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UBM Asia Supports Earth Hour 2016 for Sustainable Earth

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HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia has pledged to support Earth Hour 2016, a lights-off event organised by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to be held on 19 March at 8:30pm (local time) that will last for one hour.


Earth Hour is a worldwide annual event that UBM Asia has been participating in since 2013. Originated as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, the event has become the world’s largest collective environmental action.

According to WWF, millions of people in over 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries and territories participated in this event in 2015 and during Earth Hour 2015, electricity consumption in Hong Kong dropped by 4.08%, which is equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emission of approximately 138 tonnes.

UBM Asia is engaging all its staff to switch off the lights during the Earth Hour to save energy and help create a better and a more sustainable future for earth. “Sustainability is at the heart of our business and people. We have been participating in Earth Hour since 2013. Though it is just one hour, every small step will become the start of something amazing,” said Jime Essink, President & CEO of UBM Asia.

“In 2011, UBM set a 5-year target of reducing the carbon impact at its global offices, including UBM Asia, by 10%. At the end of 2015, UBM achieved a remarkable reduction of 15% in carbon emissions per employee,” he added.

In November 2015, UBM was awarded a position on the FTSE 350 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and is as the only Events based business included in the index.

For press enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1691
Fax: +852 3749 7342

Emily Chan, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1679
Fax: +852 3749 7342

Notes to Editors

1.   About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

2.   About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to for more UBM social media options.

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March 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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Blackrun Ventures launches women-focused Half the World Holdings investment platform

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— Invests in businesses that meet women’s needs

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Blackrun, a leading non-traditional investment platform, has announced the launch of a new investment vehicle, Half the World Holdings. The platform supports businesses for whom women are the end-consumer. As part of the launch, Blackrun has signed two term sheets: EmbraceHer, a maternal health technology company, and Siren, a modern-day relationship platform.

Blackrun Ventures co-Chairman, Mark Pawley, sees the clear opportunity: “We recognise the multidimensional nature of women’s lives and that the pragmatic solutions they seek at different life stages often come from companies founded by women who themselves experienced a specific problem. We have a strong pipeline of complementary investments on the horizon, and we believe the markets will respond positively to the collective power of ventures that address critical issues for women globally.”

Woman are 49.6 percent of the world’s population, yet make more than 80 percent of household buying decisions. This represents $20 trillion in annual consumer spending, rising to $28 trillion by 2020. Women’s take-home pay of $13 trillion per year is expected to grow to $18 trillion in the same timeframe. Yet according to research from Boston Consulting Group, women continue to feel underserved by companies developing products and services to meet their needs. Added to this, women-led companies, who invariably focus on the female consumers have historically struggled to access venture capital funding.

Co-Chairman Rene Schuster, Managing Partner, ilion Holding GmbH, highlights: “Repeated studies have shown that women-led businesses increase profitability. When women entrepreneurs are brought together, their natural collaborative leadership style has a multiplier effect on business activity. The Half the World platform leverages this by providing the capital, advisory and international networks needed for accelerated growth to reach women everywhere.”

The first two investments announced offer inventive solutions to meet consumer need. EmbraceHer CEO Denise Terry, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, co-founded the maternal health company in 2010 with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jan Rydfors, an Assistant Adjunct Clinical professor at Stanford University Medical Center. EmbraceHer empowers mothers with personalized maternal health guidance through its app, Pregnancy Companion M.D. It is used by more than half a million pregnant women and recommended by thousands of U.S. OB-GYN.

According to Denise Terry, CEO: “Pregnancy can be a stressful and unpredictable medical condition for many expectant mothers. Unfortunately, many women see their doctors once a month for a short period of time. All moms can benefit from having 24-hour access to the world’s top maternal-foetal doctors, directly from their smartphone.”

Siren was co-founded by CEO Susie Lee, a Yale and Columbia-educated entrepreneur and COO Katrina Hess, a seasoned management and design consultant. Based in Seattle, the application delivers a more seamless online-to-offline experience. By posing conversation starters, Siren encourages authentic personality insights generating stronger compatibility signals.

Lee notes: “The time is right for an engaging technology that creates the real life connections that matter, and we see this confirmed by our community’s enthusiastic support and satisfaction. As a business, we are excited about the U.S. and international growth opportunities ahead to generate strong returns for members and investors alike.”

