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"Finetic" Launched Self-Developed Investment Analysis System on the Intelligent Stock Selection Platform

Enhanced AI and Machine Learning Functions Enable Users to Gain More from Precise Decision in Stock Selection and Investment in the Hong Kong and U.S Stock Markets HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 September 2021 - Finetic, a Hong Kong-based intelligent stock selection and investment education platform  has developed its own AI-assisted investment analysis system, which provides weekly picks of quality stocks in major global markets, including  Hong Kong, China and the U.S.. The selection is made by machine-learning analysis of the most up-to-date data of about 2,500 listed companies in Hong Kong, in conjunction with technical analysis as well as review of a unique combination of the factors affecting company stock performance.   HO Man Ho, Percival, Founder and CEO of FineticFinetic's automatic selection process helps users avoid emotional decision-making and speed up the investment research process contributing to a more profitable outcome in stock investment. Given the unpredictability of the stock market, it takes a long time for individual investors to develop and practice investment skills. Finetic is also offering educational tools and guidance that can simplify the learning curve and further increase the return on investment.   Relaunch of Enhanced System and Algorithm Mr. Ho Man-ho, Percival, Founder of Finetic and an experienced investor, created a stock analysis program known as Percival Core (the "system") in 2005. The system collected, analysed and quantified basic and technical (price/volume) data of all Hong Kong stocks. The outcome of the process is a selection of "high-growth stocks", which have a strong foundation and technical characteristics (high potential in substantial price surges). The system has recently been improved with AI components allowing for analysis of even more data and correlations as well as self-learning for better investment outcomes. Apart from data an ......read more

Stridec Advocates SEO to be at the Heart of the Modern Business’ Online Marketing Strategy

With recent data privacy trends and rising advertising costs, companies must reevaluate how they can be found by their customers without escalating marketing spend.SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 September 2021 - Stridec Worldwide ("Stridec"), a Singapore-based SEO agency recently awarded by Clutch as one of the top SEO companies in Singapore for 2021, is advocating for businesses to adopt a SEO-centric approach to their digital marketing strategies moving forward, to establish and maintain their digital presence across the internet, in light of the recent developments announced by tech giants such as Apple and Google with regards to data privacy of users online.   With Apple's rollout of its App Tracking Transparency (ATT) framework, and Google's move towards scraping third-party cookies from its Chrome browser, the impact and implications to advertisers worldwide who have religiously relied on such technologies for their audience targeting and marketing campaigns cannot be overstated.   The issue of user data privacy and tracking people's online activity is a thorny one that has been the subject of heated debate for years. In recent years, the consumer public has become increasingly vocal about this issue, and with more governmental regulations on how tech companies handle such data, it is inevitable that leading tech companies will make moves to appease their massive user bases while also strengthening their market positions.   Such developments have for better or worse created yet another set of challenges for businesses - especially the smaller players - to overcome, while still navigating their way through a plethora of digital marketing complications amid a weak economy brought on by the worldwide pandemic. Many advertisers have already expressed fear that their campaigns will be less effective and precise than before, resulting in increased marketing costs yet with poorer results.   Businesse ......read more

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Inconsistent ESG Scores from Different Rating Agencies Decreased Investor Demand for Green Stocks

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 24 September 2021 - Sustainable investing, once viewed as an outlier maybe only a decade ago, has never been more popular. To put things into perspective, sustainable funds in the U.S. attracted record investment of nearly US$2 trillion in the first quarter of 2021, according to industry data provider Morningstar. As demand for ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing grows, so does the need for better quality ESG performance data. However, a recent research study has found that ESG ratings of firms provided by different agencies can be confusing to investors and may be holding back the sustainable investment sector from realising its full potential. It is not uncommon for the ratings of different ESG rating providers to be widely dissimilar. For example, Tesla Inc. is rated average by MSCI ESG ratings but categorised as high risk by Sustainalytics. (source: iStock)   Sustainable investing, also known as ESG investing or socially responsible investing, is an approach that asks investors to consider a company's ESG profile alongside its financials when making an investment decision. Such additional factors include everything from a company's energy use, waste and pollution, to its working conditions, participation in its community and diversity in its board of directors. Because of these considerations, it is not unusual for sustainability-minded investors to set maximum thresholds or even shy away altogether from less "ethical" sectors such as coal, defence, gaming or tobacco.   Perhaps due to its relatively recent arrival in the finance world – the term ESG investing itself was first coined by the U.N. Global Compact as part of a landmark 2004 study titled Who Cares Wins, there is no universal standard nor a commonly accepted methodology for calculating ESG ratings among different agencies. According to KPMG, there are around 30 major ESG data providers wor ......read more

Tembusu Law LLC Launches 2 New Websites For Free Legal Advice On Their Platforms

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 24 September 2021 - Tembusu Law LLC, has recently launched 2 new websites, SingaporeFamilyLawyer.com and TheSingaporeLawyer.com. With the vision of providing transparency in how the legal industry in Singapore is being operated, Tembusu Law LLC aims to provide free legal advice through these two platforms. Having understood the pain points of customers, Tembusu Law LLC has decided to launch these two websites in an effort to educate the public on legal matters.   Singapore Family Lawyer is a new website that focuses on matrimonial and divorce matters concerning couples who wish to seek a divorce but are not sure on how to get started. Additionally, the website even provides useful information on child custody matters, alimonies and the division of matrimonial assets.   On the other hand, The Singapore Lawyer is a new website that provides a broader spectrum of legal advice concerning criminal law, family law, business law and civil litigation. The objective of both websites are catered to serve different Singaporean audiences.   The firm also hopes that through these 2 new websites, more Singaporeans will be able to get access to quality legal advice online.   With the firm belief that law firms should be established to provide a higher level of purpose through free access to legal advice, Tembusu Law LLC believes that profit cannot be the sole reason why businesses exist. Tembusu Law believes in providing valuable legal advice to Singaporeans, so as to bring a positive change and greater access to help, answers, fairness and justice.   The firm also has more than 50 videos on The Singapore Lawyer's YouTube channel, which provides free legal advice to the masses, Tembusu Law LLC has no intention to stop providing free and valuable content to help Singaporeans make empowered decisions when they are faced with legal issues.About Tembusu Law ......read more

BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2024

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - Blue Bottle Coffee announced its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. This extends to the entire brand, in the United States and Asia, and from coffee and ingredient sourcing to guest-use and end-of-life greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for product and packaging. Blue Bottle will attain carbon neutrality for its GHG emissions first by reducing as much as possible—including through work with coffee producers to sustain and expand regenerative agricultural practices—then by supporting carbon removal and high-quality offsetting projects for unabated GHG emissions. Today's announcement represents a significant next step towards the brand's long-term sustainability goals of leading the food service industry in the boldest, most comprehensive waste and GHG emissions reduction movement.  This year, the company focused efforts to reduce GHG emissions across four key areas: coffee sourcing, electricity, dairy, and waste. The company also committed to help scale regenerative agriculture as part of its 2024 carbon neutrality target. Blue Bottle made a multi-year commitment to purchase the first available high-quality, registry-certified agricultural carbon credits. Produced by Carbon by Indigo, these credits support U.S. farmers transitioning from conventional practices toward more beneficial agriculture. In 2022 the company will publish its accelerated roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality by 2024. "Since our founding in 2002, sustainability has been a core value at Blue Bottle. Sustainability for us means caring for people and planet," said Karl Strovink, CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee. "We are steadfast in providing guests with the highest quality coffee and cafe experience without the need to compromise on our values." In 2020, Blue Bottle held true to the commitment of compensating for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with its e-commerce business on orders ......read more

MOVE Network announces strategic investment and cooperation agreement with AVATAR (Avalanche Asia Star Fund)

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - MOVE Network is thrilled to announce a strategic investment and cooperation agreement with AVATAR(Avalanche Asia Star Fund). MOVE Network will work with AVATAR to deploy NFT, DeFi, GameFi and metaverse functions on the Avalanche (AVAX) eco-system."We see NFTs as the gateway to creating a multilayered metaverse. DeFi + NFT creates a new NFTFi industry. We aim to pioneer this trend and believe that Avalanche with one of the fastest smart contracts platform in the blockchain industry will help us bring this mainstream. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Avalanche and AVATAR" said Bernard Lee, CTO at MOVE Network. About MOVE NetworkMOVE Network is a leading NFT aggregator covering a wide range of NFT products. MOVE Network allows enterprises and start-ups to obtain value by using blockchain technology to trade, pledge, create and auction NFT assets. Users will be able to use MOVE Network to access NFTS from different industries including entertainment, music, art, and e-sports. Learn more about MOVE Network Website: https://www.movenetwork.io Twitter: https://twitter.com/movemovenetwork Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/movenetworkofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/movenetwork_official/ Medium: https://medium.com/move-network#MOVENetworkAbout Avalanche (AVAX)Avalanche is an open, programmable smart contracts platform for decentralized applications. Avalanche is the fastest smart contracts platform in the blockchain industry, as measured by time-to-finality, and has the most validators securing its activity of any proof-of-stake protocol. About Avalanche Asia Star Fund (AVATAR) Avalanche Asia Star Fund is an independent venture fund formed by leading Asia VCs, dedicated to funding development of Avalanche's ecosystem in Asia. AVATAR intends to invest in DeFi, NFT, industry infrastructure, and ecosystem development projects. ......read more

Urban Renewal Fund Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Connecting Communities for Sustainable Urban Renewal: Innovations and Inspirations Cum "Community is Renewing" Community Online Exhibition

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - The Urban Renewal Fund was founded in 2011, with "People First, Districts Based, Public Participatory" as its conception of urban renewal, serving citizens affected or dislocated by urban renewal projects, and promoting heritage preservation and revitalisation of local districts.   Image 1: Online Exhibition on the 10th Anniversary of Urban Renewal Fund     Image 2: The brand new website for URF has been launched URL: https://urfund.org.hk/    As the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Urban Renewal Fund approaches, it celebrates the occasion recurring the theme of "Connecting Communities for Sustainable Urban Renewal: Innovations and Inspirations". Previous collaborations with various partners are showcased through different platforms and events, chronicling projects the Fund has achieved with its partners, reviewing our past experiences while looking forward with an innovative mind towards future challenges, to continue support for social programmes and services, realising our aim of sustainable urban renewal and the betterment of the quality of life of citizens.   Anniversary Celebration Opens with Online Exhibition on 10 Years of Urban Renewal    "In the past ten years, the Urban Renewal Fund has worked closely with NGOs and different stakeholders to promote heritage preservation and district revitalisation projects in different regions within Hong Kong. The Fund has also continually served citizens living in renewal areas. With the achievement of the 10-year milestone, the Fund has organised 'Community is Renewing', an online exhibition looking back at highlights of the Fund's past projects over the past 10 years."   —The Chairman of the Urban Renewal Fund's Board of Directors, Professor Steven Ngai Sek-yum ......read more

Microsoft launches Code; Without Barriers across nine countries in Asia Pacific

Thirteen companies join Microsoft to increase employability of female technical talent and nurture entrepreneurs across Asia PacificSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - Microsoft and 13 companies across nine Asia Pacific countries today launched Code; Without Barriers to help close the gender gap in the region's fast-growing cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technology sectors.   The program provides a platform to enable female developers, coders, and other technical talent to contribute towards inclusive economic growth, encourage innovation and better reflect the societal makeup of their region.   "The balance between consumption and creation is changing. We see developers increasingly influencing every business process and function. Which is why Code; Without Barriers was created. We identified an urgent need to increase the diversity of cloud, AI and technical talent in APAC, so every country can achieve their national digital agendas and have truly inclusive economic growth," said Andrea Della Mattea, President for Microsoft in Asia Pacific.   The partners in the program include Accenture, AvePoint, Government Big Data Institute (GBDi), HCL Technologies, Just Analytics, MetLife, NTT Ltd, PALO IT, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Simbiotik Technologies, Thoughtworks, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM).   These organizations operate in the areas of education, energy, financial services, public sector and technology in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.   Microsoft will provide skilling and certification in cloud and AI to increase the technical talent pools in the countries. Each of the 13 companies is committed to improving diversity within their organizations and offers career opportunities to female creators and devel ......read more

Callsign survey says half of consumers blame banks, retailers, social media companies and telcos for scam message explosion

Survey shows erosion of digital trust, with fed up consumers saying more needs to be done to protect their personal informationHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - Callsign, the digital trust pioneer reveals that consumers think banks, retailers and mobile operators need to do more to protect them and their personal information from fraudsters. Trust in these organizations is eroding fast because consumers say they are overwhelmed by scam messages from fraudsters spoofing brand names daily. The problem has become so pervasive that consumers mistrust the technology, processes designed to protect them from fraudsters and confirm identities with many adamant that users must prove beyond doubt who they are when logging in to use a platform, and that there should be an online identity system to quell the surge of scams. "Callsign's data demonstrates that consumer trust in our digital world has vanished and, rightly or wrongly brands, are being blamed. Yet the sense is that little is being actually done to purposely re-establish digital trust through complete and accurate digital identities," explained Stuart Dobbie, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Callsign. The survey of global consumers – including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore - revealed that almost half (45%) of consumers say their trust in businesses such as banks, retailers, mobile network operators and delivery companies, has decreased due to persistent scams spoofing brand names. With global consumers (42%) asking mobile network operators to do more to stop scammers using their platforms, and a third (33%) asking the same of banks. People claim to have received scams through email (67%), SMS (57%), phone (46%), messaging apps (33%) and social media (23%) in the last year. But over a third (37%) of global consumers don't know where or who to report a scam message to, or simply get too man ......read more

O.C. Tanner Unveils Landmark Study, the 2022 Global Culture Report, as Companies Continue to Navigate the "Great Resignation" Era

In a world where employers no longer hold all of the cards, the fourth annual report provides a roadmap for organisations as they move out of crisis and look to refine or rebuild their cultures SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - O.C. Tanner, the global leader in employee recognition and workplace culture, today announced the release of its 2022 Global Culture Report. In its fourth year, the report provides an in-depth look at timely workplace culture and employee experience issues based on data gathered from over 38,000 employees, leaders, HR practitioners, and executives from 21 countries worldwide. The report was announced at O.C. Tanner's annual culture conference, Influence Greatness, which took place virtually for the second consecutive year. "Demonstrating a causal relationship between employee recognition and the strength of connection between employees, this year's landmark study supports over a decade of research to show that recognition is a critical tool for organisations, particularly in an era rife with disconnection and social fragmentation," said Dr. Alexander Lovell, Director of Research and Data Science at the O.C. Tanner Institute. "Additionally, our research makes clear that the recent 'Great Resignation' phenomenon is only the beginning. Repairing the damaged aspects of workplace cultures is imperative, but will not be easy. It will take time to thoroughly rethink long-held beliefs about the employee experience and approaches to building workplace culture, and we hope this report will act as a guide for those company leaders looking to do so."   As companies approach a post-pandemic era, the report highlights some of their greatest challenges: creating meaningful employee experiences and connecting people across the organisation. Generic, top-down programs for collaboration, recognition, and growth will no longer be effective. Because the pandemic has affected employees in ......read more

VITAL Chooses X0PA AI as its Platform of Choice for Objectivity and Efficiency

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 23 September 2021 - X0PA AI's AI recruitment platform is the platform of choice for VITAL. VITAL, the Central Agency for Shared Services in the Singapore Public Service, has embarked on a recruitment tech pilot programme with X0PA's AI Recruiter solution to streamline its recruitment processes and improve hiring outcomes. With X0PA's AI Recruiter platform, the pilot leverages on technology and machine learning to create a ready pool of qualified candidates, improve candidate job matching capabilities and reduce time and cost to hire within the public service. X0PA AI's AI Recruiter solution aims to enhance the existing recruitment processes through: -       Inclusive hiring features such as resume and personal information masking for objective shortlisting-       Automated candidate screening & matching powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) for objective and unbiased selections-       Hiring automation via Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-       Talent pooling capabilities to improve candidate experience and shorten hiring lead time-       Enhance candidate engagement & virtual assessment capabilities "VITAL is in a unique position within the Singapore Public Service to experiment with emerging technologies such as AI and automation. With a capable recruitment system and a ready database of qualified candidates, we foresee a more effective and efficient hiring process. We look forward to the partnership with X0PA."- Dennis Lui, Chief Executive, VITAL "X0PA is committed to solving talent management challenges and making process transparent and objective with the power of ethical AI. With this strategic engagement with VITAL, X0PA is determined to augment existing recruitment capabilities and someday, for the whole of public service. X0PA AI will h ......read more

