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ASTRI and Huawei Co-host the First International Standard Meeting of 3GPP RAN4 in Hong Kong, Facilitating Migration to 5G Network and Development of Smart City (28 – 30 June, 2016)

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Huawei co-host the international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 #79AH at Hong Kong Science Park from 28th to 30th June 2016. It is the first time this meeting is held in Hong Kong in its history.

Delegates from global telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, mobile terminals and chipset vendors attend the international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 #79AH.
Delegates from global telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, mobile terminals and chipset vendors attend the international standard meeting of 3GPP RAN4 #79AH.

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a global collaboration of telecommunications associations. The scope of 3GPP includes the development and maintenance of standards of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced. The 3GPP specification work is done in Technical Specification Groups (TSGs) and Working Groups (WGs). Radio Access Network (RAN) Work Group (WG) 4 works on the radio frequency (RF) parameters and base station (BS) conformance, and derives the requirements for transmission and reception parameters, and for channel demodulation.

Attended by delegates from global telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, mobile terminals and chipset vendors including China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT),  Intel, Qualcomm, HiSilicon, Samsung, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, LG Electronics, Sony and NEC, to name but a few, this meeting is expected to achieve important progress and extensive consensus on Narrowband IOT (NB-IOT) and LTE-Advanced standardisation, thereby contributing to migration to 5G and development of NB-IOT as well as Smart City.

The key topics of this 3-day meeting will cover BS RF conformance testing, radio resource management (RRM) and demodulation performance for NB-IOT; user equipment (UE) RRM, demodulation and channel state information (CSI) reporting for licensed-assisted access to unlicensed spectrum (LAA); and elevation beamforming/full-dimension multi-input multi-output (MIMO) for LTE UE demodulation in LTE-Advanced.

The 3GPP is vital for the network migration from 4G to 5G. The discussion outcomes will have significant impacts on the 5G network development direction which will contribute to evolution on the Smart City development. NB-IOT technology enables a range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in Smart City such as smart metering, smart parking, vending machine, to name but a few. ASTRI strives to develop R&D projects in the area of information and communications technologies (ICT). ASTRI is also working on R&D projects on NB-IOT technology and initiatives that will contribute to the development of Smart City that benefits the general public.

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Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’scompetitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, IC Design (Analog), IC Design (Digital), Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technology, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit

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June 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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Disruptive Technologies Are Transforming Downstream Industry

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-Finding Your Digital Sweet Spot

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Asian refiners and petrochemical players are constantly looking for new ways to improve operational performance and asset longevity. The agenda for the 9th Annual Asian Downstream Week is designed to help them achieve these objectives. It is a two-day, triple stream technical conference and exhibition organised annually by World Refining Association (Clarion Events).

The region’s largest conference and exhibition for the downstream refining and petrochemical industries will take place on the 26-27 October 2016 as part of the Singapore International Energy Week organised by Singapore’sEnergy Market Authority, which is expected to attract over 15,000 visitors this year.

This year’s agenda will revolve around the theme: “Achieving Operational Excellence through Digital Transformation” with an in-depth focus on the following key sub themes:

  • Digital Manufacturing & Automation
  • Connected Supply Chain
  • Operational Excellence & Asset Optimisation

“Our recent research indicates that Asia’s downstream oil and gas industry wants to eliminate as many manual systems as possible with the ultimate aim of going fully digital in functional areas such as operations, maintenance, reliability and safety“, says Tanushree Mulraj, programme director for Asian Downstream Week.

She continues: “Asian Downstream Week continues to adapt to market conditions that drive the industry to continue to look for new opportunities. This is one of the main reasons that industry executives and experts attend our show year on year.”

With a wider focus on the petrochemical industry (including specialty chemicals) and new focused stream on automation and digitalisation, Asian Downstream Week 2016 will showcase keynotes and presentations led by leading industry experts on the two-day, three track conference programme which includes:

  • Claus J. Nehmzow, Digital Innovation Organisation Asia Pacific, BP Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Vishal Mehta, Head of Digital Strategy, Architecture and Technology, Reliance Industries Limited
  • Vikas Prabhu, CIO – Oil, Gas and Retail, Essar Group
  • Martin Hawkins, COO, HMEL
  • Dr Kishor Dongaonkar, VP – Technology Center of Excellence, Reliance Industries Limited
  • P S Moorthy, Engineering Services Manager – Downstream Manufacturing, Shell Eastern Petroleum
  • Dr. Werner Reimann, Senior Expert Application Development Fuel Additives, Clariant Produkte 
  • Selva Guru, Principal Engineer, Singapore Refining Company
  • Sharul Rashid, Principal Engineer – Instrument and Control, Petronas Penapisan Terengganu
  • Abdullah Dhafer, Operational Excellence Leader, Saudi Aramco
  • Sudhagar Raghavan, Manager – Global Lean & Operational Excellence, BASF
  • Mai Tuan Dat, Production Manager, Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical
  • Charles Nie, E-business and Supply Chain Optimization Manager, Covestro

Refiners and petrochemical players have also stated their other objectives such as, improved enterprise connectivity, increased real-time analytics and enhanced collaboration by oil and gas and chemical staffs that historically did not interact much or exchange best practices.

Adopting appropriate new technologies can help them achieve their objectives by providing the basis for business process reengineering, improved performance and potentially, a competitive advantage. Refiners and petrochemical companies have significantly improved operational performance with higher reliability, business process automation, and even more transformative changes.

Asian Downstream Week will also feature an interactive exhibition by top information technology, process automation and manufacturing solution providers. Hear and see presentations made by leading industry experts on the latest technological developments at the FREE-to attend technical seminar that is also happening on the exhibition floor.

With over 50 speakers, 30+ international exhibitors and 600 attendees, Asian Downstream Week will once again bring together key players in the oil & gas, refining and petrochemical industries to discuss business-critical issues including: project development, margin improvements, energy efficiency, and integration of petrochemical complexes.

As one of the region’s largest downstream-focused events, Asian Downstream Week is the ideal platform for networking, seeking partnerships for joint ventures, and learning the latest technologies.

Event dates and location:


26-27 October 2016


Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore

Event website:

For more information, interviews and media accreditation:

Marketing & Communications
Jaclynn Ng
Clarion Events Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6590 3970
Fax: +65 6223 9196

Source: World Refining Association (Clarion Events)

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June 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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GSB to Host the World Saving and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) Annual Meetings 2016: Banking in 21st Century in Bangkok

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BANGKOK  /PRNewswire/ — The Government Savings Bank Thailand (GSB) in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Port Authority of Thailand will host the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) Annual Meetings 2016: Banking in 21st Century in Bangkok, from June 30 to July 1, 2016.

The 23rd World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) Annual Meetings
The 23rd World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) Annual Meetings


The events serve as a great opportunity for the GSB to demonstrate its leadership of the three conferences: WSBI Presidents Committee, Board of Directors and General Assembly. The summit meeting by the regional savings banks will discuss savings and the retail finance system and WSBI members are invited to attend.

The WSBI is a non-profit organization that acts as an agency to represent and coordinate banks or international financial institutions to promote support for savings and counts among its members 110 financial institutions from 80 countries worldwide.

Its Board of Directors consists of 23 ordinary members and four alternate members, all together 27 members who are selected in bi-annual by WSBI meetings, held once in the first half and once in the second half of the year. The WSBI’s current president is Mr. Heinrich Haasis, who is also President of the German Savings Banks Association (Federal Republic of Germany).

Mr. Chatchai Payuhanaveechai, President & CEO of GSB and Mr. Isara Wongrung, Senior Executive Vice President of Personal Customer Group at GSB have been selected by the WSBI to serve on the Board of Directors, which has a term of three years starting from September 24, 2015 until September 24, 2018.

It is a great opportunity for the Government Savings Bank Thailand (GSB) to demonstrate how to build trust and confidence across Asia and Asia Pacific in investing in Thailand.

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June 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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New Print Technology and Methodologies for Graphics Art, 3D Printing and Signage at PrintPack+Sign

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — PrintPack+Sign (PP+S) 2016 is the only event in Singapore that showcases the latest industry equipment, technology, materials, creative ideas, designs and services.

Sparked by the need to respond to dynamic market changes and new innovative technologies in the printing, packaging and signage sectors worldwide, Singapore aims to open up significant opportunities, through a dedicated trade show.

Organised by BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, the three day event will take place from 29 June to 1 July at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1 Hall B.

The Print & Media Association, Singapore (PMAS) leads the Singapore Pavilion with 43 Singapore companies.

Winston Lim, General Manager, BizLink Exhibition Services, said: “We are very pleased to have garnered such strong support from the industry for our second edition of PP+S, and would like to thank PMAS for their support in leading the Singapore Pavilion.

