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ThinkandGo to Premiere Multi-Payment Connected Screens for the Asian Market at Cards Asia 2016 Singapore 20-21 April – Suntec Convention Centre Stand #G04E

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MARSEILLE, France /PRNewswire/ — Following successful launches both in the US and Europe, Think&Go is now focusing on Asia with the introduction of connected payment screens planned for the forthcoming Cards Asia show in Singapore.

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Connected payment screens are a break through innovation transforming digital signage screens into true multi-merchant, multi-payment point of sales terminal opening up new sales and distribution channels in the streets, train stations, Metro stations, Airports, shopping malls…. Visitors to the show will be able to experience how simple it is to make a contactless payment directly on the screen, with a simple gesture in less than one second using their NFC mobile phones or contactless bank card and without downloading an application. The revolutionary payment method also works with all the latest mobile payment solutions including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay.

Asia, with a large installed contactless and digital signage base, is a great opportunity for connected payment screens. The need to be able to engage consumers via digital screen images is becoming stronger. In fact, over the last 20 years the traditional screens usage has not greatly evolved: they show higher definition images but the screens remain passive with little or no consumer interaction. With the first connected screens we introduced a first breakthrough technology which radically changed and simplified the consumers experience. With the new generation of screens integrating contactless payment, we enter into a new dimension: Commerce on the screen (#SCREENCOMMERCE),” stated Vincent Berge, CEO and Founder of Think&Go. Payment on the screen adds a 3rd sales channel following, Mobile and the Internet, which will radically change consumers impulse buying habits: it will revolutionize commerce and e-commerce he added.

Connected payment screen Video:  https://vimeo.com/channels/connectedscreens/148032072

About Think&Go: Created in 2010 and headquartered in Marseille France with offices in Singapore, Think&Go is the inventor of connected screens (2 patents and 15 International prizes). In 2015 ThinkandGo formed a partnership with Ingenico Group to launch Multi-Payment, Multi Merchant Connected Screens a breakthrough technology set to revolutionize commerce by making it easier and more convenient than ever for consumers to pay for products with their contactless bank cards and mobiles.

Contacts

contact@thinkandgonfc.com                            

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Source: ThinkandGo

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April 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm

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Astro Sets Guinness World Records Title for Longest Live Streamed Festival

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-55 Hours of Live Streaming of Thaipusam Gets 119 Mil Reach on Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Astro created a key milestone today when Guinness World Records™ awarded the media company the record for the Longest Live Streamed Festival with 55 hours of non-stop live streaming of the Thaipusam festival from 22nd to 25th January. The live streaming enabled global audiences from US, UK, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia to follow Thaipusam’s rich and colourful celebrations in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India on Astro Ulagam’s website and Facebook page.

As a result, Astro Ulagam saw 119 million reach on its Facebook and the campaign’s hashtag #Vetrivel2016 trended during the period. Interestingly 35% of the global audience who followed the live streaming of the Thaipusam proceedings were from US, 28% from India, 16% from Malaysia, 5% from the UK, 4% from Canada with the rest from other countries.

Swapnil Dangarikar, official adjudicator with Guinness World Records presented the Guinness World Records certificate to Dr Rajamani Chellamuthu, Senior Vice President of Indian Customer Business, Astro today. He congratulated Astro for providing the platform for global audiences to witness one of Malaysia’s most colourful festivals and as such playing a key role as the country’s tourism ambassador.

Dr Rajamani of Astro said, “At Astro, we aspire to offer our viewers content choices, and the live streaming of the Thaipusam procession created much interest globally and even transcended geographical boundaries via our digital platform. This Guinness World Records attempt took 100 crews deployed across three countries – Sri Lanka, Indiaand Malaysia and the presence of drone cameras to provide panoramic and full spectrum viewing experience, in order to best capture the vibrant festivities in each of these countries. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our fans for their tremendous support which motivates us to push beyond our limits. Setting this Guinness World Records title takes festive celebration with Astro to a whole new level and further distinguishes Astro Ulagam as the leading destination for entertainment and live events.”

Fans posted many messages on the Astro Ulagam Facebook page to congratulate Astro for bringing the Thaipusam festivities to audiences globally via the live stream. Elsie Isayas from the United States said, “Batu Caves is a beautiful place and I am especially captivated by the caves there. Thank you Astro Ulagam for bringing back those wonderful memories.” Another fan from South Africa, Livonia Govender wrote, “I was extremely amazed with the production work, smooth viewing experience despite the long period of live streaming. Kudos to everyone who worked on this.”