APICORP Launches Its Inaugural Green Bond Framework

DAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA - EQS Newswire - 22 September 2021 - Green Bond Framework follows the approval of the ESG Policy Framework in April 2021; Reinforces APICORP's ( www.APICORP.org ) focus on funding of renewable energy and other green projects; Exposure to green assets in lending portfolio more than quadrupled from 2015 to 2020; Paves the way to the issuance of a Green Bond in the near future as one of the first energy focused institutions in the world to do so.The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution focused on the energy sector in the MENA region, today announced that it has launched its inaugural Green Bond Framework (Framework).The Framework will serve as a means to raise Green Bonds/Sukuk which reinforce the institution's commitment to projects that are aligned with its recently approved ESG Policy Framework as well as advance the development of the broader sustainable finance market. In particular, the projects financed, refinanced and/or invested in by APICORP's Green Bond/Sukuk are also intended to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will aim to promote climate mitigation and adaptation, the transition to a circular economy, pollution prevention and control and biodiversity preservation.Notably, the Green Bond Framework is in alignment with the International Capital Market Association's (ICMA) Green Bond Principles 2021 (GBP). In addition, the Green Bond Framework enjoys a Second Party Opinion (SPO). V.E's SPO assesses APICORP's Green Bond program "Contribution to Sustainability" and "Expected Impacts" as "Advanced," along with a "Coherent" classification vis-à-vis APICORP's strategic sustainability priorities and sector issues.Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga, Chief Executive Officer of APICORP, said: "The energy sector is undergoing an exciting and rapid transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix. By launching the Green Bond Framework, APICORP is providing ......read more

Midea Comes Onboard the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 as Official Sponsor

Enabling 492 million Fans in Southeast Asia to Enjoy the Region’s Premier Football Tournament at HomeGUANGDONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 22 September 2021 - Midea, one of the world's leading home appliances producers, has announced its official sponsorship of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Football Championship, also known as the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, on the day of the official draw. Through supporting millions of football fans to enjoy the matches at home, this partnership is the latest move from Midea to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to Southeast Asian markets.   "We are delighted to showcase our commitment to accelerating growth and development in Southeast Asia through enabling millions of football fans to enjoy the AFF Suzuki Cup, one of the most successful football tournaments at home. At Midea, we are committed to integrate the world and inspire the future. Apart from bolstering our brand presence around the region, we also look forward to igniting excitement and bringing people together during this unprecedented time," said Jackie Huang, General Manager of Asia & Pacific at Midea Group's International Business Division. Fandi Ahmad, the Singapore football legend, at the Midea sponsored pre-draw show   Due to the pandemic, the tournament has been rescheduled from last year to take place between December 5, 2021 and January 1, 2022. The official draw took place virtually, which spilt ten qualified countries into two groups. Group A: Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and QR winner (Timor-Leste or Brunei Darussalam.) Group B:  Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos. Each country will host a minimum of two matches and a maximum of four if they are able to make it to the Finals. The top two teams from each group will advance to Semi-Finals and Finals.   As the official sponsor, Midea supported a short pre-and post-official draw show at the tournament. Fandi A ......read more

World premiere: Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive Experience

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - Newsaktuell - 21 September 2021 - The first museum for immersive art in Switzerland is opening with a world premiere: Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive Experience. The preparations for this immersive enactment of the life and work of Frida Kahlo have been two years in the making. The exhibition will be unveiled on 22 September at the new Lichthalle MAAG in Zurich. It will be the first time that the life and work of the iconic Mexican artist will be presented in an immersive format outside of Mexico.Kahlo's expressive paintings, with their accessible symbolism and colourful, exotic plants and animals, as well as her powerful self-portraits, are the perfect templates for an immersive presentation with video projections and light and sound effects. Visitors will experience Frida Kahlo's life and work on a completely new level via panoramic projection. "Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive Experience" offers an insight into the tragic life of the Mexican artist and her creations. Her pictures come to life in the projections, while a voice-over playing the role of Frida Kahlo comments on the events and a specially composed soundtrack paints the presentation's acoustic background. The new Lichthalle MAAG uses high-performance projectors to project images onto walls, columns, ceilings and floors up to 10 metres tall and 34 metres wide, making for a breath-taking 360° experience.Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive ExperienceDate/venue:                    22.09.2021–02.01.2022, Lichthalle MAAG, Zurich, SwitzerlandMore information:            www.vivafridakahlo.comContact:                         MAAG Music & Arts AG, PR & Communications, Christoph Rüdt, christoph.ruedt@bmaag.ch ...read more

WSOT 2021: Crypto Trading Competition of the Year Made History With $4.09 Million in Prizes

Record number of participants in Bybit's World Series of Trading (WSOT) 2021 drove up total prize pool to a historic $4.09 million, up from last year's $1.27 million??? secured No.1 title as captain of top troop ?????? with a staggering 2,044.90% P&L, followed by ??? ??? (1,774.84% P&L) and PepeCup Army (1,417.15% P&L)A star-studded cast from the esports world: gaming legends from four elite esports clubs dabbled in competitive crypto trading SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 September 2021 - The 2021 edition of the World Series of Trading (WSOT) ended on a high note on Friday. The world's best crypto traders can now kick back and relax after 20 intensive days of trading, having divided up a record prize pool at $4.09 million.   South Korean outfit demonstrated the value of team effort — 840,000 USDT to be exact, taking home the prize money on top of their stunning 2,044.90% P&L earnings. This year's trading super stars also include winners by individual P&Ls: HeresJonny (P&L: 7,265.94%), chinesebirdman (P&L: 4,599.74%) and CHANS (P&L: 4,249.09%).      Powered by Bybit, the world's largest cryptocurrency trading event attracted more than 34,738 sign-ups this year, up 280.86% from last year. Team players from 136 eligible regions formed or joined 196 troops in the main event, with 19,592 independent traders opting to play solo in the individual competition.   WSOT 2021 has captivated crypto lovers worldwide this year with the sheer size of its prize pool of USDT and NFTs. The event has also extended its reach to another community with a group of special guests: A-list esports athletes.   12 gaming professionals from four prominent organizations — NAVI, Astralis, Alliance and Virtus.pro — put on their crypto trader hat and assumed the role of troop captains with 198 troopers slash fans from around the world, who followed their exhilarating per ......read more

Charles Monat Associates expands its Swiss Operations – Highlighting commitment to the business across Switzerland and Europe

CMA represents the first HNW broker to offer a unique value proposition in EuropeMarco Liardo announced as Managing Director of SwitzerlandLuca Bertacchi announced as Managing Director Continental Europe and to lead the newly created private placement life insurance (PPLI) practice group ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - Media OutReach - 21 September 2021 - Charles Monat Associates (CMA) is expanding its operations in Switzerland. In addition to the recent appointment of Marco Liardo as Managing Director of the Swiss Operation, the Team in Zurich is broadening its capabilities even further with three senior executive hires. At the same time, CMA is launching a domestic business in the EU and creating a private placement life insurance (PPLI) practice group. Luca Bertacchi is joining CMA in Liechtenstein to build and lead the newly established team. The new hires and ambitious expansion strategy demonstrate CMA's commitment to growing its business across Switzerland and Europe.     Simon Lo, CEO of International Business, Charles Monat Associates   Marco Liardo joins as the Managing Director of Switzerland for CMA. Based in Zurich, his role involves developing, leading, and managing sales consultants in Switzerland as well as tailoring bespoke solutions to clients' liquidity planning needs. Marco has many years of experience in wealth advisory for international clients, having successfully developed and managed the Swiss hub for an international life insurance broker. Previously, he served as Head of Financial Analysis and Senior Merger & Acquisition Manager for a global insurance group as well as Vice President, Private Banking Life Insurance for an international Swiss private bank. As part of CMA's expansion in Europe, a new PPLI practice group has been created strengthening the Liechtenstein broker entity and creating a centre of competence for the full Group of CMA. Luca Bertacchi has been appoint ......read more

PolyU to Enhance Undergraduate Curriculum From The 2022/23 Academic Year Onwards, Strengthening Students With Diverse Capabilities to Meet Future Societal Needs

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 September 2021 - Given the emergence of Industry 4.0 as a key trend that is shaping the future, innovation and technology have become the new driving force for the economy of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. In addition to acquiring professional knowledge, young people are required to master the skills needed by contemporary society and to possess an entrepreneurial spirit, in order to demonstrate diverse strengths such as creativity and problem-solving capability on different occasions. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is committed to providing high-quality education that keeps pace with the times. To better equip our students for societal needs, the University will fully implement department scheme-based admissions from the 2022/23 academic year onwards, thus providing students with more flexible study options and helping them to enhance their competitiveness.  PolyU will fully implement department scheme-based admissions from the 2022/23 academic year onwards, thus providing students with more flexible study options.Starting from the 2022/23 academic year, the new department scheme-based arrangement will be applied to all programmes (except for some specialised programmes such as Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing). Under the new arrangement, when students apply to PolyU, they will first select a scheme from a department. Upon enrolling to the University, students only need to undertake the common courses of the department in their first academic year. They will then select their Major in the second academic year. This will offer them more time to gain a better understanding about their own interests and aspirations, so as to make the most suitable choice in selecting their Major. Furthermore, two new elements, namely "Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis" (AIDA) and "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (IE), will be incorporated into the General University Requirement (GUR) ......read more

CTBC Bank becomes first Taiwan client to clear at LCH ForexClear

CTBC Bank has gone live as a client clearing FX derivatives at LCHUBS acted clearing broker for the tradeForexClear's continues to grow its client base in Asia and globally - members and clients of ForexClear benefit from enhanced risk management, as well as margin, capital and operational efficienciesImplementation of phase 5 of the uncleared margin rules (UMR) took effect from September 2021, impacting firms with derivatives of a notional value exceeding €50 billionSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 21 September 2021 - Rohit Verma, Head of Asia Pacific, LCH, said: "Taiwan is an important financial hub for the derivatives market and we are delighted to welcome CTBC Bank to the ForexClear service. With new uncleared margin rules phases coming in, firms are looking to optimise their derivatives portfolios through clearing at LCH. Phase 5 of the uncleared margin rules was implemented in September and firms are already preparing for Phase 6, coming into effect September 2022." Joe Chen, Head of Global Trading, CTBC Bank, said: "CTBC Bank has strong history of innovation and we are pleased to be the first Taiwan bank to become a client at ForexClear. Clearing at LCH allows us to efficiently manage our risk while benefitting from multilateral netting and a more streamlined derivatives portfolio." Victor Gusak, Head of APAC Execution & Clearing, UBS AG, said: "This go live is a significant milestone for both the Taiwan market and UBS's global clearing franchise. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner for our clients and we look forward to continuing to supporting CTBC Bank and the wider market in accessing clearing."LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/lch-clearnet/  Twitter: @LCH_Clearing (https://twitter.com/LCH_Clearing)   #LCH...read more

GEODIS expands AirDirect service between Europe and Asia with new route

Global logistics player eyes strong growth in Asia Pacific (APAC) through strategic expansion of its fixed schedule networkHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 21 September 2021 - GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics services provider, is extending its AirDirect service with the addition of a twice weekly flight routed London Stansted (STN)/Amsterdam (AMS)/ Hong Kong (HKG)/STN/AMS. With the new schedule coming into effect from October, GEODIS' APAC customers will have access to almost 80 percent of European destinations within 24 hours. This new investment underscores the company's enhanced focus on the APAC region and its commitment to serve a greater range of business verticals in Asian markets. GEODIS will in part use its new A330-300 full freighter aircraft to operate this rotation between Europe and Asia.   GEODIS expands AirDirect service between Europe and Asia with new route   As manufacturing in Asia continues to be the backbone of several key European business sectors, the requirement for exporters to secure reliable and well-priced freight forwarding services has become even more critical through the disruption brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. The new route launch comes on the heels of the introduction of GEODIS' Shanghai to Guadalajara flight in March this year, which has improved cargo connectivity to the West Coast of the Americas. GEODIS also continues with its dedicated service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara. The new flight will also help expand GEODIS' operations in Asia with increased connectivity, aiming to build on its existing customer base consisting of pharmaceutical, high tech, and retail clients. The new service will offer all the existing AirDirect options of AirFast, AirFlex, and AirSave services with much needed guaranteed capacity. "The strength of our network in Europe plays a critical role in driving our growth in APAC. Opening up new and in-demand routes to be ......read more

Maison Métaphore…Brings Its Latest Designer Collection to The World Through Its New E-Commerce Website

The creative brand explores new markets with the world's best Japanese manufacturingTOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - Japanese fashion brand Metaphor, directed by Kento Fukatsu, fashion designer and founder, has launched its global e-commerce website with its new brand, Maison Métaphore.... The launch coincides with the release of the brand's autumn/winter 2021 collection and aims to expand its reach across the world.Metaphor from 2019 Spring/Summer"Just like a metaphor, the concept behind Maison Métaphore...is to convey our evolving world through innovative, ground-breaking fashion. By launching our global e-commerce website, we are enabling a larger number of people the opportunity to express themselves through our progressive, gender-neutral apparel," said Kento Fukatsu, designer and founder of Maison Métaphore... and Metaphor.Fukatsu's approach to design is the use of juxtapositions and is inspired by Dadaism, an art movement that began during the First World War in Zurich. This produces clothes that give the impression they are not worn exactly as they were intended i.e., backwards, inside out, or skirts that look like pants. In addition, and with sustainable fashion in mind, Fukatsu's designs are designed to be worn for a long time by a wide range of people, regardless of gender.The theme for the brand's autumn/winter 2021 collection is In the Middle of Change with the brand's signature sense of incompatibility. With a nod to the world's circumstances, it was created with a mixture of diverse cultures in mind but still from a Japanese perspective. The collection uses the best materials from Japan and features a combination of a bustier, jacket and a jumper skirt reconstructed from a trench coat.The collection was supervised by the stylist Tsuyoshi Kurata. The e-commerce website will be available in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese as well as providing access ......read more

Galton Voysey Limited wins 2 International Awards at the 9th edition of Global Brands Magazine Awards

LONDON, UK - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - Galton Voysey Limited, an accomplished DTC brand developer, has won both the "Leading Brand Developer, Hong Kong" and the "Young Women CEO of the Year, Hong Kong - Kimberley Woo (Galton Voysey)" awards for the year 2021. The felicitation ceremony will be held at the Palm Jumeirah – Waldorf Astoria in early 2022 in Dubai. The Global Brand Awards is an annual event held by Global Brands Magazine (GBM), an international publication headquartered in the UK. The award aims to recognize global brands achieving excellence in performance across a broad range of sectors while keeping its readers updated on the branding world's key trends. Galton Voysey Limited was evaluated based on customer service, satisfaction, digital innovation, strategic relationships and new business development. Commenting on Galton Voysey Limited winning the awards, Shivkumar (CEO) of Global Brands Magazine said, "Galton Voysey Limited is a driving force in the DTC market, being a front-running pioneer in today's e-commerce-driven market of disruptive DTC brands. They're a reminder that the apparent monopoly of the well-known retail giants isn't as strong as many people think when smaller brands can find gaps and bypass the middlemen entirely. Miss Woo is an outstanding CEO, and we're excited about what DTC brands she'll bring to life in the coming years." Commenting on winning the award, Kimberley Woo (CEO) said, "I feel very honoured to have received the awards of Leading Brand Developer of the Year and Young Female CEO of the Year. I do not believe that without an amazing team behind me, this could have happened. I hope to continue to grow Galton Voysey to becoming a leading eCommerce company and to add amazing talent to the team."About Galton Voysey LimitedGalton Voysey's vision is to be the leading developer of Direct-to-Consumer Brands. The company has a portfolio of 45+ in-house brands whereby they build, grow and ......read more

OPPA System Has Been Awarded ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - OPPA System Limited, the event management company that provides agile and creative execution through state-of-the-art technology, has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for the information security management system that supports the provision of event management and live streaming. This achievement has been granted by SGS, one of the world's leading certification companies. "Since 2020, our customers across Asia Pacific have been hosting more virtual and hybrid events," said Eddie Suen, founder of OPPA System Limited. "They are looking to OPPA as their valued partners to provide access to the latest networking technology and technical expertise. We have finally been awarded 27001 accreditation. I would like to thank our dedicated team for their diligent efforts, and we will continue to deliver secure and immaculate services to our customers."  OPPA System is the system of choice for successful virtual event management, providing state-of-the-art technology backed by agile, creative execution. With the recently launched website and branding, every event is certain to be a unique occasion – a RE-INVENTION of the EVENT EXPERIENCE. About OPPA System LimitedSince 2018, OPPA System has been adapting and transforming the hybrid and virtual event management sectors across China and Asia Pacific through the latest technologies.OPPA's innovative services include event management, webinars and hybrid events built on a virtual event platform. OPPA's platforms are stable and reliable, serving the full range of local, regional and international clients. About ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification by SGSISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification demonstrates to existing and potential customers, suppliers and shareholders the integrity of our data and systems and our commitment to information security. It can also lead to new business opportunities with se ......read more

Hong Leong Bank: Seeking to Collaborate with Trailblazing Startups to Build a Sustainable Future Together

Hong Leong Bank is looking to partner with startups to create ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions contributing to long term positive impact for our Community, Environment, and the Financial Services IndustryKUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - Hong Leong Bank's ("HLB" or "the Bank") Fintech and tech startups mentorship platform, HLB Launchpad is back in its fourth edition. The Bank is calling for Fintech and tech startups to take on the challenge of co-creating and developing breakthrough 'out-of-the box' solutions to reimagine a more sustainable banking and financial services industry.  The 4th HLB Launchpad edition seeks to partner with startups to create 'out-of-the-box' solutions to build a sustainable future together. Themed 'Let's Build a Sustainable Future Together', it aligns with the Bank's priorities in stepping up its sustainability best practices and integration of Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") elements into every facet of its business. This year's HLB Launchpad is open to ANY startup that has a presence in Malaysia, has a minimum viable product ("MVP"), has generated sales, has been in operation for over a year, and is interested in creating solutions that contribute to a long-term positive impact on our society and environment.    The Bank has identified over 15 problem statements this year extending over five Sustainability themes, namely Digital at the Core, Workforce Readiness, Socially Responsible Business, Environmental Management and Community Investment. The problem statements range from finding solutions to boost financial inclusivity for low-income earners, to tracking greenhouse gas emissions to create a long term positive environmental impact. Startups are welcome to address one or more of the problem statements.   Domenic Fuda, Group Managin ......read more

