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  • 379 Products Enter Finals of 2018 Canton Fair Design Awards
    GUANGZHOU, China, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) have announced that 379 products have entered the final stage of the 2018 Canton Fair Design Awards (CF Awards). Winners will be announced at the 124th Canton Fair. He Renke, the Chairman of CF Awards, evaluates products by design Launched in 2013, this year's CF Awards began with 1,214 products entered by 629 companies from China who will showcase and demonstrate their innovative products at the 124th Canton Fair, taking place in three phases from October 15th to November 4th at the China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex in Guangzhou. The awards provide a global stage for premium-designed products, driving companies to focus on creative design and encouraging innovation in new product development. "The CF Awards is a part of Canton Fair's commitment to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of international trade," said Maggie Pu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office at Canton Fair. "Over the past 4 years, the CF Awards has shined a spotlight on 227 products from companies that have been leaders in innovative design. The world-class quality and design that they have showcased as part of the competition has helped these companies succeed in a competitive global marketplace." Design in China further Promoted The CF Awards has inspired companies to drive product development through innovation, helping them become more competitive in the global market. Notable past participants include: Haier Group Corporation, a Chinese multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company, has won 12 CF Awards in five years. Its cloud innovation platform, HOPE, is able to collectively connect global resources both online and office so that client demands can be delivered directly to research and development team. Fujian luochi shoemaking Co., Ltd won the Gold Award in textile and apparel in 2017 for their hiking boots. The competition inspired the company to focus more on improving its design capabilities. Soon afterwards, the company introduced its self-developed line, CLORTS, which they designed in cooperation with South Korean and Italian partners. Its products have since been awarded ITS certification in Switzerland, and have successfully landed in Asia, Europe and the US. Fujian Fuzhou Shang Fei Clothing Co., Ltd., a Silver winner at the 2017 CF Awards, has been one of the top attractive exhibitors at the Canton Fair. Its thermal reflected seamless down coats and garden jackets has gain attention from French, Italian and American buyers. For more information about the CF Awards and to see a full list of finalist products, visit http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/cf/index.aspx. About Canton Fair The China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and fall. Established in 1957, the fair is now a comprehensive exhibition with the longest history, highest level, largest scale and largest number of products as well as the broadest distribution of buyer origins and the highest business turnover in China. http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2190150-1 Related Links :http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en
  • Hong Kong Airlines awarded Skytrax 4-star rating and named one of top 20 airlines in the world
    HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hong Kong Airlines celebrated a big win yesterday at the prestigious 2018 World Airline Awards, when it once again retained its Skytrax 4-star rating. Thanks to our customers' votes, Hong Kong Airlines also made historic headway in the global rankings and is proud to be represent Hong Kong in the top 20 list of the World's Best 100 Airlines in 2018. The airline was also recognised as one of the top 10 airlines in Asia. Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing (left) accepts the Skytrax 4-star award from Skytrax Chief Executive Edward Plaisted (right) The World Airline Awards is widely regarded as one of the industry's top accolades, held in high esteem for its clarity of process and independence, with no outside sponsorship or external influence. Hong Kong Airlines Vice Chairman Mr Tang King Shing, who accepted the award on the airline's behalf, said that the recognition from Skytrax was an affirmation of all the hard work that Hong Kong Airlines colleagues have put in over the past year. "This is an exciting time for Hong Kong Airlines, as we continue to grow from strength to strength. We will continue to improve our customer offerings to deliver the best products and services and aim to become the airline of choice for all travellers." On awarding the 4-star rating to Hong Kong Airlines, Skytrax Chief Executive praised Hong Kong Airlines for continuing to offer a strong product on its regional routes, whilst also strengthening its global presence with the launch of new long-haul routes, meal concepts and service amenities. Having successfully transitioned from a regional carrier into a global airline over the past year, Hong Kong Airlines now offers a growing network of nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, including Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco -- new routes launched over the past year. The airline has also introduced exciting new products, including its flagship lounge Club Autus, and the Airbus A350 aircraft. About Hong Kong Airlines Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. The airline flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, and currently maintains 79 interline and 18 codeshare agreements with multiple airline partners. Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, it has been awarded the internationally acclaimed four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. For more information, please visit: Website: http://www.hongkongairlines.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hkairlines LinkedIn: Hong Kong AirlinesInstagram: hkairlinesTwitter: @hkairlines Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2190075-1 Related Links :http://www.hongkongairlines.com
  • Fang Engages KPMG As Its Independent Registered Public Accountant
    BEIJING, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fang Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) ("Fang" or the "Company"), the leading real estate Internet portal in China, today announced that it appointed KPMG Huazhen LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018 to replace Ernst & Young Hua Ming LLP, effective immediately. About Fang Fang operates the leading real estate Internet portal in China in terms of the number of page views and visitors to its websites. Through its websites, Fang provides e-commerce, marketing, listing, financial and other value-added services for China's fast-growing real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors. Its user-friendly websites support active online communities and networks of users seeking information on, and other value-added services for, the real estate and home furnishing and improvement sectors in China. Fang currently maintains about 100 offices to focus on local market needs and its website and database contains real estate related content covering more than 651 cities in China. For more information about Fang, please visit http://ir.fang.com. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: Dr. Hua LeiCFOPhone: +86-10-5631-8661Email: leihua@fang.com Ms. Jessie YangDirector, Investor RelationsPhone: +86-10-5631-8805Email: jessieyang@fang.com View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fang-engages-kpmg-as-its-independent-registered-public-accountant-300682842.html
  • NetEase to Report Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results on August 8
    BEIJING, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) today announced that it will report financial results for the 2018 second quarter on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, after the close of the U.S. markets. The earnings teleconference call with simultaneous webcast will take place at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time: 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 9, 2018). NetEase's management will be on the call to discuss the quarterly results and answer questions. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-929-477-0324 (international: 1-800-458-4121), 10-15 minutes prior to the initiation of the call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-719-457-0820 (international: 1-888-203-1112), and entering passcode 8957911#. The replay will be available through August 22, 2018. This call will be webcast live and the replay will be available for 12 months. Both will be available on NetEase's Investor Relations website at http://ir.netease.com/. About NetEase, Inc. NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular PC-client and mobile games, e-commerce businesses, advertising services and e-mail services. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers, NetEase also operates some of the most popular international online games in China. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/. Contact for Media and Investors: Margaret Shi NetEase, Inc.ir@service.netease.com Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378 Brandi PiacenteInvestor Relationsbrandi@corp.netease.com Tel: (+1) 212-481-2050 View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/netease-to-report-second-quarter-2018-financial-results-on-august-8-300682823.htmlRelated Links :http://corp.netease.com
  • eCloudvalley, The First and Only Publicly Listed Born-in-the-Cloud MSP
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting from July 17th, 2018, eCloudvalley is successfully listed on the Emerging Stock Board of Taipei Exchange (TPEx) as the first and only publicly listed born-in-the-Cloud MSP. Founded in 2014 as a born-in-the-cloud partner, eCloudvalley has grown to over 200 employees in 4 years time with geographic footprints for over 10 regions like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Manila. eCloudvalley is the pioneer in Cloud profession in Asia Pacific by being the first AWS Premier Consulting Partner in greater China region. Strong in technical capability with more than 170 AWS certifications, eCloudvalley has served more than 470 enterprise customers leveraging Cloud technology to help enterprises perform digital transformation. Its core competencies include but not limited to Cloud migration, DevOps, Serverless, containers and Data solutions and Cloud training. With a mission to evolve customer's business with cloud technology, it is believed that eCloudvalley would continue to be the pioneer to enterprises' cloud journey.
  • SDChain Alliance releases the world's first IoT optimized public blockchain based on ISO / IEC six-domain model standard
    TAIPEI, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 18, at the "IoT Enabled Blockchain Ecosystem" conference co-hosted by TIOTA (Taiwan Internet of Things Association) in Taipei, Taiwan, the SDChain Alliance officially announced the world's first public chain that truly uses blockchain technology to secure IoT data reliability and establish a business incentive model. This public chain will start providing open services today that facilitate Internet of Things integration with the blockchain as a decentralized ecosystem. It will also enable the IoT industry to establish a cost effective but highly efficient and decentralized application ecosystem based on its own application requirements, creating high-value real digital assets and greatly enhancing the commercial value of IoT applications. After nearly a year of efforts by SDChain's core technical team, SDChain's main network is ready to go. As the leader of the global IoT and blockchain ecological integration development, SDChain is based on the ecological characteristics of the Internet of Things application and the current trend of the public chain. It is the first in the world to launch the "Blockchain Reform Initiative" to help the blockchain's wide application and rapid development in the whole industry and enter a new era of "Internet of Everything" from the "Internet of Everyone" era. Based on the Co-Chain blockchain technology system, the "Blockchain Reform Initiative" quickly and conveniently establishes the global SDChain ecosystem, realizes the interconnection between Co-Chain and other public chains, and establishes the ecological data mining mechanism of the Internet of Things application. Therefore, SDChain's global community has a wide range of influence. At the same time, the SDChain Alliance also released the "SDA Super Node Plan" for "data collection as mining" as first phase of "Blockchain Reform Initiative" and the first step in realizing the self-construction of IoT data mining and injecting a catalyst for the development of the industry. The SDChain Alliance launched a one-month public SDA community vote on July 20 to determine the details of "Super Node Plan". For details, please visit the official website SDChain.io. Today, at the SDChain public chain conference in Taipei, member of Legislative Yuan, Mr. Hrong-Tai Fai, and Director of Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government, Mr. Weibin Li, attended the conference as VIPs, and member of Legislative Yuan, Mr. Yu-Jen Hsu, also gave a special speech by video. Titan Cheng, the CEO of BitoPro, Taiwan's largest cryptocurrency exchange, who was also present at the event, said that the recent opening of the SDA transaction by BitoPro will allow Taiwan's cryptocurrency exchange to promote the development of the Internet of Things industry in Taiwan. Dr. Jie Shen, the chief scientist of the SDChain Alliance -- the specifier defining the world's first international standard for IoT reference architecture ISO / IEC 30141 -- and the current chairman of the ISO / IEC JTC1 Internet of Things and Blockchain Integration Research Group, explained the origins and development of the six-domain model in his keynote speech. In addition, speaking from the viewpoint of the international specifier, he provided an in-depth analysis of how the six-domain model and SDChain will reshape the new IoT business model. Other significant contributors to the conference made presentations in which they discussed issues of interest to participants as well as members of the public. Mr. JJ Yang, deputy general manager of Flowring Technology, a member of SDChain Alliance, gave details on how the Connesia IoT management platform integrated with SDChain would make the collection and analysis of a large amount of IoT data easier. Mr. Byron Chiu, the general manager of BMD Marketing, also a member of the SDChain Alliance, talked about introducing SDChain to the actual application scenario, and he highlighted this with a detailed explanation of how BMD Marketing had applied SDChain to create intelligent property management. Mr. Frank Fu, General Manager of Taiwan IoT & Blockchain Laboratory (TIBL), shared a unique perspective to clarify parts of the blockchain misunderstood by public. In his presentation, he briefly explained that the practical applications of blockchain are far wider than generally known and that they can be seen everywhere. The application of SDChain is not limited to the Internet of Things industry. CEO of UUNIO, Connor Tack, who is committed to returning legitimate compensation to content creators, said that as a member of the SDChain Alliance, UUNIO could expand its market penetration to other regions. He further said that by joining the SDChain Alliance, UUNIO is now in a position to help establish South Korea's SDChain community. In another good example of the flexibility of SDChain, Shanghai Rich Culture Media and Datang International Entertainment drew on the assistance of the SDChain Alliance to launch the public movie "Beyond Silence" based on SDA. Director Alice Wang expects the SDChain to assist the transformation and upgrading of the film industry. The IoT Industry Trends Roundtable invited a large number of experts and enterprises in the field of Internet of Things to exchange ideas and viewpoints on "When the blockchain hits the Internet of Things". Among those invited were Mr. Spencer Liang, Chairman of the Taiwan Internet of Things Association (TIOTA), Dr. Jie Shen, the editor of the ISO / IEC 30141 IoT Reference Architecture Standard, Mr. Andrew Fai, the founder of OBITO.IO tokenizing anything of value in the Bitcoin Cash blockchain, Mr. C.C. Tseng, CEO of ALLN (Airline and Life Networking Token), Mr. Cankey KT Li, CEO of WGC (Wind Gain Coin), and Mr. Giga Zheng, the head of the platform of ThanosX Exchange. The discussions were lively and thought-provoking, leading to a perfect ending for the SDChain public chain conference, with the SDA airdrop activity in the live Q&A.   In December 2017, the SDChain Alliance released an important white paper and ISO / IEC voted through the draft of the six-domain model. In March 2018, the SDChain test chain was released two months ahead of schedule, leading to ISO / IEC 30141 officially becoming an international standard this month, when the SDChain public chain went officially into service. On the strength of this real blockchain technology specifically tailored for the IoT industry, SDChain's strategic partners and alliance members have gradually introduced SDChain to the actual application scenario. In the real-world environment, with from 2,500 to more than 20,000 users, the minimum response time a system service can still maintain an ultra-high level is no more than 6ms while providing a stable performance of 5,000 transactions per second. Speaking at the SDChain public chain conference, David Pan, CEO of SDChain Alliance, said, " Since the Internet of Things industry is bringing humans from the automation of communication in the Internet era to the execution of automation, the SDChain based on the international standard of the "six-domain model" has been verified by numerous application cases to prove that it is a blockchain technology that truly meets the future development trend of the Internet of Things industry." This statement was further supported by Jaclyn Lin, business development director for Taiwan's SDChain IoT, who said, "We believe that the deep cooperation between many strategic partners across different fields with SDChain will accelerate the evolution of the Taiwan IoT application ecosystem." Finally, Walter Chang, market representative of Taiwan's SDChain IoT, said, "To promote truly valuable digital assets and enter the blockchain ecosystem can promote the development and prosperity of the digital economy and further stimulate the vitality of the real economy." SDChain is a public blockchain that fully considers the characteristics of the Internet of Things technology and the needs of commercial ecological construction. It truly optimizes the complete blockchain mechanism, efficiently realizes the circulation and value conversion of digital assets and promotes the IoT business model of co-prosperity and symbiosis. Those interested in knowing why the Internet of Things needs a blockchain and wanting to learn about importing the blockchain into IoT applications are welcome to contact and join the SDChain Alliance to become part of the IoT industry innovation. About SDChain Alliance Founded in Canada, the SDChain Alliance leverages blockchain to activate IoT applications. SDChain believes that data from Internet of Things in the physical world should be shared through a fast, trusted and cost-effective blockchain network. Based on the "six-domain model" as a global standardization of the Internet of Things, the network enables data producers and data users in the open partner ecosystem to fully activate the potential of the digital economy and it promotes the development of innovation throughout the industry. About TIOTA Taiwan Internet Of Things Association, TIOTA, established in 2011, aims to lead IoT industry in Taiwan to thrive, and to grow by collaborating with partners and implementing practical IoT solutions. TIOTA currently has around 300 members/partners including Institute For Information Industry (III), ITRI and SECOM.