Discover New Print Technology and Methodologies — Graphics Art, 3D, Signage

OKI gets creative with its Pro Series graphic arts printer, the Pro9542. Launching at PP+S 2016, the Pro9542 is a professional, A3+ digital graphic arts printer engineered for commercial print quality, short run production printing on-demand — part of the new Pro Series line-up.

“Comprising vibrant five-colour technology and innovative printing processes, the Pro9542 offers printing companies and creative businesses the flexibility to take creative printing to a whole new level while also improving their own business performance,” says Oscar Tan, OKI Marketing and Communications Manager forSoutheast Asia and Hong Kong.

Also launching at PP+S 2016 is the MarkForged Mark Two Industrial Strength 3D Printershowcased byChemtron. Designed to print parts with the strength of metal, it is the world’s first 3D printer capable of printing continuous carbon fibre, Kevlar®, and fibreglass. Using a patent pending Continuous Filament Fabrication print head alongside a Fused Filament Fabrication print head, the Mark Two can create functional parts by combining their specially tuned nylon with continuous fibre filaments.

Serving the signage industry is Epson’s newly launched SureColor S-Series S80670 presented by CAS Technology. The only printer in its range with Red and Orange ink, this next generation, high-performance, eco-solvent signage printer with the widest colour gamut will set to astound with true-to-life colours in every brilliant printout!

Epson, the a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing will also be showcasing their SureColor F-Series large format textile printer and commercial and industrial label printers at PP+S 2016.

Versatile Papers for a Range of Printing Outcomes

A new paper — Elation, from the UK — will be showcased by Sunway Papers at PP+S 2016. Elation is a tactile high-grade and versatile felt-finished paper, perfect for high-end corporate communications. The range includes a variant with base pigment to boost ink tones. The 100% post-consumer waste option offers extra confidence in sustainability and the 100% Cotton Deckle Edge offers an option for Fine Art print work.

For a completely environmental-friendly paper option, visitors can drop by Spicers Paper’s booth to check out The Rock Paper. Naturally manufactured from Calcium Carbonate (CaC03) powder, it is tree-free, waterproof, mildew-proof and has a luxurious feel.

Suitable for offset printing and finishes like traditional wood pulp fibre, The Rock Paper is also photodegradable. If left under sunlight for a period of 3 months, it will disintegrate into pieces!

Gain Insight on Packaging Design

Step into the world of packaging design as Creativeans presents Packaging Lab, an exhibition that provides visitors an insightful peek into their packaging design approach. Participate in a guided tour of the exhibition and gain an understanding of the various key stages and design considerations that go into a packaging design project.

Visitors can also look forward to see both industry and institutional (Orita Sinclair and Temasek Polytechnic) creative packaging design products and prototypes at The Packaging Showcase.

Visitors can value-add their visit by attending informative seminars on printed electronics, 3D printing, visual branding and packaging design conducted by experienced presenters.

Apart from attendees from the printing, packaging and signage arena, PP+S is also targeted at direct corporate buyers from the advertising, design, entertainment, retail, education, F&B, healthcare, IT, shipping & transport industries.

Admission is free and restricted to trade and corporate visitors only. Visitors may register on-site on show days be presenting their business card at the registration counters.

PrintPack+Sign 2016


29 June — 1 July 2016


Marina Bay Sands

Sands Expo and Convention Centre

Level 1, Exhibition Hall B

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Opening Hours:

29 — 30 June (Wed – Thu): 10.30am — 6.30pm

1 July (Fri): 10.30am — 5.30pm


Open to trade and corporate visitors only. General public and minors below the age of 16, whether accompanied or not, will not be permitted entry.


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On-site, 29 June — 1 July 2016.

Visitors to fill-in the Visitor Registration Form and present their business cards at the registration counters.

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For more information, please contact:
Melissa Teo (Ms)
Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6848 5936

Germain Chong (Ms)
Marketing Executive
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6848 5257

About BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd

BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd is Singapore’s leading exhibition organiser in the fields of gifts and premiums, stationery and office solutions, printing, packaging and signage, and also in the sector of franchising and licensing.

By enhancing our exhibition and event management expertise with alliances and other capabilities, we help move clients forward to achieve their business aims. With a dynamic team having over 30 years of collective relevant experience, deep industry and business expertise, broad media resources and a proven track record, BizLink Exhibition Services is fully committed to providing utmost quality services, delivering exceptional results.

