross profit* 563 561 +0.4% Gross profit margin* 62.6% 62.4% +0.2% pts Operating profit 1,240 247 +402.0% Operating profit excluding gains of investment segment 5 89 -94.4% Net profit attributable to owners of the Company 1,116 188 +493.6% Basic earnings per share (RMB cents) 19.04 3.21 +493.1% Interim dividend per share (RMB cents) 5.69 1.61 +253.4% *Before provision for/ reversal of impairment of inventories   HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - The leading international sportswear brand enterprise in the PRC, China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. ("China Dongxiang" or "the Company", together with its subsidiaries, "the Group", HKEx stock code: 3818) announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2020 (the "Reporting Period"). The Group's revenue and gross profit before provision for/ reversal of impairment of inventories amounted to RMB899 million and RMB563 million respectively for the Reporting Period, maintaining at similar level with last year. Benefitting from the profit generated from investment segment, operating profit and profit attributable to owners of the Company increased to RMB1,240 million and RMB1,116 million respectively, representing year-on-year growth of 402.0% and 493.6%. Operating profit excluding gains of investment segment amounted to RMB5 million, a decrease of 94.4% year-o ......read more

Australian Connected Fitness Start Up Vitruvian Raises USD$2.5 Million Capital Seed Round Investment

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Vitruvian, an Australian Connected Fitness Technology company, has announced that they have raised USD $2.5m (AUD$3.42m) in capital from industry-leading strategic investors, despite a global pandemic.   This injection allows Vitruvian to ramp up production of their revolutionary strength training device, the V-Form Trainer, which opens to the global retail market tomorrow after months of demand.   Evolution Wellness Group, based in South-East Asia with a portfolio of influential fitness and wellness brands, recognised the value in Vitruvian after trying one of the prototype devices and were quick to lead the round.   Evolution Wellness CEO Simon Flint immediately saw the potential of the innovative product.   "Upon the formation of Evolution Wellness in 2017, we were clear about our ambition and direction for the company, which was to build value with a diverse and exciting portfolio of brands. Our investment in Vitruvian marks our first major foray into the area of connected fitness and is another stepping stone in fulfilling our growth ambition in this fast-paced industry.   Jon and the team have built a first-class product which is going to perform extremely well as it takes a unique spot in the connected fitness category; we look forward to playing a pivotal role in their growth journey to bring the V-Form Trainer into new markets and help more people pursue their health and fitness goals," said Flint.   The investment was quickly secured after Vitruvian's successful pre-order campaign, which outsold global category leader Peloton's pre-order campaign.   The V-Form Trainer promises to dramatically improve the efficiency and accessibility of resistance training.   Driven by intelligent algorithmic technology, the device does away with static weight entirely, rather, it modifies weight loading between 5kg and 180kg to match the user's ability.   Perth-based founder Jon Gregory, a forme ......read more

Connected Fitness Start Up Vitruvian Raises USD$2.5 Million Capital Seed Round Investment

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Vitruvian, an Australian Connected Fitness Technology company, has announced that they have raised USD $2.5m (AUD$3.42m) in capital from industry-leading strategic investors, despite a global pandemic.   This injection allows Vitruvian to ramp up production of their revolutionary strength training device, the V-Form Trainer, which opens to the global retail market tomorrow after months of demand.   Evolution Wellness Group, based in South-East Asia with a portfolio of influential fitness and wellness brands, recognised the value in Vitruvian after trying one of the prototype devices and were quick to lead the round.   Evolution Wellness CEO Simon Flint immediately saw the potential of the innovative product.   "Upon the formation of Evolution Wellness in 2017, we were clear about our ambition and direction for the company, which was to build value with a diverse and exciting portfolio of brands. Our investment in Vitruvian marks our first major foray into the area of connected fitness and is another stepping stone in fulfilling our growth ambition in this fast-paced industry.   Jon and the team have built a first-class product which is going to perform extremely well as it takes a unique spot in the connected fitness category; we look forward to playing a pivotal role in their growth journey to bring the V-Form Trainer into new markets and help more people pursue their health and fitness goals," said Flint.   The investment was quickly secured after Vitruvian's successful pre-order campaign, which outsold global category leader Peloton's pre-order campaign.   The V-Form Trainer promises to dramatically improve the efficiency and accessibility of resistance training.   Driven by intelligent algorithmic technology, the device does away with static weight entirely, rather, it modifies weight loading between 5kg and 180kg to match the user's ability.   Perth-based founder Jon Gregory, a forme ......read more

Impossible Marketing Clinches Title Of 'Search Marketing Agency Of The Year 2020'

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - Leading digital marketing agency Impossible Marketing has once again proven itself as a force to be reckoned with. This time, the home-grown agency has been crowned the title of Search Marketing Agency of the Year 2020, marking their inaugural win on their first time participating in the annual competition.   This year's Agency of the Year Awards by Marketing Magazine celebrates outstanding local agencies in the advertising and marketing sectors, spread across 23 categories. Unlike most other industry awards, the Agency of the Year Awards judges companies by their overall performance, rather than on specific campaigns. Finishing amongst the top three agencies in the Search Marketing category, Impossible Marketing -- which offers services like search engine optimisation (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) -- was handpicked out of a sea of local digital marketing agencies by a panel of independent client-side judges. This year, the jury was made up of esteemed marketing professionals in numerous well-known companies like Grab, L'Oréal, and Hilton, amongst others. On their milestone achievement, founder and CEO of Impossible Marketing, Alan Koh, wishes to give the credit to his reliable team of marketers and their clients' trust. "A big thank you to our clients for their ongoing support, and all at Team Impossible, who work tirelessly to hit the KPIs," said Mr Koh. The win adds onto the company's growing list of achievements, which includes their recent nomination as a finalist of the "Best Use Of Digital 2020" award by Markies Singapore. While this milestone achievement has affirmed the work of this 9-year-old company, they are not about to rest on their laurels. Speaking about the company's future plans after winning the Search Marketing Agency of the Year 2020, Mr Koh shared that he intends to bring his services to more countries in the South East Asia region in the next year. He explains, "Every company needs ......read more

