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Easy Health plans to introduce five new Eco-friendly packaging technologies

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 18 June 2021 - The concept of environmental protection has attracted more and more public attention. As a result, Easy Health packaging company has focused on developing green packaging designs in recent years. Easy Health is planning to introduce five product packaging technologies that can change the landscape of the industry. 1. Water-soluble packaging This kind of packaging is made of water-soluble materials, completely soluble in water, compostable, biodegradable, non-toxic and harmless to the environment, and helps reduce the amount of garbage. It is a new alternative to traditional plastic packaging. Water-soluble packaging is different from traditional plastic bags. The main ingredient is water-soluble material Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA). Natural materials such as cornflour, glycerine and water are also added. PVA is a water-soluble synthetic plastic. It can also be degraded by microorganisms in a full water environment, in composting facilities, and in soil, and decomposed into carbon dioxide and water. It returns to the ecosystem without generating microplastics. Just pour hot water above 80 degrees on the water-soluble package, and it will be completely dissolved in the water after a few minutes. After being dissolved in hot water, it can be poured directly into the sink. At the same time, it can be slowly decomposed in cold water or room temperature water. 2. Smart packaging Smart food packaging has gradually received more and more attention, and its application in the meat industry is booming, including sensors, indicator tags, wireless frequency identification tags, and so on. However, there are still many challenges to be overcome for the actual application and commercialization of technology in food packaging. In terms of technology, smart packaging can also be subdivided into sensors, wireless frequency identification tags (RFID), and indicator tags. At pres ......read more

Push For Tech Reskilling Opens Up New Prospects For Workers in Singapore

Job seekers and career switchers ride the digitalisation wave to land new roles and more opportunities with acquired skills58% increase in tech training places since the start of the pandemicSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 June 2021 - When the pandemic hit, 57-year old Muhamed Ibrahim Mohd Salleh found himself unemployed and not being able secure a job. Having only offline sales experience and zero background in tech, he found himself facing unfamiliar changes. He realised that the 'new norm' would be more tech-driven, prompting him to take a leap of faith to enrol himself in the SG United Skills Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Specialist Programme by NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB). Despite the steep learning curve, he pressed on and four months into the nine-month programme, he decided to set up his own barber shop with his son. Confident of his newly acquired tech skills and knowledge, Ibrahim is now promoting his shop through social media marketing and managing online appointment bookings. The course is just one out of many programmes under NTUC LHUB's training offerings in Infocomm Technology (ICT). The leading training provider saw a 58% increase in training places for ICT courses from 2019 to 2020[1]. Workers are now upskilling to ride the wave of digitalisation, which offers new jobs and business opportunities. As the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital transformation across industries, businesses are looking for workers to fill new tech roles. The top courses include those in Agile Skills, Data Analytics and User Experience. NTUC LHUB observes that many of its trainees are looking to either advance in their careers or make a career switch in the tech space. NTUC LHUB's Head of ICT Isa Nasser says, "COVID-19 has changed business needs and there is now a pressing demand for Singapore to build a strong local talent pool in tech. The time to upskill in tech is now, even for those who may have little ......read more

Son Suk-ku Of SBD Entertainment, Wholly-Owned By Spackman Entertainment Group’s Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Stars In Upcoming Sequel Film, THE OUTLAWS 2

Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment headlines alongside Ma Dong-seok in THE OUTLAWS 2, a sequel to the 2017 box office hit THE OUTLAWS, also directed by Kang Yoon-sung Group's subsidiary, Novus Mediacorp, was the co-presenter of THE OUTLAWS which was the all-time #1 film in VOD sales in Korea, breaking the historic record five times faster than Disney's FROZENSon Suk-ku to participate in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT, set to carry out filming throughout the year and release exclusively on Watcha in December 2021 as an original seriesSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 June 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment Inc. ("SBD Entertainment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, stars alongside Ma Dong-seok in THE OUTLAWS 2, a sequel to the 2017 box office hit. THE OUTLAWS 2, also directed by Kang Yoon-sung of the first sequel, had completed filming. Son Suk-ku takes on the role of extreme villain Kang Hae-sang in the film where he confronts Detective Ma Suk-do, played by Ma Dong-seok. The Group's 51%-owned subsidiary Novus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. ("Novus Mediacorp") co-presented THE OUTLAWS which broke the VOD sales records in Korea five times faster than Disney's FROZEN. Novus Mediacorp owns the distribution rights of the film for the ancillary market in Korea. Son Suk-ku of SBD Entertainment shall participate in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT, which is scheduled to carry out filming throughout the year and release exclusively on Watcha in December 2021. Previously, Son Suk-ku starred in K-drama MATRIMONIAL CHAOS (2018) and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: 60 DAYS (2019). Other than Son Suk-ku, SBD Entertainment also represent ......read more

As part of the French Recovery Plan, Teledyne e2v Semiconductors and Safran Electronics & Defense have jointly obtained a French state aid to develop their System-in-Package roadmap

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - Media OutReach - 18 June 2021 - Teledyne e2v Semiconductors (Grenoble) and Safran Electronics & Defense (Valence), are currently launching the CORAIL SiP (System-in-Package) project with a significant state aid from the French government. The CORAIL SiP project was created to accelerate investments in order to boost the new electronic sector for System-in-Package in France.This collaborative project shows a common desire to quickly position themselves as leaders for SiP capabilities in order to successfully transform factories and build local supply chains. Both companies are complementary and will develop solutions for System-in-Package based on different technologies adapted to the specific needs of their various markets. The CORAIL SiP project will reach a total amount of 7.5M € for the entire consortium. It includes a contribution of 2.5M € from the French Recovery Plan, that supports innovation and the development in France of highly qualified jobs associated to advanced SiP manufacturing. This collaborative project will be launched in Summer 2021 and will end in 2024. It will accelerate the developments of Teledyne e2v Semiconductors' new SiP products dedicated to the Aerospace and Defense markets, and also enable the expansion of SiP services throughout the European industry. The global development of SIPs is a natural evolution of microelectronics. However most suppliers are located in Asia and do not address low and medium volume market's needs. The CORAIL SiP project will allow both partners to serve such needs for SiP in Europe. A part of the aid granted to the project is allocated to the upgrade work of the semiconductors assembly and test clean room at Teledyne e2v Semiconductors' factory near Grenoble in order to accommodate the new SiP assembly capabilities (More info on the following link: https://www.teledyne-e2v.com/news/teledyne-e2v-semiconductors-assembly-and-test-cleanroom-update/).About Te ......read more

Teledyne e2v First to Have Fully Space-Qualified 4-Channel ADC

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - Media OutReach - 18 June 2021 - Teledyne e2v continues to address the most challenging of application scenarios, through the supply of mixed-signal technology that is capable of delivering exceptional degrees of reliability. The company's EV12AQ600 has just been confirmed as the industry's first 4-channel analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to be qualified for space deployment. Subjected to comprehensive testing, the EV12AQ600 has shown that it can withstand a total ionizing dose (TID) of 150kRad. Those results, TID and SEE, prove that this device is a perfect fit for space applications like long-term missions or GEO satellites. In addition, the ADC had to endure multi-axis mechanical shock and vibration tests, plus electro-static discharge (ESD), extreme temperature and thermal cycling test procedures. Having successfully passed all of the tests described, it now meets NASA and ESA requirements, complying with the stringent MIL-PRF-38535 (QML-Y) and ESCC 9000 standards. Teledyne e2v's EV12AQ600 series devices are already employed in numerous mission-critical military and avionics applications, and space qualification will open up many new opportunities for their usage. These 12-bit ADCs support 1.6GSps data sampling rates on each of their channels, or 6.4GSps across a single channel when interleaved. Detailed studies have shown that they do not exhibit the poor interface stability witnessed on devices from other ADC manufacturers when placed into a space environment. Consequently, customers can have full confidence in their long-term operation once they have been deployed there. As well as the leading-edge performance and operational robustness achieved by the EV12AQ600, this ADC has certain other attributes that will be beneficial for space applications. Thanks to the cross-point switch which is situated after the inputs, this device is much more versatile than other solutions. The ADC can easily be ......read more

2021 Hainan Free Trade Port (Sanya) New Zealand special investment promotion meeting held in Shanghai

SANYA,CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - On 16th of June, the Hainan Free Trade Port (Sanya) New Zealand Special Investment Promotion Conference 2021 was held in Shanghai. Related investment promotion institutions from Sanya proactively introduced preferential policies in Hainan Free Trade Port to nearly a hundred New Zealand enterprises both online and offline to strengthen communications between two regions, gather and allocate high-quality global resources and develop industrial cluster, aiming to build Sanya an intersection city enabling the "Dual Circulation". Representatives from Sanya Investment Promotion Bureau, Sanya Committee of Development of Science, Technology and Industry, Sanya Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sanya Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City Administration, Sanya Central Business District Administration, the Management Committee of Sanya Modern Service Industry Park, Sanya Tourism Promotion Bureau and other institutions introduced preferential policies of Hainan Free Trade Port, investment opportunities and urban industrial development in Sanya to key enterprises, renowned business associations, and investment promotion agencies in New Zealand while combining their business fields and park features. Multiple departments in Sanya actively answered the questions of representatives from NZBRiC, New Zealand Employers & Manufacturers Association, and other participating institutions, highly recognized by foreign guests. It is worth mentioning that to deliver an efficient conference, the Shanghai venue was cloud-connected with the New Zealand branch venue, and relevant New Zealand enterprises operating in Beijing and Guangzhou have also participated in the event online. According to representative of Sanya Investment Promotion Bureau, China and New Zealand have close cooperation in import/export trade, education, agriculture and science industries, which are also compatible with t ......read more

APOL Singapore Provides high-quality Ergonomically Designed Chairs in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - APOL introduced their signature series named Sphinx, Kraken and Behemoth. APOL's strong desire to stay in sync with the latest trends has led them to produce not only top-quality materials for the chair but also all the key features that an ergonomic chair should have. This would include the 4D adjustable armrest, full length backrest recline, multi-functional tilt mechanism, class 4 hydraulics, aluminum wheelbase and caster wheels. The addition of the head pillow and lumbar pillow to the chair is to provide users with the best sitting ultimate experience. Even with the unforeseen pandemic, APOL Singapore is set on reaching new heights with their products as many needed to purchase a good ergonomically designed chair as a result of the work from home situation. As said by founder of APOL Singapore, Jason Lin, "APOL was created to actually improve everybody's lifestyle. We have different chairs catered to the needs of different people, because everyone has a different sitting posture." Moreover, the chairs of different sizes are all priced at the same rate to avoid differentiating between people of different sizes. The company continuously makes improvements on their products with the aim of being able to cater to every individual's needs. Meticulously designed for superior sitting, APOL is topping the game of ergonomic chairs. From chairs meant for petites to king sized chairs, APOL's products take sitting innovation to the next level as they are designed and engineered by in-house experts. APOL Singapore has also collaborated with 2 of the biggest consumer electronics exhibitions in Singapore, IT Show and Comex. APOL continues to enhance its brand image through such collaborations. To learn more about APOL Singapore, visit https://apol.sg. About APOL SingaporeAPOL Singapore was founded back in 2018 with the intention of providing ergonomic chairs built with the finest craftsmansh ......read more

C3 AI and NCS Form Strategic Partnership to Deliver Enterprise AI Applications Across Asia-Pacific

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - C3 AI (NYSE:AI), the Enterprise AI application software company, and NCS, a leading technology services provider and member of the Singtel Group, today announced a strategic partnership focused on delivering enterprise AI solutions to clients in Southeast Asia (SEA) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) across multiple industries, including telecommunications, government, financial services, transportation, and more. This agreement represents C3 AI's first strategic partnership with a telecommunications group. As part of this collaboration, NCS will leverage its deep domain experience and technology expertise in serving governments and businesses in SEA and ANZ, investing up to S$10 million to develop and deploy enterprise AI applications created on the C3 AI® Suite. C3 AI's solutions will also be deployed across Singtel, Optus, and other affiliated telecommunications networks to bring the advantages of enterprise AI to their operations and clients. "Our partnership with C3 AI reaffirms NCS' commitment to build a strong digital partner ecosystem that provides our clients access to world-leading technologies and enterprise solutions," said NCS CEO Ng Kuo Pin. "We believe that the wave of enterprise-grade AI solutions has arrived and are excited to work with our clients to build the next generation of digital applications with enterprise AI embedded. We look forward to playing our part to unleash the transformative power of enterprise AI across governments and enterprises in Asia-Pacific." In its 2021 Global CIO Agenda survey, Gartner found that SEA and ANZ were among the fastest-growing regions in the world to apply digitalisation to optimise enterprise processes1. In addition, CIOs in these regions identified Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning as a game-changing technology2. To capitalise on this trend, C3 AI and NCS will establish a Centre of Excellence t ......read more

Han Ji-hyun Of SBD Entertainment, Wholly-Owned By Spackman Entertainment Group's Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Selected As Brand Ambassador For Celltrion Skin Cure

Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment, who continues to star in the third season of SBS K-drama PENTHOUSE, chosen as model for Celltrion Skin Cure's health functional food brand, Inner Lab Previously, Han Ji-hyun won the Best Rookie Female Actor in the 2021 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards in Korea in April 2021Han Ji-hyun endorsed Shiseido Professional last month and was featured in W Korea Magazine for GucciSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that Han Ji-hyun, currently one of Korea's rapidly-rising young actors, of SBD Entertainment Inc. ("SBD Entertainment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, was selected as the brand ambassador for South Korean biopharmaceutical company, Celltrion Skin Cure. Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment, who stars in SBS drama, THE PENTHOUSE 3: WAR IN LIFE, endorses YY Biotics Double Care, a female probiotic product from Celltrion Skin Cure's health functional food brand, Inner Lab. In April this year, Han Ji-hyun was awarded the Best Rookie Female Actor in the 2021 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards in Korea. She was also featured in W Korea magazine for luxury fashion brand Gucci. Last month, she was pictured in fashion magazine Marie Claire's beauty makeup pictorial and was selected as a model for premium hair care brand, Shiseido Professional. Other than Han Ji-hyun, SBD Entertainment also represents Son Suk-ku who shall be starring in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT.About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by Charles Spackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production grou ......read more

Pledge for the Environment: Kimin Tanoto’s Journey to a Greener Future

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - There's no doubt that climate change has emerged as one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever encountered. With greenhouse gas emissions at a record high in 2020, there is a need for urgent actions to combat climate change and its impacts. Recognising the rising urgency, Gunung Raja Paksi (GRP), a key player in the steel industry, emphasises its commitment to fight climate change with several forward-thinking green strategies. Following Kimin Tanoto's appointment as the Commissioner of GRP, the company experienced a period of rapid growth as he forged new partnerships with local and international investors. Marching on, he is looking to establish GRP as an industrial leader for climate change action by implementing an array of green manufacturing and business processes. The company has recently put forward its Transparent, Accountable, and Professional (TAP) management framework to showcase its strong and unwavering commitment towards fighting climate change. Alongside this extensive transformation plan, Kimin Tanoto and GRP has made a range of technology-based investments, making significant progress towards addressing climate change concerns. GRP shares that its future plans also include investments in a fully integrated and environmentally-friendly coke factory and nickel smelter plant. With coke required to produce steel in a blast furnace, GRP seeks to employ advanced combustion technology to convert waste heat into electrical power for nickel smelting, further pushing the process towards a lower emissions output. By employing this eco-conscious production method, the ultimate goal of Kimin Tanoto and GRP is to achieve "Net-Zero" emissions and create a greener supply chain. A Progressive Agenda "Important changes will continue to be made in the face of bigger challenges in the future," Kimin Tanoto shares. With this in mind, Kimin is leading a ......read more

AXA AFFIN offers COVID-19 Complimentary Support Fund to assist its customers and to spur vaccination

Complimentary Support Fund is exclusively for AXA AFFIN Life Insurance customers with medical policiesCustomers affected by COVID-19 will have access to funds totalling RM200,000*To spur vaccination, the fund is applicable for vaccination complications or side effects KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country has further prompted AXA AFFIN Life Insurance Berhad to continue reaching out to meet the immediate needs of its customers by offering an extended COVID-19 Complimentary Support Fund. Initially introduced in February 2021, the Complimentary Support Fund has now doubled up its total fund amounting to RM200,000 exclusively for its customers with an AXA AFFIN medical policy. The funds will be dispersed at no additional cost to customers affected by COVID-19 or those who have complications or side effects arising after their COVID-19 vaccination. The fund is available from now until 31 August 2021 or when the fund is fully exhausted, whichever comes first. The key aim is to support the health and well-being of AXA AFFIN Life Insurance customers by providing immediate relief in the form of cash assistance. The complimentary support offers cash assistance*, including: -RM1,000 cash if quarantine in a government designated quarantine centre due to COVID-19RM2,000 cash if quarantined in a government or private hospital due to COVID-19RM10,000 cash for our customers' immediate family if Death due to COVID-19**Up to RM10,000 for ICU hospitalisation due to COVID-19***RM2,000 cash for stroke due to COVID-19 vaccination side effects****FREE COVID-19 PCR Test worth RM190 "We are pledging this fund as we know it will make a difference to our customers. It is crucial to get these vital funds quickly into their hands to help ease some of the burden and anxiety should their health be affected by the COVID-19 infection or the vaccination," said Kelvin Wong, Officer-in-Charge, AXA AFFIN Life Insuranc ......read more