Source: BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd

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June 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

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Emerio Malaysia Appoints New Managing Director

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-Michael Warren takes on role to bring a transformational difference in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Emerio today announces the appointment of Michael Warren as Managing Director for Emerio Malaysia. He will report directly to Harish Nim, Group Chief Executive Officer, Emerio.

Michael Warren, the new Managing Director of Emerio Malaysia
Michael Warren, the new Managing Director of Emerio Malaysia

“We are happy to have Michael join us. With his proven track record in the industry, I am confident that he will be able to champion our business and societal goals in Malaysia as well as in the region,” said Harish Nim.

Michael will lead the company in a transformational program to deliver new-age applications, solutions and services, while continuing to nurture existing and new business relationships in the Emerio hallmark IT operations service practice.

“There are tremendous opportunities for Emerio to leverage our regional and NTT Japanese technology heritage to introduce new solutions and services into Malaysia. We aim to help Malaysian clients and partners move up the knowledge value chain, complementing the Malaysian vision of expanding the digital ecosystem in the country,” said Michael.

Michael brings with him over 30 years of industry and leadership experience from across the Asia Pacific region. He will be looking to further elevate Emerio’s standing by leveraging on his extensive government and commercial networks across the region.

Michael joins Emerio Malaysia from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) where he served as Vice President for the Global Business Services cluster. In his previous role, he was instrumental in helping Malaysia’slead ICT agency bring in strategic and high-value foreign direct investments and jobs, as well as successfully nurturing the local outsourcing industry into one that is globally recognized as a market leader.

Michael Warren holds a degree in Computer Science & Management from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

About Emerio (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Emerio (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd secured MSC status in 2003 and is part of EMERIO, an NTT Communications company. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Singapore, EMERIO has evolved and grown as an Award-winning provider for Application, Infrastructure and Professional services. Currently Emerio has 2,200+ employees across 11 countries with delivery centres in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Thailand andSingapore.

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June 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

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EXCHANGE SQUARE in Cambodia Topped Out

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-Completion of the world-class development set for end of 2016 to welcome leading office and retail tenants

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia /PRNewswire/ — Hongkong Land is pleased to announce that EXCHANGE SQUARE, its debut mixed-use development in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was formally topped out at a ceremony attended by leading members of the government, business community and key partners.  Officiating at the topping out ceremony were Mr Y K Pang, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land, HE Mr Phuoeng Sophean, Secretary of State, Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, representing HE Mr Chea Sophara, Senior Minister and Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and Mr Raymond Chow, Executive Director of Hongkong Land.

“This is an important milestone for EXCHANGE SQUARE, as we celebrate together with representatives from the government, our partners and tenants, who will be joining us at this world-class property in one of the most prominent locations in Phnom Penh,” said Mr Y K Pang, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land.  “The growing interest and commitment from tenants is a sign that EXCHANGE SQUARE is realising the Company’s vision to becoming a catalyst for business and retail activities in the capital of Cambodia.”

Among the office tenants for EXCHANGE SQUARE are leading regional financial institutions CIMB Bank, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation as well as Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co.  Key retail tenants include Starbucks, Yves Rocher and a gourmet supermarket managed by a joint venture partnership inPhnom Penh.

Scheduled for completion by end of this year, EXCHANGE SQUARE is Phnom Penh’s latest Grade A office building and lifestyle retail shopping mall.  EXCHANGE SQUARE will initially offer 39,700 sq. m. of office and retail space, as well as some 650 parking spaces.

EXCHANGE SQUARE is located in the centre of Phnom Penh’s emerging financial district, and surrounded by major boulevards.  The property continues Hongkong Land’s long-established strategy of growing the Group’s commercial property portfolio in business hubs across Asia.

Hongkong Land is highly regarded for its quality of construction, property management and client services throughout the region, and is applying the same industry leading standards and skills to the development, which will set a new benchmark for commercial developments in Cambodia.