Following the success of the Guinness World Record attempt, Astro has plans to continue with a global Thaipusam celebration with the theme Panjamirtha Vannam and hashtag #Veeravel2017.

Astro Ulagam is Malaysia’s Indian Entertainment News & Events hub highlighting Indian channels & top shows on Astro, latest entertainment news, videos and more. Currently Astro Ulagam Facebook page have 1.7 Million likes, average weekly reach of 15 Million and 2.2 Million average video views weekly. For more updates, please visit the official website, http://www.astroulagam.com.my/

About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd

Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading content and consumer group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with a focus on the pillars of watch, listen, read and shop. With a customer base of 4.8 million residential customers or approximately 67% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers 183 TV channels, including 54 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro on the Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country’s first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 28 TV and 20 radio channels. Astro Radio includes Malaysia’s highest rated stations across key languages and is available on both terrestrial and digital channels, reaching approximately 12.8 million weekly listeners. Its digital arm is involved in digital publishing, applications and platforms as well as publication of entertainment and lifestyle magazines locally.

Astro holds the distinction of the ‘Gold’ award in the Media and Entertainment category at the Putra Brand Awards for 6 consecutive years from 2010 to 2015, including the ‘Brand of the Year’ award in 2012 and the ‘Brand Icon’ award in 2013.

Astro’s CSR projects have been recognised by the International Business Awards (IBAs) for the fourth consecutive year. Astro was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie Award in the 2015 IBAs in the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year (Asia, Australia and New Zealand) category for Astro Kasih Sports Initiative. In the 2014 IBAs, the company won a Silver Stevie Award for ‘Astro Kasih Hostel and EkoVillage’ project. In 2013 and 2012, Astro’s ‘Beautiful Malaysia: Longest Underwater Clean Up’ project and ‘Astro Kasih Hostel’ project were awarded with a Silver Stevie® Award respectively.

These awards are in recognition of Astro’s efforts to exemplify innovation, quality and strong corporate responsibilities

Media contact

Roseline Maria Anthanyomthu
Associate, Stakeholder Communications
Email: roseline-maria_anthanyomthu@astro.com.my
Tel: 03-9543 6688 ext 7377/Mobile: +60-16 215 8583

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April 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm

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HR Asia Announces Indonesia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — HR Asia, Asia’s most authoritative publications for HR professionals, has announced twenty companies in Indonesia as the best companies to work for as ranked by 4,600 employees across the country.

HR Asia Awards Indonesia Winners Group Photo
HR Asia Awards Indonesia Winners Group Photo

Winners of the award are selected from 138 nominees among 20 industries, based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company’s working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction.

Companies named as the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia include PT. Blue Bird Group Holding, PT. British School Jakarta, PT. Fitness First Indonesia, PT. Bank Maybank Indonesia TBK, PT. 3M Indonesia, PT. Kompas Gramedia, and PT Asuransi Jiwa Manulife Indonesia.

“This is one of the most structured and extensive survey on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Through this survey, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies — both local and international — have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world,” said Caroline Ang, General Manager of Business Media International, the publishers of HR Asia.

The Awards covers 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Good Employers Score Higher

Survey participants were asked affirmative statements about their employers, and either agree or disagree with each of the statements. Based on these answers across the survey, the top 3 areas that employees in Hong Kong agree about their jobs are:

1.    The Need to Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations
2.    Taking Pride in the Organisation
3.    Knowing What is Expected of the Employee at Work

On the other hand, the 3 areas that score the lowest in the survey (i.e. the ones which the employees feel their companies can improve on) are:

1.    Receiving Recognition for Doing Good Work
2.    Confidence in Senior Management
3.    Employee Retention

“Most of the employees in the winning companies enjoy job satisfaction in what they do. They believe that they are providing value to their companies and are appreciated for their contributions. An important factor is that these employees have fostered a sense of ownership within the companies that they work for. Employees are motivated and empowered to do their best, because they realise that there will be recognition and reward for their efforts,” Ang shared.

“In today’s challenging talent market, having a good working environment is not enough. Employee engagement is crucial in both attracting good talents and retaining them,” Ang added.

Award an Inspiration for Good Employers

Many of the recipients were overwhelmed at being named as among the Best Companies To Work For, with most crediting their employees for their achievements.

“Aligned as per its vision, humanizing financial service; Maybank Indonesia consistent to create a great place to work and be the best company to work for” PT. Maybank Indonesia

“I am grateful and proud to be in this place, the award gained from a business group that employs more than 21 thousand. This encourages us to do the better in future” Sigit, Corporate HR Director, Kompas Gramedia.