Human Regenerator Jet World Exclusive Regeneration Technology unveiled

BAD ZWISCHENAHN, GERMANY - EQS Newswire - 25 November 2020 - System4 Technologies GmbH, a German developer and producer of innovative health and wellness technologies and products, unveiled its brand new 2021 Human Regenerator Jet 10 years after the first Human Regenerator Generation.  The Human Regenerator Jet is the world's only electronic device that counteracts the consequences of oxidative stress, degeneration and aging with the science of physics.   Revolutionary Technology Oxidative stress is caused by natural cell division or by external influences such as harmful environmental factors, harmful food, inflammation, stress, infection or illnesses. Oxidative stress is responsible for aging and the loss of vitality.  It is also the cause of many known diseases. Oxidative stress produces free radicals which harm cells and DNA. Physically speaking free radicals are incomplete, forming unpaired electrons, missing one electron. The exclusive Human Regenerator Jet gently transmits active electrons to the user in form of micro currents that counteract oxidative stress in a revolutionary and effective way. In the new advanced method, the micro currents are produced by negative ion plasma that is gently transported by electronic induction. The user feels the session by a pleasant antistatic field.   Application Each session lasts half an hour. Applicators on arms and legs discharge excess electrons into the earth. The Human Regenerator Jet has purely positive effects on the entire body without any side effects. Therefore it can't be overexposed, since more than an ideal bio-energetic level cannot be reached. The user feels relaxed in a meditative state.   Effects By counteracting the consequences of oxidative stress, the regeneration process can assist in the strengthening of the immune and nervous system, enhancement of the skin's structure and rejuvenation of the whole body. The effect also has anti-aging properties by optimizing all of the bio-energetic ......read more

SugarCRM Acquires Loaded Technologies to Accelerate CX Implementation Services in Australia

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA - Media OutReach - 25 November 2020 - SugarCRM Inc., the innovator of time-aware CX, today announced the acquisition of Loaded Technologies,  a business consulting, CRM strategy and cloud implementation services provider based in Sydney, Australia.   With the current economy shifting global business priorities to customer retention, the need for easy-to-deploy, cloud-based customer experience solutions has never been greater.  With this acquisition, Sugar is expanding its ability to meet implementation service demand in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region for its time-aware, AI-powered sales, marketing and service software to help companies deliver a high-definition customer experience.   "We are excited to have the team at Loaded Technologies, with their dedication to customer success and  expertise of the Sugar CX solutions, join us," said Jason du Preez, GM, Asia Pacific for SugarCRM. "The acquisition of our long-time partner, addresses a growing need for mid-market companies who want a trusted advisor that can help them navigate and succeed in optimizing and differentiating their customer experience."   Loaded's exceptional track record with successful Sugar implementations, including migrations from on-premise to cloud environments, will help companies take advantage of new innovation and speed to market. Consulting and support resources with deep expertise in Sugar solutions are ready to help customers-facing teams across APAC solve business problems and efficiently unlock the full value of Sugar CX solutions.   Learn more about how companies can leverage Sugar's time-aware CX platform here: https://www.sugarcrm.com/au/why-sugar/. About SugarCRMSugarCRM's time-aware sales, marketing and service software helps companies deliver a high-definition (HD-CX) customer experience. For mid-market companies and anyone that wants a CX-driven platform, Sugar gives teams the time-aware customer data they need to achieve a clear vi ......read more

Chinachem Group Announces Brand Rejuvenation in Celebration of its 60th Anniversary: Launch of New Corporate Logo and Website

“Triple Bottom Line” Concept and Spirit of Making “Places with Heart” to Underpin the Group’s Business Strategies  HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, Chinachem Group (the "Group") today announced its rejuvenated branding, including a new corporate logo. The new branding reflects the Group's repositioning as a developer of "Places with Heart" -- one that is committed to making positive impacts on people, the community and the environment through its core businesses and its efforts in creating shared value ("CSV"). Chinachem Group Executive Director and CEO Donald Choi, together with members of the Group's senior management reveal the new corporate logo. The intertwined hearts in the logo manifest the Group's brand DNA "Places with Heart" and represent the "Triple Bottom Line" which has been adopted as an overarching premise for the Group's operational and decision-making processes. The forest green symbolises its integrity and trustworthiness; the warm gold colour depicts the warmth of humanity. The senior management team members include Executive Director and CEO Donald Choi (centre); Executive Director and COO Hung-Han Wong (fourth left); Executive Director and CFO Kam-por Chan (fourth right); Deputy CFO Ricky Tsang (third right); Managing Director, Real Estate Dennis Au (third left); Deputy Managing Director (Asset Management), Real Estate, Edwin Chan (second left); Director of Corporate Communications Sylvia Chung (second right); Deputy Managing Director, L'hotel Management Group Limited Keven Chan (first left); and Director of Digital Transformation Damien Wu (first right).  Executive Director and CEO Donald Choi (centre), Director of Digital Transformation Damien Wu (right) and Director of Corporate Communications Sylvia Chung (left), jointly make the Group's new corporate website go live. Chinachem Group is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Some 200 staff from various business units o ......read more

ERA Singapore Harmonises Digital Solutions to Transform the Future of Real Estate for Customers and Trusted Advisors

The agency optimises end-to-end real estate experiences with leading technologies; from 3D dollhouse virtual viewing, to digital document and signature solutions and AI chatbots. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - ERA Singapore (ERA) has recently marked the transformation of ERA APAC Centre with Minister of National Development Desmond Lee that will see the new-look Asia Pacific HQ taking shape in 2021. Group photo of Kevin Lim (ERA Chief Agency Director), Doris Ong (ERA COO), Eugene Lim (ERA Key Executive Office), Mr Desmond Lee (Minister for National Development), Jack Chua (ERA CEO), Tan Choon Hong (APAC Realty Board Independent Director), Marcus Chu (ERA COO) and Gary Lau (ERA Chief Agency Director) at the recent virtual Q4 Career Advancement Day The building, the only one that is owned by a real estate agency in Singapore, is set to become a real estate icon in the region, with digitalisation taking centre stage across every touch-point. Once its transformation is complete, its network of trusted advisors will enjoy access to cutting-edge facilities powered by technology. There will be a media room equipped with cameras, lighting and audio systems for them to produce videos or conduct virtual training sessions and meetings. Several interactive LED display screens showcasing virtual property galleries will also be installed. Additionally, a co-working space, will allow trusted advisors to brainstorm ideas and seek consultation with their fellow teammates, via offline and online platforms. Best-in-class digital initiatives that offer competitive advantage Virtual is the new reality. As more property transactions are completed remotely, ERA has introduced a slew of digital initiatives that will enhance the end-to-end real estate experience for both customers and trusted advisors. Presently, property buyers and sellers, especially those based overseas, have to undergo the search and s ......read more