Mr Y K Pang, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land, greeted government representatives, guests and business partners at the topping out ceremony of EXCHANGE SQUARE, the Company’s debut mixed-use project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mr Y K Pang, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land, greeted government representatives, guests and business partners at the topping out ceremony of EXCHANGE SQUARE, the Company’s debut mixed-use project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


From left: James Robinson,Executive Director,Hongkong Land;Yong Bin Lim, Executive Vice President,POSCO;Y K Pang,Chief Executive,Hongkong Land;HE Phuoeng Sophean,Secretary of State,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction; Raymond Chow,Executive Director,Hongkong Land; Simon Dixon,CFO,Hongkong Land; HE Keurt Sareth,Under Secretary of State,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction; and HE Morm Sophana,Consultant,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction.
From left: James Robinson,Executive Director,Hongkong Land;Yong Bin Lim, Executive Vice President,POSCO;Y K Pang,Chief Executive,Hongkong Land;HE Phuoeng Sophean,Secretary of State,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction; Raymond Chow,Executive Director,Hongkong Land; Simon Dixon,CFO,Hongkong Land; HE Keurt Sareth,Under Secretary of State,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction; and HE Morm Sophana,Consultant,Ministry of Land Management,Urban Planning & Construction.


Scheduled for completion by end of this year, EXCHANGE SQUARE is Phnom Penh’s latest Grade A office building and lifestyle retail shopping mall.
Scheduled for completion by end of this year, EXCHANGE SQUARE is Phnom Penh’s latest Grade A office building and lifestyle retail shopping mall.

Project Fact Sheet

Project Name





EXCHANGE SQUARE fronts Streets 106, 51, 61 and is located in the centre of Phnom Penh’s emerging financial district.

Site Acquisition


November 2011



Hongkong Land (Premium Investments) Limited

Design Architect



Main Contractor


Posco Engineering and Construction Limited

Site Area


10,700 sq. m.

Gross Floor Area  


39,700 sq. m.



A four-level retail podium and 16 floors of Grade A office



EXCHANGE SQUARE is surrounded by parks and major boulevards that offer easy access to the capital city’s main districts and popular attractions.  The project is less than 10 km from the airport and will provide some 650 parking spaces.

Estimated Completion


End of 2016




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Hongkong Land

Hongkong Land is a listed leading property investment, management and development group.  Founded in 1889, Hongkong Land’s business is built on excellence, integrity and partnership.

The Group owns and manages almost 800,000 sq. m. of prime office and luxury retail property in key Asian cities, principally in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Hongkong Land’s properties attract the world’s foremost companies and luxury brands.

Its Hong Kong Central portfolio represents some 450,000 sq. m. of prime property.  It has a further 165,000 sq. m. of prestigious office space in Singapore mainly held through joint ventures, and a 50% interest in a leading office complex in Central Jakarta.  The Group also has a number of high quality residential and mixed-use projects under development in cities across Greater China and Southeast Asia, including a luxury retail centre at Wangfujing in Beijing.  In Singapore, its subsidiary, MCL Land, is a well-established residential developer.

Hongkong Land Holdings Limited is incorporated in Bermuda and has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange as its primary listing, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore.  The Group’s assets and investments are managed from Hong Kong by Hongkong Land Limited.  Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

For further information, please contact:

Hongkong Land
Jennifer Lam

Sue So

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June 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

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BD and A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network Enter Research Partnership to Advance Cell Analysis Technologies

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Becton Dickinson Holdings Pte Ltd (BD), a global leader in life science technologies, and the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) a research institute under Singapore’sAgency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), with expertise in immunology and flow cytometry, today announced a research partnership aimed at improving existing cell analysis technologies in order to advance immunology research and bring forth discoveries that can be translated into positive healthcare outcomes.

Under the collaboration, BD will provide SIgN with their novel Horizon Brilliant™ reagents which, combined with BD’s state-of-the-art flow cytometer, the FACSymphony™, will enable more identification and detailed analysis of cell populations than before. The flow cytometer and reagents will be employed by SIgN in their ongoing research on age-related loss of immunity, or immunosenescence, through deep immune phenotyping of a cohort of elderly who suffer from various acute and chronic conditions.

The BD FACSymphoy™ system can simultaneously detect up to 30 different markers at the single cell level, and offers high-speed analysis with detection rates of up to 40,000 events per second. SIgN is the first in Asia to employ the BD FACSymphony™ system. This game-changing technology will greatly increase the number of parameters that can be investigated simultaneously in a single cell, thereby enabling SIgN researchers to rapidly identify the components of the immune system that are most affected by aging, and accelerate the development of solutions to immunosenescence.

