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Exchange4free Launches ‘Money Messenger’: Chat. Send. Save

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

What if sending money to your loved ones in another country was as simple as sending an Instant Chat Message?

Exchange4free, a leading global money transfer, forex and payment services provider, have launched a new, exciting and industry-first product and chat app called ‘Money Messenger’ – Chat. Send. Save.

The app allows clients to send money to over 100 countries worldwide via an instant messaging platform from as low as 0.4% with no transfer fees or commissions.

Commenting on the announcement, Director Mark Lawson says, “Instant messaging is the most universally used mobile interface and digital interaction model. We believe that our new service offering to customers is both unique and a first within the cross-border FX and money transfer space.”

Exchange4free are at the forefront of the Fintech revolution in the money transfer industry, taking international remittances to the next level by bringing clients the most convenient way to send money worldwide via the fastest growing technology of all time.

“With the launch of our Money Messenger platform we aim to offer a level of speed, convenience and simplicity that has never been seen before in the remittance and international payments industry. Clients can register, login, chat to our customer support, request an online quote and send money instantly all via one simple user-friendly and globally recognised Instant Messaging app.”

Exchange4free are leading the way in global innovation within the remittance industry by offering clients static, dynamic and interactive user experiences via an Instant Messaging app. Clients can send money to over 100 countries worldwide including bank deposits, cash payouts at over 200,000 locations and mobile wallet credits.

“New and exciting features and functionality within the Chat App will be rolled out within the next 6 months representing another important step for Exchange4free to offer the most innovative and comprehensive suite of remittance and foreign exchange related products at the very best pricing to the market.”

Instant Messaging is the single biggest consumer technology trend, however sending money across borders can still be an inefficient, confusing and expensive process. The Money Messenger app launched by Exchange4free offers clients a simple and convenient way to move money worldwide.

Just Chat, Send and Save with Exchange4free.

About Exchange4free

Exchange4free is a leading international money transfer and payments company licenced by the Financial Conduct Authority offering free money transfers to over 100 countries worldwide.

Contact: Mark Lawson: +44-207-858-1039

Source: Exchange4free

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August 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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Berlin Bursts onto the Main Stage for Hong Kong Real Estate Investors

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-The recent arrival of real estate companies with a focus on Berlin reflects the global trend of German property investment

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — All eyes are on Germany’s capital city and for good reason. With low level real estate entry prices and a very bright future, it is no coincidence that global investors are directing their money to this glimmering crown of Europe.

Buy Berlin is the first specialist real estate company to launch its Berlin-focused services to Hong Kong having been introduced to the local market by Fifth Element.

Jonathan Benarr, founder of Fifth Element, says, “We really feel that we are pioneering something new. Helping Buy Berlin enter Hong Kong means local investors can invest into Berlin real estate with a fully supportive turnkey service provider.”

Buy Berlin was established ten years ago in Germany, providing foreign investors with specialist services for the Berlin property market, and has just opened its first Asian office in Hong Kong.

Darrell Smith, founder of Buy Berlin, says “Hong Kong was a natural choice for us. It is a city of experienced investors who welcome the opportunities that new markets bring. We are solely focused on Berlin real estate – no other company knows the city like we do – and we know that Hong Kong will turn to Berlin in the same way it did to London, New York and Sydney. This is the capital city of Europe’s powerhouse and yet real estate prices are still well below where they should be. With only HKD400,000 to invest, a Hong Kong person could quite easily own an apartment in Berlin and have only 54% owing on the mortgage.”

Berlin is attracting a lot of interest for a number of key reasons – 0% CGT after ten years is ideal for longer term investors; prices are lower than in all the other major German cities and yet Berlin is the country’s capital; inward investment is going into substantial development and infrastructure projects around the city; and did we mention free university education for all?

Whilst there are companies, such as Buy Berlin, who operate as an independent real estate agency for the German market, there are others such as Fifth Element, who work in partnership with agencies and developers to provide consultancy and advice for Asian investors, both individual and institutional.

Jonathan Benarr, founder of property consultancy Fifth Element, says he established the company in Hong Kong because of the apparent gap that needed filling.

He says, “Hong Kong is an international market place for global real estate with weekly exhibitions covering cities from the UK, America, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore – even Mongolia – yet a glaring omission to this landscape was German real estate, an internationally sought-after asset class. We now want to open this market up to residential investors by removing as many of the barriers to entry as possible, starting with educating potential investors on the market, the process, the few cons and the considerable pros.”

Many countries, including Canada and Australia, have introduced taxes to deter foreign investors and whilst London is still a golden market, its real estate values are going ever skyward making it increasingly difficult to enter. Berlin is unique because it offers a European Tier One capital city at Tier Three pricing, unheard of anywhere else, making it ideal for both new investors and those wishing to broaden their portfolio.

It isn’t without its complications though. German bureaucracy is renowned for its challenging nature not to mention the difficulties that a different language can bring when investing overseas.