About HR Asia

HR Asia is Asia’s largest circulating publication for senior HR professionals. With over 50,000 copies distributed every issue, and an online and offline audience exceeding 200,000. HR Asia is the go-to brand for HR professionals seeking quality business intelligence and industry updates. HR Asia is published by Business Media International, a regional leader in B2B intelligence.

Indonesian Recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2016TM

No.

Company

Industry

1

PT. 3M Indonesia

Technology and Innovation

2

PT. AIA Financial

Insurance

3

PT. Anugerah Pharmindo Lestari

Healthcare

4

PT. Asuransi Jiwa Manulife Indonesia

Insurance

5

Bank Maybank Indonesia

Banking

6

Blue Bird Group Holding

Transportation

7

British School Jakarta

Education

8

detik.com

Media

9

Fitness First Indonesia

Fitness

10

Hotel Ciputra Jakarta

Hospitality and Tourism

11

PT. Kimia Farma (Persero) Tbk

Pharmaceutical and Chemicals

12

Kompas Gramedia

Media

13

PT. Lautan Luas Tbk

Chemicals

14

PT. Pertamina (Persero)

Oil, Gas, Renewable & New Energy

15

PT. Prudential Life Assurance

Insurance

16

Rumah Sakit Premier Jatinegara

Healthcare

17

PT. Sari Coffee Indonesia

Food & Beverage

18

Scoot Fast Cruises

Hospitality and Tourism

19

PT. Sun Life Financial Indonesia

Insurance

20

PT. Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food, TBK

Food & Beverage

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20160412/8521602334-b

Source: Business Media International

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April 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm

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Brightcove Democratises OTT Services with Brightcove OTT Flow, Powered by Accedo

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-Allows media companies and content owners everywhere to launch OTT services in weeks without upfront development costs

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, today announced Brightcove OTT Flow, a turnkey OTT solution for media companies and content owners everywhere to rapidly deploy high-quality, direct-to-consumer, live and on-demand video services across platforms. Developed in partnership with Accedo, an industry leader in user experience (UX) and multi-platform applications for video, OTT Flow offers an end-to-end technology solution via a simple, cost effective commercial model. With OTT Flow, Brightcove and Accedo dramatically lower the barrier to entry to starting a multi-platform OTT service, allowing organisations to take their content over-the-top in weeks rather than months.

Faster Time to Market with Brightcove OTT Flow

Media companies continue to explore new ways to expand audience reach and grow revenue through OTT offerings, but have faced challenges such as managing device proliferation, abiding by content business rules, streamlining system interoperability, and enabling consistent monetisation and ad support across devices. OTT solutions to date have often required multiple vendors and bespoke solution development for each platform, resulting in high upfront development costs, time-consuming implementations, and challenges maintaining and upgrading applications and platforms.

Brightcove OTT Flow addresses these challenges with out-of-the box functionality and technology that includes:

Core functionality

  • Video content delivery with a consistent UX across multiple platforms, including desktop, iOS (smartphone & tablet), Android (smartphone & tablet) and Google Cast
  • Support for ad-supported (AVOD) and subscription (SVOD) video on demand models with ecommerce, CRM, and billing engine interfaces
  • Powerful, flexible and intuitive web-based administrative console for UI/UX configuration
  • Rules-based content packaging and scheduling capabilities
  • Robust analytics
  • Subtitle and caption support

Core technology

  • Brightcove Video Cloud integrated with Accedo App Grid® and VIA® GO
  • Subscription management and payment processing for SVOD
  • Pre-integrated ad-serving support from Google DFP
  • Brightcove Once for server-side ad insertion (SSAI)
  • Cloud technology for smooth and seamless app updates and ongoing customer support from Brightcove’s global support team

Brightcove Video Cloud is the backbone of the solution with industry leading ingestion, transcoding, metadata management and the world’s highest performance video player and SDKs. Accedo AppGrid® reduces maintenance costs and enables full management control of an OTT service, across platforms, from a central cloud-based dashboard. Accedo VIA® Go packages years of award-winning app development experience into a configuration-driven solution.

Brightcove OTT Flow provides all the core technology and functionality for media companies  and content owners to quickly launch new OTT services. A true turnkey solution, OTT Flow gives publishers  the ability to design, launch, and upgrade their OTT services with no ongoing development overhead.

Compelling Economic Model

OTT Flow is priced to make setting up and operating OTT services an economic proposition that any serious content owner can embrace. By eliminating the need to invest significant capital in upfront development and platform costs, OTT Flow’s pricing model is designed to fit a customer’s operating model. Companies setting up an ad-supported OTT video service can get started with OTT Flow at $10,000 per month. Organisations seeking to launch a subscription-based OTT service can begin at $15,000 per month.