Dr. Anis Larbi, Principal Investigator of SIgN and the scientist leading this collaboration, said, “To stay at the forefront of research excellence, SIgN is looking forward to uncover profound insights in the biology of aging and disease progression through the use of cutting-edge technologies. We are certain that the FACSymphony™ will yield invaluable information on cell phenotypes and functionality in the field of fluorescence cytometry.”

“The FACSymphony™ is a stateoftheart instrument which enables researchers to take cell analysis to the next level, leading to greater understanding of cellular processes, including age-related loss of immunity, and facilitating the discovery of novel biomarkers for translational research that can lead to new diagnostics and therapies for patients,” said Mr. YJ Kim, Vice President of BD Biosciences.

About BD

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance medical research and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures, optimize respiratory care and support the management of diabetes. The company partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD has more than 45,000 associates across 50 countries who work in close collaboration with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health. For more information on BD, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Chris Colwell
Public Affairs, Greater Asia
Becton Dickinson Holdings Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6664 2740

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June 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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OUE Unveils OUE Skyspace LA and First-of-its-kind Skyslide at U.S. Bank Tower

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed integrated property developer OUE Limited (“OUE” or the “Group”) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the much-anticipated OUE Skyspace LA at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower.

LA Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan and OUE Executive Chairman Stephen Riady lead OUE Skyspace LA's ceremonial ribbon-cutting as OUE Deputy Chairman Christopher Williams looks on
LA Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan and OUE Executive Chairman Stephen Riady lead OUE Skyspace LA’s ceremonial ribbon-cutting as OUE Deputy Chairman Christopher Williams looks on
LA's newest attraction is US Bank Tower's outdoor glass Skyslide
LA’s newest attraction is US Bank Tower’s outdoor glass Skyslide

The all-new OUE Skyspace LA is California’s tallest open-air observation deck at almost 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles, and the premiere destination for 360-degree views of the city, stretching from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean.

The OUE Skyspace LA experience includes a variety of interactive visitor touch points on floors 2, 54, 69 and 70. Besides taking in the spectacular panoramas from the two-storey observation deck on the upper floors, visitors can view the city like never before on the thrilling Skyslide attraction. Made entirely of clear glass, 1 1/4 inches thick, the Skyslide is a first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide affixed to the exterior of U.S. Bank Tower, extending 45 feet long from floor 70 to floor 69, offering visitors a truly unparalleled experience.

OUE Skyspace LA is part of the comprehensive asset enhancement works spearheaded by OUE to transform theU.S. Bank Tower, which it acquired in 2013, from a commercial building into a vibrant business, social and tourist destination. Works on the observation deck and Skyslide began in December 2014, which cost approximatelyUS$ 31 million.

Also completed is the over US$ 26 million makeover of the office lobby, which now features one of the country’s largest high-resolution video art walls in an office building.

“We are pleased to be celebrating the completion of the asset enhancement at U.S. Bank Tower. Representing the pinnacle of the building’s transformation, OUE Skyspace is poised to become a prominent tourist attraction and firmly positions U.S. Bank Tower as the undisputed icon on the Los Angeles skyline,” said Dr Stephen Riady, OUE’s Executive Chairman.

Echoing this sentiment, Lucy Rumantir, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Americas, OUE said, “The opening of OUE Skyspace LA will breathe new life into LA’s tallest landmark. Its unique offerings will provide local residents as well as tourists an opportunity to experience the city from an exciting new perspective.”

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Tel: +1-213-337-3952

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June 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

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NUS Study: Intrusive Parents May Lead Children to Be Overly Self-critical

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — In a five-year study on primary school children in Singapore, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that children with intrusive parents had a higher tendency to be overly critical of themselves and this tendency increased over the years. Children in the study who demonstrated high or increased level of self-criticalness also reported to have elevated depression or anxiety symptoms.

“When parents become intrusive in their children’s lives, it may signal to the children that what they do is never good enough. The child may become afraid of making the slightest mistake and will blame himself or herself for not being ‘perfect’. Over time, such behaviour, known as maladaptive perfectionism, may be detrimental to the child’s well-being as it increases the risk of the child developing symptoms of depression, anxiety and even suicide in very serious cases,” said Assistant Professor Ryan Hong, who led the study which was conducted by a team of researchers from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The study looked at two aspects of maladaptive perfectionism: self-criticalness, and socially prescribed perfectionism, and examined how they develop in primary school children.

In the study, children who were seven years old were recruited from 10 primary schools in Singapore, and for each family, the parent more familiar with the child was involved in the study. The research was conducted from 2010 to 2014.