Moreover, the quality of property management in Berlin has traditionally been poor, with none of the standard services that international investors have come to expect being offered, such as tax advice, property checks and tenant reviews.

Darrell Smith continues: “Buy Berlin offers a full turnkey package for investors, from tax support to advice on legal issues. We have English, German and Chinese speakers in our offices. We find tenants for the properties, both corporate and individual, and our personal service extends to the tenants too – we do our best to make them feel at home as quickly as possible with round-the-clock assistance, welcome packs and a check-in team on hand.”

It could be argued that Germany has only one significant metropolis, Berlin; a young city that for some time has not been suited to the sophisticated tastes of the Hong Kong market. There are some who feel it still isn’t, which is what Buy Berlin and Fifth Element are looking to correct with their arrival onto Hong Kong’s shores.

Buy Berlin

Buy Berlin Investments is an independent property company that provides turnkey services to global investors, both individual and institutional, who wish to purchase real estate in Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

Established over ten years ago, the company recently expanded into Asia with the opening of its Hong Kong office, providing on the ground customer service in English, German and Chinese.

Buy Berlin supports its clients every step of the way – it seeks the very best properties, assists investors through the intricacies of financing, taxation and German legalities, and provides ongoing asset management in the form of property management, rentals, furnishings and eventual resale.

Fifth Element

Fifth Element is a Hong Kong based consultancy that assists Asian investors, wealth managers and fund managers wishing to access European commercial and residential real estate markets, in particular Germany, the UK and Spain.

Fifth Element also works with European property developers and asset managers to identify strategic partners for acquisition, funding and distribution.

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August 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

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Biotherm Homme and David Beckham Open New Chapter of Their Collaboration With New Skincare Campaign

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ —

Biotherm Homme, N°1 in premium men’s skincare[1], presents Force Supreme: The Story of My Life the new film featuring David Beckham. The video, shot by acclaimed director Johan Renck, celebrates the legendary sportsman’s life story as told through his extraordinary body of ink.

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Standing for a generation of men who are traveling, working and living more throughout their 40s, David Beckham remains a grooming icon and a role model. Beyond his 40s, his success story is still being written. And he decides how to tell it for new Biotherm Homme Force Supreme campaign.

David Beckham: “I use Biotherm Homme Force Supreme serum to improve my skin. I also recently discovered the new Force Supreme Life Essence which is really a booster in the morning.”

From cleansing to targeting the eye zone to hydrating: the Force Supreme range, with all-new Force Supreme Life Essence, covers every step on the road to better, younger-looking skin.

About Biotherm Homme
French luxury skincare brand Biotherm launched Biotherm Homme in 1985. For 30 years, Biotherm Homme has played a pioneering role in men’s skincare, creating solutions to respond to the specific needs of men’s skin, with products such as the breakthrough gel moisturizer Aquapower and the corrective anti-aging cream Force Supreme. The brand offers a complete range of over 80 advanced skincare solutions adapted to different skin types and concerns. They all share the power of aquatic ingredients, which ensure light and invigorating textures. Biotherm Homme is one of the brands across the L’Oréal Luxe portfolio

Follow Biotherm Homme on Instagram @BiothermHomme


1. Source Euromonitor International Limited: retail value, retail selling prices, 2014

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August 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm

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World Water Week Opens in Stockholm: Water can be the Unifying Power for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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STOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/ —

Leaders and experts in the water, climate and development communities have gathered in Stockholm to discuss how water can enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Under the theme Water for Sustainable Growth, some 3,000 people from over 120 countries are meeting in Stockholm this week for the 26th annual World Water Week. With water crises being listed as one of the top global risks in the coming years by the World Economic Forum, and a rapidly growing world population putting pressure on scarce water resources, seeking solutions to the world’s many complex water challenges is becoming ever more urgent for the researchers, policy-makers, and representatives of civil society and the private sector meeting in Stockholm.

Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of organizer SIWI said: “Without reliable access to water, almost no Sustainable Development Goal will be achieved. To make that happen, we must ensure water’s centrality to the entire Agenda 2030. This will show the power water has a connector.”

“Water connects not only sectors, but also nations, communities and different actors. Water can be the unifying power, the enabler for progress in both Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate agreement,” said Holmgren.

Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm, underlined the role cities need to play in realizing the development agenda. “Cities represent a large portion of future growth. Our participation in the struggle for sustainable solutions is key for global success. And that means a growing responsibility, a moral responsibility towards future generations.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström reinforced the message that water is a connector and an enabler in realizing the SDGs. “Successful realization of Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda will underpin progress across many of the other goals, particularly on nutrition, child health, education, gender equality, healthy cities and healthy water ecosystems and oceans.”

The Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, said that water has come to the front and centre of international deliberations. “Water now has the place it needs to have in international priorities,” said Gurría.

