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    May 15, 2017
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    The Singapore Stock Market continues to show robust signs of growth. Q1 of the year can often be unpredictable and loss limiting for many investors, but Q1 growth in Singapore has certainly been robust, presenting a number of opportunities for investors and traders alike.

    For four straight sessions now, the stock market in Singapore has continued to climb higher. By the end of April, it had risen by 35 points (equal to 1.1 per cent) during this time. As a result, the Straits Times Index sits just under the 3,165-point plateau. But, will this growth continue throughout May?

    What has Caused this Positivity?

    Overall, there seems to be very few signs of the markets slowing down in Singapore, and traders are upbeat as a result. Much of this positivity in the markets stems from recent good news on earnings and a continued support for crude oil prices.

    Much of this news has forced the European and U.S. markets upwards, and the Asian markets are now widely tipped to follow this lead over the coming weeks.

    Is it Likely to Continue?

    The economic news in Singapore currently looks good, with further announcements this month likely to act as a barometer for whether this will continue over the coming months.

    Recently, the country’s Commerce Department announced that the number of new homes built in the country had increased in March. Alongside this, there has also been a bigger than expected pullback in customer confidence in April, which makes higher levels of customer spending in the coming months increasingly likely, something that’s great news for investors.

    In addition to this, it appears as though a great amount of buying interest has been generated in reaction to upbeat earnings. This has included a number of well-known companies, such as DuPont, Caterpillar and McDonald’s.

    What Does this Mean for Investors?

    For investors currently trading on the markets, this certainly appears to be good news, as it means that a number of opportunities are likely to present themselves.

    2016 was a year of consolidation for many investors, as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump meant that many were forced to either turn towards safe haven assets such as gold, or diversify their position to leverage against potential risks.

    However, with economies across the world now rebounding from this uncertainty (pending the result of Britain’s ongoing election), a number of investment opportunities are likely to present themselves.

    This is true not just in Singapore (as shown above), but around the globe, too. For example, in Wall Street, we’re seeing stocks grow higher currently, while the NASDAQ and the Dow both continue to climb further.

    If you’re an investor or trader, this means that now may be the time to focus your attention towards the markets in Singapore. Many of these trends will likely cross the ocean, and by monitoring now, you’ll be best placed to spot them before others do, helping to maximise your profits.

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    Muscat, Oman, 14 May 2017 - The recently concluded first edition of Oil, Gas & Mines Africa Exhibition and Conference (OGMA) held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, Nairobi, Kenya, offered an ideal platform for ten Omani companies to leverage the timely opportunity to showcase their business potentials to African investors.

    OGMA resulted in a resounding success as investors were able to benefit from the untapped opportunity presented by the boom in the region’s industries.

    Elaborating on the success of OGMA, Nader Abbas, general manager of event organizer Omanexpo, said “OGMA is a prospect-laden platform for investors, traders and industrialists with special focus placed on its energy and mining sectors. This is evidenced by the participation of Omani companies and 40 other international companies, which has given us encouragement to develop and organize more events, particularly in Kenya, which is the main business hub, in line with our geographic expansion plan, starting with East Africa and Iran.”

    The inaugural event was graced by top luminaries that included Dr. Martin Heya, commissioner, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Kenya; Saleh bin Sulaiman Al Harthy, Oman's Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya and Mohammed Dori Yakub, ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Oman.

    Their presence lends credence to the fact that the event was a significant one for the oil and gas and mining industries. It served as a convergence between the extractives industry (oil, gas and mines) and the solutions/technology providers who could spur up the economic development in the larger Africa region.

    The encouraging success of OGMA speaks volumes about the capabilities and reputation of Omanexpo, the pioneer event management company in Oman and the Sultanate's leading organizer of major trade fairs, conferences, and consumer exhibitions. Omanexpo has amply demonstrated its organising skills by successfully hosting OGMA in a foreign country. The event was highly appreciated by visitors, exhibitors and media.

    The two-day event was aimed at providing a platform for professionals, companies and stakeholders to learn and understand the growth potentials of the countries in the East Africa region and showcase the newest products, services and technologies of companies in order to encourage business, improve their operations, and attract investment. According to the World Bank, five of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries by five-year GDP average are in that continent. Africa as a whole has an annual output of about $2 trillion.

    The event was held under the patronage of Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, government of the Republic of Kenya, and organised by Omanexpo, the pioneer exhibitions and conferences organizer in Oman, in association with TFEA (Trade and Fairs East Africa Ltd), and (EAGE) European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. It was sponsored by the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services and Business Gateways.

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    Contact: Melissa Daleja
    T:+968 24660122
    F: +968 24660125/126
    Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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    Fullshare Holdings Limited is a healthy living-focused conglomerate based in Nanjing and focused on assets primarily in China and Australia. Since going public via a RTO in December 2013 as a property developer, Fullshare has rapidly transformed through a wide range of healthy lifestyle asset acquisitions and minority share equity investments. The Company currently operates in five segments, Properties, Tourism, Healthcare, New Energy and Investments, all of which target aspects of a healthy lifestyle, from childhood through elderhood either through owned operating assets or equity investments in third parties.

    Key Points

    - Fullshare's shift from real estate development to healthy living-focused companies will enable it to deploy cash more broadly and into higher growth potential businesses.

    - Greenridge Global believes the Company has ample capital to engage in both large and small acquisitions in the near future given the demand from sellers for FS common stock in deals, its cash on hand, its relatively unleveraged Balance Sheet, and its RMB 10 billion line with CITIC Bank.

    - In December, FS acquired China High Speed in an all stock deal, which is significant because of the absence of cash needed to close the deal, the speed at which it was done (roughly three months), the widespread shareholder approval for the deal, and the ability for FS to acquire an operating asset that generates a large and growing net profit annually.

    - Greenridge Global believes FS acquired China High Speed at a discount to future revenue and earnings growth, with Chairman Ji leveraging his business network to take advantage of a uniquely undervalued company for the benefit of shareholders. Greenridge Global believes Chairman Ji's network and reputation, specifically in the Nanjing-area, could enable FS to source and close deals that will be immediately accretive to shareholders.

    - The Sparrow acquisition provides near term cash flow, as well as significant upside as FS intends to spread the Sparrow model from Australia to China, which could become a significant profit driver.

    - Anke, already an established name in hospitals of Tier 2 and 3 cities is working to enhance its product quality to compete with international brands, is rolling out new products domestically, and working to build its sales outside of China.

    - Rather than engaging in outright acquisitions of assets, Fullshare has selectively made minority equity investments in private real estate development companies and a variety of listed companies, which reduces cash needs while providing upside from both the profit appreciation of the business and the unrealized investment gains on the rising stock prices.

    Valuation

    Greenridge Global are initiating coverage of Fullshare Holdings Limited [HK: 607] with a Buy rating and HK$4.00.

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    16 May 2017 – The eighth HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), the three-day fair (16-18 May) showcases the latest medical equipment, technology and related services, providing a one-stop business platform for the medical industry.

    This year’s Medical Fair welcomes a record 270 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions. The HKTDC has also organised 37 buying missions, bringing more than 1,400 buyers to the fair, including representatives of Ziwell Medical (S) PTE LTD and NTUC Unity Healthcare Co-operative Ltd from Singapore, ServiPlus Medical Equipment Inc from the Philippines, Malaysia’s Felco Medical Supplies Sdn Bhd, and Health-Care Equipment from the United Kingdom.

    “The aging population and increasing awareness of healthcare needs have resulted in a flourishing global demand for medical and healthcare products,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “As technological advances are hugely important in the medical devices industry, there is also growing demand for new equipment for the medical industry. In response to the rapid development of the medical devices and healthcare industries, the Medical Fair is launching the new ‘World of Healthcare’ and ‘Startup’ zones. The Medical Fair also features a number of specialised products zones, including the ‘Household Medical Products’ zone and ‘Rehabilitation and Elderly Care’ zone, creating a comprehensive trading platform to help the industry grasp the rapidly growing medical supplies market.”

    New pavilions present the latest equipment and technology

    This year, the Medical Fair welcomes new group pavilions from the US State of Illinois, as well as from the Czech Republic, India and Poland’s Wielkopolska region. An exhibitor from the United States is showcasing a professional ultrasonic fetal heart monitor and surgical equipment for gynecological cryotherapy. Returning pavilions include those from the Chinese mainland’s Ningbo city, Pakistan and the HKMHDIA, which comprises about 30 companies. Exhibitors from Korea, Singapore and Thailand also made their debut at the fair, further enriching the variety of medical equipment and devices on show.

    Debut of “World of Healthcare” and “Startup” zones

    Responding to growing awareness of the importance of personal health, the fair introduces the “World of Healthcare” to present healthcare products and services, including fitness products, health food and beverages, and nutritional supplements. The medical industry is also becoming a popular sector for entrepreneurs, with many start-ups developing new medical supplies and technologies in recent years. The “Startup” zone, which is being introduced at the Medical Fair this year, showcases the creativity of Hong Kong start-ups, allowing them to meet with buyers and potential business partners to explore new business opportunities. One of the start-ups offers an automated full bathing system with temperature control, surrounding water jets and warm-air drying, and features that reduce the risk of falls during a shower (Booth no: 3G-D23). Another start-up is showcasing a series of products for treating and relieving back pain (Booth no: 3F-J03).

    Special zones for quality medical equipment and technology

    Organised into more than 15 specialised product zones for easy sourcing, the Medical Fair gathers a wide spectrum of medical and healthcare equipment and services. According to the United Nations, the total global population is estimated at around 7.5 billion people, with 960 million or 13 per cent of the total population who are aged 60 or above in 2017. To keep pace with rising demand in the “silver market,” the Rehabilitation and Elderly Care zone showcases products and services for general care and rehabilitation after illness or injury among elderly people. Products include an exercise machine equipped with various muscle-training programmes that improve respiratory and cardiovascular system functions among patients with Parkinson’s disease (Booth no: 3F-F15), as well as an innovative tank-top developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which features a bio-feedback system with multiple sensors used to treat scoliosis (Booth no: 3F-F09). As household medical products and services grow more popular, many companies have launched products specific to the household market. The Household Medical Products zone, another fair highlight, presents various household medical devices, including an electrocardiograph smart-watch band (Booth no: 3F-G03) that can facilitate immediate diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

    With new innovations in medical technology, there is growing demand for diagnostic and surgical equipment. The Hospital Equipment zone showcases specialist equipment and technology, including ultrasound and imaging tools, as well as a range of surgical instruments. The fair’s Physiotherapy zone presents the latest physiotherapy equipment, devices and related services and products, including a therapy mattress, therapy light, physiotherapy plinth and physiotherapy massage equipment.

    Seminars to analyse market trends

    To help industry professionals monitor the pulse of the market and expand their business networks, a series of seminars are being organised. Today’s (16 May) events include a seminar on “The Hottest Trends Revolutionising the Medical and Healthcare Device Industries”; the Continuing Medical Education workshop on “Disease Prevention: Cervical Cancer and HPV Infection”, co-organised with the Hong Kong Doctors Union; as well as the Continuing Nursing Education workshop, co-organised with the Hong Kong Health Care Federation. The Czech Republic pavilion, participating in the fair for the first time, will invite professionals to present an overview of the Czech medical market and their latest medical equipment and services tomorrow (17 May). Representatives from the Hong Kong Electrical Appliance Industries Association and Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association will also speak at the seminar “Sparking Innovation: The Game Changers of the Healthcare Sector”. The seminar on “Worldwide Medical Device Regulatory Updates” and the Continuing Medical Education workshop “Coronary Angioplasty: Update for Daily Clinical Practice 2017” will be held on 18 May.

    Professor John Leong Chi-yan, Chairman of Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority, was the officiating guest at today’s networking reception (16 May). Offering added synergy with the fair, the Hospital Authority Convention 2017 (16-17 May) is expected to bring in more than 5,000 delegates, making it one of Asia-Pacific’s largest events for medical professionals.