About Blackrun Ventures

Blackrun Ventures is a global investment platform founded in 2015. We are interested in scaling the innovative and unconventional. Our partners come from the worlds of private equity, investment banking, multinational businesses and entrepreneurship, and we have offices in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Sydneyand Singapore. Half the World Holdings is our women-focused investment portfolio, which sits alongside other key verticals. Please visit to learn about our innovative approach and investment philosophy.

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March 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

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Charting Economy Launches a New Kind of Publication That Makes It Easier For Businesses to Understand the Economy

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Incorporating economic impacts into business planning is no doubt an important task especially for large corporates. However, this task can be tedious as it involves dealing with hundreds of key economic indicators, interpreting the changes and get the implications for businesses. The good news: there is a new kind of publication that might make it easier for businesses to do just that.

Charting EconomyTM, probably the world’s first publisher of its kind, publishes country-report presentations and allowsanyone to download them for free straight from its website ( This new kind of publicationis in presentation format, which can be instantly used to present the visual graphics of key economic data to colleagues and even clients.

Updated twice a year, each country-report presentation has the same content structure with 5 key sections.

  1. Economic structure: This section gives readers useful views to understand what matters for the country’s economy.
  2. Competitiveness: This section explores the country’s competitiveness on a global level. It also covers the country’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment.
  3. Economic development: This section explores the country’s economic development, average income and its distribution, poverty as well as other development indicators.
  4. Economic growth: This section explores the country’s recent economic growth, its key drivers and growth outlook for the coming years.
  5. Economic stability (Macro risks): This section explores the country’s macro-economic risks, including inflation,the financial sector, budget deficit as well as balance of payment and exchange rate.

In today’s interconnected world, this new publication can be especially useful for international businesses. Currently the publisher covers 22 countries/economies including all 10 ASEAN countries, mainland China, India, Hong Kong,South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Russia and Turkey. It plans to cover up to 30 key emerging economies over the next 12 months.

For the free PDF download, please go to the publisher’s website Additionally, the publisher offers an opportunity for associations/organizations to become distributing partners.

For more information, please contact:

Charting Economy
Tel: +66 88 818 1891

Source: Charting Economy

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March 9, 2016 at 11:07 am

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7th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform to Enable Smarter Philippines

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-The government, telecommunication operators and major IoT stakeholders gathering in Manila to discuss IoT/M2M sector developments, exchange information and establish strategic business relationships to drive the country to a smart digital nation

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Endorsed by the Information and Communications TechnologyOffice (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines, the Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines will bring together policy makers, telcos and solution providers to educate local enterprises on adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) for business transformation and growth.

The Philippines recently posted a GDP growth of 6.3%, as well as a sustained IT spending growth of 10.1%. At the 3rd edition of Asia IoT Business Platform in 2015, Gil B. Genio, COO of Globe Telecom Inc. pointed out that the IoT’s potential is substantially driven by the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors, while mobile network operators (MNOs) will continue to be relevant with their existing network customer base, sales channels, billing and support systems.

With IoT spending in the Philippines forecasted to grow from US$ 55.1M in 2014 to US$ 766.8M in 2020, the Asia IoT Business Platform will see over 300 representatives of local end users across major verticals attending the conference and exhibitions. With 89% participation of local companies in 2015, the attendees of Asia IoT Business Platform are made up of key executives from the IT and operational divisions who are actively exploring technology solutions to drive business efficiencies, improve services and ensure security.

This year, the 2-day conference will feature sessions including Market trends and outlook, Industrial IoT (IIoT), Transport and Logistics, Smart City, Big Data, Cloud, Security, Healthcare, Banking and Finance. The agenda is being advised by top professionals from Globe Telecom, the InfoComm Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP), Maynilad Water Services, Manila Electric Company, Smart Communications and the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation (SEIPI). Over 20 speakers from the IoT community including government officials, telcos, solution providers and end users will share their experience and insights on IoT strategy implementation and transformation of business models. Case studies from each verticals will be discussed for the benefit of end users attending.

Hon. Undersecretary Louis Casambre, the Executive Director of the ICTO and Carolynn Ann C. Reyes, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue will be giving the opening addresses on IoT in building a smart digital nation, followed by a telco keynote address by Michael Sy, the Head Products & Services of Globe IT Enabled Services Group. Globe is the Platinum Sponsor of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines.