  • MOOV's Beat Runner debuts on Apple Watch Series 3
    Enjoy phone-free experience with MOOV music World's first* technologies allow users to display their heartbeat, running data and play music directly from their Apple Watch Series 3 for a seamless phone-free workout HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MOOV, Hong Kong's largest digital music service, today launches its Beat Runner: Running Music feature on Apple Watch Series 3. MOOV’s Beat Runner debuts on Apple Watch Series 3 The two-in-one feature uses the latest technology to integrate data from Apple HealthKit API (also known as Apple Health App), and displays the wearer's heart rate and running data whilst playing music that matches the wearer's workout goals. Beat Runner: Running Music is now available on Apple's App Store. Ms. Helen Sou, Senior Vice President, Digital Media of PCCW Media Group, said, "We are so excited to launch this world's first technology in Hong Kong. At MOOV, we are committed to innovation. We looked carefully at the limitations of existing music and fitness apps, and developed a one-stop solution that allows our users to unlock their full workout potential and enjoy performance-enhancing music with no interruptions." Listening to the right music while you exercise can fuel motivation, build stamina and improve your running technique by encouraging the correct pace. Matching music to each phase of your workout can prepare your body with helpful cues to warm up, increase effort, accelerate or cool down. Beat Runner: Running Music intuitively adjusts the soundtrack to your workout and helps listeners get the most out of each session. The world's first for music app that integrates running data and music, Beat Runner: Running Music tracks data and responds to feedback directly from your Apple Watch Series 3. Without the need to scroll through your phone, pre-download music, or click through different apps, runners can now just live in the moment and focus on their performance, all set to a heart-pumping soundtrack of inspirational tunes from your Apple Watch Series 3 without an iPhone nearby. This enhanced feature presents itself as a tool for personal success and empowers runners to focus on their performance. The unique Beat Runner: Running Music perfectly complements MOOV's wellbeing qualities. In addition to Beat Runner, MOOV is the first and only music platform in Asia to offer a "Therapeutic Music Library"# with soothing tunes and Cantonese audio-inductions prepared by seven registered music therapists. These playlists are suitable for de-stressing, fetal development and childhood learning development. While music has the power to entertain, MOOV is dedicated to harnessing the power of music to improve your wellbeing. With these product and content innovations, MOOV is uniquely positioned to pump up your motivation, improve your fitness performance and help you live your best life. MOOV’s Beat Runner debuts on Apple Watch Series 3 *    In reference to the 2016 Global Music Report, among all listed global digital music apps on Pro-music by IFPI (compared with the information on Apple App Store as of June 2018), MOOV is the only music app which can solely be used on Apple Watch Series 3 offering the feature of playing music and running simultaneously. Users do not need to connect to iPhone and download songs in advance. #    MOOV offers the first therapeutic music library in Asia with induction in Cantonese provided by music therapists (by comparing the services offered by major digital music streaming service providers in Asia as of 24 June 2016). Please visit the official website https://moov.hk/ and product information listed for more details on the functions, features and rules. About PCCW Media The media group of PCCW is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong. The media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV offers more than 180 linear channels and on demand library of local, Asian and international programming. Its premium content can also be accessed via the Now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content. Now TV also offers the Now E entertainment OTT (over-the-top) platform with international and Asian dramas, movies and world-class sports events, which is designed to meet the needs of viewers with Millennial lifestyle. The media group is also engaged in the provision of OTT video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and 15 markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India. In addition, MOOV is a hugely popular music digital streaming service in Hong Kong. Moreover, the media group operates one of Asia's leading directories businesses under the Yellow Pages brand. About PCCW Limited PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses. The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers. PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCCW Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of OTT (over-the-top) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong. Also, wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China. In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and other overseas investments. To learn more about PCCW, please visit http://www.pccw.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2190062-1-a Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2190062-1-bRelated Links :http://www.pccw.com
  • USD220,000 for a share in Six Senses St. Kitts Resort and Spa Gains You Global Mobility & A Second Citizenship for Life
    HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Harvey Law Group announces Strategic Partnership with Range Developments in South East Asia for the newly launch Six Senses St. Kitts Resort and Spa. Steeped in legendary seafaring history dating back hundreds of years, the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis is the newest exotic destination for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Mr. Jean-Francois Harvey Global Managing Partner of Harvey Law Group (left) and Mr. Bastien Trelcat, Managing Partner South East Asia (right) officially announced the strategic partnership with Range Developments in South East Asia in May 2018. The resort will be set on the site of a former sugar cane plantation with gentle hills rolling down to a long stretch of sandy beach fronting the Caribbean Sea. All of the projected 70 pool villas and The Retreat will enjoy sea views and an unspoiled environment that gives the glorious feeling of being isolated from civilization; a place where guests can reconnect with themselves, their families and loved ones and nature. In true Six Senses style, every aspect of the 70 villas all with private plunge pools are true to the Six Senses commitment to the environment, using sustainable and repurposed materials juxtaposed with contemporary comforts. Overlooking the resort's nature reserve, Six Senses St. Kitts will feature a menu of Six Senses specialty treatments as well as Caribbean healing traditions and rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. Investing in Six Senses St. Kitts will entitle you and your family to apply for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis through a government sponsored program: A USD220,000 investment (through a limited partnership structure) in Six Senses St. Kitts is required in order to qualify to apply for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis. Financing available over 2 years. Citizenship is for life for the investor, spouse, parents and a number of eligible dependents, and citizenship is passed down through generations. Applicants are not to visit or reside in St. Kitts. St. Kitts & Nevis passports are issued within approximately 90 to 120 days of filing an application. Citizens are free from personal income, capital gains, gift, wealth and inheritance taxes. St. Kitts & Nevis citizens may travel visa-free to more than 139 countries, including the United Kingdom, Schengen European countries and most British Commonwealth countries. Citizenship includes full residency status and the right to work in St. Kitts & Nevis. Dual citizenship is permitted and open to all nationalities, without any requirement to notify the applicant's home country. St. Kitts & Nevis offers a favorable business development environment where the currency is pegged to the US dollar. Exit options provide the ability to realize capital gain and income generation on investment. Harvey Law Group (HLG), one of Asia's leading legal firms focusing on investment immigration and mobility, announced that one of its portfolio companies has acquired nearly 20% of the inventory in the newly launched Six Senses St. Kitts being developed by Range Developments (Range) under the St Kitts' Citizenship-by-Investment program. The agreement between Range and Harvey Law Group was signed on May 8, 2018 securing access to units in the development for HLG's well-established clientele in Asia-Pacific. Harvey Law Group is a multinational law firm dealing with corporate law and investment immigration with a worldwide reputation for representing high-profile clients and corporations, with over 19 offices worldwide. As one of the well-known HNWI law firms, HLG offers the most comprehensive residency and citizenship programs available to date. Harvey Law Group was awarded the Immigration Law Firm of The Year at the Annual Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards in 2014 and 2017. It is notable that Harvey Law Group has been offering Business Immigration Services since 1992 and therefore making it one of the oldest firm in this highly specialized field. For further inquiries on exclusive financing option or investment immigration program opportunities, please contact HLG World Wide Managing Partner, Mr. Jean-Francois Harvey (jfharvey@harveylawcorporation.com) and HLG Managing Partner, Mr. Bastien Trelcat (btrelcat@harveylawcorporation.com) Call +6626701848 or visit http://www.harveylawcorporation.com or FB: https://www.facebook.com/HLGThailand Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188881-1
  • Bo Shen to Play a Strategic Role on Plair's Advisory Board after Fenbushi Capital's Participation in Plair's Private Round
    HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Plair is pleased to announce that Fenbushi Capital has participated in the Plair Foundation's private round. Bo Shen, founder of Fenbushi Capital and GF Network, is also joining Plair's advisory board and is helping build a truly disruptive eSports gaming ecosystem that empowers and rewards eSports players, amateur gamers, gaming enthusiasts and gaming communities. Bo Shen is the founder of Fenbushi Capital & GF Network. It is the first and one of the largest Chinese venture-capital funds focused solely on blockchain companies. Fenbushi Capital "strongly believes that Blockchain technology will play an important role in bringing transparency, efficiency, and robustness into the global economy," as stated in their mission statement. Fenbushi Capital aligns with the core values of Plair Foundation, seeing a strategic fit and the means of execution to take over the hundred-billion-dollar industry. "We are excited about the possibilities offered, allowing both parties to further leverage common goals and networks within the blockchain ecosystems. This partnership is the beginning of a series of business partnerships to support and grow the Plair Platform." -- Bo Shen The Plair team continues to build strong partnerships in both the blockchain and eSports / gaming industries and is quickly securing a large segment of the general eSports and gaming market. We look forward to announcing future partnerships in the upcoming months. Interested parties are invited to learn more at http://www.plair.life. For more instructions and news, please follow our social media accounts: Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/Plair_Life Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/Plair Official Telegram - http://t.me/plair_life Medium - http://medium.com/plairlife Website - http://plair.life Join Us: We are always looking for gaming industry partners and technology partners to be part of our cause, please contact hello@plair.life if you would like to walk this journey together. Media Contact: Elaine TsangE: elaine@plair.lifeP: +‪852-5629-2001 Logo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180713/2186498-1LOGORelated Links :http://www.plair.life
  • First '4DX with ScreenX' in Europe Opens in France with Marvel Studios' 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'
    '4DX with ScreenX' Theatre Opening in Paris via Partnership with Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont on July 18th SEOUL, South Korea and LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CJ 4DPLEX, the world's leading 4D company, is opening the first European '4DX with ScreenX' theatre through a partnership with Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont. Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and The Wasp in the '4DX with ScreenX' format will debut in Paris, today, July 18th at the exhibitor's Pathe Beaugrenelle theatre.  Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/719895/4DX_with_ScreenX_Key_Visual___SinkHole__Edit.jpg The first European '4DX with ScreenX' site is at Beaugrenelle shopping mall in Paris. The state-of-the-art Pathe Beaugrenelle theatre, part of the Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont, the leading theatrical exhibition company in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland, is located in the center of Paris in the 15th arrondissement on the banks of the Seine River and near the Eiffel Tower. Since the first opening in South Korea last July, the movies released in '4DX with ScreenX' have recorded greater box office numbers than the 2D format, and have seen an overall occupancy rate of 40%. "This is an incredible benchmark for our company to be launching the first European '4DX with ScreenX' site in one of the most iconic cities -- Paris, France, with such great collaborators as Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont and Walt Disney Studios," said Byung-Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. "Movie-goers around the globe won't have long to wait for this movie experience as we are committed to a rapid expansion that will bring this cutting-edge format to consumers around the world." "Our business has been built on providing the best movie experience to movie-goers. Our decision to launch '4DX with ScreenX' forms an integral part of our innovation and upgrading strategy, by which we aim to offer movie-goers an increasingly intense and immersive cinema experience," said Martine Odillard, Chairman of Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont. On the same day, Pathe La Villette in Paris will open a ScreenX theatre. With this opening, La Villette will be the first of Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont's site to install a ScreenX theatre. Last December CJ 4DPLEX and Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont announced an expanded partnership through which they will collectively open at least 50 4DX locations in Europe by 2020. What is '4DX with ScreenX'? '4DX with ScreenX' eliminates the boundaries between movie viewing behavior and the format. Moviegoers were always at the crossroads in selecting which format they should choose to enjoy a movie with. '4DX with ScreenX' created a whole new experience value to fulfill their desire to watch a movie on an even wider 270-degree panoramic screen and get an even more dynamic movie-viewing experience at the same time. Combining the two, '4DX with ScreenX' creates a remarkable, one-of-a-kind experience and a natural convergence of two technologies that are rapidly spreading around the world and growing in popularity. About Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont are leaders of exhibition theatre in France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, It is also present in Belgium. At the end of 2017, Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont operated 111 movie theatres totaling 1,091 screens, 66,2 million admissions and 760 million Euros in revenue. Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont strategy of upgrading and modernizing is based on an active policy of creation, reconstruction, and renovation, constant innovation with the latest technologies, new and adapted services and an optimized viewer experience, at the cinema and online. Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont is owned by Pathe, one of the biggest film producers in Europe and a major player in film distribution. Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and The Wasp: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes "Ant-Man and The Wasp," a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past. "Ant-Man and The Wasp" is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard are producing, with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay. "Ant-Man and The Wasp" opened in U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018.  Media contactsThe Lippin Group for ScreenX and 4DXMatt Biscuiti, matt@lippingroup.com, +1(212) 986-7080Kevin Broderick, kevin@lippingroup.com, +1(323) 965-1990Related Links :http://www.cj4dplex.com
  • THE FORESTIAS by MQDC's Forest Rescue Team Saves Bangkok's Threatened Trees
    A rescue squad is taking the Thai capital's much-loved large trees to a safe new home in the city if they are at risk of falling or being cut down. BANGKOK, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- THE FORESTIAS by MQDC (Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited), a world-first integration of nature and community redefining happiness with 'Imagine Happiness' concept, set up a 'Forest Rescue' team to offer a lifeline for Bangkok's large trees which are often treasured as neighborhood landmarks yet can fall victim to the city's development. The story of Forest Rescue, based on a true story of a large rain tree once at Soi Ladprao 110, illustrates an overlooked bond between humans and trees. The original owner wanted to build a house extension so the tree was carefully transplanted as a balled-and-burlapped plant to THE FORESTIAS Mrs. Sasinan Allmand, MQDC's, Executive Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Communications, said: "Our 'For All Well-Being' philosophy is about caring for both humankind and nature. About 500 trees are cut down each second so this is the right time to preserve green ecosystems especially in Bangkok where there are currently only 6 square meters of green space for each inhabitant. The 'FOREST RESCUE' campaign to save trees in and around Bangkok is now underway as part of our flagship project 'THE FORESTIAS'. When trees are at risk of falling or being cut down, we aim to move them to a safer place in the city, where they can flourish and be cared for. A squad of ecologists and tree experts -- the 'Forest Rescue Team' -- is now on call, responding to alerts from the public. They will travel the city with a truck and crane to relocate trees to a 4,800 sqm park at 'THE FORESTIAS'. Each tree we save will be labeled with its original location, so those who grew up around it can reconnect. We will welcome the public to explore the area and relax and learn without any entry fee." Further information about the campaign is available at http://www.facebook.com/theforestias or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89od3KrsLp0&t=80s About Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), please contact:Voradanu Nimmit (Timmie) Email: Voradanu_Ni@dtgsiam.comTel. +66-81-309-7799Website: http://www.mqdc.com About THE FORESTIAS http://www.theforestias.com Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2190002-1 Related Links :http://www.theforestias.com
