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ICBCCSI Announces the Listing of the ETF Tracking The S&P China 500 Index in Offshore Yuan on the London Stock Exchange

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-CNH-denominated UCITS ETF is the latest from the ICBCCSI WisdomTree partnership
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited (“ICBCCSI”) today announced the listing of the UCITS ETF tracking the S&P China 500 Index in offshore Yuan CNH. The latest currency line follows on from the recent launch of the first UCITS ETF tracking the S&P China 500 Index listed in USD and GBP on the London Stock Exchange. This is the first UCITS ETF to provide access to all China equity share classes.

The S&P China 500 Index uses a rule-based process to measure the world’s second largest economy and equity market. The index captures the key characteristics of the total Chinese equity market – including A-shares and H-shares, and other international listings – by using predominantly large and liquid securities. The use of a sector-based stock selection process then allows the index to reflect the sector allocation at the broad China index level. This methodology allows the index to be more reflective of the evolution of the Chinese economy than other equity indices, which are limited in the share classes that they include.

Laura Lui, Head of Index & Quantitative Investment of ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) commented:

“The global product partnership between ICBCCSI and WisdomTree brings an immense opportunity to both companies. WisdomTree’s global ETF expertise complements ICBCCSI’s in-depth understanding of the Chinese market – together we offer the investors comprehensive access to China. The launch of the CNH denominated ETF tracking The S&P China 500 Index in addition to the USD and GBP listing demonstrates our commitment to provide pioneering solutions with diversified, transparent and efficient tools for accessing China. The internationalisation of RMB has always been one of the key subjects of global investors, and the newly launched ETF is another milestone for an RMB-denominated, total China solution.”

Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree Europe, said:

“At WisdomTree, we are in the business of offering the most efficient means of accessing the global markets. This latest ETF opens up even more opportunity for European investors wanting to access the full China growth story in a single trade. With the addition of a CNH listing, investors now get even more choice when it comes to their own investing preferences. China remains a critical exposure having the highest weight in emerging market indices.”

“China’s onshore market is large and dynamic with unique growth characteristics, which is highly attractive to investors,” said Alex Matturri, Chief Executive Officer at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “We are delighted to work with both WisdomTree and ICBC Credit Suisse to licence our innovative and transparent S&P China 500 Index solution which comprises the largest and most liquid companies in China.”

State Street Bank S.A. in Luxembourg has been appointed to provide fund administration and custody services for the Luxembourg domiciled ETF.

Disclaimer

The S&P China 500 Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Co., Ltd. (ICBCCSI), © 2016 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. S&P, SPDR and S&P 500 are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a division of S&P Global (“S&P”). DOW JONES is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”). These trademarks together with others have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Redistribution, reproduction and/or photocopying in whole or in part are prohibited without written permission. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P or their respective affiliates (collectively “S&P Dow Jones Indices”) do not have the necessary licenses. All information provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices is impersonal and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties. Past performance of an index is not a guarantee of future results. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, and their respective affiliates (“S&P Dow Jones Indices”) nor their third party licensors make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices nor their third party licensors shall have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein.

About ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management Company Limited is the joint venture between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Credit Suisse. The firm is one of the largest asset managers in the Mainland China, and the investment specialist dedicated to providing China and RMB asset management solutions within the ICBC Group. Since establishment in 2005, the firm has upheld the philosophy of “Value Creation through Prudent Investing”. As of the end of June 2016, the firm has approximately 550 employees and RMB1000 billion assets under management, providing first-class investment management and advisory services for over 15.3 million institutional and retail clients.

About WisdomTree Europe Ltd.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe, including WisdomTree Europe Ltd based in London, is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. Through WisdomTree Europe Ltd, it sponsors WisdomTree UCITS ETFs and BOOST short and leverage ETPs. WisdomTree currently has approximately $40.5bn (as of 31 July 2016) in assets under management globally. For more information, please visit http://www.wisdomtree.com.

WisdomTree® is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide.

ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited
+852-3975-3675
enquiries@icbccs.com.hk

Source: ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited

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September 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm

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United Technologies Honored with Three Awards for Green Shoots Corporate Social Responsibility Program

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) was recently recognized with three awards from two leading organizations for its youth-focused corporate social responsibility program (CSR), Green Shoots. The program, which is led by UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a part of United Technologies, aims to enhance student educational environments by improving school infrastructure, while encouraging young minds to think about sustainability at an early age.

