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  • Milliman study: Protection-oriented product strategies lead to continued embedded value growth for life insurers in Asia, despite challenges
    HONG KONG, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today announced the findings of its annual study on reported year-end 2018 embedded value (EV) and value of new business (VNB) results for 52 major multinational and domestic life insurers across Asia. The report highlights trends in published EV results, including a total growth in reported EV in 2018 of 5.3% to USD 756 billion and a VNB growth of 1.5%. The Milliman 2018 Embedded Value Results: Asia report provides in-depth analysis of the EV methodologies and assumptions adopted, as well as the impact of key regulations and other market developments in the region. This year's edition includes the Japanese market, which was previously excluded from the Asia report and included as part Milliman's Europe report. "As yield curves remain at historically low levels throughout Asia, it is the companies that have successfully transitioned away from the traditional guaranteed long-term savings products that have typically reported the highest growth in EV and VNB," said Milliman principal and consulting actuary Paul Sinnott. "This has been significant in both China and India, markets that lead EV growth in Asia, primarily as a result of companies selling more protection-oriented business. Several companies in South East Asia also improved results through enhancing distribution channels' productivity. Unfavourable interest rate movements led to a decrease in EV and VNB results in a few countries." A copy of the report detailing these and other pertinent trends is available for download on http://www.milliman.com/ev-research. A few key insights from the Asia report include: China and India continue to report the highest EV growth in the Asia region. The regulatory clampdown on the sale of high-guarantee short-medium term universal life products in China last year had very little effect on results given their lack of profitability, while the increased focus on protection business has helped drive positive EV growth. Total reported VNB for Asia stood at USD 52.6 billion in 2018, compared with USD 51.8 billion in 2017, representing a growth of 1.5%. At 22% India produced the highest VNB growth, on a constant currency basis, across Asia in 2018 mainly as a result of companies' continued focus on writing profitable protection business. Hong Kong(China), Taiwan(China) and Malaysia reported the highest new business margin growth of 7%, 5% and 4%, respectively, in 2018. About Milliman Milliman is among the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services. The firm has consulting practices in healthcare, property & casualty insurance, life insurance and financial services, and employee benefits. Founded in 1947, Milliman is an independent firm with offices in major cities around the globe including multiple offices in Asia & the Middle East. For further information, visit milliman.com. Related Links :http://www.milliman.com
  • GoldenTree Expands into Japan Continuing Asia-Pacific Growth
    NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GoldenTree Asset Management LP, an institutional global asset management firm that specializes in opportunities across the credit universe, today announced the opening of a branch in Tokyo, Japan. The firm also announced that Taro Ueda will be joining GoldenTree as a Managing Director and will lead the new office.  Mr. Ueda joins GoldenTree from Wellington, where he was most recently Managing Director, Relationship Manager for Japanese Institutional Investors.  GoldenTree's new Tokyo office underscores the firm's latest expansion in the Asia-Pacific region. In September 2017, the firm opened an office in Sydney and a Singapore office was opened five years ago. A number of GoldenTree's institutional clients are located in the region.  "We are pleased to establish an on-the-ground office in Tokyo.  Japan has been a key market for GoldenTree for some time and we believe investors will gain significant benefits from our new office," said Kathy Sutherland, Partner and Head of Business Development at GoldenTree. "We have known Taro for years and he has exemplary relationships in Japan along with extensive credit markets experience. We welcome him to our team and look forward to his contributions." "GoldenTree, with its long history of serving institutional clients in the investment management business, is widely recognized as a leader in the global credit markets," said Mr. Ueda.   "I am honored to join Kathy and the team to help further build our partnerships in Japan and the surrounding region." Previous to joining GoldenTree, Taro Ueda spent over 25 years working both in sell side and buy side positions in the Japanese financial industry.  Mr. Ueda joined Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in 1993 and helped establish the firm's alternative investment program.  In 2005, he joined JPMorgan Securities Japan with product management responsibilities focusing on CLO and Credit related fund products. Most recently, Mr. Ueda was a member of Wellington Management's relationship management team responsible for providing solutions to financial institutions in Japan with strong focus on Credit and Alternative strategies. Mr. Ueda is a graduate of Waseda University and has his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. About GoldenTree GoldenTree is an employee-owned, global asset management firm that specializes in opportunities across the credit universe in sectors such as high yield bonds, leveraged loans, distressed debt, structured products, emerging markets, private equity and credit-themed equities. GoldenTree was founded in 2000 and is one of the largest independent asset managers focused on global credit. GoldenTree manages over $30 billion for institutional investors including leading public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.  For more information, please visit http://www.goldentree.comRelated Links :http://www.goldentree.com
  • Prime Minister of Malaysia to Present Keynote Address at IDEP 2019 Forum
    ~ Roundtable session aimed at increasing awareness on Shared Responsibility ~ KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In this day and age, poverty eradication has become an increasingly challenging task due to the ever changing socio-economic landscape around the world. Realizing that poverty eradication and reforming social imbalance requires shifts in policies and long-term interventions from many stakeholders, Yayasan Sejahtera will be hosting the Yayasan Sejahtera's 2019 International Day for the Eradication Of Poverty Forum entitled, "Inclusive Development And Sejahtera In The New Malaysia", to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed globally in October. Tan Sri Faizah Mohd. Tahir, Board of Trustees Chairman, Yayasan Sejahtera The forum, which will be officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Oct 16 at the Research Management & Innovation Complex, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, is part of Yayasan Sejahtera's 10th Anniversary celebration in their efforts to eradicate poverty amongst the B40 communities in Malaysia since 2009. According to Yayasan Sejahtera's Board of Trustees Chairman, Tan Sri Faizah Mohd. Tahir, Yayasan Sejahtera has always emulated a Community Based Approach (CBA) concept in their programmes. "We have always believed in CBA as a more holistic approach to combat poverty. Hence the governments call for shared prosperity bodes well with our objective of building sustainable communities in helping the poor to better themselves for a brighter future," said Tan Sri Faizah when asked about Yayasan Sejahtera's efforts in the past. While extreme poverty is considered to have been addressed in Malaysia, relative poverty in the urban and rural context remains a challenge. The rising cost of living due to rapid urban growth has greatly impacted low-income households in particular, which are especially vulnerable to economic shocks. During the forum, experts and researchers will discuss current trends, implications and possible action to assist those living below the poverty line. Yayasan Sejahtera will also be introducing its Community Development Fund (CDF) platform in conjunction with its 10th anniversary aimed at establishing a sustainable channel for contributions towards alleviating poverty as a whole. Previously, the organisation had embarked on a partnership with Boost and MaybankHeart for its crowdfunding platforms. The CDF will serve as a direct platform for private sectors to donate towards its community projects, and work closely together to reduce poverty abjection. For more information on the forum and Yayasan Sejahtera's Community Development Fund, please visit http://www.sejahtera.my/idep2019. Interested parties may contact Yayasan Sejahtera at idep2019@sejahtera.my or call 03-2602-3399. ABOUT YAYASAN SEJAHTERA (YS) Yayasan Sejahtera (YS) has been actively advocating its unique Community Based Approach (CBA) concept in their efforts to eradicate poverty and community development for poor and low-income households in Malaysia. Since its inception in 2009, Yayasan Sejahtera programmes have benefited over 12,986 beneficiaries from Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak. Yayasan Sejahtera aims to provide a holistic approach in community development by addressing different groups - Adults, Youth and Children - for a more comprehensive assistance to those needing it most. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190916/2581464-1?lang=0
  • GSA at the Forefront of Student Wellbeing Through Design
    Student Happiness and Success through Wellbeing-Centric Residential Design LONDON, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GSA has launched a ground-breaking pilot project on Global Wellbeing, which aims to improve student wellbeing in the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector. As the global leader in student living, GSA believes it is paramount to advance the knowledge and understanding of student wellbeing across its global portfolio. Therefore, on the 26th of August 2019 the GSA wellbeing team provided funding for seven (7) students from the UK, Japan, Egypt, Cyprus and Mauritius to take part in a week long wellbeing design workshop, with the intention to create a concept for 'The Bedroom of Tomorrow'. The research focused pilot brought together four (4) wellbeing in design industry experts from around the world (USA, UK, UAE and The Netherlands) to mentor the students on the key factors that influence wellbeing in residential buildings. The participants were selected through an initial competition which asked them to develop their own interpretation on how wellbeing considerations could improve their own living environment. A total of seven (7) candidates from across the world were chosen. GSA was keen to ensure this was a truly global project, inviting opinions and perspectives from various cultures, responding to the globalisation of Higher Education. GSA's Founder and Executive Chairman, Nicholas Porter said, "As a leader in global student living, we have a responsibility to understand and progress student wellbeing practices. Enhancing the wellbeing of our residents through carefully considered and researched design is a fundamental part of this. We are committed to ensuring students themselves are active participants in the evolution of our residence design and I am continually amazed and inspired by what this generation is capable of." Kirsten James, Senior Designer at Studioilse explained, "At Studioilse we have a simple mission - to put human need and desires at the centre of our work. It means creating environments where people feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable. The mission this week was nurturing a new generation of students to question why and how their living space can support and improve their daily lives." Marc Snyder, Associate Principal at 4240 Architecture stated, "The discussions this week focused on why it's critical to understand and implement sustainable design practices that promote wellbeing. We are teaching a design perspective that is specifically tuned to explore the importance of wellness in student living and higher education communities in promoting success." GSA PARTNERS Philippa Charrier - FAT Properties - UK HaninHazeem– OneYoungWorld - UAE Kirsten James - Studioilse - UK Marc Snyder - 4240 Architecture - USA GSA's long-term objective for the first phase of the wellbeing in design (The Bedroom of Tomorrow) project is to enact positive wellbeing design changes throughout all its residences. Engaging and collaborating with students on the process of residence design is a valuable exercise and will allow for added insights to GSA's existing wellbeing in design principles. Currently the student's wellbeing through design concept has been shared with members of the GSA team for feedback and review. Any adaptions will be evolved into a final concept design. The concept will be created by GSA's architectural partners 4240 architecture together with a summary of the core discussions and preferences the students identified during the workshop. Through the continued strengthening of relations with our partner organisations and the joint commitment to continuous wellbeing improvement through research and collaboration, GSA aims to have all student living spaces incorporate student wellbeing through design by 2025. For more information about GSA, please visit: http://www.gsa-gp.com  Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/858784/GSA_Logo.jpg
  • She Loves Tech, World's Largest Startup Competition For Women and Technology Helps Startups Raise Over USD100m in Its 5th Year
    BEIJING, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- She Loves Tech successfully concluded its global startup competition for the fifth consecutive year, after holding rounds in 20+ international locations in 2019. She Loves Tech opened its 2019 Global Conference by announcing over USD100m funding raised by finalist startups in five years. Co-founders Virginia Tan, Rhea See and Leanne Robers stated, "Our mission is to attract top female entrepreneurs and the best startups in the She-Economy. By giving them a global stage, we hope to take them to the next level, the funding raised so far is testament to the success of that mission." Winners from each round received an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing and an exclusive week-long bootcamp before pitching at the global finals in front of international investors and tech executives. The winning team will also receive a cash prize of USD15,000 from Teja Ventures, She Loves Tech's official venture partner and Asia's first gender-lens VC fund. The 15 finalist teams also stand to win investments from multiple funds, including ADB Ventures, She Loves Tech's official impact partner.  She Loves Tech 2019 Germany's Phantasma Labs, a platform helping self-driving systems predict and understand human behavior using virtual stimulation, emerged as winner of the She Loves Tech 2019 competition. Maria Meier, Co-founder and CTO of Phantasma Labs said: "It feels powerful to be around so many inspiring women entrepreneurs, especially in our field which needs more. We are really grateful to She Loves Tech for providing a platform to meet outstanding founders and gain exposure to top investors and mentors." USA's Canairy and India's CyCa Oncosolutions came in as second and third respectively. With the theme "Tech for Good", the She Loves Tech Conference also hosted leading entrepreneurs and investors as speakers including Cindy Mi, Founder & CEO of VIPKID, one of the top edtech companies in the world, Bin Li, Founder of NIO, a unicorn electric car company, Natalie Wang, Founder of Glamor APP, Shirley Wu, Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies, Nicole Chen, Managing Director of Refinitiv China, Ilaria Chan, Group Advisor for Social Impact Investments of GRAB, Daniel Hersson, Investment Lead of ADB Ventures, James Chou, Managing Director & CEO, Microsoft for Startups Greater China, Japan & Korea, and Jaff Shen, Founder & CEO of Leping Foundation.