  • Leading Blockchain-based Healthtech Platform, Aenco, Joins Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
    SINGAPORE, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aenco, the world's first Blockchain-based healthtech digital financing solutions provider, has announced a major milestone in their project as they officially join Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today. The membership of the renowned Ethereum standards platform which has top Fortune-500 companies on board is expected to provide a vital boost to Aenco's current partnership network and further build up of its ecosystem. Speaking about the milestone, Aenco's spokesperson said the decision is "a proof of the company's commitment to delivering project promises within the framework of the best enterprise features and requirements of the Ethereum ecosystem as provided by EEA". The bigger implication of this membership is that Aenco now has access to the world-class services available on the EEA platform. Notably, these services or resources available at EEA include best practices in governance models and accountability, clarity around IP and licensing models for open source technology as well as access to resources for leveraging Ethereum Blockchain technology to address specific industry use cases. By becoming a member of the EEA, Aenco has taken a big step towards providing a stronger capacity drive across its value chain, particularly in delivering the promises of key services in supporting a robust healthtech ecosystem. Aenco will focus on the following products: AENCO IB Solutions (comprising of Aenco's smart wallet -- AEN CONNECT, digital exchange for HealthTech Participants -- AENX, Healthtech sponsorship platform, and ongoing research and data analysis for contributors and participants); AENCO Prime Solutions (Decentralized Prime Brokerage Platform); AENCO Smartcap Solutions (Technology-driven Finance Platform for HealthTech Industry and Alternative Financing); and End-to-end blockchain application development for sponsored healthtech projects to facilitate research collaboration, drug development, clinical data and services exchange, for example. The synergy between these two companies is expected to further expand the benefits of the revolutionary Blockchain technology to the healthtech industry of Aenco is at the forefront. Already, Aenco has positioned themselves to be industry leaders with their trailblazing value proposition to the healthcare technology sector via the smart solutions listed above as well as their overall growing ecosystem utility. Getting on the EEA platform, also helps Aenco capitalize on the leverage of an atmosphere of regulated entities to supply Blockchain-based financial solutions that effectively tackle challenges facing the industry. These challenges include lack of a robust financial ecosystem for healthtech innovations, high entry barriers and burdensome hurdles in fundraising, little or no options for start-ups requiring end-to-end digital capital solutions and lack of a credible, global-accredited standard for token sale best practices across relevant jurisdictions. Aenco's membership of EEA sets the stage for them to fully transform the healthcare technology sector through Blockchain's disruptive power. They can now focus on creating the enabling environment that will drive deep impact solutions, such as treatment and prevention of diseases as well as democratize entrepreneurialism in the sector through their Aenco community ecosystem. About Aenco Solutions LimitedAenco consists of a team with strong corporate management experience from global investment banks and financial institutions, as well as blockchain technologists and enthusiasts. Aenco is the world's first blockchain-based healthcare technology financial solutions platform, connecting its ecosystem with the wider healthcare technology community. Website: https://www.Aencoin.com Telegram: https://t.me/Aenco LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/Aenco Medium: https://medium.com/@Aencoin Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aencoin Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aencoin Discord: https://discord.gg/5nTn4rC YouTube: YouTube.Aencoin.com  Related Links :https://www.Aencoin.com
  • PRICEZA INSIGHT: Top 5 Shopping Categories in Southeast Asia in the first 6 Months of 2018
    JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceza Indonesia, as one of the pioneers in shopping search engine and price comparison platform in Indonesia, revealed interesting facts about the 5 most popular shopping categories in six Southeast Asian countries during the first 6 months of 2018. Top 5 Categories in 6 Countries in the last 6 Month of 2018 The shift to online shopping has swept Southeast Asia in recent years. According to Bloomberg, internet shopping in Thailand increased by 100 percent in 2017. Pioneering companies in the e-commerce industry have grown in this region, some of which have successfully won the title of "unicorn" - which means its valuations are already exceeding 1 billion USD, as achieved by Tokopedia and BukaLapak from Indonesia. In response to these developments, Priceza released interesting information on the most searched product categories over the last 6 months (January - June 2018), by consumers from six Southeast Asian countries, namely Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. The most popular shopping category The category of clothing and fashion is the most popular in Southeast Asia. This category topped the list in Indonesia (24.11%), Vietnam (22.65%), and Thailand (12.12%). This category is also consistently ranked in the top three listings in other countries such as Malaysia (10.95%), Philippines (15.28%) and Singapore (17.81%). For the record, a fairly closely related product is the cosmetics category, also included in the top 5 ranks in three countries: Vietnam (11.82%), Philippines (5.53 %%), and Indonesia (5.04%). Although not as dominant as the previous category, motor vehicles emerged at the top position in the Philippines (24.28 %%) and Malaysia (16.64%). Motor vehicles are also included as the top three in Indonesia (11.89%) and Thailand (11.27%) - but do not appear in the top 5 in Singapore and Vietnam. According to Bayu Irawan, Co-Founder & Country Head of Priceza Indonesia, "It is reasonable for Singapore, which has been supported by good public transportation, but a little surprising for Vietnam because the country does not yet have a good public transport facility, and the population of the vehicle is actually quite large." Another significant category is electronic product, which is on the number one search list in Singapore (18.71%). This category is also in the top 5 in other countries, except Malaysia. In addition, computers can actually be considered as common category candidates. However, the percentage in only 3 countries, namely Singapore (13.94%), Philippines (5.76%), and Vietnam (4.37%) are not significant. Also with home furnishings (furniture), which rank in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Unique findings in each country In addition to the most popular category in Southeast Asia, the data from Priceza shows there is a unique results in each country. Indonesia and Thailand are the two countries in Southeast Asia whose search results involve categories of telephones and communication devices. The need for mobile phones is relatively high in these two countries. Surely this is a note to the related industries, ranging from mobile phone manufacturers, telecommunication service providers, to application developers. Especially for Indonesia, the composition of top search number 1 (clothing and fashion) and 2 (telephone and communication devices) amounted to 47%. This can be interpreted, that about 1 in 2 Indonesian consumers who shop online, will most likely end up with mobile or fashion products. Another uniqueness exists in Malaysia and Singapore that both show the sports category in the top 5 list. Other countries in Southeast Asia do not seem to put health as a top priority.The issue of health is becoming more visible to Malaysia, as it puts food category search in second place with a percentage of 12.46%. Another interesting findings can be seen from the search results in Vietnam. The country shows the mother & child category, ranked at number 4 on the top 5 list. Developments for the next 6 months In general, the most popular categories in Southeast Asia are clothing & fashion, motor vehicles, electronics, and cosmetics. In addition, each country has its own uniqueness related to favorite product category preference. So will the search results remain like this or will it change in the future? Answering this question, Bayu said, "it is rather difficult, because there are many factors involved there. But it seems the answer is "not the same and changeable". The reason behind this is because even at Priceza, the inter-quarter  comparison can found different results". In conclusion, it is not impossible with the growing populations of online shoppers in Southeast Asia, the list can shift based on the favorite product preference in each countries. About Priceza Priceza is a shopping search engine and price comparison platform established in 2010 (in Thailand). Priceza Indonesia was established in 2013 with a total of nearly 5 million users per month. In addition to Thailand and Indonesia, Priceza also operates in 4 (four) other Southeast Asian countries, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam. Priceza helps millions of online shoppers access information to make smart shopping decisions, and connect thousands of online stores with their buyers. Website: http://www.priceza.co.id Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180718/2189979-1  Related Links :http://www.priceza.co.id
  • Callebaut launches RB1, the first ruby chocolate for chocolatiers and pastry chefs, in Hong Kong
    Callebaut ruby RB1 offers new platform for chocolatiers' artisanship and creativity Ruby is the 4th category in chocolate after dark, milk and white. Callebaut ruby RB1, is the 1st ruby chocolate dedicated to artisans and chefs. Callebaut ruby RB1 delivers a sparkling ruby color and intense fruitiness with fresh, sour notes. The taste are color naturally present in the ruby cocoa bean -- no fruit flavorings or colorants are added. Ingenuity and international outlook makes Hong Kong ideal for ruby RB1. HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruby, the fourth chocolate category, becomes available for artisan chocolatiers and chefs. Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby 'RB1' -- the first ruby chocolate produced in Belgium by the Callebaut chocolate makers – will be officially available in Hong Kong this September. To celebrate the launch, RB1 was proudly presented at an exclusive showcase today with illustrious chefs for a handful of chocolatiers in Hong Kong. Come September this year, Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby RB1, the first ruby chocolate dedicated to artisans and chefs, will be made available to Hong Kong.   Master chocolatier and Belgian chocolate champion, Chef Marijn Coertjens, was in Hong Kong to demonstrate several applications using the ruby RB1. Barry Callebaut expects ruby RB1 to unleash a wave of creativity for chefs that will lead to exciting new products and concepts for people to enjoy. Ruby RB1: unlearn everything you knew about chocolate Less than a year after it was first revealed in Shanghai, ruby chocolate will become available to chocolatiers and chefs in Hong Kong as 'RB1' by Callebaut. RB1 offers them a new platform through which to express their artisanship and artistry. Master chocolatier and Belgian chocolate champion, Marijn Coertjens, was in Hong Kong at the showcase and demonstrated several applications using the ruby RB1. Marijn said, "I am very excited that ruby RB1 will soon be formally available in Hong Kong which has the reputation of being one of the world's culinary capitals. Without exaggerating: ruby is the most exciting thing to happen in the chocolate industry in decades. With ruby, you need to unlearn what you would traditionally do with dark, milk or white chocolate. This chocolate opens up a host of new ideas." With its arresting color and unique taste, RB1 satisfies a yet unmet desire for extreme pleasure, delighting all senses. Research shows that it resonates strongly with a new generation of consumers -- mainly millennials (18-35 years old) who balance a healthy lifestyle with the quest for extreme pleasure. "We are proud to offer the chef communities in Hong Kong this fourth category of chocolate under the Callebaut brand and our Finest Belgian Chocolate range," said Denis Convert, Barry Callebaut's Vice President for Gourmet in Asia Pacific. "Belgian chocolate has a solid reputation with an image of higher quality standards among the professional chocolate users in Hong Kong. The RB1 recipe has been crafted by the Callebaut chocolate makers in collaboration with Belgian chocolatiers, to encourage creative freedom with its remarkable taste and color. It is low in sweetness, maximizing the fresh fruity character and sour notes." Ingenuity and international outlook makes Hong Kong ideal for ruby RB1 A strong purchasing power -- and the growing popularity of innovative food products -- among consumers will boost chocolate consumption in Hong Kong. According to analyst firm Euromonitor, value sales of chocolate confectionery segment in Hong Kong grew 3% reaching HKD2.1 billion (US$268m) in 2017. Hong Kong has one of the largest annual per capita chocolate consumption at 1.5 kg in 2017 among Asia Pacific countries -- second behind Australia (5.7 kg) and more than Japan (1.2 kg) and Singapore (1.0 kg). "Consumers in Hong Kong are seeking more than just a product," said William Gong, Gourmet Sales and Marketing Director for Mainland China and Hong Kong. "Offering ruby chocolate to artisans and chefs will unleash a wave of creativity that will lead to exciting new products and concepts for people to enjoy. Enough reasons to look out for the innovative creations that will soon pop up in Hong Kong." William expects ruby RB1 will be most attractive to leading hotels, restaurants, cafes as well as bakery and pastry outlets in Hong Kong. Ruby chocolate, a gift from Mother Nature Ruby chocolate was discovered more than a decade ago. The invention is the work of the global R&D center of Barry Callebaut, based in Belgium, in collaboration with the Jacobs University (Germany) and over 175 years of expertise in bean selection and chocolate making. The researchers found out that ruby chocolate was linked to precursors in a specific type of bean: the "ruby" cocoa bean. Identifying the ruby cocoa beans, which hold plenty of these precursors, and finding the best way to process the beans during the chocolate-making process has taken many years of research. RB1 owes its color and specific taste solely to the expert selection and meticulous processing of the ruby beans -- no fruit flavoring or colorants are added to the chocolate. For every bag of RB1, Callebaut sources sustainably grown beans and supports cocoa farmers in cocoa farming communities. Barry Callebaut is gaining traction Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products and the company behind the Callebaut brand, has been making waves in China. After the successful premiere of ruby chocolate in Shanghai, the company last month -- for the first time in Asia -- introduced the chocolate ritual tasting in Shanghai to more than 50 international chefs from around the world. Callebaut has also gained market share and mindshare among the semi-professionals bakery and pastry users through its e-commerce platform on Alibaba's Tmall. About Callebaut® (www.callebaut.com): For more than 100 years, Callebaut® has been making chocolate in the heart of Belgium and is still one of the rare chocolate makers to select, roast and grind cacao beans into its own secret and exclusive cocoa mass – the most important ingredient for chocolate couvertures. Callebaut® was established in 1850 in Belgium as a malt brewery. Grandson Octaaf Callebaut produced his first chocolate bars in 1911 and began production of chocolate couverture for Belgian chocolatiers soon after. Callebaut® began exporting its finest Belgian chocolates in 1950 and is part of the Barry Callebaut group, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cacao. Follow Callebaut:Facebook Instagram About the Barry Callebaut Group (www.barry-callebaut.com): With annual sales of about CHF 6.8 billion (EUR 6.3 billion / USD 6.9 billion) in fiscal year 2016/17, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products -- from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs close to 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of about 11,000 people. The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmers' livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.. Follow the Barry Callebaut Group:TwitterLinkedIn YouTube Flickr Instagram Google+  Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180711/2184267-1-a Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180711/2184267-1-b
  • HKICPA Best Corporate Governance Awards open for entry
    HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Best Corporate Governance Awards, a prestigious recognition by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and coveted by listed companies and public organizations alike, are open for entry until 13 August. Now in their 19th year, the Awards recognize best practices through disclosure of information in annual reports, sustainability reports and on websites, and promote a good corporate governance culture, enhancing investor and public confidence in the Hong Kong market. The Awards criteria go beyond the minimum legal and regulatory requirements, and look for voluntary disclosures and practices that set a high bar. "HKICPA advocates corporate governance standards that help strengthen Hong Kong's attractiveness to global investors. We believe good corporate governance is a key factor in fostering investor confidence, and that Hong Kong is well placed to build a good corporate governance culture that can help distinguish Hong Kong's capital market in the highly competitive global marketplace," said Mr Eric Tong, President of HKICPA. Mr Tong added that the philosophy behind the Awards is in line with the "Report on Improving Corporate Governance in Hong Kong" a consultancy report recently published by HKICPA, which calls for greater accountability for independent non-executive directors, strengthening of enforcement options, including cross-border enforcement, and a high-level corporate governance policy unit to be set up by the Government, among other recommendations. Categories of awards The 2018 Awards invite entries in the following categories: (i)     Hang Seng Index ("HSI")-constituent companies (ii)    Non-HSI-constituent companies - Large market capitalization (iii)   Non-HSI-constituent companies - Medium market capitalization (iv)   Non-HSI-constituent companies - Small market capitalization (v)    H-share companies and other Mainland enterprises (vi)   Public sector/Not-for-profit organizations (Categories (ii) – (iv) include main board and GEM companies) In each category, there are Diamond, Platinum and Gold Awards, as well as Sustainability and Social Responsibility Reporting ("SSR") Awards. The shortlisted entries undergo quality reviews and a compliance review. New this year are awards to recognize smaller companies and public sector/not-for-profit organizations, which are sectors where the Awards Organizing Committee believes more effort needs to be made to improve corporate governance. Eligible entities are invited to describe the good corporate governance practices that they have put in place.  The SSR Awards have become an increasingly valued form of recognition given to companies excelling in environmental, social and governance ("ESG") reporting particularly now that ESG reporting requirements  have been upgraded under the listing rules.  While not all companies and organizations have sufficient resources to make across-the-board improvements in one go, the Awards also acknowledge progressive improvements via Commendations for important areas of good corporate governance, namely: (i)      Risk management and internal control; (ii)     Board and audit committee operation and functioning; and (iii)    Website corporate governance information. This year's Awards are supported by media sponsors South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Times and ET Net. For more details of 2018 Best Corporate Governance Awards, please visit http://www.hkicpa.org.hk/BCGA. - End - About HKICPA The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) is the statutory body established by the Professional Accountants Ordinance responsible for the professional training, development and regulation of certified public accountants in Hong Kong. The Institute has more than 42,000 members and 16,000 registered students. Our qualification programme assures the quality of entry into the profession, and we promulgate financial reporting, auditing and ethical standards that safeguard Hong Kong's leadership as an international financial centre. The CPA designation is a top qualification recognised globally. The Institute is a member of and actively contributes to the work of the Global Accounting Alliance and International Federation of Accountants. Hong Kong Institute of CPAs' contact information: Gemma HoManager, Public RelationsPhone: +852-2287-7002 Email: gemmaho@hkicpa.org.hk Terry LeeDirector, Marketing and CommunicationsPhone: +852-2287-7209Email: terrylee@hkicpa.org.hk
  • New Oriental Announces Koolearn's Application for Listing on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited
    BEIJING, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (the "Company" or "New Oriental") (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced that its subsidiary, Koolearn Technology Holding Limited ("Koolearn"), a leading provider of online education service in China, has submitted an application for listing its ordinary shares on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. The listing application is subject to review and approval of authorities. Shareholders and potential investors in New Oriental should be aware that there is no assurance as to whether and when Kooleran's listing will take place. The securities of Koolearn have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This press release is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities, in the United States or elsewhere, and it is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About New Oriental New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of language training and test preparation, primary and secondary school education, online education, content development and distribution, overseas study consulting services, pre-school education and study tour. New Oriental's ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDU." For more information about New Oriental, please visit http://www.neworiental.org/english/. Safe Harbor Statement This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confidence" and similar statements. New Oriental may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about New Oriental's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and New Oriental undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law. Contacts For investor and media inquiries, please contact: Ms. Nan Dong FTI Consulting Tel: +852-3768-4569Email: nan.dong@fticonsulting.com Ms. Sisi ZhaoNew Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.Tel: +86-10-6260-5568Email: zhaosisi@xdf.cn Related Links :http://www.neworiental.org/english
  • Looking for Sustainable Fashion Tips? Spring into Summer with Fashion Ideas and Latest Industry Updates Enabled by TENCEL(TM)
    HONG KONG, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashion is more than just looking good. Being able to feel good and do good are equally, if not more important. As concerns around the environmental impact of the fashion industry continue to rise, sustainability has been gaining more importance in consumer purchases. Since February, a number of TENCEL™ (Lenzing's flagship brand for textile) co-branding programs retail brands have been successfully introduced alongside iconic brands, including Los Angeles-based fashion brand Bella Dahl and global apparel brand ONLY. In addition, Lenzing has also been in the heart of the discussion of sustainable fashion driving the conversation of sustainable value chain at various industry events. "We are committed to building a sustainable fashion industry and together with value chain partners and retail brands, we will bring TENCEL™ branded collections closer to stakeholders and consumers at around the world. Textile products made with TENCEL™ make a significant contribution to an improved environmental footprint for the textile industry. Research shows that consumers who bought a TENCEL™ branded product are likely to buy it again, enabling consumer experience that echoes with our brand tagline 'feels so right'," said Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Commercial Officer, Lenzing Group. More co-branding programs are in the pipeline and will be introduced in the coming months. Here is an overview of the latest TENCEL™-enabled sustainable apparel offerings: Bella Dahl's TENCEL™-enabled Apparel Offers Extreme Comfort to Fashion Lovers Bella Dahl, a popular Los Angeles based brand, recently incorporated TENCEL™ branded Lyocell fibers into their product line, which features a unique fabrication and wash process that yields ultra-soft touch and smooth finish. Committed to protecting the planet, Bella Dahl adopts biodegradable fabric and a non-toxic solvent, which is recycled during the production of its products. ONLY Introduces Ecological Black Forever Line with Lasting Color ONLY incorporates TENCEL™ branded fibers into an ecological Black Forever product line that utilizes new sustainable solutions. The concept, featuring cutting-edge innovation with black fabrics that provide incredible durability and lasting color, will be launched in July 2018 across all European stores and online. TENCEL™ Active Empowers Apparel to Keep Pace with Active Lifestyle Being active isn't just part of life, it's a way of life. To ensure consumers to look good, feel good and do good amidst the rigors of a rapid lifestyle, TENCEL™ Active is the total solution for apparel makers who want to tab the growing active-wear market. With botanic origin, TENCEL™ Active defines a new standard of sustainability and natural comfort for people who love to stay active. To support the growing industry focus towards sustainability, TENCEL™ has also been leading discussion of sustainable fashion through industry events in Asia, Europe and North America. Lenzing Fosters Emerging Chinese Designers in Guangzhou Lenzing and Guangzhou-based Indigo Tank co-hosted the T WAVE Fashion Show in Guangzhou, China to promote close collaboration of the fashion design community and empower young designers. The event was a crucial platform to showcase contemporary apparel from emerging designers and to elevate international recognition of local clothing designs in China. Lenzing Drives Carbon Footprint Reduction in Vancouver and Makes Fashion Circular in Copenhagen In May, Lenzing participated at Planet Textiles in Vancouver and Copenhagen Fashion Summit to drive positive change in the industry. At Planet Textiles, Lenzing joined key industry stakeholders for conversation around collaborative change in carbon footprint reduction. In Copenhagen, Lenzing joined some of the biggest names in fashion under the Make Fashion Circular initiative to create a thriving industry based on the principles of a circular economy. In addition, Lenzing has also introduced some global initiatives to drive industry awareness towards sustainability. Lenzing Continues to Drive Value Chain Transparency and Bring TENCEL™ Story to Asia With increasing consumer demand for products which are ethically produced, sustainable and transparent, Lenzing recently launched the new E-Branding Service platform that allows value chain partners and customers to showcase their use of Lenzing fibers and develop co-branding campaigns to enhance product transparency and improve product value. Following the launch of TENCEL™ in February, Lenzing brought TENCEL™ to the 2018 Fibers & Yarns by Tecoya Group in Mumbai India and Indo Intertex, the biggest B2B2C Textile and Nonwoven trade fair in Indonesia. During Indo Intertex, Lenzing also provided participants of Indo Project Runway with textile materials like TENCEL™ woven fabric.
  • Jeff's Cellar Rated as One of the Most Magnificent Bars in the World by CNN Greece
    Experience Jeff's Cellar through the Dine & Dream Programme IPOH, Malaysia, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was recently named as one of the 5 most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece, alongside other remarkable bars located in Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Jamaica. The Banjaran invites diners for an ethereal dining experience in the cave chamber cellar through its Dine & Dream gastronomy programme at the bespoke wellness resort in Ipoh, Perak; located just 2-hour drive from Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur.  Dine in Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran - rated one of the most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece Built into a cavern of a 260 million-year-old limestone hill with some of the most spectacular cave concretions, Jeff's Cellar is one of the most unique wine bars in the world where guests can savour an extensive range of organic and rare wines from around the world. What commenced as a private wine cellar exclusively for guests staying at The Banjaran, has now evolved into a dining destination that is certain to entice discerning food and travel adventurers to visit Ipoh's most experiential culinary destination, further reaffirming Ipoh's recognition by Lonely Planet as "Asia's top destination for food". Under the Dine & Dream programme, The Secret Escape takes diners into Jeff's Cellar. Its entrance is disguised in a medieval fashion with a deep well, and high steel grated gates bearing double crests. Beyond the entrance, an ethereal feel immediately welcomes guests to an intimate cave interior with breath-taking natural water features which also give it a cooling effect, transporting guests into another realm for a whole new encounter and indulgence. Diners can choose from a selection of 5- or 7-course set dinner menus, priced from RM500 nett per person. The Dine & Dream programme also presents 4 other bespoke choices, each themed to heighten the novelty of the venue in which it is set amidst the sprawling retreat. These dining options include Star Struck, Sizzle & Flames, In-Private and Enchanted Delights, with prices starting from RM500 nett per person. For a romantic setting, a most sought after Dine & Dream programme is the Star Struck where diners are ushered to a private deck overlooking the hot springs lake, set against a breath-taking backdrop of towering limestone hills; Sizzle & Flames cocoons diners into The Balcony, an elevated private cave chamber that overlooks the retreat's hot springs lake and In-Private takes dining into a new level of privacy where guests are able to sizzle their own barbeque selections; Enchanted Delights will make diners reminisce and experience an elegant afternoon tea overlooking a tranquil pond with an array of sweets, savouries and a lovely selection of teas, complemented by a glass of champagne. The Banjaran's Dine & Dream culinary brigade is led by Malaysian-born Head Chef Lee Choon Boon. Chef Boon brings over 15 years of regional culinary experiences with several international hotel brands and award-winning independent restaurants. Mr. Castaldi Alex Rosario, General Manager of The Banjaran said, "Dine & Dream brings together food and destination as a cohesive recipe. With Jeff's Cellar given such a recognition by CNN Greece, we believe Dine & Dream creates another reason for diners and tourists alike to visit this part of Malaysia; and to experience The Banjaran, which has become one of Ipoh's most experiential culinary destinations in its own right." For a complete experience, The Banjaran features 45 Garden, Water and Lake villas nestled in a secluded cove, allowing nature to play host and providing vistas of the towering limestone hills that envelopes the valley floor. Each villa accommodates 2 adults. Prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) inclusive of prevailing taxes. For reservations, call The Banjaran at Tel: +60-5-210-7777, email directly to tbhr.reservations@tsunwayhotels.com or visit https://www.thebanjaran.com. The Banjaran's Dine & Dream is also open to external guests. Advanced reservation is required. ABOUT THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is nestled in a valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and magical 260-million-year old Paleozoic limestone hills; located 15-minute drive from Ipoh city, in the northern state of Perak; and 2-hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The retreat features 45 luxurious villas, and a host of natural features including the geothermal hotsprings dipping pools, a thermal steam cave, meditation cave, crystal cave, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, a naturally-heated swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and more. The Spa and Wellness Centre offers over 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments. Jeff's Cellar, an ethereal cave chamber with some of the most spectacular cave concretions is arguably one of the most unique dining venues in the world. The Banjaran is reserved exclusively for guests above the age of 12 years old. FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT: Farizal B. JaafarGroup Director of Brand Marketing & Communications - Sunway Hotels & Resorts Stephanie YongMedia Relations & Publicity Manager Chandrika BhaskaranPublic Relations Manager Tel: +60-3-7492-8000E-mail: srhs.media@sunwayhotels.com Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188833-1Related Links :https://www.thebanjaran.com
  • PR Newswire Expands Online Distribution Network in Vietnam with The Saigon Times
    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PR Newswire - the premier global provider of news release distribution and media monitoring services, has entered into an online content partnership with the Saigon Times Group, a top-tier media outlet in Vietnam. This partnership further expands PR Newswire's extensive news network in the South East Asian region, offering more opportunities for global organizations targeting the Vietnam market, and Vietnamese companies looking to go-global with their news. Press releases distributed through PR Newswire will be published on the English-language website of the Saigon Times Group, providing readers with a wide variety of relevant news stories.  "Vietnam is an incredibly important market experiencing a surge in demand for newswire services. This partnership -- along with our newly established local office -- will greatly expand our customers' reach and help them to better engage with their target audience," said Mai Anh Le, Branch Manager, PR Newswire Vietnam. "PR Newswire is committed to continuing investing and expanding our media distribution network in Vietnam, which also includes a partnership with the national news agency -- Vietnam News Agency," added Mai Anh Le. The Saigon Times Group and PRNewswire "The Saigon Times Group is pleased to partner with PR Newswire to give our readers greater and faster access to high-quality international news centered on business, trade and investment. This is how we strive to constantly enhance our service for our valued readers," added Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group. PR Newswire offers a robust and comprehensive media distribution network covering more than 300,000 media outlets across 170 countries in over 40 languages. Currently, in Asia-Pacific alone, PR Newswire's distribution network reaches more than 84,000 journalists and influencers from more than 29,000 media outlets and 6,000 websites. Its key media and website partners in Asia-Pacific include Yahoo! Finance, AsiaOne (Singapore), United Daily News (Taiwan), ET Net (Hong Kong), Daily Express (Malaysia), Journal Online (Philippines) and Netral English (Indonesia). PR Newswire also has exclusive partnerships in place with notable news agencies such as Kyodo News (Japan), Yonhap News Agency (South Korea), Australian Associated Press and InfoQuest (Thailand). About PR Newswire    PR Newswire (www.prnasia.com), a Cision company, is the premier global provider of media monitoring platforms and news distribution services that marketers, corporate communicators and investor relations professionals leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry since 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world's largest multi-channel content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. About The Saigon Times The Saigon Times (http://english.thesaigontimes.vn/) is a Vietnamese media organization based in Ho Chi Minh City with five Vietnamese -- Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon Online, Saigon Tiep Thi, Saigon Tiep Thi Online, Thoi Bao Vi Tinh Saigon (Computerworld Vietnam), and two English language publications -- The Saigon Times Daily and The Saigon Times Weekly. Its flagship publication is Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon, the most widely read weekly economics and business news magazine in the Vietnamese language. The Saigon Times Daily is one of Vietnam's two prominent English-language dailies, with over 136,000 unique monthly website visits and an offline circulation of 20,000 copies. The Saigon Times Weekly has 30,000 copies in weekly offline circulation numbers. The Saigon Times primarily provides coverage on the local economic and social scene with its main readership based in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and other major cities of Vietnam. For further information, please contact: PR Newswire's Asia Marketing Team +852-2572-8228asia.marketing@prnasia.com Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188863-1 Related Links :http://www.prnasia.com