    Hong Kong’s total exports of medical and healthcare equipment reached HK$12.8 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.1 per cent over the previous year, with favourable growth in many markets such as the Chinese mainland, the US, ASEAN and the UK.

    Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair

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    Pop-up Events take place at Laforet Harajuku and Destination Tokyo

    14 May 2017 – Four young Hong Kong designers were showcased in Tokyo’s famed fashion centres of Harajuku and Shinjuku this month after being invited to join pop-up events at the Japanese department store Laforet Harajuku, home to many popular women's labels, and by the select shop destination Tokyo in Shinjuku.

    Laforet Harajuku’s Hong Kong fashion pop-up event is underway 8-18 May, and features designer Polly Ho’s label LOOM LOOP, Kenson Tam’s namesake label KENSON, and BLIND by JW, a brand created by Jessica Lau and Walter Kong. From 8-17 May, destination Tokyo is hosting the designs of LOOM LOOP and Mae Kwan’s brand MASE.

    The origin of these events is connected with the October 2016 Fashion Hong Kong Group Show at Shibuya’s Hikarie during Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO 2017 Spring/ Summer. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the show attracted the attention of the Japanese fashion industry, and buyers from Laforet Harajuku and destination Tokyo who were intrigued by Hong Kong’s designer brands. The two companies subsequently attended Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter in January 2017 and identified more Hong Kong young designer labels, which paved the way for the two events now underway.

    Committed to promoting Hong Kong’s fashion industry, the HKTDC has been organising international fashion fairs in Hong Kong, as well as leading local designers abroad for shows and events such as Tokyo Fashion Week.

    The HKTDC also organises CENTRESTAGE, the fashion promotion and launch platform which takes place 6-9 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The event showcases Asian as well as international fashion labels and designers as well as underscores Hong Kong’s position as regional fashion capital. The final competition of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2017 (YDC) will also be held during CENTRESTAGE.

    Websites:
    Laforet Harajuku’s Hong Kong fashion pop-up event (8-18/5)
    Loom Loop: http://www.loom-loop.com/
    KENSON: https://www.instagram.com/kenson_official/
    Blind by JW: http://blindbyjw.tumblr.com/

    destination Tokyo’s Hong Kong fashion pop-up event (8-17/5)
    Loom Loop: http://www.loom-loop.com/
    MASE: https://www.maseartworld.com/

    Media Enquiries
    Please contact the HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department:
    Sam Ho
    Tel: (852) 2584 4569
    Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org

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    BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AirAsia Berhad has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Everbright and Henan Government Working Group to establish a low-cost carrier (LLC) in China.

    It outlines how the parties will incorporate a joint venture to be known as AirAsia (China) for the purposes of operating a low-cost aviation business based in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China.

    In addition, AirAsia (China) will invest in aviation infrastructure, including a dedicated LCC terminal at Zhengzhou airport and an aviation academy to train pilots, crew and engineers, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities to service aircraft.

    The MoU was exchanged between AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Everbright Financial Investment Holding Executive Director and President Wang Weifeng, and Henan Airport Group Vice Chairman and President Li Weidong at the China World Hotel.

    The exchange was witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Malaysian Ambassador to China Zainuddin Yahya, Malaysian Special Envoy to China Ong Ka Ting, Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Shabery Cheek, Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron, China Everbright Group Vice Chairman and President Gao Yunlong, Everbright Financial Investment Holding Executive Director Xu Hongzhe, and Henan Investment Group Vice General Manager Li Xingjia.

    Also witnessing the exchange were AirAsia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Fam Lee Ee and AirAsia North Asia President Kathleen Tan.

    Speaking at a private tri-lateral meeting with AirAsia and Everbright before the MoU exchange, Henan Provincial People’s Government Deputy Governor Shu Qing, who was not able to attend the ceremony, said, “Henan is very pleased to offer AirAsia a home in China. Zhengzhou was once the capital of ancient China. With AirAsia supporting the city’s aeropolis - an industrial, commercial and logistics zone five times the size of Manhattan with the airport at its heart - we have absolute confidence that we will succeed in transforming Zhengzhou into the new hub for global transport and logistics.”

    China Everbright Group Vice Chairman and President Gao Yunlong said, “We are excited to be part of this joint venture to bring AirAsia to China. We believe China is ready for the world's leading LCC and we feel that AirAsia can deliver on that promise by providing real value to Chinese travelers thanks to its unique combination of low fares and world-class service.”

    AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “We chose Zhengzhou as our base due to its strategic location and importance as a logistics hub. As China’s gateway to Europe, Zhengzhou sits at the centre of a vast rail, highway and air transport network that forms the linchpin of China’s development plans for its central and western regions. With President Xi Jinping’s vision for One Belt, One Road, Zhengzhou is set to become even more important, not least as the heart of low-cost air travel in North Asia.

    “This Chinese venture represents the final piece of the AirAsia puzzle. In just 16 years, we have successfully built a presence in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Japan, with China closing the loop on all major territories in Asia Pacific. AirAsia can now live up to its name as the only airline that connects travellers across Asia Pacific - from China, Japan and South Korea in the north, Australia and New Zealand to the south, India and the Middle East to the west, and Asean at the centre - representing an unbelievable foundation to drive growth for our partners and catapult change in the region.”

    AirAsia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "We are thrilled to be working together with China Everbright Group. This is the latest in a long line of strategic collaborations with Chinese companies, from Tencent, Alipay and Union Pay for payments to ICBC for aircraft financing and CALC for aircraft leasing. In addition, we are working closely with Huawei to create a digital airline and smart airport to transform the way we fly and have also started exploring the COMAC C919. China has been good to us and we want to give back in a big way, and this is just the start of enduring partnership that will benefit both China and Malaysia."

    AirAsia was the first foreign LCC to enter China and has carried more than 40 million guests since its inaugural route to China in April 2005. AirAsia and AirAsia X currently fly to 15 destinations in China and is the largest foreign LCC operating into the country.

    Contacts
    For AirAsia:
    Eric Minuskin, 212-824-0037
    Eric.minuskin@zenogroup.com

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    Dubai, May 16, 2017: The world’s top catering products and services providers expect good business deals at the ongoing 4th World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo Middle East (WTCEME).

    The consistent and strong growth in the Middle East aviation sector provides excellent opportunities for the exhibitors to connect with the regional aviation players and get a good chunk of business.

    Co-located with the Airport Show 2017, WTCEME is held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

    More than 70 exhibitors are showcasing a wide range of travel catering services and solutions, including food, snacks, beverages, food packaging, processing, preparation and preservation equipment, tableware and chinaware, accessories, toiletries and travel amenities at the WTCEME.

    The 4th edition of the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo Middle East (WTCEME), the largest dedicated platform for the travel catering industry in the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent, provides an ideal platform to travel catering players from across the world to network and showcase a wide range of products, services, solutions and technology.

    The exhibitors said the WTCEME is providing them an opportunity to meet with serious industry professionals, who are visiting them for innovative and new ways to serve their clients.

    “Each year, this expo has been growing, which increases the opportunities to network and explore the latest products and solutions in the travel catering industry,” said Sola Airline Cutlery Chief Executive Officer Bert Gerritsen.

    The company supplies cutlery products to 80 customers including most of the airlines based in the Middle East such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways among others.

    He added: “I come here to see and meet clients to talk about new solutions.”

    Unliver Food Solutions is showcasing its end to end solution for tea for airlines.

    Christian Roumy, Sales Manager for Catering, said: “We have all airlines in the region as our customers and the business is growing.”

    Roumy added: “We have been participating in this exhibition for the last three year. It’s a great platform to reconnect with customers. We show them our innovations.”

    Oasis Lina Date is showcasing high quality dates in unique and assorted wrapping, with different shapes, sizes and stuffing flavours. It’s first participation of the company at the show. “We are expecting good business deals with airlines,” chief executive officer Nabil Almaramhi said.

    “From raw dates, to stuffing them with your favourite fruits & flavours, dipping them in chocolates to biscuits and bringing honey-like syrup and paste, we develop recipes with its sweet taste and wholesome goodness,” Almaramhi said.

    Paramount is also participating for the first time and its top official said the experience is good. “We will try our best to get more business,” said Dhananjay Rai, sales executive.

    The 30-year old company deals in kitchen, laundry, supermarket, and bakery equipment. It has offices in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and India.

    Paramount has Emirates airlines as an aviation client. In addition, it also supplies equipment to KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Express among others.

    Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said: “The strong growth in Middle East aviation is creating new opportunities in the travel catering segment and this has generated a tremendous global interest from suppliers. By bringing suppliers from over 30 countries on a common platform, WTCEME aims to provide them unique opportunity to explore the latest and connect with suppliers with a diverse range of offerings. We expect increase in business deals this year.”

    WTCEME is supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Emirates Flight Catering and Food Point.

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    Shveta Pathak
    info@naddalshiba.com
    +97142566707

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    (Hong Kong, 17 May 2017) Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) proudly announces the appointment of Mr Paul Jeffrey Chandler as its new Director of Food & Beverage. HML is the professional private management and operating company for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”), long recognised as one of Asia’s best.

    As a member of the Executive Leadership Committee, Mr Chandler oversees the operation of HML’s Food & Beverage Division. He leads a team of 330 professionals responsible for F&B event planning and co-ordination, along with catering services, the Western and Chinese kitchens, the HKCEC’s seven restaurants, and concession stands set up during large exhibitions and other events at the HKCEC. In his role, he will enhance the reputation and service quality of HML’s food and beverage services, as well as further raise the quality of guest dining experience.

    Mr Chandler has over 30 years of sound hospitality background gained through various senior positions in international hotels in Mainland China, Hong Kong, UK and Australia. Prior to joining HML, he was Director, Food & Beverage Operations of Shanghai Disney Resort, overseeing the preopening plans and daily operations of all in park outlets, hotel restaurants and banquet services. Before relocating to Shanghai in 2012, he held a similar position at the Hong Kong Disneyland for more than three years.

    Mr Thomas Tong, Deputy Managing Director of HML, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Mr Chandler to HML. With his extensive background and achievements in the hospitality industry, I am confident that he will drive F&B innovation, service standards in to new heights, and will strengthen the HKCEC’s brand image both in Hong Kong and internationally.”

    During the fiscal year 2015-2016 (July 2015 to June 2016), 2.4 million guests from around the world enjoyed F&B services at the HKCEC as attendees to 400 banquets, patrons of HKCEC’s seven restaurants or participants of 1,149 exhibitions and other events, some being the world’s largest and most prestigious trade shows. Mr Chandler commented, “I am excited to join the winning team behind Asia’s best convention and exhibition centre. I look forward to working closely with them to meet the high expectations of customers and stakeholders from all backgrounds and nationalities and deliver great experiences to our guests.”

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    About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    This award-winning 306,000 sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (‘HKCEC’) is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

    About Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (‘HML’) is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day to day management for the HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event co-ordination, maintenance and security. It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services. HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue which has been consistently awarded the title of ‘Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia’ by leading industry professionals. Over 1,100 events are held at the HKCEC every year, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets. These events contribute significant economic benefits to the city, and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.

    HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited. NWS Holdings Limited ("NWS Holdings", Hong Kong stock code: 659) is the infrastructure and service flagship of New World Development Company Limited (Hong Kong stock code: 17). It has diverse businesses and investments predominantly in Hong Kong and Mainland China, comprising toll roads, environmental management, port and logistics facilities, rail container terminals, commercial aircraft leasing, facilities management, healthcare services, construction and public transport.