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Rise in High Speed Rail Leads to a Significant Improvement in Airline Services

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - Trains are making a comeback. After losing ground for decades to the far sexier and faster travel by plane, people are increasingly making a return to good old fashion rail as a viable mode of getting around (at least for short to medium distance trips), thanks in part to rising concerns over the impact of air travel on global carbon emissions as well as the coming online of more and more high speed rail which has made travel by train faster and more comfortable. And nowhere has this boom been more apparent than in China, which in the space of just over a decade has built the longest high speed rail network in the world, stretching nearly 38,000 km and accounting for two-thirds of all high speed rail track in the world. This boom has also been mirrored in air travel, with the sector in China transporting a record 660 million passengers in 2019 before the pandemic hit. The fast pace of growth in these rival sectors in China provided a group of researchers with the ideal conditions to study how this second coming of the golden age of rail has affected airlines. The study, titled Competition and Quality: Evidence from High-Speed Railways and Airlines, found that the rise in high speed rail led to a significant improvement in airline services, mainly in the form of reduction in flight delays. "While it's true that both flight volumes as well as airline choice has grown dramatically in recent years as China's aviation market has opened up, it's also no secret to anyone who's been through an airport in the country that serious flight delays are a chronic problem," says Yang Yang, Assistant Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School and one of the study's co-authors. "This has made high speed rail a really attractive way for people to get around between cities, and it was an opportunity f ......read more

Librestream Brings its Onsight Augmented Reality Solution to Japan and Establishes Localized Sales and Support Operations

The technology delivers robust remote collaboration capabilities that enhance safety, efficiency, and resiliency for enterprises  WINNIPEG, MB - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - Librestream, the #1-rated provider of the Onsight augmented reality (AR) and remote collaboration solutions, has expanded its international presence to Japan with the establishment of a Tokyo office and a local team of staff, supporting its growing customer base in the APAC region. Since 2019, the Japanese market increasingly adopted Librestream's Onsight platform, with user growth expanding over 300% in that timeframe. As the third-largest economy in the world and fourth-largest in total exports, continuous workforce improvement via technology and innovation is critical to maintaining competitive positioning. The Onsight platform is utilized by a broad swath of industries, including those that account for Japan's top exports: cars and vehicle parts ($136B), integrated circuits ($30.7B), machinery with individual functions ($20B), and passenger and cargo ships ($13.7B). "Japan is an industrial powerhouse and its economy is diverse and advanced; our Onsight solution support the multitudinous industries in the region, as well as provide enhanced local and international service support," said John Bishop, Librestream President & CEO. "Onsight also addresses the local demographic challenges of an aging workforce and shrinking population by capturing knowledge from experienced workers, delivering just-in-time training, and enabling companies to remotely manage their industrial assets located anywhere in the world." Addressing the opportunity and the challenges, Onsight's core products bring the following benefits to the Japanese market:Onsight Connect remote expert assistance: real-time collaborative environment to remotely inspect, troubleshoot, and resolve issues in the field; effectively distributing knowledge and accelerating decision making with ca ......read more

Framo on A Clear Course: New Investments of 15 Million Euros, Market Presence Strengthened

Top meeting of Framo GmbH, Löbichau: Investor and main shareholder Majed Al-Askar announces high investmentsWith 5 million euros in the current fiscal year 2021 and a further 10 million euros in 2022, the Saxon eTruck designers and retrofitters are once again committing to future marketsResearch, development and battery production to be significantly expandedLÖBICHAU, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - 17 June 2021 - After a top management meeting, Saxon eTruck builder and retrofitter Framo reaffirms its role as a specialized industry shaper: "We will increase investment volume by 5 million euros before the end of the current fiscal year, with another 10 million euros to follow as early as 2022," says Majed Al-Askar, principal shareholder and investor in Framo GmbH. "We will continue to play a key role in shaping the market for emission-free heavy-duty transport." New perspectives after change in management"In the past and with the previous management, unfortunately, not everything went consistently smooth," says Al-Askar. "But with new management, we have put Framo GmbH back on track. Above all, this is a team effort: we have replaced crucial positions in the management and gained an important employee in CMO and CBDO Serhat Yilmaz." Framo accepts responsibility, good news for customers and partnersThe large-scale investments are to be used in the areas of research, development and production. "We will position ourselves more broadly overall," reveals Serhat Yilmaz. "Delivery times will now be further shortened, the expansion and conversion of electric vehicles in the heavy-duty sector will be accelerated, and their range will be improved. New priorities are being set, particularly in the area of battery research and fuel cell technology." ...read more

Imply Closes $70 Million Series C at $700M Valuation to Extend Leadership as Foundational Platform for Analytics-in-Motion

Significant customer momentum underscores movement away from expensive, slow and static analytics solutions towards highly-scalable, cost-effective, and interactive analytics solutions BURLINGAME, CA - Media OutReach - 17 June 2021 - Imply, the pioneer of Analytics-in-Motion, and founded by the original creators of Apache Druid, today announced the closing of a $70 million Series C led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from Tiger Global Management, bringing total funding to over $116 million. Existing investors A16Z, Khosla Ventures and Geodesic Capital also participated in this round. This additional funding follows a banner year for Imply, growing market adoption of both Imply and open source Apache Druid. Imply has now surpassed 100 enterprise and digital-native customers, using Imply as the engine for analytics-powered applications that they build, and/or as a complete solution to directly solve internal BI and operational analytics use cases. The additional funding will extend Imply's market leadership in the rapidly growing area of Analytics-in-Motion. "The world of analytics is being upended, as it is now a competitive disadvantage to wait hours or days to iterate on insights, to make decisions based on stale data, or to leverage solutions that either crumble or cost a fortune at scale," said Elliott Robinson, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. "Every day, more and more established enterprises and digital natives realize the power of Analytics-in-Motion, and Imply is far ahead in this race to redefine analytics across the enterprise, with numerous marquee customers and demonstrated customer success worldwide." Analytics-in-Motion is the new requirement for digital transformation, and has emerged due to the demands of modern business and the limitations of existing analytics solutions to meet these demands. Imply's unique technology removes the handcuffs to effective analytics by delivering all four ......read more

How the Federal Republic of Germany shaped its image anew at documenta

‘documenta. Politics and Art’, opens on 18 June 2021 at the Deutsches Historisches Museum BERLIN, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - 16 June 2021 - Documenta's rise to become Germany's most successful art exhibition was due not least to its political dimension, in particular the need to draw a line under National Socialism, followed by the formation of the Eastern and Western blocs in the Cold War. Although the exhibition claimed to distance itself from Nazi cultural policy, it failed to engage openly with the National Socialist past. At the same time, its politically motivated orientation towards the West led it to reject the socialist concept of art in the Eastern bloc.Federal President Theodor Heuss at documenta 1, 1955 © documenta archiv / Photo: Erich Müller With 'documenta. Politics and Art' (18 June 2021–9 January 2022), the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is presenting the first exhibition to focus on documenta as a means of investigating the many-layered interplay of politics and art in German society after 1945.Prof. Dr. Raphael Gross, President of the Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum: 'Documenta has always been much more than a prestigious art exhibition. With it, modernism – after having been vilified until 1945 – rose to become the favoured style of the young Federal Republic. The early makers of documenta welcomed modern art as a means of breaking with the Nazi past. Yet there were also continuities. For example, the historian Carlo Gentile has revealed that Werner Haftmann, one of the key figures of the early documenta exhibitions, was involved in war crimes in the summer of 1944. It was no coincidence that works by murdered Jewish artists had no place in the image of modernism as Haftmann chose to stage it. With our exhibition, we are systematically retracing, for the first time, how politics was made with art at documenta. In pursuing this goal, I hope we will open up a new perspective on the history of the Federal Republic. ......read more

BitDAO Raises $230M to Launch One of the World’s Largest DAOs

BitDAO has completed a private sale, with over $230M from leads (Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, Pantera Capital and Dragonfly Capital) and other partnersBybit has pledged recurring contributions to BitDAOBitDAO aims to use its significant financial and talent resources to improve innovation, collaboration and growth across the DeFi spacePANAMA CITY, PANAMA - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - BitDAO, one of the world's largest decentralized autonomous organizations, has completed a $230 million private sale from initial partners led by Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, Pantera Capital and Dragonfly Capital. Other participants in the project include Alan Howard, Jump Capital, Spartan Group, Fenbushi and Kain Warwick of Synthetix, among a total of more than 20 institutions and DeFi projects. BitDAO to Play a Pivotal Role in Growing the Decentralized Tokenized EconomyBitDAO aims to promote and propel the mass adoption of open finance and decentralized tokenized economy. As an initial proponent of BitDAO, Bybit has pledged a contribution of 2.5bps of its futures contracts trading volume to the BitDAO treasury, which at January-May 2021 run rate is expected to be more than $1.0 billion per year. Bybit's recurring contributions to BitDAO will scale with Bybit business growth and overall crypto industry growth. BitDAO's Initial Focus: Providing Funding, R&D and LiquidityBitDAO is putting its full support behind DeFi and will allocate significant financial and talent resources to drive DeFi growth — specifically, funding, R&D and liquidity. BitDAO aims to support blockchain technologies through grants (à la Gitcoin), and support existing and emerging projects through token swaps. BitDAO affiliated R&D centers aim to employ hundreds of talents to help engineer innovations and tackle technical challenges faced by the sector. BitDAO treasury, with recurring contributions, will be one of the largest pools of assets controlled by a DAO. These assets can be used to provide liquid ......read more

Trend Micro Offers Industry's Broadest Zero Trust Solution with the Unique Risk Insights Organizations Need

Security leader expands vision to support and secure the post-pandemic workforce HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, offers comprehensive visibility into identity and device security health based on the industry's most comprehensive risk insights. This is critical for customers to successfully achieve true Zero Trust security. To find out more about Trend Micro's approach to Zero Trust, please visit: www.trendmicro.com/en_us/research/21/f/an-expert-discussion-on-zero-trust.html . According to Forrester[1], "Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) is the signature security technology of the pandemic. While modestly unchaining users from their antiquated VPN technology, it has inspired organizations to reimagine how security (and networking) can be consumed both today and in the future." With a dispersed workforce using a variety of devices to access corporate resources hosted in a range of locations, from the corporate data center to cloud or SaaS applications, companies can no longer assume verified or trusted devices and individual identities are secure. Zero Trust is the key strategy to enhance the security of critical data and systems. It is the way forward to secure the always changing hybrid workplace in a more agile, effective manner than legacy security architectures can deliver. However, the market is rife with confusion. Trust and access decisions are being made without the appropriate context or a complete understanding of risk based on so-called Zero Trust solutions. "For years vendors have been claiming 'Zero Trust' by slapping the label on any and all types of solutions without understanding how to actually measure trust," said Kevin Simzer, chief operations officer for Trend Micro. "Trend Micro is uniquely positioned to provide critical insight into identity and device health with its comprehensive XDR and ......read more

DHL adds Sustainable Marine Fuel option for Full-Container Load shipments

DHL Global Forwarding is offering to reduce its main haul carbon emissions with the use of Sustainable Marine Fuels for ocean freightCustomers can now decarbonize their complete ocean freight supply chainsThe new service offers a fuel-switch on behalf of the customer SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, introduces another Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of its sustainability strategy. Following the success of the launch of a similar service for Less-than-Container Load (LCL) shipments, they are now extending the carbon reduction option to Full-Container Load (FCL) shipments. Customers can easily choose the use of sustainable biofuels via the myDHLi Quote + Book function, which also includes a carbon calculator. Offering the option of using SMF is another step towards cleaner and greener ocean freight, in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group's Mission 2050 of net-zero emissions logistics. "As one of the leading ocean freight forwarders globally, we take a serious commitment in our fight against climate change. With the strong demand for ocean freight in Asia Pacific, we are in a prime position to offer our customers a new and easier way to reduce their carbon footprint, by choosing sustainable biofuels, and decarbonizing their entire ocean freight trade lanes. The launch of this new service reinforces our push toward a cleaner and more sustainable supply chain for our customers, " said Kelvin Leung, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.With the launch of the SMF service, which is now available for all ocean freight shipments, DHL Global Forwarding is not only making it easier for customers to access sustainable deliveries, but also raising awareness for sustainable alternatives. The carbon reduction is achieved by DHL Global Forwarding purchasing SMF through partners and matching it with the amount consumed in the ......read more

The Rise of Asia Pacific’s Infrastructure Asset Class

China REITs add a compelling dimension to the real assets sector in the region.Enabling the sustainable financing of these massive projects will spur the development of new financing vehicles and foster the development of infrastructure as an asset class.NEW DELHI, INDIA - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - China's highly anticipated REIT pilot program finally came to fruition this week, with the launch of the retail tranches of its first nine REITs all oversubscribed on its first day. China REITs are currently only backed by infrastructure assets packaged in a mutual fund structure, deliberately picked by authorities to spearhead the country's recovery from the pandemic. Together with China, there are an estimated 28 infrastructure-backed offerings securitized in various structures listed across the region currently, with a market cap of close to US$80 billion. While this is dwarfed when seen in relation to the value of its infrastructure investments, momentum is building. The offering in the region's largest economy adds a compelling dimension to the real assets sector in the region. Given the sheer size of China's infrastructure market, its pilot programme for REITs is a prelude to a market that could eventually rival that of the US. According to S&P, the securitization of just 1% of such assets implies an over US$2 billion market. India's infrastructure investment trust market is also expected to expand to over US$100 billion in the next five years, according to CRISIL Ratings. Country Market Capitalization (US$billion) Australia 63.0 China 4.9 India 3.2 Japan 1.5 Singapore 6.9 Source: APREA Note: Data as of 1 June 2021 As countries look to bounce back rapidly from the pandemic-induced recession, governments are placing infrastructure-led investments high on the stimulus agenda ......read more

Mobile Medical and Health Check Centre offers exclusive mRNA Circulating Tumor Cells Screening in Hong Kong

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Mobile Medical and Health Check Centre Limited brings the new technology into the business from Taiwan, which is mRNA Circulating Tumor Cells Screening. With the mRNA dynamic gene technology can effectively detect the number and size of circulating tumor cells in the early stage, the patient can get diagnosis and treatment as early as possible. Compared to traditional medical imaging like CT and MRT, mRNA Circulating Tumor Cells Screening can screen out the size of tumors in 0.2 cm or above and it is high safety and minimal invasive by using few blood samples for testing as well. Suitable for all people mRNA Circulating Tumor Cells Screening is the latest cancer early detection technology, the accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of the auxiliary diagnosis of tumors up to 93-97%. Mobile Medical is the first Hong Kong health check center to introduce mRNA Circulating Tumor Cells Screening, which was the main health checkup item in recent years and available for customers aged ten or above. It is recommending that a healthy person should check it once a year, and a high-risk group (e.g. having family cancer history) needs to check every six months.About Mobile Medical and Health Check Centre LimitedMobile Medical and Health Check Centre Limited committed to promote the concept of "preventive medicine" and serve the public for nearly 20 years. There are branches in different places in Hong Kong. It has a professional and experienced medical team that monitors the whole medical examination process. Also, Mobile Medical own their self-Laboratory which has much cutting-edged health check and medical equipment, and the laboratory has high quality authenticated by the BioRad international quality assurance program (QAP). In addition, Mobile Medical provides different types of health check plans to accommodate the customer, such as gynecological check-ups and pre-marital check-ups, etc. Besides this, i ......read more

Edutech Start-up GCG Asia Launches New App Based on Proprietary Software, Social Creative Active Model (SCAM), to Accelerate Online Learning Adoption in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE - ACCESSWIRE - 16 June 2021 - Edutech startup GCG Asia announced today the launch of its new application for online learning targeted towards school-going children. GCG Asia start-up founder and CEO Karen Lai said in an official announcement that the app, JomBlajar, is developed according to GCG Asia's framework of holistic parameters—Social Creative Active Model (SCAM). "The Social Creative Active Model (SCAM) framework was developed according to our philosophy that learning should be holistic and education should include social, creative and active modes and dimensions to get the best out of each child. GCG Asia doesn't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions, so our Scam framework aims to cater to individual needs based on each child's learning style," said GCG Asia CEO Karen Lai. The Scam framework is GCG Asia's proprietary model that makes significant use of Artificial Intelligence to provide tailor-made guidance to student users. GCG Asia's model uses big data and machine learning to provide supplemental tutoring systems that can monitor performance and analyse feedback. "The Scam model is able to create personalized learning experiences. GCG Asia has found that this makes for more productive learning behaviours in students, and encourages independence, self-regulation and self-explanation," explained CEO Lai. Since its establishment in 2019, GCG Asia's education technology solutions have reached thousands of students across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Its first product was BlajarWeb, an offline-online hybrid solution that connected learners to tuition centers or tutors digitally. It made supplemental learning more accessible and affordable for students in the booming education market. "GCG Asia's website served as a kind of broker between teachers and tutors, and students who wanted after-hours learning support. We didn't expect that service to do as well as it did," explained GCG Asia's CEO La ......read more

Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust Announces Major Investment in Asian Healthcare Start-up PsychAsia

HONG KONG SAR - ACCESSWIRE - 16 June 2021 - Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust announced today a sizeable investment in Asian mental healthcare start-up PsychAsia. PsychAsia is a Singapore-based mental healthcare application that offers personalised self-care advice and programmes. Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust CEO, Roger Corman, said, "We are incredibly proud to announce this investment into PsychAsia. Our investment is testimony to the confidence in the start-up's performance so far and into the future. We are ready to offer support in any way we can to make this partnership a success." PsychAsia founder and CEO Eunice Kwong, said of the investment round, "We are excited that a leading financial institution such as Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust has chosen us to invest in. We take this as an affirmation of our business model and growth potential in this sector." The investment was undertaken by Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust's venture capital fund, KHL Ventures, which is co-managed by Global Capital Group (GCG) Asia division. "We are thrilled to provide capital support to a sector that is responding to a great need in the region, especially during post-pandemic times," said Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust's Corman. Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust's venture capital fund invests primarily in healthcare, health tech and edutech companies in the Asian region. "In total, the Asia Pacific region is lagging behind North America in terms of funding support for healthcare startups, although there has been an increase in 2020. We see ourselves as playing a vital role to provide a much needed capital boost to this sector," said Global Investment Bank and Capital Trust's Corman. Across the Asia Pacific region, countries have ramped up investments in the digitization of healthcare industries and services. Healthcare industries can stand to benefit f ......read more

Atradius survey: 60% of all B2B invoices in the UAE are late in payment

Over half of businesses also report an increase in administrative costs associated with management of accounts receivable, mainly on assessing and monitoring customer credit risk. HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - According to the results of the latest "Payment Practices Barometer" survey conducted in Asia by Atradius, 60% of the B2B invoices on credit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were not settled on time, which is significantly higher than the 50% average for Asia as a whole. On average, it took businesses 40 days to collect payment from overdue invoices. More importantly, 8% of the B2B invoices in the UAE were write-offs, up considerably from 1% in last year's survey results. Over half (52%) of businesses also reported an increase in administrative costs associated with the management of accounts receivable, mostly spent on maintaining a credit department dedicated to assessing and monitoring customer credit risk. The survey also revealed that the value of sales through open credit in the UAE dropped year-on-year, from 64% to 50%, which may reflect a contraction in sales amid the pandemic. However, more businesses polled in the UAE (37%) than in other markets across Asia (26%) increased the frequency of using open credit. Encouraging repeat business and winning new customers are the two most common reasons for the use of open credit, highlighting the pivotal role that this practice plays in enabling trade. Looking ahead, compared with Asia (37%) overall, far more businesses polled in the UAE (53%) believe that their Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), the average number of days to collect payment for credit sales, will deteriorate over the coming months. Respondents indicated that the greatest challenges to business profitability in 2021 will be maintaining adequate cash flow (29%), followed by falling demand for products and services (20%) and the containment of costs (16%). Despite th ......read more

Tradewind Finance Provides Export Factoring Facility for Laser Equipment Company in Guangdong

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Tradewind Finance has reached an agreement with a laser equipment company in Guangdong that sells to Germany, Britain, Italy, and Poland, among other countries. The export factoring arrangement will support open account terms of up to 120 days with the company's customers. As a traditional trader, the company offers various brands of laser cutting machines. In addition, the company builds its own line of 3D printers. Its products are favored by overseas customers, with annual sales reaching RMB 10 million. Although the company has strong profitability, R&D and other investment costs consume much of the company's cash flow, which keeps it from undertaking credit orders and hence restricted its growth plans. To meet its capital demands, the company turned to Tradewind Finance for financial support. Tradewind Finance designed a customized export factoring package for the company, providing a revolving quota of 350,000 euros for its 120-day open account orders shipped to Europe. The arrangement ensures that its buyers could enjoy longer payment terms without hurting the company's cash flow. With the financing from Tradewind, the company can take on more high-quality orders, pursue sales growth, and ease financial pressure. "Tradewind's international capabilities, combined with our on-the-ground support from our China office, enabled us to respond quickly to our client's needs. Our financing not only accommodates 120-day open account terms, but funding can also grow as orders increase," said Andy Zeng, Vice President of Sales for Tradewind China. Founded in 2000, Tradewind Finance maintains a network of offices all over the world, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, India, Pakistan, Peru, Turkey, UAE, and USA as well as the headquarters in Germany. Combining financing, credit protection, and collections into a single suite of trade finance products, Tradewind brings ......read more

917Ventures: Creating digital lifelines for Filipinos

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - 917Ventures' digital innovations have enabled consumers and businesses to thrive and triumph in today's challenging environment. Companies like GCash, KonsultaMD, HealthNow, RUSH, AdSpark, and PureGo have become the new lifelines for Filipinos during this pandemic. GCash helps its 40million users securely send money, pay for goods and services online, and empowers small businesses to thrive through cashless solutions. GCash was also one of the channels used by the government to safely distribute financial assistance to Filipinos through its Social Amelioration Program last year. Following its momentum in 2020, GCash continues to innovate and reinvent the Filipino way of life through easy access to financial services through: GLife - access to mini-apps to shop, eat and play; GInvest - participate in high yielding investments; GInsure - life and health insurance; GSave - get the best savings rate in the country with no minimum balance required; and GCredit - the first digital credit model and mobile credit line in the Philippines. 917Ventures offers reliable healhtech platforms such as KonsultaMD and HealthNow. Consultations made through KonsultaMD skyrocketed by 461 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. HealthNow, an app that has been downloaded over 240,000 times since August last year, offers easy access to healthcare services, which include video consultation and medicine delivery. Complementing the door-to-door delivery of medicines is PureGo's platform for quick and easy grocery shopping, enabling customers easier access to home essentials. For B2B markets, AdSpark and RUSH help accelerate the digital footprint of brands through digital advertising solutions, customer engagement, and loyalty programs. AdSpark, through its access to consumer intelligence, enables businesses to grow throughout their digital transformation ......read more

Prime Day 2021 Deals Preview: Two Days, More Than 2 Million Deals, Starting June 21 in Singapore

Prime Day starts at 12am SGT on June 21, offering 48-hours of epic savings and over two million deals globally from amazing brands including Canon, Nerf, Razer, Sonos, JuJuBe, and many morePrime members can expect more than 2,500 deals from small businesses this Prime Day including Love From Yours, Oddbods, Happyganics, IDS Skincare, CATKIN, and moreStay tuned for the Prime Day Show 2021 starting June 17, featuring Billie Eilish, H.E.R., and Kid Cudi on Prime Video SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - (NASDAQ: AMZN) Amazon is ready to release more than 2 million deals for Prime members globally, including Singapore. The savings extravaganza has more deals than any Prime Day before and will start on June 21 at 12am SGT for 48 hours of epic deals. Prime Day will feature something for everyone across generations – whether it be Bargain Hunters, Practical Shoppers, Shopaholics, or Informed Buyers – and offer ways to spend less with Lightning Deals, Amazon Coupons, Amazon.sg e-Gift Card promotions, and more. In celebration of Prime Day, all customers can enjoy a three-part musical event premiering globally on Prime Video as part of the Prime Day Show on June 17. Not a Prime member yet? Anyone can join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at amazon.sg/prime to participate in Prime Day. Support and Shop Deals from Small Businesses Amazon Singapore is making it easy for customers to support small businesses this Prime Day by launching a curated storefront to connect customers with small businesses. From healthcare to baby products, small businesses such as Love From Yours, Oddbods, Happyganics, IDS Skincare, EXPRESSIONS, Fistech, CATKIN, and more have teamed up to offer more than 2,500 deals across categories for Prime members this Prime Day: amazon.sg/primeday-smallbusiness. Prime Day Deals Preview Prime Day 2021 will feature the largest number of deals in the shopping event's 5-year history in Singapore, with ov ......read more

Arlo Introduces Newest Addition to Its Award-Winning Ultra Series with Ultra 2 Camera

Latest Ultra series camera delivers an ultimate user experience with features such as 4K HDR and 180-degree FOV SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ARLO), one of the leading internet-connected camera brands, today announced the addition to its award-winning Ultra Series of security cameras – the Ultra 2 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera System. The Ultra 2 delivers an enhanced user experience, building on advanced features such as 4K video with HDR, an ultra-wide, 180-degree field of view, and more. Starting at a RRP of S$1,199 for a two-camera kit, S$1,599 for a three-camera kit and S$499 for an Ultra 2 add on camera, the Ultra 2 range is rolling out at major retailers nationally in June 2021 including Harvey Norman, Challenger and the official Arlo store on Lazada Singapore, Shopee Singapore and Amazon Singapore. "Peace of mind should come without compromise which is why we continue to innovate the industry-leading products within the Arlo ecosystem. The Ultra 2 offers best-in-class features, providing added flexibility that enables home and business owners to choose the camera that best suits their needs," said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director APAC. "Ultra 2 expands placement options with an award-winning, wire-free design, a long-lasting rechargeable battery and of course, customised Arlo Smart notifications via the Arlo app, enabling users to confidently take control of their security." The Ultra 2 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera System boasts advanced, category-leading features that deliver ultimate peace of mind for home and business owners. Arlo's AI subscription-based service, Arlo Smart, compliments the hardware to deliver total protection. Users receive a complimentary three-month Arlo Smart trial included with their purchase. Arlo Smart provides extended 30-day rolling cloud storage of 4K UHD video recordings, for added peace of mind. Smarter, customisable ......read more

Start-Ups in Singapore Pay Less Than Their U.S. Counterparts: Aon

The base salary at start-ups in Singapore is 12% lower than the U.S. across Managerial levels and 32% lower across Professional individual contributor roles.Start-ups pay 6% more at the Professional individual contributor level in comparison to all companies in the General industry as well as the broader Tech industry within Singapore.SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, has released the results of Aon's 2021 Private Market Compensation survey. The study, a first of its kind in Southeast Asia, focuses on critical compensation data to help organisations create a compelling compensation package that can differentiate an employer from the competition and aid in scalable hiring plans.Base salary trends change at higher levels for Singapore start-ups The study found that base salaries at Singapore start-ups pay more (6%) than those in the broader Technology (Tech) and General industries, across Professional individual contributor levels. The playing field levels out at Managerial levels, with start-ups paying 5% less than companies within the General and broader Tech industries. Whilst base pay quantum is quite similar across the three categories of companies, variable pay (cash and equity) tends to take up a significant proportion of total compensation in larger organisations, as compared to start-ups. Key differences in base pay of start-ups in Singapore and the U.S. Start-ups in Singapore enjoy a large talent cost advantage compared to their U.S. counterparts. The study finds that the cost of comparable talent in Singapore is significantly lower at both the Professional individual contributor and Managerial levels. The base salary of start-ups in Singapore compared to the U.S. is, on an average, 12% lower across Managerial levels and 32% lower across Professional individual contributo ......read more

Dash Living rolls out its first co-living project in Australia

Expanding its footprint to the Asia Pacific region HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Dash Living, Asia's pre-eminent serviced living community, today announced that it has taken over the Hmlet St Peters in Sydney, a 82-room property located on the fringe of Sydney's central business district. The property will soon be renamed as Dash Living St Peters.The property in St Peters is in one of Sydney's liveliest districts, just a five-minute walk from the train station and close to Marrickville Metro Centre. There are multiple bus stops, along with a wide selection of hip bars, local eateries and a diverse range of shops nearby. Sydney Park is about 200 meters away. Dash Living's takeover of the property marks the first step of its expansion into Australia, and also its first after raising more than US$8.8 million in series A funding announced in March this year. The move is a milestone in Dash Living's rapid expansion across Asia-Pacific, one that reflects its commitment and drive to provide more flexibility and a better living experience to people living in or visiting expensive cities in the region. "The takeover of St Peters property is a significant milestone for us to expand Dash Living's network into Australia. With the prime location in Sydney, we're very pleased to include it as the first project and offer affordable accommodation for our tenants, to enjoy the great value and building facilities. Additionally, all tenants get access to our global centralized customer service & tenant community including events & lifestyle perks." said Aaron Lee, Founder of Dash Living. "This property fits very well into Dash Living's concept of co-living and sharing economy." The St Peters property has 82 rooms in total with a wide variety of room and suite types, including its affordable, functional and cosy pocket rooms, regular and master rooms, through to apartments with up to four bedrooms. Tenants can enjoy the barbecue facilities and the outdoo ......read more

WELLE Kicks Off Full-Scale Digital Transformation Journey with Infor

CHANGZHOU, CHINA - Media OutReach - 16 June 2021 - Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that WELL Environmental Group (WELLE) has selected Infor as its digital transformation partner to help develop an ERP-based information management system leveraging Infor LN in an effort to reduce production and maintenance costs, boost profits and enhance competitiveness. (left) Becky Xie, Infor Vice President and Managing Director for Greater China and Korea(right) Li Yao, Vice President of WELLE Environmental Technology Group Limited Learn more about Infor LN: https://www.infor.com/solutions/erp/ln Getting a digital jump on the competition, with Infor's help In 2020, WELLE laid out a new company strategy, bringing together digital technology and industry development in a bid to achieve strong results in the digitalization of production and enterprise management. As WELLE entered a new phase of growth in 2020, it sought to get an economic and competitive edge by mounting an innovation-driven digital transformation with Infor as its strategic business partner. The company was confident Infor's robust, purpose-built ERP solution would allow it to: Digitally-connect the entire project lifecycle from marketing and sales, to design and procurementBetter manage costs, digitally manage the supply chain, and standardize project management processes from beginning to endReduce energy consumption, energy costs and carbon emissions Why Infor? There is a large number of enterprises engaged in the environmental protection industry in China. However, this market is relatively small and homogenized, and enterprises urgently need to reduce costs and increase efficiency through digital transformation to hone their competitive edge. Enterprises such as WELE have long been seen as engineering companies by those outside the industry. However, WELLE is working to change its corporate positioning to become a com ......read more

Taiwanese Online Learning Startups Flourish During Pandemic, Make Headway in APAC

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a boom in homeschooling. At the same time, it has accelerated the development of online learning platforms around the world. According to the "2020 Asia-Pacific Independent Learning White Paper" published by the online self-learning startup Snapask, COVID-19 has changed the way we learn in many countries. The number of Snapask users has increased exponentially in Asia-Pacific (APAC), especially in Korea (275%) and Japan (173%). According to the "2021 White Paper" published by Taiwan's biggest online education platform Hahow, in 2020, its number of users increased by 60%, its revenue doubled to reach 270 million NTD, and traffic to its online platforms grew by 150%. Taiwanese online learning startups Hahow, VoiceTube and Snapask flourish during Pandemic In mid-May, the number of COVID cases spiked in Taiwan. Concurrently, traffic for Hahow's enterprise-level courses "Hahow for Business" grew by 200%, while the average time spent on these courses more than doubled. The online English-learning platform VoiceTube reported that the number of web version users grew 75% month-over-month, while the number of new registrations on Snapask grew 35% month-over-month. All this goes to show that education has moved online after schools closed. Students are eagerly looking for learning resources on the internet to educate and improve themselves. Hahow, VoiceTube, and Snapask are three online learning platforms that are participating in "EduStartup 20+", a startup accelerator program cocreated by Taiwan's National Development Council and CommonWealth Parenting, the most influential education brand in the Chinese-speaking world. All three companies are pursuing a proactive market strategy that will expand their presence in the APAC region. For example, Hahow is targeting Chinese-speaking users in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. By developing suitable intellectual pro ......read more

South Africa offers investment opportunities to Asia Pacific investors

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and joint sponsors, Citi and Absa Bank are collaborating to host the annual SA Tomorrow Investor conference, which aims to showcase the country's array of investment opportunities to investors in the Asia Pacific region, mainly from Hong Kong and Singapore. "Asia is one of the few regions expected to grow this year, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasting growth of 7.6% in the broader Asia Pacific region, with China alone expected to grow 8.4%. Our deep and liquid capital markets offer attractive opportunities for Asian investors looking to diversify offshore and gain exposure to Africa's future growth," said JSE CEO Leila Fourie. Prospects abound in other sectors such as financial services, technology, renewable energy and transport. The conference will be held virtually from 17 to 18 June 2021. It will bring together institutional investors, CEOs of large listed companies, bankers, investment advisors, policy makers and financial markets regulators to deliberate on ways to unlock new and existing investment opportunities. The South African delegation will include the President of South Africa, his excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Investors from the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates will also participate in the conference. "With the global disruption to markets caused by COVID-19, investment will be vital to accelerate South Africa's economic recovery. South Africa's economic potential and investment opportunities are huge, and our partnership will help ensure that international investors and South African businesses are able to capitalise on trade and investment opportunities, now and in the future. I expect the conference will demonstrate what has been achieved, and establ ......read more