VP Bank in Asia makes two newly-created key appointments to its Asia Management Committee

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - VP Bank has today announced the appointments of Alexander Tsikouras as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer Asia and Will Wang as Head of Client Solutions & Strategic Partnerships Asia in two newly-created roles which form part of the Asia Management Committee (Asia Manco) as of 24 September 2021. Aligning with VP Bank's growth strategy in Asia, these appointments follow the recent joining of two other senior executives, Pamela Hsu Phua as CEO Asia and Heline Lam as Chief of Staff Asia. Through the expansion of its leadership team in the region, VP Bank continues to build upon its proven business model focusing on intermediaries and private banking, with the aim to establish VP Bank as an international Open Wealth Services pioneer.   As Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer Asia based in Singapore, Alexander Tsikouras will be responsible for driving the bank's strategic financial and operational efficiency, as well as transformation in Asia. He will report regionally to Pamela Hsu Phua (CEO Asia), and functionally to Roger Barmettler (Group CFO) and Urs Monstein (Group COO). Alexander has more than 20 years of experience with deep expertise in business development, change and risk management, finance and strategy. Joining from Pictet where he was Chief of Staff Asia, he holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Piraeus in Greece and a Master's in International Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics.   As Head of Client Solutions & Strategic Partnerships Asia based in Hong Kong, Will Wang will play an active role with VP Bank's clients and strategic partners, and in identifying and expanding business opportunities in this region. He will report functionally to both Pamela Hsu Phua (CEO Asia) and Thomas von Hohenhau (Group Head Client Solutions). Prior to VP Bank, Will was Managi ......read more

Signitory - A Glimpse Into the Future Through a Blockchain-Based eSignature Solution

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - With the growth of e-commerce, more and more individuals are becoming accustomed to signing contracts with strangers over the Internet. As a result of the epidemic's impact, businesses have begun to perform intelligent business operations more regularly via online meetings or papers. Electronic signatures, as a key component of online contracts, play a vital role in safeguarding the rights and interests of all contract parties.   "Signitory is the next generation of electronic signature software. It is a hybrid of eKYC and Blockchain technologies. Blockchain technology has the potential to improve oversight and security. It is part of a new paradigm, and it shows us an entirely different future!" Carlo concurred.   That future is evident when one considers blockchain as the foundation of the eSignature solution.   The blockchain's non-tamperable characteristic is important in electronic signatures.   "By putting your signed document in the blockchain, you can now check the validity of the signed papers. If the hash value does not match, the blockchain has determined that your papers were altered and falsified on purpose. This is especially useful for important contracts since it adds an extra degree of protection to your signed paperwork." Carlo added.   Certificate Authorities (CAs), who provide digital certificates to verified individuals, play a very significant role in signing electronic documents. In the context of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, for example, the concept of COVID-19 Certificate Digital Document (CCDD) is offered as a method through which a person's COVID-19 related health-data may be digitally documented using electronic certificates. (Source from: https://www.who.int)   *CA is the current digital transformation trust mechanism. When the document is created as a PDF ......read more

Brands Eyeing Chinese Expats in Singapore to Fuel Sales Post-COVID-19

As retail sales steadily recover, Chinese Expats have renewed their strong shopping sentiment with 63% spending more post COVID-19: EternityX survey reveals.SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 September 2021 - With the government gradually easing border restrictions under COVID-19, businesses have been looking at new ways to capture opportunities in the local market over the course of the pandemic in order to generate positive momentum. Chinese expats in Singapore form a significant demographic that brands have been eyeing to fuel sales growth in the year of pandemic recovery. To provide perspective on this growing expatriate community that is shaping the country's consumer market, leading AI marketing platform EternityX today announced a survey that looks at the spending and investment habits of Chinese expats in Singapore to better understand their potential to contribute to the country's economy. Mass Affluent Chinese Expats Wielding Strong Purchasing Power Potential   The Singapore economy achieved 14.7% year-on-year growth in the second quarter this year[1] while the country was undergoing Phase 1 of reopening. "This is encouraging, despite the borders remaining closed," said Richard Andrew, Southeast Asia and Australia Managing Director of EternityX. "During the lockdown, we've seen brands shifting their focus to new consumer demographics within the territory, and Chinese expats are believed to be an important segment to aid consumption growth, now and into the future." The Chinese expat community in Singapore has contributed to the country's economy over the years. According to EternityX data, 71% of the respondents hold Bachelor's degrees or above. 32% of the surveyed are considered 'affluent' as they make over SGD 160,000 annual household income - at least 45% higher than the median Singapore household income[2].   The survey also found that most Chinese expats have been easing back into their pre-pan ......read more

Blue Cross Dynasty VHIS Plan Lifetime Benefit Limit up to HK$48,000,000

8 Deductible Plan Options Offering Flexibility and Cost-EfficiencyApply with Family Members to Enjoy Triple OfferFirst-year Premium Discount as low as 50% off for HK$12/DayHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - Blue Cross (Asia Pacific) Insurance Co., Ltd. ("Blue Cross") announced the launch of Blue Cross Dynasty VHIS Plan (the "Plan"), a comprehensive and highly flexible choice for customers who are looking for high-end medical protection. The Plan offers a lifetime benefit limit up to HK$48,000,000, full cover for 17 key benefit items and 8 deductible plan options, enabling customers to design their own plan based on their needs and budget. The Plan specially provides care for patients with chronic illnesses, with market-first coverage for Sleep Apnea Treatment amongst VHIS plans. If applying with family members, customers can enjoy triple offer with first-year premium discount as low as 50%1, approximately HK$12/ day2.Blue Cross Dynasty VHIS Plan is a comprehensive and highly flexible choice for customers who are looking for high-end medical protection. At the same time, Blue Cross rolled out a promotion campaign with the theme "Just Right" in which artist Ava Liu shared how Blue Cross medical insurance can help and support, providing everyone a safety net in times of need. Blue Cross Dynasty VHIS Plan is certified by the Food and Health Bureau as a voluntary health insurance scheme (VHIS) flexi plan, suitable for insured aged between 12 days and 80 years old. This Plan fully covers major medical expenses from diagnosis, surgery to recovery, including Room and Board, Surgeon's, Anesthetist's and Specialist's Fees, Pre- and Post-confinement/ Day Case Procedure Outpatient Care, Post-confinement Home Nursing, Prescribed Non-surgical Cancer Treatments and Outpatient Kidney Dialysis, etc. The Plan also covers Rehabilitation Treatment, Stroke Rehabilitation Treatment and Sleep Apnea Treatment (a market-first cover among VHIS plans). ......read more

Bybit Launchpad Debuts With BIT Token Listing

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - Bybit, a popular platform for crypto lovers around the globe, has announced today its token launch site Bybit Launchpad. The first new token to feature on Bybit Launchpad will be $BIT.   Introducing Bybit Launchpad   Bybit Launchpad is designed to help connect innovative crypto projects and users who may be interested to gain exposure to promising projects, while protecting users and projects alike. Bybit Launchpad is open to Bybit users who have completed KYC L1, ensuring compliance with local regulatory requirements.   "We at Bybit are constantly inspired and amazed by the intrepid and imaginative experimentation in the crypto space and the talented and committed folks working for a better future of finance," said Ben Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Bybit. "With Bybit Launchpad, we hope to shine a light on promising projects and help bring game-changing innovations to a wider audience."   BIT Coming Soon to Bybit Launchpad   BIT is the native token of BitDAO — one of the world's largest Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) that aims to allocate massive financial and talent resources to support DeFi growth. BitDAO is supported by Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, Pantera, Dragonfly, Spartan, Alan Howard, Kain Warwick, SushiSwap, Polygon and more.   Bybit is an initial proponent of BitDAO, and has pledged to contribute 2.5bps of futures trading volume to BitDAO's treasury. The contribution, at 2021 rates, is projected to exceed $1B per year. The BitDAO treasury balance stands at more than $540M as of Sept. 16.   Bybit's listing of BIT will include launch rewards and free giveaways for participants. Timing and procedural updates on the BIT listing and airdrop will be updated on the Bybit blog.   For more details about Bybit Launchpad and upcoming token launches, go to https://www.bybit.com/en-US ......read more

HDBank gets US$50 million from French development agency to finance green projects

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution, has granted a US$50 million loan to HDBank to finance green projects and promote sustainable development in Vietnam. It marks the first collaboration between Proparco and HDBank. A pioneer in green lending, HDBank has in past years helped foster Việt Nam's economic development while minimising the impacts on the environment. The loan will help the bank get closer to international standards in green credit. All projects funded by HDBank satisfy green criteria such as reducing energy consumption, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing pollution, and targeting sustainable growth. Green projects promise to create more than 1,350 direct and indirect jobs over the coming years. They will contribute to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Pham Quoc Thanh, Chief Executive Officer of HDBank stated: "Being one of the pioneer bank in Vietnam in green credit, HDBank is strongly committed to boost economic and social development while minimizing environmental effects.  We are confident that the facility will move HDBank a step closer towards international standards on the green credit. We are pleased to have further collaboration with Proparco as well as other development institutions to promote the sustainable development of Vietnam." Based on their common views on sustainable development, creating long-term values for the economy and community and society, the two sides promised to have more strategic cooperation in future. Since 2018 HDBank has been financing green projects to support high-tech agriculture and renewable energy. As of August 31 this year its outstanding loans to green projects were worth nearly VND13.5 trillion (US$593.2 million). Through its green credit programme, HDBank not only provides customers with the best financial so ......read more

Preface, the Hong Kong-based EdTech Company, Sees 500% YoY Surge in Revenue, Overcoming Impact of Pandemic

Series A Funding Completed to Fuel Growth in Coding Education Cultivate Future Global Talents, Build Coding as Universal LanguageTOKYO, JAPAN and LONDON, UK - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - Preface, the Hong Kong-based EdTech company, has announced the completion of its Series A funding from prominent investor Sunlink Holdings (H.K.) Limited. The company will use the latest round of funding to further develop its business in major cities including Hong Kong, Tokyo and London, with a determination to popularise coding knowledge and make it a universal language. Preface aims to equip the new generation with this key language for a better future. Tommie Lo (front row, second left), Founder and CEO of Preface, and the Management Team      The global EdTech industry continues on a sharp growth path and is now worth more than US$100 billion. Despite the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Preface has seen a continued improvement in its performance, with year-on-year revenue growth of 500% over the past 12 months.   Tommie Lo, Founder and CEO of Preface, said: "Coding will become the universal language of the future. Trusted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UNESCO in the provision of programming education, Preface offers award-winning programming curricula to global academia and leading multinational corporations. Through the high-mobility classroom model we are initiating, our goal is to equip future talents with this key language."   "We are very excited to support Preface in its Series A round of funding. In the digital transformation era, education has become one of the fastest-changing landscapes and we see enormous potential for the business. We trust that a forward-looking company like Preface can revolutionise the ......read more

Prince Group Joins Asia’s Responsible Enterprise Club

NGO Enterprise Asia picks Prince Group in Cambodia for Social Empowerment award; Organizer receives more than 500 entriesPHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - Prince Holding Group ("Prince Group"), one of Cambodia's largest and fastest growing conglomerates, has been recognized for responsible entrepreneurship at the 2021 Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA). Prince Group was commended for its high-impact work during the COVID-19 epidemic in Cambodia. Being the fifth award received by Prince Group this year, regional and international judging panels have highlighted the company as a leading Asian business championing sustainable development in Cambodia and across the ASEAN region. Established in 2011, AREA seeks to identify examples of green leadership, investment in people, health promotion, social empowerment, corporate governance, circular economy leadership and responsible business leadership. It has worked to create a community of like-minded peers so that the best businesses in Asia learn from one another, with Prince Group now joining the list. It aims to promote corporate activity in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Other AREA awardees include Foxconn Education Foundation, WPP India Foundation and King Power International Co., Ltd.  Prince Group was recognized under the Social Empowerment category for a multi-sector response that saw it carry out rapid and coordinated activity involving a partnership of business units, governmental departments and non-governmental organizations. Previously, Prince Group was also recognized for its COVID-19 corporate response in the Stevie Awards Asia Pacific while Neak Oknha Chen Zhi, Chairman of Prince Group, won Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2021 International Business Awards. Over the past year, the Group has launched the Chen Zhi Scholarship program for 400 Cambodian university students alongside the Ministry of Education You ......read more

Study Suggests Food Can Suppress Main Dengue Fever-Like Symptoms

Clinical trial confirms Kirin Holdings’ Lactococcus lactis strain Plasma effective against the cureless and vaccineless virusTOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 17 September 2021 - A joint clinical trial confirmed that continuous intake of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited's (Kirin Holdings) Lactococcus lactis strain Plasma (LC-Plasma)*1 for two months significantly reduced the cumulative number of days of fever, muscle pain, joint pain, and pain behind the eyes, which are known to be the main symptoms of dengue fever. LC-Plasma is the same functional ingredient in Kirin Holdings' stable of IMMUSE material that help maintain the immune system. The study was conducted by The Kirin Central Research Institute in collaboration with Professor Dr. Sazaly Abu Bakar, Director of the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC) at the University of Malaya. *1: Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis JCM 5805 is owned by the RIKEN BioResource Research Center.No Cure, No Vaccine... But Hope Against Symptoms Arises – In Food!There is still no definitive cure or vaccine for dengue fever. However, the study results show there is hope for dealing with symptoms. The results of a clinical trial have confirmed the suppression of dengue fever-like symptoms through a food that is safe and does not rely on medical infrastructure, reflecting a groundbreaking achievement that has the potential to provide a solution to the global social issue of dengue fever. The results of this research were presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Travel and Health on August 22. Since LC-Plasma activates the command center of antiviral immunity, it has been shown to contribute to the prevention of a wide range of viral infections other than the dengue fever virus*2. Moving forward, Kirin Holdings and the University of Malaya will accelerate joint research aiming to verify the antiviral effects of LC-Plasma on tropical disease viruses ot ......read more

Cushman & Wakefield First Named Top Real Estate Advisor Globally, in Asia Pacific & Greater China by Euromoney

Cushman & Wakefield Hong Kong has ranked first in categories of “Overall Agency”, “Valuation”, “Letting/Sales” and “Research” for two consecutive yearsHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, has recently announced that the firm has been named the world's top commercial real estate advisor and consultant for the fourth consecutive year in the Euromoney Real Estate Survey. This marks the first time for the firm to be awarded a clean swamp of Number Ones in Greater China, Asia Pacific, and worldwide, in all four categories of "Overall Agency", "Valuation", "Letting / Sales", and "Research". Cushman & Wakefield Hong KongCushman & Wakefield Hong Kong team is the only commercial real estate advisor and consultant that has been recognized as the top in the industry in categories of "Overall Agency", "Valuation", "Letting/Sales" and "Research" for two consecutive years. John Siu, Managing Director, Hong Kong, Cushman & Wakefield, said, "We are honoured to win numerous awards in the 2021 Euromoney Real Estate Survey. Thanks to the endeavor of our teams for this significant achievement. We will uphold our customer-oriented principle and continue our provision of professional and high-quality services to assist our customers' business growth". Cushman & Wakefield Greater ChinaCushman & Wakefield Greater China team (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) was named the top real estate advisor and consultant in all four categories. In fact, China team alone has ranked first in all categories for the past years and entitled as "the top CRE advisor and consultant in China". KK Chiu, Chief Executive, Greater China, Cushman & Wakefield, said "We're honored that Euromoney has now named Cushman & Wakefield the top CRE advisor and consultant in China, with Number One ranking across all categories. This is a testament to our cultur ......read more

Pearl FALCO Launches Kickstarter Project 'Pearl of Hope' to Help the Underprivileged Children

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - Pearl FALCO today announced the launch of its annual Kickstarter initiative, Pearl of Hope, to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children in the Philippines and Himalayas. It is hoped that this initiative empowers the children to reach their full potential and excel in school by providing them with tuition assistance. Donors will be able to help change a child's future with the purchase of Pearl FALCO Jewellery. Through this initiative, 10% of the proceeds from each purchase will go directly to the "Pearl of Hope" fund. Maiko Makito, Owner and Managing Director of Pearl FALCO, commented, "This campaign complements Pearl FALCO's corporate social responsibility (CSR) objective and commitment to provide financial assistance to the less-privileged children especially at a turbulent time like this. Education offers children the best pathway to a better life and no child should to be denied that opportunity regardless of their present circumstances. Through Pearl of Hope, we hope to provide more educational opportunities to the children for them to pursue their dreams, now and in the future." "We are extremely excited with this year's Pearl of Hope Challenge, knowing that it will be timely for the Christmas season, as a gift to the children. We hope this year will be a fantastic experience for all of those taking part and raise more funds for a wonderful cause." She added.   Since its inception in 1987, the Pearl of Hope campaign has granted more than 50 educational scholarships to underserved children all over Asia. Many of Pearl FALCO team members have donated to the program from their own salaries and the team in Ise Japan also includes recipients of the grant who have graduated from college.   With this campaign, Pearl FALCO also hopes to connect Ise Shima, the birthplace of cultured pearls, with the rest of the world, hel ......read more