    Issued by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd

    For further information, please contact:
    Miss Gloria Fong, Communications Manager
    Tel: +852 2582 7918
    E-mail: gloriafong@hkcec.com

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    Munich - May 17, 2017 - EQS Group AG (ISIN: DE0005494165) has entered the 2017 fiscal year with significant sales growth. The Group generated revenues of EUR 6.90 million from January to March, a 49% increase over the same period of the previous year. EBIT before one-off acquisition costs, purchase price allocation, and scheduled amortization of the acquired customer bases (non-IFRS) doubled to EUR 331 thousand. Adjusted Group net profit amounted to EUR -26 thousand. Adjusted earnings per share amounted to EUR -0.02.

    The significant increase in revenues is mainly attributable to a rise in sales in Germany, particularly the consolidated sales revenues of the majority stake in ARIVA.DE AG. The revenue increased in the run-up to the PRIIP Regulation, which mandates basic information sheets for financial products. Sales revenues were up by more than 40% over the previous year.

    EQS Group AG also achieved organic double-digit growth in Germany. The decisive factor in this increase was the European Market Abuse Regulation taking effect, the resulting expansion of comprehensive insider rules, as well as stricter ad-hoc obligations for a considerably larger group of issuers. The introduction of the INSIDER MANAGER cloud software has been a great success.

    In total, EQS Group AG increased sales 68% to EUR 5.19 million in Germany, of which EUR 1.68 million stemmed from consolidated sales of ARIVA.DE AG.

    Achim Weick, founder and CEO of EQS Group AG: "The intensification of financial market regulations in Europe opens up new opportunities for growth in Germany and abroad and leads to a significant jump in sales in our home market as a result of the broadened customer base. Our cloud products such as INSIDER MANAGER can also be implemented quickly in other European markets, an ideal springboard for new customer acquisition."

    Foreign business continued to grow in the first quarter of 2017. Sales revenues increased by 12% to EUR 1.71 million. The share of foreign sales in Group sales declined from one-third to 25% as a result of the first-time consolidation of ARIVA.DE AG.

    The Swiss subsidiary posted double-digit sales growth in the first three months of the 2017 financial year, up to EUR 733 thousand (EUR 663 thousand in the previous year). The Asian business achieved an operating profit (non-IFRS) for the first time with virtually unchanged revenue (EUR 617 thousand). The largest percentage of sales growth was achieved by the subsidiaries in the UK (34% growth to EUR 114 thousand) and Russia (31% growth to EUR 212 thousand). The Russian subsidiary achieved a double-digit EBIT margin in the first quarter.

    Unchanged outlook

    As result of EQS Group's international growth strategy, the Executive Board of EQS Group expects double-digit revenue growth in 2017, between 20% and 25%, amounting to EUR 31.2 million - EUR 32.5 million. Adjusted EBIT is expected to increase by 10% to 20%, amounting to EUR 3.6 million - EUR 3.9 million.

    Management will present the results at 11:00 am (CET) in today's telephone conference, broadcasted live online at www.eqs.com.

    Key figures (IFRS) Q1 2017 Q1 2016 +/-
    Revenues (in EUR mn) 6.896 4.617 49%
    Non-IFRS* EBIT (in EUR mn) 331 163 >100%
    EBIT (in EUR mn) 156 38 >100%
    Non-IFRS* Group Earnings (in EUR mn) -26 -126** -79%
    Group Earnings (in EUR mn) -107 -214** -50%
    Non-IFRS* Earnings per Share (EUR) -0.02 -0.11** -82%
    Earnings per Share (EUR) -0.08 -0.18** -56%
    Operating Cash Flow (in EUR mn) 160 229** -30%
    Liquid Funds (in EUR mn) 5.463 6.610 -17%
    Employees (average of the reporting period) 334 211 58%

    * Non-IFRS key figures before amortization of acquired customer bases, purchase price allocation, and acquisition expenses

    * Prior-year figures adjusted. We refer to item 2. "Significant accounting and valuation methods" (2.4 Changes in the previous year's figures) in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of Dec. 31, 2016

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    The figures for Q1 2017 are unaudited.

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    About EQS Group

    EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS's products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil complex national and international disclosure and compliance requirements to the global investment community.

    The heart of the technology is the EQS COCKPIT, a cloud-based IR workflow platform, which digitally maps the work processes of IR Officers, streamlining them for maximum efficiency. Special modules maintain IR websites contents (CMS), contact data (CRM) and insider data as well as access to global investor data and proprietary monitory and analytics functions. The EQS COCKPIT platform is connected to the company's website in order to guarantee integrated workflows.

    The EQS COCKPIT also provides access to one of the most important financial newswires, over which more than 20,000 financial and corporate releases are distributed annually. In Germany, all DAX companies trust EQS Group's DGAP service as the main institution to comply with legal and regulatory submission and publication requirements.

    As a digital single source provider, EQS Group also develops IR and corporate websites and apps, creates digital financial and sustainability reports, and performs corporate audio and video transmissions.

    EQS Group was founded in Munich, Germany in 2000 and has developed from a start-up into an international concern with offices in the world's key financial markets. In addition, the group holds the majority interest in ARIVA.DE AG and employs more than 300 professionals.

    Contact:

    André Marques
    Head of Investor Relations
    Tel.: +49 89-21029833
    Mobile: +49 175-5250009
    Email.:andre.marques@eqs.com

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    Amazon’s Dan Park and Generation Z expert Jason Dorsey join NRA Show 2017’s high-profile roster of experts offering insight to attendees

    ((Chicago) The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®’s Signature 17, a twist on the traditional keynote, welcomes President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Dawn Sweeney to facilitate discussions on staying “Ahead of the Crave” with business leaders Amazon’s Dan Park and Gen Z / Millennial expert Jason Dorsey. These authorities offer their unique perspectives and knowledge to attendees and join an already stellar roster of experts at NRA Show 2017.

    The theme of this year’s Signature – “Ahead of the Crave” – looks at ways to better prepare for today’s empowered consumer and business customers and take a more proactive approach to their changing needs and behaviors.

    “We are excited for Dan Park and Jason Dorsey to share their knowledge with Dawn Sweeney on the Signature 17 stage,” says Atour Eyvazian, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2017 and multiunit owner of 122 total restaurants between 2 brands (Jack in the Box and El Pollo Locos). “Signature attendees will leave with bold ideas, key insights and real actions that they can take to their own businesses to benefit them and their customers.”

    With Amazon’s Dan Park, Sweeney will discuss how Amazon gets “Ahead of the Crave” utilizing their culture of innovation and deep customer knowledge, which is impacting the business ecosystem. The conversation will challenge attendees to stretch their thinking about reimagining restaurant business to anticipate customer needs and deliver products and services going beyond expectations. Amazon Business is evolving front- and back-of-house operations in physical, digital, and interactive ways. Working within Amazon’s Commercial Vertical, Park knows how business purchasing and selling landscapes must adapt to meet customer demands. Park and Sweeney take the stage on May 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

    Following Park, Sweeney and acclaimed speaker Jason Dorsey, co-founder and chief strategy officer for The Center for Generational Kinetics® will focus their conversation on the Gen Z and Millennial customer. The conversation will focus specifically on: how to reach them, connect with them, engage them, and acquire them as customers. Following Signature ’17, Dorsey will hold an additional breakout session on workforce development – how to attract, retain, and work with Gen Z and Millennial employees.

    In addition to Signature ’17, NRA Show 2017 features a bevy of opportunities for attendees to learn from industry experts, including: 2017 James Beard Foundation Award Winner Rick Bayless at World Culinary Showcase; Menu Expert Nancy Kruse; Chicago Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts and ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg’s Supersession “Defying the Curse”; and at BAR ’17, World’s Best Bartender Charles Joly, Keynote Speaker and Host of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, and BAR Featured Speaker Patrick Henry.

    The NRA Show runs May 20-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. For more information about NRA Show, please visit https://show.restaurant.org/Home. To register for NRA Show 2017, visit https://show.restaurant.org/Attend/Registration.

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    The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, the largest annual gathering of foodservice professionals in the United States, returns to McCormick Place in Chicago from May 20-23, 2017. Also back this year is BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants), the only beverage-alcohol event exclusively focused on the restaurant and hospitality industries. BAR 17 is co-located with NRA Show® and runs from May 21-22, 2017. Both events showcase the latest products, services, trends, innovation, education and best practices and combine to attract 67,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR websites at Show.Restaurant.org and Bar.Restaurant.org. Or check us out on Twitter @NRA Show, @BAR 17; Facebook @NationalRestaurantAssociationShow, @barshowchicago; and Instagram @NRA Show, @barshowchicago.

    Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the leading business association for the foodservice industry, which comprises more than one million outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million. Located in Washington, DC, the NRA operates the industry’s largest domestic tradeshow (NRA Show, May 20-23, 2017, Chicago); leading food-safety training and certification program (ServSafe); a unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program, which promotes healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org or find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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    Aluminium China 2017 puts spotlight on transformation in lightweight vehicle design in Shanghai from July 19 to 21

    17 May 2017: International business leaders, engineering experts and academics from the automotive industry and complete aluminium value chain will be converging in Shanghai in July for Aluminium China 2017, to share the latest developments in lightweight automotive design and manufacturing. Aluminium is increasingly seen as playing a key role in minimising overall weight while ensuring strength and safety for a new generation of lightweight vehicles. And the global auto industry has a lot to gain, including the enhancement of power, reduction in fuel consumption and the mitigation of air pollution to strengthen energy efficiency and improve environmental protection. Statistics show that the aluminum-made vehicle body can reduce the overall vehicle weight by 10-15%.

    This year’s Aluminium China 2017, which will feature over 500 exhibitors and attract more than 20,000 visitors, is putting a major focus on a wide range of lightweight auto solutions, including materials, processes and technologies to help accelerate further development and adoption. In the Light Auto Core Technologies seminar program and new Light Auto Zone, leading car makers from China and around the world will showcase lightweight aluminium and magnesium along with emerging materials such as composites and carbon fibres and advanced manufacturing equipment. In addition, the Auto Parts and Forge Zone will feature high-end forge and cast materials and processes to promote cutting-edge lightweight auto technologies.

    “Aluminium China always provides a key barometer to the global industry and leads the debate around key new trends and developments,” said Chris Zang, Senior Project Manager at Reed Exhibitions China. “This year is no different. In addition to focusing on lightweight auto, Aluminium China 2017 will also look at innovative aluminium technologies and applications in other areas of transportation and consumer electronics, presenting a tremendous opportunity to brainstorm solutions that will drive future development.”

    The 13th Aluminium China at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from July 19 to 21, is Asia’s top trading, sourcing, networking and branding platform for the complete aluminium industry chain. This year, the event is expected to attract more international delegates than ever before and the special International Visitor Program provides opportunities for travel allowances, fast-track access to onsite conferences, a VIP lounge, free business match-making services and factory visits.

    The event this year also sees significantly more exhibitors including companies such as CHALCO, Hongqiao, Zhongwang, Conglin, Alnan, Mindalu, Pratic, UACJ, AMAG, TMEIC, SMS, Pyrotek, Wagstaff, Castool and MAKA. Many leading exhibitors are coming to the event for the first time include Constellium, Gillespie & Powers, SIJ RAVNE SYSTEMS, Magma, RUF, HAEHNE, TB Sensor, Silvent, Tongli, Zhongfu and Yinbang.

    For more information on Aluminium China 2017, please visit:
    http://www.aluminiumchina.com/en

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    18 May, 2017 (Hong Kong): The 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) is now open for entries, marking its 9th year as Asia’s foremost international wine competition, designed specifically for the Asian market. 2017 sees the introduction of “celebration” dishes, a focus on gin and a nod to Vietnamese culture, plus the inclusion of some of the region’s leading bartenders and a total of four Masters of Wine on the judging panel as key features of the new competition year.

    Founded by the London-based IWSC, Master of Wine Debra Meiburg (Founding Director of Meiburg Wine Media), and Simon Tam (Vice President of Wine – Asia, Christies) this distinctively Asian international wine competition was designed by Asian market experts and the long-established IWSC to recognise quality international wines and spirits especially for the Asian market.