Leading Protection for Cloud-based Applications from Trend Micro

Cloud native security solution protects modern applications and APIs against top threats HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), the leader in cloud security, today announced the availability of its Trend Micro Cloud One™ -- Application Security, a cloud native security solution for modern applications and APIs. Delivered as part of its industry-leading platform, Cloud One -- Application Security provides code-level visibility and protection against the latest cyber threats.   To learn more about Trend Micro Cloud One -- Application Security, please visit: https://www.trendmicro.com/en_hk/business/products/hybrid-cloud/cloud-one-application-security.html.   According to a recent Gartner report, "More than 50% of global enterprises will have deployed serverless function platform as a service (fPaaS) by 2025, up from less than 20% today.[1]" Anticipating this market growth, Cloud One -- Application Security offers embedded security for runtime protection to help businesses ensure their data is protected in newly adopted environments.   "Application Security is an invaluable part of the Cloud One platform, integrating technology to provide superior protection for customers deploying applications wherever it makes the most sense for them," said Wendy Moore, vice president of product marketing for Trend Micro. "Whether building applications on-premises, as a container in the cloud, or using serverless designs, security tools shouldn't interfere with the development pipeline. With Application Security, businesses can deploy advanced protection across legacy and modern frameworks and languages with ease."   The critical need for securing cloud applications is highlighted in a recent study from Trend Micro Research. The research identified the top threats targeting serverless applications, which include theft of credentials, sensitive data and code. These and all application layer attacks are commonp ......read more

METRO/MAKRO encourages people all over the world to order Christmas menu at a restaurant nearby

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - 24 November 2020 - The wholesaler METRO/MAKRO has launched an extensive campaign on TV and online, which will be shown across the globe. METRO/MAKRO wants to support the gastronomy sector, while at the same time showing everyone an opportunity for a pleasant respite from the challenges of their everyday lives during lockdown. The wholesaler METRO/MAKRO has launched an extensive campaign on TV and online, which will be shown across the globe. METRO/MAKRO wants to support the gastronomy sector, while at the same time showing everyone an opportunity for a pleasant respite from the challenges of their everyday lives during lockdown.   The objective of the global campaign "Give your kitchen a break" is to encourage as many people as possible to order their menu for this year's festive season at a restaurant near them. Following recent months, during which daily life - including all its new and old challenges -- has taken place in people's homes for most of the time, now at least the kitchen at home gets a break. On the other hand, the global COVID-19 pandemic has already led to high revenue losses in the hospitality industry this year. That's why, by launching this campaign, METRO aims to further support the food service industry.   Gisele Musa, VP/Global Director Branding METRO AG,: "Usually our communication is targeting our professional customers, but with #GiveYourKitchenABreak we stretched our audience, also in terms of media spent, to connect with the general public. Because of the pandemic, the gastronomy business is having the hardest time ever; but also, people are fed up with their lockdown home situation. That's why we send out an invitation to the whole society to play a role, take a break and show their support while enjoying their Christmas menu from independent restaurants. It allows gastronomy to stay in business and people can still enjoy all the choices around them. A perfect combination for a special Christmas ......read more

DHL Express strengthens trans-Tasman airfreight capacity with new service connecting Australia and New Zealand

The dedicated route will connect Melbourne to Auckland and Christchurch five nights a week, providing a faster delivery and more efficient shipment collection time for Australian and New Zealand businesses New service launch follows 49% growth in Melbourne-New Zealand shipment volumes in the past year SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - DHL Express, the world's leading express service provider has commenced operation of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch. The dedicated service will provide a faster connection between the cities amid growing demand for time definite international services. DHL Express has commenced operation of a new overnight direct freighter service connecting Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch, five nights a week.   Operating five services a week, the dedicated freighter will provide a further 19 tons of freight capacity for businesses trading between the two countries. New Zealand is Australia's third largest major export destination after China and the United States, accounting for 7.6% of total state exports.[1]   "In the past six months, DHL Express has seen a massive growth in shipment volumes going in and out of the Oceania region. We have increased the number of dedicated flights to and from Australia from 10 per week before the pandemic, to around 30 regular services now. As we move closer to a vaccine for Covid-19, we are confident that the region's economy will bounce back stronger than before and this new dedicated service between Australia and New Zealand will provide much needed capacity to accelerate the recovery," said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific.   Providing the express industry's fastest delivery time for shipments, Australian and New Zealand businesses will benefit from a reliable shipment transit time of just one day. Furthermore, the service claims the industry's best shipment collection time, allowing businesses to book in their ship ......read more

Amazon Singapore Previews Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals

Shop and save even more holiday deals this Black Friday on November 27 through Cyber Monday on November 30, as Amazon releases thousands of deals with deep discounts and extra savings on a wide selection of products including top trending gifts, most-loved holiday presents, and much more Customers can secure buzzworthy gifts and trending products across toys, baby, beauty, home, electronics and grocery, support small businesses and find deals on brands including Braun, Estee Lauder, Instant Pot, Ju.Ju.Be, LEGO, Marvel, Philips, SKII and more For every order above S$50 spent on items purchased from the Children's Wishing Well's Gift Guides, Amazon.sg will pledge a donation of S$5 to nonprofit organisation Children's Wishing Well to support underprivileged children this holiday season SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - (NASDAQ:AMZN) - For customers who still have gifts to check off the list, Amazon Singapore is continuing its season of holiday savings with thousands of amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and low prices on top gifts from November 27 (Black Friday) through November 30 (Cyber Monday),  on Amazon.sg and the Amazon Shopping App. New this holiday season, customers can enjoy extra savings with coupons on select products from brands and Amazon.sg gift cards promotions. For more information, visit: Amazon.sg/blackfriday and Amazon.sg/cybermonday   With thousands of deals ranging from new gadgets and electronics, top 100 toys, must-have home and kitchen items, beauty favourites, and more, customers will find a wide selection of deals to secure before they sell out. Customers can also shop from local brands and support small businesses this holiday season. Plus, with Amazon's extended returns window, customers can shop with confidence knowing that thousands of items shipped now through December 31, 2020 can be returned for free until January 31, 2021.   "Amazon is working hard to make it easy for you to save this holiday seaso ......read more

2020 HORTI ASIA Opts for Virtual Exhibition for the First Time; Taiwan's Eye-opening Innovative Agricultural Technologies Take Center Stage