  • GLP Leases More Than 8.5 Million sqm (92 Million sq ft) Globally In 1H 2018
    GLP is creating a smart logistics ecosystem around its vast infrastructure network amid strong customer demand for tech-led solutions A GLP warehouse serves as a connecting point for customers to leverage technology and data to enhance operational efficiency Tokyo, Shanghai and Sao Paulo, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- GLP has signed more than 8.5 million square meters ("sqm") (92 million square feet ("sq ft") of global lease agreements in the first half of 2018 as it continued driving customer value through a strong global portfolio of premium locations and innovative use of technology. The space leased is equivalent to approximately 1,100 Empire State Buildings. Steve Schutte, COO of GLP, said: "Innovation and technology are increasingly critical components of the evolving logistics landscape. These leases highlight our continued focus on creating a smart logistics ecosystem built around our vast infrastructure network. A GLP warehouse serves as a connecting point for customers to access the latest advancements in automation, robotics, data analytics and other adjacent growth sectors, to ensure the highest possible level of operational efficiency." The following details recent GLP leasing highlights. Japan - GLP is furthering its partnership with Rakuten, one of Japan's largest e-commerce companies, with the signing of lease agreements totaling 155,000 sqm (1.7 million sq ft). Rakuten plans to establish its Tokyo and Osaka fulfillment hubs at GLP Nagareyama II and GLP Hirakata III, respectively. Both these developments are next-generation, LEED Gold certified modern logistics facilities that will enable Rakuten to optimize supply chain efficiency. Brazil - Established a new customer relationship with Drogarias Pacheco, one of the largest pharmaceutical store chain operators in Brazil, with the signing of a 28,000 sqm (301,000 sq ft) lease in Rio de Janeiro. GLP also significantly expanded its partnership with Mercado Livre, a leading e-commerce company in Brazil which tripled its space requirements to lease 51,000 sqm (549,000 sq ft) with GLP. China - Signed 5.6 million sqm (61 million sq ft) of leases with leading third-party logistics and e-commerce customers including BEST Inc., JD.com and SF Express. Demand in China continues to be driven by consumption upgrading especially from the food, auto parts and consumer goods sectors. Europe - Signed 351,000 sqm (3.8 million sq ft) of leases across the UK and Continental Europe. One of the largest leases was signed with B&Q, a leading home improvement retailer, in Swindon, UK. In Germany, Gazeley is working with one of the world's largest e-commerce companies to deliver a 1.3 million sq ft (123,000 sqm) logistics and distribution warehouse in Westfalia. US - Signed 1.9 million sqm (20.8 million sq ft) of leases, of which 525,000 sqm (5.7 million sq ft) were new lease agreements. Demand continues to outpace supply, driven by growth in e-commerce and multi-channel retail operations. GLP's lease ratio in the US remains high at 94%. About GLP (www.glprop.com)GLP is the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions, with over US$50 billion in assets under management across its real estate and private equity segments. The Company's real estate fund platform is one of the largest in the world, spanning 62 million square meters (667 million square feet) globally. For further information, please contact:Ambika Goel, CFASVP- Capital Markets  Tel: +65 6643 6372Email: agoel@glprop.com This press release is not an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities. The information in this press release may not contain, and you may not rely on this press release as providing, all material information concerning the condition (financial or other), earnings, business affairs, business prospects, properties or results of operations of GLP or its subsidiaries. This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of GLP or its officers with respect to various matters. When used in this press release, the words "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "may," "will," "should," "intends," "foresees," "estimates," "projects," and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements. Actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Representative examples of these factors include (without limitation) general industry and economic conditions, interest rate trends, cost of capital and capital availability, availability of real estate properties, competition from other companies and venues for the sale/distribution of goods and services, shifts in customer demands, customers and partners, changes in operating expenses, including employee wages, benefits and training, governmental and public policy changes, and the continued availability of financing in the amounts and the terms necessary to support future business. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on the current view of management on future events and speak only as of the date of this press release. GLP does not undertake to revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. No assurance can be given that future events will occur, that projections will be achieved, or that GLP's assumptions are correct. Logo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188844-1-LOGO Related Links :http://www.glprop.com
  • Greentown China Holds Signing Ceremonies for US$1,400 Million Worth of Low Interest, Unsecured Loan Agreements in Hong Kong
    HONG KONG, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On 16 and 17 July, Greentown China Holdings Limited ("Greentown China" or the "Company") (3900.HK) successfully held signing ceremonies for two offshore syndicated loan agreements in a row with 18 major banks in Hong Kong lead arranged by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited as well as with Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, respectively. Pursuant to which Greentown China has been awarded low-interest, unsecured loan facilities in an aggregate of US$1,400 million (approximately RMB9.4 billion). In-depth view exchanges with banks were carried out at the events to promote long-term cooperation. On 16 July, Greentown hosted a loan agreement signing ceremony in relation to its US$800 million equivalent dual-currency USD and HKD unsecured term loan facility with 18 major banks in Hong Kong lead arranged by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Mr. Li Qingan, Executive Director of Greentown China (middle in the front row) and Mr. Simon Fung, Chief Financial Officer of Greentown China (left in the front row) attended the ceremony.   On 17 July, a loan agreement signing ceremony was held between Greentown China and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited for the conclusion of the US$600 million unsecured bilateral loan facility. Mr. Cao Zhounan, Chief Executive Officer of Greentown China Holdings Limited, said, "In face of the mounting challenges prevailing in domestic and overseas capital markets, the ability of managing financing has become one of the important criteria for assessing the core competitiveness of a corporation. By channeling tremendous efforts in recent years, Greentown China has striven to achieve an effective balance of quality, efficiency and scale, marching onto a new track of quality, steady growth. We are pleased to have received full support for the loan facilities from the banks, which have a deep working relationship with and are long-term partners of Greentown China. The two unsecured term loan facilities were awarded at much lower interest rates for even longer terms. Of these, the three-year dual-currency syndicated term loan facility of up to US$800 million equivalent with 18 major banks in Hong Kong lead arranged by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited comes with an annual interest rate of HIBOR/LIBOR+2.565%, down 56.5 basis points as compared with the syndicated loan interest rate the Company currently has at the moment. The bilateral loan facility with Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited comprises two parts. The annual interest rate of the three-year US$300 million term loan portion is LIBOR+2.80%, which denotes a drop of 20 basis points as compared with that of our current bilateral loan facility. The other five-year US$300 million facility at an interest rate of LIBOR+3.30% allows us to not only enjoy the longest time span we have ever had for offshore loans, but also have the lowest interest rate and the longest term that mainland property developers with the same rating can ever accomplish. Drawing a sharp contrast to the prevalent challenges in the current market environment, these empower us with very competitive financing costs and provide a strong backing of our business layout of 'Combining Light Assets with Heavy Assets' as we forge ahead. We are set for a new journey of success striving for making quality advances by leaps and bounds." About Greentown China Holdings Limited As a leading property developer and integrated living service provider in China, Greentown China Holdings Limited commands a foremost position in the industry by leveraging its quality properties, unique architectural aesthetics and customer-centric residence services. Backed by the full support of state-owned enterprise CCCG and Hong Kong blue-chip enterprise Wharf, together with our founding shareholder Mr. Song Weiping and other substantial shareholders, Greentown China has insisted on taking advantage of the innovation and practice of mixed ownership striving to be the No.1 "Integrated Service Provider for an Ideal Life" in the country. Over 23 years of development, Greentown has evolved to engage in the businesses of property development, construction management, asset operation, town development and living services, and has been ranked among "Top 10 among 100 Chinese Real Estate Enterprises by Comprehensive Strength" and "Top 10 Chinese Real Estate Companies by Brand Values" for 14 consecutive years; "China Leading Real Estate Companies by Customer Satisfaction" for 6 consecutive years as well as the honorable title of "Socially Responsible Enterprise" for years. To date, Greentown has over 300 member companies and its scope of business covers more than 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. It has presence in over 100 cities, having constructed more than 500 exquisite property complexes. For further information about Greentown China, please visit the company website at http://www.greentownchina.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2189017-1-a Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2189017-1-b Related Links :http://www.greentownchina.com
  • Huaneng Power International, Inc. Power Generation within China Increases by 11.51% in the First Half of 2018
    BEIJING, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Huaneng Power International, Inc. ("HPI" or the "Company") (NYSE: HNP; HKEX: 902; SSE: 600011) today announced its power generation for the first half year of 2018. According to the preliminary statistics of the Company, for the second quarter of 2018, the Company's total power generation by power plants within China on consolidated basis amounted to 103.856 billion kWh, representing an increase of 14.52% over the same period last year. Total electricity sold by the Company amounted to 98.075 billion kWh, representing an increase of 14.54% over the same period last year. In the first half of 2018, the Company's total power generation by the power plants within China on consolidated basis amounted to 208.167 billion kWh, representing an increase of 11.51% over the same period last year. Total electricity sold by the Company amounted to 196.387 billion kWh, representing an increase of 11.51% over the same period last year. In the first half of 2018, the Company's average on-grid electricity settlement price for its power plants within China amounted to RMB418.57 per MWh, representing an increase of 2.72% over the same period last year. The increase in the Company's power generation was mainly attributable to the following reasons: (1) The growth in the macro-economy was better than expected; and (2) The growth rate of electricity consumption for residents' electricity, tertiary industries and non-high-energy-consuming manufacturing industries increased significantly; and (3) In the first half of the year, the growth rate of hydropower generation in the country was relatively low, far lower than the growth rate of the electricity consumption of the whole society and national power generation. The Company has a relatively higher proportion of thermal power units and seized the opportunity to increase power generation. The power generation (in billion kWh) by each region of the Company's domestic power plants are listed below: Region Power Generation Electricity sold April to June 2018 Change January to June 2018 Change April to June 2018 Change January to June 2018 Change Heilongjiang  Province 3.630 14.06% 6.930 8.01% 3.417 14.55% 6.503 8.12% Coal-fired 3.343 16.61% 6.387 6.79% 3.130 17.06% 5.969 6.81% Wind-power 0.275 -13.07% 0.528 21.05% 0.274 -11.22% 0.518 21.52% PV 0.0127 – 0.0160 – 0.0080 – 0.0112 – Jilin Province 2.778 40.13% 5.089 27.77% 2.643 40.81% 4.822 28.52% Coal-fired 2.389 47.49% 4.403 28.89% 2.268 48.37% 4.161 29.57% Wind-power 0.285 0.68% 0.519 21.92% 0.278 1.48% 0.506 23.28% Hydro-power 0.039 3.06% 0.043 -4.59% 0.039 2.71% 0.042 -4.83% PV 0.0064 2,259.26% 0.0122 4,391.16% 0.0063 2,284.19% 0.0121 4,465.92% Biomass power 0.058 41.91% 0.112 16.68% 0.052 42.85% 0.101 17.97% Liaoning Province 4.728 40.66% 9.320 8.74% 4.429 41.30% 8.654 8.00% Coal-fired 4.550 40.54% 9.005 7.57% 4.253 41.19% 8.341 6.74% Wind-power 0.119 16.83% 0.210 23.84% 0.118 16.91% 0.209 23.99% Hydro-power 0.015 19.93% 0.023 64.36% 0.015 19.86% 0.022 63.74% PV 0.0439 367.82% 0.0826 382.25% 0.0434 379.26% 0.0817 394.30% Inner Mongolia 0.065 2.11% 0.128 14.20% 0.064 2.39% 0.126 14.12% Wind-power 0.065 2.11% 0.128 14.20% 0.064 2.39% 0.126 14.12% Hebei Province 3.611 -7.42% 6.439 -4.85% 3.388 -7.76% 6.050 -4.92% Coal-fired 3.534 -7.69% 6.264 -5.66% 3.314 -8.06% 5.881 -6.01% Wind-power 0.061 0.35% 0.144 35.66% 0.059 1.04% 0.140 61.16% PV 0.0157 44.09% 0.0305 46.31% 0.0151 46.81% 0.0293 49.62% Gansu Province 2.654 37.69% 6.503 27.26% 2.518 38.56% 6.178 27.56% Coal-fired 2.163 42.28% 5.523 25.61% 2.044 43.15% 5.231 25.82% Wind-power 0.491 20.57% 0.980 37.44% 0.475 21.72% 0.947 38.09% Ningxia 0.0069 1,495.35% 0.0108 2,419.15% 0.0066 1,512.89% 0.0104 2,439.24% PV 0.0069 1,495.35% 0.0108 2,419.15% 0.0066 1,512.89% 0.0104 2,439.24% Beijing 1.755 83.22% 3.958 18.26% 1.702 82.07% 3.775 19.86% Coal-fired 0.00 – 0.436 -59.88% 0.00 – 0.381 -59.63% Combined Cycle 1.755 83.22% 3.522 55.79% 1.702 82.07% 3.393 53.93% Tianjin 1.568 6.16% 3.595 10.81% 1.474 5.40% 3.368 10.44% Coal-fired 1.311 23.69% 2.878 6.97% 1.224 23.41% 2.672 6.51% Combined Cycle 0.256 -38.59% 0.716 29.14% 0.249 -38.71% 0.694 28.34% PV 0.0009 800% 0.0016 11,187.59% 0.0009 – 0.0016 – Shanxi Province 2.247 -20.96% 4.793 -11.37% 2.081 -22.00% 4.483 -12.03% Coal-fired 2.227 5.30% 3.596 4.41% 2.061 5.20% 3.318 4.19% Combined Cycle 0.001 -99.90% 1.161 -40.89% 0.001 -99.91% 1.128 -41.00% PV 0.0189 5,300% 0.0368 10,315.31% 0.0191 – 0.0370 – Shandong Province 21.724 2.42% 42.866 2.42% 20.380 2.27% 40.113 2.28% Coal-fired 21.399 1.70% 42.258 1.73% 20.062 1.52% 39.539 1.60% Wind-power 0.207 55.24% 0.416 61.62% 0.201 52.20% 0.383 53.15% PV 0.1184 222.78% 0.1923 251.39% 0.1174 249.04% 0.1909 277.56% Henan Province 6.763 38.31% 12.693 16.74% 6.380 38.21% 11.963 16.63% Coal-fired 6.321 44.46% 12.138 23.06% 5.947 44.60% 11.418 23.19% Combined Cycle 0.413 -16.28% 0.495 -48.91% 0.405 -16.18% 0.485 -48.85% Wind-power 0.021 12.28% 0.046 21.35% 0.021 12.28% 0.046 21.49% PV 0.0072 402.1% 0.0132 823.41% 0.0071 400.54% 0.0130 820.58% Jiangsu Province 9.823 -14.58% 20.526 -4.02% 9.317 -14.69% 19.474 -4.03% Coal-fired 7.703 -24.43% 16.678 -11.95% 7.241 -24.89% 15.705 -12.35% Combined Cycle 1.712 55.94% 2.957 46.93% 1.679 55.97% 2.902 46.97% Wind-power 0.388 96.83% 0.855 104.19% 0.378 96.62% 0.834 115.06% PV 0.0207 72.5% 0.0347 189.32% 0.0191 62.67% 0.0329 180.86% Shanghai 4.488 24.53% 10.001 14.09% 4.246 24.50% 9.472 13.95% Coal-fired 4.024 26.42% 9.204 17.44% 3.791 26.42% 8.693 17.39% Combined Cycle 0.465 10.29% 0.797 -14.16% 0.455 10.52% 0.780 -14.12% Chongqing 1.683 8.27% 4.517 7.28% 1.540 7.57% 4.173 6.67% Coal-fired 1.547 14.34% 4.127 18.54% 1.408 13.88% 3.793 18.45% Combined Cycle 0.136 -32.55% 0.390 -46.53% 0.132 -32.41% 0.380 -46.51% Zhejiang Province 8.257 14.93% 14.798 10.08% 7.945 15.08% 14.231 10.19% Coal-fired 8.020 14.02% 14.439 9.35% 7.712 14.14% 13.878 9.43% Combined Cycle 0.219 58.90% 0.330 52.51% 0.215 59.47% 0.324 53.10% PV 0.0187 40.49% 0.0293 29.05% 0.0186 47.32% 0.0292 33.50% Hubei Province 3.545 42.29% 8.064 23.46% 3.305 42.47% 7.534 23.29% Coal-fired 3.329 44.91% 7.715 23.80% 3.111 46.07% 7.221 24.10% Wind-power 0.103 29.89% 0.192 31.57% 0.083 6.25% 0.159 11.24% Hydro-power 0.107 -7.24% 0.146 -4.96% 0.104 -6.83% 0.142 -4.31% PV 0.0066 65,900% 0.0111 110,400% 0.0065 – 0.0110 – Hunan Province 2.328 71.45% 5.526 41.41% 2.185 72.92% 5.191 42.05% Coal-fired 2.061 86.75% 5.038 47.37% 1.922 89.75% 4.709 48.49% Wind-power 0.160 17.62% 0.326 12.64% 0.159 17.49% 0.322 12.60% Hydro-power 0.096 -17.26% 0.146 -26.38% 0.094 -17.32% 0.143 -26.44% PV 0.0102 608.33% 0.0161 1,014.96% 0.0100 594.30% 0.0157 994.51% Jiangxi Province 4.830 8.36% 10.043 11.74% 4.615 8.55% 9.609 11.86% Coal-fired 4.737 7.31% 9.856 10.83% 4.524 7.29% 9.424 10.83% Wind-power 0.093 115.45% 0.187 95.93% 0.091 163.61% 0.185 113.86% Anhui Province 1.358 1.12% 2.806 -1.39% 1.296 1.13% 2.677 -1.76% Coal-fired 1.249 -2.80% 2.620 -4.27% 1.188 -2.96% 2.497 -4.56% Wind-power 0.073 188.72% 0.138 134.22% 0.073 189.11% 0.131 125.15% Hydro-power 0.035 9.77% 0.048 -3.43% 0.035 9.90% 0.048 -3.42% Fujian Province 3.049 39.70% 5.963 48.16% 2.880 40.11% 5.634 48.52% Coal-fired 3.045 39.55% 5.957 48.01% 2.876 39.93% 5.628 48.36% PV 0.0037 1,581.82% 0.0062 2,790.47% 0.0037 – 0.0062 – Guangdong Province 7.683 46.87% 14.083 52.50% 7.361 47.36% 13.498 52.75% Coal-fired 7.677 46.91% 14.072 52.55% 7.355 47.39% 13.487 52.80% PV 0.0058 11.42% 0.0109 8.87% 0.058 11.50% 0.0109 8.97% Guangxi 0.132 – 0.169 – 0.127 – 0.162 – Combined Cycle 0.132 – 0.169 – 0.127 – 0.162 – Yunnan Province 1.601 77.77% 2.573 36.80% 1.478 7.748% 2.376 36.32% Coal-fired 1.461 82.53% 2.264 38.84% 1.343 82.41% 2.075 38.31% Wind-power 0.139 39.55% 0.309 23.50% 0.135 39.94% 0.301 24.01% Guizhou Province 0.052 268.42% 0.111 226.39% 0.051 270.26% 0.109 227.83% Wind-power 0.052 268.42% 0.111 226.39% 0.051 270.26% 0.109 227.83% Hainan Province 3.496 13.74% 6.661 16.02% 3.246 13.84% 6.202 16.24% Coal-fired 3.423 14.73% 6.507 16.39% 3.175 14.90% 6.050 16.64% Combined Cycle 0.008 317.96% 0.023 195.57% 0.007 316.26% 0.022 195.43% Wind-power 0.017 -15.62% 0.046 -11.79% 0.016 -15.68% 0.045 -11.69% Hydro-power 0.037 -41.55% 0.062 -22.42% 0.036 -41.69% 0.062 -22.48% PV 0.0118 116.07% 0.0226 124.20% 0.0117 117.19% 0.0224 125.27% Total 103.856 14.52% 208.167 11.51% 98.075 14.54% 196.387 11.51% For the second quarter of 2018, the power generation of Tuas Power Limited in Singapore, which is wholly-owned by the Company, accounted for a market share of 21.1% in Singapore, representing a decrease of 0.7 percentage point compared to the same period of last year (21.8%). In the first half of 2018, the accumulated power generation accounted for a market share of 20.8%, representing a decrease of 0.7 percentage point compared to the same period last year. In addition, the projects of the Company's wholly-owned Huaneng Heilongjiang Shuangyu Photovoltaic with a total capacity of 46.6 MW, 30 MW PV units of the Huaneng Jiangsu Huaiyin Photovoltaic Power Plant and 10 MW PV units of the Huaneng Jiangsu Taicang Photovoltaic Ash Field Phase II (75% owned by the Company), 8 MW PV units of Huaneng Hainan Chengmai Photovoltaic (91.8% owned by the Company), 20 MW PV units of the Jilin ZhenLai Wind Farm (50% owned by the Company), and 10 MW PV units of the Shanxi Yushe Photovoltaic (90% owned by the Company) were put into operation in the second quarter of 2018. As of June 30, 2018, the Company had a controlled installed capacity of 104,425 MW, and an equity-based installed capacity of 91,894 MW. About Huaneng Power International, Inc. Huaneng Power International, Inc. is one of China's largest listed power producers with controlled generation capacity of 104,425 MW and equity-based generation capacity of 91,894MW. The power plants of the Company are located in 26 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China. The Company also has a wholly-owned power company in Singapore. For enquiries, please contact:Huaneng Power International, Inc.Ms. MENG Jing / Ms. ZHAO LinTel: (8610) 6608 6765 / 6322 6596Fax: (8610) 6322 6888Email: zqb@hpi.com.cn Wonderful Sky Financial Group LimitedMs. Crystal Hua / Ms. Christina ChongTel:  (852) 3970 2155 / (852) 3641 1333Fax: (852) 3102 0210Email: po@wsfg.hk / crystalhuay@wsfg.hk View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/huaneng-power-international-inc-power-generation-within-china-increases-by-11-51-in-the-first-half-of-2018--300682194.htmlRelated Links :http://www.hpi.com.cn