Limitless Technology Launches a New Line of Women’s Supplement, "LYLA"

The Successful Internet Holding Company Is Set to Bring A New View on Women’s Wellness KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - Recognising how today's women are putting wellness more on the forefront of their lives, Limitless Technology today announced a trailblazing women's supplement line called LYLA. With its tagline "Ready for Life", LYLA aims to deliver a collection of cutting-edge products that centre around health, beauty and overall well-being for modern, go-getter women. After successful runs of launching e-commerce household names "Flower Chimp" & "CakeRush" in Southeast Asia, Limitless Technology recognises a demand in addressing women's need in high performing supplements that can complement their busy lifestyles. While many supplement brands out there rely on its ingredients to speak for its key benefits, LYLA targets an issue that women face these days, and develops an exclusive solution to help them counter it. "While doing customer research for our e-commerce ventures Flower Chimp and Cake Rush, we realised that today's women customers are now moving into improving their inner beauty, on top of purchasing their outer needs such as skincare and makeup. The rise of supplements focusing on women's concerns is proof of this, and we're excited to marry our ecommerce expertise and excellent customer service to launch LYLA," says Niklas Frassa, COO of Limitless Technology. "We are confident that LYLA will be another well-loved brand in the market, with its unique mix of natural, powerful ingredients that highlights convenience and effectiveness to everyone. LYLA's launch product is the immunity-boosting In The Pink, a supplement that features a blend of 22 fruits and vegetables. Priced at RM149, a box of berry-flavoured In The Pink carries 28 convenient sachets that are to be mixed with 100ml warm or cold water for consumption. In the Pink was chosen to be LYLA's launch product as ......read more

Hong Kong Design Centre Names New Executive Director

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) announced today the appointment of Dr Joseph Wong as its new Executive Director, succeeding Dr Edmund Lee with effect from 1 July 2021. Dr Joseph Wong, new Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre effective from 1 July 2021 Dr Joseph Wong is a designer, academic and educator, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in design education to HKDC. He has most recently served as the Vice Principal of Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Deputy Academic Director – Design Discipline of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), where he oversaw the strategic and academic development of a diverse portfolio of design programmes and built relationships with local and international partners. His contribution to design education has won him the Berkeley Prize International Fellowship in 2014. Joseph is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and was elected its Council Member in 2020. He has served on a number of professional and government bodies related to sustainable design and development. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Leicester. Prof. Eric Yim, Chairman of HKDC, said that the Board of Directors was confident that Joseph's well-developed industry background and experience will steer HKDC's far-reaching mission to the next level, including fostering new opportunities brought forth by the Greater Bay Area development. "We believe that Joseph's vast industry experience, especially in design education and fostering connections with industry and academic partners will be very valuable for HKDC, bringing in fresh knowledge and perspectives as we continue to push forward our mission of establishing Hong Kong as an international design hub ......read more

Cushman & Wakefield and China Real Estate Association Release 2020 Asia REIT Market Report

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, released the 2020 Asia REIT Market Report today at the 9th China Real Estate Finance Forum, in conjunction with the China Real Estate Association (CREA). The report presents a REITs market overview for major Asia countries and regions, together with an analysis of properties in mainland China, and the market for securitization of real estate assets in China. For the first time, the report also includes a special study of the infrastructure REITs markets in the U.S., Singapore and India; and offers a detailed case analysis of Mapletree Logistics Trust – thus providing a reference for China to draw on in its ongoing development of a public offering-based REITs market. REITs in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and India are the focus of the Asia market As at the end of 2020, there were 185 REITs in the Asia market with a total market value of US$281.4 billion, down around 5% year-on-year. Regulators and REITs managers actively responded to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic via a range of measures, providing multi-level supporting initiatives for REITs to maintain resilience in the wake of the pandemic. There were 62 REITs in Japan, with a total market value of approximately US$139.4 billion. Although the market value contracted by 9% compared with 2019, Japan still accounted for more than half of the Asia REITs market, making it the largest REITs market in Asia and the second largest globally.The Singapore REITs market was active in 2020. Driven by regulatory policies, consolidation and merger activities were prevalent and transaction liquidity improved. By the end of 2020, there were 42 REITs in Singapore, with a total market value of around US$81.4 billion and a dividend yield of 6.4%.The REITs market in Hong Kong SAR faced challenges and also ......read more

Local Support For Singapore Food Produce Encourages Move Into Agritech Careers

97% of survey respondents are supportive of the development of Agritech in Singapore64% of respondents who are currently not employed in Agritech are open to starting a career or making a switch to the industry. 98% of them are interested in receiving training to develop the necessary skillsets and knowledge to work in the industry.However, 81% are unaware of where they can receive the relevant training.SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 June 2021 - As the economy continues to recover, growth industries — such as agriculture technology, or Agritech, - are picking up pace. With most (89%) Singaporeans believing that the local Agritech industry will continue to grow within the next two to three years, two thirds (64%) of jobseekers who are currently not employed in Agritech are open to starting a career or making a switch to the industry. These are some of the key findings NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB)'s recent Industry Insights 2021 survey on Agritech, conducted in March 2021 with 300 professionals and job seekers in Singapore. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 97% of the respondents agree that it is more important now to develop key areas for Singapore's self-sufficiency in terms of food supply. In addition, despite three in five (61%) agreeing that local produce is priced higher that imported ones, 71% are willing to pay more for local produce to support the industry if it translates to higher salaries and better job prospects for employees involved. In terms of career opportunities, nine in ten (89%) of respondents who are currently not employed in the Agritech agree that it is a promising industry when it comes to career growth and development. In fact, more than half (64%) are open to starting a career or making a switch to Agritech. Most of them (98%) are interested in receiving training to develop the necessary skillsets and knowledge if given the opportunity. However, four in five (81%) are unaware of where they ......read more

Africa Energy Week 2021, Taking Place in Cape Town; Will Focus on Investment, Oil and Gas, Renewables and Energy Transition

- The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org) is set to host the first-ever African Energy Week (AEW) in Cape Town on 9th - 12th November 2021.- Replacing Africa Oil Week, the four-day interactive conference seeks to unite industry stakeholders, international speakers and movers and shakers from the African oil and gas sector.- The conference comprises high-class networking events, innovative exhibitions, and one-on-one private meetings, with a golf tournament on the final day, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for stakeholders interested in the growth and success of the African energy sector.JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - EQS Newswire - 14 June 2021 - The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is excited to announce the official launch of African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on 9th - 12th November 2021. AEW 2021 will showcase the first-ever African Energy Village, an interactive exhibition and networking event that seeks to unite African energy stakeholders, drive industry growth and development, and promote Africa as the destination for African-focused events.Commencing with a three-day conference and ending with a golf tournament on 12th November, the event's primary focus is to define and promote the African energy agenda through development, deal-making, and private sector participation. Key topics include making energy poverty history before 2030 and the future of the African oil and gas industry; African upstream, midstream and downstream opportunities; African oil, gas and finance in the face of the energy transition - highlighting African financing institutions such as the African Development Bank, the African Export-Import Bank, the African Financing Corporation, Africa50, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Central African States; local content; women in energy and making African energy competitive for investment into a decarbonized Africa.Additionally, the conference will address the role of the Organ ......read more

Mothercare Kicks Off Great Singapore Sale 2021: Up to 70% Off Mother & Baby Products

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Mothercare has commenced its Great Singapore Sale (GSS) 2021, and one can expect up to 70% off selected products from now till 4 July. From nursery essentials and toys to the most comfortable strollers, mums and dads can look out for outstanding products with massive discounts. Taking on a hybrid strategy, Mothercare offers more than one way to stretch every dollar. Parents can choose to head online or visit a Mothercare store conveniently located across the island to shop this incredible sale. Strollers for Newborns and Toddlers Taking the little ones out for a laid-back stroll is easier than ever with Mothercare's vast range of products from the world's leading brands. Parents who are in the market for a high-quality pushchair that offers unparalleled comfort and plenty of storage space for all the bits and bobs will now be spoilt for choices. With an exhaustive selection of travel-friendly and lightweight double and urban strollers available at an unbeatable price throughout its Great Singapore Sale 2021, now is the time for mums and dads to upgrade their baby stroller or pushchair to the latest models. Toys & Fashion for the Little Ones During these uncertain times, indoor playtime is exceptionally pivotal to children's development and learning. Mothercare offers the best selection of toys for infants and toddlers up to eight years old, giving children in Singapore a great opportunity to stay engaged and develop new skills while staying safe at home. Apart from play, engaging children in some sense of normality is also important. This ensures that children's social, emotional and mental well-being is protected. Dress the little ones up with Mothercare's vast range of fashion wear for infants, girls and boys and break the monotony of staying inside all-day. Safe and Secure Car Seats Be it a long cruise from Jurong to Tampines or a q ......read more

Kaplan in Singapore and Singapore Repertory Theatre Raises the Curtain on Enhancing Creativity and Soft Skills in Students through the Arts

As the Singapore Repertory Theatre's Official Learning Partner, the partnership aims to strengthen the personal development and employability of students through the arts SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Kaplan, one of the world's largest and most diverse education providers and Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), one of the region's leading theatre producers, this one-year partnership benefits students at Kaplan in Singapore through activities that can enhance their learning experience and prepare them for employability, interacting with SRT's theatre veterans who provide real-world learning opportunities. Kaplan is also the Singapore Repertory Theatre's Official Learning Partner. Integrating the arts in education allows students to gain a range of proficiencies and sharpen their ability to engage in the creative process, such as using imagination, critical thinking, and physical and mental skills to generate unique creations. With this partnership, both parties provide opportunities to learn and develop soft skills essential to creativity and innovation, which enhance personal development and employability for potential and current students. Mr Joe Keen Poon, President for Kaplan in Singapore, said: "As our world faces an unprecedented pace of change, our economies are becoming increasingly knowledge-based and reliant on innovation. To stay ahead, the workforce of the future needs to be creative, innovative, adaptable and have advanced communication and social skills. These are just what the arts industry thrives on. Both SRT and Kaplan share the same vision on the importance of lifelong learning and professional development, so we are pleased to work with them to hone these soft skills and offer industry-relevant learning opportunities to our students." Charlotte Nors, Managing Director for SRT, said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Kaplan. The ......read more

Rising Korean Star Wi Ha-joon Of MSteam, Wholly-Owned By Spackman Entertainment Group’s Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Stars In Korean Crime Thriller Film, MIDNIGHT, To Be Screened On Korean Theatres And Online On 30 June 2021

Trailer of Korean crime thriller, MIDNIGHT, headlined by Wi Ha-joon of MSteam, releasedSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that up-and-coming actor Wi Ha-joon of MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. ("MSteam"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, stars in upcoming Korean crime thriller film, MIDNIGHT, which is expected to be screened on Korean theatres and online on 30 June 2021. The trailer of Korean crime thriller film, MIDNIGHT, is released on https://tv.naver.com/v/20700640. More information on MIDNIGHT can be viewed at https://movie.naver.com/movie/bi/mi/basic.nhn?code=189120. MIDNIGHT shall be streamed via Korean OTT platform TVING. The film is written & directed by Kwon Oh- seung and produced by Peppermint & Company. It relates the story of a girl, working as a sign language counsellor (played by Jin Ki-joo of HOMEMADE LOVE STORY (2020)), who has a hearing problem, being chased by a serial killer (played by Wi Ha-joon). Wi Ha-joon of MSteam starred in GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM (2018), which was one of the biggest March openings ever achieved by a Korean film, accumulating 1.4 million admissions in its opening weekend and accounted for 40% of the total weekend box office. Wi Ha-joon also stars in new webtoon film, SHARK: THE BEGINNING, which is expected be released on 17 June 2021 via Korean OTT platform TVING. Other than Wi Ha-joon, MSteam also represents iconic Korean actress Son Ye-jin, who starred in highly popular romance drama CRASH LANDING ON YOU (2020), and top actress Lee Min-jung who won the Top Excellence Award at the 2020 APAN Star Awards.About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Com ......read more

Technology, Manufacturing, and Banking and Finance were Threat Actors’ Top Targeted Sectors in Asia Pacific in 2020: Ensign InfoSecurity Report

The report also found that opportunistic threat actors sought to exploit people’s emotions and uncertainties during the pandemic by using Covid-19 topics to anchor their phishing campaigns SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Ensign InfoSecurity (Ensign), Asia's largest, pure-play cybersecurity firm, today unveiled the findings of its Cyber Threat Landscape 2021 report, which found that the technology, manufacturing, and banking and finance industries were the top targets in Asia Pacific for threat actors in 2020. Ensign's latest report provides insights into the cyber risks and threats that surfaced across four Asia Pacific markets – Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea – as the pandemic dramatically reshaped the business landscape. It also explores cyber threat trends that are emerging or will persist in 2021. Here are the key findings and insights from the report: Sector analysis: Threat actors targeted the technology sector to achieve economies of scale Technology service providers were attractive targets for threat actors as many organisations have engaged their services during the pandemic to ensure business continuity. A successful cyber attack would allow the threat actors to obtain the credentials of these service providers' clients, gaining them illicit access to a wide range of companies. Threat actors also targeted technology hardware and software vendors to breach and implant malicious codes and components into the vendors' product development systems. This enabled the perpetrators to rapidly develop zero-day exploits or create backdoors to compromise the integrity of the products, allowing them to readily reach a larger pool of targets. The threat actors' focus on these sectors is a concern as organisations continue to invest in digital technologies. According to IDC, digital transformation investments in Asia Pacific including Japan and China (APJC) are pois ......read more

"You Gotta Be" Music Video Premieres Online Today

13 world-class international artists from 9 countries brought together by True Colors Festival. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Performing from their homes, the cast presents a new take on R&B classic, You Gotta Be, by Des'ree in the latest True Colors music video. Artists include Mandy Harvey, whose performance on America's Got Talent earned Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer; Raul Midón, a Grammy-nominee who devoted his life to music after being told that blindness would be an obstacle; Kenta Kambara, an accomplished aerial performer who featured in the Rio 2016 Paralympics; Signmark, the first deaf artist to be signed to a major record label; and Alienètte Coldfire, who placed third in France's Got Talent. The technical process of producing this music video involved countless WhatsApp, Messenger and Zoom calls, working across time zones, and using Google Translate in real time. "The real challenge, though, was to develop a relationship with each artist, such that trust and freedom would allow them to perform and be themselves, with their spirit and energy coming through in a real and palpable way," explains Dr Sydney Tan, Creative & Music Director. Adds Mandy Harvey: "Even though we haven't met in person...you can feel that every person put their heart into the entire process. Being a part of this team is another reinforcement to me that what's within you is so much stronger than the barriers we face. This is a reminder to reach farther and dream bigger. My hope is that people are encouraged to try!" Says Ichiro Kabasawa, Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation, presenter of True Colors Festival: "People everywhere have been going through such a prolonged period of uncertainty, isolation and fear. We chose this classic, You Gotta Be, for everyone, everywhere at this time, to realize the potential in ourselves; to choose to be bolder, stronger, wiser, whatever each day may bring. It's a rem ......read more

OneMALL Announces Limited Time Offer for Setup of Online Stores

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), micro SMEs and individual entrepreneurs have to bear the brunt of the lockdown imposed nationwide to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections. In the face of these challenges, TFP Solutions Bhd's e-commerce solution provider, OneMALL, announced a limited-time offer for the setup of online stores. The offer allows merchants to sign up with just a few clicks to have their products appear across OneMALL's online marketplace without paying any sign-up charges. OneMALL, a new and trendy online marketplace in Malaysia that gives a refreshing digital shopping experience for consumers, has introduced this limited-time offer in order to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to take their business online. Speaking on the limited-time offer, YM Puteri Munawarah Syammiyah binti Munir, the Group Executive Director of TFP, said, "In our continued effort to support underserved micro and small businesses community in Malaysia to shift towards e-commerce, we're making it even easier for businesses to get onboard with our online platform. We have all seen the importance of e-commerce during this pandemic, and our goal is to drive the online success of our partners and merchants." This limited-time offer will provide opportunities for micro and small businesses to continue running their business despite of the recent lockdown imposed nationwide recently. This is important as many SMEs and micro-enterprises are struggling with cashflow during this pandemic. According to the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), many employers and micro enterprises have reached a breaking point under the total lockdown and "have zero cash flow to sustain businesses." The offer by OneMALL, will provide a lifeline for micro and small businesses and cushion the impact on businesses. Aside from the setup of online stores at zero costs, OneM ......read more

Twitter is critical tool for K-pop artists, with current artists Tweeting more than seven times a day