    Always a key feature of the competition, the VIP International Judges have also been announced, with multi-award winning South African winemaker, Johann Fourie, Head Winemaker, Benguela Cove Wine Estate and Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate taking up the VIP International Wine Judge position, and Desmond Payne, Master Distiller, Beefeater Gin, Chivas Brothers Ltd appointed VIP International Judge of Spirits.

    Debra Meiburg MW, Founding Director of the HKIWSC said “Desmond Payne is the perfect choice for VIP International Spirits Judge this year, with the gin craze really gripping Hong Kong and further afield in Asia. Desmond has been involved in the wine and spirit industry since 1965, and has a wealth of knowledge and intel across the board, along with his gin expertise. We look forward to his acumen and insights during the action-packed judging week!”

    Desmond Payne, Master Distiller, Beefeater Gin, Chivas Brothers Ltd says, “I hope to bring an international perspective to the judging panel, as I travel across many countries. Asia is a hugely important region for international wines and spirits. The issuing of HKIWSC awards recognises the importance of quality and prestige in these markets. Personally, I am especially interested to see how Asian spirits are developing and how they show local characteristics.”

    To ensure the tastes of everyday wine and spirits lovers are reflected in the results, the competition has invited a contingent of award-winning bartenders to join the spirits judging panel this year. Plus, four Asian Masters of Wine will be part of the judging panel – Sonal Holland MW from India, Ying Hsieh Tan MW from Singapore, Kenichi Ohashi MW from Japan, as well as Debra Meiburg MW from Hong Kong, who is the judging panel chair.

    In a nod to Vietnam – which won its very first HKIWSC medal last year – the very first Vietnamese dish has been added to the Asian food and wine pairing awards categories. Plus, a Vietnamese judge – Alex Thinh – has joined the judging panel for the first time. Also a new to the judging panel is Indonesia – represented by Agung Prabowo.

    Asian food and wine pairing is a hot topic internationally, and every year the competition selects new dishes to explore pairings for, with the theme for 2017 being “Celebration Dishes”. Dishes like Lo-Hei Yu Sheng (raw fish salad) from Singapore/Malaysia; Prawn Vindaloo from India; Japanese Sea-Salt Grilled Red Snapper from Japan; and Cua Lot Cuon (soft shell crab rice rolls) – a debut dish from Vietnam – are just a few of the exciting dishes on the roster in 2017.

    Debra Meiburg MW said, “Traditional celebrations in Asia are centred around food, yet with the growing interest in wine, many find themselves confused on what to choose, especially given Asia’s banquet-style dining. Wine can really enhance the dining experience – particularly in a celebration setting – which makes this year’s theme even more pertinent.”

    Allen Gibbons, CEO of IWSC Group, “We can’t wait to taste the flood of entries – past and new – in the 2017 competition. The tastes and consumption patterns of Asian consumers have significantly evolved over the past two to three years, let alone the nine years of the competition. There is a growing thirst for premium, mid-market wines from around the world, along with everyday drinking wines, and top-of-the-market drops.”

    Debra Meiburg MW said “Recently in Asia we’ve seen a spate of interest in diverse countries and regions – like Spain, California, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia and much more, along with traditional favourites France and Italy. I encourage producers from far and wide to enter or re-enter the competition and take full advantage of the robust support program offered to winners. We have a dynamic cache of marketing collaterals, showcase events, PR and trade tasting opportunities to put as many winning wines as possible in front different market segments. It really does offer the best opportunity for turnkey access to the booming Asian wine and spirits market for international beverage producers.”

    Results serve as a guideline to the best quality international wines and spirits for both the trade and consumers in the region. Results are fully focused on Asia, with unique features including Asian judging panels, the hotly contested Asian food and wine pairing award categories and an “Asia’s Best” series of awards.

    Asia’s top beverage professionals eagerly anticipate the annual results, which are frequently used as a guide to select the best wines and spirits for their customers.

    Ian Dai, Wine and Spirit Buyer, Amazon China, said “The HKIWSC helps to find the most suitable wines for Asian consumers and helps wineries to navigate the most complicated wine market in the world.”

    Agung Prabowo, Beverage Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong said, “The HKIWSC serves as a useful guide to spirits lovers in Asia and a medal win can help brands sell their products in Asia.”

    Wineries, distillers, importers and other beverage-focused companies can enter products online now at www.hkiwsc.com.

    2017 competition entries close on 21 August for spirit and 28 August for wine entries. Judging week takes place 25-29 September in Hong Kong, with results announced at a gala event at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, on 9 November.

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    About Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

    Now celebrating its ninth year, HKIWSC remains the original and most well-respected wine and spirit competition in Asia. Founded by the IWSC Group, Debra Meiburg MW and Simon Tam, the competition is regarded as the Asian guide to the world’s finest wine and spirits. With its panel of Asian judges, the HKIWSC ensures that, not only are the best wines selected from all across the globe, but that they are suited to Asian taste preferences too.
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    Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) is renowned in the industry as not only an effective marketplace to develop business internationally but also an event with dynamic activities to discover the latest trends and market information for lighting. Continuing this tradition, GILE, held from 9 – 12 June, will once again feature an all-encompassing concurrent events programme to push the boundaries of the lighting industry and unveil the next industry breakthrough.

    Technology is rapidly advancing the development of lighting. The industry has developed a myriad of intelligent solutions to fit this age of connectivity and digitalisation. These innovations are reflected in market trends and drive growth in the networked security, intelligent building and smart home sectors. Four keynote sessions led by the following speakers will address the common theme of “Internet of Lights”:

    * Dr Wu Chou, IEEE Fellow, CTO of Gateway and Enterprise Network, Huawei Network Product Line, Huawei Technologies 
    Topic: IoT Connected Street Lighting for Smart City

    * Mr Sunny Shen, Head of Marketing, Philips Lighting (China)
    Topic: The Internet of Lights and Smart City Development

    * Mr XiaoMing Qi, Chief Technical Officer, Opple Lighting
    Topic: A Glance at the Future Smart Lighting Development

    * Mr Chris Johnston, Regional Sales Manager – Asia Pacific, Telensa Ltd
    Topic: The Convergence of IoT with Smart Street Lighting

    The Convergent Future Forum highlights topics on Internet of Lights and media architecture The Convergent Future Forum, to be held opposite of Hall 4.1 in Area A along the Pearl Promenade, strives to address the essential technologies and applications for intelligent lightings. Topics that will be covered include wireless mesh networks, IoT platforms, LiFi technology, big data, smart dimming & control, smart city, smart home and smart commercial buildings. Some of the prominent speakers include:

    * Mr Manson Song, General Manager, Trusted Link Technology Limited
    Topic: Qualcomm BLEMesh: Great User Experience of Smart Lighting

    * Ms Sammy Lei, CEO, Xlink IoT Platform
    Topic: Integration of Xlink IoT Platform with Lighting Industry

    * Mr Deepak Solanki, Co-Founder & CEO, Velmenni
    Topic: Li-Fi – The Union of Light & Technology

    * Mr Mengming Yao, Head of Design, Philips Lighting (China)
    Topic: Smart City: The Integration of Light and Internet

    * Mr Magic Tong, Supervisor and Project Manager, Lighting DEKRA
    Topic: Cyber Security for Smart Lighting

    * Kelvin Kwong, Product Marketing Manager, GRE Alpha Electronics Ltd
    Topic: Importance of Dimming Performance in Smart Lighting

    * Webster Chu, Specifier Service & Application Support Manager – Asia Pacific, Xicato Inc
    Topic: Application of Smart Lighting & Case Study

    * Ms Nikita Junagade, Communication Manager, LUCI Association
    Topic: Smart Lighting for Smart Cities

    * Dr Feng Huang, Philips Lighting (China) Investment Co Ltd
    Topic: IoT Lighting Lights up Smart Cities

    * Dr Tjaco Middel, Head of R&D, Asia Pacific, Tridonic China
    Topic: Lighting in the Internet of Things

    * Wi-Fi Forum, Organised by the Wi-Fi Alliance in China
    Topics focus on cross industries collaboration for smart home solutions and the challenges ahead

    Aside from exploring the intersection of LED and IoT, the forum will also delve into the unification of lighting and digital art. Here, they will unveil the interactive nature of the newest forms of media facade and how it redefines our public areas. Invited speakers for this forum include:

    * Dr M Hank Haeusler, Director, Media Architecture Institute
    Topic: Bringing Computational Design into Media Architecture – Research to Enable Architecture in the Second Machine Age

    * Ms Florence Lam, Director, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd
    Topic: Luminous Facades

    * Mr Steve Lau, Deputy Head of Institute of Intelligent Lighting, Yong Dian Illumination
    Topic: Application of Interactive Control System in Landscape Lighting

    The THINKLIGHT Forum focuses on concept and emotion of lighting

    The THINKLIGHT Forum, to be held opposite of Hall 2.1 in Area A along the Pearl Promenade, will discuss the concepts and emotional aspects of light. Subtopics addressed in this forum will include quality of light, embedded lighting, human centric lighting and new concepts in light applications. Some of the speakers include:

    * Mr Herbert Hans Cybulska, Lighting Designer, Cybulska + Partners Lighting Solutions
    Topic: Lighting Design with New LED technology
    * Ms Adele Locke, Director, Mint Lighting Design
    Topic: Light Quality and Emotive Influence at Home
    * Mr Brad Koerner, Creative Director, Philips Lighting
    Topic: Embedded Lighting – the Future of Integrating Lighting into Architectural Systems
    * Mr Dewitt Chik, Founder, Witt Design Network
    Topic: Innovative Applications & Low Carbon Opportunity via Embedded Lighting Design
    * Prof Toyoki Kozai, President, Japan Plant Factory Association
    Topic: Smart LED Lighting and Environment Control for Plant Factory
    * Mr Martin Klaasen, Director, Klaasen Lighting Design
    Topic: The Human Side of Light and Lighting Design - We don't design for lux meters

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    Q1 economic growth in China was forecast at 6.8%, but the actual figure came in at 6.9% on April 17, 2017. For the quarter ending in March, Chinese GDP grew at a year-on-year rate of 6.9%, up 0.1% from Q4, 2016. Those GDP growth figures were largely the result of increases in fiscal spending, higher retail sales, and greater industrial output. For 2017, the GDP annual growth rate has been on the up and up so far, but recent events have given pause to the rally in China.

    In April this year, the Chinese economy stumbled. The Chinese government has been working extremely hard to prevent China from falling into a debt trap. Several key industries in the country reported weaker performance including investment, retail sales, and factory output. One of the drivers of economic uncertainty in China is speculative financing – cheap credit. The authorities in Beijing have wised up to the risks inherent in this type of economic growth paradigm, and they are rejecting it across the board.

    How Is Chinese Government Policy Impacting Economic Performance?

    Figures from January through April 2017 indicate that there is lacklustre performance in the Chinese economy. This is evident in the April fixed-asset investment levels which are lower than predicted. That the world’s second-largest economy is now enduring manufacturing sector weakness is not an encouraging sign. Policymakers are not yet at a point where they are deeply concerned about the performance of the Chinese economy. In other words, there is no urgency to dramatically change direction.

    For example, factory production in March 2017 was up 7.6% year on year, while that figure dropped to 6.5% in April. From January through March, fixed asset investment was at 9.2%, while the January through April figure was 8.9%. This all indicates that there is a decline in China’s economic performance through April. Part of the reason why the Chinese economy is stumbling is commodity prices. Iron ore and steel prices are weakening on the back of higher inventory levels and weak demand. Recall that the Chinese government instructed its mills to churn out massive quantities of steel to push production quotas.

    Can the Chinese Government Prevent Asset Bubbles from Developing?