StaffAny Announces the Launch of Sales-based Scheduling, a New Product Feature for Managers and HR to Schedule Based on Sales and Labour Productivity Goals

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - StaffAny, a staff scheduling, clock-in and timesheets tool, has just launched their latest upgrade: Sales-based Scheduling. Businesses can now look forward to planning schedules with their sales goals in mind / that support their sales goals. This comes on top of the existing benefits StaffAny scheduling provides, such as up to 70% time saved in planning schedules, visibility on scheduled labour costs and instant team communication on schedule updates via the StaffAny app. Sales-based scheduling enables managers to visualise target sales on a 30-minute interval basis against manpower coverage in a day. This helps managers plan schedules more efficiently, by avoiding over-scheduling during low peak periods, and still ensuring sufficient coverage by not under-scheduling.   As an added advantage, the new feature also allows teams to input actual sales, so businesses can compare actual vs. target sales. Using this data, they can plan target sales more accurately in the future. With sales data, businesses are also better able to understand their labour productivity in terms of Sales per Labour Hour (SPLH). When the actual SPLH is less than the target SPLH, managers have the option to reduce the staff or motivate them to reach more sales. If the actual SPLH is higher than the target SPLH (benchmark), the target is met and overscheduling is averted. Managers can also spur productivity by setting SPLH targets for managers and standardising that across outlets.   Ultimately, businesses are in a better positio ......read more

GBG Named to Prestigious IDC FinTech Top 100 Rankings List

Ranking marks GBG’s inaugural participation in the distinguished listSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - GBG (AIM:GBG), the global expert in digital identity, helping businesses prevent fraud and meet complex compliance requirements, today announces its inaugural placement as one of the top 100 financial technology providers around the globe by IDC Financial Insights, coming in at 66th position on the 2021 IDC FinTech Rankings.   GBG's long-standing focus and success with the financial services industry, coupled with its record financial year performance earned GBG a coveted spot as a new entrant to the 2021 IDC FinTech Rankings. Dev Dhiman, Managing Director, APAC, says, "It's an honour to be recognised as a new entrant amongst the top 100 fintech providers around the world. For over 30 years, GBG has served more than 20,000 customers across the globe across 70 countries, including top tier banks and fintechs in APAC. We have grown and expanded rapidly to stay abreast of rapid digital disruption and the increasing focus in AI, cloud, financial inclusion, and cross-vertical collaboration in the financial services industry."   "GBG has upscaled and modernised our end-to-end suite of identity verification, fraud detection, and compliance technology to manage the complexity and volume of today's financial crimes, to ensure banks and fintechs are enabled with agile and dynamic solutions to create better customer experience for consumers to onboard and transact with them."   "This recognition is testament to our commitment to deliver seamless, real-time activation of enriched solutions to help manage emerging financial crimes better. Today, GBG's solutions are trusted by companies large and small to make digital living simpler and safer for businesses and consumers alike," concludes Dhiman.   The 18th annual vendor ranking represents the leading hardware, software, and service provi ......read more

Carousell Group Raises US$100 Million from STIC Investments to Accelerate Classifieds 4.0 in Greater Southeast Asia

Valued at US$1.1 billion, the regional leader of classifieds will continue to cement its frontrunner position across Goods, Autos and Property verticals, and accelerate its transactional push into recommerceSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - Carousell Group, the leading classifieds group in Greater Southeast Asia, today announced that it has secured an investment of US$100 million to accelerate its leadership in the region, and to reimagine the classifieds experience with a focus on convenience and trust, to make secondhand the first choice. This round of funding, led by STIC Investments, a leading Korean private equity that invests across Asia, marks a significant milestone that will bring Carousell's valuation to US$1.1 billion. The investment will power the group's ambitions to redefine commerce for secondhand goods and automobiles in an increasingly digitally savvy, affluent and sustainability-conscious region. "The pandemic has shown us that our mission to inspire the world to start selling and buying secondhand is more relevant than ever. People in the community are using our platforms to make more possible for each other—through shared passions, making ends meet, affording what they need, or simply because it is more sustainable.  We believe that the accelerated adoption of digital experiences is an opportunity for us to double down on our recommerce efforts with a focus on convenience and trust, to unlock step-change growth in our community," said Quek Siu Rui, Co-founder and CEO of Carousell. "STIC's investment is a validation of our mission and strategic direction. We'll deepen our investments in recommerce across more categories and markets, and will continue to seek opportunistic acquisitions in scaling up." "We have been monitoring Carousell as one of the leading platforms in Greater Southeast Asia, and are excited to partner up with a significant stake in its growth story," said Jason Cho, Managing Director o ......read more

DYXnet Spares No Effort to Fulfill Its Corporate Social Responsibility by Donating Social Enterprise Mooncakes to The Elderly Served by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - Caring for the community to uphold corporate social responsibility is one of the core values of DYXnet (a member of NEOLINK), especially to support and express care for those in need during the pandemic through diversified CSR programs. Following the donation of masks and disinfectant products to the needy early last year when the anti-epidemic supplies were in lack, the company is donating 1000 pieces of healthy mooncakes from a social enterprise iBakery to the elderly served by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals this year. These work as the company's commitment to support the society in every way and to embrace our community with concerns and caring. Representatives from DYXnet, TWGHs and the beneficiaries attended the donation ceremonyMs. Alice LEUNG (back row, left 4), Head of Community Services Division of TWGHs, Ms. Ivy LUI (back row, left 5), Group Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications, DYXnet, Ms. Kim LAU (back row, left 3), Chairman of the Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Services of TWGHs, Ms. Christie PANG (back row, right 3), Human Resources and Administration Manager of DYXnet, Mr. Gary WONG (back row, left 1), Centre Supervisor of TWGHs Enhanced Home and Community Care Services (Sham Shui Po) / (Yau Tsim Mong) and Mr. Mac CHENG (back row, right 1), Centre Supervisor of TWGHs Yu Mak Yuen Integrated Services Centre . A donation ceremony was held at TWGHs - Yu Mak Yuen Integrated Services Centre in early September with representatives from DYXnet, different community services at TWGHs as well as the elderly beneficiaries. The donated mooncakes are customized with the names of DYXnet and NEOLINK in Chinese (????), and they are 100% handmade by iBakery employees with different abilities. The company would like to share with the elderly the sincere blessings and greetings with the healthy festival food with no coloring or preservatives added during the production. iBaker ......read more

Razer Cash Payments for Shopee Purchases Available at KK Super Mart

Razer Merchant Services (RMS) enables Razer Cash (cash-over-counter) payments for Shopee’s users at 540 KK SUPER MART outlets nationwide.SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - Razer Merchant Services (RMS), the B2B arm of Razer Fintech, has partnered with KK SUPER MART, Malaysians' favorite one-stop convenience store, to enable Razer Cash for online Shopee purchases, in an effort to encourage e-commerce participation among the unbanked segments of Malaysians.   Razer Cash is an innovative payment option that e-commerce customers can utilize to make cash payments for their online purchases by getting the transaction codes scanned at RMS' physical acceptance points, such as KK SUPER MART. The cash over the counter service is an effective, must-have payment option for retail stores, as it is a key driver of foot traffic to create potential sale conversions at the point of transactions. This collaboration between RMS and KK SUPER MART at the latter's 540 outlets across Malaysia intends to make cash payments for e-commerce transactions accessible in rural and urban areas.   This offline to online (O2O) payment method encourages the financial inclusion of the unbanked segments in the Southeast Asian digital economy, which is expected to grow to over US$300 billion by FY2025, according to the Google-Temasek eConomy report.   "RMS' collaboration with KK SUPER MART will expand the physical acceptance points and provide Shopee's merchants access to potential customers who do not have credit cards or bank accounts. Razer Cash makes it possible for the underserved market demographics, including students, teens, foreign workers, and elders, to be able to participate in e-commerce activity, while helping merchants such as Shopee gain access to a wider and untapped customer base," said Lee Li Meng, CEO of Razer Fintech.   "At Shopee, we are constantly loo ......read more

Daehan Rehabilitation Hospital Putrajaya Offers Post Covid-19 Rehabilitation Like No Other

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 16 September 2021 - "Twenty percent of patients recovering from COVID-19 will now require facility-based rehab", according to a study released by the Journal of Rehabilitation of Medicine. With COVID-19 continuing to affect normal daily lives, those previously infected can experience symptoms of "Long COVID" referring to long-term symptoms of COVID-19 lingering for more than 12 weeks after initial infection. Patients may experience cognitive dysfunction as well as muscle loss. Alongside the oft-cited "Brain Fog", fatigability and shortness of breath are a common complaint.   Specialized medical rehabilitation provides a solution. Currently, such services are being redirected towards patients experiencing Long COVID symptoms. Studies are now emerging that rehabilitative efforts successfully promote post-COVID-19 recovery. As Dr Fazah Akhtar Hanapiah, President of Daehan Rehabilitation Hospital, observes, "It is predicted and becoming evident that Long COVID will be of public health concern. If you do have Long COVID symptoms, regardless of the chronicity, rehabilitation may help."   With experienced rehabilitation physicians and 24/7 medical cover, Daehan Rehabilitation Hospital Putrajaya ("Daehan") is a unique, specialized hospital capable of addressing the complex multisystem impairment often observed in post-COVID-19 survivors. Activities that revolve around goal-oriented functional outcomes are being offered to improve both physical and mental well-being of post-COVID-19 survivors.   Daehan fields a complete, multidisciplinary team to address the complex characteristics of Long COVID. Combining the "Bio-psycho-social-physical-technological" approach with well-established South Korean rehabilitation practices, the South Korean trained therapists at Daehan are well equipped with the skills needed to ameliorate the detrimental effects of the vi ......read more

TechInsights’ New Mobile Application Putting Semiconductor Analysis in Your Pocket

Ottawa, ON - News Direct - 16 September 2021 - TechInsights announces their new mobile application, which provides easy access to their semiconductor and microelectronics reverse engineering content. TechInsights is dedicated to building the content platform for the semiconductor industry; the mobile application makes that content available to subscribers, fast."Right now, subscribers can use the iOS or Android version of the TechInsights Platform to read TechStream blogs, watch TechInsights videos, and receive notifications about the analysis they are most interested in," said Scott Ashdown, VP of Product. "Our planned rollout of the TechInsights mobile app includes a steady stream of upcoming feature launches that will bring even more value to our subscribers." As of September 15, 2021, TechInsights subscribers can download the mobile app now from the Google Play app store, and from the Apple App Store. About Us: TechInsights - Global Leader in Technical Intelligence and Intellectual PropertyTechInsights maintains the world's largest database of semiconductor and advanced technology analysis and are dedicated to building the content platform for the semiconductor industry. By revealing the innovation others cannot inside the broadest range of advanced technology products, we prove patent value and enable business leaders to make highly informed, fact-based IP and technology investment decisions. Headquartered in Ottawa Canada, with offices in the United States, Poland, and Japan. For more information on TechInsights, visit the website.Contact DetailsKim WatermanSenior Corporate Marketing Manager+1 613-576-0145kwaterman@techinsights.comView source version on newsdirect.com: https://newsdirect.com/news/techinsights-new-mobile-application-putting-semiconductor-analysis-in-your-pocket-788394006...read more

Stagwell (STGW) Brings Together Assembly and ForwardPMX as Unified Global Brand

Operating under the Assembly name, the agency will deliver a market-leading global omnichannel media offering, with technology, data & consultancy capabilities built to grow brands’ businesses.NEW YORK, US - News Direct - 15 September 2021 - Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW) agencies Assembly and ForwardPMX today announced that they are uniting as one organization, operating under the name Assembly globally. The newly combined agency will be home to 1,500 employees in over 20 countries and 30 locations across the globe, working with world-class brands, including Nike, Adobe, Ralph Lauren, Con Edison and Red Robin. Assembly will be part of the Stagwell Media Network, which manages nearly $5 billion in media across 7 agencies and delivers client-centric solutions across media, data, technology, insights and creativity.Assembly will be led by current ForwardPMX Global CEO, James Townsend, who is also the Global CEO of Stagwell Media Network. The agency's management team will be a combination of Assembly and ForwardPMX leadership. In North America, ForwardPMX Managing Director Valerie Davis will be taking a lead role as North American President of the agency. Assembly executives Kim Sivillo and Kendra Mazey will also take on senior leadership roles within the US operation, with Shannon Pruitt and Jon Schaaf being elevated to new global roles across the Stagwell Media Network. Further management announcements will be shared in coming weeks."In bringing these teams together, we are answering a clear market, client and employee opportunity to challenge the status quo," said Townsend. "Assembly's omnichannel media capabilities and buying scale paired with ForwardPMX's digitally-led talent and global footprint can deliver something that is truly market-leading and capable of driving change and growth for CMOs and marketing leaders worldwide."Townsend continued, "These are two growing businesses, with undeniable momentum, that belong together. Today, we're taking a confident s ......read more

Residential transaction shows downward trend, property market begins to consolidate

Home price expected to rise by maximum 3% in 4Q conducive to stable outlookEconomic recovery in Hong Kong drove upsurge of residential property transactions by 15% y-o-y in 3Q 21. With purchasing power gradually unleashed, transaction volume has gone down since August and is expected to shrink in September. Property market will enter consolidation phase.Despite a downward trend in transaction volume, home prices are expected to progress steadily in 4Q with room to rise by maximum 3%.New project sales from property developers are expected to continue in 4Q, and primary sales will dominate the market HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield publishes Hong Kong Residential Markets Review and Forecast 3Q 2021 today. With the purchasing power of the market unleashed at a certain level and consumed in 1H 21, available affordable units reduced, and diminished bargaining space for owners, the transaction volume has displayed a downward trend.Chart 1: Total S&Ps forecasted to hit 25,661 cases in 3QChart 2: Residential S&Ps forecasted to hit 17,825 cases in 3QChart 3: Overall home price increased by 4.3% since 2021Chart 4: Price at City One Shatin (Phase 4) forecasted to rise by 2.1% q-o-q in 3QChart 5: Price at Taikoo Shing (Kao Shan Terrace) forecasted to increase by 2.5% y-o-y in 3QChart 6: Price at Residence Bel-Air (Phase 2) forecasted to rise by 4.9% in 3QChart 7: About 8,900 new flats potentially available from September to December Mr Keith Chan, Director, Head of Research, Hong Kong, Cushman and Wakefield comments, "Transaction in the market has been active since 2021. The total number of sales and purchase agreements (S&Ps) in the first 9 moths is estimated to be 77,369 cases, ie. an upsurge of 27% y-o-y (Chart 1), while the number of residential S&Ps is 57,956 cases, both reaching a histocical high since 2012. However, the number of residential S&a ......read more

Carousell Group Raises US$100 Million from STIC Investments to Accelerate Classifieds 4.0 in Greater Southeast Asia

Valued at US$1.1 billion, the regional leader of classifieds will continue to cement its frontrunner position across Goods, Autos and Property verticals, and accelerate its transactional push into recommerceSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Carousell Group, the leading classifieds group in Greater Southeast Asia, today announced that it has secured an investment of US$100 million to accelerate its leadership in the region, and to reimagine the classifieds experience with a focus on convenience and trust, to make secondhand the first choice.   This round of funding, led by STIC Investments, a leading Korean private equity that invests across Asia, marks a significant milestone that will bring Carousell's valuation to US$1.1 billion. The investment will power the group's ambitions to redefine commerce for secondhand goods and automobiles in an increasingly digitally savvy, affluent and sustainability-conscious region.   "The pandemic has shown us that our mission to inspire the world to start selling and buying secondhand is more relevant than ever. People in the community are using our platforms to make more possible for each other—through shared passions, making ends meet, affording what they need, or simply because it is more sustainable. We believe that the accelerated adoption of digital experiences is an opportunity for us to double down on our recommerce efforts with a focus on convenience and trust, to unlock step-change growth in our community," said Quek Siu Rui, Co-founder and CEO of Carousell. "STIC's investment is a validation of our mission and strategic direction. We'll deepen our investments in recommerce across more categories and markets, and will continue to seek opportunistic acquisitions in scaling up."   "We have been monitoring Carousell as one of the leading platforms in Greater Southeast Asia, and are excited to partner up with a significant stake in its growt ......read more

HCL Technologies and Finastra Expand Partnership to Drive Financial Transformation in South Korea and Taiwan

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company and Finastra, the largest pure-play software vendor that serves the entire financial services industry, have expanded their partnership to drive digital transformation across South Korea and Taiwan. As part of the engagement, HCL will use its next-generation digital transformation and service capabilities to bring two of Finastra's strategic products, Fusion Cash Management and Fusion Summit, to the financial services ecosystem in the region. Fusion Cash Management powers the digital corporate banking experience for financial institutions around the world while Fusion Summit offers a functionally rich core trading solution for capital markets.   "Expanding our association with HCL will bring substantial benefits for financial services institutions in South Korea and Taiwan, which are looking to take the next technological step in cash management and capital markets," said Denise Parker, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Partners and Ecosystem, Finastra. "This partnership is not only a testament to HCL's strong relationship with Finastra, but also to its growing presence in South Korea and Taiwan," said Sanjay Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies. "Finastra's strategic solutions coupled with HCL's deep industry experience, will help institutions adapt and succeed in the changing ecosystem. This partnership will help HCL further accelerate its strategic presence in South Korea and Taiwan while strengthening its long-standing relationship with Finastra." HCL empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended June 30, 2021, HCL had consolidated revenue of $10.54 billion. Its more than 175,000 Ideaprene ......read more