The fourth generation K-pop groups Tweet more than seven times a day, multiple times more than previous generations of K-pop artistsTwitter and K-pop Radar analyzed K-pop stars' Twitter use for the first time, including analyzing Twitter use by each generationIncreasing Twitter use reflects the growing global fanbase of the global phenomenon of K-popSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 14 June 2021 - Twitter, together with K-pop Radar, analyzed K-pop stars' use of Twitter for the first time and found it to be a critical tool for artists as they built global audiences, as the fourth generation of K-pop stars actively communicates with global fans on Twitter. This analysis, "K-pop Generations Analysis by Twitter Usage", looked at 69 total K-pop artists with more than 300,000 Twitter followers as of May 1, 2021, and analyzed the artists by generation. Notably, K-pop the fourth generation averages 323 Tweets before their official debuts. This may be a key factor in the fourth generation artists' global fanbases and successes, as fourth generation artists release their first overseas album, on average, 9 months earlier than the previous generation did. ?Photo Description: K-pop Artist Generation Analysis K-pop stars' method of communicating with their fans has changed in line with the development of the K-pop industry, as well as the media. First and second generation K-pop stars communicated with their fans through closed communities, such as fan cafes. From the third generation onward, artists shared content with their fans through global media platforms such as Twitter, and started to communicate with wider fan bases through live streaming and text messaging channels. Recently, beyond releasing content, K-pop stars are diversifying ways to communicate with their fans by actively utilizing new features such as Fleets and Spaces on Twitter. In additio ......read more

Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Puts Productivity in the Spotlight

TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 11 June 2021 - The Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in partnership with the Japan Productivity Center held the International Conference on the Centrality of Productivity on 10 June 2021. The virtual conference celebrated the 60th anniversary of the APO and examined the importance of productivity as a driver of growth for nations, firms, and individuals amid new, demanding challenges including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading experts on productivity, human resources, and technology spoke at the conference. Japan Productivity Center Chairman Yuzaburo Mogi, who is also Chairman and Honorary CEO of Kikkoman, remarked that, despite the turbulent situation, "Each one of us must develop our potential to the fullest to create value added and improve productivity." APO Secretary-General AKP Mochtan acknowledged that the challenges ahead are demanding, complex, and urgent. He introduced the Tokyo Statement on the Centrality of Productivity, a declaration encapsulating the resolve of APO member countries to continue promoting productivity. Nobel Prize Winner in Economics (2008) Paul Krugman, in a recorded keynote address, expressed optimism for a brighter future despite the tragedies brought by the pandemic. He believed that "productive globalism" and well-intended public policies behind the development and distribution of vaccines indicated progress toward a better world. Two panels of experts explored pressing issues affecting productivity. The first discussed imperatives for building a quality workforce, highlighting the need to shift toward performance-based, inclusive, diverse human capital. The second panel examined smart transformation by leveraging new drivers of productivity including digital technologies, AI, and big data. Digital Minister Audrey Tang shared experiences on how people–public–private partnerships had helped to counter the pandemi ......read more

Refinitiv Workspace for Wealth Advisors chosen for Nomura's International Wealth Management business

Fast, light and built on an open platform, Refinitiv Workspace for Wealth Advisors is tailored to the specific needs of wealth advisors, delivering an efficient workflow and actionable insights at home or in the office. SINGAPORE/HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 11 June 2021 - Refinitiv today announced that Refinitiv Workspace for Wealth Advisors has been chosen by global financial services group Nomura's International Wealth Management business. It will be used as the strategic platform to drive timely market insights and analytics for its relationship managers and investment advisors across Singapore and Hong Kong. Refinitiv's recently released Wealth Management report "Advancing the advisory client experience" found that 43% of wealth advisory clients globally agree they are more likely to need investment advice now than a year ago. "We are absolutely thrilled to be working alongside Nomura's International Wealth Management business to support their expansion. With Refinitiv Workspace, Nomura's advisors and relationship managers will benefit from market leading data and tailored workflow, driving client engagement and advisor productivity," said Christopher Sparke, Head of Advisory Solutions at Refinitiv, an LSEG business. "We chose Refinitiv's solution as its user-friendly interface and actionable insights will allow our client advisors to attract, engage and advise clients as we accelerate the expansion of our franchise across Greater China, Southeast Asia and the Global NRI markets," said Akshay Prasad, Head of Investment Products & Advisory Solutions, International Wealth Management, Nomura. Refinitiv has a rich history of servicing the Wealth Management industry from front to back office. Over the last two years, the firm has invested heavily in the business and is committed to bringing the most advanced solutions to market. The ongoing transformation includes building out the firm's so ......read more

SAP Southeast Asia Announces Winners for the Inaugural SAP Best Run Awards 2021

Leading organisations such as Changi Airport Group, Zuelling Pharma and TrickleStar recognised for their resiliency and creativity in harnessing technology to drive growth amidst uncertainty  SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 11 June 2021 - SAP (NYSE: SAP) today announced winners of the SAP Best Run Awards 2021 for Southeast Asia (SEA). The SAP Best Run Awards, the first of its kind in the region, recognises and celebrates leading organisations in Southeast Asia that have harnessed innovations from across SAP's ecosystem of products and services, turning insights into action to drive successful transformation for their businesses. Awarded to customers that deployed SAP technologies, participants were assessed on their ability to think out of the box and how technology has been implemented to innovate and disrupt industries to drive greater business outcomes in a distributed and uncertain economic environment. The judging panel is consist of esteemed business leaders from all over Southeast Asia, including Cathy Ward, APJ Head, Customer Engagement and Experience, SAP Asia Pacific & Japan. Covering six categories including Best Innovation Award, Best Customer Experience Management, Emerging Enterprise Award (SMEs*), Most Transformational Award and amongst others, winners of the SAP Best Run Awards include Changi Airport Group, Zuelling Pharma, TrickleStar, PXL Marketing Sdn Bhd and more. Winners were announced in a virtual event hosted by Verena Siow, President & Managing Director, SAP Southeast Asia. Watch the award ceremony on-demand here. In addition, a total of USD 30,000 donation will be made by SAP, on behalf of the winning organisations to the ASEAN Foundation. For a full list of finalists, please refer here. "The SAP Best Run Awards is a significant milestone not just for our customers and partners, but also to SAP as well. Following a year of uncertainties, it has been an absolute honour for us to recogni ......read more

Concord Pacific And HB Management To Become The Majority Shareholder In HQ Capital Real Estate

Moving Forward, Concord Pacific And HB Management Will Maintain A Close Strategic Relationship With Global Investment Advisory Firm, HQ Capital HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Concord Pacific and HB Management announced it has entered into strategic agreements to become a majority shareholder of HQ Capital Real Estate. HQ will continue to own a minority interest in the ongoing business and maintain a close partnership going forward. Concord Pacific has always been active in multiple industries, including real estate development, hospitality, information technology, green energy, and telecommunication globally. Concord Pacific and HB Management have been looking for the right opportunity and the right partner to enter the real estate fund management business. David Ju, Concord Pacific "HQ Capital Real Estate's stellar coast-to-coast track record and impeccable support from both Germany and New York management teams attracted us to this strategic alliance. HB Management has also been a great partner of ours in the United States since 2018. We are excited about another wonderful endeavor with HB with their expertise in the residential multifamily business. Our vision is to collaborate with HQ's well-established team and to explore new horizons in multiple markets." Jon Breiner, HB Management, "HB Management is very pleased with the opportunity to strategically invest with our close partner, Concord Pacific, by bringing new strategic resources to HQ's multifamily investment platform. HQ brings a tremendous track record and new opportunities for HB and Concord to diversify their investment initiative, and to expand HQ's capital horizons. This is a true win-win." Dr Joachim Faber, Chair of the supervisory board of HQ Holding. "With the transfer of the majority of its real estate business, HQ Capital continues to shape its profile as private equity specialist of HQ." Dr Bernd Türk, CEO of HQ Capital. "We deliberately took time to evaluate all optio ......read more

GS1 Hong Kong Summit 2021 Scaling Digital Transformation • Cultivating Digital Assets

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 – The GS1 HK Summit 2021 ("the Summit") was held successfully today at the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre attracting more than 1,300 delegates from cross-sector trades joining in-person and online. Broadcasted live for the first time, the Summit steps into its 20th edition this year. The full-day event covered hot topics in digital retailing, digital trade finance, smart business operations, global supply chain resilience and business trends in the Greater Bay Area. With the aim to help enterprises embrace virtual business opportunities, the Summit was co-located with the GOVirtual Business Expo, jointly hosted by GS1 HK and Baobab Tree Event Management Co., Ltd. (BTE), running from 10 June to 12 June. Mr. Alfred Sit, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, inaugurated the Summit as the Guest of Honour and delivered the opening address. "Today's summit and the Expo is an opportune time for the industry to re-adjust business strategies after consolidating the experiences under the 'new normal', creating new value for both the business community as well as Hong Kong economy. Digital transformation is indeed the 'hope' to businesses under the 'new normal'. The Government has made strenuous effort in assisting enterprises in this regard, including the Distance Business Programme, the Public Sector Trial Scheme, the Technology Voucher Programme and the Re-industrialisation Funding Scheme. All these are conducive to the development of "Industry 4.0" and smart city in the aftermath of the epidemic," said Mr. Sit at the start of the event. Mr. Victor Lam, Government Chief Information Officer and Legislative Councillors Mr. Frankie Yick and Mr. Peter Shiu, were joined by Mr. Kelvin Leung, Chairman of GS1 HK; Ms. May Chung, Vice Chairman of GS1 HK; Ms. Anna Lin, Chief Executive of GS1 HK and Mr. Ricky Wong, Vice Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Television Network Limited as officiating guests. In Dr. ......read more

Southeast Asia eCommerce platform Lazada launches public bug bounty program with YesWeHack

SINGAPORE - News aktuell - 10 June 2021 - Southeast Asia's leading eCommerce platform Lazada announces the launch of a public bug bounty program with YesWeHack, after running a successful 18 month-long private program. Since January 2020, Lazada has worked with over one hundred ethical hackers to surface vulnerabilities, and has awarded over US$150,000 in bounties to security researchers as part of a private bug bounty program. Southeast Asia eCommerce platform Lazada launches public bug bounty program with YesWeHack (Copyright YesWeHack)Kevin Gallerin, Managing Director APAC at YesWeHack (Copyright YesWeHack) Lazada is now taking additional steps in providing transparency and security to its customers, by transferring the areas previously tested in the private program to a public program. This allows cybersecurity researchers from all over the world to participate in the program and report vulnerabilities to the eCommerce platform. Protecting customer data is a top priority With the launch of this public Bug Bounty program, Lazada is making a statement to the eCommerce industry, and highlighting the priority it places on security and transparency for its customers and partners. "By launching this latest public bug bounty program, we are sending a clear message to everyone, that we value the importance of data in our possession. We believe in the expertise of the YesWeHack community and are excited to continue to work with ethical hackers in identifying new attack methods and countering them. This is about protecting our data, protecting our employees and protecting our customers against vulnerabilities," says Franck Vervial, Head of Cyberdefence at Lazada. Furthermore, special attention will be paid to vulnerabilities that affect personal data and have severity levels of "high" or "critical." For submitted reports on critical vulnerabilities, Lazada will pay out up to US$10,000 to security researchers. ......read more

Blue Cross Insurance Launches COVID-19 Travel Protection, Offering "Free Vaccine Cash Allowance" up to HK$10,000

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - As the COVID-19 epidemic slows down and many residents are getting vaccinated, travel restrictions between Hong Kong and mainland China as well as other countries/regions are expected to gradually relax. Blue Cross (Asia Pacific) Insurance Co., Ltd. ("Blue Cross") has always put customers first and announces the extension of COVID-19 protection to travel insurance products by offering "Free Vaccine Cash Allowance" up to HK$10,000 for vaccinated travellers. From now until 30 September 2021, customers who successfully enrol in Travel Smart single-trip travel insurance, Annual Infinity Travel Insurance Pass, Overseas StudySafe Insurance, Working HolidaySafe or SmartGo GBA Travel Insurance can enjoy this free extra protection. During the covered period^, if an insured is diagnosed and confined in hospital after immunisation due to any of the following two reasons: 1) confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; or 2) the insured suffers from serious sickness within 30 days after immunisation, a Daily Hospital Cash Allowance up to HK$500 shall be payable, subject to a maximum of 20 days in respect of different travel insurance plans. Mr. Patrick Wan, Managing Director of Blue Cross, said "The epidemic situation in various places is gradually easing with the implementation of vaccination programme. We expect that travel restrictions in various places will gradually be relaxed. At the same time, some individual countries/regions may require travellers entering into their territory to provide proof of vaccination. Therefore, we launched the COVID-19 Travel Protection "Free Vaccine Cash Allowance", so that people who travel abroad for reasons such as business trip, overseas study or working holiday, can enjoy an extra layer of protection. " Besides, the insured can still enjoy Medical Expense and Personal Accident Benefits, Overseas Hospital Cash Allowance*, Travel Delay Benefit*, 24-hour Worldwide ......read more

Nearly 600 nominations submitted for Vietnam's first-ever global sci-tech prize

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Vietnam's VinFuture Foundation announces that it has officially closed the nomination portal for the 2021 VinFuture Prize, recording nearly 600 nominations from more than 60 countries across six continents. The result has exceeded expectations, particularly for a newly established sci-tech prize opened for nominations less than four months ago, affirming the global scientific community's favorable response to VinFuture's mission of serving humanity. Members of VinFuture Prize Council With a vision "to create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of people by promoting breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations", the VinFuture Foundation and the VinFuture Prize have drawn great enthusiasm from the global scientific and technological community. Notably, VinFuture has attracted prominent scientists and the world's leading research and academic institutions as well as innovators from developing countries. Nearly 100 nominated projects belong to the world's top 2% most-cited scientists, many of whom are laureates of prestigious awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Breakthrough Prize, the Tang Prize, the Japan Prize, among others. While the majority of candidates are from North America (31.6%), Asia (33.9%), and Europe (21%), VinFuture has received significant nominations from scientists in Oceania, Latin America, and Africa. In particular, female scientists were nominated in all four prize categories, accounting for 34.3% of the total nominees. All share the same aspiration of doing science for humanity, offering highly applicable and practical solutions to improve the quality of people's lives. These positive results are attributed to the strong support of prominent individuals and organizations, world-renowned scientists, as well as distinguished professors and experts from the Prize Council and Pre-screening Committee who have endorsed the VinFuture Prize among the g ......read more

Xlife Sciences AG (XLS DE): Breakthrough in Drug Development

First available holistic medical drug to treat Covid-19 and flu viruses ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - EQS Newswire - 10 June 2021 - As a project company of Xlife Sciences AG (XLS DE), inflamed pharma GmbH has developed a revolutionary and holistic therapeutic approach to treat both SARS-CoV-2 and flu viruses. The patented active substance ProcCluster(R) reduces the viral load by 90% and acts against infection-related inflammatory processes without developing a resistance. It is already used on humans.The active pharmaceutical ingredient ProcCluster(R) developed by inflamed pharma GmbH is membrane permeable and is based on the active ingredient procaine. It acts both locally as well as systemically and is characterized by a wide range of applications in inflammatory diseases. ProcCluster(R) is already used for various prescription drugs for humans. In various case studies, renowned medical doctors have now been able to successfully demonstrate the effectiveness in the treatment of Covid-19 and Long-Covid patients. In studies with various cell lines, especially lung cells, the active ingredient was able to reduce the viral load by 90% in an early phase and effectively inhibit inflammation in a later phase. These effects can be transferred to other RNA viruses. Oliver R. Baumann, CEO of Xlife Sciences AG, comments: "ProcCluster(R) has enormous market potential because, in contrast to other active ingredients, both the inflammatory processes and the viral load in the body are significantly reduced. This means that it can be used at different points in time during the course of the Covid-19 disease". It is of inestimable value that this active ingredient is already produced by inflamed pharma GmbH in high quality at low cost. "Another key advantage compared to vaccines and antibodies is that ProcCluster(R) does not lead to resistance development and can also be used against virus mutants", continues Baumann. In addition, ProcCluster(R) has a stimulating effe ......read more

CUHK Business School Research Examines the Loopholes that Enable Companies to Greenwash Their Supply Chains

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - The days of running businesses solely for profit are long gone. Businesses, large or small, must make considerable efforts to be socially responsible and eco-friendly. A past survey shows that 91 percent of global consumers expect businesses to address social and environmental issues, and 90 percent of them would boycott a company if it were engaged in irresponsible business practices. In other words, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not only a buzzword, but vital for businesses to be successful nowadays. However, it is not always easy to tell whether a company is really doing good or just faking it, and as a recent research study looks at depth, some firms would voluntarily publish their supply chain relationships with "green" suppliers to to present a CSR image that fails to represent the whole truth. Titled Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chain: Green or Greenwashing?, this research study is the first to examine greenwashing behaviour of firms by looking at the voluntary disclosure of their suppliers. It was co-conducted by Jing Wu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School, Yilin Shi, an incoming PhD student at the CUHK Business School, and Prof. Yu Zhang at Peking University. The researchers found greenwashing to be common in the more than 40 countries who are the world's major economies. The team looked at around 7,600 public manufacturing firms globally and observed over 12,000 unique firm-supplier-year relationships from 2003 to 2017. "It is just not enough for firms to show the 'green' image of themselves to the world to demonstrate their efforts in CSR. Our results show that firms now selectively reveal their 'green' suppliers to win customer trust," Prof. Wu says. To gauge greenwashing behaviour, the researchers first calculated a score for each of the companies in the sample ......read more