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - Bringing heavyweight innovative techniques and advanced products in agricultural technology, the Agricultural Technology Research Institute (hereafter "ATRI") will take part in the 2020 HORTI ASIA online virtual exhibition through the comprehensive image of the Taiwan Pavilion. Rather than flying to Bangkok to attend the show in person, exhibition goers can take a close look at the techniques and products on display at the Taiwan Pavilion by simply visiting the online exhibition platform, which allows outstanding and innovative agricultural technologies from Taiwan to continue to shine on the international stage in spite of the serious conditions of the global pandemic. HORTI ASIA is the preeminent major exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on flowers, vegetables, agricultural growing techniques and production, as well as greenhouse techniques. The event consistently draws tens of thousands of agricultural product buyers, experts, and academics each year. It is clear that HORTI ASIA's influence drives industrial development and techniques in agriculture. On the official website for HORTI ASIA, visitors can view eye-catching displays at the Taiwan Pavilion and make use of the matching service, which is intended to extend the international reach of Taiwan's agricultural enterprises and vendors and generate international business opportunities for all participants. Different from other exhibitors at HORTI ASIA, the Taiwan Pavilion has painstakingly planned and built a 3D digital showroom to attract and inform visitors. Combining artistic design and virtual product display and planning, the showroom brilliantly showcases the professional image of the Taiwan Pavilion in full 360-degree viewing, giving visitors as real an experience as possible, short of visiting the pavilion in person. The digital showroom not only highlights Taiwan's intentions and ambition to promote agricultural technologies at inter ......read more

Hang Lung Properties Proudly Presents - "’Dream’ the Monopoly Dreams" Christmas Campaign

Join Mega Mr. Monopoly for his 85th Birthday Celebrations Enter the Lucky Draw and Stand a Chance to win HK$600,000 Spending Credit and Amazing Prizes Worth of HK$1 Million upon Any Purchase of HK$500  HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - In celebration of the 85th anniversary of Monopoly, the classic board game, Hang Lung Properties joins forces with Monopoly Dreams, the world's first Monopoly-themed experiential pavilion located at Peak Galleria, to present the "'Dream' the Monopoly Dreams" Christmas Campaign. Grab your Christmas gifts at seven Hang Lung Malls! Register online from November 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021 to enter the lucky draw with every HK$500 purchase at Fashion Walk, Grand Plaza, Hollywood Plaza, Gala Place, Amoy Plaza, Kornhill Plaza, and Peak Galleria. Fill your Christmas stockings with the Instant Prizes provided by different merchants; but also enter the "Grand Lucky Draw" for the opportunity to be the one who walks home with HK$600,000 spending credit from China CITIC Bank International and other amazing prizes valued at a total of HK$1 million! With no one leaving the lucky draw empty-handed, go on your next shopping spree with your family and friends at Hang Lung shopping malls and try your luck to become the next millionaire!  In celebration of the 85th anniversary of the classic board game, Monopoly, Hang Lung Properties joins forces with Monopoly Dreams, the world's first Monopoly-themed experiential pavilion at Peak Galleria, to present the "'Dream' the Monopoly Dreams" Christmas Campaign, grab your Christmas gifts at seven Hang Lung Malls! For more high resolution photos, please download from below link:  http://bit.ly/HL_DreamTheMonopolyDreams "There's no better time than this year - as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the classic board game Monopoly - to partner with Monopoly Dreams, China CITIC Bank International, and our merchants, for the exciting campaign of "'Dream' the Monopoly Dreams"," ......read more

FinLink Announces Acquisition of Minority Stake by Garuda Capital

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - FinLink Technology Limited, a data-driven, AI-enabled technology startup company engaged in cross-border financial services, today announced that Garuda Capital Asia Limited, a leading investment firm focusing on venture capital and growth investing in Asia Pacific, has acquired a significant minority interest in the company via an affiliated investment fund. This acquisition follows a previously unannounced $2.5M seed round led by PF Ventures and Garuda Capital in 2019. Founded in 2017 in Hong Kong and China, FinLink has built up a proprietary cross-border payment and clearing engine serving small businesses in Asia, facilitating accounts payable management, receivable financing and collection. With its AI-driven software-as-a-service platform, FinLink has achieved $800M transaction volume in 2019, creating value for customers across 55 countries globally from sectors such as e-commerce, trading, tourism, logistics and etc. "Following the acquisition, FinLink will realign its strategic focus towards strengthening data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities," said Huang Peng, co-founder and CEO of FinLink. "With even stronger backing from shareholders, we can focus on developing innovative products and solutions for our regional clients by leveraging on existing customer relationship." About FinLinkFounded in Hong Kong with offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, FinLink is a technology startup specializing in data analytics and artificial intelligence application development, in particular for the financial services sector. About Garuda CapitalGaruda Capital is an investment firm that specializes in venture capital and financial advisory for early- and growth-stage companies in Asia Pacific. The firm currently has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai....read more

MDRT Innovates to Empower Members for 2021 Membership Season Amid Global Crisis

MDRT announces new Productivity Action Plan to provide members with support to excel despite the economic crisis The Productivity Action Plan includes the all-new MDRT Focus on Resources hub and adjusted 2021 productivity requirements SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 November 2020 - In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, MDRT has made strategic moves to ensure financial professionals and their clients are well supported. The association announced its Productivity Action Plan, developed to help financial professionals qualify for membership in 2021, and equip them with proven strategies to drive their businesses and clients towards next-level success in the current climate and beyond. A relief package for advisors The MDRT Productivity Action Plan acknowledges the challenging business conditions financial professionals have faced in 2020. To provide its current and aspiring members with more opportunities to join, MDRT announced it has no plans to increase dues in 2021, and waived 2021 production requirements for 2019 and 2020 members, allowing those members to reapply for membership without submitting their production requirements. Considering the economic impacts on the industry, MDRT has also adjusted the production requirements for prior-to-2019 members and new members. An e-Hub for career progression Though the pandemic has changed the way many financial professionals do business, MDRT is focused on providing them with the innovative ideas they need to continue succeeding. As part of the Productivity Action Plan, the association developed the MDRT Focus on Resources hub. Available to both members and non-members, the site is updated regularly with timely, top-tier content from industry professionals around the globe, built to help advisors navigate current challenges so they can continue to grow their business, protect their clients and guide both towards a successful future. From how to host productive virtual meetings to managing ......read more

Montgomery Asia partners with Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) to launch the inaugural International Café & Beverage Show (ICBS) in Malaysia!