Supporting Quotes:

“There is seemingly insatiable demand around the world for new video programming choices and the industry is rushing to meet that demand with new service launches. IHS is actively tracking well over 2,000 different OTT video and multi-screen deployments in 70-plus countries. With new players entering the market on almost a weekly basis, the timing has never been better for solutions that accelerate these service introductions.” — Ben Keen, Chief Analyst & VP, Consumer, Media, Telecoms & Displays, IHS Technology

“Consumer demand for great content available across multiple devices has been increasing dramatically over recent years. With that demand set to rise even further, media companies are looking for solutions to launch new OTT services easily and effectively while providing an attractive user experience. This joint solution enables them to meet that consumer demand and launch compelling services in a much shorter timeframe than ever before.”  — Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo

“Brightcove OTT Flow dramatically changes the dynamics of launching new OTT services, making OTT accessible to nearly any content owner. Combining Accedo’s multi-platform application expertise with our video platform and solutions capabilities, we are bringing to market  a turnkey solution that eliminates technical barriers  and simplifies the OTT cost structure for anyone seeking to take their content over-the-top. As media companies around the world seek to engage their audiences  and drive revenue, they can take advantage of OTT Flow as an easy and affordable path to quickly launch beautiful OTT services.” — Anil Jain, SVP and GM, Media, Brightcove

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About Accedo

Accedo’s mission is to solve the technology challenges of creating a dynamic video experience across every screen. Accedo provides a comprehensive set of products and services that enable broadcasters, operators, media companies, and consumer electronics manufacturers to readily create and grow engaging OTT video services efficiently and in a user-friendly way.

With headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, the company has sales and delivery offices worldwide, in London, Madrid, New York, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Sydney, Santiago de Chile, Auckland, Budapest and Guadalajara. Customers include Netflix, Sky, NBC Universal and Telstra, and investors include Industrifonden and Acacia.

About Brightcove

Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ:BCOV) is the leading global provider of powerful cloud solutions for delivering and monetising video across connected devices. The company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetising video across devices. Brightcove has more than 5,000 customers in over 70 countries that rely on the company’s cloud solutions to successfully publish high-quality video experiences to audiences everywhere. To learn more, visitwww.brightcove.com.

Press Contacts

Singapore
Stella Quek
Waggener Edstrom for Brightcove
squek@we-worldwide.com
+65 9389 9178

Accedo:
Helen Weedon
Communications Manager
helen.weedon@accedo.tv
+44 1570 434632

Source: Brightcove

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April 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

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Huawei’s Ultra-Broadband 2020 Strategy Addresses Business Challenges in Indonesia Market

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-MASTEL Preannounced the Formation of Fiber-To-The-Home Alliance in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Aiming to help telecom operators seize business opportunities and address challenges in the next five years, Huawei proposed the Ultra-Broadband 2020 (UBB 2020) strategy for industries, businesses, and network developers during a speech at 12th Annual Broadband TV Connect Asia Conference. By learning from the development trends of the global ultra-broadband industry and telecom operators’ business operation strategies, the UBB 2020 strategy strives to enhance the ICT maturity of Indonesia, as the nation steps up its broadband coverage in inner city and suburban areas, the quality of its network, as well as user experience such as 4K video streaming.

Lim Chee Siong, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Southern Pacific shared Huawei’s approach in addressing broadband business challenges in Indonesia
Lim Chee Siong, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Southern Pacific shared Huawei’s approach in addressing broadband business challenges in Indonesia

“Huawei believes there is a need to build a New Broadband that helps telecom operators continue to grow with rising demands, providing giga-bit broadband everywhere that supports modern business model innovation and agile service creation,” said Nigel Bruin, Huawei, Principal Consultant. “A New Broadband that delivers an inspired experience, with smooth high-resolution video, freedom for users to use and change services themselves, and connects them socially with our community.”

According to Lim Chee Siong, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, “UBB industry development brings great opportunities to operators as today’s users expect real-time, on-demand, all-online, do-it-yourself, and social (ROADS) offerings. This coupled with Internet-based industry operations and competitions from OTT vendors are forcing Operators to accelerate ICT transformation. Huawei’s core responsibilities are to propel ultra-broadband industry development in a sustainable, orderly, and healthy manner, effectively serve telecom operators in Indonesia, and provide optimal end-to-end business and network solutions to help operators achieve business success.”