Azbil to Develop Digital Solutions for Intelligent Building Management Systems

TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Azbil Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code: 6845) announced that it has started developing new digital solutions for use with intelligent building management systems (IBMS), with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).Azbil's Singapore showroomIn recent years, as modern cities are being transformed into smart cities, solutions are being developed in siloes—in other words, in isolation—which hinders both cross-sector information-sharing and the overall benefit such solutions can offer society. Against this backdrop, Azbil has started a technological development project for developing new IBMS digital solutions that combine AI and big data.The new digital solutions aim to share and visualize information comprehensively, contribute to a sustainable society, and improve people's quality of life. Specifically, they aim to improve the safety of buildings and occupants, increase convenience and energy efficiency, and reduce operational costs and buildings' impact on the environment. This will be accomplished through an infrastructure that enables the status of the building and occupants to be checked and managed remotely."We are pleased that Azbil Corporation is advancing its innovation and digitalization capabilities in Singapore," said Ms. Linda Sein, Senior Vice President, Investment Facilitation, EDB. "Azbil's development of smart technologies and infrastructure in Singapore reflects the country's strengths in innovation and R&D for urban solutions and demonstrates our value in helping companies innovate and test-bed solutions for smart cities.""I am so excited to announce that, in Singapore, Azbil Corporation will invest and move forward with the state-of-the-art innovation project of developing digital solutions for lBMS, with such significant support from Singapore's Economic Development Board in response to rapidly increasing demands for digital transformation and smart solutions that leverag ......read more

Sanrio characters back as handy silicone zip pouches exclusively by 7-Eleven's Shop and Earn stamps programme

Adorable and super useful -- these unique pouches that do not mind a squish here and there hold keys, coins, hand sanitisers and even lipsticks Earn a stamp with every $5 spent; five stamps and a top-up of $8.90 get you one randomly packed zip pouchStamp issuance and merchandise redemption begin 9 June; stamp issuance ends 3 August and redemption ends 10 August, or while stocks lastEight characters of the Sanrio family including Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Cinnamoroll are featured in this series of collectiblesMade with treated silicone, the zip pouches are washable and anti-bacterial - perfect in a time where personal hygiene is more important than everSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Yet again, Singapore's favourite convenience store 7-Eleven brings fans of the Sanrio family much joy by welcoming back eight wildly popular characters. From 7-Eleven's Shop and Earn stamps programme, Sanrio returns as mini pouches of fun, or handy silicone zip pouches! Perfectly functional and irresistibly adorable, the zip pouches are available for redemption island-wide from 9 June. Begin by earning stamps - every $5 spent earns you a stamp, and a randomly-packed zip pouch may be redeemed for either 20 stamps, or 5 stamps and a top-up of $8.90. Also look out for selected Star products that will earn you two stamps instead of one! Stamps can be earned for eight weeks between 9 June and 3 August; randomly-packed zip pouches can be redeemed until 10 August, or while stocks last. Full series of Sanrio zip pouches exclusively by 7-Eleven's Shop and Earn stamps programme Sweet and stylish for the kawaii at heartDesigned with minimalism in mind, each silicone zip pouch brings together just two delicate pastel tones with clean lines, and is reusable and washable, perfect in a time where hygiene is of paramount importance. A balance of ara-ara and UwU, the 12-cm tall zip pouches would suit chic grown-up fans of Sanrio just as much as kawaii schoolchildren. The durable zip p ......read more

Windflower Florist Announces New Brand Story and Product Offerings

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 June 2021 - Windflower Florist, one of Singapore's leading online florists, unveiled a new brand story along with fresh product offerings in response to changing tides in the industry of gifting.Windflower Florist has expanded its product offerings, tailoring its range to the ever-evolving needs and wants of its customers. As celebrations and gatherings are tightly regulated amidst the pandemic, the company seeks to provide a one-stop gifting solution, saving customers from the hassle of shopping from multiple stores.The company has partnered with reputable vendors in Singapore to offer a wide selection of gift bundles featuring their flower arrangements with products such as cakes, bird's nests, home & living and wellness products. The brand also modernized their gift hampers by introducing sustainable packaging which can be reused many times over. With e-learning and work-from-home arrangements being the norm, the team also curated a selection of DIY kits for all to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.Windflower Florist made its way into the minds and hearts of its customers back in 2005 when Stanley Tan, a fresh polytechnic graduate then, took the trade online and revitalised the 20 year-old family business.As the business grew, so did the team.Naturally, the essence of the company changed as its people refined its culture and DNA throughout the past 16 years. Despite high turnover rates in the industry, the Windflower team has remained united, weathering the uncertainties that came with a global pandemic.The team consists of florists and floral enthusiasts, determined to help build a brand that they believe in. They are from very diverse backgrounds and many took a leap of faith to step back from what society perceived as stable careers to pursue their passion.About Windflower FloristWindflower Florist started its operations in 1997. Since then, the company has grown into one of Singapore's most popular online florists — a f ......read more

Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program 2021 Handing Young Leaders the Torch of Corporate Social Responsibility

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C)The yearly Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Program (CIP) continues, lighting up the way for local business university students to venture into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social awareness. 2021 marks the 11th year of the program.CIP is sponsored and organized by Citi and co-organized by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS). The program is a first-of-its-kind cross-sector collaboration between academia, business and the NGO sector to provide local university students with internship opportunities at local non-profit organizations in order to cultivate the concept of CSR and broaden young talents' understanding of the community.The program gives Hong Kong's future business leaders the chance to work with local non-profit organizations to tackle obstacles faced by the Hong Kong community. 80 business school students from 10 local universities are selected and will be placed into 40 different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) this summer, enabling them to contribute their knowledge and expertise to build capacity for the NGOs.At the launch ceremony, Ms. Wendy Hu, Managing Director and Team Head, Hong Kong, Citi Private Bank said: "Citi has always been proud of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. This is the 11th year we have run CIP, nurturing the concept of CSR in more than 770 leaders of tomorrow. We believe understanding both the community and its challenges are central skills essential to being a future leader. We are committed to continuing this program and collaborating with our partner HKCSS to be the catalyst that enables young talent to bring good and positive changes to our society." Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, has also added: "This year marks the 11th anniversary of CIP. We are glad to continue our partnership with Citi in this meaningful program and would like to express our gratitude towards our uni ......read more

Medallia named LEADER in Report for Customer Feedback Management Platforms by Independent Research Firm; Steps up Presence in Korea

Medallia Experience Cloud receives one of the highest scores in strategy and market presence categories. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Medallia, Inc. (NYSE: MDLA), the global leader in customer and employee experience, has been recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Customer Feedback Management Platforms, Q2 2021. The global report evaluated 12 service providers based on 33 criteria. Medallia was among the highest scoring vendors in the strategy category, receiving the highest scores possible in execution and delivery on roadmap, product vision and strategy, enterprise strategy, partner strategy, and services strategy criteria. Mr Greg Philiotis, SVP, Head of International Industry Sales, Medallia, commented, "We will continue to do what we do best in customer and employee experience management – helping our clients engage meaningfully with stakeholders at all levels, using our proprietary and scalable software-as-a-service platform – Medallia Experience Cloud™." Medallia Experience Cloud™ uniquely fuses human and machine learning to reveal the most relevant customer insights, and makes them actionable to every role across an organisation. By integrating opinions with operational data, companies are empowered to make smarter, more effective decisions. Over the last seven years, Medallia's operations in APAC has grown significantly from a single market in Australia to five markets, including South Korea which was established last year. Mr Kwanghak Kim, Country Manager of Korea commented, "We are very focused on turning signals into actions that drive growth. We look forward to deepening partnerships with our growing customer base in Korea and working closely with them to fulfill the ever-evolving customer and employee expectations."About MedalliaMedallia (NYSE: MDLA) is the pioneer and market leader in customer, employee, citizen and patient experience. The company's award-winning SaaS platform, Me ......read more

Melco announces Asia's first ever residency show project with superstar headliners Aaron Kwok, Joey Yung and Leon Lai

MACAU SAR - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - Melco Resorts & Entertainment announces the launch of Asia's first series of residency shows featuring an incredible line up of superstar artists including, Mr. Aaron Kwok, Ms. Joey Yung and Mr. Leon Lai (names in no particular order). The three-year residency show project and investment is a major undertaking which highlights Melco's commitment to diversification in Macau through world-class entertainment. The residency shows focus on A list musicians and artists. Mr. Aaron Kwok, Ms. Joey Yung and Mr. Leon Lai (names in no particular order) will be performing a collective of 90 shows at Studio City created especially for the occasion from 2021 to 2024. Each artist performance series will be available exclusively at Melco.Further first-class artists will join this unique line up with their own bespoke shows over the next 12 months. Details of these collaborations will be announced in due course.Mr. Evan Winkler, President of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, "We are thrilled to bring to Macau such an amazing line-up of stars. The region's biggest names are finally coming to the city to deliver a show experience that will be totally unique. This is a testament to Macau's ability to drive the best talent. It also demonstrates Melco's belief in the city's diversification and its contribution to the Greater Bay Area."Mr. Aaron Kwok said, "It's my pleasure to cooperate with Studio City Macau once more. My performance for the grand opening of Studio City Event Centre in 2015 and large-scale show with electrifying stage effects was hosted here in 2019. Asia's first-ever residency show project in Macau to be hosted this year will be innovative and striking. My team and I have already designed a brand new multi-intelligent stage with a rundown of classic songs. I look forward to presenting an exhilarating and beautiful dance performance to the audience with the very top on-stage visual effects." Ms. Joey Yung further add ......read more

DYXnet wins Bronze STEVIE® Award for its excellent MPLS & SD-WAN hybrid network solution

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - DYXnet, a leading carrier-neutral network service provider in Greater China, announces that it was named the winner of Bronze Stevie Award for Innovation in Technology Management, Planning & Implementation (Telecommunications Industries) in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards with its outstanding MPLS & SD-WAN hybrid network solution. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace in all 29 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in programs such as The International Business Awards® for 19 years. More than 900 nominations from organizations across the Asia-Pacific region were considered this year in different categories. The award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 executives around the world acting as judges in March and April. "We are honored to be recognized by one of the world's premier business award for our strong network and technology management capability. With today's fast-evolving society and technology, business continuity is of paramount importance for enterprises to strengthen competitiveness and this has always been the value we committed to bring to our customers," said Tony Tsang, Chief Executive Officer of DYXnet. "The Stevie Award we received fully demonstrates our ability to provide top-notch hybrid network solutions, and also recognizes our commitment to assisting corporate customers in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve operational excellence." With its growing popularity over the years, DYXnet has put substantial resources into the development of its network solutions and has achieved various recognitions including the "SD-WAN Ready" certificate initiated by the Committee on SDN/NFV/AI Standards and Industry Pro ......read more

Medallia named LEADER in Report for Customer Feedback Management Platforms by Independent Research Firm; Steps up Presence in Japan

Medallia Experience Cloud receives one of the highest scores in strategy and market presence categories. TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Medallia, Inc. (NYSE: MDLA), the global leader in customer and employee experience, has been recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Customer Feedback Management Platforms, Q2 2021. The global report evaluated 12 service providers based on 33 criteria. Medallia was among the highest scoring vendors in the strategy category, receiving the highest scores possible in execution and delivery on roadmap, product vision and strategy, enterprise strategy, partner strategy, and services strategy criteria. Mr Greg Philiotis, SVP, Head of International Industry Sales, Medallia, commented, "We will continue to do what we do best in customer and employee experience management – helping our clients engage meaningfully with stakeholders at all levels, using our proprietary and scalable software-as-a-service platform – Medallia Experience Cloud™." Medallia Experience Cloud™ uniquely fuses human and machine learning to reveal the most relevant customer insights, and makes them actionable to every role across an organisation. By integrating opinions with operational data, companies are empowered to make smarter, more effective decisions. Over the last seven years, Medallia's operations in APAC has grown significantly from a single market in Australia to five markets. The newly-established Japan office has, within a short span of one year, built robust rapport with clients and partners of similar vision. Mr Oura Manabu, Head of Japan commented, "We are very focused on turning signals into actions that drive growth. We look forward to working closely with like-minded partners like Ipsos to help companies in Japan fulfil the ever-evolving customer and employee expectations." About MedalliaMedallia (NYSE: MDLA) is the pioneer and market leader in customer, employee ......read more

Medallia named LEADER in Report for Customer Feedback Management Platforms by Independent Research Firm

Medallia Experience Cloud receives one of the highest scores in strategy and market presence categories. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Medallia, Inc. (NYSE: MDLA), the global leader in customer and employee experience, has been recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Customer Feedback Management Platforms, Q2 2021. The global report evaluated 12 service providers based on 33 criteria. Medallia was among the highest scoring vendors in the strategy category, receiving the highest scores possible in execution and delivery on roadmap, product vision and strategy, enterprise strategy, partner strategy, and services strategy criteria. Mr Greg Philiotis, SVP, Head of International Industry Sales, Medallia, commented, "We will continue to do what we do best in customer and employee experience management – helping our clients engage meaningfully with stakeholders at all levels, using our proprietary and scalable software-as-a-service platform – Medallia Experience Cloud™." Medallia Experience Cloud™ uniquely fuses human and machine learning to reveal the most relevant customer insights, and makes them actionable to every role across an organisation. By integrating opinions with operational data, companies are empowered to make smarter, more effective decisions. Over the last seven years, Medallia's operations in APAC has grown significantly from a single market in Australia to five markets, including New Zealand, Singapore, Korea, Japan. Mr Philiotis added, "We are very focused on turning signals into actions that drive growth. The team looks forward to deepening our partnerships with clients in the region, by helping them act at the speed of both employee and customer expectations." About MedalliaMedallia (NYSE: MDLA) is the pioneer and market leader in customer, employee, citizen and patient experience. The company's award-winning SaaS platform, Medallia Experience Cloud™, is the experience system of r ......read more

Asian Productivity Organization: Tokyo Statement on the Centrality of Productivity

TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - As the economic and humanitarian crises in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic escalate to epic proportions and the world reels at the grim prospects of viral variants described as "far more deadly" by the WHO, the 21 countries that make up the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) offer a sliver of hope by declaring their resolve to continue the productivity movement, leveraging it to guide the region through new, harsh challenges in the years ahead. Survival is paramount. Enterprises and SMEs must be resilient and the workforce adaptable to new workstyles and new types of business. Productivity is the foundation of this survival, not only for becoming more competitive but also in the broader, philosophical sense of "making tomorrow better than today." Drawing upon its 60 years of engagement in Asia and the Pacific, the APO crystallizes the key lessons of its six decades of journey in a joint statement, "The Tokyo Statement on the Centrality of Productivity." Issued at the conclusion of its 63rd Governing Body Meeting on 9 June 2021, the statement serves as a beacon to traverse a turbulent future. The statement outlines key priority targets of the APO for 2021–2025. Those targets support the APO Vision 2025 in striving for "inclusive, innovation-led productivity growth in Asia and the Pacific." The priority targets cover four broad areas. The first is leveraging new drivers of productivity. In today's extraordinary circumstances, productivity improvement efforts must yield extraordinary results. New drivers that include innovation, advanced technologies, and digitalization are expected to lead to exponential productivity gains. The second involves enhancing productivity tools, techniques, and methodologies. Upgrading and upskilling are imperative given ongoing rapid, dynamic changes. New business styles, new work styles, and new business ......read more

Nefilim Ransomware Targets Victims with $1 Billion Revenue

Trend Micro report takes a deep dive into one of the most successful threat groups in modern HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today released a case study of the Nefilim ransomware group, providing insight into the inner-workings of modern ransomware attacks. The report gives valuable insight into how ransomware groups have evolved, operate under the radar and how advanced threat detection and response platforms can help stop them. The approach of modern ransomware families makes detection and response significantly more difficult for already stretched SOC and IT security teams. This matters not only to the bottom line and corporate reputation, but also the wellbeing of SOC teams themselves. To read the report "Modern Ransomware's Double Extortion Tactics and How to Protect Enterprises Against Them": https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/hk/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/modern-ransomwares-double-extortion-tactics-and-how-to-protect-enterprises-against-them. "Modern ransomware attacks are highly targeted, adaptable and stealthy – using proven approaches perfected by APT groups in the past. By stealing data and locking key systems, groups like Nefilim look to extort highly profitable global organizations," said Bob McArdle, director of cybercrime research for Trend Micro. "Our latest report is a must-read for anyone in the industry who wants to understand this fast-growing underground economy inside-out, and how solutions like Trend Micro Vision One can help them hit back." Of the 16 ransomware groups studied from March 2020 to January 2021, Conti, Doppelpaymer, Egregor and REvil led the way in terms of number of victims exposed—and Cl0p had the most stolen data hosted online at 5TB. However, with its ruthless focus on organizations posting more than $1 billion in revenue, Nefilim extorted the h ......read more