  • She Loves Tech, World's Largest Startup Competition For Women and Technology Helps Startups Raise Over USD100m in Its 5th Year
    BEIJING, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- She Loves Tech successfully concluded its global startup competition for the fifth consecutive year, after holding rounds in 20+ international locations in 2019. She Loves Tech opened its 2019 Global Conference by announcing over USD100m funding raised by finalist startups in five years. Co-founders Virginia Tan, Rhea See and Leanne Robers stated, "Our mission is to attract top female entrepreneurs and the best startups in the She-Economy. By giving them a global stage, we hope to take them to the next level, the funding raised so far is testament to the success of that mission." Winners from each round received an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing and an exclusive week-long bootcamp before pitching at the global finals in front of international investors and tech executives. The winning team will also receive a cash prize of USD15,000 from Teja Ventures, She Loves Tech's official venture partner and Asia's first gender-lens VC fund. The 15 finalist teams also stand to win investments from multiple funds, including ADB Ventures, She Loves Tech's official impact partner. She Loves Tech 2019 Germany's Phantasma Labs, a platform helping self-driving systems predict and understand human behavior using virtual stimulation, emerged as winner of the She Loves Tech 2019 competition. Maria Meier, Co-founder and CTO of Phantasma Labs said: "It feels powerful to be around so many inspiring women entrepreneurs, especially in our field which needs more. We are really grateful to She Loves Tech for providing a platform to meet outstanding founders and gain exposure to top investors and mentors." USA's Canairy and India's CyCa Oncosolutions came in as second and third respectively. With the theme "Tech for Good", the She Loves Tech Conference also hosted leading entrepreneurs and investors as speakers including Cindy Mi, Founder & CEO of VIPKID, one of the top edtech companies in the world, Bin Li, Founder of NIO, a unicorn electric car company, Natalie Wang, Founder of Glamor APP, Shirley Wu, Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies, Nicole Chen, Managing Director of Refinitiv China, Ilaria Chan, Group Advisor for Social Impact Investments of GRAB, Daniel Hersson, Investment Lead of ADB Ventures, James Chou, Managing Director & CEO, Microsoft for Startups Greater China, Japan & Korea, and Jaff Shen, Founder & CEO of Leping Foundation. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583192-1?lang=0
  • BitHarp Mining Rigs Create New Opportunities for Investors
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Lyre Miner and Harp Miner, two crypto mining rigs launched recently by http://www.BitHarp.com, have opened up excellent investment opportunities for all types of investors. Unlike most other similar products available in the market, these two mining rigs have been specially designed and configured to let the beginners earn a decent return on their investment without having to delve deep into the technical aspects of mining. Most importantly, BitHarp Mining Rigs has an competitive ROI. The profitability of mining rigs depends significantly on their energy consumption and hash rate power. With energy consumptions of 600W and 2400 Watt, Lyre Miner and Harp Miner can be used to mine Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Dash with extraordinarily high hash rate powers. Both these products are suitable for use in home, office, as well as data center. The hash rate powers delivered by Lyre Miner and Harp Miner are mentioned below. Bitcoin: 335 TH/s (Lyre Miner) & 2000 TH/s (Harp Miner)Litecoin: 55 GH/s (Lyre Miner) & 300 GH/s (Harp Miner)Ethereum: 14 GH/s (Lyre Miner) & 75 GH/s (Harp Miner)Dash: 9 TH/s (Lyre Miner) & 50 TH/s (Harp Miner) Both the miners from BitHarp can be used at home because they operate without generating any great deal of noise or heat. With a touch screen operator interface, Lyre Miner is extremely easy for the users to operate or monitor. It can mine one coin at a time with the possibility to switch. A main DLC (direct liquid cooling) mining rig, Harp Miner is capable of delivering ultimate safety and high hash rate power. The specific design of the product makes is tolerant to faults and capable of eliminating potential risks that are often associated with liquid cooling. To find out more about Lyre Miner and Harp Miner, please visit https://www.bitharp.com/ About BitHarp BitHarp is a New Zealand based cryptocurrency manufacturer of the most high-performance and flexible Mining rigs built with the goal of making mining easier and more profitable for investors.Related Links :https://www.bitharp.com
  • AUKEY's New Dynamic Detect Chargers Are Ideal For Both Laptops and Phones
    SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This year AUKEY has introduced a brand new series of Dynamic Detect chargers, providing a powerful and adaptable charging solution for those who need to charge a high-powered device like a laptop, whilst also having the ability to fast charge their phone using the same charger. Family of Dynamic Detect PD Chargers The key advantage of Dynamic Detect compared to traditional USB Power Delivery (PD) chargers is that the PD port is able to adjust its output depending on the number of ports in use, rather than simply providing a fixed output. As an example, a traditional 60W PD charger with two PD ports could only output 30W to a single device (with the total power divided between the two ports). With Dynamic Detect, the same charger could output all 60W from a single port when required, and split the power only when both ports are in use. This means such a charger is capable of charging larger devices like a MacBook Pro, while still being able to fast charge two smartphones at the same time when necessary. There are currently 5 chargers in this series (PA-D1 to PA-D5) with further variations planned, including a hugely powerful 4-port model with a total output of over 100W. The most recent model to be released, the 63W PA-D5, also incorporates gallium nitride (GaN) technology, allowing for an impressively light weight for such a powerful charger. About AUKEY AUKEY® combines the latest technologies with over a decade of hardware expertise to design and build solid, reliable consumer electronics and mobile tech accessories. We are a team of techies with a common appreciation for the finer details and the utility of great design. We are continuously developing and expanding our product portfolio with next generation tech to complement and elevate your digital lifestyle. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aukeys-new-dynamic-detect-chargers-are-ideal-for-both-laptops-and-phones-300919565.html
  • iQIYI's RMB 3 Billion Intellectual Property Supply Chain Finance Asset-backed Security Plan Gets Approved by SSE
    BEIJING, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) ("iQIYI" or the "Company"), an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, today announced that the company's "CITIC Securities - iQIYI Intellectual Property Supply Chain Finance Asset-backed Support Plan" (the "Plan") was approved by the Shanghai Stock Exchange ("SSE") for a RMB 3 billion shelf offering of a supply chain finance asset-backed security product. The underlying assets involved are IP-related transactions, making this the first ABS shelf offering of intellectual property supply chain that is approved in China. This marks iQIYI's second intellectual property supply chain finance asset-backed securitization on the SSE following an initial issuance of RMB 470 million in December 2018, which reflects the recognition of the market for the potential of high-quality film and television content. iQIYI's efforts in asset-backed securitization represents a big step forward for China's entertainment industry as it promotes the sustainable development of the industry by increasing the monetization capabilities of intangible assets such as content intellectual property. As China's leading online entertainment service, iQIYI's business model has evolved to a comprehensive entertainment ecosystem that offers users with services such as e-commerce, gaming, ticket service among many. This unique "Apple Tree" business model enables iQIYI to discover greater value of intellectual properties which play an instrumental role in enhancing the company's monetization capabilities. The Plan not only broadens iQIYI's own financing channels, but also signifies the overall optimization of the industry's capital chain. The issuance of the asset-backed securities will accelerate the flow rate of funds in the entire industry as it evenly spreads the risk and allows partner production enterprises to get their investment back in a shorter period of time. This enables partner production companies to continuously produce new quality content throughout the cycle. By demonstrating how the integration of intellectual property and financial innovation can open up a new path in optimizing the value of intangible assets, the Plan will be beneficial to the stakeholders including platforms, content and investors, as it serves as an example of a healthier financial model for the content industry and an innovative solution to achieve synergies among partners within the entertainment industry. About iQIYI, Inc.                         iQIYI, Inc. is an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China. Its corporate DNA combines creative talent with technology, fostering an environment for continuous innovation and the production of blockbuster content. iQIYI's platform features highly popular original content, as well as a comprehensive library of other professionally-produced content, partner-generated content and user-generated content. The Company distinguishes itself in the online entertainment industry by its leading technology platform powered by advanced AI, big data analytics and other core proprietary technologies. iQIYI attracts a massive user base with tremendous user engagement, and has developed a diversified monetization model including membership services, online advertising services, content distribution, live broadcasting, online games, IP licensing, online literature and e-commerce. View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iqiyis-rmb-3-billion-intellectual-property-supply-chain-finance-asset-backed-security-plan-gets-approved-by-sse-300919725.htmlRelated Links :www.iqiyi.com
  • A Hundred-Million-dollar deal: Bring Colostrum named ColosIgG 24h from the U.S to Vietnam - VitaDairy made America Admired
    PHOENIX, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Exclusive Signing Ceremony between VitaDairy and Pantheryx on providing Colostrum named ColosIgG 24h for  VitaDairy in Vietnam; which happened in the presence of Governor of Arizona State, doctors, nutrition experts in the U.S, and many major media channels have confirmed  that VitaDairy company is THE FIRST PARTER of the LARGEST American Colostrum group and also THE ONLY Vietnamese dairy company which is provided ColosIgG 24h. The Signing Ceremony took place on September, 16th, 2019 in Arizona according to local time. Ms. Nguyen Thi Ha - CEO of VitaDairy Company and representative of the largest American Colostrum group shook hand to congratulate the success of the millions dollar colostrum deal. This event marked a turning point for both Vietnam and The U.S in Colostrum industry. The Governor of Arizona said he was looking forward to witnessing this great Signing Ceremony because it has a profound humanity not only for Vietnamese children, but also children around the world. Also within the Signing Ceremony, representatives of Pantheryx shared: "Pantheryx experts had opportunities to join many seminars which organized by VitaDairy. We appreciated the colostrum scientific applications for Vietnamese immune nutrition industry. It is an action that is above all the kindness from VitaDairy too all Vietnamese people, especially Vietnamese children." Ms. Nguyen Thi Ha, CEO of VitaDairy, shared the reason why VitaDairy uses ColosIgG 24h instead of 48h or 72h colostrum: "The good products have to be made from good Ingredients. With 'Enriching Human Vitality' spirit, we spent a lot of time researching and analyzing, then we finally believe that Colostrum in 24h is the best one, so we decided only use ColosIgG 24h for our nutrition products, which can bring the best immune nutrition in the world to Vietnamese people, especially Vietnamese children. Media contact: Nguyen Viet Linh+84 906869879linhnv@smartcom.asia View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-hundred-million-dollar-deal-bring-colostrum-named-colosigg-24h-from-the-us-to-vietnam--vitadairy-made-america-admired-300919702.html
  • CMCC Global Launches Institutional-Grade Liberty Bitcoin Fund Protected by BC Group's ANXONE Custody Solution
    A first in Asia, the single-asset passive tracker fund provides direct exposure to Bitcoin for accredited investors HONG KONG, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CMCC Global, one of Asia's first venture capital companies focused solely on blockchain technology, announced today the launch of the Liberty Bitcoin Fund, an institutional grade, single-asset passive tracker of Bitcoin (BTC) for accredited investors. The fund is the first of its type in Asia and provides investors with institutional-level access to Bitcoin without the burden of buying and safekeeping coins. All Bitcoin held by the fund are covered by insurance and are kept safe by a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed custodian. The fund utilizes ANXONE Custody, a best-in-class proprietary digital asset safekeeping solution with insured wallets provided by BC Group (BC Technology Group Limited, stock code: 863 HK), Asia's leading publicly traded technology and digital asset company. Bitcoin has established itself over the last ten years as a non-correlated digital asset with an asymmetric risk profile. However, the complexities of procurement and safely storing Bitcoin have prevented institutional investors from effectively participating in the asset class. Access to Bitcoin remains difficult for many professional investors. Investors not only have to worry about obtaining Bitcoin in a credible way, but they also face the challenge of storing and securing Bitcoin in a way that minimizes the risk of theft or loss. The Liberty Bitcoin Fund is available only to accredited investors and provides weekly liquidity. It is regulated as a mutual fund in the Cayman Islands, administered by a professional fund administrator and audited by a top-tier audit firm. Fund investors receive monthly NAV statements in USD, which can be used for tax filings and internal accounting. To protect against physical and electronic theft, Liberty Bitcoin Fund assets are covered by comprehensive insurance and stored offline in cold wallets secured in certified military grade vaults. "Bitcoin is proving itself to be an asset that appeals to institutional investors. At CMCC Global, we have seen growing demand from our clients to gain direct exposure to Bitcoin in a safe and secure manner," said Martin Baumann, co-founder of CMCC Global. "We have successfully worked with BC Group and value the firm as one of the most professional technology and digital asset companies in Asia. Their newly launched custodial solution, ANXONE Custody, eventually convinced us that now is the time to bring this fund to life. We are excited to launch the Liberty Bitcoin Fund as a way to provide institutional-grade access to this nascent asset class." BC Group Executive Director Dave Chapman added: "We're thrilled to provide ANXONE Custody to the Liberty Bitcoin Fund. As digital assets continue to gain momentum and additional investors enter the space, this type of safekeeping solution will become an integral part of the ecosystem. The first in Asia to launch an institutional-grade investment vehicle for Bitcoin, CMCC Global has had the foresight to anticipate