Aligned with the Indonesia National Broadband Plan, the nation is undergoing an ICT transformation and acceleratingtowards a digital economy. To expedite the growth of broadband infrastructure, all telecom operators, enterprises and government must work hand in hand on constructing an information highway, creating a better lifestyle for the citizens and making business agile.

“Moving towards our vision of achieving a digital economy in South East Asia, we see the necessity in forming an Indonesia Fiber-To-The-Home Alliance (IFA),” said Arief Mustain, Executive General Manager, PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, Digital Service Division (TELKOM), one of the key members of Masyarakat Telematika Indonesia (MASTEL). “The IFA will play a key role in the ecosystem by pushing forward the FTTH agenda towards a digital economy. We also call upon industry players to join us in boosting ICT digital services through FTTH.”

For more information, visit www.huawei.com.

About Huawei:

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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April 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

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Al Jazeera Shines the Spotlight on Oud as Asia Plantation Capital Plays its Part

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — In a series of programmes including a featured documentary, international broadcaster and news network, Al Jazeera, has focused its attention on the magical substance known variously as agarwood, gaharu and Oud.

Asia Plantation Capital's Aquilaria Tree plantations in Thailand.
Asia Plantation Capital’s Aquilaria Tree plantations in Thailand.

An integral part of the religious and cultural lives of millions of people, Oud is renowned for its health-giving properties, remarkable fragrance and ability to promote peace of mind. As such, it is highly sought after, with demand currently far outstripping supply, and creating an illegal trade with an attendant black market.

Asia Plantation Capital is recognised as one of the world’s leading sustainable plantation companies, and has brought the species of Aquilaria tree (from which Oud is derived) back from the brink of extinction. Asia Plantation Capital has injected millions of dollars into the relevant research and development that has produced proprietorial technologies designed to both reintroduce the species to its natural habitat, and develop a sustainable and ethical business.

In his featured documentary, Al Jazeera’s Ali Mohamed Al-Woozain takes us on a personal journey of discovery that he describes as both “dark” and “beautiful”, charting his relationship with Oud from childhood. In an excellent piece of investigative journalism, Ali bores into the heart of a trade that dates back thousands of years, which has now fallen prey to greed and nefarious activities.

The message is very clear. Demand for Oud and all its various by-products has never been higher, while supplies are getting evermore scarce. The need to address the situation has become an imperative, and Asia Plantation Capital is displaying its commitment to providing an ethical and sustainable source of Oud to an avid market.

Ali Mohamed Al-Woozain’s documentary highlights the current state of a multi-billion-dollar industry that is shrouded in myth and mystery for many people. As a Qatari himself, Oud has always been a part of his life in both cultural and religious rituals, and yet he admits to having little knowledge as to its source. His awakening and enlightenment is one he shares with viewers on a fascinating journey of discovery that takes him all over the world, including Malaysia, and a visit to one of Asia Plantation Capital’s plantations.

With more than 100 plantations around the world, Asia Plantation Capital guarantees that its Oud is 100% pure, natural, of the highest quality and of known provenance. Asia Plantation Capital knows exactly where the Oud comes from as the company grows the trees itself, on owned or managed plantations, embracing all the elements of environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility that should be part and parcel of modern business practices.

Most importantly, all the Oud produced by Asia Plantation Capital is officially certified by various bodies, including CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The Aquilaria tree has been on the CITES’ list of endangered species since the end of the 20th Century, but thanks to Asia Plantation Capital, is now flourishing in the controlled and protected conditions of its expertly managed plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital is a multi-award-winning company that boasts the remarkable ‘Soil to Oil to You’ story that sees it supply its precious Oud to French perfume house Fragrance Du Bois, as well as to other industry end users.

Fragrance Du Bois’ creations are causing tongues to wag in the fragrance industry, and its flagship boutiques inSingapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok are garnering considerable industry interest. Fragrance Du Bois debuted its exquisite range of products in Paris in February 2016, and now has a permanent presence in the haute parfumerie capital of the world. A key aspect of the Asia Plantation Capital business model is the collaboration and cooperation with international partners to secure the end market and product distribution channels for the Oud it produces. This enables the company to maximise returns to its stakeholders, thereby generating more capital with which to reinvest.

In her news piece on the plight of the Aquilaria tree in Hong Kong, Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports on the illegal logging in one of the territory’s last remaining agarwood plantations.