  • XCHNG Secures Investment From Global Blockchain Investment Fund, #Hashed
    Investment Will Further XCHNG's Mission To Bring Premier Blockchain Protocol To Digital Advertising Ecosystem GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kochava Labs SEZC, a research and development subsidiary of Kochava Inc., announced a lead investment from global blockchain investments fund, Hashed, in XCHNG, the open source blockchain framework for the digital advertising ecosystem. As one of South Korea's first crypto assets funds, Hashed focuses its investments on high-performance blockchain protocols that are applicable to industry. With Hashed's investment secured, XCHNG intends on including additional private presale partners and will continue its current efforts in establishing OnXCHNG partners and building out the protocol leading up to a sandbox launch, anticipated for Q3 2018. XCHNG is built upon a high performance blockchain and is designed specifically for the digital advertising industry -- capable of handling millions of transactions per second, as demanded by the current ecosystem. XCHNG's daily rolling chain capability makes it one of the fastest blockchain protocols in the space. Kochava Labs CEO, Charles Manning, said: "With XCHNG, we are focused on building a new set of standards for the digital advertising industry to combat some of the most prevalent issues faced by marketers and publishers alike. The Hashed team understands our long-term vision and what we are trying to achieve. As XCHNG continues to develop, it is important for us to have insight and guidance from key players at the intersection of blockchain and advertising. We're thrilled to have Hashed onboard and look forward to working intimately with the team to catapult XCHNG into the premier blockchain solution for the ecosystem." Hashed's largest holdings currently include major blockchain projects, including EOS, OmiseGO, Ethereum, and Kyber Network. The fund focuses on the long-term value of projects and industry transformation through blockchain technology. Hashed CEO and Partner, Simon Seojoon Kim, said: "At Hashed, we are very passionate about the potential of blockchain technology and are focused on projects that have real impact to disrupt the status quo. We come from a variety of backgrounds, including serial entrepreneurs to engineers and investment professionals. Half of our partners, at one point in their careers, have worked in ad tech and are very familiar with the frictions and challenges in the space. We're all big fans of Charles and his team's work and are confident that if anyone can bring blockchain to the ad tech industry, it'll be XCHNG." Kochava Labs CEO Charles Manning is available for interview. About XCHNGXCHNG is an open and unified blockchain-based framework for the digital advertising ecosystem. Designed and deployed by Kochava Labs SEZC, a research and development subsidiary of Kochava Inc., the XCHNG framework is centered around a common Ricardian Smart Contract with an open blockchain implementation to persist transactional history and provide supporting utilities required for maximizing efficiency through the lifecycle of the IO. XCHNG is designed to enable the related targeting and activation of audiences, bolsters ad-spend efficiency and transparency, establishes a next-generation system of record for all participants. Contact: Gaby Hui Wachsmangaby@wachsman.com 917-602-1681 Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/618836/Kochava_XCHNG_Logo.jpg
  • Farmmi, Inc. Enters into Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Bantan Internet Technology PTE. LTD.
    LISHUI, China, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmmi, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: FAMI), a leading agriculture products supplier in China, today announced that the company has entered into strategic cooperation framework agreement (the "Framework Agreement") with Bantan Internet Technology PTE. LTD. ("BIT"), a Singapore company. Pursuant to the Framework Agreement signed on July 10, 2018, BIT is obligated to establish a world leading blockchain technology system and other application of blockchain technology as well as to provide blockchain technology services for suppliers of the Company. In addition, BIT will also be responsible for the technical support and maintenance of the blockchain system. The term of the Framework Agreement is one year. BIT agrees to receive cash from the Company as the service fee which will be decided by both parties according to the specific performance. Ms. Yefang Zhang, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We are proud to announce our agreement with BIT. We believe our customers and shareholders will benefit from the blockchain technology system of EA Chain that BIT is developing." About Farmmi, Inc. Headquartered in Lishui, Zhejiang, Farmmi, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: FAMI), is an agricultural products supplier and primarily processes and sells Shiitake mushrooms, Mu Er mushrooms, other edible fungi, and other agricultural products. In addition, Farmmi Liangpin Market, the Company's ecommerce platform, provides an opportunity for consumers to access locally sourced agricultural products. For further information regarding the Company, please visit: http://ir.farmmi.com.cn/. Forward-Looking Statements This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, including the expectation that Bantan Technology will perform its obligations under the Agreement and the cooperation with Bantan Technology will benefit the Company's customers and shareholders. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. For more information, please contact Investor Relations at: Tina Xiao, PresidentAscent Investor Relations LLCPhone: +1-917-609-0333Email: tina.xiao@ascent-ir.com View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/farmmi-inc-enters-into-strategic-cooperation-framework-agreement-with-bantan-internet-technology-pte-ltd-300681863.htmlRelated Links :http://ir.farmmi.com.cn/
  • MediaTek Introduces New Helio A Series Chipset Family to Power More Mid-Market Feature-Rich, Affordable Smartphones
    A22 first SoC for Helio A Series, which brings impressive performance, power efficiency, AI features and affordability to a wider range of mid-market smartphones HSINCHU, Taiwan, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek today unveiled its Helio A series, expanding its Helio family of feature-packed and power-efficient chipsets with the company's new Helio A22 system-on-chip (SoC). MediaTek's commitment to continuing to "change everything" can be seen throughout the "Advanced" Helio A series and its mission to power more innovative and more capable smartphones designed to meet the demands of today's mid-market consumer. MediaTek paved the way for New Premium devices – smartphones with high-end features at affordable prices – with the expansion of its Helio P family. Building on the success of the Helio P20, P22, P23 and P60 chipsets, MediaTek is introducing the Helio A series, bringing an even greater number of consumers access to high performance devices without a premium price tag. With powerful quad-core performance, incredible camera features, AI enhancements and remarkable power efficiency, the Helio A series is optimized for devices that offer a great value without sacrificing modern capabilities and features. MediaTek's new Helio A22, the first chipset in its Helio A Series, is set to redefine what consumers can expect and demand in their smart devices. "The Helio A Series continues our vision of a mobile marketplace that is accessible to everyone, where high-end features are not limited to high-end devices. As we've seen, mid-market growth continues to explode and there continues to be consumer interest in powerful and quality devices that offer them the best value," said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek's Wireless Communication business unit at MediaTek. "With Helio A22, device makers can bring to market innovative devices that provide consumers unparalleled mobile experiences in the mid-range, including incredible performance, long battery life and advanced photography and AI enhancements." The Helio A22 is built with advanced 12nm FinFET fabrication technology to deliver high performance with greater power efficiency. Equipped with MediaTek's CorePilot technology, the chipset optimizes power for each task to extend device battery life, enabling users to do more with their devices for longer. Helio A22 also has AI features to take advantage of the MediaTek NeuroPilot software development kit (SDK) extensions and third-party AI applications. MediaTek's Helio A22 offers exceptional camera capabilities, taking photography to the next level with AI enhancements. The chipset supports up to 13+8 megapixels dual-camera setups at 30 frames per second (FPS) and a single camera operating mode of up to 21 megapixels. Device makers can create stunning, large-screen devices with the Helio A22's 20:9 HD+ display support. The chipset supports the latest AI frameworks, including Google Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI), so developers can seamlessly build AI applications for Helio A22-powered devices.  Advanced connectivity is at the heart of the Helio A22 with an innovative RF design for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi co-existence. The chipset both Cat-4 and Cat-7 4G LTE performance for fast connectivity and packs a dual 4G SIM with VoLTE and ViLTE.  Also A22 supports both LPDDR3 and the newer, faster LPDDR4 for more customer design flexibility. The Helio A22's GNSS location enhancements enable 57 percent faster TTFF, a 10 percent improvement in accuracy and up to 24 percent lower power operation compared to previous generation chipsets. With 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, MediaTek's Helio A22 offers higher bandwidth and throughput, resulting in improved online gaming, multimedia and communications experiences for users. Also, the chipset supports BT5.0 for longer transport distance and higher speeds suitable for smart home devices. The Helio A Series is in volume production now with the availability of the Helio A22-powered Xiaomi Redmi 6A in China. About MediaTek Inc. MediaTek Incorporated (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year. We are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Our dedication to innovation has positioned us as a driving market force in several key technology areas, including highly power-efficient mobile technologies and advanced multimedia solutions across a broad range of products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, OTT boxes, wearables and automotive solutions. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals through smart technology. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit www.mediatek.com for more information. MediaTek Press Office: PR@mediatek.com Kevin Keating, MediaTek+1- 206-321-729510188 Telesis Ct #500, San Diego, CA 92121, USA Joey Lee, MediaTek+886 3-567-0766 # 31602No. 1, 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, TaiwanRelated Links :http://www.mediatek.com
  • Huami Announces Amazfit Smart Sport Watches Sales Volume Reached One Million Units in the First Half of 2018
    Total Overseas Sales Volume of Amazfit Smart Sport Watches has Exceeded One Million Units BEIJING, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Huami Corporation ("Huami" or the "Company") (NYSE: HMI), a biometric and activity data-driven company with significant expertise in smart wearable technology, today announced that sales volume for the Amazfit smart sport watches, including Amazfit Bip, Amazfit Pace, Amazfit Stratos (Stratos Plus), reached one million units in the first half of 2018. Furthermore, since the Amazfit smart sport watches were first launched late 2016, overseas sales volume has exceeded one million units.  "Strong sales of our Amazfit-branded smart sport watches exemplifies consumers' growing awareness and support of the product line following its late 2016 launch," said Wang Huang, Chairman and CEO of Huami. "We are very pleased with the strong sales of our self-branded smart sport watch product line which reflects our ability to provide consumers great value at a premium price point. In addition, international interest in our Amazfit-branded products increases our confidence in broadening our markets." Today's release follows the Company's announcement on June 28, 2018 that Mi Band 3 reached one million units sold, significantly faster than earlier generations of Mi Bands. "The strong momentum we are experiencing with both Amazfit-branded and Xiaomi-branded products shows the diversity of our product portfolio, our cutting-edge product design and our growing success in meeting the needs of consumers in both China and overseas," Huang concluded. About Huami Corporation Huami is a biometric and activity data-driven company with significant expertise in smart wearable technology. Since its inception in 2013, Huami has quickly established its global market leadership and recognition by shipping millions of units of smart wearable devices. In 2017, Huami shipped 18.1 million units of smart wearable devices. Huami has one of the largest biometric and activity databases in the global smart wearables industry. Huami's mobile apps work hand in hand with its smart wearable devices and provide users with a comprehensive view and analysis of their biometric and activity data. In addition to designing, manufacturing and selling smart bands and watches under its own Amazfit brand, Huami is the sole partner of Xiaomi, a leading mobile internet company and global consumer electronics brand, to design and manufacture Xiaomi-branded smart bands, watches (excluding children watches and quartz watches), scales and associated accessories. For more information, please visit: http://www.huami.com/investor Safe Harbor Statement This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. 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. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the cooperation with Xiaomi, the recognition of the Company's self-branded products; the Company's growth strategies; trends and competition in global wearable technology market; changes in the Company's revenues and certain cost or expense accounting policies; governmental policies relating to the Company's industry and general economic conditions in China and the global. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: In China:Huami CorporationGrace Yujia ZhangTel: +86-10-5940-3255E-mail: ir@huami.com The Piacente Group, Inc.Ross WarnerTel: +86-10-5730-6201E-mail: huami@tpg-ir.com In the United States:The Piacente Group, Inc. Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050E-mail: huami@tpg-ir.com View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/huami-announces-amazfit-smart-sport-watches-sales-volume-reached-one-million-units-in-the-first-half-of-2018-300682028.htmlRelated Links :http://www.huami.com/investor
  • Tianjin Airlines receives a new Airbus A330 aircraft
    TIANJIN, China, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tianjin Airlines, owned by HNA group has acquired a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft from Toulouse on July 17th, which is Tianjin Airlines' third new aircraft this year, hitting back at delivery delay rumors. Tianjin Airlines, founded in 2009, is based in Tianjin, China. As of today, Tianjin Airlines operates a fleet of 98 aircraft, which includes 33 Airbus A330, A320, and A321 aircraft. The new aircraft joins the four A330's already in the fleet as the ninety-ninth aircraft of the Airlines. This Airbus A330-300 is able to seat 303 passengers with 279 seats in economy class and 24 seats in upper class. The upper class seats are in a herringbone arrangement that allows passengers to enjoy flat beds and increased privacy while maintaining direct access to the aisle. All 279 economy class passengers can experience Thales Avant in-flight entertainment system and a 110v power supply  and a USB port. Tianjin Airlines announced that they continue to take to the skies, adding flights from Tianjin to Tokyo and Osaka, with more flights planned from Tianjin, Xi'an, and Chongqing to London, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.