The conference is chaired by Microsoft, with presentations by the city of Yokohama, DHL, Honda Motors, PLDT, Nestle, Telenor Connexion, M-PESA. The exhibition will see latest technologies and innovative solutions showcased by companies including Dell, Nosairis, Qlue, ADLINK.

About The Asia IoT Business Platform

With a focus on local telecommunication companies and verticals, the Asia IoT Business Platform is an educational platform crafted by the industry, for the industry, with the aim of addressing key issues facing the adoption of IoT technologies in the ASEAN region. We drive enterprises to understand and learn about the adoption of IoT technologies for their business, driving efficiency and increasing revenue. We also work with the public sector to shift technology policies.

Since its inception in 2014, the Asia IoT Business Platform has secured strong support from local governments and telecommunication companies for the past 6 editions. Asia IoT Business Platform has been granted the Trade Fair Certification by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is supported by the American, British, French, German and Spanish Chambers of Commerce.

The 7th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Philippines will continue to explore opportunities and challenges within enterprise IoT, while providing ample networking and business matchmaking opportunities for IoT stakeholders. This is the second year running that the event will be held in Manila, followed by Asia IoT Business Platform: IoT Thailand on 26-27 May 2016.

Date: 23 – 24 May 2016 (Monday – Tuesday)
Venue: Manila Marriott Hotel, Philippines

Further industry developments and insights on enterprise IoT potential can be found on our blog and Linkedin, or follow us @ASIAIoT

About Industry Platform Pte Ltd

Industry Platform Pte Ltd is a Singapore incorporated firm focused on the global telecommunications sector. We areSoutheast Asia’s leading organizer of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) conferences and exhibitions. We work with local and global businesses, as well as public sector bodies and associations who are looking to expand their reach in Asian markets. We provide the best platforms for industry professionals to network and shape developments.

For more information, please contact:

Sue Yuin, Ho
+65 6733 1107

Source: Industry Platform Pte Ltd

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March 9, 2016 at 11:05 am

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Indonesia Takes a Step Closer to Car Production Hub Dream

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Strong evidence suggests that Indonesia will eventually replace Thailandto become the main automotive production hub in ASEAN, according to Markus Scherer, Global Automotive Sector Leader at Ipsos Business Consulting. This could have major implications for automotive manufacturers and suppliers as well as policy planners in both countries.

Indonesia is looking to close the production gap with Thailand from 811,000 units in 2015 to 466,000 units in 2020 driving by strong domestic demand and production base expansion to Indonesia from top OEM.
Indonesia is looking to close the production gap with Thailand from 811,000 units in 2015 to 466,000 units in 2020 driving by strong domestic demand and production base expansion to Indonesia from top OEM.

“The evidence is clear that in terms of the trend in vehicle production output, policy development, and improvements in infrastructure, the Republic continues towards increasing capacity, domestic consumption and export volumes. Automotive manufacturers and policy makers in Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere will want to consider the implications,” said Mr Scherer.

Historically, Thailand has been the largest producer of automobiles in South East Asia with an annual production volume of around 2 million units as compared to Indonesia’s 1.1 million units in 2015. Despite being the second largest automotive producer, Indonesia has not been as successful as Thailand at building its export markets, exporting only 23% of its domestic production in 2015 compared to Thailand’s 55%.

For Indonesia to overtake Thailand and be crowned as the number 1 production hub in ASEAN, the current gap needs to be closed. In 2015, the production gap between the two countries was around 810,000 units but, by 2020, the difference is forecasted to be 465,000. Ipsos Business Consulting believes this improvement will be achieved through a combination of:

  • Increased plant utilization. In 2015, Indonesia had an installed production capacity of close to 2 million vehicles, but was only utilizing around 62% of this capacity;
  • Further investment of up to USD 2.6 billion in the creation of new or expanded plant capacity, if utilization rate remains the same

The latest Ipsos report highlights that, even in the absence of significant export success at present, Indonesia has huge domestic growth potential, ensuring that investors can reliably expect a solid baseline in sales growth if they are appropriately positioned in the market. Douglas Cassidy, Indonesia Country Head at Ipsos Business Consulting, stated: “Global automotive players who do not yet have a significant production base in Indonesia will increasingly be asking whether they are positioned to gain market share in an ASEAN market comprising more than 600 million people, and whether they can defend their existing market share as other companies look to expand in Indonesia andAsia generally. A production base in Indonesia will enable them to benefit from the cost, scale and supply chain advantages of the country that seems on track to become the pre-eminent automotive power in ASEAN.”