this shift." The launch of the Liberty Bitcoin Fund demonstrates CMCC Global's commitment to expand its institutional investment products, allowing professional investors to access a range of blockchain-based opportunities. Bitcoin is one such opportunity for digital asset investors. Bitcoin has established itself as a new asset that has performed extremely well, despite its high volatility. In 2019, Bitcoin has appreciated in value by over 150% and in the last five years it has appreciated over 2,000%. "The Liberty Bitcoin Fund is the most efficient way for professional investors around the world to access Bitcoin," said Liberty Bitcoin Fund Manager Thilo Roth. "The fund is structured in a way similar to a traditional commodity tracker fund, such as those available for tracking the price of gold, and allows professional investors to gain exposure to the underlying assets using a secure and regulated structure they are familiar with." About the Liberty Bitcoin Fund The Liberty Bitcoin Fund is a passive, single-asset tracker fund and offers weekly liquidity. The fund is formally structured as a regulated mutual fund in the Cayman Islands and is available only to accredited investors. The fund provides access to Bitcoin without the burden of buying and safekeeping coins. All Bitcoin held by the fund are kept with a Hong Kong-listed custodian and covered by insurance. For more information: http://www.libertybitcoinfund.comFund fact sheet: Liberty Bitcoin Fund About CMCC Global CMCC Global is one of Asia's first venture capital companies focused solely on blockchain investments. It launched its first digital asset focussed fund in 2016 when Bitcoin was trading at 600 USD/BTC and Ethereum was trading at 7 USD/ETH. The company subsequently launched two more liquid venture capital funds which are both still ongoing but closed for new investors. CMCC Global is also in the process of launching the Titan Fund, a traditional venture capital fund that will invest primarily in Seed and Series A stage equity opportunities of blockchain companies. CMCC Global has offices in Hong Kong and Toronto. For more information: http://www.cmcc.vc About BC Group BC Group (stock code: HK 863) is Asia's leading publicly traded blockchain, technology and digital asset company with a portfolio of market-leading businesses. In a world first for a listed, digital asset-focused business, BC Group is 'Big-Four'-audited, and fully compliant with industry leading anti-money laundering and know-your-customer standards. BC Group is based in Hong Kong and employs more than 175 individuals across the Asia Pacific region. It serves customers and partners in more than 50 countries. Founded in 2003, BC Group was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2012. For more information: bc.group About ANXONE Custody The ANXONE Custody service for digital assets delivers the transparency, security and protection needed by institutional investors and fund managers in Asia. It enables professional traders and institutions to add digital assets to their portfolios safely and securely. ANXONE Custody utilizes state-of-the-art encryption, private key protection, and military grade technologies. All wallet infrastructure is housed in high-security, cold storage vaults certified to meet Department of Defense standards, monitored with 24/7 surveillance, audited operation and control protocols and surpass the most rigorous industry standards. BC Group maintains audited policies and procedures, as well as recovery programs, allowing customers to invest with confidence and with the knowledge that assets are well protected. For more information: http://www.anxone.io/custody Press Contacts: Liberty Bitcoin FundThilo Rothpress@libertybitcoinfund.com BC Group,Dan Simondan.simon@bc.group Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/996312/CMCC_Global_CMCC_Global_Launches_Institutional_Grade_Liberty_Bit.jpg Related Links :http://www.cmcc.vc
  • The Stars Group Begins Executing U.S. Strategy as Part of Landmark Agreement With FOX Sports
    TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG) (TSX: TSGI) today announced that over the last two weeks it has successfully executed on initial stages of its U.S. strategy, with the launch of FOX Bet in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and FOX Sports Super 6 nationwide. The FOX Bet products in New Jersey and Pennsylvania offer fans the opportunity to legally and responsibly place real-money wagers on the outcome of a wide range of live sports and special events, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, motor sports, golf, tennis and soccer. FOX Sports Super 6, a free-to-play sports prediction game that offers players the chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash each week, also launched nationwide on September 7. With the FOX Sports Super 6 App, fans can enter multiple contests each week, with jackpot prizes up to $250,000. To play, users simply choose who they think the winning team will be and the margin of victory or answer six multiple-choice questions. Even if no jackpot is won, players are guaranteed to split thousands in consolation cash prizes, and $65,000 has already been awarded. In the nine days since launch, the FOX Sports Super 6 App has been downloaded more than 280,000 times, with more than 425,000 total contest entries. As of September 16, the FOX Sports Super 6 App is ranked in the top 20 in the games tab of the Apple App Store and in the top 10 in the sports section of the games tab of the Apple App Store. In addition to the online and mobile offerings, The Stars Group and Mount Airy Casino Resort opened their land-based, retail sportsbook at Mount Airy in the Poconos on September 9, 2019. "In just four months since announcing our historic U.S. media and sports wagering relationship, we successfully launched our FOX Bet products in two states and our nationwide free-to-play games. The pace of progress and the dedication and execution of our team and the FOX Sports team is extraordinary," said Robin Chhabra, Chief Executive Officer of FOX Bet. "Together with FOX Sports, an icon in sports programing, we believe we've built a platform that is like nothing U.S. sports fans have ever seen. We're bringing those fans closer to the games they love by making our platform more fun and engaging than any other out there." To find out more visit https://www.foxbet.com/ and https://www.foxsuper6.com/ About The Stars Group The Stars Group is a provider of technology-based product offerings in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Its brands have millions of registered customers globally and collectively are leaders in online and mobile betting, poker, casino and other gaming-related offerings. The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, FOX Bet, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, and Sky Poker, as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world's most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The Stars Group's vision is to become the world's favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements and Other Information This news release may contain forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements can, but may not always, be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "could", "might", "would", "should", "believe", and similar references to future periods or the negatives of these words and expressions. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Please refer to The Stars Group's most recent annual information form and annual and interim financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for more information about the factors, assumptions and risks that may apply to The Star's Group's forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and The Stars Group undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.
  • Sands China Wins Three HRoot Awards
    Best HR Center of Excellence in Greater China Best HR Shared Service Center in Greater China Best HR Teams in Greater China MACAO, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sands China Ltd. has won three awards in the HRoot Awards 2019, for its innovative talent development and management initiatives: Best HR Center of Excellence in Greater China 2019, Best HR Shared Service Center in Greater China 2019 and Best HR Teams in Greater China 2019. Sands China Ltd. is the winner of three awards in the HRoot Awards 2019: Best HR Center of Excellence in Greater China 2019, Best HR Shared Service Center in Greater China 2019 and Best HR Teams in Greater China 2019. The company was recognised by HRoot for the third year for its innovative talent development and management initiatives.   This year’s awards were announced at HRoot’s China Human Capital Forum 2019, where Patrick Wu (right), director of human resources for Venetian Macau Limited, was invited to speak at an executive panel discussion on the topic of Evolutionary Leadership in an Era of Disruption. Wu is a 2018 winner of the Best HR Leaders in Greater China award. The HRoot Awards is the most highly-regarded HR industry award ceremony in the Greater China region. Past award recipients all feature in the world's top 500 enterprises. Sands China's recognition this year was based on its various accomplishments in each award category. For the Best HR Center of Excellence in Greater China 2019 award, the company demonstrated its dedication to mapping out an expansive human resources plan in line with corporate sustainability; keeping close track of the ever-changing market and utilising the latest technologies and tools of human resource management; and its optimisation of human resource strategies with a focus on team member growth and the Because We Care shared service culture. In the Best HR Shared Service Center in Greater China 2019 category, Sands China helped raise the efficiency of the company's human resources department; showed devotion to elevating team members' capacities; and succeeded in meeting team members' demands for professional development and promoting the company's overall development, in cooperation with human resource business partners and as a human resource centre of excellence. As one of the Best HR Teams in Greater China 2019, Sands China has been providing an exceptional employee experience for its team members; paying attention to team members' all-round development and optimising of its talent development system to help team members advance in the industry; and building up a distinguished employer brand in the community. It is the third time for Sands China's human resource department to receive the Best HR Teams in Greater China award, having won the award in 2016 and 2018 as well for its proactive approach to embracing digital thinking, for building unique company culture and for its dedication to improving its human resource team's working efficiency. This year's awards were announced at HRoot's China Human Capital Forum 2019, where Patrick Wu, director of human resources for Venetian Macau Limited, was invited to speak at an executive panel discussion on the topic of Evolutionary Leadership in an Era of Disruption. Wu is a 2018 winner of the Best HR Leaders in Greater China award. Sands China's other human resources accolades have included the Gold Award for Best Recruitment Innovation by a Corporate HR Team and the Silver Award for Best Candidate Experience by a Corporate HR Team in Human Resources Magazine's ASIA Recruitment Awards 2017; the Best Recruitment Project award and the Best Employee Experience Award for the Because We Care Team Member Awards in the 2017 Employer Branding Creativity Awards in Greater China; and the Best Employer award for The Venetian Macao and the Outstanding Contribution Award to Human Resources award for Conrad Macao, Cotai Central in the 2013 VeryEast Human Resources Summit in Hangzhou, China.  Sands China is committed to developing a well-trained workforce, and offers a variety of horizontal and vertical mobility opportunities to its team members through internal promotions and integrated resort career development programmes. The company is also dedicated to the training and professional development of Macao locals, with the aim of contributing to Macao's growth as a world centre of tourism and leisure. To that end, the company delivered 1.7 million training hours to team members and Macao locals in 2018 alone. A total of 6,200 participants graduated from Sands China's talent development initiatives in 2018-2019, with over 700 representatives attending the company's Diversified Local Talent Graduation Ceremony for the Sands China Academy on September 11, 2019. The company's human resources vision includes a significant investment in talent development. Various programmes have been launched to nurture and develop team members, covering areas such as continuing education, vocational training, professional certification, and advanced training in integrated resort operations and service, among others. About Sands China Ltd. Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao -- with Sands Cotai Central to be reintroduced as The Londoner Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's portfolio features a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre, the Sands Cotai Theatre and the Sands Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao's transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).  For more information, please visit http://www.sandschinaltd.com. Media contacts:Corporate Communications, Venetian Macau LimitedSimpson LeiTel: +853-8118-2054Email: simpson.lei@sands.com.mo  Athena LoTel: +853-8118-5606Email: athena.lo@sands.com.mo Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583226-1-a?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583226-1-b?lang=0  Related Links :http://www.sandschinaltd.com
  • 58 Countries Join Euro-Asia Economic Forum in Xi'an to Co-establish the Belt and Road Initiative
    XI'AN, China, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Under the theme 'The Belt and Road Construction: High-Level Cooperation and High-Quality Development', The 2019 Euro-Asia Economic Forum (The Forum) held in Xi'an, the capital of western China's Shaanxi province, has gathered member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to promote the mutual understanding between Asian and European countries as well as to discover the cooperation and development opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The forum was also joined by representatives from 58 countries, international organizations and financial institutions. 58 Countries Join Euro-Asia Economic Forum in Xi'an to Co-establish the Belt and Road Initiative The Forum has integrated talent resources, logistics capital and information to co-establish the BRI with an upgraded SCO cooperation by accelerating the collaboration of the eastern and western regions in Eurasia. It sees this as a significant step between China and Eurasian countries to stabilize the world economy in many areas such as artificial intelligence and agricultural high-tech implementation. "The BRI has made Shaanxi a frontier of China's further opening up and has connecting Shaanxi with SCO members and Eurasian countries," said Hu Heping, Secretary of Shaanxi CPC Provincial Committee. "Moving forward, Xi'an will take this opportunity to strengthen its exchange with partner countries in energy, advanced manufacturing, trade and investment, ecology and tourism, green infrastructure, logistics and many other areas." Aiming to strengthen national and international cooperation, uniting aspirations on creating single and common principles of development, the forum consists of 10 satellite events that cover finance, ecology, culture and tourism, meteorology as well as science and technology. The core dialogues of the Forum were highlighted by foreign exchanges in, economics and trade, industrial cooperation and public services. In addition, 14 supporting activities including conferences, festivals, performances and competitions helped improve the development level of Shaanxi's export-oriented economy. Launched in 2005, the Euro-Asia Economic Forum is held every two years. Now in its eighth session, the Forum has shaped a crucial platform for China and Eurasian countries to jointly establish the BRI by promoting more than 70 cross-border cooperation intentions such as the energy club, urban development fund and multinational digital library. Xi'an, following the initiatives of the Forum, will play its central role in western China's economy and foreign exchanges in science and technology along the Silk Road, cultural promotion, opening-up model and transportation. As one of the experimental zones in China, Xi'an has furthered its strategic position and is strived to bring vitality in lifestyle, employment and humanity. About Xi'an  The capital of western China's Shaanxi province, Xi'an is an international tourist destination with over 3,000 years of history and world-renowned attractions such as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and its ancient City Wall. The city, dubbed "China's outdoor museum," was the starting point of the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes established during China's Han Dynasty that linked the East and the West in commerce. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583170-1?lang=0