Asia's Largest Sustainable Fashion Conference Fashion Summit (HK) 2021 Successfully Concluded

United Efforts Together to “Design for the Future”HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Fashion Summit (HK) 2021, one of the largest conference in Asia on sustainable fashion, came to a successful close. Over 40 speakers from Hong Kong and abroad representing the fashion industry, fashion designers, the academia and NGOS, hosted a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions during the 2-day summit to formulate a sustainable future for the fashion industry. The total number of attendees and real time online participants exceeded 1,000.   Funded by the lead sponsor, Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("HKSAR Government"), Fashion Summit (HK) 2021 ("the Summit") is jointly organized by Clothing Industry Training Authority ("CITA"), Office of the Hon Felix CHUNG Kwok-pan, Member of the Legislative Council, Redress, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium ("SFBC"), The Mills Fabrica and WWF-Hong Kong. With the theme "Design for the Future", the Summit was held on 9th and 10th September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in both physical and online formats. Mr. Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated at the opening ceremony by delivering a keynote speech on the first day of the Summit.   The 2-day Summit addressed a number of important issues such as "What are the Designs for the Future?", "Consumer Engagement in the Digital Age: Strategic Marketing for a Global and Local Audience", "Are we failing the future of fashion with the lack of sustainability education?", "Future Fashion Materials", "Multifaceted Virtual Fashion" and "Green Finance – Resilient to Changes", generating in-depth discussions on areas including fashion design, digital marketing, sustainable education, use of raw materials, virtual fashion and green ......read more

Heritage Collection Opens Flagship Hotel in Boat Quay Riverfront

BOAT QUAY, SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Heritage Collection opened its latest branch to the public on 20 August 2021. The newly launched hotel is a flagship of the recognized boutique hotel chain and serviced apartments provider. It is the only hotel situated along Boat Quay's riverfront. Spanning across 4 shophouse units, the hotel houses over 40 first-rate rooms inside. Heritage Collection on Boat Quay (Quayside Wing) boasts a chinoiserie theme through its architectural elements and interior furnishings.   Guests can safely stay in the hotel because along with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), lodging establishments are working hand in hand to strictly implement safety precautions and other helpful guidelines into their systems—following those that are indicated in STB's Safe Management Measures for Hotels and Hostels.   Heritage Collection on Boat Quay (Quayside Wing) has also replaced the Collection's use of keyfob access with a more convenient yet secure and fuss-free mobile self check-in system, allowing guests to safely lock and enter their rooms with only a mobile key access.   Currently, Heritage Collection is offering a 30% off on all rooms in the new hotel in Boat Quay. Anyone can avail of the discount through a unique promo code: STAYWITHHC76. The promo is applicable on bookings made until September 12, 2021 and for stays until October 31, 2021. Beyond this limited time promotion, the hotel offers a 10% discount with their ongoing promo code: STAYWITHHC. They also have weekly flash deals for weekend getaways on their Instagram and Facebook pages. Since the enforcement of restrictions for international travel in 2020, the hospitality sector in Singapore has been flogged left and right by the effects of the pandemic. Without traveling tourists, hotels receive little to no guests, making it hard for companies to sustain operations and even personnel. The serie ......read more

Attacks Surge in 1H 2021 as Trend Micro Blocks 41 Billion Cyber Threats

Ransomware remains primary threat as threat actors evolve tacticsHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) announced today that it blocked 40.9 billion email threats, malicious files, and malicious URLs for customers in the first half of 2021, a 47% year-on-year increase.   To read the full report "Attacks from All Angles: 2021 Midyear Security Roundup": https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/hk/security/research-and-analysis/threat-reports/roundup/attacks-from-all-angles-2021-midyear-security-roundup .   Ransomware remained the standout threat in the first half of the year as cyber criminals continued to target big-name victims. Working with third parties to gain access to targeted networks, they used Advanced Persistent Threat tools and techniques to steal and encrypt victims' data.   The banking industry was disproportionately affected, experiencing a 1,318% year-on-year increase in ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.   Ransomware was a major threat to global organizations in the first half of 2021, but it was not the only one. Trend Micro's report also reveals: Business email compromise (BEC) attacks increased by 4%, potentially as a result of new COVID-19 opportunities for threat actors.Cryptocurrency miners became the most detected malware, having surged ahead of WannaCry and web shells in recent months.The Zero Day Initiative detected 770 vulnerabilities, a slight (2%) drop from 1H 2020.A total of 164 malicious apps related to COVID-19 scams were detected, 54% of which impersonated TikTok. "The first step towards effectively mitigating cyber risk is understanding the scale, complexity, and specific characteristics of the threat landscape," said Tony Lee, Head of Consulting at Trend Micro Hong Kong and Macau. "In addition to comprehensive protection against fast-evolving threats like ransomwar ......read more

Okta Recognized as a Leader by Independent Research Firm in Identity as a Service Evaluation for Enterprise with Highest Ranking in Strategy and Current Offering categories

Highest scores possible in fourteen out of eighteen criteria include product vision, innovation roadmap, and user experience and navigationSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 15 September 2021 - Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity, announced that the company has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise, Q3 2021, a report published by Forrester Research, Inc. The report evaluates eleven Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise vendors and positions Okta as a Leader, earning the highest ranking in the "current offering" and "strategy" categories and the highest possible score in the "market presence" category. Download the report here. "We are incredibly proud that Okta has been named a Leader in Forrester's IDaaS for Enterprise Wave evaluation report by Forrester," said Kendall Collins, Chief Marketing Officer, Okta. "We continuously innovate to help our customers accelerate their identity-first security and digital initiatives. We believe recognition from Forrester as a leader in identity validates our strategy, innovations, and investments. We thank our customers who put their trust in us and who choose to build on top of the Okta platform. We are defining the future of identity together with our customers and team." Forrester's evaluation of Okta states, "Okta's IDaaS platform has expansive depth and breadth of prebuilt connectors with over 7,000 for SSO (1,600 SAML, 65 OIDC) and over 200 for user provisioning and deprovisioning (SCIM). Okta supports passwordless options, including WebAuthn, and provides NIST aligned authenticator assurance levels." Additionally, Forrester cites that "the solution offers a compelling user experience with self-service access request approvals for users, and no/low code approaches, such as Okta Workflows." Okta Workflows automates highly complex identity-centric business processes and is one of six Okta P ......read more

NorthCoast Asset Management to Join Focus Partner Firm Connectus Wealth Advisers, Further Expanding Connectus' U.S. Footprint

NEW YORK, US - ACCESSWIRE - 14 September 2021 - Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:FOCS) ("Focus"), a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, announced today that Connectus Wealth Advisers ("Connectus") has entered into a definitive agreement under which NorthCoast Asset Management LLC ("NorthCoast"), a registered investment adviser located in Greenwich, CT, will join Connectus. This transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.NorthCoast was founded in 1988 and specializes in providing proprietary investment management services that are based on quantitative research, a systematic investment process, and a rigorous approach to risk management. NorthCoast works with both private and institutional clients and complements its financial planning expertise with an extensive range of proprietary investment solutions, including its CAN SLIM® investment program that focuses on capital appreciation with downside protection, and alternative strategies to hedge downside risk when diversifying concentrated stock positions."We are thrilled to be joining Connectus," said Dan Kraninger, NorthCoast's President and CEO. "Becoming part of a global consortium is an exciting new phase for our firm. We are looking forward to leveraging the benefits of Connectus to better serve our clients, support our growth, and bolster our operations.""Connectus is the ideal strategic partner with a strong cultural fit who would preserve the independence of our investment process and provide strategic support. We will continue to evolve our differentiated investment strategies and introduce our capabilities to a wider audience of firms and their clients. Connectus will also greatly expand the technology, tools and resources available to us to enhance our client outcomes," added Patrick Jamin, NorthCoast's CIO."The NorthCoast team is an excellent addition to Connectus, and marks a ......read more

Get More Than More With "Magpie Invest" New Horizons of Global Investment Opportunities Featuring 7 Markets Customised For Hong Kong Retail Investors

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Magpie Securities Limited (Magpie Securities), a leading securities firm wholly owned by the NASDAQ listed MICT Inc, today unveiled "Magpie Invest" – a brand new game changing global stock trading platform, bringing new horizons of global investment opportunities to retail investors' fingertips in the Hong Kong market.   Mr Richard Abrahams, CEO of Magpie Securities (middle), Mr Calvin Lam, CRO & Head of Client Services (left) and Mr Tommy Li, CTO (right), officiate the launch of Magpie Invest.     Mr Richard Abrahams, CEO of Magpie Securities speaks at the launch of Magpie Invest.   Customers can now download the Magpie Invest app on their iOS or Android device from both the Apple Store and Google Play Store to enjoy a delightful digital stock trading journey, experiencing the convenient, easy to use, fast and hassle free platform leveraging innovative and advanced technology.   With Magpie Invest, Hong Kong retail investors will be empowered to get more than more within a single app – it brings more of what you want and more of what you need for stock trading, including allowing retail investors the ability to diversify their investment portfolio and connecting them  to more  global markets than ever before.   Celebrating the launch of Magpie Invest, Mr Darren Mercer, Chief Executive Officer of MICT Inc cum Non-Executive Chairman of Magpie Securities, said, "Magpie's presence in Hong Kong is a key strategic move to setting its footprint in the global stock markets, which is essential for its long term business interests. We are proud to bring world class brands from world class markets to Hong Kong's retail investors. MICT has injected about half a billion Hong Kong dollars to support Magpie Securities'  business growth, and plans to inject additional capital so as to always offer competitive levels of margin ......read more

HCL Technologies, HANCOM Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Technology Solutions

Companies to collaborate for better service in Southeast Asian markets; HCL to support HANCOM’s R&D center in India SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and NOIDA, INDIA - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 – HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company and HANCOM Inc., one of the leading South Korean software companies, have signed a strategic partnership to share advanced software technology solutions and establish a mutual bridgehead for overseas expansion.   HCL will support training for software development at HANCOM's R&D center in India, which was established in 2016. HCL will also share its development studio and provide HR support to meet demand and development capacity at the R&D center. In addition, it will promote technological cooperation to strengthen HANCOM products' global competitiveness.   The two companies also plan to cooperate on global market expansion. This includes HANCOM's entry into Southeast Asian countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam and Bangladesh, Middle Eastern countries, and HCL's business expansion into the South Korean market.   HCL Technologies empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals and works with leading partners. It currently employs more than 175,000 people in 50 countries and generates annual sales of $10.5 billion.   "South Korea is a key strategic market for HCL, and this engagement with HANCOM will further help us grow and establish ourselves in the region," said Sanjay Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies. "We thank HANCOM for their trust in us for this collaboration, and we look forward to leveraging HCL's next-gen technological skills and HANCOM's strong presence in the region to mutually support each other."   "We are thrilled ......read more

Hong Kong-based EdTech Company Preface Sees 500% YoY Surge in Revenue, Overcoming Impact of Pandemic

Series A Funding Completed to Fuel Growth in Coding Education Company Aims to Cultivate Future Global Talents, Build Coding as Universal Language HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Preface, the Hong Kong-based EdTech company, has announced the completion of its Series A funding from prominent investor Sunlink Holdings (H.K.) Limited. Preface aims to tackle the issues raised by Hong Kong's traditional education model, cultivate future global talents and promote coding as the world's universal language, facilitating Hong Kong to strengthen its connection with the world.      Tommie Lo (front row, second left), Founder and CEO of Preface, and the Management Team    The global EdTech industry is worth more than US$100 billion. It is expected that the number of people learning coding in Hong Kong will reach one million in the coming five years[1]. Despite the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Preface has seen a continued improvement in its performance, with year-on-year revenue growth of 500% over the past 12 months under its unique "Decentralised Classroom" delivery model, highlighting the growing momentum.   Tommie Lo, Founder and CEO of Preface, said: "Coding is the foundation for all kinds of modern technology and will become the universal language of the future. Trusted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UNESCO in the provision of programming education, Preface offers award-winning programming curricula to global academia and leading multinational corporations. Through the high-mobility classroom model we are initiating, coding education has been rapidly popularising in Hong Kong. Our goal is to equip future talents in Hong Kong and around the world with this key language."   "We are very excited to support Preface in its Series A round of ......read more

Give Gift Boutique Promotes the Best Mid Autumn Hampers and Gifting Solutions for Struggling Customers

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner and you may have to figure out the ideal gifts for your family members, relatives, friends, clients, or your loved one, which takes a toll on your mind and body. At the moment when festive gift sales are booming, Give Gift Boutique promotes the top 5 mid-autumn hampers which have gained high reviews by customers to help you solve the gifting problem. In addition, Give Gift Boutique also provides an intelligent ordering system for instant gift ordering, and it supports consumption vouchers, making it easy for you to send perfect gifts to the people you appreciate.   5 Hottest Hampers To Commence the Joyous Festival A well-received gift must be a desirable gift. Thus, Give Gift Boutique has picked the hottest 5 hampers with exquisite packaging and desirable gifts, including the best fruit of the globe and the mooncakes with superior quality, and some hampers even contain other hottest gifts over the world. Thus these wonderful hampers will impress your recipients.   Mid Autumn Fruit Hamper M18 1.Mid Autumn Fruit Collection(about 12-16pcs)(weight about 7KG/15LB) PomeloJapanese Aomori AppleKorean Crystal PearKiwi fruit in boxImported Grape/ imported fruit in boxDragon fruitLarge Mango/ star fruitOrange/ grapefruitGuava/ pearFuji Apple 2.Hotel Peninsula Mid-Autumn Egg Custard Mooncakes Gift Box 3.Mid-Autumn Man-made leather rectanglar gift boxPrice: $920 HKD   Michelin Star Reign Mooncake Garden Style Fruit Hamper MR08 1.Festival Fresh Fruit (about 10-14pcs)(weight about 5KG/11LB)Korean Green House MuskmelonJapanese Aomori Apple X2Korean Crystal PearImported Fruit in BoxTianjin Pear/PearFuji AppleOrange/Grapefruit 2.Michelin Star Reign Caviar Egg Custard Mooncakes 4pcs 3.Godiva Chocolatier cacao chocolate bar / chocolate 4. ......read more

Senior Drivers Score $50 eCapitaVouchers On Top of One Month Free Car Insurance with DirectAsia

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach  - 14 September 2021 - As Singapore continues to face an ageing population, car owners continue to drive regularly even in their post-retirement golden years. In order to allow senior drivers to continue enjoying driving in their later years without paying an exorbitant amount in premiums, Singapore's leading online insurer, DirectAsia, will be giving one-month free car insurance for all new customers aged between 56 and 70 years old covered under the annual car insurance policies except SOS Car Insurance. To further encourage seniors to get covered, DirectAsia will also be throwing in $50 worth of eCapitaVouchers for all senior drivers.   The Golden Years promotion will run from 14 September 2021 until further notice. Till then, all new DirectAsia customers who fall between the eligible age category will be able to redeem their discount for their annual premium and receive $50 worth of eCapitaVouchers which can be used in all CapitaLand malls. The vehicle to be insured under this promotion should not be insured by any other policy by DirectAsia, and the qualifying car insurance policy has to be incepted within 60 days of purchase. This limited-time promotion is only applicable to Singapore citizens and the insured individual has to be the main driver of the vehicle.   Extra Benefits and Less Cost for SeniorsOther than a free month of car insurance and cash vouchers for senior drivers between the age of 56 and 70, there are other ways you can save on car insurance premiums with DirectAsia as well, such as being a safe driver.   Safe drivers should be rewarded with lower car insurance premiums. With DirectAsia's No-Claim-Discount (NCD) 60, drivers who have maintained NCD 50 for the last five consecutive years will be promoted to NCD60 and be eligible for an additional 10% discount on their car insurance base premium. Simply get a quote online to find out if you ar ......read more

MODIFI raises US$24m in equity to create global trade management hub for SMEs

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Global fintech MODIFI today announced US$24m in Series B, which brings its valuation to more than US$120m. The round was led by new investor Heliad Equity Partners with a co-investment from Neva SGR, the venture capital investment vehicle of Italy's leading banking group Intesa San Paolo. Existing investors also participated significantly, including Global Founders Capital, Maersk Growth and Picus Capital. The funds will be used to grow MODIFI's digital trade finance platform for SMEs into a global trade management hub.   MODIFI is the only digital trade finance platform for SMEs that spans the three major trading regions of Europe, Asia and North America - a cluster which encompasses approximately 80% of global imports and exports. It provides SMEs with simple digital solutions to finance their trades, protect them from counterparty risk, and easily track and manage their shipments. The new funding round will power major upgrades to the platform, allowing MODIFI customers to take care of all trade-related activities in one place. This includes finding new trade partners and managing foreign exchange risk, among other things.   In Hong Kong 98% of all firms are SMEs, with exports accounting for 88% of their total revenues[1]. The SME export sector has a lot of potential to grow even further, but securing finance and finding new business partners remain a challenge. Having relied on traditional channels to find new business opportunities, such as trade shows and in-person meetings, SMEs were left stranded once COVID-19 hit. MODIFI's mission is to empower SMEs to trade and grow their business, thus benefiting the Hong Kong economy.   "Smaller businesses lack the tools and know-how to trade with the ease and comfort enjoyed by their larger counterparts. The solutions available out there are fragmented and don't approach the problem holisticall ......read more