Chukiat Wongtaveerat, Senior Consulting Manager at Ipsos’ Bangkok office agreed with Cassidy’s analysis of the current situation but thinks that Thailand can still protect its automotive industry, though any hesitation could prove disastrous. Wongtaveerat noted that several high profile automotive OEMs have announced exit strategies for theIndonesia market, most notably Ford Motor Company and General Motors. He said that other well-known players, such as Volkswagen, Hyundai and Mazda were not yet able to communicate a clear strategy for securing a strong and profitable market share that encompassed both of these emerging markets in South East Asia. “Specifically in relation to Indonesia, it is going to require stable regulation and continuous development of the automotive supporting infrastructure against the backdrop of current sales. Once this happens, we are likely to see a “domino-effect”, with other absent OEMs looking to build a plant and engage in an aggressive expansion of their dealer networks,” said Wongtaveerat.

Difficulties persist in Indonesia’s business climate, however. According to the World Bank’s ease of doing business’ index, Indonesia ranks 109th out of 198 countries, while Thailand ranks 49th. The government in Jakarta aims to improve the country’s ranking to 40 by 2018. Such significant improvement, if it is to be achieved, will clearly require sustained focus from policymakers. Scherer noted that “Recent developments have been encouraging, encompassing the relaxation of foreign ownership rules and streamlined licensing application procedures.”

The Ipsos report on the Indonesia automotive market can be downloaded at

For more information, please contact:

Supaksiri Phuripathiran, PR Executive – Thailand, Ipsos Business Consulting
Phone: +662-267-0116 Email:

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March 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

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MIHAS 2016: Malaysian Companies Set To Penetrate 39 World Markets At Sourcing Programme

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) in a statement urged Malaysian companies to participate in the International Sourcing Programme (INSP) to be held in conjunction with Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2016 this 29 March 2016. The INSP will be attended by 450 buyers from 39 countries.

In the current economic landscape, the INSP is considered one of the best platforms for Malaysian companies in the Halal sector to meet global buyers as there is no need for them to bear a hefty traveling cost.
In the current economic landscape, the INSP is considered one of the best platforms for Malaysian companies in the Halal sector to meet global buyers as there is no need for them to bear a hefty traveling cost.

The INSP will see the involvement of buyers from countries and regions such as the United States, France, Japan,Hong Kong, Russia, Korea, Turkey and South Africa, just to name a few. The participation of these non-majority Muslim countries indicates a growing interest among the world’s players for Halal products and services.

“Malaysian companies should join this business matching programme as we are bringing in high-potential buyers from various continents. By meeting the buyers here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian companies get to cost-effectively expand their global business. There is no cost for them to participate in the INSP; they should capitalise on such a platform,” said MATRADE’s chief executive officer Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud.

In the current economic landscape, the INSP is considered one of the best platforms for Malaysian companies in the Halal sector to meet global buyers as there is no need for them to bear a hefty traveling cost. MATRADE encourages companies offering Halal products and services to leverage on the one-on-one pre-arranged business meetings scheduled for them once they registered in the INSP. Companies that are keen to participate, can register in the event by emailing to or call 03-6207 7489 / 7490.

Set to take place at Menara MATRADE, the INSP is free for Malaysian companies to enter, provided they are export-ready. Malaysian companies producing food and non-food halal products such as palm oil products, ready-to-eat meals, food ingredients, organic products and services such as Islamic finance and logistics are highly encouraged to register.

MIHAS 2016 is returning for the 13th year this 30 March till 2 April 2016, promising yet another memorable and impactful event. MIHAS 2016, organised by MATRADE and Shapers Malaysia Sdn Bhd, will feature two main components – a trade fair and an International Sourcing Programme (INSP).

The annual event which will take place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) offers a trade fair showcasing participation of companies supplying various products and services such as Halal consumables, non-food products & services, food packaging, machinery & catering equipment, Islamic investment, banking and Takaful. A total of 640 booths will be set up and over 25,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.