  • The9 Limited Announces Receipt of Nasdaq Notice of Deficiency
    SHANGHAI, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The9 Limited (Nasdaq: NCTY) ("The9" or the "Company"), an established Internet company, today announced that it received a notification letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ("Nasdaq") dated July 16, 2018 indicating that the Company no longer meets the continued listing requirement of minimum Market Value of Publicly Held Shares ("MVPHS") for the Nasdaq Global Market, as set forth in the Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(C) because the market value of the Company's publicly held American depositary shares ("ADSs"), each representing three ordinary shares of the Company, for the last 30 consecutive business days was below the minimum MVPHS requirement of US$15,000,000. Pursuant to Rule 5810(c)(3)(D) of the Nasdaq Listing Rules, the Company has a compliance period of 180 calendar days, or until January 14, 2019 (the "Compliance Period"), to regain compliance with Nasdaq's minimum MVPHS requirement. If at any time during the Compliance Period, the Company's MVPHS closes at US$15,000,000 or more for a minimum of ten consecutive business days, Nasdaq will provide the Company a written confirmation of compliance and the matter will be closed. In the event the Company does not regain compliance with Rule 5450(b)(2)(C) prior to the expiration of the compliance period, the Company will receive written notification that its securities are subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Global Market. The Company's management is looking into various options available to regain compliance and maintain its continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market, and is also considering other options, including a potential transfer of its listing of securities to the Nasdaq Capital Market. The Nasdaq Capital Market is a continuous trading market that operates in substantially the same manner as the Nasdaq Global Market where listed companies must meet certain financial requirements and comply with Nasdaq's corporate governance requirements. Safe Harbor Statement This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "considers" and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about The9's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, The9's ability to license, develop or acquire online games that are appealing to users, The9's ability to retain existing players and attract new players, The9's ability to anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, political and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations governing the online game industry, information disseminated over the Internet and Internet content providers in China, intensified government regulation of Internet cafes, and other risks and uncertainties outlined in The9's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 20-F. The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the9-limited-announces-receipt-of-nasdaq-notice-of-deficiency-300681962.htmlRelated Links :http://www.the9.com/en
  • Hainan Airlines Will Receive a New A330-300 Aircraft this Month
    HAIKOU, China, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines will receive the A330-300 aircraft by the end of July. It will be the first A330-300 aircraft that Hainan Airlines introduces this year, which is also be the 18th new A330-300 aircraft of the fleet. Since 1993, Hainan Airlines has achieved 25 years of safe operations and has accumulated over six million hours of safe flights. Hainan Airlines' fleet is composed mainly of Boeing 737s and 787s as well as Airbus 330s. The introduction of A330 aircraft will improve the capacity of Hainan Airlines. The size of wide body jets of the company will also be expanded after the new A330 joined. This Airbus A330-300 is able to contain 303 passengers, containing 279 seats in economy class and 24 seats in business class. All the business class seats feature herringbone that allow passengers to enjoy lie-flat beds and highly increased privacy, with direct access to the aisle. All 279 passengers can experience Thales Avant in-flight entertainment system, power supply of 110V and USB port. Tianjin Airlines is also receiving a new A330-300 aircraft from Toulouse on July 17th, initially serving flights from Tianjin to Tokyo and Osaka, and planning flights from Tianjin, Xi'an, Chongqing to London, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The new aircraft will help improve the capacity of Tianjin Airlines in the future.
  • The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts Deploys Infor HMS and SunSystems to Streamline Operations and Expand Global Reach
    HONG KONG, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, today announced that The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has deployed Infor Hospitality Management System (HMS) for its hotel operations, and Infor SunSystems for its financial operations in its Bali, Phuket, Madrid, and Amsterdam properties. The Hong-Kong based company owns and operates luxury hotels, resorts and manages experiential travel across Asia and Europe. The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts deployed Infor HMS and SunSystems to streamline processes and establish a unified system across the brand's global properties, enhancing efficiencies and agility. The company is also planning to deploy these solutions at its upcoming properties.  "As we continue to grow as a business, it is paramount that our systems keep pace and help us achieve global reach. Through our deployment of Infor HMS and Infor SunSystems, we anticipate significant time savings and reductions in errors, which in turn will make us more agile and nimble. We wanted to deploy a true cloud-ready application that has a single source of truth and unifies our systems globally," said Siobhan McHenry, Group Director, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts. "Our relationship with the team at Infor was also key to our selection - they have been an excellent partner throughout the implementation process." Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) is designed specifically to meet the needs of hotel companies. The solution combines enterprise power and streamlined workflow in a multi-property environment, providing the proven technology to support long-term growth. With Infor SunSystems, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts can manage all of their financial transactions and reporting through a single, global platform. This helps the Executive Team at the Pavilions facilitate better decision-making. "Diversifying systems and information across different centres and regions can be a huge challenge for any organization. Businesses need to be flexible and a solid technological infrastructure is crucial in a scenario of constant change," said Eric Wong, Vice President, Hospitality, Infor Asia Pacific. "We are proud to work with The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts to leverage the full potential of Infor SunSystems and Infor HRM to generate future business growth." About Infor Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 16,500 employees and over 90,000 customers in over 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com. About The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts offers independent minded guests the chance to experience genuine luxury in immersive locales. The Pavilions properties are located in some of the most desirable spots in the world, and every Pavilions Hotel is a sophisticated, private haven in which to relax or play, highlighting the arts, culture, romance or adventure. Would be explorers can discover the breathtaking beauty of Nepal from a 100% eco-friendly villa at The Pavilions Himalayas set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountain range, and hike to a luxury tented camp near Phewa Lake in Pokhara (late 2018) or experience a climbing chalet just off the Mount Everest trail (late 2018). The Pavilions guests can enjoy stunning seascape views of Phuket's west coast beaches, explore traditional villages perched on Balinese rice terraces, or soak up some high culture while staying a stone's throw from Piazza del Popolo in Rome. With its corporate office headquartered in Hong Kong, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts is one of the fastest growing boutique hotel groups in the Asia region, with over six acquisitions within a twelve-month span. The brand's boutique size and careful design philosophy allows The Pavilions to offer secluded spaces with mindful service, even in the busiest of cities. Each hotel is distinctly individual and unique, yet all are underpinned by the core values of building meaningful connections in unrivalled locations, with a mindful respect for privacy. For more information about The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, please visit pavilionshotels.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Media Contacts Phyllis Tan  Brian Witte Infor  Ruder Finn Asia  +65-9799-9133 +65 6336 2351 Phyllis.tan@infor.com witteb@ruderfinnasia.com  Related Links :http://www.infor.com
  • Pet Fair Asia and Aquarama support the development of pet business in Asia
    SHANGHAI, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The 21st edition of Pet Fair Asia and the 17th edition of Aquarama, organized by VNU Exhibitions Asia, will take place in Shanghai New International Expo Centre, expanding from 8 to 10 halls to accommodate more than 1,300 exhibitors. With 125,000sqm of exhibiting space (+25% / 2017), the exhibition allows an ever wider coverage of the supply chain, including upstream pet food suppliers, global brands for pet supplies, all major distributors and e-commerce giants. All pet categories are represented: cats, dogs, rodents, reptiles, birds and now aquatics: Pet Fair Asia is co-located for the first time with Aquarama, opening more business opportunities with aquarium suppliers, smart systems for aquatics and ornamental fish exporters from all around the world. In 2018, the organizer notes a strong development of pet healthcare: pharmaceutical companies, veterinary products suppliers and pet clinics are widely represented. The pet food suppliers and petfood technology area is also growing rapidly, on par with the launch of new pet food brands in Asia. Three halls are dedicated to food, while one entire hall gathers international suppliers entering Asian markets or looking for local partners. Several high-level conferences are taking place before and during the show. The 8th International Pet Industry Summit will come with a detailed report on Chinese market development and address new business and marketing trends. The 7th Petfood Forum China will provide in-depth insight into new pet food regulations to enter the Chinese market, latest trends in palatability, food safety best practices, analysis on consumer acceptance and market opportunities. The Annual Meeting for Pet Hospital Management, Aquarama International Fish Competition, Marine Tank competition, as well as the World Dog Competition, Pet Fashion Show, CFA Cat Show and a 10-meter freshwater tank tank aquascaping contest are some of the numerous on-site seminars and events. The market context makes it a perfect time to expand business in the region. China and developing Asia have changed greatly in recent years. Brands can expect high competition but virtually unlimited possibilities of development. Pet Fair Asia is expected to attract 50,000 professionals over three trade days and 110,000 consumers on the week-end. Visitor pre-registration is mandatory and free of charge for qualified professionals. Pet Fair Asia & Aquarama | 22-26 August 2018 http://www.petfairasia.com http://www.aquarama.com.cnRelated Links :http://www.petfairasia.comhttp://www.aquarama.com.cn
  • Prida Tiasuwan is 2018 recipient of JNA Awards' Lifetime Achievement accolade
    HONG KONG, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Prida Tiasuwan, Chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Co Ltd -- PRANDA Group and one of the pillars of Thailand's jewellery sector, will receive one of the highest honours in the international jewellery and gemstone industry this year -- the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the JNA Awards. Prida Tiasuwan, Chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Co Ltd -- PRANDA Group     The JNA Awards, organised by UBM Asia, is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards programmes that pushes for industry advancement through the promotion of best business practices, leadership excellence and innovation. Prida, known as one of Thailand's visionary business leaders, is credited for transforming PRANDA Group into one of the world's top jewellery manufacturers and exporters, and the Southeast Asian country's flagship jewellery brand. Under Prida's leadership, PRANDA mastered the mass-production of fine-quality jewellery, a feat which used to be the exclusive domain of highly skilled goldsmiths. This high-profile industry pioneer also champions Thailand-made jewellery globally, encouraging other home-grown manufacturers to explore and capture international markets. Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA, and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, "Mr. Prida Tiasuwan has revolutionised the fine jewellery industry in Thailand. His bold vision and innovative ideas have not only brought success to his organisation; they have also benefited the industry as a whole. He led by example -- boosting competitiveness by improving efficiency and precision-manufacturing across different operating points. His lifelong love of jewellery -- most especially the beauty, joy and emotions that they represent -- is the reason why he remains deeply involved in the product development process. Mr. Prida is also known for nurturing new generations of artists who are preserving Thailand's time-honoured jewellery-making traditions." Prida has devoted himself to the industry for more than four decades. He currently serves as Vice President of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association, Director of the Subcommittee on Marketing at The Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) and Director of The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). He is also a Member (5th Class) of The Most Noble Order of The Crown of Thailand for his outstanding service to the Kingdom of Thailand. Apart from his impressive achievements within the industry, Prida had also taken important roles in other areas. He was, among others, the Chairperson of the Sub Committee of Law Reform on Fair Trade and Consumer Protection of Thailand, Director of Thailand-US Business Council, Commissioner of the Legal Reform Commission of Thailand, and Director of the Committee of Thailand Reform Assembly. "I am truly honoured and grateful to receive this international accolade from the JNA Awards. This industry has given me so much happiness in my life. I and top leaders around me have trained and developed thousands of people into becoming fine craftsmen, and I am extremely delighted to say that they are proud to create beautiful and exquisite jewellery pieces.  I feel that God has given us the duty to fulfill the needs of those who wish to celebrate meaningful occasions by offering special and unique jewellery to their loved ones. We have accomplished this task -- and more -- since we ensure that all our products are and will be produced in a socially responsible way," Prida shared. JNA Awards 2018 is supported by Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook (CTF), the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), and the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) together with Honoured Partners KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND). The prestigious honour will be presented to Prida at a sparkling Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner scheduled for Sunday, 16 September, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. For more information, visit www.JNAawards.com or contact: JNA Awards MarketingUBM Asia (Hong Kong) +852 2516-2184marketing@jnaawards.com Notes for Editors: 1. About the Headline Partner 1.1 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com) Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (the "Group"; SEHK stock code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Founded in 1929, the Group's iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and is renowned for its product design, quality and value. The success of the Group and its iconic brand is rooted in innovation, craftsmanship and heritage. The Group also holds other jewellery brands including CHOW TAI FOOK T MARK, Hearts On Fire, MONOLOGUE and SOINLOVE, which are the first examples of a long term multi-brand strategy rollout. The Group's commitment to sustainable growth is anchored in its "Smart+" strategy, which is in place to promote long term innovation in the business, in people and in culture. Another asset underpinning sustainable growth is a sophisticated vertically integrated business model. This supports the Group by fostering excellence and extending opportunities along the entire value chain to communities and industry partners.  With an extensive retail network in Greater China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, and a fast-growing e-commerce business, the Group is implementing effective online-to-offline ("O2O") strategies to succeed in today's omni-channel retail environment. 1.2 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com) Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry. Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. 1.3 Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones -- DANAT (http://www.danat.bh) The Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) was established in 2017, at the instigation of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. DANAT was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom. As an organisation, DANAT has evolved from the Pearl & Gem Testing Laboratory of Bahrain (the first laboratory of its kind in the region), which was established in 1990. DANAT was formed to expand upon and enhance the excellent work of the laboratory, with the vision of becoming the world's preferred institute for natural pearl and gemstone third-party verification services and scientific research. DANAT plays a vital role in protecting and enhancing the public trust in pearls, gemstones and jewellery. With its offices located at the iconic Bahrain World Trade Center, DANAT aims to establish itself as the window into international markets, serving local and global clients and bolstering the reputation of the Kingdom as a leading centre for pearl and gemstone expertise. DANAT is an authority on industry standards, scientific knowledge and education, and is committed to the highest standards of professional and personal ethics. It is dedicated to supporting the pearl and gemstone industry and offers training programmes locally, regionally and internationally to a new generation of gemmologists, industry professionals and gemmology enthusiasts. 2. About the Honoured Partners 2.1 KGK Group (www.kgkgroup.com) The KGK Group was founded in 1905 by Kesrimal Kothari and Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India), with the humble task of trading gemstones between India and Burma. With a global presence across 19 countries today, the privately held group has evolved into one of the most preferred brands in the gemstone and jewellery industry, with a vertically integrated operation that spans the entire supply chain from mines to brands. KGK is one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century. KGK Group has a resilient team of 12,000 employees with operations and offices in Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Having achieved an impeccable reputation in the gemstone, diamond and jewellery trade, the group has recently diversified into real estate. 2.2 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/) Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province. Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers. The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets. 2.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk) The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China. The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as urban and industrial complex projects. GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project," is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and a construction scale (floor area) that is projected to exceed 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world. 3. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com) UBM Asia recently became part of Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit http://www.ubm.com/asia for more information about our presence in Asia. 4. About Responsible Jewellery Council (https://www.responsiblejewellery.com/) The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit standards and certification organisation.  It has more than 1,100 member companies that span the jewellery supply chain from mine to retail.  RJC Members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC Code of Practices – an international standard on responsible business practices for diamonds, gold and platinum group metals. The Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewellery supply chain. RJC also works with multi-stakeholder initiatives on responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence. The RJC's Chain-of-Custody Certification for precious metals supports these initiatives and can be used as a tool to deliver broader Member and stakeholder benefit. The RJC is a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance -- the global association for sustainability standards. For more information on RJC Members, Certification, and Standards please visit http://www.responsiblejewellery.com Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188771-1 Logo - http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20170222/8521701055LOGO Logo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180123/2037591-1LOGO Related Links :http://www.JNAawards.comhttp://www.ubmasia.com
  • HNA Group sign letter of intent with COMAC to purchase 20 arj 21 aircrafts
    LONDON, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- HNA Group Co Ltd (HNA Group) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 arj 21 aircrafts at the 51st Farnborough International Airshow in London, the first tangible result between the two sides after signing a strategic cooperation framework agreement in early June of this year in Shanghai. After delivery, the 20 jets will be operated by Urumqi Air, an HNA Group subsidiary. The arj 21 aircraft, China's first turbofan regional jet developed in accordance with international airworthiness standards, excels in five major areas: product adaptability, passenger comfort and cost efficiencies, as well as universality of parts and materials not only across the model suite but also with other commonly built aircraft, all of which help the model meet the operational requirements of taking off and landing at the airports located across the western plateau of China, a region frequently beset by high temperatures, and surmounting obstacles on complex routes, making the aircraft an ideal choice for routes and airports in Western China. Through innovation both in terms of corporate organization and aircraft design, HNA Group plans to deepen the cooperation with COMAC with an eye to introducing and operating China-made aircraft, setting up an end-to-end industry chain that encompasses production, materials supplying, sales and support for aircraft manufacturing in addition to improving the production chain and setting up a leasing services network for aircraft made in China, in a move to transition the country's civil aviation sector into a leadership position on the global stage. Hainan Airlines, Urumqi Air and Tianjin Airlines, as well as HNA Group's other subsidiaries, will also benefit from the cooperation, speeding up business development and facilitating the group's contribution to China's the Belt and Road Initiative by building a more convenient regional airline network.