  • She Loves Tech, World's Largest Startup Competition For Women and Technology Helps Startups Raise More Than USD 100 Million in Its 5th Year
    BEIJING, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- She Loves Tech successfully concluded its global startup competition for the fifth consecutive year, after holding rounds in over 20 international locations in 2019. She Loves Tech 2019 She Loves Tech opened its 2019 conference with the announcement of over USD100m funding raised by startups since its first competition five years ago. Co-founders Virginia Tan, Rhea See and Leanne Robers stated that "Our mission is to attract top female entrepreneurs and the best startups in the She Economy. By giving them a global stage, we hope to take them to the next level, the USD100m funding raised so far is testament to the success of that mission." Winners from each round received an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing and an exclusive week-long bootcamp before pitching at the global finals in front of international investors and tech executives. The winning team will also receive a cash prize of USD15,000 from Teja Ventures, She Loves Tech's official venture partner and Asia's first gender lens VC fund. The 15 finalist teams also stand to win investments from multiple She Loves Tech-affiliated funds, including ADB Ventures, She Loves Tech's official impact partner. Winners of each round also received one to one coaching with investors, and also specially curated visits to unicorn technology companies. Global Winner Phantasma Labs with She Loves Tech Co-Founders Phantasma Labs, a platform to help self-driving systems predict and understand human behavior using virtual stimulation, emerged as winner of the She Loves Tech 2019 competition. Maria Meier, Co-founder and CTO of Phantasma Labs said: "It feels powerful to be around so many inspiring women entrepreneurs, especially in our field which needs more. We are really grateful to She Loves Tech for providing a platform to meet outstanding founders and gain exposure to top investors and mentors."  On the same day, the She Loves Tech International Conference, with the theme of "Tech for Good", also hosted leading entrepreneurs and investors as speakers including Cindy Mi, Founder & CEO of VIPKID, one of the top edtech companies in the world, Bin Li, Founder of NIO, a unicorn electric car company, Natalie Wang, Founder of Glamor APP, Shirley Wu, Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies, Nicole Chen, Managing Director of Refinitiv China, Ilaria Chan, Group Advisor for Social Impact Investments of GRAB, Daniel Hersson, Investment Lead of ADB Ventures, James Chou, Managing Director & CEO, Microsoft for Startups Greater China, Japan & Korea, and Jaff Shen, Founder & CEO of Leping Foundation. Tech for Good Collage About She Loves Tech: She Loves Tech is the world's largest startup competition for women & technology. As a global platform, we are committed to building an ecosystem for technology, entrepreneurship and innovation that creates opportunities for women. Our mission is to create and scale the best women-led and women-impact tech startups. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583164-1-a?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583164-1-b?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583164-1-c?lang=0
  • Pet Fair Asia's success goes through the roof
    SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 22nd edition of Pet Fair Asia, organised by VNU Exhibitions Asia, successfully took place in Shanghai August 21-25, 2019. With 14 halls covering a surface of 185.000sqm, the exhibition hosted 1,591 exhibitors and welcomed 67,163 professionals from 42 countries and regions, affirming its central role in the global pet industry. Visitors at Pet Fair Asia in 2019 Pet Fair Asia confirmed its international influence with 8,656 visitors from overseas and a dramatic increase of buyers from South-East Asia and Middle East and South America, adding up to traditionally important groups of visitors from South Korea, Japan and large buyers from Western markets. Foreign exhibitors at the show reached new heights, particularly in pet food, snacks and pet food technologies. The organiser also noticed a sharp increase of new local Chinese brands showcasing innovative products, a strong shift from pure manufacturing to modern brand logic. Organised in product sectors, the show covered an extended range of the industry supply chain with dedicated halls for pet food, snack/treats, pet food technologies and pet food suppliers, small pets, reptiles and aquatics products, cat products, toys, accessories and garments, veterinary products and accessories, smart products and wearable technologies. The exhibition was host of multiple products launches in world premiere, strategic internal meetings from multinational groups (Nestle, Royal Canin) and daily opportunities to learn and network with peers from all over the world. The 9th International Pet Industry Summit took place the day before the show, breaking all records: 1,200 delegates accessed exclusive information about latest trends in the Chinese market and exchanged with international opinion leaders. The 8th Petfood Forum China provided attendees with in-depth insight into new pet food regulations, latest trends, food safety best practices, market opportunities. The organiser announced the launch of the Asia Pet Alliance, a global initiative to facilitate cooperation between industry stakeholders and promote a sustainable development model for the pet industry, and a new B2B exhibition: Pet Fair South-East Asia (SEA). Pet Fair SEA will take place in Bangkok (Thailand) 14-16 October 2020 and serve a region in rapid development. Developed with major launch partners, it will propose an upgraded business experience with pre-arranged meetings, hosted buyer program and world-class content.  The 23rd Pet Fair Asia will come back 19-23 August 2020. 2,000 exhibitors are expected to spread over the entire venue (17 halls, 210,000m2).  Information: Mr. Yannick Verry            +862161956016www.petfairasia.com   View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pet-fair-asias-success-goes-through-the-roof-300919525.htmlRelated Links :http://www.petfairasia.com
  • Hang Lung Breaks Ground for its Landmark Project Westlake 66 in Hangzhou
    HONG KONG, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hang Lung Properties today held the ground-breaking ceremony for its project Westlake 66 in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, marking the official debut of the Company's 11th large-scale commercial development on the Mainland. Westlake 66 is situated at the prime location of Bai Jing Fang in the Xiacheng District of Hangzhou, the only remaining large-scale site for commercial development in the district, with a site area of approximately 44,800 square meters and a gross floor area of approximately 194,100 square meters. The ground-breaking marks a new milestone for the Company's portfolio expansion on the Mainland. Westlake 66’s ground-breaking ceremony is hosted by Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman (6th from right), Mr. H.C. Ho, CFO (5th from right), Mr. Adriel Chan, Executive Director (4th from left), and the senior management of Hang Lung Properties; with Mr. Liu Ying, Secretary of the CPC District Committee of Xiacheng District, Hangzhou (6th from left), Mr. Chai Shimin, Deputy Secretary of the CPC District Committee and District Governor of Xiacheng District, Hangzhou (5th from left), and other government officials. The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Mr. H.C. Ho, CFO, Mr. Adriel Chan, Executive Director, and senior management of Hang Lung Properties, as well as Mr. Liu Ying, Secretary of the CPC District Committee of Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, Mr. Chai Shimin, Deputy Secretary of the CPC District Committee and District Governor of Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, and other government officials of Hangzhou. Hang Lung’s management members take part in a traditional eye-dotting ceremony to celebrate the official debut of Hang Lung Properties’ 11th large-scale commercial project on the Mainland. Mr. Ronnie C. Chan said at the ceremony, "As one of the new first-tier cities, Hangzhou is one of China's wealthiest cities with rapid economic growth. Being a leading technology and commercial hub as well as an important tourism center, the city has a big demand for high-end commercial developments. With Hangzhou's vibrant economy and consumer market, plus Hang Lung's rich business experience in nearby Shanghai and other Mainland cities, we are confident that Westlake 66 will become a top commercial complex and landmark in eastern China, bringing new impetus to the Company's business growth." Westlake 66, located in the Xiacheng District of Hangzhou, is a high-end commercial complex comprising a world-class shopping mall, five Grade A officer towers and a luxury hotel. The project holds its ground-breaking ceremony held today (September 17, 2019) and is planned for completion in phases from 2024. As China's emerging first-tier city, Hangzhou's GDP per capita reached RMB1.3509 trillion in 2018, representing a 6.7% year-on-year growth and placing it the 10th among all cities in China. Its annual personal disposable income in 2018 reached RMB54,348, ranking it in top place in Zhejiang Province. The 2022 Asian Games will take place in this vibrant city. Hang Lung acquired the land site in May 2018. Investment for the project is estimated to reach approximately RMB19 billion. Westlake 66 is located in the center of Bai Jing Fang, which is well served by transport infrastructure and public amenities with high passenger flow. The site will be developed into a high-end commercial complex comprising a world-class shopping mall, five Grade A officer towers and a luxury hotel. The project is planned for completion in phases from 2024. The inspiration of the design of Westlake 66 comes from the famous natural scenery of Hangzhou's West Lake. Integrating with the scenic landscape and the city's historical heritage, and complemented by abundant public green spaces, the development is destined to become a world-class landmark. The shopping mall will have a rooftop garden together with the unique green spaces that will connect with the neighboring urban elements, thereby resulting in an integration of nature with the city's metropolitan ambience. The elegant cluster of Westlake 66's towers will be a dazzling addition to the skyline of Hangzhou. The project also preserves two ancient artefacts and some historical buildings, reaffirming Hang Lung's principle of protecting the nation's cultural and architectural history in our business operations.     About Hang Lung Properties Hang Lung Properties Limited (stock code: 00101), a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index and Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Indices in Hong Kong, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index since 2017, is a leading real estate developer operating in Hong Kong and mainland China. Boasting a diversified portfolio of investment properties in Hong Kong, the Company has progressively branched out into the Mainland since the 1990s, with our distinctive footprint now fully established in Shanghai, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi, Tianjin, Dalian, Kunming, Wuhan and Hangzhou, with all the Mainland projects carrying the "66" brand. As Hang Lung's business continues to grow, the Company is set to develop into a highly admired national commercial property developer in China. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583150-1-a?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583150-1-b?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583150-1-c?lang=0
  • Coats Launches Coats Digital
    LONDON, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Coats, the world's leading industrial thread company, is launching Coats Digital.  The integrated technology business brings together all its software solutions under a new single brand which describes and aligns with the offering to its customers across the apparel and footwear industries. Coats Digital provides in-depth industry expertise combined with the practical application of the latest technology, including Big Data and AI, delivering market leading software solutions. It will build on the advantages associated with the Coats brand of trust, expertise, credibility and its global footprint. A key aspect of Coats' growth strategy is to build an innovative software solutions business for its customers.    The benefit for Coats' customers will be a one stop shop approach and an unrivalled suite of best in class and progressively integrated solutions, which will also adopt the new Coats Digital branding. The series of acquisitions it has made in this space of GSD, FastReact and ThreadSol have been highly successful. Now is the time to simplify the house of multiple software brands through a coordinated market expansion of a portfolio of products to support customers in the face of unprecedented industry pressures.  Keith Fenner, Managing Director, Coats Digital, said: "This is the beginning of an exciting new age for our software solutions offering. Coats Digital provides a clear and distinct focus and establishes that while Coats continues to be an industrial manufacturing company we are also innovating technologies of tomorrow to improve how the fashion industry develops, costs, sources and manufactures products sustainably into the future." The launch of Coats Digital includes a creative new logo with two units: graphic and text. The graphic is inspired by a detail of the Coats chain which is given a digitised feel and can also be interpreted as the initials CD. The strapline is 'transform with intelligence'.  The logo is blue to retain the connection with the Coats logo. The geographic footprint of Coats Digital covers more than 65 countries. It has global customer relationships with over 5,000 retailers, bands, sourcing business and manufacturers. Coats Digital will be showcasing its new brand at two forthcoming trade events to support its roll out to customers: PI Apparel in New York (Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 September) and CISMA in Shanghai (Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 September). For further information go to http://www.coatsdigital.com Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/996804/Coats_Digital_Logo.jpg Related Links :http://www.coatsdigital.com
  • China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair to be held in Zhongshan, China