Participants can look forward to barista brew-offs and business opportunities with ICBS, as part of the new 3-year partnership with MSCA SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 November 2020 - Montgomery Asia, a global exhibitions company with 125 years of experience, is excited to set foot in Malaysia with the launch of the inaugural International Café & Beverage Show (ICBS).   Taking place from 10 to 12 June 2021, the three-day event will showcase a myriad of artisanal food, beverage and café products from esteemed businesses and brands, both from Malaysia and the greater region of Southeast Asia. As part of the partnership, Montgomery Asia will be hosting the next three years of the internationally-recognised Malaysia National Coffee Championship (MNCC), first organised by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) in 2014. "We are excited to bring the International Café & Beverage show to Kuala Lumpur next June. Stepping foot once again into this exciting market and working closely with the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) to bring the whole coffee industry together to play our part in driving this fast growing industry forward." enthused Mr Christopher McCuin, Managing Director, Montgomery Asia. "Our 125+ years of experience and focus on the global fine food & drink industry will help us deliver a spectacular business experience for all involved. ICBS plays a first step in a strong growth plan across the entire ASEAN region."   Headlining Coffee-Brewing Championships   MNCC 2021, the major headlining event of ICBS, will bring back iconic annual events such as the Malaysia Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, and Latte Art Championship.   At the Malaysia Barista Championship, baristas compete in a brew-off to showcase their service and personalities. The Malaysia Brewers Cup highlights the craft of filtered coffee, challenging the baristas' ability to extract outstanding flavours while brewing coffee by hand. Lastly, the Mal ......read more

Social Enterprise Summit 2020 Concludes Successfully

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 November 2020 - The 13th Social Enterprise Summit (SES 2020) concluded successfully today, after three days of strong online engagement. COVID-19 not only highlights the value of social innovation it underscores the value of each and every one in our community.  Increasingly corporations and investors are prioritizing social impact as a core business strategy for growth and sustainable development. Social enterprises instill solid social values and innovative ideas into the ecosystem while creating changes in the private sector over time. This year's call for action "Envision Citizens' Innovation Towards 2030" was announced at the Concluding Session. Participants were given a list of words and were asked to select one that best described the kind of society they would like to see in ten years' time. The most frequently chosen word was "Empower". At the closing ceremony, Mrs Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair of the Organising Committee of the Social Enterprise Summit said "SES is becoming a social innovation movement where cross sector change makers gather collective power to combat the increasingly unpredictable worldly challenges.  Participants were eager to establish stronger networks and many resolves to taking action while adopting a long-term vision.". The concluding session was titled "Yesterday's Heritage; Today's Transformation; Tomorrow's DYNAMIC INNOVATION". It was hosted by Tony HUNG, artist and Founder of Travel Kind (HK), with other speakers including Ren WAN, Co-founder of JupYeah (HK), Rap CHAN, Co-founder and Illustrator of Dustykid (HK). They curated the session as a narrative with a script telling the story behind various initiatives for social good. Each story spoke of a social innovator's mission, explained the targeted social impact of their work, and showed how "taking action" could create dynamic changes through collective power. Moreover, five student groups shared their award-winning social innovation project ......read more

Ashford Dental opens third branch in Bedok, specialising in same-day smile restoration

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 November 2020 - With the opening of their third facility in Bedok projected for end December 2020, the Ashford Dental Centre is expanding its operations into a wider range of neighbourhood locations. Along with their other two branches in Serangoon and Thomson, the new facility will facilitate the provision of dental services to match rising demand. Out of the many dental services, perhaps the most significant in demand spikes are dental implants. A dental implant requires surgical placement of a titanium fixture into the part of the jaw where a tooth has been lost. Aside from oral health reasons such as maintaining bone structure and preserving the ability to chew, dental implants are essential to one's confidence and self-esteem. And, that is where Ashford Dental delivers. Specialising in same-day dental implants, Ashford Dental promises a comfortable, efficient and safe experience for patients. Understandably so, many fret over the physical discomfort and costs associated with a dental visit. However, patients can look forward to the personalised and pleasant consultation that is synonymous with the Ashford Experience. Having undergone specific and specialised training, the team of dentists over at Ashford Dental are well-acquainted to deliver dental implant placements, even on the day itself, that are suited to you. The range of clinical success stories are testament to how same-day dental implants are one of the most highly requested and performed procedures over at Ashford Dental. Ashford facilities are registered day surgery centres, which translates to capabilities for intravenous sedation (sleep dentistry). Likewise, all clinics occupy least 1200 square feet of large business offices, dental and recovery suites. Featuring Australian made Adec 550 chairs - the newest generation of dentistry 'smart' chairs - and European made maxillofacial imaging systems for oral surgeries like implant dentistry, Ashford promises ......read more

Round Table for the Financing of CEMAC Integration Projects - Paris, 16 & 17 November 2020

CEMAC takes up the Challenge and Mobilizes 3.8 Billion Euros to Finance Integration Projects in the CEMAC zone PARIS, FRANCE - EQS Newswire - 20 November 2020 - After two days spent in Paris meeting with representatives of the French Government, heads of community institutions, representatives of international institutions, donors and private investors, CEMAC can boast of significant economic success. Under the leadership of HE Mr. Clément MOUAMBA, Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo, the institution has succeeded in raising 3.8 billion euros to support the financing of integration projects for the economic development of the region. Organized by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) under the very high patronage of HE Mr. Denis SASSOU N'GUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo, President dedicated to the Economic and Financial Reform Program of CEMAC (PREF-CEMAC), represented by HE Mr. Clément MOUAMBA, Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo, the round table on the mobilization of financing for integration projects of CEMAC, was held on November 16 and 17, 2020 in Paris. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the round table took place in a hybrid format with 60 participants present, and more than 400 video conference participants over both days. The objective of this round table was to mobilize donors and private investors to raise funds for the effective implementation of eleven (11) integration projects in the CEMAC zone, which specifically focus on: facilitation of transport and trade, production and interconnection of electricity and communications networks, the common market and economic diversification, and human capital. At the opening of the ceremony, the opportunities of the CEMAC zone and the importance of the implementation of integration projects for the strengthening of regional integration and the acceleration of the diversification of economies were reminded by Prof. Daniel ......read more