Mr. Chong Wai Yen, Managing Director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Singapore (centre) receiving the award on behalf of UTC at the 6th Asia Best CSR Practices Award 2016 from Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Prime Minister’s Department (left) and Prof. Chetan Wakalkar, Group Director, Indira Group of Institutes (right)
Mr. Chong Wai Yen, Managing Director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Singapore (centre) receiving the award on behalf of UTC at the 6th Asia Best CSR Practices Award 2016 from Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Prime Minister’s Department (left) and Prof. Chetan Wakalkar, Group Director, Indira Group of Institutes (right)

Mr. Raul Joseph Concepcion, President (middle) and Mr. Rajan Komarasu, Director, Concepcion-Carrier Air-conditioning Company (right) receiving the award on behalf of UTC from Mr. Sreenivas Narayanan, Managing Director, Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
Mr. Raul Joseph Concepcion, President (middle) and Mr. Rajan Komarasu, Director, Concepcion-Carrier Air-conditioning Company (right) receiving the award on behalf of UTC from Mr. Sreenivas Narayanan, Managing Director, Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)

The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) recently presented UTC with the Special Recognition Award for program excellence. Based in the Philippines, ASSIST is an international non-government organization seeking to promote sustainable practices that addresses social problems in the developing world.

Green Shoots received two additional honors from the Asia Best CSR Practices Awards hosted by CMO Asia: Community Development and Best Education Improvement. The Asia Best CSR Practices Awards are Asia’s highest recognition of organizations that have a significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them. The winning programs were selected based on their social impact, degree of innovation and scale of inclusion.

“We are honored to receive these awards recognizing Green Shoots and United Technologies’ commitment to the communities in which we operate,” said Gaurang Pandya, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Asia Pacific. “At UTC, we strive to make the world a better place to live and programs like Green Shoots are part of this commitment. We hope that through Green Shoots, we can help create a better and more sustainable learning environment for children.”

Launched in 2011, the Green Shoots program brings together UTC employees as volunteers to support primary education in Asia. The program has helped to enhance the educational environment of students by improving school infrastructure, with the goal of strengthening student awareness of environmental stewardship and safety. The program has benefitted more than 40,200 children in primary schools throughout Asia including those in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

For more information about sustainability initiatives at United Technologies, visit http://www.NaturalLeader.com.

About United Technologies

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.

To learn more about UTC, visit the website at http://www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

Contact:
Danny Tan
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Danny.tan@mslgroup.com

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September 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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Nexen Tire Supplies Original Equipment Tires for the Porsche Cayenne

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— Nexen Tire’s N’FERA RU1 selected as original equipment tires for the Porsche Cayenne — it is the tire manufacturer’s first time supplying to Porsche
— For Nexen Tire supplying Porsche proves the tire’s superior quality and advanced-technology
— By taking this momentum as a great opportunity, the company will strengthen the brand value through various premium marketing activities
SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, announced that it will supply the Porsche Cayenne with its N’FERA RU1 255/55R18 109Y XL as original equipment (OE) tires. This is the first time that Nexen Tire is supplying its original equipment tires to any of the Porsche car models.

In terms of the vehicle’s sports driving experience, N’FERA RU1 has unparalleled cornering stability and sports handling for high-speed driving. It received grade A in the EU Labeling for its excellent wet grip. It also obtained Noise Level 1, the lowest noise level, in the EU Labeling.

Moreover, a 3D-Nano Grip Technology that maximizes the braking capability of a sports vehicle at high speeds, is applied, along with the Fast Reversible Technology, which optimizes the steering response and durability. The tire also has aramid hybrid capply cord and special bead filler compound that enhances handling stability.

“We are thrilled to supply original equipment tires for Porsche for the first time,” said Travis Kang CEO of Nexen Tire. “As Porsche is a representative luxury carmaker with prestigious design and performance, this approval for the Porsche Cayenne proves the superior quality and advanced-technology of our products.”

Nexen Tire plans to take this momentum as a great opportunity to boost the brand value by supplying original equipment tires to the premium car manufacturer. The company will also promote corporate identity and implement premium marketing activities, as well as endeavor to expand supplies of original equipment tires to other Porsche car models.