    Gathering Global Lighting Sourcing Opportunities and Indicating New Industry Trends ZHONGSHAN, China, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 24th China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) (hereinafter referred to as GILF) will be held at Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Zhongshan, China October 22-26, 2019. Salute to the Great Cultural Achievements in the Past 20 Years Salute to the Great Cultural Achievements in the Past 20 Years In the past 20 years, GILF has made great achievements in the rapidly developing lighting industry. It has become a grand sourcing ceremony in the lighting industry and a "gliding name card" of Guzhen. Setting Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center as the main venue and joining hands with 7 sub-venues to achieve 1,500,000 m² exhibition area, GILF gathers over 2,000 high-quality enterprises, presenting 30,000+ selected quality products, 200,000 professional quality buyers, online trade platform sourcing all year round, and accurate analysis of big data. After years of accumulation, GILF shows the "Chinese Power" in the global lighting industry. Integration: Activate the New Driving Force of the Industry GILF adheres to innovative development with higher level of internationalization, professionalization and industrialization, and actively promotes the integration of original design and intelligence, and art and technology. Higher Internationalization Level Each GILF has attracted the participation of professional buyers from more than 100 countries and regions, including Europe, America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Russia, etc. GILF conducts Hosted Buyer Program which is dedicated to overseas buyers, ensuring them an efficient and hassle free business trip. Intelligent Lighting Will Continue to Take the Lead Intelligent Lighting Will Continue to Take the Lead Trend-setting smart lighting opens a new sector in the industry. Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center is divided into eleven exhibition sections in 5 halls. This fair scales up the "Smart Lighting" section at Hall A, aiding companies in speeding up innovation in the Intelligence Era. Special Lamp Area is added, which provides targeted engineering lamps with a wide variety of functionality. Focusing More on the Linkage Mode between Exhibition and Lighting Megastores The main venue Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center gathers over 800 lighting enterprises, directing the development trend of the industry, and covering the whole industry chain. It joining hands with 7 lighting megastores (sub-venues) -- Lihe Lighting Expo Center, Huayi Plaza, Star Alliance Global Brand Lighting Center, Besun Lighting Plaza, Lighting Era Center, Huayu Plaza and China International Streetlight City, the overall exhibition space is over 1.5 million sqm. More Popular International Exchange GILF invests heavily in global online and offline promotion in combination with professional media and mass media through multiple channels. It cooperates with famous media such as PR-Newswire, UK's Mondo Arc, Spain's Lightecture, America's Enlightenment and LEDs Magazine to conduct all-round and multi-angle overseas promotion, and also works with Google Adwords, Facebook and LinkedIn to promote GILF in Asia, Europe, America, Africa, Oceania, etc. Moreover, it also looks for cooperation opportunities via Thailand LED Expo, InterLight Moscow, and International LED Expo Korea. Innovation-driven Development GILF will hold 20+ high-end events and exciting forums, gathering lighting practitioners and industry experts to share insights of the industry through online and offline live broadcast. Innovation-driven Development The Integration of Exhibition and Internet Enhances the Quality of GILF. GILF's B2B official website - "Denggle.com" hosts a 365-day-a-year online lighting fair, gathering over 2,800 well-known lighting companies at home and abroad to provide 20,000+ quality products. Buyers can use the online exhibitor inquiry system to easily find matching exhibitors. Summary: After 20 years' development, GILF has continued to provide business opportunities for the lighting industry. Welcome to Guzhen and the 24th GILF. Contact: Karmen WuTel: +86-760-2235-3188Website: http://www.denggle.comFacebook: @guzhenlightingfaiE-mail: Karmen.Wu@glexpo.com.cn Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2582976-1-a?lang=0 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2582976-1-b?lang=0 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2582976-1-c?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.denggle.com
  • Global Trade Jitters Drive Spike in Thailand's Residence Program Applications
    LONDON, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Latest data suggests that Thailand is set to become an unintended beneficiary of the current turbulent global trade relations, with increased inbound investment from individuals signing up for its popular residence-by-investment program, and the relocation of international companies keen to take advantage of the stable, business-friendly environment the country has to offer. Dominic Volek, Head of Southeast Asia at the investment migration firm Henley & Partners, says there has been a 50% increase in applications for the Thailand Elite Residence Program from Asian citizens in the last two months (July and August) when compared to the first half of 2019. "Given the interest by Chinese nationals in luxury real estate, Thailand's additional appeal lies in its property market. With tighter restrictions on capital outflow, and the shift to lower price point properties, Thailand has a great deal to offer. Condo prices there can cost anywhere between USD 40,000 to USD 150,000 for mid-range to luxury apartments — which is very affordable when compared to buying property in Australia, the UK, or the US," added Volek. The Thailand Elite Residence Program provides a multiple-entry visa to qualified applicants, allowing them to visit and reside in Thailand for a period of between five and twenty years, at a one-time cost of between THB 500,000 (approximately USD 16,000) and THB 2.14 million (approximately USD 68,000).  Thailand appears to be optimally placed to reap the rewards of its considerable efforts over the past few years to become the third biggest business and investor hub in the region, after Hong Kong and Singapore. Media contactPaddy BlewerGroup PR Directorpaddy.blewer@henleyglobal.com Mobile: +44-774-190-9957
  • "Oriental Aesthetics and Humanities Architecture" Forum and GA International Cultural Awards Held in Tokyo
    TOKYO, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 16, 2019, the forum of "Oriental Aesthetics and Humanities Architecture" was held in Tokyo, Japan. Under the background of promoting the concept of a globalized city, the organizer GO ART established a global exchange based on the Suzhou garden culture as a cultural envoy. The platform, together with professionals around the world, relevant enthusiasts and the general public, explores the trend of diversified cross-border cooperation while protecting and inheriting world heritage. "MIXC ONE-LUYANG-HEFEI" received the Urban Public Design Innovation Award. The forum is centered on the oriental aesthetic connection between Chinese and Japanese gardens. Chinese classical gardens are homologous to Japanese classical gardens. With the differences in geographical environment and the development of historical humanities, two different aesthetic styles of gardening were gradually formed. Suzhou is the world-famous "City of Gardens". In 1997 and 2000, nine Suzhou gardens were listed on the World Heritage List. "MOON YARD" received the Oriental Aesthetics International Landmark Award Being the outcome of human intelligence and a symbol of culture, gardening reflects the pursuit of harmony between art and nature, as well as the national temperament hidden under the art. When we look at all these different gardens, it is easy to tell that human beings are all the same when it comes to their love of nature and pursuit of beauty. Those are unrelated to race, culture and geographical location. The transformation of Suzhou classical gardens from the private gardens in history to the modern urban public cultural space is not only an artistic expression in urban space, but also a spatial production of urban culture. The forum is also designed to inspire the public to think about how to shape the oriental aesthetics of the new era in the context of globalization. Two Awards were given, "MOON YARD" received the Oriental Aesthetics International Landmark Award, "MIXC ONE·LUYANG·HEFEI" received the Urban Public Design Innovation Award. The panelists are: Shun Kawakami - Artist, Founder at artless Inc., Nachi Das - Wall Street Executive & Global Business Leader, Kaz Yoneda - Founding Principal at Bureau 0-1, Michel van Ackere - Associate at Maki and Associates. The guests attending the event were Shuhong Zhou, famous curator; Gianna Guo, co-founder of GO ART; Gongyi Yu, general manager of Rongxin "MOON YARD" Project; and Dan Ye, Marketing Manager of Rongxin "MOON YARD". Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583012-1-a?lang=0Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583012-1-b?lang=0
  • Acclime establishes a strong foothold in Thailand with the acquisition and integration of Interactive Associates
    BANGKOK, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclime, the premier corporate services provider in Asia, announces Interactive Associates has now become part of Acclime, following its acquisition in May 2019. With a team of 60 experienced professionals, Interactive Associates is a leading corporate services firm in Thailand. Interactive Associates specialises in providing market entry advice for foreign companies entering the Thai market, while offering a full suite of ongoing support services for SMEs and corporate clients including HR, payroll, accounting, company secretarial, tax and compliance services. With the integration, client services will continue to be provided by the existing teams without interruption. Under the Acclime network, clients can benefit and enjoy a wider array of professional services, and they can also gain access to regional experts to help them navigate other complex emerging Asian markets. Joshua Konechny, founder of Interactive Associates, taking up the role as the country Managing Director of Acclime said, "This rebrand represents a new chapter for all of us, where we continue to develop and grow, with the support of a wider network in Acclime. We are now able to extend our reach beyond Thailand into other Asian markets, allowing our clients to benefit from experienced on-the-ground support." "Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and having a strong presence in the country is critical. We are delighted to welcome Interactive Associates to join the Acclime family," Martin Crawford, co-founder and CEO of Acclime said. "Due to the Sino-US situation, recently the Thai government has announced plans to introduce incentives to attract foreign companies to move their factories from China. Acclime is now be well-positioned to take advantage and help those firms enter the market." Acclime is rapidly expanding its presence as the premier Asia-focused corporate services provider. The company's vision is to reinvent the corporate services sector with innovative solutions that are seamlessly delivered to the highest global standards. For further information, please visit http://www.acclime.com. Logo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190906/2572201-1LOGO?lang=0Related Links :http://www.acclime.com
  • SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. First Launches beyond Japan
    Entering Hong Kong and Macau with AI Commercial Vacuum Cleaner 'Whiz' HONG KONG, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. ("SBRG") today announced the launch of 'Whiz', the exciting new AI enabled vacuum-cleaning robot, to commercial customers on trial and subscription basis in Hong Kong and Macau, bringing the smart device beyond the country. SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. launches ‘Whiz’, the exciting new AI enabled vacuum-cleaning robot SBRG has been innovating in the robotics industry. Whiz is designed to optimize workflows in the cleaning industry and improve productivity. It works best on carpets and hard flooring. "In cosmopolitan cities like Hong Kong and Macau, we believe the introduction of Whiz will significantly boost operational productivity at commercial premises, and enhance cleaning performance for customers over the long run," said Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer at SBRG. Whiz can record up to 600 cleaning routes, for which janitors can perform the initial floor cleaning with Whiz on the first day, and subsequently those routes would be stored in Whiz, so that it can clean the area autonomously on its own. Instructions are simple to follow and easy to use. With its small-built and multiple collision detectors, Whiz can navigate its way close to walls and avoid obstacles with the on-board BrainOS which helps to determine the best route given the surrounding environment, and the notification pager can send real-time alerts in case of any unexpected issues. It can clean an area up to 1,500sqm, the size of 3 basketball courts, for 3 hours on a 4 hours battery charge. Whiz also comes with a smartphone app "Whiz Connect". Together with cloud data visualization, cleaning reports, status reports on Whiz can be gathered and analyzed. SoftBank Robotics is working with Intelligent Cleaning Equipment ("ICE"), the exclusive master distributor in Hong Kong and Macau to bring Whiz to its first two market outside Japan. ICE is a leading global provider of professional cleaning equipment, focused on developing and deploying new technologies with its deep industry knowledge and experience. "We are excited to embark on this strategic collaboration with ICE to accelerate the cleaning industry's transition to the next stage of technology empowering people," said Kenichi. "As a leading global provider of professional cleaning equipment, we are delighted to partner with SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. to launch Whiz in Hong Kong and Macau. We will support Whiz through a subscription model that will revolutionize the cleaning industry practice in this region. Through the cooperation with SoftBank Robotics Group Corp., we look forward to connecting with Proof of Concept customers," said Simon Chen, the CEO of ICE. Whiz will be offered as a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) monthly subscription model priced HKD3,980 per unit/month. From 17th September to 16th October, SBRG and ICE will offer customers in Hong Kong and Macau a free Proof of Concept (PoC) trial of Whiz up to three days. To register their interest, companies can visit https://www.softbankrobotics.com/apac/https://www.softbankrobotics.com/apac/ to submit a PoC trial application. About SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. SoftBank Robotics is driving technology forward by becoming a worldwide leader in robotics solutions. Rapidly expanding with over 500 employees working in Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai SoftBank Robotics is constantly exploring and commercializing all robotics solutions that help make people's lives easier, safer, more connected, and more extraordinary. There are currently over 25 000 SoftBank Robotics robots, Pepper and NAO, used in more than 70 countries worldwide and offer innovative applications relevant for the fields of retail, tourism, healthcare, finance and education. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583112-1?lang=0  
  • Tencent Music Unveils CTS Strategy to Drive Platform and Ecosystem Growth