Information about World Water Week and the Stockholm International Water Institute: and

Press contact: Rowena Barber, Communications Manager, Tel +46-8-1213-6039

Source: Stockholm International Water Institute
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August 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm

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Cosmetics: New Packaging Creates New Trends

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JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Cosmetics are all about aesthetics. Visually appealing packaging has become a necessity, but it is not sufficient any longer. Makeup trends change with every season, and so must do top-quality packaging, creating trends of its own.

According to a recent report released by Research and Markets (, the global cosmetic packaging industry market was worth $24.3 billion in 2014 and is projected to reach $31.4 billion by 2020, an annual growth rate of 4.3%.

Cosmetics packaging gives brand managers a further opportunity to be creative and add an immediate value for being the business card of a product. What follows are three emerging cosmetics packaging patterns worth noting:


It used to be a stigma and a synonymous with cheap and low-quality products. But now premium brands are developing chicer green alternatives, incorporating natural or colorless closures (instead of metallic ones), sustainable wood touches like natural bamboo, and high-quality recycled plastics.


Humorous, playful packaging has entered the mainstream and heavily resembles the popular Gwiyomi (meaning “cute”) trend from Korea, which manifests in packaging ranging from cutesy confectionery shapes like macaroons to adorable pandas, rabbits, and even tigers.

Smart Packaging

Interactive and identification methods such as quick response codes, advanced barcode technology, and near-field communication (NFC) labels are being used in packaging to actively engage consumers with the brand.

In response to the changes in the industry, UBM, the biggest trade exhibitions organizer in Asia, has launched “Beauty Indonesia” a B2B trade show which will serve as the platform for innovation, research, business growth, development and education. This premier beauty trade show for industry professionals will be held during 19 to 21 April 2017 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo), Indonesia.

Part of UBM’s portfolio of Beauty Events in Asia including Cosmoprof HK – Beauty Indonesia is the first trade-only show in the country with a clear focus on international participation and on representing all beauty sectors: ingredients, packaging & machinery, contract manufacturing, finished cosmetics, toiletries & personal care, wellness & spa, natural health, beauty salons, professional hair, nail and accessories.


Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and 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.

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

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Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +62-21-2930-5959 ext 138

Jessica Simon
T: +62-21-29305959 | M: +62-819-3210-5117

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Source: Beauty Indonesia – UBM

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August 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

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Canadian ad agency tries to crack U.S. market with cheeky pitch to work on both Clinton and Trump campaigns at the same time

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TORONTO /PRNewswire/ — When advertising or marketing companies want to enter the U.S. market they usually set up an office in New York. Toronto-based creative agency Zulu Alpha Kilo has done something completely different. Hot on the heels of its 2016 Ad Age Small Agency of the Year win (, the company has sent an unsolicited and hilarious video RFP (Request For Proposal) to the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The video, ( which also includes several spoof Clinton and Trump ads (, marks the second appearance of the company’s very unreal founder. He was first introduced for the agency’s own website – which pokes fun at the absurdities of all ad agency websites and even itself – earlier this year. The character is played by veteran commercial and film actor Doug Murray, who recently featured in Spotlight, 2015’s Oscar winner for Best Picture.

Whether it’s saying no to spec ( or using its own website ( to poke fun at the marketing industry, Zulu continues its unconventional spirit with this political satire.

Zulu was named 2016 overall agency of the year Gold Medal winner in late July. The Ad Age Small Agency Awards go to independent agencies with up to 150 employees that have demonstrated smart strategies and innovative ideas for clients. Zulu’s win was the first time a non-US agency has ever been awarded the title, creating the inspiration for the spoof video.

About Zulu Alpha Kilo:

Zulu Alpha Kilo is based in Toronto, Ontario with a staff of 90 full-time “Zuligans.” The company enjoys a maverick position in the industry by daring to do things different. Most recently Zulu won Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year top honors globally.

For more information and interview requests please contact: Katherine,

Source: Zulu Alpha Kilo Inc.
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August 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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Puma Energy Expands Global Team

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Puma Energy, the global mid and downstream energy company, is pleased to announce the broadening of its team with two senior hires: a Global Head of Retail and Global Head of Compliance.

Alessio Torelli joins the company as Global Head of Retail from Eni Refining & Marketing where he was responsible for Retail & Smart Mobility Services in Italy. Prior to this, Mr. Torelli covered several international Retail roles, from Innovation & Development to Commercial Fleet, from Network Development to M&A in Eni and previously in Shell (from 2001 to 2011). Puma Energy operates 2,419 retail sites around the world.

Andrew McClarron joins the company as Global Head of Compliance. Previously, Mr. McClarron worked at BP (2016-1987) where he was responsible for every facet of the Ethics and Compliance programme for a number of global businesses. Puma Energy has 7,900 people hard at work in 47 countries.

Pierre Eladari, CEO for Puma Energy said “Alessio and Andrew have proven track records in their respective fields, developing outstanding operational controls in dynamic environments which are the perfect foundations for their new challenge at Puma Energy. We have consistently large ambitions for Puma Energy and these roles can contribute to driving profitable growth.”

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August 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

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