Parental intrusiveness was assessed in the first year of the study using a game played by the child, who was then seven years old, with the parent accompanying the child. In the game, the child had to solve puzzles within a time limit, and the parent was told that he or she could help the child whenever necessary. The purpose of this task was to observe whether the parent interfered with the child’s problem-solving attempts, regardless of the child’s actual needs.

The NUS research team observed the participants’ behaviours, and coded intrusive behaviours exhibited by the parents in the context of the game. Subsequent assessments on the children were carried out at ages eight, nine and 11. Children’s maladaptive perfectionism and symptom levels were obtained from the child and parent reports.

Analysis of the data collected from 263 children showed that about 60 per cent of them were classified as high and/or increasing in self-criticalness, while 78 per cent of the children was classified as high in socially prescribed perfectionism. Both aspects of maladaptive perfectionism tend to co-occur, with 59 per cent of the children having both self-criticalness and socially prescribed perfectionism.

“Our findings indicate that in a society that emphasises academic excellence, which is the situation in Singapore, parents may set unrealistically high expectations on their children. As a result, a sizable segment of children may become fearful of making mistakes. Also, because they are supposed to be ‘perfect’, they can become disinclined to admit failures and inadequacies and seek help when needed, further exacerbating their risk for emotional problems,” explained Asst Prof Hong.

Asst Prof Hong advised parents to be mindful of not pushing their children over the edge. “Children should be given a conducive environment to learn, and part of learning always involves making mistakes and learning from them. When parents become intrusive, they may take away this conducive learning environment,” he said.

The findings of study were published online in the Journal of Personality in March 2016.

More information about the study:

Carolyn FONG
National University of Singapore
DID: +65-6516-5399

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Source: National University of Singapore

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MediaTek Launches Helio X20 Development Board for Advanced Product Creation Across Markets

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-Compatible with Linaro’s 96Boards, MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board is the industry’s first using Tri-Cluster deca-core architecture and ARM® Cortex®-A72 technology
HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today launched its Helio X20 Development Board, based on MediaTek’s high-end Helio X20 mobile processor, making it the first development board in the industry to use Tri-Cluster, deca-core and ARM® Cortex®-A72 technology.

The Helio X20 Development Board, compatible with Linaro’s 96Boards specification, broadens MediaTek’s Internet of Things (IoT) reach and is designed to meet the needs of the Android developer community. Developers can use the advanced board to build solutions for existing and emerging markets including virtual reality, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), mobile point-of-sale, smart signage, vending machines and more.

“With our new development board we give developers amazing computing performance and unmatched power efficiency of the MediaTek Helio X20 that our customers use for commercial products. This goes to MediaTek’s core of finding new ways to bring technology to the masses,” said Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and co-Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to innovative MediaTek-powered products and applications the Android community will produce, reflecting our spirit of Everyday Genius.”

The developer community increasingly chooses to build products based on Android, due to the operating system’s mass adoption. One challenge in the development board market, however, is the lack of software standardization among boards from different manufacturers. To solve this, MediaTek joined Linaro, an open-source organization, to support the 96Boards platform, which is an open hardware standard.

The MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board is designed with the Linaro 96Boards specification, so it is compatible with other 96Boards products for other solutions. That means developers can easily incorporate their work into the Helio X20 Development Board and enjoy all the flexibility and creativity the board has to offer.

“The Helio X20 Development Board sets a new performance benchmark among 96Boards products with its deca-core, Tri-Cluster combination of the ARM Cortex-A53 and A72 along with the ARM Mali-T880 MP4 graphics chip,” said David Rusling, Linaro CTO. “The Helio X20 Development board will enhance the range of 96Boards development platforms, enabling commercial and hobbyist developers working on the next generation of products and software. We look forward to developers taking advantage of the new performance levels that MediaTek is providing.”

MediaTek’s Helio X20 Development Board leverages the Tri-Cluster deca-core structure to more efficiently handle different types of workloads. It can delegate simple tasks to one cluster of cores, while directing more complex and more power-hungry tasks to the other clusters for smoother performance and extended battery life. It is an ideal platform for Android developers working on innovations for today’s existing and emerging markets.

The Helio X20 Development Board will be available in Asia soon and can be purchased from ArcherMind Technology. For more information, please visit:

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And, we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit for more information.

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Joey Lee, MediaTek
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