Joinland Group Delivering Socio-Economic Benefits To Papua New Guinea Islanders

Over 3 Million Trees Planted on New Hanover Island KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - The Joinland Group, a diversified Malaysian conglomerate of varied business interests, has planted over 3 million trees on the Papua New Guinea (PNG) island of New Hanover since the inception of its agriculture and forestry venture, the Central New Hanover Agro-Forestry Project in 2012.   This milestone achievement is just one of many initiatives that the Joinland Group has undertaken to ensure the long-term and sustainable socio-economic development of both the island and its residents -- meeting its commitments as a responsible partner to the island community.   Since the New Hanover Project began, Joinland Group has planted 2.5 million rubber trees, 560,000 cocoa trees and 54,000 coconut trees in order to create sustainable jobs and income for local residents and landowners both now and in the future.   Commenting on this achievement Dato' Sri Thomas Hah Tiing Siu, the founder of Joinland, said, "We are happy to have achieved this tree planting milestone. Our New Hanover project in Papua New Guinea is benefitting members of the surrounding communities as the efforts of our labour over the past eight years are starting to bear fruit. Our goal is to empower the people of New Hanover and provide opportunities for them to earn income both in the short and long term."   Joinland's New Hanover Project, which covers a total of 56,592 hectares, was always planned as a long-term project with several phases designed to contribute to the economic and social growth of the residents of New Hanover. The first phase, which was to develop New Hanover's underutilised land in a sustainable manner, is well underway. While Joinland has already planted over 3 million trees, the company is committed to hitting a target of 5 million by 2022.   The second phase of the project, encompassing the processing and marketing of the agricultural crops, is currently in ......read more

US based tech company Presidio announces agreement to acquire Irish owned Arkphire

Acquisition expected to create a new global IT supply and services business  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - Irish headquartered IT procurement and services company, Arkphire, today announced it is to be fully acquired by Presidio, a leading North American IT solutions provider.  The deal represents a further consolidation of scale in the ICT services market creating a global IT supply and services business. Arkphire will support Presidio as a strategic platform to drive business expansion across both Europe and Asia Pacific.   Commenting on the acquisition, Paschal Naylor, chief executive at Arkphire said: "This announcement with Presidio is a hugely positive development for Arkphire, our people and our customers, equipping us with the ability to extend our global reach and further evolve our service offering to customers in response to their changing needs. We are in the business of enablement. Being part of the enlarged Presidio family will open up many new possibilities and provide us with a natural partner to support the IT needs of our customers, regardless of where they want to do business."     Both Arkphire and Presidio have a shared core business model focused around digital infrastructure, cloud, security and other IT services. Presidio's $3 billion IT solutions and services business has a local presence in over 57 locations across the United States serving approximately 7,300 middle market, large and government organisations across a diverse range of industries. Chris Ambler, Head of Asia-Pacific, Arkphire   Commenting on the acquisition, Presidio CEO Bob Cagnazzi said: "Presidio was attracted to Arkphire by the quality of its portfolio of solutions and services, and the customer-centric culture of excellence that characterized the management team. The acquisition is expected to provide Presidio an opportunity to assimilate Arkphire's best practices into our own in the US, while providing Presidio a platform to scale our a ......read more

eCommerce Logistics Platform GoBuyShip associate with Local Brands to offers the Black Friday Deals

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - Letting Hong Kong people to experience Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, GoBuyShip has launched a series of Black Friday discounts with dozens of online stores. Online shops with diversified types from fashion lifestyle, leisure, care, health care, and beauty to household products, there will have a big discount for Black Friday. Countless offers for Black Friday in Hong Kong Origins in the United States, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day, the 4th Thursday of November every year.  It is a huge business opportunity and even the highest single sales day throughout the year, for European and American stores. In 2019, Adobe Analytics tracked 80 of the 100 most popular e-commerce platforms for retailers in the United States, with online purchases reaching US$7.4 billion (approximately HK$57.7 billion). For customers, it is an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree, huge merchants and online shopping platforms such as Amazon will offer big discounts. eCommerce Logistics Platform, GoBuyShip, has now associate with Local stores in Hong Kong, to promote "Black Friday" sales campaign. GoBuyShop collected a series of Black Friday discounts with dozens of online stores.  Costumer may learn the list of stores from this URL: https://www.gobuyship.com/tc/black-friday-hk.html. Products will also be accompanied by the GoBuyShip Black Friday logo for identification easily. About GoBuyShipGoBuyShip.com is a platform, provides one-stop global e-commerce logistics services and develops into a transshipment center for online shopping according to the different needs of customers. Creating an international online shopping flow hub. The service network covers all parts of the world which providing customers with one-stop service. GoBuyShip.com integrates online shopping discount information, logistics services, and transshipment services. At the same time, it creates a five-star logistics service ......read more

New Report Finds that Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It's Not Just Deep Fakes

Europol, UNICRI and Trend Micro uncover current and future threats of AI and how to combat them HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today. The report provides law enforcers, policy makers and other organizations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks. The complete results of this research are available here: https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/hk/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/exploiting-ai-how-cybercriminals-misuse-abuse-ai-and-ml  . "AI promises the world greater efficiency, automation and autonomy. At a time where the public is getting increasingly concerned about the possible misuse of AI, we have to be transparent about the threats, but also look into the potential benefits from AI technology." said Edvardas Šileris, Head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre. "This report will help us not only to anticipate possible malicious uses and abuses of AI, but also to prevent and mitigate those threats proactively. This is how we can unlock the potential AI holds and benefit from the positive use of AI systems." The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deepfakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets. For example, AI could be used to support: Convincing social engineering attacks at scale Document-scraping malware to make attacks more efficient Evasion of image recognition and voice biometrics Ransomware attacks, through intelligent targeting and evasion D ......read more

Infinix Dar-link AI Optimization Engine Released - A Flagship Gaming Experience at Your Fingertips

SHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - Infinix, a world-renowned consumer electronics brand, pioneered a game optimization engine, Dar-link 1.0. This is a major breakthrough made by the Infinix R&D team to improve the user's gaming experience. The technology enhances the system by making improvements to the graphics display, touchscreen sensitivity, and by optimizing the data load. At present, Infinix is the first to apply this technology to the 2020 flagship device Infinix Zero 8, bringing a brand-new gaming experience to users.   Infinix Product Manager, Matt said, "The Infinix R&D team has done multiple testing to optimize the Dar-link game engine by repeated polishing of several specific problems that users face. This is a major technological innovation of Infinix. It brings gaming interaction and display experience to a new level, and enhances the user's sensory experience in PUBG and other mobile games."   A smooth and stable graphics display   Dar-link 1.0's screen enhancement processing function uses multiple algorithms to optimize the game display screen, and recognizes different screen scenes through intelligent calculations, so that the game image processing rate matches the requirements of the relevant scenes, giving users a stronger visual impact. In addition, the frame rate prediction algorithm can generate pictures in advance, based on the different scenes in the game. By optimizing the screen, the game scene switching is faster and more stable. Realistic picture rendering creates an immersive gaming space for players, engaging them in a gameplay experience and bringing their in-game adventure to life.   An improved touchscreen sensitivity   The Dar-link game engine intelligently controls its computing power from the chip. The Infinix Zero 8 Helio G90T chipset further optimizes the GPU image rendering capabilities and screen display to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen and reduce latency when refreshing the ......read more