    SINGAPORE, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Tencent Music Entertainment Group ("Tencent Music", "TME", or the "Company") (NYSE: TME), the leading online music entertainment platform in China, today announced its Content, Technology and Service ("CTS") strategy at Music Matters in Singapore. With CTS as its core driving force, Tencent Music will work together with its partners to build an open ecosystem and explore new industry opportunities. At Music Matters, Asia's premier independent music festival, Mr. Cussion Pang, Chief Executive Officer of Tencent Music, presented the CTS strategy and highlighted how Tencent Music will leverage content, technology and service to drive the Company's growth, support ecosystem development and benefit the music industry as a whole. "The CTS strategy is based on our rich industry experience and well-established ecosystem," Pang said. "Facing dynamic market conditions, Tencent Music will increase its investment in content, technology and service and integrate internal and external resources to make CTS the growth engine and key driving force for the Company and its open ecosystem." Pang provided details on the progress and direction for the CTS strategy at Music Matters. Tencent Music will continue to diversify its content offerings and create more value for its users, content creators and partners. Besides its massive music library with tracks from domestic and international music labels, Tencent Music has been expanding its content offerings by adding music-centric variety shows, short-form videos and long-form audio, such as audio books and podcasts. The Company is encouraging more people to participate in music creation, through its "Tencent Musician Program" and online karaoke and live streaming platforms. It is also strengthening cross-sector partnerships to develop original music content for games, films, TV shows and sports. With a proven business model, Tencent Music helps create content appreciation, which will benefit users, content creators and other stakeholders in the music industry. As a leading online music entertainment platform in China, Tencent Music has developed innovative technologies to provide superior user experiences and drive user engagement. Based on its extensive data and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, the Company has been developing new technological capabilities. For example, AI tagging can greatly improve the music content tagging process and accuracy. The AI-based Predictive Model can analyze user tastes and market changes and predict the popularity of music content. Tencent Music is also exploring music creation with AI and virtual artists. With the coming of 5G, the Company will continue to invest in technology innovation to empower the music industry development. Tencent Music is an all-in-one music entertainment destination that allows users to seamlessly engage with music in many ways, including discovering, listening, singing, watching, performing and socializing. The Company has been making efforts to converge music into every aspects of people's lives. To provide users a consistent and cohesive listening experience, it is forging Internet of Things (IoT) partnerships with leading manufacturers of cars, smart speakers and smart watches. Besides its users, Tencent Music also provide services to musicians, steamers, content creators, and industry partners. As part of its internationalization strategy, the Company is taking initial steps to explore overseas opportunities for its online karaoke service WeSing in Southeast Asia. "Tencent Music aims to provide users with a diversified entertainment experience through its extensive high-quality content, innovative technology and smart platform services," said Pang. "We will also work together with our partners to develop a virtuous and open ecosystem that will benefit the whole industry value chain and unleash the true value of music." About Tencent Music Entertainment Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME) is the leading online music entertainment platform in China, operating the country's highly popular and innovative music apps: QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing. Tencent Music's mission is to use technology to elevate the role of music in people's lives by enabling them to create, enjoy, share and interact with music. Tencent Music's platform comprises online music, online karaoke and music-centric live streaming services, enabling music fans to discover, listen, sing, watch, perform and socialize around music. For more information, please visit ir.tencentmusic.com. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law. View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tencent-music-unveils-cts-strategy-to-drive-platform-and-ecosystem-growth-300919419.htmlRelated Links :http://ir.tencentmusic.com
  • JD Digits Introduces Cutting-Edge eKYC Technology into Thailand
    Central JD Fintech Holding officially launches Dolfin app -- the intelligent, one-stop platform for financial solutions BANGKOK, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Central JD Fintech Holding, a joint venture company owned by JD Digits, the leading innovator in digital technology, and Central Group, Thailand's largest retailer, officially launched Dolfin Intelligent Platform, an app offering digital finance solutions specially customized to the local Thai market. The Dolfin Intelligent Platform, based on five complete intelligent services platforms, including smart transaction, digital lending, digital insurance, digital wealth management, and Digital Marketing, aims to respond to market trends and demands while offering unparalleled convenience to both individual and business users. The first service launched through the Dolfin app offers digital payment and an e-wallet and revolutionizes the industry by being the first platform in Thailand to use eKYC (electronic Know-Your-Customer) technology for user identity verification during the registration process, combining the power of facial recognition and optical character recognition (OCR) to provide security of the highest standards. It is also the first application to support an open-loop payment system, which supports money top-up and online payment through all channels - including cash top-up, connection to bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards, and PromptPay and Dolfin counters. Each and every transaction is made even more secure with the use of Dynamic QR Codes - generated individually for one-time use in each single transaction. Dolfin can already be used at 2,700 digital payment points nationwide in retail stores owned by the Central Group and cinemas under Major Cineplex Group. Also, It can be used to purchase goods and services via PromptPay at all 4.5 million PromptPay locations.The network of supported retailers also covers merchants on Bangkok Bank and KASIKORNBANK's respective platforms – both of which continue to expand with new partners both offline and online across the country. Dolfin's launch is an important sign of JD Digits' entry into the global markets, showing the impact JD Digits and its technology can have on developing fintech in international markets. Furthermore, this launch also supports the Thai government goals of becoming a cashless society with world-class technology and security standards. From Left to Right: Mr. Yol Phokasub, President of Central Group, and Director of Central JD Fintech Holding Ltd.; Mr. Rungruang Sukkirdkijpiboon, CEO of Central JD Fintech Holding Ltd.; Mr. Simon Li, Senor Director of Overseas Business of JD Digits, and Director of Central JD Fintech Holding Ltd. First E-Wallet to Use eKYC Technology Dolfin is the first e-wallet in Thailand to use eKYC technology for user identity verification during the registration process. This technology, jointly developed by JD Digits and Central JD Fintech holding, will transform the lengthy offline user identity verification process into a fast and efficient online process using the combined power of facial recognition and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology. In developing Dolfin, JD Digits provided payment technology, anti-fraud and anti-money laundering capabilities, industry insights, facial recognition, AI, and big data analysis, and customized technical services according to the needs of the local market. By closely working with Central JD Fintech Holding to localize the processes and adjust the product experience to the preferences of Thai consumers, Dolfin has become a "dark horse," leading the local Thai mobile payment market, and is expected to experience even more local growth with the launch of the other intelligent services in the future. Joint Venture Partner, Central Group is also cooperating to provide Dolfin with many retail outlets that can use Dolfin. Nearly 3,000 offline retail stores, including department stores, supermarkets, and the Family Mart Convenience stores owned by the Central Group will start to support Dolfin payment. Central Group's loyalty program, T1, will be linked to Dolfin payment. In addition to offline payments, Dolfin now supports JD Central, a Thai online retail platform jointly created by JD.COM and Central Group. In the future Dolfin plans to partner with more online and offline retail outlets and banks to enrich the product experience. Dolfin is Thailand's first app to use a full open-loop payment system that supports cash top-up, connections to bank accounts, debit cards, credit cards, as well as the Thai personal money transfer service across banks, "PromptPay," and QR code payments. In addition to targeting Thai consumers, the Dolfin app provides AI and big data analytics-based precision marketing services to merchants, enabling them to understand consumer behavior and preferences, reduce management costs, and improve operational efficiency. While currently most of Thailand's offline outlets are dominated by cash transactions, consumer demand for electronic payments is rapidly growing. In 2017, the Thai government introduced a national e-payment project with the goal of achieving a cashless society. The launch of Dolfin is an important sign that JD Digit is helping Thailand achieve their goals to become a cashless society. JD Digit's Strategy for Going Global According to the "Thailand Fintech Outlook Report," by Ernst and Young (EY), a leading global market research consulting firm, Thailand's large underbanked population with high rates of mobile usage and Internet penetration, along with its strong macroeconomic growth make it the next fintech hub in Southeast Asia. JD Digits first entered the Thai market in 2017 cooperating with Central Group, one of Thailand's largest retailers to start a JV Company serving the Thai Fintech market. The two partners offer the Thai market more advanced financial technology solutions with the goal of providing safe and convenient financial services to Thai consumers. International market entry has always been an important strategic goal for JD Digits, and the company has invested significant amounts of money, resources, technology, and talent in support for deploying this strategy. Currently, JD Digits has operations in Indonesia, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and is actively incubating innovative businesses and exploring models of cooperation with international organizations with an open, equal, and transparent attitude to bring better quality products and services to international markets. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2582964-1?lang=0
  • Ericsson Automated Smart Factory Operational in China
    - Nanjing factory now among the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world with the Chinese market set to be the major beneficiary - Every step of production modernized and cellular IoT, Industry 4.0 and AI tools and technologies implemented - Next-generation smart manufacturing fast-tracked through a modular and flexible production setup in Ericsson factories around the world WASHINGTON, United States, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- September 2019 marks a major milestone in Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) smart manufacturing capabilities as a SEK 500 million transformation of the company's existing factory in Nanjing, China, reaches its conclusion. The resulting automated factory stands among the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the industry. Ericsson produces 5G and 4G radio technology products at the factory, most of which support communication service providers in the Chinese market to increase network capacity, roll-out 5G, and make Industry 4.0 a reality. The 18-month upgrade has seen Ericsson modernize every step of the production process in Nanjing, in preparation for the introduction and rapid deployments of 5G in China. This includes the first modular-designed automatic assembly line for 5G radios, which will enable Ericsson to produce the latest 5G radios in the capacity needed for the Chinese market. An upgraded automatic packing line, which supports both 4G and 5G products, has been up running from the second quarter of 2019. Ericsson has also modernized 5G testing equipment to be more efficient and very flexible across the product portfolio. In addition to contributing to high product quality, this also means that products can be introduced to the market faster. Competence and ways of working with analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning tools have also benefited from the investment. AI is now used to recognize components in the production line, increasing efficiency, accuracy and quality. State-of-the-art cellular IoT technologies in the Nanjing factory enable an automated alert system for immediate attention of critical issues and faults. Implemented at 45 work stations, it enables increased efficiency and speed of the production system. The Nanjing factory is part of Ericsson's global supply chain set up and this news follows the previous announcements on Ericsson digitalizing its factory in Estonia and establishing a smart factory in the US. Ericsson's global supply chain strategy is to ensure the company works close to customers through its European, Asian and American operations, and secures fast and agile deliveries to meet customer requirements. Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: "This is another important milestone in our global supply readiness for 5G. Our factory in Nanjing is a great example of how our next-generation technology is changing the future of manufacturing for the better. As a global company, we have gained insights from testing and applying 5G technology for industries and now we are bringing the learnings into our own factories, which will benefit the whole ecosystem. "Our customers in China will benefit through the technology leadership, speed and capacity advantages that our automated smart factory will give us." NOTES TO EDITORS: Industry digitalization a reality as Ericsson Tallinn 5G production goes wireless Ericsson extends global supply chain with company's first smart factory in the U.S.  http://www.ericsson.com/5G Ericsson Smart Wireless Manufacturing Industry 4.0 - Connectivity is the foundation FOLLOW US: Subscribe to Ericsson press releases here. http://www.twitter.com/ericssonwww.facebook.com/ericssonwww.linkedin.com/company/ericsson  MORE INFORMATION AT:Ericsson Newsroom media.relations@ericsson.com (+46-10-719-69-92) investor.relations@ericsson.com (+46-10-719-00-00) About EricssonEricsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company's portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson's investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. http://www.ericsson.com  This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com https://news.cision.com/ericsson/r/ericsson-automated-smart-factory-operational-in-china,c2905055 The following files are available for download: https://mb.cision.com/Main/15448/2905055/1106598.pdf PDF Ericsson automated smart factory operational in China https://news.cision.com/ericsson/i/ericsson-nanjng-factory---engineers-on-factory-floor,c2682842 Ericsson Nanjng factory - engineers on factory floor  
  • HTC Appoints Yves Maitre as CEO To Embrace 5G, AI And XR Future