    Where China scores heavily is infrastructure expenditure. April figures reflect a 23% increase year on year, despite fixed asset investment declining to 4.9% (from 5.8% January-March 2017). The Chinese government is more concerned with asset bubbles developing than it is with a slowdown in specific metrics. The People’s Bank of China has raised the short-term interest rates to relieve debt burdens from the economy.

    One of China’s most troubling risk factors is the high speculation on real estate. There have been reports of increasing Chinese credit card debt over the years, prompting a sharp increase in debt consolidation options for everyday folks. Increasing debt levels are commensurate with rising standards of living in China. The burgeoning middle class is placing greater demands on itself with housing, education, travel, investment, and entertainment. This is especially noticeable in the property market.

    The asset bubble that is fast developing in that sector is raising eyebrows in China. In April for example, a huge uptick in property development took place, despite slowing sales growth. The problem for China is in retail sales which was down 0.2% in April, now at 10.7%, compared to March. It is the slow pace of growth in domestic consumption and weak external demand that is precipitating a slowdown in economic growth in China. For the full year, the PBOC is anticipating a GDP growth rate of 6.5%. The debt-fueled stimulus policies that are driving Chinese growth will likely be addressed in short order.

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    Yangon, 18 May 2017 -The 4th edition of BuildTech Yangon will be held from 18 to 20 May at the Myanmar Convention Centre, Myanmar. Over 4,000 delegates and 80 exhibiting brands will witness new developments in green building as well as other cutting edge technologies in the building and construction sector. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and co-organised by the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), the event will showcase the latest in building, construction and innovative technologies and materials with a special feature on Green Building.

    According to the Asian Development Bank, Myanmar’s economy will rebound and accelerate to 8% by 2018, and a new investment law passed earlier this year is expected to spur growth in the building construction sector. The law is designed to promote and facilitate both foreign and domestic investment in the economy. It lists the development of new urban areas and city development activities as promoted sectors.

    U Tha Htay, President of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), said: “Yangon is the country’s largest urban centre with over 5 million people and growing. As the economy develops, there will be more people who would live, work and play in this city and this will lead to a strong demand for quality housing, infrastructure, and buildings, built in accordance to world-class standards as well as sustainable and green principles. MCEA is fully supportive of the green building movement and is committed to nurturing and being part of its development in Myanmar.”

    He added: “BuildTech Yangon plays a key part in this development of Myanmar, bringing together the best minds in the industry to share knowledge and business opportunities. I am excited to welcome and meet the many delegates and exhibitors who have joined us for this event and look forward to the chance to learn and engage with my peers around the world.”

    Spearheading industry milestones at BuildTech Yangon 2017

    BuildTech Yangon has grown to be a convergent platform for organisations to meet with their international counterparts. Several closed-door meetings between trade mission groups from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore will take place over the three days, further reinforcing efforts and further synergistic opportunities within the building construction sector.

    Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd., said: “Myanmar is one of the most exciting markets in the world right now and for the foreseeable future. Building construction activity will continue to grow as the economy rebounds and foreign investments increase, particularly on the back of China’s One Belt One Road initiative. There will be a need for sustainable and green development to support this growth, and this presents great commercial opportunities for companies and organisations. BuildTech Yangon will continue to be the place for the best minds in the industry to gather, where we work together to capitalise on opportunities and create strong industry bonds across the region.”

    An example of the strong bonds across the region fostered by BuildTech Yangon is the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will be signed at the trade show between MCEA and Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL). The two organisations will be signing a renewal of a MoU made between the two parties in 2014 which led to an increase in the sharing of knowledge and commercial opportunities. The new MoU will deepen these close ties and set the stage for the launch of sustainable building initiatives through a Non-Government Organisation for Myanmar.

    Further dialogues between Myanmar’s Green Building Committee and regional green building councils will also take place to strengthen ties and spearhead support and collaborations within this sector.

    Paving the way for Green Thinking

    The inaugural Green Building Conference will be held at this year’s event, bringing together experts from Yangon and around the region. Themed, ‘Gateway towards a Green Myanmar’, the two-day conference aims to share knowledge that will lead to sustainable and green development, and in building a vibrant, creative and productive city.

    Prof. Dr. Swe Swe Aye, Chairman of the Green Building Committee, Building Engineering Institute of Myanmar Engineering Society and co-organiser of the Green Building Conference, said: “The Green Building Conference will bring experts in green building construction together with developers and builders in Myanmar and the region. It will be a platform for us as industry practitioners to learn from one another, share best practices and case studies, and nurture the growth of more sustainable and building-healthy construction in Myanmar.”

    The conference covers topics ranging from Green Building Energy Optimisations, Fire Safety Challenges in Green Buildings and Structures. The sessions will include Introductions to Green Buildings and Green Architecture with adequate case studies on recent green projects, as well as panel discussion on Regulations, Certifications, and Policies adapted to Climate Change.

    "Asia Pacific is at the centre of the greatest urbanisation growth in history, and we have to double our efforts to ensure this growth is sustainable and that we meet our global climate goals,” said Joelle Chen, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific Network, World Green Building Council, and one of the keynote speakers at the conference. “We are excited that Myanmar, as a frontier market, is hosting this green building conference, a step towards achieving green buildings for everyone, everywhere."

    The latest in green building technologies and solutions will also be brought together under the Green Pavilion. Exhibitors include LJ Energy, a leading energy services company which provides energy audit, consultancy and management services, and SystemNix Group, an environmental innovation organization which successfully invented a revolutionary ecological engineering system which prevents wastage of natural resources while reducing the cost and duration needed in conventional construction.

    Exhibition highlights

    In addition to the Green Pavilion, delegates to the trade floor will have the chance to review the latest equipment, machinery, and solutions in a wide selection of exhibits catering to the construction, machinery, building materials architectural solutions and quality finishes segments. Leading companies from China, India, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand will showcase their products and solutions. These include Singapore-based Engineering Edge (Singapore) who will bring to visitors the latest in their range of Fastener brands such as DYNO and Tapperman.

    I&H Engineering Co. a joint venture between the Myanmar Ministry of Construction and I&H Asia Pacific, has taken this opportunity to launch their new Yangon factory. The 65,272 sqm factory is located near Yangon and will be producing a range of construction materials such as PC Spun Pile, PC Bridge Girders and other building components and products.

    In addition, there will be a special and highly anticipated brick laying competition this year, featuring a live assembly of a set prototype of a model building. It will pit the top construction companies in a national competition for the best in the trade. The objective of this national competition is to increase the skill level of workers in the industry as well as to incentivise award winners to further their skills in similar international brick laying competitions. Brick laying is an important and essential skill that is much needed in the construction industry. Competitions such as this will encourage workers to sign up to bricklaying courses in Myanmar’s effort to stay ahead of the curve.

    The third Construction Entrepreneur Awards will be held at MCEA’s annual Gala as a co-organised activity with BuildTech Yangon 2017. The best and brightest of construction professionals who have succeeded in raising local standards and skills, and in incorporating the latest construction technologies into the entire ecosystem will be awarded at this annual event. Jointly awarded between MCEA and Sphere Exhibits, Diamond, Gold and Silver Awards will be awarded to the Best Contractors and Best Projects, and individual accolades to the Man of the Year and the Builder of the Year.

    BuildTech Yangon 2017 is supported by the Association of Myanmar Architects; Building Engineers Institute of Myanmar; Italian Chamber of Commerce (Singapore); International Powered Access Federation; International Facilities Management Association, Singapore Chapter; Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Green Building Committee, Myanmar Engineering Council;, Myanmar Engineering Society; Myanmar Industries Association; Malaysia Heavy Construction Equipment Owners Association; Master Builders Association Malaysia; Singapore Business Federation; Singapore Green Building Council; Singapore Institute of Building Limited; Vietnam Electronic Industries Association; Vietnam Building Ceramic Association; Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Association and WSH (Asia).

    Delegates attending the conference are entitled to continuing industry development points by the Myanmar Engineering Council.

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    SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

    SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang.

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    Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association has been associated with development of the country nationwide, evolving the development of economic, social and civil sectors as well as assuring the people’s ownership of housing facilities. In addition MCEA set up cement factories for supply of cement for construction programmes, established Industrial zones for development of industries and also continuously endeavored in the construction projects for the development of Nay Pyi Taw, establishment of new satellite towns, hotels, settlements, highways, the New Yadanarbon City development, High Rise Building project in Yangon, Public Infrastructures for states and regions and construction programmes for special Economic Zones (Thilawa Special Economic Zones, Dawel Special Economic Zones). For more information, visit www.mceamyanmar.com.

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    World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum 2017 to drive sharing and co-creation of engineering innovations for sustainable urban development

    The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) announced today that the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference (WES-CUE) 2017 will take place from 18 to 21 July at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. The conference will be a focal point for addressing pressing global issues arising from energy- and carbon- intensive urban development, with a special focus on harnessing engineering innovations to create a sustainable, low carbon future.

    Rapid urbanisation is elevating energy demand to unprecedented levels. According to the World Bank, cities consume about two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. WES-CUE 2017 will bring together eminent experts, renowned researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share latest research findings and engineering advancements critical for moving cities towards highly energy-efficient and sustainable practices.

    For the first time, the biennial WES series is partnering with the internationally-reputed Applied Energy Symposium and Forum series, to deliver profound and diverse technical content to multi-disciplinary engineers and scientists; energy, urban planning and environmental & water specialists; business leaders; academia and policy makers from around the world. The conference technical committee received a record 288 technical paper abstracts from more than 35 countries in response to its call for submissions.

    “WES-CUE 2017 is designed to bring delegates to the forefront of scientific research and facilitate exchange of the latest progress in urban energy systems and policy options. This year’s summit will play a major role in helping engineers, business leaders, policy makers and other professionals accelerate the transformation of cities into low carbon urban systems and move the world towards a cleaner, more energy-efficient and resilient future,” said Prof S.K. Chou, Co-Chair, WES-CUE 2017 Joint Conference.

    Prof J. Yan, Co-Chair of WES-CUE 2017, added, “Singapore offers an excellent meeting point for the chosen theme of the joint conference. Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy (CUE) is a platform under the Applied Energy network that focuses on urban energy systems covering topics such as energy supply, distribution and end use; smart eco-cities; urban transportation with efficient energy use and low emissions; microgrid and smart homes; BIPV and renewable energy applications; urban waste to energy; nexus of energy-water; and policy options.”

    Summit Highlights
    WES-CUE 2017 will address a range of critical issues with focus on six key topics: Transport, Building, Industry, Environment, Power Generation & Energy Storage and Urban Planning.

    Four sustainability thought leaders will kick off the conference as keynote speakers: Ms Jean Venables, Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and Chair of Committee on Engineering & Environment (CEE); Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Advisor, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry Of National Development, Singapore; Dr Liu Thai Ker, Senior Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd, Singapore; and Dr Richard E. Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii.

    Other conference highlights include:

     WES-CUE 2017 Plenary & Opening Ceremony on 19 July, 9am to 12pm, to be graced by Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security

     WES-CUE 2017 Conference Dinner on 20 July, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, to be graced by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

     Pre-event Floating Structures Workshop by IStructE on 18 July, 9am to 6pm, to keep delegates abreast of the latest developments, research and challenges and potential future applications in using seaspace for industry, housing and recreational development

     WiSER Forum on 20 July, 9am to 12.30pm a platform focusing on empowering and promoting women leadership in the engineering industry and professional fields

     ASHRAE Distinguished Lectures Seminar on 21 July, 9am to 6pm, focusing on the integrated design, installation and operation of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system and Building Automation System (BAS) to achieve thermal comfort and indoor air quality in high performing buildings

     Technical Site Visits on 21 July, 2pm to 5pm, for delegates to personally tour several of Singapore’s world-class facilities boasting sophisticated sustainability features

     National Engineers Day 2017 on 19, 20 & 21 July, 9am to 6pm, an annual engineering festival organised by IES to promote engineering to the young
    Registration for WES-CUE 2017 is now open, with early bird rates ending on 15 May 2017. Interested sponsors and exhibitors may also contact the WES 2017 Secretariat at enquiry@wes-ies.org. Find out more at www.wes-ies.org or follow IES on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

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    About World Engineers Summit
    Launched in 2013, the biennial World Engineers Summit (WES) is a premier platform that focuses on addressing global challenges arising from the impact of climate change by gathering influential thought leaders, policy makers, specialists, business leaders, multi-disciplinary engineers and leading academics from across the globe, to exchange expert opinion and present sound engineering solutions for the future. The WES is organised by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), the heart and voice of engineers in Singapore.