A total of 26 countries from the ASEAN region, Middle East, South Asia and Europe will be participating in this world’s largest Halal trade event. “Malaysia has earned an international recognition as one of the pioneers in the global Halal marketplace. The Halal ecosystem is well developed in Malaysia, and this is a strong catalyst for the huge growth in the industry,” said Dato’ Dzulkifli Mahmud.

Last year, the business matching programme had successfully generated RM443.2 million of sales while the sales from the trade fair were RM655.8 million, bringing the total sales of MIHAS 2015 to RM1.1 billion. With an interplay of various external factors in the global economies, these figures are expected to increase by 2 per cent this year.

MIHAS 2016, organised by MATRADE and Shapers Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is part of the World Halal Week (WHW), a brainchild of Ministry of International Trade & Industry. Besides MIHAS 2016, other components of the WHW are World Halal Conference 2016 organised by Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and Halal Certification Bodies Convention organised by Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM). The WHW 2016 brings together industry players and Halal experts from all over the world. It also embodies Malaysia’s aspiration to be the main driver in creating a dynamic ecosystem for the Halal industry for the world players to draw inspirations from.

Issued by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
On Monday, 7 March 2016
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For more information, please contact:
Zuhaila Sedek
Head, Strategic Corporate Communications Unit
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
Tel (Direct): 03 – 6207 7409

Intan Eidayu Zainal
Communications & PR Division
MIHAS Secretariat
Tel: 603 6203 4433

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) was established on March 1, 1993 as the external trade promotion arm of Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Its functions are:

  • To promote, assist and develop Malaysia’s external trade with particular emphasis on the export of manufactured and semi-manufactured products and services;
  • To formulate and implement export marketing strategies and trade promotion activities to promote Malaysia’sexport;
  • To undertake commercial intelligence and market research and create a comprehensive database of information for the improvement and development of Malaysia’s trade;
  • To organise training programmes to improve the international marketing skills of Malaysian exporters;
  • To enhance and protect Malaysia’s international trade investment abroad; and
  • To promote, facilitate and assist in the services areas related to trade.

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March 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

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“100 Top Tables 2016” Defines Executive Dining in HK and Macau

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — SCMP Group Ltd (SEHK: 583), Asia’s leading media holding company and the publisher of the South China Morning Post, is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth-edition of 100 Top Tables 2016 – A CEO’s Dining Guide. The definitive guide for executive dining in Hong Kong and Macau names the top 100 restaurants in Hong Kong and 20 in Macau based on their gastronomic superiority across an array of cuisines Chinese, French, Italian, Western, Steak & Grills, Japanese, “East meets West” and Macanese. Newcomers include over 30 restaurants that have made admirable efforts to make it into the 100 Top Tables rank[1].

Hong Kong and Macau's top restaurateurs, chefs and fine-dining delegates gathered together yesterday to receive the "100 Top Tables 2016" certificates of recognition from the South China Morning Post.
Hong Kong and Macau’s top restaurateurs, chefs and fine-dining delegates gathered together yesterday to receive the “100 Top Tables 2016” certificates of recognition from the South China Morning Post.

The guide is an essential companion for CEOs and top executives who, when occasions arise, wish to mingle business with pleasure by dining in exquisite settings. At times, these busy professionals also find themselves yearning to unwind with friends and family amidst serene ambience. 100 Top Tables 2016 – A CEO’s Dining Guideoffers a well-organised collation of noteworthy restaurants, shortlisted by SCMP’s discerning team of gourmands, dining critics and lifestyle experts. Each restaurant is listed with essential information including their address, phone number, opening hours, corkage charges, availability of vegetarian dishes and valet parking, as well as our reviewers’ no-holds-barred comments and dish recommendations.

The guidebook’s value lies in its impartiality and integrity. Selection of the restaurants was based on exemplary culinary standards and the overall dining experience, rather than paid listings or advertising to ensure independent judgement for the benefit of the readers.

“With our proven stronghold in connecting with premium readers in Hong Kong[2], the South China Morning Post is in a privileged position to create the 100 Top Tables guide, and we are proud to continue its legacy,” said Mr Romanus Ng, General Manager, SCMP Advertising and Marketing Solutions. “The 120 Hong Kong and Macau restaurants named in the guide deserve celebration and fame for putting their heart and soul into creating sublime dining experiences. We congratulate them and look forward to more culinary surprises from them.”