  • OPIM to launch Hedge and PE strategies via Ansen SPC with Ansen Investment Management
    HONG KONG, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- OP Investment Management is partnering with Ansen Investment Management Limited to launch Ansen Fund SPC. The Fund is Cayman-domiciled for professional investors only. The first strategy, Ansen Global Investment Fund SP uses a discretionary, long-short approach towards multi-asset investments. While the Fund plans to invest within multiple exchanges, the mandate will maintain a focus primarily on Asia markets. To achieve long-term capital growth and returns, a flexible asset allocation method will be driven by value investing principles and a top-down approach. IPO opportunities will be a primary focus for investment, specifically within Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, EU and US markets. Mr. Bill Chun, senior portfolio manager of the hedge strategy, explained, "A flexible approach towards different sectors and multiple investment classes will help us manage risks associated with market volatility and geopolitical tensions in the future. In addition, our Fund will give investors the opportunity to participate in early stage companies valued on solid fundamentals." Mr. Bill Chun is the portfolio manager of the Investment Manager. Before managing Ansen Fund SP, he was the Head of Principal Trading Strategy Formulation at Poseidon IAM Co., Ltd, responsible for analyzing financial trends and bank securities. Prior to this, he was an Executive in the Finance Division of Royal Trust Universe Asset Management from 2010-2013, and he was Managing Director from 2007-2012 at Importers Salvage Centre MIDAS Trading. Mr. Chun began his career as a Finance Commissioner at JP Morgan. He received his Bachelor's of Management Studies from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.   "Given the attractive opportunities in both direct investment and in liquid markets in Asia, it's becoming increasingly important for new managers to think ahead and provide choices for their investors. Launching with both hedge and private equity clearly positions Ansen strategy towards this appetite. We couldn't be more thrilled to host their new SPC on our platform," Alvin Fan, Chief Executive Officer of OP Investment Management added. The second strategy, Ansen Global Aggregate Fund SP will focus on direct investments through debt financing in private companies in a broad range of sectors such as art, entertainment and recreation, finance, real estate, healthcare, artificial intelligence and energy. About OP Investment Management Ltd. OPIM is a leading Hong Kong based asset management company established and licensed since 2004 with Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the "SFC") to carry out Type 4 (advising on securities) and 9 (asset management) regulated activities under the provisions of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap.571) (the "HK SFO"). The company is also a member of the Oriental Patron Financial Group and associate of OP Financial Investments Ltd. (Hong Kong publicly listed 1140.HK). OPIM partners with emerging managers to develop innovative strategies for institutional and professional investors. OPIM's institutional fund platform attracts both managers and investors from around the world working with the industry's best business partners in alternative asset management. About the Oriental Patron Financial Group Founded in 1993, Oriental Patron Financial Group is an independent financial services group based and fully licensed in Hong with the Hong Kong Securities and futures Commission (the "SFC"). Oriental Patron provides a diverse range of financial securities from Advisory to Investing, Financing to Securities and Research. For more information, please contact:  OPIM Tel: (852) 2916 9213 Fax: (852) 2916 9223 E-mail: info@opim.com.hk Website: http://www.opim.com.hk Disclaimer This document is issued by OP Investment Management Limited ("OPIM"). This document, and the website of OPIM (www.opim.com.hk) has not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.  This document is solely for information purposes and is not intended as an offer, a solicitation of offer or a recommendation, to deal in shares of securities or any financial instruments. Past performance and the predictions, projections, or forecasts on the economy, securities markets or the economic trends of the markets are not necessarily indicative of the future or likely performance of OPIM, any funds managed by OPIM, or any future funds to be launched under the Sunrise SPC Platform. Information herein is believed to be reliable at time of publication but OPIM does not warrant its completeness or accuracy and is not responsible for error of facts or opinion nor shall be liable for damages arising out of any person's reliance upon this information. Any opinion or estimate contained in this document may subject to change without notice. This document may not be published, circulated, reproduced or distributed without the prior written consent of OPIM.Related Links :http://www.opim.com.hk
  • Coinsuper Club made its big debut, driven by Coinsuper and the founding members
    HONG KONG, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinsuper Club, initiated by Coinsuper as the blockchain investment advisory association of top institutions and professionals worldwide, has confirmed its founding members including Breyer Labs, Pantera Capital, 8 Decimal Capital, Node Capital, PreAngel Fund, Ledger Capital, JRR Crypto, Danhua Capital, BlockWater, Higgs Capital, among other Coinsuper's equity investors as well as CEN cornerstone investors and advisors, immediately following its announcement of establishment in early July.  With the above debut, Coinsuper Club will continue to make collective efforts with the founding members and future premium members to come and put into full play its established investment experience in the blockchain and cryptocurrency markets, striving to explore and recommend star blockchain projects of the world's best quality to Coinsuper users and CEN community members as well as provide the community members with early token allocation opportunities on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, the club will also support the advancement of Coinsuper and CEN in a number of key areas including project incubation, ecosystem building, ICO and token listing in the secondary markets. About Coinsuper Coinsuper is a leading digital asset trading platform in the world. We are a global elite team with extensive experiences in financial advisory, compliance, wealth management and most importantly, cryptocurrency and financial technology. Coinsuper adopts methods such as SSL encryption technology, multi-signature cryptocurrency wallets, offline capital management to ensure the security and stability of the platform. We also adopt google authenticator in customer login and fund/BTC withdrawal to ensure that our customers' assets and account information are well protected. Website: http://www.coinsuper.com Telegram: https://t.me/CoinsuperEx  Related Links :http://www.coinsuper.com
  • Forest City Major Investment in Education To Be Realised With the Completion of Shattuck St Mary's Forest City International School
    GELANG PATAH, Malaysia, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Shattuck St Mary's Forest City International School, a RM 935 million private boarding international school with an all-American co-curriculum, will be welcoming its first batch of students and boarders in August. Building Completion Ceremony The school will initially cater to students age 5 to 16 years old (K-3 to Grade 10), and gradually introduce Grade 11 and Grade 12 in the future. A official ceremony was held on 16 July to mark the completion of the seven-storey building and 23 August will be the first day of school for the new students with 26 August marking the opening of the school. Board of Director of Shattuck St Mary Forest City International School and Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd Head of Strategy, Ng Zhu Hann, said students here will get to enjoy holiday activities in the 160-year-old Shattuck St Mary's main campus in Faribault, Minnesota. Ng said Shattuck St Mary's Forest City is believed to be the first American boarding school with a campus overseas. The school currently has 16 teachers from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore, as well as local teachers who will be teaching Mandarin. The students will come from various countries including China, the United Kingdom, Philippines, Korea, Japan, and the United States. Another unique feature of the school is that each student will have their own apartment in the boarding school and teachers will be staying in the same building. Ng also said the school a is testament to Forest City's confidence in Malaysia and the state of Johor. "With a total planned investment close to RM 1 Billion, this project will be divided in three phases over a five-year development plan. This exhibits Forest City and Country Garden's commitment in investing long term in the country," he said. Ng also stated that Forest City is a unique mega development project focused on various sectors with education being one of the most important pillars. Forest City is not about residential property but focuses on building a futuristic city complete with leading facilities such as this world class education institution. "The establishment of this school will strengthen Iskandar Puteri as an international learning hub," he said. He adding that Forest City would not compete with, but rather complement Iskandar Malaysia's education ecosystem and that Forest City will continue to support the government's agenda in promoting world class education standard in Malaysia and play a part in nation building. Present at the Building Completion ceremony were State International Investment Utility Committee chairman, Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, and CGPV executive chairman, Datuk Daing Abdul Malek Daing Abdul Rahaman. Also present were Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, and Head of Shattuck St Mary's Forest City International School, Graham Gamble. About Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd Incorporated in Malaysia on 29 April 2013, Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (CGPV) is the master developer of Forest City, Southeast Asia's largest mixed-use green development at Iskandar. CGPV is a joint venture between Country Garden (60%) and Esplanade 88 Danga Bay Sdn Bhd (EDSB), an associated company of Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ). About Forest City The Forest City is a 30km2 mixed-use development located at Iskandar Malaysia. Adjacent to the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link, it is a JV development between Country Garden and Malaysian partner Esplanade Danga 88. With a committed investment of approximately US$100 billion, it comprises of four reclaimed islands with the twin themes of 'integrating businesses and the city' as well as 'urban innovation'. The project aims to generate economic growth through eight key industries – tourism and MICE, healthcare, education and training, regional headquarters, nearshore finance, e-commerce service base in ASEAN, application of emerging technique and service centre, and sectors related to a green and smart city. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180717/2188720-1Related Links :http://www.ssm-fc.orgwww.bgy.com.cn
  • Zhongkai Hi-tech Zone in Huizhou, China invests USD 15 million to attract the world's most talented entrepreneurs
    HUIZHOU, China, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Huizhou Zhongkai Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone (HZZK) has just rolled out the next phase of its "Kaixuan Talent Plan 2.0", whereby the zone will deploy a 100 million yuan (approx. USD 15 million) special fund, to build a talent acquisition network formed by recruiting, training, incentivizing, and providing support for talented individuals from around the world.  Because of the availability of extensive support platforms and quality services, more than 2,000 companies have chosen to set up operations in the zone, including some Fortune 500 Companies such as Samsung, Sony, and a number of domestic famous firms including TCL, ADAYO. These companies have formed a strategically-placed emerging industry cluster that includes a full support network for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, as well as groupings for the laser, semiconductor, artificial intelligence, big data and Internet of Things (IOT) sectors. We are looking for the Kaixuan Talents who are required to be: Owners of independent intellectual property rights or individuals who have made a leading technological achievement, whether in China or abroad. The achievement should have substantial high-tech content, excellent market potential and broad commercial prospects; Those having work experience at IT firms or organizations abroad, or plays a leading role in an academic, scientific and technical field in an international arena,or could drive the industry or the sector in which he or she specializes to rank the top of the international market; Technology leaders or experts in the research departments of China's universities, or at the country's top labs and engineering research centers; Talents who have won awards at or above the provincial level in the field of science and technology, and management. Policy support includes venture capital funding, further periodic incentives to support ongoing operations, support from other firms in related industries operated in the zone, and living and housing allowances. Seasoned entrepreneurs with outstanding CVs can receive USD 300,000 as a special incentive reward once a year, while researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering can receive a monthly living allowance of up to USD 1,500 and a housing allowance of up to USD 75,000. In addition, the Kaixuan Plan provides access to the full range of services including guaranteed housing, education for children, and other social benefits. The one who succeeded into the Plan can apply for a Kaixuan Talent Card, and the cardholders will enjoy 12 preferential policies and services. Qualified interested parties can log into the Kaixuan Talent Website and download the HZZK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Leader (Team) Declaration Form. After completing the form, the paperwork can be submitted to the zone's High-Level Talent Service Center along with a copy of the applicant's valid proof of identity, academic degrees and other relevant documents. By finishing this step, an effective line of communication with the applicant is established. This invitation is open to entrepreneurs from home and abroad. Mr. Chen+86-752-3278268/3278269zkrczj@163.com
  • Cathay United Bank launches global airline and hotel Points Transfer program in partnership with Kaligo Solutions
    SINGAPORE, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cathay United Bank, a subsidiary of Cathay Financial Holdings, one of Taiwan's largest financial services companies, and Kaligo Solutions, the global leader for innovative loyalty technology, announced a strategic partnership to launch new reward points transfer services for Cathay United Bank Credit Card customers. Cathay United Bank Credit Card has leveraged Kaligo Solutions' TransferConnect points transfer solution to offer cardholders more diversified points transfer options, enabling 6 million customers to transfer their Reward Points to a range of top global airline and hotel rewards programmes. Through the various reward points utilization channels provided by Kaligo Solutions, Cathay United Bank is able to effectively drive card spend and increase utilization of reward points, as well as to further strengthen its customized precision marketing capabilities. The collaboration through TransferConnect kicks off a thriving strategic partnership between Cathay United Bank and Kaligo Solutions that seeks to drive spend and reward points utilization through a number of solutions rendered by Kaligo Solutions. TransferConnect by Kaligo Solutions is the world's leading loyalty currency exchange platform dedicated to connecting financial services brands with frequent traveller rewards programmes globally. Partners can simply plug into the TransferConnect platform using a single technical integration and give its customers access to dozens of top global airline and hotel rewards programme partners within the TransferConnect network. About Cathay United Bank Cathay United Bank was founded in 1975 and is a subsidiary of Cathay Financial Holdings. It is the largest privately-owned bank in Taiwan, ranked by number of branches. It has a leading position in securities transaction services, credit card and wealth management businesses. Cathay United Bank has achieved outstanding performance in the consumer finance field, through product innovation, high-quality customer service and in-depth understanding of the industry. Its credit card business includes 6.05 million cards in circulation in 2017 with a cumulative account amount of 441.6 billion TWD and is ranked 1st with the biggest market share in Taiwan for two consecutive years, continuing to lead the financial industry. About Kaligo Solutions Kaligo Solutions is operated by Kaligo Pte Ltd., the global leader for innovative travel and loyalty technology. Established in Singapore in 2014 with offices across APAC, Europe and the Americas, Kaligo Solutions enables 80+ of the world's leading loyalty programmes to drive engagement through highly innovative and purpose driven rewards experiences. With custom-built solutions including innovative loyalty technology like their TransferConnect marketplace and TravelEdge powered white labels, as well as loyalty enablement and management, Kaligo supercharges the world's leading loyalty programmes with delightful experiences that build lasting customer loyalty. For more information about Kaligo Solutions, please visit http://www.kaligosolutions.com or contact media relations at press@kaligosolutions.com Related Links :http://www.kaligosolutions.com