Entrust 2021 Hong Kong Encryption Trends Study Shows Increased Focus on Cloud Data Protection Across Region

Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the 16th annual study highlights regional adoption of enterprise-wide encryption faster than global averages HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Security and IT professionals in Hong Kong continue to outpace the global average when it comes to the adoption of enterprise-wide encryption, with particular focus on cloud services and applications, as well as containers. This and other findings are highlighted in the Entrust 2021 Hong Kong Encryption Trends Study, part of the 16th annual multinational survey by the Ponemon Institute. The study reports on the cybersecurity challenges organisations face today, and how and why organizations deploy encryption. Identified threats and priorities Specifically, 54% of respondents in Hong Kong now have a consistently applied encryption plan/strategy, well ahead of the global average (50%) for the second year running. Also for the second straight year in Hong Kong, the biggest threats that might result in the exposure of sensitive data were employee mistakes (47% vs. 53% globally) and system or process malfunction, which increased from 30% to 36% (vs. 31% globally). Currently, around six-in-ten (59%) organizations surveyed in Hong Kong transfer data to the cloud. This is up from 55% last year, but is expected to surge with an additional 24% planning to do so in the next 12-24 months. Similarly, just over half of organizations surveyed deploy encryption for public cloud services (51% vs. 46% globally) and Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) management support was cited as the fastest growing feature of cloud encryption solutions by 53%, up from 48% last year. Furthermore, nearly half (47%) of responding IT professionals in Hong Kong deploy encryption for containers, the highest rate worldwide, up from 40% last year and far above the global average of 32%. The growing role of hardware security modules (HSMs) For Hong Kong IT ......read more

Amazon study: Across generations, shoppers in Singapore are keen to support local businesses

More than half of Gen Z shoppers in Singapore say they will consciously support businesses that give back to the community when shopping onlineComparing overall spending for the past year, Gen Z spent the most on Clothing and Accessories, while Millennial and Gen X loaded up on Groceries41 per cent of shoppers polled say lower prices compared to physical stores are a key motivator for online shopping.SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - (NASDAQ: AMZN) Amazon Singapore today released the results of a nationwide survey on consumer shopping behaviour in the past year, conducted by YouGov. Surveying 1,207 adults in Singapore, the study sought to explore the online shopping behaviour across three main generational groups in the country – Gen Z (born 1997 to 2009), Millennial (born 1981 to 1996) and Gen X (born 1965 to 1980) and looked at the items purchased in the past year, the impact COVID-19 had on shopping habits, and if the behavioural change is likely to shift post-pandemic. Henry Low, Country Manager, Amazon Singapore said: "Customer obsession has always been at the heart of Amazon's business globally. By keeping our finger on the pulse of changing consumer trends and behaviour, we ensure the user experience is optimised for customers' shopping preferences. Armed with a deeper understanding of the trends shaping multigenerational shopping habits among our customers, Prime Day 2021 - held on June 21 and 22 - is a prime moment for Amazon to deliver exceptional savings on thousands of deals to all generations of Amazon Prime members in Singapore." Key Finding #1: More than half of Singapore shoppers are #ShopLocal fans, with Gen X-ers being the biggest supporters Across generations, more than half of the respondents said that they will choose to support local sellers over buying the same product from an international seller if there are no price differences. Living up to their word, the study finds 48 per c ......read more

Xero named Frost & Sullivan's 2021 Asia-Pacific SME Accounting Software Vendor of the Year

Xero recognised for its exemplary performance and valuable contributions in shaping new trends across Asia-Pacific in its 2021 Best Practices Awards SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Xero, the global small business platform, has been named the 2021 Asia-Pacific small and medium enterprise (SME) Accounting Software Vendor of the Year by global research and consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan in its 2021 Best Practices Awards. The awards celebrate best-in-class companies that have accomplished innovative or disruptive breakthroughs in their industries and continually demonstrate excellence. Winners were selected based on their performance against three key strategic imperatives: disruptive technologies, transformative mega trends and new business models. Successful companies overcame the challenges posed by these imperatives and leveraged them to drive innovation and growth. Winners were also assessed against criteria including leadership focus, brand equity, financial performance, dedication to continued innovation and addressing customers' unmet needs. Krishna Baidya, Director of ICT Practice at Frost & Sullivan commented: "Xero's cloud-based accounting software platform provides SMEs with a comprehensive solution to handle their accounting functions and have real-time access to their financial data. The platform's global business network addresses the segment's needs beyond pure accounting, providing access to critical business apps and bank feeds. By bringing together all financial information in a simple and easy-to-navigate space, Xero empowers SMEs to make smarter and faster decisions." In its Best Practices report, Frost & Sullivan also commended Xero's commitment to helping SMEs work with their closest allies: accountants and bookkeepers. "Whether it is doing taxes, understanding finances, or making plans to grow, Xero brings all of the necessary data and information together in one place so that small businesses and their ......read more

NetApp Delivers an Innovative, No-Compromise, Unified Hybrid Cloud Experience

New ONTAP Software and Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Enhancements Reduce Costs and Complexity; Provide Simple, Unified Data Management Across On-Premises and Public Cloud SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP) a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, today unveiled a new release of its ONTAP software that powers data services on premises and in the cloud, as well as an array of portfolio updates that leverage ONTAP to provide a flexible foundation for hybrid cloud, unify data management across on-premises and cloud environments, and simplify consumption and operation of hybrid cloud services. As the only provider of hybrid cloud solutions that offers native integration with the world's leading public clouds, NetApp is unifying management of on-premises and public cloud environments, delivering new ways to consume and operate data services that make it easier for enterprises to put their data to work – wherever and whenever they need it. The latest enhancements to NetApp's hybrid cloud portfolio and ONTAP data services include: Flexible Foundations for Hybrid Cloud: Enterprises need to modernize their IT environments to enable hybrid cloud operations. NetApp is updating its foundational solutions to better support them:o FlexPod: The next generation of the globally trusted converged infrastructure platform from NetApp and Cisco provides a better foundation for hybrid cloud with the flexibility to run and manage all your modern workloads. New capabilities include intelligent application placement across on-premises and cloud, automated hybrid cloud data workflows, and the ability to consume FlexPod as a fully managed, cloud-like service.o NetApp StorageGRID: The 11.5 release of NetApp's highly scalable object store now supports data encryption using external key management, offers compliance and ransomware protection with S3 object locks, and delivers increased performance with intelligent load balan ......read more

Chubb report reveals the risk and uncertainty faced by SMEs as they increasingly conduct business digitally

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 June 2021 - Chubb launched a report - "Digital Business Accelerated," which explores how increased digitalisation impacts small and mid-sized businesses and the emerging risks in digital transformation – a transition that has accelerated in the wake of COVID-19. Chubb partnered with Accenture to survey small and mid-sized businesses in nine markets around the world. Through a survey of 1,350 respondents across diverse industries, the results revealed four mega-trends that impact businesses pursuing digital transformation. These trends are:Navigating digital-first communications: approximately half of the respondents are focusing on seamless on-demand delivery of products and prioritising tailored products and services that meet the needs of multiple generations. Harnessing the power of data: adopting artificial intelligence technology, cloud and big data are the top three-year priorities for businesses today. Supporting a transformed workforce: businesses are prioritising the development of new technology capabilities and skills among employees amidst increasing competition to hire and retain workers with the relevant skills. Thriving in the global market: 41% are prioritising offering products or services internationally."The global pandemic has forced many businesses to accelerate their dependence on digital and pivot their operations," said Doug White, President of Chubb's general insurance business in Hong Kong & Macau. "Digital has changed from being a driver for growth and/or efficiency to becoming a lifeline for all types of businesses. Yet digitalisation comes with significant risks like increased cyber security threats to additional liability challenges. Chubb will work alongside with SMEs to provide the advice and protection they will need to build resilient digital businesses." To learn more about the report and how small and mid-sized businesses can assess their new digital busine ......read more

Scientists Worldwide Pledge Their Trust in Science in Celebration of the International Day of Light

Trust Science pledge signed by Nobel Laureates, scientific leaders and science bodies worldwide TRIESTE, ITALY - News Direct - 08 June 2021 - The UNESCO International Day of Light on May 16th celebrated the worldwide campaign promoting the importance of science and the scientific process for society and sustainable development.The Trust Science pledge saw supporters of science worldwide join together to affirm their appreciation for science. Notable signatories include Nobel and Breakthrough laureates, UNESCO prizewinners, CEOs, representatives from scientific societies and academies, individual scientists and students from nearly 100 countries. "After a year in which we have seen science lead the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, we thought it was essential to highlight the importance of trusting its methods in guiding decisions," said Steering Committee Chair John Dudley. "The pledge focuses particularly on science's role in improving quality of life, a sentiment that clearly resonates around the world." The International Day of Light recognizes the value of light science and technology and its role in providing clean energy, clean water, high-speed connectivity and medical treatments. The day was celebrated with events and hands-on activities in more than 55 countries. The International Day of Light also highlighted the achievements of a number of Champions of Science, individuals from all fields whose work is changing the world. "As a scientist, seeing this kind of support for the scientific process is inspiring," said Neysha Lobo-Ploch, FBH Berlin, UVphotonics NT GmbH, Germany and LightDay 2021 champion. "I'm honored to have my work acknowledged in this way." After its initial launch with the International Day of Light, the #TrustScience campaign will continue throughout 2021, and scientists worldwide will be organising targeted actions throughout the year. Dudley explains, "A central aim of this initiative has been to remind members of the scie ......read more

Cushman & Wakefield Voted Hong Kong’s Second Most Attractive Employer in Randstad Employer Brand Survey

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - Cushman & Wakefield has been voted as the second most attractive employer in Hong Kong in the Randstad 2021 Employer Brand Research (REBR) survey. The second place ranking puts the firm behind only the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The nomination also confirms Cushman & Wakefield Hong Kong as the most attractive employer in the real estate sector.In the survey, Cushman & Wakefield ranked top in work-life balance, positive work culture, career progression and COVID-secure work environment. These are the attributes that make us the employer of choice.John Siu, Managing Director, Hong Kong, Cushman & Wakefield, said, "We are proud to be awarded as 1st Runner-Up in this industry-recognized survey of employers of choice. We are committed to hiring and developing the best available talent. Our people have always been our most valuable asset, and are central to our brand, culture, and values. We place a particular focus on introducing and nurturing young talent, and we believe that our philosophy of inclusion, collaboration and diversity sets us apart from other industry players".Shirley Fung, Director and Head of Human Resources & Administration, Hong Kong, Cushman & Wakefield, added, "Our diversity is our strength, and we treasure the uniqueness of each team member in developing their potential to the fullest. We have seen that inclusion and collaboration among our teams creates room for greater synergies and well-informed business decisions. Our team members' efforts in supporting the firm during the challenges of the pandemic are testament to that collaboration, and we applaud their contribution".Click HERE to download high-resolution photos.About Randstad 2021 Employer Brand Research (REBR) SurveyThe REBR is the most comprehensive, independent and in-depth employer brand research in the world, analyzing worker's drivers and motivators and ranking the most attractive employers in 34 markets globally. The p ......read more

The BMW Group announces global partnership with the Bayerische Staatsoper. Expansion of long-term partnership is a contribution to social responsibility efforts and provides new impulses for the renowned Munich opera house.

MUNICH, GERMANY - Newsaktuell - 8 June 2021 - Marking the year of the 50th anniversary of cultural commitment, the BMW Group is building up on its cooperation with the Bayerische Staatsoper by becoming the Global Partner. The automotive manufacturer and the opera house have been partners since 1997. On the occasion of their 25th anniversary and with Serge Dorny as designated General Manager and Vladimir Jurowski as designated General Music Director, collaborations such as Opera for all will continue while also focussing on the development of digital formats to reach a broader audience. The BMW Group leads the way as corporate citizen and contributes to social responsibility.The BMW Group announces global partnership with the Bayerische Staatsoper. BMW Art Car by Jenny Holzer (BMW V12 LMR, 1999) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. Photo: Daniel Nikodem @bmwjogge, © BMW AGThe BMW Group announces global partnership with the Bayerische Staatsoper. Ilka Horstmeier (Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources, Labour Relations Director) and Serge Dorny (designated General Manager of the Bayerische Staatsoper). Photo: Julian Baumann, © BMW AGAs one of the world's leading opera houses, the Bayerische Staatsoper looks back on a history of over 350 years and makes a major contribution to Munich's reputation as one of the great international cultural capitals.In 1997, BMW and the Bayerische Staatsoper initiated Opera for all including the live broadcast of an opera and the open-air concert of the Bayerische Staatsorchester. By presenting both open air, new ways of accessing the world of opera were championed, especially for a broader audience. Thanks to BMW, admission is free of charge.As Global Partner, BMW is becoming the major partner of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Starting with the 2021/2022 season, the opera house will experience new impulses with Serge Dorny and Vladimir Jurowski, while pursuing an open-door policy and presenting modern and new perspect ......read more

Economic recovery drives total residential transactions to a 9-year high Home price expected to rise by 5% in the second half of 2021, and return to 2019 peak in Q3

Economic recovery in Hong Kong has driven residential transaction upsurge by 20% q-o-q, reaching a nine-year high and its peak since 2012New home supply over the next two years remains low at an average of about 19,100 units per yearHome prices expected to rise by 5% in the second half of 2021 and return to June 2019 peak prior to social events and pandemic outbreak in Q3HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield publishes Hong Kong Residential Markets Review and Forecast 2021 Q2 today. Steady economic recovery, declining unemployment rate and stabilizing pandemic situation, have contributed to significant growth in the Hong Kong property market in Q2, particularly for the residential market. Residential transaction has hit a nine-year high in the first half of 2021. Home prices are expected to return to their peak in Q3 at a level before COVID outbreak and social events. Resumption of China-Hong Kong travel in the second half of 2021 is expected to bring in mainland buyers, providing more favourable conditions for an overall recovery of the local property market. In the first two-month period of 2021 Q2, the overall total Sales and Purchase Agreements (S&Ps) stood at 18,590 cases. Combining an estimated 9,500 cases in June brings the quarterly transactions to 28,090 cases, an increase of 37% y-o-y or 20% q-o-q. Residential transactions rose by 20% q-o-q to 21,709 cases, resulting in a total of 39,840 cases in the first half of 2021, the highest since 2012 and a nine-year record.Mr. Keith Chan, Cushman & Wakefield's Director, Head of Research, Hong Kong, mentions, "The economy of Hong Kong shows early signs of picking up with a growth of 7.9% y-o-y in Q1, and has twisted a six-quarter contraction. With an improving labour market where the unemployment rate lowered to 6.4%, and the fourth wave of COVID outbreak under control, the housing market sentiment has turned warm wi ......read more

Melco announces Asia's first ever residency show project with superstar headliners Aaron Kwok, Joey Yung and Leon Lai

Three-year undertaking highlights commitment to diversification in Macau through world-class entertainment MACAU SAR - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - Melco Resorts & Entertainment announces the launch of Asia's first series of residency shows featuring an incredible line up of superstar artists including, Mr. Aaron Kwok, Ms. Joey Yung and Mr. Leon Lai (names in no particular order). The three-year residency show project and investment is a major undertaking which highlights Melco's commitment to diversification in Macau through world-class entertainment. The residency shows focus on A list musicians and artists. Mr. Aaron Kwok, Ms. Joey Yung and Mr. Leon Lai (names in no particular order) will be performing a collective of 90 shows at Studio City created especially for the occasion from 2021 to 2024. Each artist performance series will be available exclusively at Melco. Further first-class artists will join this unique line up with their own bespoke shows over the next 12 months. Details of these collaborations will be announced in due course. Mr. Evan Winkler, President of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, "We are thrilled to bring to Macau such an amazing line-up of stars. The region's biggest names are finally coming to the city to deliver a show experience that will be totally unique. This is a testament to Macau's ability to drive the best talent. It also demonstrates Melco's belief in the city's diversification and its contribution to the Greater Bay Area." Mr. Aaron Kwok said, "It's my pleasure to cooperate with Studio City Macau once more. My performance for the grand opening of Studio City Event Centre in 2015 and large-scale show with electrifying stage effects was hosted here in 2019. Asia's first-ever residency show project in Macau to be hosted this year will be innovative and striking. My team and I have already designed a brand new multi-intelligent stage with a rundown of classic songs. I lo ......read more

AXA unveils "Know You Can" local hero video series in Hong Kong, 12-year-old youth climate activist to advocate for Go Green