Since 2012, Nexen Tire has been continuously expanding supplies of its original equipment tires to various types of vehicles of leading global automobile manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Nexen Tire ranked 4th out of 12 tire brands in the Passenger Car segment of the J.D. Power OE Tire Customer Satisfaction Study last March. The company currently owns four cutting-edge research facilities in Korea, China, the United States, and Germany. It has three manufacturing facilities – two in Korea and one in Qingdao, China. By 2018, a new manufacturing plant is slated to be constructed in Zatec, Czech Republic to cater increasing demands in the global market.

About Nexen Tire

Nexen Tire, established in 1942, is a global tire manufacturer headquartered in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, and in Seoul, South Korea. Nexen Tire, one of the world’s fastest growing tire manufacturers, works with 491 dealers based in 141 countries around the world (as of July 2015) and owns three manufacturing plants – two in Korea (Yangsan and Changnyeong) and one in Qingdao, China. Another plant in Zatec, Czech Republic will be operational by 2018. Nexen Tire produces tires for passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks with advanced technology and excellence in design. The company also focuses on producing UHP tires, which are based on advanced technologies. Nexen Tire supplies OE tires to global car makers in various countries around the world. In 2014, the company achieved a grand slam of the world’s top 4 design awards for the first time amongst the various tire makers in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.nexentire.com.

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September 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

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Veritas Announces New Feature Pack 5 For Leading Backup And Recovery Solution Backup Exec 15

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-Backup Exec 15 provides Instant Recovery for VMware and Hyper V, S3 Private Cloud Connectors and additional support of SQL Server 2016 for free to existing customers

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, today announced the release of Feature Pack 5 for Backup Exec 15, its leading data protection solution for mid-sized organizations. Backup Exec delivers powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery for the entire IT infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical and cloud. With the new release, administrators can migrate their backup smoothly to the cloud while adhering to critical disaster recovery processes without increasing complexity. They can also improve their recovery times for virtual environments and minimize the downtime of critical services within the company.

Feature Pack 5 comes with an array of new features and improvements including instant recovery for VMware and Hyper-V, a new customizable cloud connector, support for Cloudian HyperStore and SQL support.

Instant Recovery for VMware and Hyper-V: New intelligent instant recovery reduces the time, effort and complexity of restoring virtual machines on VMware and Microsoft environments. Administrators can restart a virtual machine directly from the backup set and do not need to mount and transfer the data set first. The virtual machine is available within seconds and users can access the restored virtualized applications immediately.

Instant recovery also allows backup administrators to verify their disaster recovery scenarios for virtual machines without impacting the production systems. They can also test a patch on an instantly recovered virtual machine before they roll it out to critical systems.

Backup Exec S3 Private Cloud Connector: Administrators can now use any hybrid cloud storage that works natively with the Amazon S3 API. The connector does not require an additional license, so organizations can quickly and easily use their own cloud storage servers as a target for backups.

New Cloudian HyperStore Support: Feature Pack 5 now includes a S3 connector that works seamlessly with storage appliances built with Cloudian HyperStore. Now, Backup Exec 15 can record all metadata of information sent to and stored on the Cloudian HyperStore. It can also manage all the external backup sets and help organizations meet policy requirements for providing secure access to the data.

New software platform support: Veritas is committed to providing timely support for new platforms as they become available. Additional features in Feature Pack 5 include support for the following software environments:

SQL Server 2016
Exchange 2016 CU2
SharePoint 2013 with SQL2016 instance
SQL Server 2014 SP2
Exchange 2013 CU13
SharePoint 2010 and 2013 CUs
“Managing and protecting data is becoming more challenging every day, given the rapid growth of information an organization possesses across cloud, physical and virtual systems. Based on our recent survey of over 900 global mid-sized organizations, they expect their data volume to increase by an average of 33% over the next three years,” said Mark Nutt, SVP Worldwide Channel at Veritas. “We are committed to continually improving the capabilities of Backup Exec for our customers and partners to help them keep pace with the growing data protection demands across complex environments.”

For more information on additionally supported platforms, Software Compatibility and Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL) and Administrator Guides please visit this site.

All existing customers and partners can download the new Feature Pack 5 here.