Fortunately, once again, Asia Plantation Capital has stepped into the breach, and now manages and controls the trees that gave Hong Kong (‘Fragrant Harbour’) its name. Illegal loggers are indiscriminately cutting down what few trees remain, leading to enhanced security for the precious species, but a note of optimism is sounded as a result of Asia Plantation Capital’s intervention and its commitment to preservation.

For a high profile industry that affects so many people around the world in such a wide variety of different cultures, so little is actually known. It is gratifying to see that Al Jazeera is as committed to educating people about one of the rarest and most magical substances on earth, as Asia Plantation Capital is to playing its part in ensuring that the industry is both ethical and sustainable, and that Oud will be around for many generations to come.

Watch the videos from Al Jazeera here:

Scent From Heaven

Hong Kong conservationists push to save agarwood

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:

Zaahira Muhammad
Senior PR & Marketing Executive
Email: zaahira@asiaplantationcapital.com
Office: +60 122 035 344

Samantha Tham
PR & Marketing Executive
Email: samantha.tham@asiaplantationcapital.com
Mobile: +65 9144 0933

About Asia Plantation Capital

The Asia Plantation Capital Group is a multi-award-winning sustainable plantation operator and management company, with projects across four continents in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka,Vietnam, North America, Africa and Europe, and a global workforce in excess of 2,000.

With a focus on commercial plantation projects and vertically integrated businesses that offer a combination of commercial, environmental and community benefits, it is one of the largest producers of oud oil, agarwood and bamboo today – testimony to which has been the recent opening of the largest agarwood processing factory inSoutheast Asia and its newly established office in Geneva, Switzerland.

A market leader in the industry, its Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of leading academics and experts from various countries (China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates), who have, between them, developed and patented industry-leading technologies and systems.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche, luxury perfume house born from the richest essences of nature, producing fragrances crafted by fifth generation perfumers from the 17th Century French traditions of Grasse. All Fragrance Du Bois’ fragrances are created using 100% pure, organic Oud oil and other sustainably-sourced ingredients, from plantations managed by the award-winning Asia Plantation Capital.

Currently available in Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dubai, Fragrance Du Bois has plans to expand in Doha, Geneva and London in the months ahead.

A cross-section of an infected Aquilaria Tree.
A cross-section of an infected Aquilaria Tree.

 

Gerard McGuirk, Director of Asia Plantation Capital Hong Kong, speaking to Al-Jazeera in an interview.
Gerard McGuirk, Director of Asia Plantation Capital Hong Kong, speaking to Al-Jazeera in an interview.

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April 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm

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Lanson Place offers a new living experience at Two MacDonnell Road

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited (“Lanson Place”), proudly announces the addition of Two MacDonnell Road in Mid-Levels Hong Kong to its collection.

Two MacDonnell Road is located in the tranquil residential area next to the Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Botanical Gardens, offering spectacular mountain and park views. It is in close proximity to Central’s key financial area and the popular entertainment hub, Lan Kwai Fong.

The property features 213 well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 336 to 750 sq. ft. In-room provisions include kitchenettes, Wireless Broadband Internet connection, Cable TV and DVD Players. Facilities such as a gymnasium, convenient shuttle bus service and ‘Cafe on 8’ can also be enjoyed at Two MacDonnell Road.

Mr. Marc Hediger, Chief Executive Officer of Lanson Place, said: “We are thrilled to introduce our sense of comfort and living experience into Two MacDonnell Road. Our hallmark of lifestyle experiences and guest services will make Two MacDonnell Road an exceptional home where guests can truly unwind. Together with our Lanson Place Hotel in Causeway Bay, we offer two great accommodation choices that cater for two of the major business and shopping districts on Hong Kong Island.”

For more information about Lanson Place, please visit http://www.lansonplace.com.

About Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited

Lanson Place is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wing Tai Properties Limited (Wing Tai), a publicly listed company inHong Kong (HKEx stock code: 369), which now manages eleven properties under the Lanson Place brand. The existing niche collection consists of high-end and upscale serviced apartments in Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur andSingapore as well as an award winning boutique hotel in Hong Kong.

Lanson Place properties are generally located in close proximity to the central business district as well as high-end shopping and entertainment areas. Lanson Place aims to offer attentive and personalised service with the convenience of a luxury hotel and the comfort and privacy of a private home. With our owners and partners, we deliver more than hospitality. Lanson Place offers home-away-from-home comfort that has a proven winning success model with loyal repeat residents, enabling the brand to deliver strong returns and maximized revenues for our valued partners. Lanson Place brings a trusted name and unique proposition to any development.

The Group will continue to strategically grow the Lanson Place brand as a pan-Asian brand through exploring investment and management opportunities for all three core business models mainly in gateway cities within the Asia-Pacific region.