    New leader to continue drive for VIVE Reality as Cher Wang returns to Chairwoman role, identifying future technologies and partnerships TAIPEI, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC Corporation, a leading innovator in mobile and immersive computing, today announced the appointment of Yves Maitre as CEO of HTC, effective immediately. Yves Maitre, CEO, HTC Yves joins HTC from Orange, one of the world's largest telecommunications firms, where he served as EVP of Consumer Equipment and Partnerships, overseeing Orange's connected technology strategy and business. Yves's background includes deployment of the world's largest consumer electronic brands as well as ownership of an entire portfolio of connected and mobile services, and he also served as a member of Orange's innovation technology group, charged with developing disruptive revenue opportunities. Cher Wang will continue as Chairwoman of the HTC board, in which she will focus on future technologies that align with HTC's expanding portfolio and vision of VIVE Reality. "When I took over as CEO four years ago, I set out to reinvent HTC as a complete ecosystem company and lay the foundations for the company to flourish across 5G and XR. So, now is the perfect time to hand over the stewardship of HTC to a strong leader to guide us on the next stage of our journey," said Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HTC. "I am truly delighted that Yves is taking the reins; he has a long association with our company, and he shares our passion for innovation. I firmly believe Yves is the right leader to continue to lead HTC to its full potential." "HTC has long been a bellwether for new technology innovation and I'm honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to lead the next phase of HTC," said Yves Maitre, CEO at HTC. "Across the world, HTC is recognized for its firsts across the mobile and XR space. I am incredibly energized to grow the future of both 5G and XR alongside HTC employees, customers and investors.  We will set out immediately to continue the transition from building the worlds' best consumer hardware to also building complete services around them to make them easy to manage and deploy." HTC innovates across a diverse technology portfolio including virtual and extended reality (XR), 5G devices and technology, AI and Blockchain. It has a remarkable record of industry firsts and leading innovation, and this year alone has earned media awards and industry acclaim for its VIVE virtual reality ecosystem products and the HTC 5G Hub, which has been adopted by carriers worldwide to drive 5G adoption. About Yves Maitre Yves Maitre has held senior executive positions at Orange for over 14 years, most recently as EVP of Consumer Equipment and Partnerships. He first started working with HTC upon his appointment as Senior VP for Devices in 2005. Throughout Yves' tenure at Orange, he consistently delivered innovative services and devices in a growing range of responsibilities across the business and was the first to negotiate and deploy Android smartphones in Europe. His expertise includes both consumer electronics, services and B2B technology development. Prior to joining Orange, Yves spent six years working for consumer electronics company Thomson Multimedia where he served in senior positions in the US and Singapore. He has also held roles across supply chain and product management. More about HTC's family of technologies may be found at http://www.htc.com. About HTCHTC Corporation is a global technology innovator delivering award-winning products and industry firsts since 1997. The company creates inspiring products and experiences through a strong line of mobile solutions, connected devices, and VIVE virtual reality (VR) hardware and ecosystem. HTC offers a diverse portfolio of mobile and VR hardware, software, and content that transforms the way consumers and businesses see and interact with the world and beyond. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit http://www.htc.com. Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/996776/Yves_Maitre_CEO_HTC.jpg Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/489998/HTC_Logo.jpg Related Links :http://www.htc.com
  • Kendal Industrial Park Opens Investment Opportunities for Foreign Investors in Indonesia
    CENTRAL JAVA, Indonesia, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kendal Industrial Park -- A Park by the Bay, located in Central Java, a Joint Venture between PT Jababeka Tbk and Sembawang Corporation, is open for investment to companies interested in expanding into Indonesia. Kendal Industrial Park's masterplan Juliani Kusumaningrum, Head of Marketing & Sales of Kendal Industrial Park, said that Kendal Industrial Park offers a variety of options for prospective investors, ranging from developed land plots, ready-to-use standard factory buildings, office space, shop houses and warehouses. "The development of phase one of Kendal Industrial Park covers an area of 1,000 hectares, whereas phase two will cover 1,200 hectares," said Juliani. Currently 58 companies have joined Kendal Industrial Park from a variety of industries, including F&B, furniture, fashion garments and textile, apparel, shoes, bags, and buttons. Amongst 58 companies, local investors are in the majority contributing of 65%, followed by China with 25% and the rest 10% from Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, and Japan. Furthermore, given Kendal Industrial Park's status as a Special Economic Zone for Industrial Development investors can benefit from a series of tax, fiscal, customs and other incentives. Kendal Industrial Park even provides a one-stop solution to investors, which includes assisting with obtaining the necessary licenses, company establishment, and finding the workforce. "Companies do not need to spend a lot of time managing the administration so that the company can focus on the business and start operations quickly," said Juliani. Another major advantage is the low minimum wages level in Central Java, which currently stands at just under IDR 2.1 million per month, less than half of that compared the industrial area in Karawang - West Java with just over IDR 4.2 million per month. On top of that, Kendal Industrial Park is also supported by top notch infrastructure and excellent facilities as it is a national strategic project of the Government of Indonesia. This comes with a guarantee from the Government on the availability of infrastructure to support industrial activities, such as the Trans Java Toll road, port development and electricity availability. "Central Java is now a logistics hub because of its complete facilities, infrastructure and supply chain. This is one of the reasons why entrepreneurs and companies are interested in its expansion in Kendal Industrial Park," explained Juliani. Interested in Kendal Industrial Park, please visit https://www.kendalindustrialpark.co.id/ Media Contact: Juliani Kusumaningrum Head of Marketing & Sales of Kendal Industrial Park,juliani.kusumaningrum@kik.co.id/ +62-822-6605-0051 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190917/2583058-1?lang=0
  • Huntkey to Present at Hong Kong Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show
    SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Huntkey, a leading global provider of power solutions, will be presenting at the Hong Kong Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show (shorted for "the show" below) from October 11-14, 2019. https://en.huntkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019invitation.jpg The show is held every April and October, and it is reported as one of the world's largest electronics trade shows. At the show, Huntkey is planning to showcase its latest products, including car air purifiers, wireless chargers, power strips, surge protectors, monitors, adapters and LED desk lamps. The car air purifier industry is Huntkey's new business, which is branded "Oucica", a subsidiary brand of Huntkey. The car air purifiers are incorporated with photocatalyst decomposing systems that can efficiently remove airborne hazards such as particles, smokes, bacteria and viruses. They are cylinder and compact designed, measuring a radius of 34mm and height of 180mm, which is well-suited for small space purification especially for cars. Car air purifier:https://en.huntkey.com/products/air-purifiers/for-small-space/ To learn more about Huntkey products, please visit the Huntkey booth at: Date: October 11-14, 2019Booth#: 8F02Address: Asia-world Expo center, Hong Kong About Hong Kong Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show Hong Kong Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show is held every April and October, showcasing over 7,500 booths across two phases - consumer electronics and mobile electronics. It is an international platform where a great number of technology giants across the globe gather together to introduce their latest products and services. About Huntkey Huntkey Enterprise Group, founded in 1995 and headquartered in Shenzhen, is a member of The International Power Supply Manufacturer's Association (PSMA) and a member of The China Power Supply Society (CPSS). With branch companies in the USA, Japan and other areas, and cooperating factories in Brazil, Argentina, India and other countries, Huntkey has specialized in the development, design, and manufacturing of PC power supplies, industrial power supplies, surge protectors, adapters and chargers for many years. With its own technologies and manufacturing strength, Huntkey has served Lenovo, Huawei, Haier, DELL, ZTE, Bestbuy and many other large enterprises for years, and has received unanimous recognition and trust from most of the customers. For more information about Huntkey, please visit https://en.huntkey.com/ View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/huntkey-to-present-at-hong-kong-global-sources-consumer-electronics-show-300919288.htmlRelated Links :https://en.huntkey.com/
  • Société Générale Opts for Axefinance's ACP Solution for Multi-entity Retail Lending Digitalization
    AMSTERDAM, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Société Générale decided to embark on a retail lending transformation journey across multiple African affiliates through its SG ABS entity. With the aim of harmonizing, consolidating and improving their existing credit processes, this project is a key pillar of SG's international growth strategy. Société Générale signature with axefinance After a careful selection process, Société Générale selected axefinance in part because of its ability to provide a multi-entity end-to-end Lending Digitalization solution combined with an innovative implementation approach. Many factors tipped the scale in axefinance's favor: the flexibility and scalability of ACP, impressive functional coverage, proven expertise, strong partnership with the SG Group, and a successful track record in EMEA region. Karim Rekik, Executive partner at axefinance says: "It's a pride that Société Générale is renewing its trust in us after previous ACP's successful implementations (such as in SG Bulgary, SG Moldavia, SG New Caledonia, SG Senegal etc.) We aim to go the extra mile to strengthen our partnership with SG and its international subsidiaries to fully ensure our role as an enabler of their lending digital transformation." Youness NFISSI, Retail Manager at Société Générale ABS confirms: "Société Générale Group is growing business very rapidly and successfully in around 20 African countries. In order to support its development and fully catch the continent's growth potential, we were looking for a cutting-edge credit granting tool, adjusting to multibank setup and allowing for digital, reliable and fast processing. We are very confident that axefinance's technology will significantly contribute to making our clients' experience even more unique." About axefinance:  Founded in 2004, axefinance is a global software provider focused on lending automation for financial institutions looking for an edge in productivity and customer service for any and all client segments: retail, SME, corporate, etc. ACP is axefinance's solution available either as a locally hosted or SaaS and trusted by well renowned banks. About SG Société Générale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial strength and proven expertise in innovation with a strategy of sustainable growth, aiming to be the trusted partner for its clients, committed to the positive transformations of the world. Société Générale ABS is part of the Corporate & Investment Banking Division of SG Group, SG ABS delivers Innovative IT Services to SG African subsidiaries. Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/974248/SG_ABS_signature.jpg Contact: Imen Jgham Chief Marketing Officer imen.jgham@axefinance.com Related Links :http://www.axefinance.com
  • AdAsia and Wootag partner up to deliver interactive ads to Asia
    New offering available through the AdAsia Premium Marketplace SINGAPORE, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AdAsia, an advertising technology solutions provider and part of AnyMind Group, has today announced a partnership with video marketing and analytics platform, Wootag, to integrate and deliver Wootag's interactive video advertising units through the AdAsia Premium Marketplace. This partnership plays to the strengths of Wootag's interactive advertising unit and scale of the AdAsia Premium Marketplace across Asia. Wootag's interactive video ad unit enables advertisers to serve video ads that feature in-video interactions including the ability for users to perform, at various points of the video advertisement, purchases, sign-ups, participate in polls, receive promotions, view product catalogs, make bookings, view store locations, and more, without leaving the video ad. This allows advertisers to drive more interactive and outcome-oriented advertisement engagement and provides a seamless advertising experience for users. Raj Sunder, CEO and founder of Wootag, said: "At Wootag our vision is to harness the power of human curiosity with immersive interactions within the video and leverage insights to understand their behavior. Our partnership and integration with AdAsia further strengthens this vision by enabling more native experiences across AdAsia's pool of premium publishers in APAC. In addition, creating combined insights to drive creative enhancement and personalization to achieve both audience and brand objectives." Publishers can simply implement a single AdAsia ad tag to access available display and video formats and demand, including Wootag's interactive video ad unit, dynamically placed on a page based on content density and user behavior. Advertisers can programmatically access Wootag's interactive video ad unit through the AdAsia Premium Marketplace or Wootag platform, and deliver advertising to viewable, brand-safe inventory across more than 880 premium publishers throughout Asia, such as Kompas, The Philippine Daily Inquirer and Pantip . Vivek Misra, Director of Strategic Initiatives for AnyMind Group, said: "Advertisers now have access to a scaled and curated, high-quality publisher marketplace in Asia for display and video advertising. Coupled with Wootag's interactive video ad unit, advertisers can leverage on a highly engaging and experiential unit, and in fact, use video advertising as a lower-funnel ad format. At the same time, publishers in Asia can now offer greater user experience and retention." "Interactive video, in conjunction with our offerings in advertising, influencer marketing and the CastingAsia Creators Network, provides marketers with a very unique end-to-end solution to build well-connected marketing storylines across high-quality publishers, social media channels, video platforms, and even out-of-home media," said Misra. AnyMind Group currently offers various marketing solutions through AdAsia and CastingAsia. Apart from the AdAsia Premium Marketplace, advertisers can access the AdAsia Digital Platform for Advertisers and managed services, and for publishers, the AdAsia360 platform. For influencer marketing, CastingAsia offers an end-to-end influencer marketing platform that allows users to discover, activate, manage and track influencer marketing activity, and local teams with influencer marketing expertise across Asia. Additionally, AnyMind Group currently operates a DOOH marketplace for Thailand.