    About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)
    The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.
    IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.

    The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill, fellowship and exchange of knowledge among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

    About Applied Energy
    Applied Energy is an international journal published by Elsevier. It provides a forum for information on innovation, research, development and demonstration in the areas of energy conversion and conservation, the optimal use of energy resources, analysis and optimization of energy processes, mitigation of environmental pollutants, and sustainable energy systems. The journal publishes original papers, review articles, technical notes, and letters to the editor. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts which bridge the gaps between research, development and implementation. The breadth of coverage ranges from innovative technologies and systems of both fossil and renewable energy to the economic industrial and domestic use of energy with no or minor impact on the environment. Applied Energy is also concerned with the attendant problems of modeling and forecasting, conservation strategies, and the environmental, social and economic impacts of energy policies and usage, including climate change mitigation and other environmental pollution reduction.

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    There has been some heated controversy going on amid the successful start of Amazon in India. The marketplace giant launched with better than expected numbers coming in, but Flipkart, Amazon’s major rival in India, has made an amazing turnaround and so the race is on. For the past several years the economy in India has been staggering a bit, and so these two marketplaces just might rekindle hope for India’s future in e-commerce.

    India’s Continued Growth Overall

    The race may be on, but will it really matter who comes out the winner if their efforts can bring about the changes needed to put India back on the map again as a key player? Thought to be the most promising of all emerging nations, this nation with 1.25 billion inhabitants is quickly gaining momentum because of the entrepreneurial spirit of the largest portion of the population – India’s young adults.

    While there have been some setbacks, they pale in comparison to those which many of the world’s superpowers are experiencing. Uncertainty still looms over Brexit in the UK and it is unclear what the highly controversial US president will do for the economy of the United States, so India is in a prime position for massive growth. Amazon and Flipkart are just two of the reasons why there is hope for the future.

    India’s Youth Answering the Call

    Since such a large portion of the population is young and with a high priority placed on education, India is in a prime position to literally explode in the technology sector. As e-commerce expands, India just might set the pace for the advancement of a digital economy in the region, according to US marketing agency Single Grain. With China also making a move towards expansion in the free-market, these two nations may soon enjoy a place of global dominance in the technology sector once dominated by Japan.

    The reason why India is looking towards the younger generation isn’t only because of their sheer numbers but because of their thirst for knowledge and a will to succeed. Saying India’s youth have a pervading entrepreneurial spirit is an understatement at very best. It is more of a passion for working towards a better future for their impoverished country and Amazon and Flipkart might just set the stage for this generation to elevate the GDP far above where it now stands at less than a quarter of China’s per capita.

    E-commerce Offers a Better Future

    As one of the world’s poorest nations and sadly one of the four most populous, India lacks the infrastructure that many other emerging nations now enjoy. Pumping money into the system will enable the Indian government to update that very same infrastructure that is holding the nation back.

    With travel and communications often hindered by this very lack of updated infrastructure, e-commerce takes on greater significance. Startups can work from home with just a computer and an Internet connection, and that is likely the one factor that will bring India up to the ranks of finally being a ‘developed’ nation and a global presence to contend with.

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    SINGAPORE - Singapore eDevelopment Ltd ("SeD"; has, through its subsidiary Global BioLife Inc. ("Global BioLife"), initiated advanced research of a new universal therapeutic drug platform, known as Linebacker, to combat a range of diseases including Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer. The research will be led by two-time Nobel Prize nominee, Mr Daryl Thompson.

    Singapore Exchange-listed SeD said Mr Daryl Thompson will leverage on his expertise in organic and carbohydrate chemistry and the use of pandemic technology in combating the Ebola virus in the research and development of this universal therapeutic drug platform, known as Linebacker.

    Unlike the traditional approach to cure individual diseases with specific drugs, the Linebacker platform seeks to offer a breakthrough option for multiple diseases to be cured. It can also potentially combat drug-resistant viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Mr Daryl Thompson will lead the research to be conducted by Global BioLife in his capacity as Director of Scientific Initiatives. Global BioLife is an 80%-held subsidiary of SeD's wholly-owned subsidiary, Global BioMedical Inc. The remaining stake of Global BioLife is held in equal proportions by Mr Daryl Thompson's GRDG Sciences LLC and Australia Securities Exchange-listed Holista CollTech Limited.

    Mr Daryl Thompson was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2015 and 2016 for his research in cutting-edge organic and carbohydrate chemistry as well his research in pandemics technology to fight pandemics such as Ebola. He has used his expertise to initiate research regarding universal therapeutics to cure the world's deadliest diseases. Mr Scott Truesdell, Research Coordinator and Special Projects Leader at Global BioLife, will execute the research on the Linebacker platform.

    Global BioLife ( www.globalbiolife.com) has engaged NYSE-listed Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. ( www.criver.com), which provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts.

    Mr Daryl Thompson said: "We expect to obtain validating laboratory data from the universal therapeutic drug platform within the first six months and are targeting for the platform itself to be completed within twelve months. We have a unique patented technology and are already getting interest from Big Pharma players and venture capitalists. This interest will rise as the validating data becomes available."

    "Global BioLife recognizes the need for affordable cures to emerging pandemics and we will leverage the team's deep expertise to develop this new universal therapeutic drug platform," said Dr Tang Peihong, Global BioLife's Director and Chief Executive Officer. Dr Tang has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and was selected as National Distinguished Expert in China's Thousand Talents Plan in 2012.

    GRDG Sciences LLC is a natural products discovery drug research company formed in Florida, USA, by Mr Daryl Thompson, a natural products scientist. GRDG Sciences LLC works with multiple global institutions such as Charles River. Holista CollTech Limited is a research-driven biotech company, that resulted from the merger of Holista Biotech Sdn Bhd and CollTech Australia Ltd. It is dedicated to delivering first-class natural ingredients and wellness products ( www.holista.com).

    About Singapore eDevelopment Limited

    Incorporated on 9 September 2009, and listed on the Singapore Exchange Catalist (SGX:40V) in July 2010 (SP: SGE; SINE), Singapore eDevelopment Limited is involved in (i) property development and investments primarily in the United States and Western Australia; (ii) Information Technology-related businesses; (iii) development, research, testing, manufacturing, licensing and distribution of biomedical products; and (iv) investment activities. For more information, please visit:  www.SeD.com.sg.

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    (Munich/Seoul, May 2017) Munich-based international light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson continues to drive forward its international expansion in the Far East. By partnering with the manufacturer Everdigm, the Group has gained a leading sales partner for South Korea. The two companies will appear together for the first time at CONEX KOREA, the largest construction equipment exhibition in the region, which starts on May 24, 2017.

    Sales collaboration in Korea for the construction sector
    Wacker Neuson has teamed up with an experienced distribution partner for compact equipment under the Wacker Neuson brand in South Korea. Listed on the Korean stock exchange (KOSDAQ), the Everdigm Corporation is a local market leader for concrete pumps and attachments, also manufacturing construction equipment, mining equipment and special-purpose vehicles. The sales alliance will initially focus on Wacker Neuson wheel loaders, gradually expanding to include excavators and other compact equipment at a later date. "As the fourth largest construction equipment market in Asia, South Korea is an important strategic country for us. In addition, high customer expectations around quality make it the ideal target market for our equipment. Everdigm is a highly qualified, very experienced sales partner in South Korea who will help us strengthen our position in this mature growth market," explains Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson.

    Everdigm will be showcasing the first Wacker Neuson products at the country's largest construction equipment trade fair, CONEX KOREA, in Goyang from May 24 through 27, 2017. Everdigm's headquarters is located close to the South Korean capital of Seoul and features a large sales and exhibition space dedicated to the Wacker Neuson brand. "We are delighted to represent one of the world's top construction equipment brands in Korea," explains Bernard Jeon, CEO of Everdigm. "Wacker Neuson's products are an excellent complement to our own portfolio of construction equipment and will benefit from Everdigm's extensive sales and service network."

    In line with its global expansion strategy, the Group is systematically intensifying its sales activities in Asia, for example by collaborating with sales and distribution partners, as well as with market-leading manufacturers operating cross-regional networks. The Group has affiliates in China, Singapore, India, Thailand and the Philippines, and works with representatives in Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.

    About the Everdigm Corporation
    The EVERDIGM Corporation is a global company based in South Korea with a turnover of USD 300 million. The company manufactures construction equipment, mining equipment and special-purpose vehicles. Its products are distributed and serviced in over 90 countries across the globe via 140 distributors. EVERDIGM is committed to continuous research and development, and offers attachments, concrete pumps, tower cranes, vehicles for emergency services and generators, as well as drilling and mining tools and attachments.

    About Wacker Neuson
    The Wacker Neuson Group is an international family of companies and a leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment with over 50 affiliates and 140 sales and service stations. The Group offers its customers a broad portfolio of products, a wide range of services and an efficient spare parts service. The product brands Wacker Neuson, Kramer and Weidemann belong to the Wacker Neuson Group. Wacker Neuson is the partner of choice among professional users in construction, gardening, landscaping and agriculture, as well as among municipal bodies and companies in industries such as recycling, energy and rail transport. In 2016, the Group achieved revenue of EUR 1.36 billion, employing around 4,800 people worldwide.

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    SHENZHEN, China, May 22, 2017 - China Information Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNIT), a provider of cloud-app technologies for Internet-of-Things (IoT) platforms and internet-based ad distribution and ad screen sharing systems in China, today said it has entered into contract with an advertising agency in Shanghai for the sale of 5,000 CNIT cloud-based elevator ad terminals to be installed in that city by the end of the year.

    The contract, signed with Shanghai Liangyu Communications Technology Limited, is expected to produce combined 2017 sales and service revenue to CNIT of over $1.5 million.

    In addition, said CNIT, the sale should help generate recurring revenue arising from customers' use of the company's Yunfa Net system (www.cnitiot.com), which permits an advertiser to create reduced-cost ads on a PC or mobile app, instantly transmit these ads to the elevator ad terminals of their choice and receive feedback from the terminals on how viewers are responding to the ads.

    Purchasers of the company's elevator ad terminals may also opt to subscribe to Yunti Guard, CNIT's recently introduced IoT elevator safety solution that delivers a wide selection of state-of-the-art safety features never available together in a single elevator maintenance product.

    "We are very excited to have signed this sales agreement," said CEO Mr. Jianghuai Lin. "Shanghai is one of China's Tier-1 cities and has a very productive market demonstration effect throughout our country." Mr. Lin said he expects CNIT to sell a minimum of 60,000 cloud-based ad terminals in 2017. Besides Shanghai, these installations are expected to cover Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and 16 major cities in eastern and southern China, he said.

    Revenue on the expected sales of 60,000 ad terminals should be at least $17.5 million in 2017, said Mr. Lin. CNIT had total company revenue in 2016 of $10.2 million.

    "As of today, CNIT has established an innovative new-media eco-system comprised of a cloud platform, numerous apps and cloud-based terminals, all of which combine to enable internet-based ad delivery and management and exchange of available screen time," said Mr. Lin. "We expect this eco-system to bring many advertising customers considerably more revenue while significantly cutting their costs. These advantages, we believe, will help to change the competitive landscape of the advertising market in China."