Source: Lanson Place Hospitality Management Limited

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April 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

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Offshore Leaders to Discuss the Future of Oil Prices and the Impact on Offshore at the Offshore Marine Forum 2016

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Offshore industry experts are gearing-up to debate and analyse the future of oil prices and how the local offshore industry should prepare for the next price boom at the Offshore Marine Forum 2016, held in Singapore on 19 April 2016.

Mr Jarand Rystad, Managing Partner, Rystad Energy
Mr Jarand Rystad, Managing Partner, Rystad Energy

 

 

The forum’s keynote speaker Jarand Rystad, a global expert on oil macro analysis and Managing Partner of Rystad Energy, will share his insights on whether he believes the industry will see a three figure oil price again and when.

Ahead of the forum, Mr Rystad said, “The global oil market has seen ten consecutive quarters of oversupply which has led to the current price collapse. If you compare prices to the underlying cost and activity level required to produce oil, they’re at their lowest ever levels.”

“This is having a significant impact on the offshore sector with more than 300 billion dollars being cut this year alone versus 2014 in global upstream investments.”

At the forum, Mr Rystad and the other panellists will also share their views on the impact oil price volatility is having on the offshore sector and the industry’s long-term outlook.

“While low oil prices have depressed the offshore sector and led to a decline in global production, the stable demand for energy means the long-term fundamentals are still strong, and the sector must remain prepared for a comeback,” he said.

Amid falling oil prices, many companies are looking at headcount as a way to reduce costs. Mr Rystad says it’s crucial that the industry takes a long-term perspective when thinking about cost-efficiency and productivity in preparation for the inevitable up-cycle.

He said, “Companies in the industry are cutting jobs, resources, and exploration investment in a bid to reduce costs. While it is important that companies look to manage costs at this time, it is also crucial that they look ahead and ensure that there will not be a shortage of oil service capacity in a few years when the current situation turns around.”

“I look forward to discussing these challenges, and what the global dynamics will mean for companies based inAsia with other industry leaders at the Offshore Marine Forum in Singapore.”

Speakers at the Offshore Marine Forum 2016 will also tackle other issues such as the future of energy demand and how the Asian region is impacted by the current situation.

Other speakers at the Offshore Marine Forum include Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group and the Singapore Maritime Foundation; Mr Carl K. Arnet, Chief Executive Officer of BW Offshore; Mr Y.Y. Chow, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd; and Mr Ron Mathison, Managing Director of Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.

For more information, please contact:

Disha Gurnani
Email:   disha.gurnani@bbspr.com.sg
Mobile: +65-9780-1655
DID:      +65-6239-4105

Lyna Hanis
Email: lyna.hanis@bbspr.com.sg
Mobile: +65-9139-0572
DID:     +65-6239-4108

About Offshore Marine Forum

The Offshore Marine Forum, back for the 2nd edition on 19 April 2016 and held during the Singapore Maritime Week, brings industry leaders together against a backdrop of challenging and complex operating environments. In this high-level industry forum, CEOs and COOs from the offshore industry are specially invited by the organisers to come together to share and discuss their views and outlook of the industry.

For more information, please visit http://www.sea-asia.com/index.php/omf2016/overview-omf2016.

About Seatrade

Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired in 2014 by UBM, the world’s second largest media and event organiser across a wide variety of industries. Seatrade’s publications, events, management training, research and award schemes cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries. The company’s principal strength is its ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry. Seatrade is headquartered in Colchester, UK, with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, as well as representatives in all major maritime centres and cruise destinations across the globe.

For more information, visit www.seatrade-maritime.com.

About the Singapore Maritime Foundation

Established in 2004, the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is a private sector-led organisation that seeks to develop and promote Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC). As the representative voice for the commercial players of the maritime industry, SMF seeks to forge strong partnerships with the public and private sectors of the maritime industry. SMF spearheads initiatives to promote the diverse clusters of the maritime industry in Singapore and at international frontiers, and to attract young talents to join the sector. SMF is directed by its Board of Directors which comprises prominent leaders in the Singapore maritime community.

For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.

About the Singapore Maritime Week 2016

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things maritime. The range of activities and events organised by MPA, the industry, and research and educational institutions, as well as the cosmopolitan profile of participants, reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.

SMW has grown in significance since the inaugural event in 2006, and is attracting more participants and Co-located Partners from around the world. Participants can experience something new every year, as activities are added to the line-up, and as eminent speakers share their insights and participate in dialogues on topical maritime issues. This dynamism and the good range of issues discussed during SMW are major draws for maritime decision-makers, as are the many business networking platforms. This is why Singapore Maritime Week is all about PEOPLE, IDEAS and OPPORTUNITIES for the maritime community.