Ms Winnie Chung, Editorial Director, SCMP Specialist Publications said, “Fine dining, in its true sense, is more than just good food. It encompasses the right ambience, professional service and indelible culinary experiences. These are what C-suite fine dining aficionados, our prime readers for 100 Top Tables, look for.”

She continued, “It was both a pleasure and a challenge for us to search out the establishments that fulfilled these requirements in Hong Kong and Macau’s outstanding dining scene. We hope the guide will come in handy when readers look for great business dining options.”

The 100 Top Tables 2016 is available at major bookstores in Hong Kong at a retail price of HK$168. In-store copies can be found at over 70 Pacific Coffee outlets in Hong Kong and at a number of airport lounges in Asia. SCMP print subscribers will receive complimentary copies.

About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, theSouth China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received 160 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the Group include the Sunday Morning Post,,, STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine and The List.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Decoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates,,, and in Hong Kong.

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100 Top Tables 2016 – a CEO’s Dining Guide


  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Ah Yat Harbour View
  3. Celebrity Cuisine
  4. Chef Master
  5. China Tang
  6. Chiu Tang
  7. Cuisine Cuisine
  8. Dong Lai Shun
  9. Duddell’s
  10. Dynasty
  11. Elite Dining
  12. Ho Lee Fook
  13. Howard’s Gourmet
  14. Hutong
  15. Lung King Heen
  16. Man Wah
  17. Mott 32
  18. New Shanghai
  19. One Harbour Road
  20. Seventh Son
  21. Sha Tin 18
  22. Shang Palace
  23. Sing Yin
  24. Spring Moon
  25. Summer Palace
  26. T’ang Court
  27. The Chairman
  28. The Sky Boss
  29. Tin Lung Heen
  30. Tycoon Tann
  31. Yan Toh Heen
  32. Yee Tung Heen
  33. Ye Shanghai
  34. Yu Lei


  1. Amber
  2. Akrame
  3. Amuse Bouche
  4. Caprice
  5. EPURE
  6. Gaddi’s
  7. Ivy
  8. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
  9. Le Dome de Cristal
  10. one-thirtyone
  11. Pierre
  12. Seasons by Olivier E
  13. SPOON by Alain Ducasse
  14. Tate Dining Room and bar
  15. The French Window
  16. VEA


  1. 81/2 Otto e Mezzo
  2. Angelini
  3. Carbone
  4. Gaia
  5. Gradini
  6. Grissini
  7. Nicholini’s
  8. Sabatini
  9. Tosca


  1. Arcane
  2. Catalunya
  3. The Continental
  4. Fisheria
  5. The First Floor
  6. Hugo’s
  7. Mandarin Grill + Bar
  8. Nur
  9. On Dining Kitchen
  10. Town
  11. Vasco
  12. The Verandah

Steak and Grills

  1. Flint Grill & Bar at JW Marriott
  2. Gaucho
  3. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse
  4. Lobster Bar & Grill
  5. Morton’s of Chicago
  6. Mr & Mrs Fox
  7. Porterhouse by Laris
  8. Steak House winebar + grill


  1. Inagiku Grande Japanese Restaurant
  2. Kaetsu
  3. Nadaman
  4. Nobu
  5. Rozan
  6. RyuGin
  7. Sushi Dokoro Hikari
  8. Sushi Shikon
  9. Sushi Ta-Ke
  10. Wagyu Kaiseki Den
  11. Youka

“East meets West”

  1. 26 by Liberty
  2. Armani Aqua
  3. Bo Innovation
  4. Ming Court
  5. Ronin
  6. SEVVA
  7. Ta Vie
  8. The Teppanroom
  9. The Ocean
  10. Wagyu Takumi


  1. 81/2 Otto e Mezzo
  2. The 8
  3. Aux Beaux Arts
  4. Belon
  5. Don Alfonso 1890
  6. Dynasty 8
  7. Feng Wei Ju
  8. Golden Flower
  9. Guincho a Galera
  10. Jade de Jardin
  11. Jade Dragon
  12. Lai Heen
  13. Mizumi
  14. Robuchon au Dome
  15. The Kitchen at Grande Lisboa
  16. The Tasting Room
  17. Vida Rica
  18. Wing Lei
  19. Yamazato
  20. Zi Yat Heen


Complete list can be found at the end of the press release.