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - AXA Hong Kong and Macau ("AXA") is pleased to announce the launch of the first "Know You Can" local hero video on World Environment Day (5 June 2021) featuring Lance Lau, a Hong Kong-based 12-year-old youth climate activist, to highlight the imminent threat of climate change. It calls out that, just like Lance, with confidence, passion and actions, we can make a positive difference as a community to protect our earth. The video will be promoted through digital, social media channels and AXA website, together with useful green tips for everyone to join hands with AXA and pitch in the "Go Green" movement. In Lance's view, big change begins with little things. This echoes AXA's strong belief in combating climate change. AXA has pledged to join forces with local communities to achieve the global "Net Zero" goal through a series of green actions and community projects across various areas. Through this kick-off video, AXA hopes to inspire and encourage customers to support "Go Green" in their everyday life including subscribing to the e-services in Emma by AXA and replacing physical policy documents with eStatements / eAdvices. Andrea Wong, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer of AXA Hong Kong and Macau, said, "Climate change poses a serious threat to our environment and everyone has a role to play to help build a more sustainable future. We are delighted to launch this powerful local hero series as an extension of our global brand campaign to further reinforce our brand promise 'Know You Can' and bring to life our Purpose 'Act for human progress by protecting what matters'. Through such a genuine story of Lance, we hope to inspire people to embrace the future with confidence and combat climate change together. Lance's video is only the first in our 'Know You Can' video series, we will be sharing more stories of local heroes who have demonstrated the power of leveraging conf ......read more

Going Beyond Borders to Connect and Engage Entrepreneurs Globally through eBizstart 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - eBizstart 2021 co-organised by E3Hubs and Anbiz together with the support from Penang State Government is set to take place from 15th of June 2021 to the 28th of June 2021. The event aims to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs around the world to showcase their business opportunities beyond borders through one single platform. The platform was developed in-house and powered by Boom.my. This first-of-its-kind global 14 days business virtual event will be running 24/7 for two weeks and aim to bring together 20,000 participants consisting of entrepreneurs, startups, business owners, SMEs, government agencies and academicians. Seamlessly crossing borders across 12 nations, with 500 distinguished exhibitors displaying; 3 major conferences/workshops including a Women Summit producing 150 speakers, 100 trainers; 2 major business pitching sessions putting together 150 entrepreneurs across the region; university technology matching sessions and 5000 business matching sessions, this is the event that will elevate and provide business opportunities to every entrepreneur. During the two week-long event, eBizStart 2021 will focus on five channels that include Conferences, Workshops, WoBiz, Business Pitching and Activities of which will all be available to participants on one platform. They are extended events on eBizstart, bringing the concept of creating events within an event. Participants will be able to engage, network and even showcase their business to the whole stream. From Conferences to Masterclass Workshops and Business Clinics; interested participants can even take part in a pitching competition. eBizChallenge 2021, jointly organized by E3Hubs and Rescale Lab with the support from Malaysian Global Innovation and Creative Centre (MaGIC) and Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. "With eBizStart 2021, we want to help and support all startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and business own ......read more

Enviro-Hub Expands Global Healthcare with FDA 510(k) certified medical-grade nitrile gloves

Environmental company recently acquired healthcare supply company Pastel Gloves as part of enhanced healthcare emphasis. FDA 510(k) Clearance for its Nitrile Medical Grade Gloves; Looks to Expand Footprint into United States SINGAPORE / KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 8 June 2021 - With the global medical supplies market anticipated to reach US$133.5 billion by 2025, according to recent reports, healthcare products are projected to become the key revenue source for Enviro-Hub (SGX: L23), which recently acquired Pastel Gloves to move into the healthcare supplies market. Enviro-Hub invested in Malaysia-based Pastel Gloves, which manufactures and trades FDA 510(k) certified medical-grade nitrile gloves, earlier this year as its initial foray into the healthcare industry. "As we continue to streamline our businesses and bolster our presence in the healthcare sector, Enviro-Hub anticipates exponential profit growth and additional opportunities for capital optimization," said Raymond Ng, Executive Chairman of Enviro-Hub. "Unlike many healthcare businesses that grew during the pandemic, Pastel Gloves is positioned to thrive well into the future, thanks to its solid founding, exceptional leadership and strong supply chain. And receiving the FDA 510(k) certification, shows our commitment in upholding the highest standards, and to expand our presence in the international market." As Enviro-Hub hones its corporate focus in 2021, the company aims to recycle capital to take advantage of a higher return on investment opportunities and to expand across the supply chain for healthcare products through additional mergers and acquisitions. Enviro-Hub recently streamlined from four segments to two, leaving properties and piling to concentrate on recycling and healthcare. Based on the Pastel Gloves deal alone, Enviro-Hub may reap strong net profit annually once production capacity is fully ramped up. "In addition to the immense healthcare market, we also are ......read more

An Osteoporotic Fragility Fracture Every 3 Seconds, Worldwide Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, HKUMed in collaboration with The Hong Kong Medical Association and St. John's Ambulance, Organising Free Online Lectures to Bust Orthopaedic Myths

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - Osteoporosis is a common disease with no obvious clinical symptoms in the early stage, while it can eventually cause serious health problems. It is estimated that an osteoporotic fragility fracture occurs every three seconds around the world. To increase the public awareness of musculoskeletal problems and to bust the myths of orthopaedics issues, the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) joins forces with the Hong Kong Medical Association and St. John's Ambulance in June to organize free online lectures - "HKU Bone and Muscle Health Series", whereby orthopaedic surgeons are invited to share with the public on orthopaedics health topics such as osteoporosis. According to statistics, there are 300,000 menopausal women and 100,000 men aged 50 years or above in Hong Kong who are suffering from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis reduces patients' bone density, causing fragility of the bone structure, which can easily lead to fractures, as well as partial loss of mobility and self-care ability. This would result in reducing the quality of life and even causing various complications. The hip bone, spine, and distal radius (wrist bone) are the most commonly found fragile fractures. Elderly is not deemed to have fragile bones, Regular check-ups can reduce the risks The organizer believes there is a lack of awareness on osteoporosis among the general public and the myths are remained unsolved. For example, the public mistakenly believe that osteoporosis and fragile fractures are the inevitable consequences of aging. In fact, osteoporosis is curable while fractures are preventable. High-risk groups, including menopausal women and the elderly, can do regular osteoporosis risk assessments to reduce the risks of fragile fractures. When the patient's bone density reaches the level of thinning or looseness, and such loss caused by other pathologies ......read more

China Concrete’s permanent cure of plant relocation proposal ignored by the government Resorts to temporary solution of Yau Tong plant improvement for licence renewal

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - China Concrete Company Limited (the "Company") filed an appeal with the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) mid last month regarding the Department's decision to reject license renewal application for its Yau Tong cement storage facility. The Company mentions that the EPD's recent rejection not only lacked sound justification, but the procedure also deviated from its usual practice. The Company will keep on improving the operation conditions of its plant and strive to get its license renewed. The Company also expresses its readiness to build a high-tech non-polluting concrete plant and abandon the existing plant after identifying a suitable site. The Company mentions that upon receiving the EPD's notice of April 29 regarding the rejection of license renewal for the cement storage facility of its Yau Tong plant, it filed an appeal on May 18 and will shortly submit further documents to the appeal committee. The EPD's rejection procedure did not follow previous similar renewal rejections received by the industry. In its rejection notice, the EPD only stated that "the plant has records of poor environmental performance in the past. It failed to submit sufficient information on the application to prove that it has the ability to provide, install and operate feasible measures required for effective operation." Yet such justification was far-fetched and was different from the usual practice of providing solid evidence. The EPD used to issue a warning before subsequently turning down renewal applications, yet the Company received a straight rejection without any prior warning. The Company believes the EPD made such decision under pressure from opposition from a minority of the public. Being a local company deeply rooted in Hong Kong for over three decades, the Company operates its production plant by the side of a luxury housing site being developed by three Chinese-funded property develope ......read more

Axion Global joins vibrant community at HKSTP’s FinTech Centre to accelerate Fintech Innovations

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - Axion Global Digits (" Company") is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Axion Global Innovation Centre ("AGIC"), is joining the vibrant and growing fintech community with the establishment of an office at the FINTECH CENTRE @INNOCENTRE of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation ("HKSTP") in Kowloon Tong. Launched in January 2021, HKSTP FinTech Centre is an ideal platform for the fintech community to accelerate open innovation and foster cross-industry co-creation and commercialization. The Company believes our presence at the HKSTP FinTech Centre will provide AGIC with a focal point for partnering, business matching, research & development and nurturing of talent for fintech innovations. Hong Kong's fintech market has developed rapidly in recent years. By becoming part of HKSTP's ever-growing fintech community, it will provide AGIC with a strong support network to accelerate R&D efforts in bringing the next generation of financial technology solutions to the market. The Company has initiated many product development projects to date, including DocuRoom, a next-generation secured virtual document portal designed for the virtual asset market, due to be launched in the second half of 2021. Another focused area of research and development is Identity as a Service ("IDaaS") to enable seamless and secure credential authentication. Its cloud-based and artificial intelligence technology can be applied to many scenarios and improve the efficiency and security of identity management. Mr. Gavin Ho, Director, Strategy & Innovation of Axion Global Digits commented, "We are excited to become part of the HKSTP FinTech Centre community. This move marks an important milestone in fintech innovation for the Company this year. It also demonstrates our commitment to executing our fintech business strategy. We look forward to collaborating with HKSTP and their network co ......read more

Han Ji-hyun Of SBD Entertainment, Wholly-Owned by Spackman Entertainment Group's Associated Company, Spackman Media Group, Stars in Popular K-Drama, THE PENTHOUSE 3: WAR IN LIFE

Han Ji-hyun of SBD Entertainment continues to star in the third season of SBS K-drama PENTHOUSE which premiered on 4 June 2021Previously, Han Ji-hyun won the Best Rookie Female Actor in the 2021 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards in Korea in April 2021Han Ji-hyun endorsed Shiseido Professional last month and was featured in W Korea Magazine for Gucci SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that Han Ji-hyun, currently one of Korea's rapidly-rising young actors, of SBD Entertainment Inc. ("SBD Entertainment"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited, stars in SBS drama, THE PENTHOUSE 3: WAR IN LIFE which premiered on 4 June 2021. In April this year, Han Ji-hyun was awarded the Best Rookie Female Actor in the 2021 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards in Korea. She was also featured in W Korea magazine for luxury fashion brand Gucci. Last month, she was pictured in fashion magazine Marie Claire's beauty makeup pictorial and was selected as a model for premium hair care brand, Shiseido Professional. Other than Han Ji-hyun, SBD Entertainment also represents Son Suk-ku who shall be starring in OTT media service Watcha's original content, UNFRAMED PROJECT. About Spackman Entertainment Group LimitedSpackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by Charles Spackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups. SEGL is primarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, and financing of theatrical motion pictures in Korea. According to Variety, Korea was the world's fourth largest box office market in 2019, behind only North America, China and Japan. Th ......read more

HDBank to pay 25 per cent dividend in shares, Moody's raises credit rating for the bank to positive outlook

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - The Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HoSE: HDBank) has announced plans to increase its charter capital to more than VND20.273 trillion (US$879.48 million) by paying dividends for 2020 in shares and an employee stock option plan. According to information published by the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange on June 4, the HDBank board of directors approved the plan to hike the charter capital in 2021 as approved at the bank's annual general meeting in April. The Bank will increase its charter capital by VND3.984 trillion ($172.83 million) by issuing more than 398 million shares as dividends for 2020 at a rate of 25 per cent from undistributed profits. The lender will also issue 20 million shares to employees (ESOP). The HDB share closed on June 3 at VND35,800 with a lot of foreign buying. In the first quarter HDBank reported a pre-tax profit of more than VND 2.1 trillion ($91.1 million), an increase of 68 per cent year-on-year, with income from services up by more than 98 per cent. HDBank's return on equity and return on assets increased strongly to 26.3 per cent and 2.1 per cent, its capital adequacy ratio (based on Basel II standards) was over 12 per cent while its standalone bad debts ratio was only 1.1 per cent. The Bank is considered to have high growth potential, with great potential in bancassurance, consumer finance, credit cards and services . HDBank is one of the few banks that not to have signed an exclusive distribution agreement with any life insurance company, and is currently the focus of intense attention of many major players. International credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service recently upgraded HDBank's outlook from "stable" to "positive". The positive outlook reflects Moody's view that improvements in asset quality over recent years, which could translate into lower credit costs and higher profitability, ......read more

True Colors Fashion: The Future is Now!

Showcasing Adaptive Fashion and Tech Wearables SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - The Future is Now! unites some of the world's leading tech companies and fashion brands with a diverse cast of models to present innovative creations. This video series – which includes an atmospheric pre-recorded runway show & revelatory conversations between cast members – now on the True Colors Festival YouTube Channel, captures human creativity at its best, and the endless possibilities that technology offers. Meet an ALS creator who makes art with eye movement input, see hearing aids worn as fashion, prosthetic blades for children, discover an ingeniously designed trench coat...and more. "Since the invention of computers, we have been able to solve problems with software, and it has become easier for people to connect with one another. In keeping with this idea, The Future is Now! sets the stage for diverse people to express themselves with fashion that's empowered with technology," says Yoichi Ochiai, renowned media artist and general director of the show. Participating models include Masatane Muto, a DJ with ALS who plays music with his eyes; Pippi, a deaf model who has graced ad campaigns and fashion runways; Hirotada Ototake, bestselling author of the memoir "No One's Perfect" about his life without limbs; and Fumiya Hamanoue, a visually impaired Paralympic climber. Collaborating brands include Xiborg Inc. and SONY Computer Science Laboratory, both specialists in prosthetics enhanced with robotics; ONTENNA, which converts sound information into light and vibration; Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, the first major label to launch a full-fledged adaptive line; and KANSAI YAMAMOTO, the fashion house that has dressed luminaries like David Bowie. "I want to build a world i ......read more

Shopmatic waives hosting fees for 90 days to support small businesses

Shopmatic encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs to go online with its ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurship Programme’, offering no hosting fees for 90 days between 3rd June and 31st August 2021. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - International e-commerce enabler Shopmatic has been unlocking online business success for SMBs and individual entrepreneurs since its inception. In its latest drive to help businesses go online, Shopmatic is offering zero hosting charges to anyone signing up between 3rd June and 31st August 2021. As part of its 'Inspiring Entrepreneurship Programme' merchants will be able to use the entire Shopmatic platform for setting up their ecommerce presence without paying any sign-up charges; all they will pay is a nominal fee of 3% per transaction whenever they make a sale. This step is being taken to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to take their business online, especially in these trying times.For 90 days from the time they sign up, business owners will be able to access Shopmatic's vast range of tech-led features to help them grow their business while paying only 3% on each successful transaction. Shopmatic is the only ecommerce platform to offer 4 different ways for merchants to go online. During the promotional period, merchants can choose to set up their online presence from any of the 4 options available- Shopmatic Webstore, Shopmatic Chat, Shopmatic Social or Shopmatic Marketplaces, Speaking on the initiative, Anurag Avula, CEO & Co-Founder, Shopmatic, said, "In our continued effort to support businesses to start selling online in the current challenging environment, we're making it even easier for businesses to get online by removing the monthly hosting fee for the next 90 days.We encourage SMEs and individual entrepreneurs in our markets to sign-up on the platform with no hosting fees and leverage the Shopmatic platform to drive their online success."Through the 'Inspiring Entrepreneurship Pro ......read more

NEFIN appointed by Cyberport to carry out solar power project

Light-weight panel system provides facility owners with safe options towards carbon neutrality HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 5 June 2021 - The leading solar photovoltaic (PV) developer and investor in carbon neutrality solutions, NEFIN Group, was appointed by Hong Kong Cyberport (Cyberport) to trailblaze solar PV solutions for its existing facilities. The revolutionary solar panel system overcomes space and loading constraints of most buildings while safeguarding building structure. The project adopts a dual-purpose solar panel system comprising both traditional rigid solar panels and flexible solar panels catered to fit different rooftop loading capacity. The traditional way of setting up rigid solar panels makes use of long plinths or bricks to support the panels on rooftops. However this "counter weight" installation method does not suit all existing buildings. While this method complies with international and local codes and regulations, the weight of the system may exceed the loading limit of a rooftop. The installation also involves direct bolting to the floor to safely secure the panels, which may damage the surface and the water proofing layer of rooftops. This project has adopted an innovative approach to installation. By directly fixing the flexible PV panels to the roof surface, wind-load and dead-load are significantly reduced, allowing for the full utilisation of the available structural loading of the roof and hence, maximize the overall solar plant capacity. This is a convenient and innovative alternative for corporations seeking renewable energy solutions and carbon neutrality. Each of the low reflectance PV panels utilised in the Cyberport's solar power system carries multiple sensors that measure solar radiance and environment changes. These sensors collect scientific data to measure system performance which can be further utilised to develop an advanced monitoring system, facilitating t ......read more