For more information and the full calendar of events, please visit www.smw.sg.

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Source: Seatrade Communications

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April 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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Australia’s Leading National Planner Takes on China for AWIC 2016

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SHANGHAI and BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — National Planner of the Year and Executive Director of Planning at Place Design Group, Chris Isles, is in China this week representing the best of Australian Planning and Urban Design at Austrade’s International Smart Cities Forum, AWIC 2016.

Due to present on Wednesday, Chris will discuss Australian best practice planning and innovation around Smart Cities.  Joined by Australian Federal Government Ministers, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo, Chris understands there is much to be gained for Australia andChina via the mission.

China is experiencing such rapid urbanisation that smart city thinking is critical, so they are well positioned to lead this exciting evolution of cities. Australia has the opportunity to play a critical part in this process through the provision of key thinking and technology,” Chris says.

Led by Austrade, the mission is working to advance Australia’s diplomatic and economic interests and to promote the international competitiveness of Australian businesses in China.

Chris believes timing has never been better, and the mission serves as critical, not only for international business relations, but for the future of our cities.

“As we grapple with big data, the ‘internet of things’, and urbanisation we are at a point where we have the technology to make better cities. This mission is a perfect opportunity to share key learnings and ideas between our countries,” Chris says.

Currently, there are many commercial opportunities present thanks to the unprecedented increase of an affluent middle class, and the recently revised China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). And to responsibly capitalise on these, we must consider the critical need for an international smart cities approach.

“Cities around the world have one unifying element. People. Urbanisation, and how we develop ‘smart technology’ to help keep liveability for people high on the agenda should be a global pursuit, and one of world importance.”

The AWIC 2016 program will feature trade and investment seminars, roundtables, site visits, product showcases and opportunities for networking with Chinese business, industry and government.

Chris will be releasing a wrap up report, post-mission which will provide valuable insights into opportunities for international investment, trade and smart cities planning approaches from across the globe.  This is set to be available early May.

The second ‘Australia Week’ in China is on now, and will tour multiple cities from the 11 to the15 April 2016.

CONTACT:

Erin Ashford
Marketing Communications Manager
Place Design Group
+61-7-3852-3922
erin.a@placedesigngroup.com

Source: PLACE Design Group

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April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

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Australia’s Leading National Planner Takes on China for AWIC 2016

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SHANGHAI and BRISBANE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — National Planner of the Year and Executive Director of Planning at Place Design Group, Chris Isles, is in China this week representing the best of Australian Planning and Urban Design at Austrade’s International Smart Cities Forum, AWIC 2016.

Due to present on Wednesday, Chris will discuss Australian best practice planning and innovation around Smart Cities.  Joined by Australian Federal Government Ministers, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo, Chris understands there is much to be gained for Australia andChina via the mission.

China is experiencing such rapid urbanisation that smart city thinking is critical, so they are well positioned to lead this exciting evolution of cities. Australia has the opportunity to play a critical part in this process through the provision of key thinking and technology,” Chris says.

Led by Austrade, the mission is working to advance Australia’s diplomatic and economic interests and to promote the international competitiveness of Australian businesses in China.

Chris believes timing has never been better, and the mission serves as critical, not only for international business relations, but for the future of our cities.

“As we grapple with big data, the ‘internet of things’, and urbanisation we are at a point where we have the technology to make better cities. This mission is a perfect opportunity to share key learnings and ideas between our countries,” Chris says.

Currently, there are many commercial opportunities present thanks to the unprecedented increase of an affluent middle class, and the recently revised China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). And to responsibly capitalise on these, we must consider the critical need for an international smart cities approach.

“Cities around the world have one unifying element. People. Urbanisation, and how we develop ‘smart technology’ to help keep liveability for people high on the agenda should be a global pursuit, and one of world importance.”

The AWIC 2016 program will feature trade and investment seminars, roundtables, site visits, product showcases and opportunities for networking with Chinese business, industry and government.

Chris will be releasing a wrap up report, post-mission which will provide valuable insights into opportunities for international investment, trade and smart cities planning approaches from across the globe.  This is set to be available early May.

The second ‘Australia Week’ in China is on now, and will tour multiple cities from the 11 to the15 April 2016.

CONTACT:

Erin Ashford
Marketing Communications Manager
Place Design Group
+61-7-3852-3922
erin.a@placedesigngroup.com

Source: PLACE Design Group

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