Infor Partners with China’s Industry Experts & Customer Dongfeng to Discuss New Opportunities for Smart Manufacturing in the New Normal

SHIYAN, HUBEI - Media OutReach - 20 November 2020 - Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today joined hands with one of its customers, the Equipment Company of Dongfeng Motor Corporation (hereinafter Dongfeng Equipment), to hold a media walk-in tour at Dongfeng Equipment's manufacturing base to discuss smart manufacturing and opportunities in the new normal. As part of the event, a small seminar series involving industry experts was held to introduce attendees to Infor's solutions, their implementation and share with media how Infor's digital transformation solutions can help enterprises overhaul their manufacturing business. The seminars covered topics ranging from digital transformation in the automotive and automotive equipment manufacturing fields, the implications of China's 14th Five-Year Plan on digital transformation, best practices for intelligent manufacturing and more. After the seminar series, discussion groups were held to allow experts, media and enterprise leaders alike to learn together and discuss ideas about the future of digital transformation. Dongfeng Equipment implemented two digital transformation solutions from Infor, namely Infor LN, and Infor EAM, helping it to standardize its business, processes and data management. Dongfeng Equipment was also able to establish a real-time production system, business and financial integration, full-spectrum quality control, and comprehensive traceability. During the pandemic, they were able to quickly transition to producing protective masks. Dongfeng's digital journey with Infor has also been recognized by the International Data Corporation (IDC), which awarded Dongfeng Equipment for their digital transformation successes --  "boosting quality and efficiency" with the help of Infor's digital solutions back in September 2020. "Before we set down the path to digital transformation with Infor, Dongfeng Equipment was struggling to manage all of the diverse tasks r ......read more

Genesis and Symphony Partner to Accelerate Digitisation and Connectivity for The Global Financial Markets Community

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - Genesis, the Low-Code Application Platform (LCAP) and Symphony Communication Services, LLC (hereafter Symphony) are pleased to announce their strategic partnership to provide the financial markets community with interoperable technology and applications, built and deployed both securely and at speed. The partnership will help to transform financial markets collaboration by pairing Genesis Low-Code Application Platform to drive digitisation with Symphony's collaboration platform which securely and compliantly connects people, organisations and financial markets.   As the financial markets community has become increasingly reliant on electronification and collaboration tools in an effort to mitigate risk and increase efficiencies, Genesis and Symphony's partnership will improve workflow productivity while also ensuring that clients can meet the highest standards of global regulatory compliance. A range of applications designed and built on the Genesis Low-Code Application Platform will be made available to the over half a million financial professionals in the Symphony community.   Symphony's collaboration and messaging platform was built for the needs of the financial services industry, with over 535,000 users from more than 360 companies worldwide. The platform allows applications and users to share information, context and intent, in a secure and compliant way. This year alone, the company has registered record growth in its community with a 32% increase in monthly active users, and over  170 million messages sent every month, solidifying Symphony's position as one of the world's largest communities in financial markets.   Genesis Low-Code Application Platform, also designed for the specific requirements of the financial markets, enables rapid creation of applications without having to write substantial lines of code. It is an enterprise-scale offering uniquely positioned with the extensive Genesis Application Lib ......read more

80+ social innovators from around the world to shape the New Normal online at the 13th Social Enterprise Summit

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - The 13th Social Enterprise Summit kicked off today in an online format. The three-day international symposium will host dialogues with over 80 leading social innovators in more than 20 forums, workshops and interactive sessions. Speakers and participants from all over the world will have the chance to engage on this unique cross-sector platform.   This year's Social Enterprise Summit (SES) has chosen the theme "new normal · collective power". Everyone in our society will require some shifts to come out of the current situations during a year of pandemic, the Summit will identify ways for generating new social power by bringing different sectors together more closely. This is the first time that an online format has been used for the Summit, enabling social entrepreneurs from many different countries to interact without geographic limitations. "History will mark 2020 as one of the most disruptive years ever, a year of survival and change," said Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair of the SES Organising Committee. "Social issues have never been as complex as they are now, and this calls for new ways of thinking. We need to be innovative and use our collective power to tackle and solve the entrenched social issues in this era of the 'new normal'."   The Summit began at 10:00am with a keynote address by Mr Jeremy HEIMANS (US) and Mr Henry TIMMS (US), Co-Authors of New Power. According to these speakers, "New power is the ability to harness the energy of the connected crowd; it is the deployment of mass participation and peer coordination to create change, shift outcomes and achieve the best result." Mr TIMMS shared the example of a global philanthropic movement #GivingTuesday that engages people in close to 100 countries and which has generated over US$1 billion for good causes.   Followed by a Policy Dialogue at 11:00am, where The Honourable Bernard Charnwut CHAN, Convenor of the Non-Official Members, Executive Council of ......read more

Beyond Meat Introduces Brand New Beyond Pork™ Product in China

The plant-based minced pork is Beyond Meat's latest cutting-edge innovation and the company's first product developed specifically for the Chinese market From Nov. 18-24, Shanghai foodies can be the first to try Beyond Pork at five popular Shanghai restaurants  SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), a pioneer in plant-based meat, is announcing its latest product innovation: Beyond Pork™. Designed to deliver the sumptuous taste, juicy texture and culinary versatility similar to traditional minced pork, Beyond Pork was created specifically for the Chinese market and is the next step forward in Beyond Meat's commitment to creating high-quality products that meet consumers' demand for delicious, nutritious and sustainable protein. The introduction of Beyond Pork follows the successful launches of the Beyond Burger® and Beyond Beef™ in mainland China and comes at a time when interest in plant-based meat is growing in China and around the world. Pork is the most popular meat in China and the country ranks among the highest pork consumption rates in the world[1], making it an excellent location for the unveiling of Beyond Pork. The development of Beyond Pork was a global collaboration between dedicated Beyond Meat teams in Los Angeles and Shanghai. In addition, Beyond Meat conducted multiple sensory tests in China to get direct consumer feedback toward perfecting the product. The result? Beyond Pork was a fan favorite among consumers for its ability to mirror the mouthwatering umami flavor, texture and aroma of animal-based minced pork, while offering the added health and environmental benefits of plant-based meat. "We're excited to launch Beyond Pork in China, marking a milestone for Beyond Meat as we are not only launching an entirely new product innovation, but our first plant-based meat product created specifically for the Chinese market," said Candy Chan, China General Manager, Beyond Meat. "With Beyond Po ......read more