Zi.Care’s Technology Aims to Alleviate Current Healthcare System Inefficiencies by Expanding EMR Adoptions in Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Indonesia, the world's fourth most population-dense nation, has recorded more than 3.5 million cases of Covid-19 as of September 2021 and has become the global epicentre of the pandemic. With limited testing and tracing capabilities in Indonesia as well as no government funded testing system in place, the real number of Covid-19 cases are without a doubt far higher than what has been recorded. To substantiate this, close to 30% of all Covid-19 tests done throughout Indonesia have tested positive, painting a very dire and serious picture.   The chaos introduced by Covid-19 has left the already-strained hospitals overwhelmed and understaffed, while its pharmacies struggle to cope with the rising demand for medication and healthcare. Prior to Covid-19, Indonesia's fragile healthcare system failed to match the standards of its neighbouring countries. The World Bank highlighted the mere 1.2 hospital beds per 1,000 patients, almost two-thirds of Malaysia's 1.9 and half of Singapore's 2.4 beds respectively. As such, the Indonesian government's health budget for 2021 has doubled since January, now standing at a whopping USD 1.34 billion. Such efforts are aimed to target the insufficient hospital resources and depleting medical supplies while strengthening the fragile medical supply chains within Indonesia.   Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated Indonesia's desperate need for innovative solutions as its current inefficiencies and inadequacies in the healthcare system are becoming more and more exposed. Indonesia now has no choice but to pivot to a digitalized way of working in order to manage the spread of Covid-19 and deliver a higher quality of healthcare to the people of Indonesia. In a country that has only 0.4 doctors per 1,000 people, and a population of almost 300 million spread over 6,000 inhabited islands, digital healthcare services are a ne ......read more

Kroll: World’s biggest corporates hit hardest by illicit activity despite bolstering defences

57% of respondents at US$15+ billion turnover companies reported "very significant" impacts of corruption and illicit activity  Proactive data analytics to mitigate risks employed by nearly all respondents (86%)Almost a third (29%) of respondents in China rank employees' actions as the top threat related to bribery and corruption risk, the highest percentage of all countries surveyed   HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Kroll, the world's premier provider of services and digital products related to governance, risk and transparency, today revealed that the world's biggest companies were feeling the greatest impact of corruption and illicit activity in 2020.   Kroll's Global Fraud and Risk Report shows that 57% of respondents at companies with a turnover of more than US$15 billion reported a very significant impact of illicit activity, such as fraud, corruption and money laundering on their organisation, with a further quarter (25%) describing the impact as somewhat significant.   This trend continued for firms with an annual revenue of between US$10 billion –US$15 billion, with 48% of respondents saying their organisation had been very significantly impacted and 44% reporting the impact was somewhat significant.   The survey highlighted that corporates were placing an increased focus on proactive measures to manage bribery and corruption risk, including enterprise-wide risk assessments (82%) and the use of proactive data analytics (86%).   Furthermore, nearly three quarters (72%) said bribery and corruption issues were being given sufficient board-level attention and investment. However, despite these defences being employed, 82% overall still felt corruption and illicit activity were having a significant impact on their organisation.   Respondents in China were more concerned about internal and external bribery and corruption r ......read more

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Advisor Wins FacilitiesNet.com Vision Award for Analytics & Management Software

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced its recognition in the FacilitiesNet.com Vision Awards. In a year of record-breaking Vision Awards entries, an independent panel of judges chose Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building Advisor as a winner in the Analytics & Management Software category.   Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building Advisor is a suite of analytic monitoring services that unlocks operational performance and remote maintenance of buildings. The solution provides actionable insights into a building's operations and identifies areas of improvement and faults to help optimize a building's inefficiencies.   FacilitiesNet.com is the digital home for readers of Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions magazines visited by an average of 135,000 facility professionals a month ranging from building owners, facility executives, operation heads, maintenance engineers.   The Vision Awards honor innovation and excellence in products contributing to the efficient, profitable operations and management of institutional and commercial buildings in the United States   "We are honored to be recognized by FacilitiesNet in its 2021 awards program," said Manish Kumar, SVP of Digital Buildings, Schneider Electric. "EcoStruxure Building Advisor leverages the latest technological advancements, ensuring facilities and building managers are equipped with the most innovative tools to better enhance their buildings' operations. There has never been a more critical time to invest in building management as mounting regulatory, energy and occupant well-being pressures push building efficiency and resiliency to the forefront."   Kumar continued, "With the implementation of EcoStruxure Building Advisor, facilities and building managers can ......read more

DHL eCommerce Solutions is recognized as a Great Place to Work in Australia

This marks the first time the company has won this accolade, a testament of the excellent organizational culture despite turbulent times brought by the pandemic SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 14 September 2021 - DHL eCommerce Solutions (DHL), a division of the world's leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), has been certified as a Great Place to Work in Australia. This is the first time the company is participating in the program, and earning this accolade is a monumental achievement given that it has been a challenging year for the business and people, both personally and professionally. DHL eCommerce Solutions - Great Place to Work Denise McGrouther, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Solutions, Australia said, "This certification recognizes the fantastic efforts each employee puts in, to create a positive and inclusive work environment despite such a turbulent year. The exemplary teamwork and leadership shown by colleagues and supervisors, especially over the past 18 months, is phenomenal. It goes to show that our approach of being extremely transparent in our communications to all employees, is working well and this is definitely the highlight of our success." The boom in e-commerce sales over the past 18 months, combined with a 90% reduction [1]in air freight capacity and new COVID safety protocols presented challenges that would have been unimaginable during pre-COVID times. Yet, through DHL's "People First" culture, the company has navigated successfully through these challenges, by being open and transparent with employees and showing tremendous resilience to adjust and adapt as required.  A recent internal "Future Workplace" survey conducted by DHL showed that 100% of respondents favor balancing working from both home and office, with 96% opting for the preference to spend about two to three days in the office each week. The survey also recorded a year-on-year growth in employee e ......read more

CSG Enhances ZEE5’s Data Ecosystem for Next Era of Personalized, Cross-Channel Entertainment Experiences

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - News Direct - 13 September 2021 - CSG® (NASDAQ: CSGS) today announced a reinforced relationship with ZEE5, one of the largest over the top (OTT) streaming service platforms in India. With the power of CSG's customer data platform, ZEE5 seamlessly integrates its customer data with a single, unified platform that takes a data-driven approach to create exceptional customer experiences. Easier and faster access to customer data worldwide generates comprehensive information mapping that provides ZEE5 with insights into customers' content preferences. This in turn drives content decisions for ZEE5's streaming service to build greater customer loyalty and increase new customer acquisition."The Indian OTT market is evolving into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, with a growing appetite for the experiences OTT platforms offer," said Ian Watterson, head of CSG's Asia-Pacific business. "ZEE5 has over one million content options in more than 12 languages, making it a complex data landscape when it comes to volume, velocity and variety. CSG helps ZEE5 harness its customer data to form the backbone of their downstream customer analysis, allowing them ?to offer better content and provide recommendations suited to the individual user's interests. It is a privilege to work with ZEE5 and enable their business to thrive and grow as they bring innovative entertainment to life for their customers."CSG's unified platform enables ZEE5 to leverage a 360-degree view of its 72.6 million active users to perform personalization at scale while delivering dynamic, cross-channel entertainment. The platform integrates first-, second- and third-party data, empowering ZEE5 to enrich its customer information and drive content-related decisions that create innovative streaming services. These insights lead ZEE5 to better customer engagement and retention metrics while uncovering opportunities to grow revenue."Access to synchronized, intelligent data is ......read more

New Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Policy Framework reinforces APICORPS’s commitment to the Energy Transition

ESG policy framework to institutionalize APICORP's commitment to environmental protection, social responsibility, and robust governanceAPICORP targets allocating US$ 1 bn to green energy projects and sustainable energy companies over the next two years to support energy transitionAPICORP considering issuing green and sustainability bonds to fund sustainable ventures and business models within the energy sectorDAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA - EQS Newswire - 13 September 2021 - The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy-focused multilateral development bank today unveiled its new ESG policy framework. The launch of the framework comes as part of APICORP's drive to support energy transition in its member countries and beyond. APICORP plans to allocate US$1 bn towards green energy projects and sustainable energy companies over the next two years, particularly in the MENA region, with a view to concomitantly measure the ESG footprint of all its assets by end of 2023 through active engagement with its stakeholders. Currently, green assets comprise more than 13% of the multilateral development bank's overall portfolio – equal to around US $550 million in loans and direct investments, a figure which has more than quadrupled over the past 5 years. The new framework also includes a robust due diligence toolkit to measure the ESG impact when making financing and investment decisions, with a focus on supporting the proliferation of renewable energy sources and low-carbon technologies as well as forging more strategic partnerships to promote the sustainability agenda. Additionally, APICORP will look to introduce green and sustainability bonds in the coming period with the aim of accelerating the adoption of sustainable business models within the energy sector and providing industry players with incentives to pursue energy diversification and sustainability practices. Commenting on the ESG policy framework, Dr. Aabed bin Abdulla ......read more

Yip’s Chemical Announces Details of Scrip Dividend Scheme for 2021 Interim and 50th Anniversary Special Dividends, Issue Price of the Scrip Shares Set at HK$4.95 Per Share

Major Shareholder and Core Management Members Opt for Scrip Shares as a Vote of Confidence to Business OutlookHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 September 2021 - Yip's Chemical Holdings Limited (SEHK: 00408) ("Yip's Chemical" or the "Group") announced details of the Scrip Dividend Scheme in relation to the 2021 interim dividend and the Group's 50th anniversary special dividend.  Shareholders whose names appeared on the register of members of the Group at the close of business on 8 September 2021 can choose to receive the dividends wholly or partly in the form of allotment of new Shares ("Scrip Shares") in lieu of cash. The issue price of the Scrip Shares is set at HK$4.95 per share. Shareholders will be eligible to receive a maximum of 88 Scrip Shares for every board lot (2,000 shares) based on an aggregate amount of HK22 cents for the interim and 50th anniversary special dividend per share. As a vote of confidence to the business outlook of the Group, Mr. Ip Chi Shing, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Board and a substantial shareholder of the Group, and core management members including Mr. Yip Tsz Hin, Executive Director, Deputy Chairman of the Board and the CEO, as well as Mr. Ip Kwan, Executive Director and the Deputy CEO, have indicated that they intend to receive the dividends in Scrip Shares. The issue price of the Scrip Shares is set at HK$4.95 per Share, which is the average closing price for the 5 consecutive trading days commencing from 2 September 2021 to 8 September 2021 (both days inclusive). The issue price represents a slight discount to today's (13 September 2021) closing price of HK$5.03. The Scrip Dividend Scheme will give eligible shareholders an opportunity to increase their investment in the Group and share the fruits of the Group's success at market value without incurring brokerage fees, stamp duty and related dealing costs. The Scrip Dividend Scheme will also benefit the Group to the extent that cash w ......read more

Notices In Terms of Section 155 of The Companies Act 71 of 2008 Relating to Steinhoff International Holdings Proprietary Limited ("the Company")

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - EQS Newswire - 13 September 2021 - Capitalised terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in the compromise that has been proposed by the Company to Scheme Creditors (the "Proposal") in accordance with section 155 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, as amended ("Companies Act"), available at www.SteinhoffSettlement.com.Part A - NOTICE OF RESULTS OF MEETINGS1 Notice is hereby given to Scheme Creditors that the results of the virtual meetings (collectively "Meetings" and individually "Meeting") held in terms of section 155(6) of the Companies Act for the purposes of considering and voting on the Proposal are as set out below.2 At the Meeting of the Financial Creditors held on 6 September 2021, the Financial Creditors voted as follows:2.1 100% in number of the Financial Creditors present and voting (all by proxy) voted in favour of the Proposal; and2.2 100% in value of the Financial Creditors present and voting (all by proxy) voted in favour of the Proposal, and accordingly the Proposal was adopted by the Financial Creditors.3 At the Meeting of the Contractual Claimants held on 10 September 2021, the Contractual Claimants voted as follows:3.1 100% in number of the Contractual Claimants present and voting in person or by proxy voted in favour of the Proposal. Of the 16 Contractual Claimants present (in person or by proxy) at the Meeting, 1 Contractual Claimant abstained from voting on the Proposal; and3.2 100% in value of the Contractual Claimants present and voting in person or by proxy representing 95.42% in value of the claims of all Contractual Claimants voted in favour of the Proposal, and accordingly the Proposal was adopted by the Contractual Claimants.4 At the Meeting of the SIHPL Market Purchase Claimants held on 6 September 2021, the SIHPL Market Purchase Claimants voted as follows:4.1 100% in number of the SIHPL Market Purchase Claimants present and voting in person or by p ......read more

Reckitt and its brand Dettol named Official Hygiene Partner for Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 to support the much-anticipated event with enhanced protection

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 September 2021 - Reckitt and its brand Dettol is joining the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 as the Official Hygiene Partner, to keep protecting runners' health along the race in the first major mass participatory sporting event in Hong Kong since the start of the pandemic. Dettol will help the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon implement enhanced hygiene protocols, promote health and hygiene practices, and provide hygiene products in the runner's pack for all participants. Dettol hand sanitising stations will be set up along the course and at different area during the race and Dettol surface disinfectant products will also be used to keep the public facilities clean."We are excited to partner with Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on the return of this highly anticipated event," said Boudewijn Feith, Reckitt General Manager Hong Kong/Taiwan.  "At Reckitt, it is at the heart of our guiding principle to put consumers and people first, and we are determined to bring Our Purpose to life – to protect, heal and nurture, in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. As one of the world's most trusted disinfectant brands, through this partnership, Dettol will not only protect people's health, but also become the enabler and protector of their best moments.""For mass participatory sporting events to relaunch, our utmost priorities are always on the safety of the public," Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates added. "We are confident the partnership with Reckitt and its leading brand Dettol will bring trusted hygiene protection solutions to the race to protect people's health."Globally, Dettol has partnered with numerous leading organisations around the world, including the English Football Association, Cricket Australia, Hilton Hotels, and British Airways, and Hong Kong Rugby Union, to deliver its brand purpose of protecting what people love — be that families, sports, or ......read more

Redress Design Award 2021 Winners Announced

Emerging Fashion Designers Activate Local Circular Economies as Global Competition Fights Textile WasteHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 September 2021 - Redress, the world-leading NGO working to reduce fashion's waste, announces the winners of the Redress Design Award 2021, the world's largest sustainable fashion design competition that urgently seeks to catalyse multiple micro-circular economies around the world to reduce fashion's negative environmental impacts, following the Grand Final fashion show that featured real and virtual models that took place in Hong Kong on 11 September. The Redress Design Award 2021 is supported by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the lead sponsor. Emerging designer Jessica Chang from Taiwan won First Prize securing an unparalleled sustainable design collaboration with global outdoor lifestyle leader, Timberland (a VF Corp brand). "The Redress Design Award showcases what is possible when emerging designs are given an opportunity to innovate around sustainability. We believe fostering talent and innovation is both good for business and a necessity for the future for our planet," said Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Responsibility, VF Corporation, who served as one of the judges. "Sustainable fashion and circular design align with our purpose of bettering both people and the planet. Watching our global teams embrace this sustainability competition to mentor the next generation of designers is incredibly rewarding." Redress' mission is to reduce fashion's waste and the competition's core criteria is to source and design into various waste materials to activate circular fashion. Following the open call that drew applications from designers in 58 countries and regions, the resulting 10 finalists then sourced local waste - including end-of-roll, samples, secondhand clothing, school uniforms, boat covers, damag ......read more

Madame Tussauds Singapore celebrates the returning of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 13 September 2021 - In celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United after 12 years, Madame Tussauds Singapore has put Manchester United jersey on his wax figure. Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester and Madame Tussauds Singapore is equally excited to celebrate his return with fans. Cristiano Ronaldo has won almost 30 major trophies in his career, including five UEFA Champions League crowns, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league wins in England, Spain, and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal. He scored 118 goals in 292 appearances during his first stint with Manchester United. "Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United has piqued interest not only on social media, but also at all levels of the club. He is one of the most popular wax figures in the attraction, and we are very excited to bring this news to his fans. They are invited to be up close and personal with him back in his Manchester United gear!" says Alex Ward, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Singapore.   Come and play football with your favourite sports legends with the SingapoRediscovers Vouchers. Enjoy free island admission to Sentosa until the end of September! Madame Tussauds SingaporeTwitter: @MTsSingaporeInstagram: @MTsSingaporeFacebook: @MadameTussaudsSingaporeHashtag: #MadameTussaudsSGMadame TussaudsThe ultimate celebrity experience and the world's best known and most popular wax attraction. There are currently 23 Madame Tussauds attractions around the world. Each of the attractions is unique and tailored to the host city and visitor demographic to feature both local as well as international figures. The result of 200 years of expertise and painstaking research every figure takes Madame Tussauds' gifted sculptors a minimum of three months to make, and costs more than $300K (Singapore dollars). Most contemporary figures are ......read more