    About China Information Technology, Inc.
    China Information Technology, Inc. (CNIT) is a leading Internet service company that provides integrated cloud-based solutions enabling innovation and smart living in the fields of new media, elevator safety management, education, etc. Through continuous innovation, CNIT is aiming to leverage its proprietary Cloud-Application-Terminal technology to level the competitive landscape in the new media industry and deliver value for its shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.

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    - First-ever Pop-Up segment unveils new stories of design reshaping retail
    - Highlights emerging trends shaping the future of design: from the Internet of Things to the digital retail revolution

    Singapore, May 18, 2017 – Design will enable innovation and growth for companies in today’s competitive global landscape.
    This message was clearly spelt out at SingaPlural 2017 which highlighted design in all disciplines, formats and materials – used by both MNCs and SMEs to wow audiences from Singapore and overseas.

    Launched by Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing on March 6, 2017, the 6th edition of this annual anchor design festival of the Singapore Design week – highlighted how companies – especially SMEs can embrace design to create new value, products and markets.

    SingaPlural 2017 featured the theme: “Stories – A New Perspective”, a visual and sensory journey transporting the audience into the minds of SingaPlural’s numerous design creatives. Award-winning creative agency – BLACK – curated the design festival.

    The nine Singaporean brands that took part in SingaPlural’s first ever Pop-up segment have given the event a thumbs-up; in terms of using design to create new retail experiences for consumers.

    Mr Mike Tay, Founder of Onlewo, collaborated with two designers, FLIQ and LING WU in his Pop-up. Together, they launched the BUBBA Chair and the Siu Jie Clutch at SingaPlural 2017.
    Mr Tay said: “Onlewo’s brand exposure has benefitted greatly from its participation in SingaPlural 2017. We decided to take a plunge in SingaPlural 2017 by debuting an experiential booth along with two exclusive products, the BUBBA chair and Siu Jie Clutch. Our booth featured various displays enabling visitors to touch and experience Onlewo’s signature fabric.

    We found SingaPlural to be an attractive opportunity with its wide outreach to audiences from various walks-of-life. Matching fellow brands such as FLIQ and LING WU to us has helped to drum up excitement and engage our visitors with the fabric design of Onlewo.”

    Another trend that will be shaping the retail experience is the creative use of technology. A homegrown retailer, Bynd Artisan, that is in the business of customised notebooks for example, has started exploring the use of robotics to design a new experience and unique product for customers.

    The local brands that took part in Pop-up included: Onlewo, Bynd Artisan, CATCH, ETTE TEA, Gallery & Co, SCENE SHANG, Shermay's Singapore Fine Food, Supermama and Mystic Vintage. These brands unveiled new products which made exclusive debuts at SingaPlural 2017.

    Global brands such as UNIQLO also gave positive feedback on its collaboration with local design teams – Roots and MACHINEAST – in their maiden participation in SingaPlural. UNIQLO chose to work with local design agencies ROOTS and MACHINEAST who adapted different aspects of UNIQLOs AIRism line into a visual and tactile showcase.

    Ms Sim Yunying, Marketing Manager of UNIQLO Singapore said: “Our team was overwhelmed by the support we received at SingaPlural 2017. Both Roots and MACHINEAST have done very well to portray various aspects of our AIRism clothing line.

    Ms Fizah Rahim, Co-Founder of MACHINEAST, said: “Working with UNIQLO on 10 Minutes was a thoroughly enjoyable experience; it gave us the unique opportunity of sharing our craft during a week-long design festival. We were exposed to different audiences from both the media and general public. All of them were keen to learn more about both UNIQLO and MACHINEAST.”

    Sharing the same enthusiasm of working with the Japanese fashion giant, Mr Jonathan Yuen, Founder and Creative Director of ROOTS said: “This is our second time participating in SingaPlural, and we were very excited and honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with UNIQLO Singapore on the project, Humidifier, based on UNIQLO’s AIRism fabric technology. Throughout the collaboration process and eventually the event itself, we have made a lot of new friends, and certainly built more good relationships.”

    Commenting on the Design Festival, Mr Mark Yong, Chairman of SingaPlural 2017 said: “SingaPlural 2017 gave novel perspectives to retail, refreshing uses of materials and innovative applications of technology to give a new take on how design can shape lifestyles and drive business growth.

    The SingaPlural curatorial team is proud to say that SingaPlural 2017 was a resounding success. We will continue to build on our winning combination of marrying strong content with innovative designs – such as combining fresh local brands with established local designers – to tease, wow, and excite our audiences.”

    Mr Yong, who is also the president of the Singapore Furniture Industries Council also stressed: “The sixth annual SingaPlural is a game changer for the design industry. It featured over 100 participants, bringing together local and global talent and coming up with inspirational ideas to shape the future of design in Singapore.”

    SingaPlural 2017 also hosted several international collaborations including the KYO Project. KYO is a collaboration between Singaporean designers and traditional Japanese craftsman from the Kanto region. It featured Colin Seah of the integrated spatial-design practice, Ministry of Design; Chris Lee of Asylum and Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell from WOHA. It was also supported by the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-Kanto).

    The KYO project was focused on the creation of various furniture and lifestyle products. These ranged from utensils, toys, and even Kimono fabrics.

    SingaPlural 2017 also took the opportunity to envision Singapore’s future through the feature project TOMORROW – personally curated by BLACK’s Jackson Tan, designer of the iconic SG50 logo.

    Mr Tan said: “We brought together for the very first time - ten President Design Award winners with ten illustrators to conceptualise how SG100 will look like and how we will live in 2065. Ideally, we hope to still be able to enjoy Singapore’s famous Chilli Crab as Chris Chai has envisioned in Eat!”

    Mr Kelvin Li, a visitor of TOMORROW at SingaPlural, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at TOMORROW. I was better able to appreciate the future of Singapore by contrasting it with the classic mediums of books, typewriters, CDs and Overhead Projector slides. It gave me a new perspective even as I visualised the future.”

    Despite its successes over the past six years, the SingaPlural team refuses to rest on its laurels – it is already drawing up new plans for fresh collaborations and partnerships come March 2018.

    Commenting on the future of SingaPlural, Mr Yong said: “2018 looks set to be promising year ahead for design. I hope that SingaPlural 2018 will continue to serve as the platform for creativity and ideation - connecting design and business to stimulate business growth and solidify Singapore’s stature as Asia’s leading design capital.”

    SingaPlural 2017 was held from 7-12 March 2017 at the F1 Pit Building. It is also the anchor event of the Singapore Design Week. For more information, please visit thewww.SingaPlural.com website.

    ABOUT FESTIVAL CURATOR
    BLACK is a multi-disciplinary creative agency based in Singapore specialising in branding, design and curation. Notable projects include the brand concept and identity of SG50 - to celebrate Singapore’s golden jubilee and CREATIVE©ITIES - an exhibition that “maps creativity in Asia Pacific’s cities today”. Jackson Tan is the creative director of BLACK who was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ in 2007, President’s Design Award and the PROMAX ASIA BDA Gold in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010. BLACK was also named Asia’s Top Design Practices in the Singapore Design Awards 2015.

    ABOUT FESTIVAL ORGANISER
    Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) was established in 1981 as the official representative body of Singapore’s furniture and furnishings industry. Its membership comprises furniture manufacturers, interior fit-out specialists, retailers, designers, as well as furnishings and materials suppliers. Currently, the council represents 95% of established furniture manufacturers in Singapore, of whom 65% have subsidiary manufacturing plants in various countries across the region, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    SFIC’s primary role is to promote the interests of its members and of the Singapore furniture and furnishings industry. For 36 years, SFIC has helped its members to adapt to changes in the business environment by introducing trade, talent, design development and business innovation activities, as well as upgrading business capabilities. Revolving around SFIC’s 3i strategic framework – Improve, Innovate, and Integrate, all of the Council’s programmes aim to grow the local furniture and furnishings industry and ultimately, to strengthen the ‘Singapore brand’ globally.

    ABOUT SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK
    The Singapore Design Week (SDW) brings together a collection of local and international design activities in Singapore. Held annually, the SDW is organised by the DesignSingapore Council.

    Open to the design community, businesses, design students and the general public, the SDW aims to raise awareness of good design, deepen the appreciation and understanding of design innovation and encourage the use of design for innovation and productivity. Through this platform, the DesignSingapore Council also hopes to enhance the synergy among its design partners, and in turn boost Singapore’s profile and attractiveness as a global city for design. SDW features local and international design trade shows, conferences, showcases, exhibitions and workshops that span various design disciplines.

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    SINGAPORE, 19 MAY 2017 — International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd is pleased to announce preliminary plans for the 2018 edition of the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS). Co-located with the ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia, IFFS 2018 will take place at the Singapore EXPO from 8 to 11 March.

    Regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier design-led sourcing platform, and the key strategic trade gateway to Asia and beyond, IFFS 2018 expects to house a comprehensive portfolio of quality international exhibitors from over 30 countries, and features a diverse range of design-rich pieces across the entire furniture ecosystem that will attract over 20,000 trade professionals across the globe.

    Combining timeless favourites and new features, visitors can expect innovative and inspired design and high-quality furniture, interiors and fittings as IFFS remains committed to curate a multi-sensorial show experience that introduces technology, celebrates design and facilitates connections.

    To enhance its position as the region’s international benchmark for furniture trade exhibitions and to embrace a transformative approach based on digital technology, IFFS 2018 will be the first furniture trade exhibition within the region to launch the augmented reality (AR) zone. Through the adoption of this simulated technology that offers limitless potential, exhibitors are able to showcase an expanded product range and provide visitors with a more interactive and immersive experience.

    Three brand new national pavilions – Portugal, Spain and Turkey – will also be making their inaugural debuts at IFFS 2018 to excite and engage visitors with chic, contemporary showcases of an intriguing array of furniture, interior lighting, finished home textiles, and decorative accessories such as pottery, high-end design tableware, and cutlery.

    Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, shared “IFFS is an internationally-renowned sourcing platform that serves as the strategic springboard for leading companies looking to penetrate the global market, and both exhibitors and buyers are encouraged to use the upcoming edition to spark conversations, strengthen relationships and forge partnerships.”

    Registration is now open to interested exhibitors who wish to participate at IFFS 2018. For more information, please visit  www.IFFS.com.sg and www.NOOKAsia.com.sg.

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    About International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and Nook Asia

    The International Furniture Fair Singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and the newly rebranded Nook Asia, is regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition. With over three decades of experience since its inaugural event in 1981, the IFFS/AFS remains the most distinctive channel for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market.

    Together, the events – IFFS/AFS and Nook Asia – will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors, and attract a healthy and well-represented attendance of trade buyers and visitors from the entire furniture ecosystem and value chain.

    To make it a holistic trade event, the various design initiatives – SingaPlural, Design STARS, International Designer Showcase, Furniture Design Award, and Design Seminars – offer added depth and dimension to this Singapore-anchored trade event, raising its profile as a show not-to-be-missed in the industry calendar.

    IFFS/AFS is supported by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and SPRING Singapore.

    For more information, please visit:
    IFFS 2017 www.IFFS.com.sg
    Nook Asia 2017 www.NookAsia.com.sg

    For media enquiries on IFFS & Nook Asia, please contact:

    Ms Alina TEE
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    +65 6220 4787
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    Ms CHUA Siew Bee
    +65 6505 9176
    siewbee@iffs.com.sg

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    UIA – Union of International Associations hosts prestigious round table in Thailand for second time, endorses country as a global convention destination.

    Frankfurt, 16 May 2017: The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB, today unveiled the latest strategic marketing initiatives to attract business events travellers from Europe with the launch of Thailand’s brand campaign entitled “Thailand CONNECT: Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success”, together with a strategic collaborative campaign, “Thailand’s MICE United IV”.