  • The Brandlaureate BestBrand Awards Singapore 2019 will be held on 31st October
    SINGAPORE, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The BrandLaureate, a sobriquet for brand excellence, was instituted to facilitate its vision and mission, simultaneously fulfilling the objectives of World Brands Foundation TWBF [formerly the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF)]. This year, The BrandLaureate BestBrands Awards 2019 will be held on 31st October and the trophy succinctly reflects the theme TO BE HEARD. Brands need to showcase that their voices are audible and amplified clearly to the world. The clarity of their voice will give the perception of the brand identity that showcases leadership and position in the industry. The Brandlaureate BestBrand Awards Singapore 2019 The brands those stand with a strong voice can shout their uniqueness and exceptional values. Most importantly, the brand can convey the message of trust, credibility, and integrity which is foremost in the minds of the patron when choosing the brand. "We are so proud to be coming back to Singapore this year, because of such great demand and such great opportunity in this country. We want to bring out the value, the status and the pride of these brands, because Everything about the business is the Brand, and Everything about the Brand is the business," says Dr. KK Johan on his vision of The BrandLaureate. Last year they had a runaway success with their first award ceremony in Singapore at Shangri-la Hotel, and it was fantastically well-received, and people are so proud, and this year they have appointed the country president, Mr Kevin Vuong, to take leadership and to continue their branding awards in Singapore. The list of national and international award recipients of TWBF has grown rapidly over the years -- astride the intensification and entrenchment of the institution as a whole -- with the latter including luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Emeritus), the late Former President Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, the late Steve Jobs, Professor Robert Fry Engle (Nobel Laureate for Economics), Professor Ferid Murad (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine), Dr. Jane Goodall & Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Co-Founder); leadership gurus -- Tony Buzan & John Maxwell; sports personalities -- Kobe Bryant, the late Muhammad Ali, Wladimir Klitschko (IBF, WBO & WBA), Michael Schumacher, Ivan Lendl & Tiger Woods; entertainers -- DJ Hardwell (Robbert van de Corput), Andrea Bocelli, Sir Cliff Richard, Adele, Kitaro, Richard Clayderman, Sir Bob Gedolf, Neyo, Lea Salonga, Earth, Wind and Fire, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, the late Sir Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson & Rowan Atkinson; as well as signature establishments such as FIFA, London College of Music Examinations, Classic All Blacks, The Art of Living Foundation & Association of Space Explorers. In 2018, The BrandLaureate hosted it's first The BrandLaureate Special Edition Awards in Singapore. There were 49 brands that won The BrandLaureate Awards during the gala dinner last year held at Shangri-la Hotel with over 600 attendees. One of the award winners said: "We are honoured to receive this award. It is a recognition of the hard work, determination and effort from AirAsia Allstars," Tan Sri Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes -- CEO of AirAsia. The World Brands Foundation (TWBF) is a branding powerhouse that never sleeps as it continues to motivate, encourage, and inspire brands to achieve brand excellence and become global brands of distinction. TWBF takes an active role in identifying and nurturing outstanding brands on an international platform. The Foundation continuously champions its mission to educate and communicate the "value of branding" with the concept that brand culture, combines with good practices will give brands the edge in this competitive environment. TWBF was established in 2005 and is anchored as the foremost world's branding foundation. As a trendsetter for branding with divergence, the institution was recently rebranded to reflect greater echelons of prominence. Its primary objectives include the promotion of brands, the heightening of branding practices, and inculcation of first-rate brand culture in assorted areas of expertise. The Brandlaureate BestBrands Awards will be held in Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore. Nomination for the Awards is now open until 8thof October 2019, nominations at the website or email info@thebrandlaureate.com are welcomed and the awaited night is on 31st of October 2019. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190916/2581441-1?lang=0 Related Links :https://www.thebrandlaureate.com/
  • A Must-Attend Musical Instrument Tradeshow to Gain Industrial Insight
    SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Music China 2019, one of the world's most influential musical instrument tradeshows, co-organized by CMIA, Shanghai INTEX and Messe Frankfurt, will be held October 10-13, 2019 in Shanghai, China. Music China, in its 18th year, is reputed as Asia's largest musical instrument expo. It contributes to the prosperity of the music industry globally, as it has created an efficient exchange platform for local and international music companies. This year, Music China gathers more than 2,300 exhibitors from over 30 countries and regions, who are ready to present their most notable music products in the grand 145,000 m2 exhibition space of Shanghai International Expo Centre. Western and Chinese traditional music instruments, as well as modern electronic music devices, will be exhibited. Exhibitors include not only global brands like Marshall, Orange, Roland, Gibson, Fender, Bluethner, Buffet, Schimmel, Steinway, Fazioli, Yamaha, GEWA, Laney, and Ludwig, but also top local brands like Pearl River, Hsinghai, Jinyin, Fengling, and Shanghai No.1 National Musical Instruments Factory. Accompanying the exhibition are various events covering all aspects of the music industry, including industrial forums, dealers' training programs, music education courses, music competitions and live performances, aiming to keep visitors updated with the latest development of the global music industry. Business Supporting Programs To take the lead of the industrial development, Music China has designed programs for practitioners. The New Product Global Launch, as one of the highlighted events, will impress visitors with newly-released products and advanced technologies through roadshows and interviews. NAMM CMIA Industry Forum will demonstrate the latest trends of the music industry, while the How-To Sessions, designed for music dealers, will cover a wide range of topics including retailing, pricing, branding, and management. Music and Cultural Events Music China also includes a variety of events for music amateurs. Music Lab, a creative space for music-making products, will gather famous electronic musicians to perform and share their experiences. Art Salon and Traditional Chinese Music Forum invite renowned artists and musicians to spread music aesthetics. The Jazz Master Competition and the Original EDM Competition are expected to revive a music fever among the young generation of music makers, and over 600 live performances will rise this music carnival to a climax. Visit the Music China website: http://www.musicchina-expo.com. Register now for this fantastic music show! Contacts:Miss Arlene Zhu     +86-21-6295-5609zhuliwen@shanghai-intex.com Related Links :http://www.musicchina-expo.com
  • Xinhua Silk Road: "Xiaoshan Tide" makes maiden flight winging with airport economy
    BEIJING, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The aircraft "Xiaoshan Tide" recently completed its maiden flight from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in hoping of spreading the glamour of the "window" of east China's Hangzhou city. Painted with recognizable "Xiaoshan elements" such as Qiangtang Tide, Xianghu Lake, Kuahuqiao Site Museum and Hangzhou International Expo Center, the main venue for the Hangzhou G20 Summit, the aircraft was co-launched by Loong Air and Xiaoshan district government, with the theme "Xiaoshan Tide" depicting a vision of riding the waves of a new era. After first flight to Chongqing on September 11, the "Xiaoshan Tide" is expected to fly to other major Chinese cities and arrive in Beijing in the following two weeks. As one of China's twelve mainline airports, the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is also at the core of Hangzhou Airport Economic Demonstration Zone, one of the 14 airport economic demonstration zones in China. Striving for transportation network that fuels an airport economy matching the "gate of Zhejiang" and "window of Hangzhou", Xiaoshan international airport had kicked off the 27-billion-yuan third-phase expansion project, covering an area of 1.45 million square meters. Also, a track express line connecting the three high-speed railway stations of Hangzhou West Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station and Airport Station will be officially opened for traffic in June 2022. In addition, Xiaoshan airport will also introduce a number of high-speed rail lines, which are connected to the surrounding urban economic circle areas such as Shaoxing and Jiaxing to knock down previous bottleneck problems for airport outer-circle transportation. Besides airport-related facilities, Xiaoshan district has been working on a "22688" scheme for transportation this year, planning to spend 200 billion yuan to build two transportation hubs, two urban ring roads, six track lines, eight urban express roads and eight main roads to establish an integrated network that combines airport, high-speed rail, subway, expressway and trunk lines. See the original link: https://en.imsilkroad.com/p/308335.html View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xinhua-silk-road-xiaoshan-tide-makes-maiden-flight-winging-with-airport-economy-300919223.html
  • SANS to Offer New Blue Team Fundamentals Course at November Singapore Cyber Security Training Event
    Provides an Accelerated On-Ramp for Aspiring Cyber Defenders SINGAPORE, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced the agenda for SANS November Singapore 2019 taking place 18-23 November. Course topics to include security operations, SIEM, digital forensics, incident handling, and web app pen testing. Included among the course line-up is the new SANS course, SEC450: Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis. According to SEC450 course author and dedicated blue-teamer John Hubbard (@SecHubb), "The new SEC450: Blue Team Fundamentals – Security Operations and Analysis course distills the crucial knowledge that defenders must know. It covers both intricate details of data collection and generation, and the big-picture view of how a SOC and cyber defense tools fit together. The course was written to get defenders and analysts up to speed in the shortest amount of time and explain the thought processes for investigation and triage that are needed for everyday analysis tasks. If your job involves using an IDS, SIEM, EDR, and other modern defense tools to triage and investigate intrusions, join me for the official debut of SEC450 in the Asia Pacific region at SANS Singapore in November. Be one of the first to experience this new course from an author who has been in the trenches and fought the same fight." SANS November Singapore 2019 features hands-on immersion style courses for InfoSec professionals at every level. Course offerings include SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics, and FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics. Bonus evening talks will round out the agenda. For complete list of courses, or to register for SANS November Singapore 2019, visit:https://www.sans.org/november-singapore-2019 About SANS InstituteThe SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner's qualifications via over 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (https://www.sans.org) Related Links :http://www.sans.org
  • Mediaocean Continues to Expand in Asia-Pacific with Acquisitions of Zanthuu and PIN Systems
    Strategic acquisitions extend Mediaocean's ability to deliver global cross media planning and buying capabilities to global clients. NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mediaocean, the foundational software provider for the advertising world, today announced that it has expanded its Asia-Pacific operations with two acquisitions, Zanthuu and PIN Systems, to meet the evolving needs of its customers in the Asia-Pacific market and globally. This builds on its acquisition of the Australia-based BCC AdSystems in January of 2016. Mediaocean acquired Zanthuu, a Shanghai-based media management software provider with existing holding company agency relationships in China. Zanthuu will operate as Mediaocean China, and will serve existing and new clients with media buying and bill payment solutions already available, as well as additional solutions set to launch in 2020.  China, now the second largest advertising market in the world, is experiencing growing marketplace complexity as ad spend continues to increase at a rapid pace. Mediaocean also acquired Kuala Lumpur-based media management software provider PIN Systems. PIN Systems will operate as Mediaocean APAC and will continue to focus on markets across Asia-Pacific, including Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea. "The acquisitions of Zanthuu and PIN are key steps in Mediaocean's continued worldwide expansion," said Bill Wise, CEO, Mediaocean. "The acquisitions significantly expand Mediaocean's ability to deliver regionally specific but globally consistent solutions, processes and controls for agencies and their global brand clients for cross media planning, buying and bill-payment. We are thrilled to have the Zanthuu and PIN teams join the Mediaocean team." "We have been working to become China's premier media management partner, and with the new reach and capabilities provided by our place in the Mediaocean ecosystem, we are excited to make further progress towards that goal," said Michael Lin, General Manager of Zanthuu. "Mediaocean is the standard for media management software in its home markets, and we are proud to join its global team." "Becoming a part of the Mediaocean team will play an outsized role in empowering us to best serve our clients and integrate new, impact-focused media management solutions into our product offerings going forward," said Hugh Seet, CEO & Chief Architect of PIN Systems.  Both acquisitions have closed. About MediaoceanMediaocean is the world's foundational media software company that manages every aspect of the advertising workflow: from planning, buying, and selling - to analyzing and optimizing - to invoicing and payments. Our open cross-media platform powers $150 billion in global media spend, providing transparency and accountability across the entire supply-chain. We serve a wide range of clients in the advertising world: over 100,000 agency, advertiser, and media owner users trust Mediaocean applications daily. Our company employs 950 people and is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software companies. Advertising. Powered by Mediaocean. ContactPress@mediaocean.com Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/350880/mediaocean_logo.jpg
  • 2019 China Kids Expo, Asia's Flagship Trade Fair for All Baby Products, Unveil Future Market Trends and Innovative Products
    SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Organized by China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (CTJPA), China Kids Expo (CKE) will take place from October 16-18, 2019 at Shanghai New International Expo Center. As Asia's Flagship B2B trade fair for baby products, CKE converge the latest innovative products, world-renowned brands, industry development trends and business professionals of all functions throughout the value chain. It is a one-stop sourcing platform for international buyers as well as an efficient gateway for international brands to tap into the prosperous China market. The global baby products market is expected to maintain high growth rate in the coming years with China showing huge potential. Changing lifestyle as a result of rapid urbanization and growing middle-class population, particularly in developing countries, has encouraged the adoption of convenience-oriented routine, making innovative baby items desirable, which fuels the industry development & growth. Moreover, rising consumer awareness and manufacturers' promotion about children's healthcare and safety are driving the market further. As the world's largest production base, the Baby Product Manufacturing industry in China produces a wide range of products, such as baby carriages & furniture, ride-on, baby care, feeding, food, clothing, toys and other products. Emerging brands, trend-leading products and innovative retail mode from China are attracting world-wide attention. China has been and will keep playing an irreplaceable role in the global baby products industry. CKE will bring together over 2400 exhibitors with 5000 brands exhibiting at an expanded space of 230,000 Sqm. They will feature baby carriages, car seats and furniture, ride-on, toys, clothing and baby care products, etc. It is expected to attract 100,000 visitors both domestic and international. As a highlight, the expo will also feature leading export-ready manufacturers from over 20 major production regions across China, including Dongguan (all baby products), Pinghu (baby carriages), Pingxiang (ride-on products), Ningbo (car seats), etc. At the seminars, forums and events, new products will be released and industry experts will come together to share industry insights and interpret the future development trends. During the same period, China Toy Expo, China Preschool Expo and China Licensing Expo will be co-located. This is a must attend event for anyone who wants to source from China and understand industrial trend and innovative products.