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March 9, 2016 at 10:57 am

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Specialized Therapeutics Grants Sublicense for Anti-Emetic Products to Mundipharma for Australia and New Zealand

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-Anti-emetic products covered under the sublicense agreement include ALOXI® (palonosetron hydrochloride) and AKYNZEO® (netupitant/palonosetron)

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Specialized Therapeutics Pty Ltd and Mundipharma Pty Limited today announce a sublicense agreement enabling Mundipharma to assume all commercialisation responsibilities for the anti-emetic products ALOXI®(palonosetron hydrochloride) and AKYNZEO® (netupitant/palonosetron).

Under the terms of the arrangement, Specialized Therapeutics grants Mundipharma exclusive marketing, promotion, distribution and sales rights for the anti-nausea and vomiting pharmaceutical products ALOXI® and AKYNZEO® in Australia and New Zealand markets.

ALOXI® has been approved in Australia for the prevention of nausea and vomiting induced by cytotoxic chemotherapy1 and has been commercially available in Australia since 2010 under license from Helsinn Healthcare S.A., a Swiss pharmaceutical company which has consented to the sublicense agreement.

AKYNZEO® is the first fixed combination oral agent targeting two critical signalling pathways associated with chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) by combining netupitant, an NK1 receptor antagonist, and palonosetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, in a single capsule.

AKYNZEO® is also supplied by Helsinn, and was approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration in May 2015.  A submission for reimbursement on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) was submitted in 2015 and is nearing completion.

About ALOXI® (palonosetron hydrochloride)

ALOXI® (palonosetron hydrochloride) is a second generation 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, developed for the prevention of nausea and vomiting (CINV) induced by cytotoxic chemotherapy.  ALOXI® has been developed by the Helsinn Group in Switzerland and today it is marketed as ALOXI®, Onicit® and Paloxi® in more than 50 countries world-wide.

For more information about ALOXI®, please visit the website:

About AKYNZEO® (netupitant/palonosetron)

AKYNZEO® is an oral, fixed combination of an NK1 receptor antagonist, netupitant, and a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, palonosetron, in a single capsule, that targets two critical signalling pathways associated with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).2

AKYNZEO® was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2014 and by the European Commission in May 2015.  In Australia, AKYNZEO® was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in May 2015.  An application to New Zealand’s regulatory authority MEDSAFE has been submitted and is under review.  Additional regulatory submissions for netupitant/palonosetron fixed combination are underway worldwide.

About Specialized Therapeutics Pty Ltd

Specialized Therapeutics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Specialised Therapeutics Australia Pty Ltd, is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to working with leading international pharmaceutical companies to provide patient access to innovative healthcare solutions.

For more information, please visit

About the Helsinn Group

Helsinn is a privately owned cancer supportive care pharmaceutical group with an extensive portfolio of marketed products and a broad development pipeline. Since 1976, Helsinn has been improving the everyday lives of patients, guided by core family values of respect, integrity and quality, through a unique integrated licensing business model working with long standing partners in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutritional supplement products. Helsinn is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in Ireland and the US (Helsinn Therapeutics), a representative office in China, as well as a product presence in about 90 countries globally.

For more information, please visit

About Mundipharma

Mundipharma’s independent associated companies are privately owned entities covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. Mundipharma is a prime example of a company that consistently delivers high quality products while standing by the values that represent the company. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer and non-cancer pain and to substantially improve their quality of life. Mundipharma is dedicated to bringing to patients with severe and debilitating diseases the benefit of novel treatment options in fields such as severe pain, oncology, respiratory disease rheumatoid arthritis, antiseptics and laxatives.

For more information please visit


1.    ALOXI® Approved Product Information available at:

2.    AKYNZEO® Approved Product Information available at:

®: ALOXI®, AKYNZEO®, Onicit® and Paloxi® are Registered Trademarks.