    The two campaigns target the country’s long-haul markets, and aim to draw more business events from Europe. The campaign is being launched at IMEX Frankfurt 2017 to international MICE delegates and media representatives from all over the world.

    Ms Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, TCEB’s Director of Convention, said, “TCEB is delighted once again to be here at IMEX Frankfurt. Europe continues to be an important growing market that contributes to the extraordinary success of Thailand’s business events industry. During fiscal year 2016, Thailand welcomed 106,501 business events visitors from Europe with earnings reaching 251 million euros. Top European source markets are Germany, France and United Kingdom respectively. Globally, Thailand’s business events sector enjoyed an impressive performance, welcoming 1,273,465 business events travellers, that generated 102,936 million baht in revenue (3.85 million euros).

    Throughout this year, all of TCEB’s marketing activities will be implemented under the new Thailand brand campaign, entitled ‘Thailand CONNECT: Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success’ The campaign showcases the legacy of three fundamental pillars of Thailand's MICE industry which are Diverse Destinations, Myriad Business Opportunities, and the People of Thailand. These key elements are the highlights which differentiate Thailand from other MICE destinations.”

    Furthermore, TCEB is the catalyst building cooperation between government and private sectors. Together, they make up Thailand’s team promoting the country as a premier business events destination in the international arena. The partnership is highlighted by the strategic collaborative campaign, “THAILAND MICE UNITED IV”, which will be unveiled in Europe before expanding to other regions in the world.

    The campaign involves a partnership between 10 alliances including two newcomers, namely Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) and King Power International Company Limited. The wider partnership brings a great variety of benefits for MICE delegates making their business trips in the kingdom even more pleasurable. Partners deliver value added features for MICE delegates attending international events that are supported by TCEB in Thailand. They include generous discounts on airport limousine transfers, airport lounges and transit hotel, duty-free airport and downtown complex shopping, airport restaurants and hotel accommodation. In addition, MICE delegates receive stored value cards for use on Bangkok’s Skytrain and seven days free unlimited Wi-Fi.

    With all these efforts and initiatives to promote Thailand as a global MICE destination, Thailand through TCEB has been endorsed by the 100-year old Union of International Associations to host the prestigious UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific 2017 for the second time in Thailand in Chiang Mai, 21-22 September. It was previously hosted in Bangkok in 2015.

    Over 100 representatives from international professional associations and MICE suppliers will meet and experience the culture, beauty in the positive business environment of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, during the global round table.

    Ms Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, TCEB’s Director of Convention said that “Chiang Mai has been identified as one of the country’s MICE cities by TCEB, We are delighted that UIA is endorsing our confidence again by hosting its esteemed round table in this emerging global convention hub for the industry in Thailand’s northern region…Hosting a global convention in Chiang Mai is in line with TCEB’s MICE development plan 2017, which aims to raise opportunities for local communities thoughout the country to develop MICE business sustainably. Moreover, it will be a good knowledge platform to learn from key invited speakers from around the world, who will share their experiences and network within the professional associations’ community in the APAC region.”

    Commenting on the upcoming round table, Ms Clara Fernández López, UIA External Relations Manager said “The Round Table in Bangkok in 2015 was memorable for all participants, Thailand was a most wonderful host. Participants praised and remembered the beauty of the country,the world class venue, the professional hospitality and the friendliness of the people of Thailand, the fantastic organization of the conference, the tasty food.

    “We were particularly impressed by the responsiveness and the professionalism of the hosting TCEB team. They worked hard together with the UIA team to make the event a success.

    “With pleasure, we will return to Thailand this year in September for the UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific 2017; this time to the beautiful city of Chiang Mai.

    “Many associations representatives will join our Round Table attracted by the educational programme and the opportunity to network with colleagues worldwide. But we strongly believe that participants will come at least in equal part persuaded by the beauty of the destination and the hospitality of the people of Thailand.

    “UIA wants to support and underline, the impressive rate of activity which Thailand shows in the world of international associations: 224 international associations have their headquarters in Thailand, an additional 27 have an office in the country and 4,109 international associations have members in Thailand.”

    “TCEB forecasts the country will welcome 1,109,000 international business events travellers, earning 101 billion baht (3.73 million euros) in revenue this year,”concluded Ms Vichaya.

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    About TCEB

    Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) - the government leading edge agency - has been the key to success for a wide range of global & regional business events since 2004. With our key strategic model, Growth Driver; TCEB works as your strategic business partner, delivers creative ideas, and provides solutions from our capable resources for every scale and various customised business events.

    TCEB has formed numerous collaborations and networks linked to open up grand new chapters of business opportunities, and to strategically enhance every business success with special care that will spur lasting advancement and achievements. Our goal is to equipping business events industry at national, regional, and global stage for continuous development, long-term growth and sustainable success.

    About the Union of International Associations (UIA)

    Union of International Associations (UIA) is a research institute and documentation centre, based in Brussels, Belgium. UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907. UIA currently handles profile of over 69,000 international associations and international organizations.

    About UIA Round Table

    The UIA Round Table is an educational seminar where associations meet to learn through networking and through practice, to meet other international associations and to share experience and knowledge.

    About Thailand pavilion at IMEX 2017

    The TCEB team is welcoming visitors to IMEX Frankfurt 2017, at the Thailand Pavilion (Booth B150) for three days of networking, entertainment that gives trade visitors a real-time experience of what MICE delegates can look forward to when they meet in Thailand. Meeting a range of Thailand’s leading business events entrepreneurs – from hotels to venues, destination management companies to airlines. Experience the breadth of Thailand’s attractions though the Thailand 360º virtual reality video through an enthralling 360 degree virtual reality video presentations puts pavilion visitors in the frame, as well as live demonstrations of unique Thai arts and crafts such as umbrella painting and the creation of embossed metal Lanna handicrafts.

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    For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Division, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

    Ms Arisara Thanuplang Tel: +66 2 694 6095 Email: arisara_t@tceb.or.th
    Ms Titiwanlaya Thaimongkolrat Tel: + 662 694 6103 Email: titiwanlaya_t@tceb.or.th
    Ms Kwanchanok Otton Tel: + 662 694 6096 Email: kwanchanok_o@tceb.or.th
    Ms Paniyada Mulalin Tel: + 662 694 6091 Email: paniyada_m@tceb.or.th

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    2017 Taiwan International Beauty Show and Industry Forum will kick off on Sep. 21 at TWTC(Taipei World Trade Center). It is the only B2B beauty show in Taiwan and it aims to demonstrate Taiwan's vibrant and sophisticated soft power in the beauty industry with a great number of qualified beauty makers.

    Green is Trendy

    To take advantage of the ever increasing global trend of consumers purchasing organic and naturally sourced cosmetics and skin care products, many exhibitors brand themselves as organic beauty makers. For example, the eco-green brand for hair products, O'right, which has already gotten a foothold in the overseas market, will participate in the show together with its sister brand "Shan." More eco-green brands, some of which use herbs and native plants as part of their ingredients, will also showcase their latest cosmetics and skin care products.

    Packaging Beauty

    Taiwan is also well-known for its high-quality packaging techniques and diverse cosmetic containers. Leading brands in bottling and packaging such as PIN MAO PLASTIC, MEEI JENG PAPER PRODUCTS, SHIN LIH GUANG will also participate in the beauty show. They provide their customers with diverse packaging materials including plastic, paper, and glass, as well as to offer deliver customized services.

    Backed by decades of R&D

    Other must-visit exhibitors include GOLD NANOTECH, a company that has spent more than 20 years in R&D on Nano-gold leaf now trying to incorporate that into skin care products. Moreover, one of Taiwan's first beauty makers, SHEN HSIANG TANG, continues to thrive with more MIT skin care products based on its longtime principle of "simplicity and authenticity".

    In addition to the above exhibits, the beauty forums will showcase special insights from industry experts, trend setters, and influential leaders, who will touch upon topics including global cosmetics market and the consumer trends, latest regulations for ISO organic cosmetics, and R&D for skincare products etc .

    There will also be match meetings for international buyers and exhibitors where the former gets to talk about their needs while the latter offers solutions. Through a well-designed pre-matching mechanism, international buyers and exhibitors can collaborate for mutual gains.

    The 2017 Taiwan International Beauty Show and Industry Forum is Taiwan's only B2B beauty show. Local and foreign professionals can present their business card for admission on Sep. 21-22, while the show will also open to the general public on Sep. 23. For more information, please visit: www.beautytw.com.tw/en_US/index.html

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    HONG KONG - A joint research led by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel, which is roughly equivalent to 50% of the size of human genome. This is the first decoded genome among all deep-sea macrobenthic animals, revealing a complete set of DNA. The discovery gives wider insights into future research on the mechanisms of symbiosis in other marine organisms such as giant tubeworms and giant clams.

    The research team, led by HKUST's Chair Professor of Division of Life Science Professor Pei-Yuan Qian and HKBU's Associate Professor of Biology Dr Jian-Wen Qiu, has published the research findings in prestigious international academic journal Nature Ecology & Evolution in early April.

    The team used a specimen collected in 2013 during Dr Qiu's participation in China's manned submersible Jiaolong's expedition of the South China Sea for the research. Deep-sea organisms including mussels thrive in the extreme environments of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps which are characterised by high hydrostatic pressure, lack of photosynthesis-derived food, variable temperatures and high concentrations of toxic substances. Despite their ability to survive under stressful conditions, a lack of genomic resources has hindered the understanding of their molecular mechanisms of adaptation.

    The study sequenced the genome of the deep-sea mussel Bathymodiolus platifrons as well as its shallow-water relative Modiolus philippinarum collected from a local softshore in Tingkok for comparison of genomic features. Through phylogenetic analysis, the research team discovered that modern deep-sea mussels are the descendants of shallow-water mussels, and their ancestors migrated to the deep sea approximately 110 million years ago, providing evidence to support a hypothesis that their ancestors survived through an extinction event during the global anoxia period associated with the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum which occurred around 57 million years ago.

    Genome comparison revealed that the great expansion of several gene families in the deep-sea mussel may be related to its adaptation to the deep sea. For instance, the expansion of the "heat shock protein 70 family", a family of proteins that are produced by a cell in response to exposure to stressful conditions, may help the mussel stabilise protein structures. The expansion of the "ABC transporters family", the unit of the transport system, may enhance the mussel's ability to move toxic chemicals outside its gill epithelial cells.

    The expansion of gene families related to immune recognition, endocytosis and caspase-mediated apoptosis indicates the mussel's adaptation to the presence of chemoautotrophic endosymbionts in its gills. An additional proteomic analysis of the deep-sea mussel gill reveals nutritional and energetic dependency of the mussel on its methanotrophic symbionts.

    Professor Qian said, "The study has provided genomic resources for understanding how the deep-sea mussel has adapted to the abiotic stresses and lack of photosynthesis-derived food in the deep-sea chemosynthetic environment. The general mechanisms of symbiosis revealed in the study are of relevance to other symbiotic organisms such as deep-sea tubeworms and giant clams."

    Dr Qiu said, "The genomic resources will facilitate various studies, including genetic connectivity among deep-sea populations, which is relevant to the establishment of deep-sea marine reserves."

    The study was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences of China, HKUST, HKBU, Scientific and Technical Innovation Council of Shenzhen, and Guangdong Natural Science Foundation. Other main collaborators are HKUST post-doctoral fellows Dr Jin Sun and Dr Weipeng Zhang, Dr Jerome Hui of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his team members Wenyan Nong and Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Dr Runsheng Li of Hong Kong Baptist University, Dr Yu Zhang of Shenzhen University, Dr Zhang Yang of The South China Sea Institute of Oceanography, and Christopher Fields of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    The paper is available online at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0121

    A commentary by two independent researchers highlighting the results and significance of this and a related research paper is available at: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0142. Those who have no access to this article may request HKBU or HKUST for a copy.

    Press release distributed by ResearchSEA for Hong Kong Baptist University.

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