James Dyson Award 2020: At-home breast cancer screening device and a novel new material to generate renewable electricity BOTH win global prize

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - 2020 was a record-breaking year for the James Dyson Award, which has now financially supported 250 promising inventions from young engineers and scientists around the world. Despite this year's context, the Award received its highest number of entries, and the quality was exceptional -- highlighting the ingenuity of young inventors. The two winners, who each receive £30,000, solve significant problems of global importance: women missing breast cancer screenings and sustainable methods to effectively generate renewable energy.   The Blue Box is the International winner of the James Dyson Award 2020. Invented by 23-year-old Judit Giró Benet, it is a new way to detect breast cancer, at-home, using a urine sample.   AuREUS System Technology is the first ever Sustainability winner of the James Dyson Award 2020. Invented by 27-year-old Carvey Ehren Maigue, it is a new material, made from waste crop, which converts UV light into renewable energy.   Commenting on the 2020 James Dyson Award, Sir James Dyson says,   "Young people want to change the world, and the engineers, scientists and designers who enter the James Dyson Award demonstrate that they can. We have observed a growing number of ideas for healthcare and improving sustainability, and it seemed invidious to choose between such noble ideas, so we created two prizes this year, to support two equally worthy inventions. Judit and Carvey are highly impressive individuals who have made significant breakthroughs, I hope that they can use the James Dyson Award as a springboard to future success."   International winner -- The Blue Box, invented by Judit Giró Benet   The problem This year's International winner of the James Dyson Award was inspired by the inventor's mother's diagnosis of breast cancer. Judit realised that there is a global need for a less invasive and more accessible screening process for breast cancer. Currently screening requires women to ......read more

CIFI issued US$350 million senior notes at a coupon rate of 5.25% due 2026

Redemption of US$420 million senior notes and perpetual bonds reduce average financing costs effectively and optimize debt structure HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. ("CIFI" or the "Group", HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer and investor in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China, is pleased that the Group successfully priced its US$350 million,5.5-year senior notes with coupon rate of 5.25% at par on 6 November 2020. Concurrently, the Group announced its offer to repurchase its two existing senior notes due in the first half of 2021 with coupon rates of 7.625% and 6.875% respectively and to redeem one perpetual bonds with a coupon rate of 5.375% for a total sum of US$420 million. The move can help CIFI reduce the average financing costs, save on interest expenses, and optimize its overall debt structure. Large institutional investors enthusiastically subscribed for CIFI's newly issued senior notes with positive response from the capital market, reflecting the market's recognition of CIFI's credit quality. The final over-subscription of the senior notes was 3.5 times, and total order at peak time was nearly 5 times of the issue size. The Group's final redemption scale has been upsized from US$350 million to US$420 million, which fulfilled the market demand and investors' repurchase needs for two high-yield bonds, and also expanded the redemption scale to meet their repurchase needs for perpetual bonds. The deal ranked the first in the scale of repurchase agreements among recent Chinese high-yield notes issuers, and became one of the most active participations in the capital market. Representative of CIFI, said "Through its active debt management, the Group effectively reduces both its average financing cost and its short-term liabilities, thus maintaining its gearing ratio at a reasonable level and optimizing its overall debt structure. Looking ahead, the Group will continue ......read more

True Colors Film Festival 2020 - Includes two international award-winning films from Taiwan

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - True Colors Film Festival (TCFF) runs online from 3 to 12 December 2020. Offering 30 award-winning features and short films, it is presented by The Nippon Foundation. All the films -- focusing on shared human experiences such as connection, hope, dreams, and transformation -- can be streamed for free. Among the highlights are Taiwan's Blue Gate Crossing and Darkness and Light.   Rediscovered and restored films    The Chess Game of the Wind (1976; Iran), screened only twice in '76 and presumed lost after the 1979 Iranian revolution, it was accidentally discovered in a junk shop in 2014 by the children of filmmaker Mohammed Reza Aslani. Still banned in Iran, it was smuggled into Paris, where restoration work was overseen by Martin Scorsese's non-profit organization, The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project. A family tale about a paraplegic heiress and predatory men.   Moral (1982; Philippines) is by Marilou Díaz-Abaya, known for her ability to spotlight socio-political issues from a feminist perspective. Restored by ABS-CBN in 2017 as part of a project to digitally remaster select Filipino films, Moral is about four women dealing with issues like rape, abortion and sexual freedom in a patriarchal society.   Award-winning films   Listen (2020; Portugal/United Kingdom), Portugal's Oscar Entry for Best International Film and winner of seven awards at the Venice Film Festival 2020. Migrant struggles, judgments and best intentions gone wrong.   Mental (2008; Japan/United States), winner of Best Documentary, Busan International Film Festival, and Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival. The complex world of a mental health clinic in Japan and the lives of its patients and staff.   Darkness and Light (1999; Taiwan), multiple awards including Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo Film Festival 1999, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, Golden Horse Film Festival 1999. A tale of love and blindness. ......read more

Robert Parker Wine Advocate's Inaugural Top 100 Wine Discoveries List Reveals the Next Big Icons and Trends Around the World

Reviewers spotlight noteworthy wine discoveries based on criteria such as sustainability, innovation, investment value and age-worthiness.  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 19 November 2020 - Following on the success of unveiling ten top wine discoveries last year at their New York Matter of Taste event, the review team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate take this initiative a step further, announcing their best newly discovered, under-the-radar wines of the year: Top 100 Wine Discoveries 2020. True to Robert Parker Wine Advocate's vision to independently evaluate and highlight wines from all around the world, this innovative move means to encourage wine lovers to explore new territories and learn about the passionate work of often previously unheralded wine makers. Domaine Franco-Chinois is the new product to emerge from the old Sino-French experimental vineyard and winery located in Hebei, China. This is a joint venture between the Chinese government (CITIC) and the French government   From over 30,000 wines reviewed by the ten-strong team of wine critics over the last year, this Top 100 Wine Discoveries list complements the 100-point rating system developed by Robert Parker Wine Advocate back in 1978, spotlighting not the well-known, highest scoring wines, but those singular wine gems revealing unexpected greatness or fresh, exciting new takes on familiar labels.   The selection discovers a number of wines produced from lesser-known grape varieties and/or in non-traditional growing regions, and also rediscovers dozens of renowned marques that are making significant innovations, such as in sustainability and terroir-driven decisions, that are informing the taste of the new generation. Wineries in the Old World regions such as France and Italy show plenty of innovation, while the United States has emerged as one of wine's most innovative frontiers.   "The results of our assessment highlighted to us that there are wines that are not necessarily our top-scorin ......read more



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