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Source: Mundipharma

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March 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

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The Western Union Foundation Continues Education for Better Campaign; Provides US$300,000 Grant to Save the Children to Support Work in Asia

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-Announces Five Other NGO Partners to Support Global Efforts

MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Today, on International Women’s Day, The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation officially kicks off its next phase of the Education for Better initiative, which leverages Western Union® services, advocacy, cause marketing, philanthropic investments and employee engagement to support education programs worldwide.  With an ambitious goal to train 50,000 women and youth over the next five years, the Western Union Foundation announces it will team up with Save the Children in Asia as well as five other global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help meet program goals.

Save the Children has developed a youth employment program, providing at-risk youth with vocational and technical training, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training.  The Western Union Foundation will focus its funding with Save the Children in China, India, and the Philippines.  Outside of Asia, The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation will team up with five other NGOs:

  • Education For Employment (Middle East).  With a focus in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the Foundation will support EFE’s efforts to empower youth, especially young women and girls, to build careers that create a better future for themselves and their communities.
  • Junior Achievement Americas (Americas/Caribbean) inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.  With Foundation support in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Mexico, JA Americas will support training that leads to career readiness, with a particular focus on STEM education.
  • National Academy Foundation (NAF/United States) career academies are focused learning communities within public high schools to serve at-risk students in the U.S. with a STEM-infused curriculum developed in partnership with local industry, enabling students to be career/college ready.  With Western Union Foundation funding, NAF will focus on increasing enrollment and retention of female students in STEM studies.
  • SOS Children’s Villages (Africa) will receive funding to support vocational and life skills training for orphaned and abandoned youth, especially young women, in the DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa (video).
  • Teach For All (Europe).  Through Teach for All partners in Austria, France, Germany, Lithuania, and the UK, the Foundation will help address youth education inequities that contribute to worldwide challenges such as high unemployment and weak economic development.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the unemployment rate for women ages 25-64 with a college degree was nearly four times lower (3.4 percent) versus those who did not complete high school (12.7 percent).[1]

Every year of schooling increases a girl’s earning power up to 25 percent[2].  Since 2011, Save the Children has assisted over 50,000 young migrants, refugees, young mothers, slum dwellers, youth working in hazardous conditions, and youth at risk of prostitution and trafficking.

“We are grateful to Western Union for selecting Save the Children for this philanthropic partnership,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “The funding will help Save the Children provide more Asian youth with the tools they need to manage their finances, secure jobs or start a business. The future looks brighter for these teens and youth.”

“We are proud to continue the Education for Better campaign, leveraging the strength of The Western Union Company’s global network, the Western Union Foundation and its NGO partners, to provide meaningful educational opportunities and positive social impact throughout many of the communities Western Union serves,” said John Dye, Board Chairman, Western Union Foundation.

To date, the Western Union Foundation has pledged more than 76 percent of the US$104 million committed to advance education and economic development.

About The Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.  Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future.  Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world.  Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving.  These funds have been pledged to more than 2,794 nongovernmental organizations in more than 137 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity.  To learn more, visit, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.

Save the Children Media:

April May Sumaylo

Western Union Foundation Media Contact:

Brad Jones

[1] 2014 Digest of Education Statistics, NCES
[2] U.N. FoundationGirls Not Brides

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March 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

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Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo Lets Visitors Travel Through Time

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GOSEONG, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — The Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo will begin in the South Korean town of Goseong on April 1, 2016, with the organizing committee promising the event will be fun for kids and fun and nostalgic for grown-ups.

Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo Lets Visitors Travel Through Time. Pictured Bin Yeong-ho, head of the organizing committee.
Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo Lets Visitors Travel Through Time. Pictured Bin Yeong-ho, head of the organizing committee.

Located some 460 kilometers south of Seoul, the town of Goseong is famous for dinosaur fossils. The Expo, themed ‘Open the future with a dinosaur and the light of hope’ will run for 73 days and will feature State-of-the-art technology to provide visitors with a more vivid experience. 

3D, 4D and 5D hologramatic videos will be aired on a 360 degree screen in addition to a variety of interactive content and hands-on experience programs.

“We are doing our best to prepare more things for visitors to see and enjoy,” said Bin Yeong-ho, secretary-general of the organizing body, Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo Organizing committee foundation. “We also hope it will help older visitors remember their childhoods, and as nearly 2 million people are expected to visit this year’s expo, we are also making sure thorough security and safety measures will be in place.”


Ha Jeong-Wan

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Source: Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo Organizing Committee Foundation

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March 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

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