Song Zu Drives Sound Design for Nissan Z

Award-winning music and sound design company brings the new model to life through soundSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - News Direct - 13 September 2021 - Song Zu, the most awarded music and sound design company in the Australia and Asia Pacific region, announced today their involvement in the 2022 Nissan Z launch. Song Zu handled the sound design, composition and licencing, while creative and production was by the Spinifex Group, for the two films produced to showcase the new model in North America.   Motor enthusiasts around the world had been eagerly awaiting the launch of the seventh generation Nissan Z for months. However, due to challenges brought on by the pandemic, no large-scale unveiling could take place to reveal the car. Instead, two films were created to demonstrate the vehicle's capabilities with Song Zu's own former professional race car driver turned Sound Designer Simon Kane tasked with crafting a sound that accurately represents the sound of the car driving through suburban and urban streets.   "My approach was to bring to life the two personalities in the Nissan Z Escape spot; a car that you can drive to the shops or on the race track," said Simon Kane, Head of Sound at Song Zu. "I used softer sounds during the slower suburban scenes with the yellow car to make it feel more sophisticated, but at the same time playing Lindsay Jehan's (Song Zu Composer) music underneath to invoke an edginess that is telling you - there's more than meets the eye. With the blue car, I used harsher, more aggressive engine sounds, cinematic impacts and fast cuts that let you know just how intense this car can be."   Since the Nissan Z was unveiled on August 17, 2021 and the ads launched across multiple online verticals, the response from motor enthusiasts around the world has been overwhelmingly positive. The two videos can be viewed here and here.   Song Zu was acquired by Songtradr, the world's largest music lice ......read more

Hang Lung Nationwide Volunteer Day Promotes Low-Carbon Living and Provides Care to People in Need

SHANGHAI, CHINA - Media OutReach - 12 September 2021 - Hang Lung Properties held a nationwide volunteer day under the theme of Sustainability, in nine cities across mainland China and in Hong Kong on September 11, 2021.  As a key project to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Hang Lung Group, the volunteer campaign involved around 800 corporate volunteers who dedicated their time to promote low-carbon living and deliver care to over 5,000 people in need.In Hong Kong, Mr. Weber Lo, CEO of Hang Lung Properties and over 50 volunteers lead 100 primary students to visit the HKFYG Organic Farm. Students and volunteers take part in an organic farming experience session and DIY workshops to brush-up their knowledge on sustainable developmentRiverside 66 in Tianjin mobilizes corporate volunteers, staff from its mall tenants, cooperative hotels, and local district street office, to organize a walkathon at Tianjin's "mother river" Haihe, to promote the protection of water resources and low-carbon travelVolunteers from Plaza 66 and Grand Gateway 66 in Shanghai go to schools in the local district in batches to distribute healthy and heart-warming eco gift packs to students, containing hand sanitizers, reusable cups, books on environmental protection, and other gifts, to welcome the start of the new school yearVolunteers from Center 66 in Wuxi go back to school for a deep-cleaning exercise together with student representatives, and provide each student an anti-pandemic health kit. They also organize a green workshop and interactive sports sessions with the students Mr. Weber Lo, CEO of Hang Lung Properties, said, "Operational excellence and business success cannot be decoupled from sustainability. In creating compelling spaces that enrich lives, Hang Lung takes care to ensure that all our stakeholders enjoy unparalleled environments, facilities, and services that promote health and wellbeing. To this end we are committed to sustaina ......read more

Hang Lung Nationwide Volunteer Day: 800 Volunteers Promote Low-Carbon Living and Provide Care to Over 5,000 People in Need

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 12 September 2021 - Hang Lung Properties held a nationwide volunteer day under the theme of Sustainability, in nine cities across mainland China and in Hong Kong on September 11, 2021.  As a key project to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Hang Lung Group, the volunteer campaign involved around 800 corporate volunteers who dedicated their time to promote low-carbon living and deliver care to over 5,000 people in need. In Hong Kong, Mr. Weber Lo, CEO of Hang Lung Properties and over 50 volunteers lead 100 primary students to visit the HKFYG Organic Farm. Students and volunteers take part in an organic farming experience session and DIY workshops to brush-up their knowledge on sustainable development  Riverside 66 in Tianjin mobilizes corporate volunteers and staff from its mall tenants, cooperative hotels, and local district street office, to organize a walkathon at Tianjin's "mother river" Haihe, to promote the protection of water resources and low-carbon travelVolunteers from Plaza 66 and Grand Gateway 66 in Shanghai go to schools in the local district in batches to distribute healthy and heart-warming eco gift packs to students, containing hand sanitizers, reusable cups, books on environmental protection, and other gifts, to welcome the start of the new school yearVolunteers from Center 66 in Wuxi go back to school for a deep-cleaning exercise together with student representatives, and provide each student an anti-pandemic health kit. They also organize a green workshop and interactive sports sessions with the students Mr. Weber Lo, CEO of Hang Lung Properties, said, "Operational excellence and business success cannot be decoupled from sustainability. In creating compelling spaces that enrich lives, Hang Lung takes care to ensure that all our stakeholders enjoy unparalleled environments, facilitie ......read more

The 2021 Taiwan International Balloon Festival ends in great success

Overcoming the pandemic. Letting hope soar.TAITUNG, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - The 2021 Taiwan International Balloon Festival has entered it's 11th year this year. In the past 10 years, more than 7.5 million people have attended the festival. This has helped shape, the "Hot Air Balloon Economy," and brought NT $20 billion in added business to Taitung.     The 2021 Taiwan International Balloon Festival has overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place at Luye Highland from 8/14 to 9/12.   Hot air balloons have brought vitality and international attention to Taitung. The Travel Channel deemed The Taiwan International Balloon Festival as one of the world's top 12 hot air balloon festivals. Taitung County also topped Booking. com's list of the Most Welcoming Regions on Earth in 2021. The Taiwan International Balloon Festival has surpassed Taitung's most ambitious expectations. It's now become our best vehicle to promote Taitung to the world. The 2021 Taiwan International Balloon Festival has been impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Therefore, the Taitung County Government's hot air balloon team came together to put on the event alone at Luye Highland from 8/14 to 9/12. This year it was not possible to invite foreign hot air balloon pilots to join this grand event in Taitung. Despite this, the Taitung County Government unveiled three new hot air balloons. These grabbed the attention of fans from all over the world. The balloons included the world's only Hello Kitty hot air balloon wearing traditional blue Bunun clothes, a 19.2 meter tall hot air balloon modeled after Taipei's cutest mascot, Bravo, who is a Formosan black bear, and the Dawn hot air balloon designed by Taiwan Fashion designer Sabra Andre.For those who can't come in person to the event, the Taitung County Government is using 360?imaging technology to launch an online "360 ??Live Broadcast." People from around the ......read more

The Karen Leung Foundation: The ExtraOrdinary Exhibition Returns to Overcome Female Disease Stigma through Art

Featuring artists such as Claudia Chanhoi, Polo Bourieau and Sophia Hotung to promote women’s health and holistic well-being.HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - The Karen Leung Foundation, the first and only registered charity dedicated to fighting gynaecological cancers in Hong Kong, are pleased to announce its second-year edition of its flagship health awareness campaign, 'TheExtraOrdinary Exhibition.'Unveiling to the public on 14 September, the exhibition will be kicking off with a capsule collection at Eaton HK. In an effort to shift social stigmas into positive empowerment, the Foundation devised an innovative strategy that leveraged art to raise awareness on gynaecological cancer and promote women's health."Sadly, in Hong Kong, women are not checking their bodies and understanding what health risks there may be. We need to make sure that it's not too late when we find something wrong," said Narcisa Pheres, Founder and Creative Director of PHERES. "As a woman, CEO, and mother of two girls, through supporting this event I hope that people talk more about women's health and become unashamed to talk about their bodies and the mechanisms behind it."This year, over 40 art pieces will be showcased in various venues across Hong Kong. With a gambit of wider variety and scope, this year's exhibition brings forth a greater diversity of artworks including sculptures, three-dimensional installations, texturized paintings, and a Non-Fungible Token ("NFT").To increase longevity and accessibility, the exhibition will also live digitally via an online catalogue for those interested in purchasing the art work. 50% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Foundation. Dipping into the impressive world of digital art, the catalogue will also feature its first NFT art, "Olympia," designed and produced by experiential art producer, Vox Vanguard.  "The curated performance piece titled, 'Olympia', exemplifies how a woman uplifts a man, ......read more

T&T Group and Ørsted to invest 30 billion USD in offshore wind power development in Vietnam

HANOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - On September 9, 2021, T&T Group, a multi-industry group of Vietnam and Ørsted, a leading group in offshore wind power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strategic cooperation in offshore wind power in Vietnam, promises to bring a large supply of renewable energy through new investment on offshore wind power projects in Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces of Vietnam.  Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, Deputy General Director of T&T Group and Mr. Martin Neubert, COO & Deputy Group CEO of Ørsted, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strategic collaboration on offshore wind in Vietnam. Accordingly, the two groups will use and promote the experience, strengths and capabilities to bring high efficiency for the projects. Both sides cooperate in developing three projects in Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces with a total estimated installed capacity of nearly 10 GW and total expected investment of about 30 billion U.S. dollars in 20 years.Do Quang Hien, Chairman of T&T Group, said: "T&T Group has planned a strategy to develop renewable energy and gas to power projects by 2030 with a vision to 2045, in line with the national strategy and planning of energy. This cooperation will help T&T Group accelerate the implementation of this strategy, bring valuable international experience and financial resources in the implementation of projects in Vietnam." Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia-Pacific, said: "Ørsted aims to reach 30 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. To support this ambitious goal, we need to work closely with a partner like T&T Group, who bring a deep understanding of the market and have an impressive track record in developing large scale energy projects in Vietnam." On the same day, T&T Group and Smart Universal Logistics N.V, a leading Belgian company in sustainable energy and environmental ......read more

MICT's CEO Darren Mercer Pre-celebrates The Soon To Be Launched "MAGPIE INVEST" In New York

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - Darren Mercer, the Chief Executive Officer of the NASDAQ listed company MICT Inc. (MICT) and Non-Executive Chairman of Magpie Securities released a video interview featuring his pre-celebration of Magpie Invest (a brand-new digital investment platform to be launched in Hong Kong) at New York Times Square, where he was standing underneath a 150-foot-tall billboard featuring Magpie Securities as a division of MICT. Darren Mercer, Chief Executive Officer of MICT Inc. and Non-Executive Chairman of Magpie Securities, pre-celebrates the soon to be launched Magpie Invest digital investment platform at Times Square in New York   Mr. Mercer said, "This is a very exciting day for us – today, with the assistance of this impressive billboard, we are announcing that Magpie Securities which is wholly owned by MICT, will soon launch a fantastic new mobile investment platform in Hong Kong called Magpie Invest, which will open up new horizons of global investment opportunities to Hong Kong."   The full version of video interview: https://bit.ly/3A1WACC About MICT Inc. MICT is a NASDAQ listed global fintech company founded in 2002. The company has three trading platforms which operate in several high growth markets – namely an insurance brokerage platform, a commodities trading platform and now with the Magpie Invest, a stock trading platform. #MICT ...read more

Amid Prevalent Skills Mismatch, Workers with Skills Gaps Not Prioritised for Training

Skills mismatch continues to be the most prevalent form of mismatches (63%) according to business leadersWorkers with skills gaps are not the top priority for training (15%), as compared to workers with high potential (45%) SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 -  As companies and workers transition into an endemic world, upskilling remains a key driver to build new capabilities and soar forward. According to business leaders however, skills mismatch continues to be the most prevalent form of mismatches (63%). This is in comparison to experience mismatch (18%), wages mismatch (17%), and expectations mismatch (2%). Business leaders also revealed that workers with skills gaps are not the top priority for training (15%), as compared to workers with high potential (45%).   These were some of the key findings from a recent labour research on the Future of Continuing Education and Training by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), in partnership with NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB). The research surveyed a total of 564 business leaders across industries in Singapore, such as Manufacturing, Information and Communications, Financial and Insurance Services, Wholesale and Retail Trade, and Professional Services.   In further upskilling high potential workers, 67% of employers claim that they offer talent development programmes in the form of job rotations (65%), cross-department collaborations (60%), and secondments to other departments or companies (47%). However, only one-fifth (26%) of business leaders consider more than 40% of their employees as "high-potential". This implies that a significant portion of workers lose out on upskilling, as they are less prioritised to receive training. Commenting on the findings, Mr Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC and Director, NTUC Strategy, says, "I'm happy that NTUC LHUB undertook this important research with NTUC's Strategy Team. A wor ......read more

Quilter International: Nearly half a million people issued British National Overseas passports

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - New data gathered by Quilter International shows that close to half a million British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passports were issued to Hong Kong residents in 2019 and 2020.   Quilter International's adviser survey indicated that UK is one of the top three countries the clients plan to migrate to.   A Freedom of Information request issued to HM Passport Office found that a total of 463,116 (BN(O)) passports were approved for issue compared to 68,914 in total during the three preceding years. The number of passports peaked in autumn and winter 2020 with an average of 50,000 BN(O) passports issued each month. BN(O) status is a type of British nationality created in 1985 that people in Hong Kong could register for before the 1997 handover to China to retain a link with the UK, but the status does not include right to live or work in the UK. On 31 January 2021, the UK government however opened a new route for BN(O) passport holders and family members to apply for a BN(O) visa which allows the holder to live, work and study in the UK and ultimately provides a route to gaining full British citizenship. This has seen 64,900 BN(O) visas applied for during the first two quarters of this year according to the National Statistics from UK Home Office. These statistics are consistent with the results of a recent survey Quilter International conducted which found that 75% of Hong Kong financial advisers interviewed say they have received more queries from clients related to offshore investing and relocating in the last 12 months. The top three countries the clients plan to migrate to are the UK (91.7%), Canada (50%) and Australia (41.7%). The surge in the number of people renewing or applying for BN(O) passports and more recently applying for BN(O) visas has resulted in an increase in people seeking financial planning advice specifically related to ......read more

AIA continues to celebrate 90 years in Singapore with exciting return of "AIA Live" online health and wellness event series

Series will provide Singaporeans exclusive access to events with local influencers and global stars, helping them to live Healthier, Longer, Better LivesSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 September 2021 - AIA Singapore today announced the return of its largest online health and wellness regional event, AIA Live 2021, kicking off on 12 September 2021 with AIA's global ambassador David Beckham and other ambassadors from the region. Following the regional online event, Singapore would also host its own series of AIA Live in Singapore this October, which promises an expanded series of fun, engaging, and unexpected virtual events to help Singaporeans keep healthy. This reflects the long-standing commitment of the leading life insurer to help individuals and families in Singapore live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives together. As AIA Singapore marks its 90-year milestone this year with a new long-term commitment and investment in Environmental, Social, and Governance, its brand promise will take on a renewed purpose as it looks to make positive contributions not only to the health of Singaporeans, but also the health of the wider community and environment. Ms Melita Teo, Chief Customer and Digital Officer of AIA Singapore, says, "In the face of a global health crisis, we have empowered our customers to embrace new norms and emerge healthier together. This latest initiative will motivate Singaporeans to continue on this journey and do more to reach their health goals even as COVID-19 becomes endemic in our lives. We will also be inviting our AIA family of ambassadors to come along for the ride, so we can make a bigger impact in the overall wellbeing of Singaporeans in a fun and engaging way."  AIA Live 2021 – Exclusively for Singapore Local influencers Benjamin Kheng and Andrew Marko, together with special guests AIA Global Ambassador David Beckham and footballers from the Singapore Premier League, invite Singaporeans to j ......read more

BEAM Plus Data Centres Assessment Tool Advocates Sustainable Development

Tailored for the assessment and improvement of energy efficiency and green performance of data centresHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 – BEAM Society Limited and Hong Kong Green Building Council jointly held a launch ceremony today (9 September) at Data Technology Hub in Tseung Kwan O, announce the launch of "BEAM Plus Data Centres" – a tool designed for the green building assessment of data centres based on their unique features. A practice guide has also been published simultaneously to assist operators in enhancement of energy efficiency and environmental performance of data centres from multiple fronts. Over 100 guests joining the launch ceremony, with Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment and Mr SIT Wing-hang, Alfred, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology as the officiating guests. A surging demand for data centres driving the need for energy efficiencyThe development of 5G communication technology and the Internet of Things (IoTs), as well as the increasing adoption of remote work have led to a surging demand for stable, secure and trustworthy data centre provision and services across the world. With a mature telecommunication infrastructure, as well as geographical and strategic advantages, Hong Kong has been a top-of-mind priority site for data centre and is believed to see a sharp rise in demand of such going forward. The power consumption of data centres could be huge, standing at around 10 to 15 times[1] that of a 320-unit residential building. Currently the total power consumption of data centres around the world is about 1%[2] of the total consumption by mankind, suggesting a huge potential of consumption reduction. A unique assessment tool covering major aspects of data centresBEAM Plus Data Centres is an assessment tool tailored for data centres with high power and cooling system consumption. The tool has taken into account the local climate, ecological environment and actual condition ......read more

Chinachem Group and HKSTP Select 10 Tech Ventures in Pilot-first Accelerator to Test Drive Proptech Innovations at Central Market

“CCG Accel – Powered by HKSTP” is a pioneering programme to help tech ventures close the critical gap between innovation and commercialisation and advance smart property and retail operations in Hong KongHONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - Chinachem Group (the Group) and Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) took another step forward in its pioneering pilot-first accelerator programme today by announcing the first cohort of 10 selected tech ventures who will test and develop 'proptech' innovation at the revitalised Central Market.   Chinachem Group Executive Director and CEO Donald Choi (7th from right), Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation CEO Albert Wong (7th from left), Chinachem Group Director of Business Transformation and Innovation Damien Wu (6th from right) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation Chief Corporate Development Officer Eugene Hsia (6th from left) welcomed the representatives from the 10 selected tech ventures.    The "CCG Accel – Powered by HKSTP" accelerator provides the shortlisted tech ventures with the exclusive opportunity to develop pilot solutions in collaboration with Chinachem Group to ensure they can deliver market-ready solutions prior to general adoption.   This pioneering "pilot-first" approach allows tech ventures to install and test solutions in a real market environment even at concept stage. This is a huge advantage and accelerates the product development process, while closing the critical gap between ideation and commercialisation which halts many early-stage ventures. The process allows tech ventures to collect valuable data and instant user feedback so that they can strengthen the opportunities for adoption.   Cohort 1 participants will focus on proptech-related solutions that address property-based cha ......read more

7-Eleven launches Plant-Based HOTSHOT counters for tasty meat-free meals on the go

Three specially selected HOTSHOT counters are going plant-based and offering meat-free breakfasts and meals for a limited-time only. All-new Korean and Taiwanese-inspired 7-SELECT plant-based treats are also being launched throughout 7-Eleven. Living a plant-based lifestyle has never been so easy!   HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - For those looking to lead a more flexitarian lifestyle, 7-Eleven is introducing an all-new and tasty meat-free menu, so you can now enjoy plant-based treats even during busy workdays. HOTSHOT counters in three specially selected stores will offer a fully plant-based menu for a limited time only – the breakfast menu features a variety of delicious plant-based options including Plant-Based Beef with Satay Sauce Noodles, Plant-Based Shaomais with Mushrooms, and Rice Vermicelli with Taiwanese Plant-Based Braised Pork Sauce. Made using plant-based meat, they taste just as good as the real thing! And with so many options to choose from, you can now create your very own hassle-free meatless meal to go!   Hong Kong Style Oat Milk Tea (Hot $11/Iced $13) is also launching at all HOTSHOT counters at 7-Eleven stores. Made with OATLY oat milk, this rich and creamy drink will be sure to please! What's more, if you visit any of the three special plant-based HOTSHOT stores, you can enjoy the full 7CAFÉ coffee menu made with OATLY oat milk at the usual price (Hot drinks $14/Iced drinks $16). The perfect pairing for your plant-based meal!   Plant-Based HOTSHOT Store Addresses:1. Shop Nos. G506-G507, Ning On Mansion, Stage V, Taikoo Shing, Island East, Hong Kong2. Shop B1, G/F, Far East Bank Mongkok Building, No. 244 Portland Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon3. Shop Nos. 56-57, G/F, Harbour Crystal Centre, No.100 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, KowloonNew & Yummy Plant-Based Treats Five brand-new additions are joining the 7-SELECT Plant-Based menu giving you even more choice anytime, ......read more

NCS makes triple acquisitions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia to boost digital capabilities and fuel growth across the region

ClayOPS, Velocity Business Solutions and Riley will join NCS NEXT to strengthen data analytics and cloud capabilities SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - NCS has reached agreements to acquire three companies – ClayOPS, Velocity Business Solutions, and Riley – with capabilities in data analytics and cloud that will support NCS' regional expansion strategy in Asia Pacific. The move is in line with Singtel's strategic reset announced in May to turn NCS into a B2B services champion in Asia and develop new engines of growth.    This trio of acquisitions will help boost the capabilities of NCS' digital services organisation, NCS NEXT, in its key markets of Singapore, Greater China and Australia, creating a unique combination of digital, data analytics, and cloud services that will help government and enterprise clients become digital at their core. The three companies' established network of clients, partners, and local expertise, will also advance NCS' reach into new segments and drive further growth in the digital and cloud services space.   Mr Ng Kuo Pin, CEO of NCS, said, "These acquisitions are targeted and timely as they will accelerate our expansion into Asia Pacific, particularly in the high-growth markets of Singapore, Greater China and Australia. These markets are seeing digital adoption in both the public and private sectors ratchet up very quickly and we are investing in critical solutions and digital expertise to build out our suite of integrated services."   Ng added, "NCS is committed to providing greater value for our clients and the industry through strategic partnerships and building an innovation ecosystem for technology players of different sizes and niche capabilities, to augment our service portfolio and give our clients access to innovation across the region."   ClayOPS, a Singapore-based data analytics and consulting services firm, specialis ......read more

Arlo Introduces Newest Addition To Its Award-Winning Pro Series With Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

Latest Pro Series camera connects directly to Wi-Fi for even easier DIY setup with features including 2K HDR video quality and a 160-degree field of viewSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ARLO), one of the leading internet-connected camera brands, today announced the addition to its award-winning Pro series of security cameras – the Arlo Pro 4 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera. The Pro 4 features advanced technologies including 2K HDR video quality, an integrated spotlight with colour night vision and a 160-degree field of view to deliver clear video quality day and night. Unlike its predecessor, the Pro 4 connects directly to Wi-Fi, enabling an even easier DIY setup as a standalone security solution or compliment to an existing Arlo ecosystem. Starting at a RRP of SGD $399 for a Pro 4 single cam and SGD $749 for a two-camera kit, the Pro 4 range is available in early September at major retailers including Harvey Norman, Challenger and the official Arlo store on Lazada Singapore, Shopee Singapore and Hachi.Tech.   "Our industry-leading products are designed to deliver peace of mind without compromise. The new Pro 4 features improved connectivity allowing for direct to Wi-Fi installation without the need of a Base Station or SmartHub while existing Arlo users still have the opportunity to add the new cameras to their current system," said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director APAC. "With Pro 4, we want to offer consumers the option to choose the installation method most suitable for their needs. Couple this feature with customised Arlo Smart notifications via the Arlo app and we enable users to confidently monitor and manage their security."   Arlo's AI subscription-based service, Arlo Secure, compliments the Pro 4 Wire-Free Spotlight Cameras to deliver total protection. Users receive a complimentary three-month Arlo Secure trial included with their ......read more

Cryptocurrency and Millennials—The Perfect Match: An Expert Article by OctaFX

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - From the standpoint of technological adaptability, Millennials are among the groups which were able to adjust the most in a brief period of time—a time that is torn and accelerated anew by paradigm shifts all over the board. The older ones (born between 1980–1993) received insights from the preceding generations and accommodated to the best of their ability: lessons that remained from the preceding Gen X's beliefs and habits and what their Baby boomer parents taught. Organic intergenerational exchange is now juxtaposed with exponential technological progress. The reality is, Millennials suffered a clash because of this energetic ambiguity. As a result, they stumbled into a whole new era where everything they've been taught has been distorted and tested. A test that already shows many fruits and reasons to believe that Millennials readjusted swiftly. The prior generations' values about work, savings, lifestyle, and investments have radically shifted to different priorities. They appreciate investing in new technologies, have other behavioural habits, preferences and expectations towards their future.Many of them are under the justified impression that merely finishing a bachelor's degree is not enough to find a fulfilling job and the salary of their dreams, as maybe their parents did.  Millennial traders are the most ambitious Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of the financial market is uncertain. One age group that seems to take advantage of this web of uncertainties, however, are millennials. Even though it might sound redundant, Millennials become more and more proficient in dealing with uncertainty at their best. A well-known characteristic of Millennials is their desire for aspirations to be fulfilled rapidly, no time wasted. Be it the morning news, dinner plans, or instant gratifications from their physical achievements in their jogging app—all rest comfortabl ......read more

Crisis Management Centre calls for improved data utilization

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - The recent report produced by the Crisis Management Centre has exposed several gaps in the critical response to those adversely impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The study "Consolidated Data Analysis of Malaysia's Kita Jaga Kita Movement" was carried out by collecting publicly available data from the three leading applications developed to facilitate direct aid from the community to individuals and families.  Over a two-week period in the beginning of August data from the 478 households was gathered from the Kita Jaga Co app, Sambal SOS app, and the MyBendera app., this was further augmented with a detailed case study from 39 households in the Titiwangsa area who received aid.   "By compiling the publicly available data from these various sources into one database, the study identified some alarming trends. This study revealed that there is a need for greater utilization of community and social media generated data to inform the design of critical response programs. In addition, we need to make available other forms data previously designated not for public consumption to encourage open-sourced solutions." Stated Nordin Abdullah the Founder of the Crisis Management Centre.       "These apps are important in that they represent the first step in a "community driven data generation" able to respond to a problem impacting individuals and families in the broader society.  As a strategic approach there is a need to effectively integrate these data sets together with other real-time data. This data, once mapped and geotagged, can be dealt with in a hyper-local manner and at the higher level by various stakeholders. Better decisions are made with better data."    The research revealed that families and individuals needed assistance for food (46.1 per cent) and childcare ......read more

Promperú's Peru Trade Office Supports Expansion of Peruvian Agri-Food Export to Thailand

Thailand is the third biggest market for Peruvian agri-food exports in South-East AsiaPromperú will be relocating its trade office for South-East Asia to Bangkok after four years in Hong Kong LIMA, PERU - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - Peruvian agri-food exports to Thailand continue to grow in 2021, reaching US$4.2 million in May, comfortably exceeding the US$3.6 million achieved in 2020.   Avocados, grapes, cranberries and asparagus were the leading Peruvian foodstuffs exported to Thailand last year. The biggest boom was in cranberries, which increased in value by 747% compared to the previous year.   The growing importance of the Thai market to Peru's export strategy is the reason behind the transfer of PROMPERÚ's trade office in the region. After almost five years based in Hong Kong, from 2021 Bangkok will be home to the Peruvian organization's promotional office in South-East Asia.   The main objective of PROMPERÚ's trade office in Bangkok will be to increase the demand for Peruvian produce through new trade agreements and promotional actions.    Over the coming months, the promotions will reach the leading ecommerce platforms in Thailand. Peruvian avocados, cranberries, quinoa and chia have been available since July and through to September on the Fresh Living website. In addition, leading supermarkets such as Tops, Foodland, Makro and Max are also offering their shoppers Peruvian avocados and cranberries online in August and September.   "In Thailand we are committed to direct consumer promotion because, according to Food Export, around 54% of Thai people search for food from the West and therefore buy imported foodstuffs", explained the Trade Commissioner of PROMPERÚ in South-East Asia, Erick Aponte. PERU IN ASIAN MARKETS   Peruvian agri-food exports to the Asian continent account for 15% of its total exports to South-East As ......read more

Herbalife Nutrition launches its Dialogue Series to drive nutrition awareness

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 9 September 2021 - Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, launched the Herbalife Nutrition Dialogue Series: The vision of a healthier APAC through nutrition awareness, a compilation of videos featuring renowned experts in the fields of nutrition, health, and wellness. Through the Dialogue Series, Herbalife Nutrition aims to equip consumers with accurate nutrition information and emphasize the importance of multi-sector collaboration towards building a healthier community in this region.     Dr Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition, and host of the series said, "With the Dialogue Series, Herbalife Nutrition invites healthcare professionals (HCPs), researchers, and other experts to play a bigger role in imparting credible information to the general public. The Dialogue Series is a bridge between my fellow healthcare experts and the consumers, to share nutrition knowledge and perspectives in an engaging way. I had the pleasure of having candid and in-depth conversations with these experts on various topics of importance to Asia Pacific like diabesity, heart health, healthy aging, and the importance of collaboration to drive better public nutrition awareness and education."    The series starts with "The collaborative road to better nutrition awareness" with Dr Jeremy Lim, CEO and co-founder of AMiLi, Southeast Asia's first and only precision gut microbiome company. The following dialogues will feature:Dr Eric Andrew Finkelstein, professor of health services and systems research, National University of Singapore Medical School, discussing the topic of "Tackling diabesity in Asia Pacific"Prof. William Chen (director of food science and technology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), talking on "The path to healthier aging"Derrick Ong (principal dietitian and founder of Eat Right Nutrition), sharing insights around "A ......read more

Curated Conscious Beauty Solutions Online Platform, Aardae, Launches In Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 8 September 2021 - Aardae, a thoughtfully curated online platform celebrating sustainable, non-toxic and cruelty-free products launches in Singapore to introduce an extensive selection of the finest beauty products sourced from international indie brands to Southeast Asia. Promising a diverse selection of high-performance products with large following internationally, Aardae showcases an exciting range of products that are suitable for all skin types.   Having analyzed the skincare market in Singapore and understanding various transitions in the importance of sustainable non-toxic products within Asia, Aardae promises to bring fellow enthusiasts' various options through their pioneer platform. Co-founded by two passionate entrepreneurs, Shweta Gupta and Darshana Balagopal, Aardae's philosophy is sharing knowledge about products that are not merely heavily embedded in conscious beauty but also promise high efficacy.   Aardae has carefully curated 1,000 products from 40 unique brands including international favourites such as Dot & Key, Juicy Chemistry, OCEGLOW, Purearth, Earth Rhythm and Omorfee. Committed to quality, Aardae performs in-house consumer testing on each product prior to its inclusion into the catalogue.   Co-founder Shweta Gupta said, "At Aardae, we believe in exclusively curating products that are high in quality. Patrons can rest assured that every aspect of each brand and product has been considered and put through objective and stringent testing before being offered. As skincare afficionados, we wanted to close the existing gap and come up with a platform that is essentially the first-of-its-kind. While we are thrilled to introduce these fabulous brands to Singapore, we are equally eager for consumers to be introduced to a dedicated clean beauty platform such as Aardae as a one stop solution for all their hair and skin needs."   Cons ......read more

Chen Zhi Scholarship Jointly Launched by Prince Group and Ministry of Education Youth and Sport to Prepare Cambodian University Students For Post-Pandemic Future

Full tuition fees and stipends for 400 university students to advance sustainable development, financial inclusion and world-class hospitality; Awardees to get internship and employment opportunities at Prince GroupPHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - Media OutReach - 8 September 2021 - Prince Holding Group ("Prince Group"), one of the largest conglomerates in Cambodia, has finalized a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) to launch a scholarship program for Cambodian university students. Prince Group will provide full tuition fees and stipends for 400 selected students to pursue their Bachelor of Science degrees at top Cambodian universities including Royal University of Phnom Penh, National University of Management, and Institute of Technology of Cambodia. In total, Prince Group will provide over US$2 million across seven years.Chen Zhi Scholarship MOU SigningChen Zhi Scholarship MOU SigningPrince Group Chairman Neak Oknha Chen Zhi in conversation with the MoEYS team As public-private partnerships are essential, Prince Group will work with the government to achieve the goals outlined in the Education Strategic Plan (2019-2023).  Prince Group will work with MoEYS to ensure students get financial support, training, mentoring and work opportunities to bolster learning in three areas: sustainable development of the real estate sector; advancing financial inclusion and the digital economy in the banking and finance industries, and the promotion of world class hospitality standards, meeting the future human capital needs of the local economy. Through internships, students will learn from top professionals in Cambodia – Prince Group, which oversees more than 80 businesses, possesses a diverse workforce with 20% of employees hailing from places like Singapore, Malaysia and Greater China. His Excellency Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia's Minister of Education Youth and Sport, commented: "We w ......read more

Cognian and Avnet Enter Strategic Engagement

Avnet, a global technology distributor and solutions provider and Cognian, an Australian-headquartered global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider of smart building management solutions, today announced that they will collaborate to accelerate and scale IoT deployments worldwide, and provide customers with seamless industry leading connectivity solutions being built on Avnet's IoTConnect Platform.   PHOENIX AZ, U.S.A & SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 8 September 2021 - Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT ) and Cognian have entered a strategic relationship which will significantly increase the reach and scale for global customers, by providing immediate access to Cognian's IoT connectivity platform enabled by their cutting edge mesh network technology, Syncromesh Smart Canopy and Avnet's IoT Connect cloud platform.   Avnet's proven expertise and strong position in IoT PaaS enablement and expansive customer base and strategic focus on IoT is the perfect match to accelerate IoT deployments and enable Cognian to seamlessly connect a wide range of third-party BLE-based devices, addressing the connectivity and hardware needs of connected IoT solutions.   Cognian's Syncromesh Smart Canopy wirelessly turns every building into a human-centric smart building with management of cost, carbon emissions, safety, and well-being at its core. The unified data connectivity platform enables remote and autonomous control over smart building capabilities such as access, occupant capacity, heating/cooling, air quality and lighting control. Cognian offers proven wireless solutions to build and securely connect global Building Management Systems quickly, securely and in a cost-effective manner. In addition, by using Avnet's Microsoft Azure-powered IoTConnect platform, Cognian can seamlessly connect multiple devices to the cloud and address the software and hardware needs of those ......read more