About Veritas Technologies

Veritas Technologies enables organizations to harness the power of their information, with information management solutions serving the world’s largest and most complex environments. Veritas works with organizations of all sizes, including 86 percent of global Fortune 500 companies, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage. http://www.veritas.com

Veritas, the Veritas Logo and Backup Exec are trademarks or registered trademarks of Veritas Technologies LLC or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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September 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

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BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 — Advancing Malaysia as the leading Big Data Analytics Hub in South East Asia

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KUALA LUMPUR /PRNewswire/ — In conjunction with the Big Data Week Asia 2016 (BDWA16), Olygen (under the brand BIGIT) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) are jointly organising the BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 that will be held from 19th – 20th September 2016 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

Acknowledged as the Anchor Event of BDWA16, BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 will feature concurrent conferences known as the 4th Big Data World Show and Data Security World Show, alongside the BIGIT Exhibition.

With this event introduced by MDEC as one of the key initiatives to position Malaysia as the leading Big Data Analytics hub in South East Asia (SEA) region, participants will witness the convergence of business and technology as we drive conversations and promote Big Data adoption in SEA.

“Malaysia’s strategic geographical positioning at the heart of ASEAN and our country’s advantages in availability of capacity and infrastructure further promotes the potential for Malaysia” said Alvin Yong, Managing Director of Olygen. “This is essential as it serves as a great platform to pave the way for Malaysia to be integrated as the leading Big Data Analytics hub”

“Creating niche and tailored events that addresses the latest technological trends and development such as Big Data, Data Security and E-Commerce, among others, are aligned to Olygen’s (under the brand BIGIT) expertise and experience,” shares Alvin Yong. “Thus, having the same vision with MDEC as we strive towards propelling Malaysia to the forefront of the Big Data race forms a strategic partnership for both parties as we progress this initiative for the nation.”

BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 welcomes 40 speakers and 70 exhibitors from around the world to be part of the two-day event. The event is proudly sponsored by:

Titanium Sponsor – Fusionex
Platinum Sponsors – Cloudera, Informatica & Quandatics
Gold Sponsors – Intel Security, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft
Silver Sponsors – Halodata, Gemalto & Fortress, Moving Walls, DataProm, BIIT Consulting & Qlik, MiaoZhen
Associate Sponsors – Brocade, Cradle Fund
Joining the sponsors at the Exhibition hall at Level 3 include exhibitors from Mellanox, Synology, Cyberview, Schneider Electric and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), UMobile and others.

With an expected 3,000 delegates and trade visitors from the ICT community and experts in the field participating at the event, this serves as a great platform for exposure, building of recognition with direct market and business networking opportunities.

In addition, our conferences forms the stage for industry experts and the community to share insights, case studies, expert presentations and participate in panel discussions on trending issues regarding Big Data and Data Security, among others.

Some of our notable speakers include:

Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, MDEC, Malaysia
Daniel Castro, Centre for Data Innovation, United States
Mark Gallagher, Performance Insights Ltd , United Kingdom
Alex Twigg, Woolworths Limited, Australia
Dr Emery Jou, Institute for Information Industry (III), Taiwan
Younus Al Nasser, Smart Dubai Office, UAE
Asad Kalimi, Spotify, Singapore
Richard Benjamins, Telefonica, Spain
Shanti Shamdasani, PT Johnson & Johnson, Indonesia
And more!
BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 is honoured to be endorsed by MATRADE and supported by MyCEB and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. This event is HRDF claimable.

For those who are interested in being part of this regional event can contact Ms. Jin Woei at 03-2261 4227, or email to enquiry@bigittechnology.com. Registrations for the event will end by 16th September 2016.

For further information:

Lee Jin Woei
Strategic Marketing Executive
Olygen Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603-2261 4227
Email: lee.jinwoei@olygen.com
Website: http://www.bigittechnology.com/malaysia2016

About Olygen:

OLYGEN is a preferred provider of comprehensive Human Resource, Management and Finance training programmes dedicated in delivering high value resolutions to organisation needs. Extensively researched and ensuring only the most recognise practitioners deliver insight to the latest models is our core practice.

About BIGIT (a brand of Olygen):

BIGIT provides in-line relevant technology focused conferences. BIGIT brings together greatness in one place; providing a platform that assists organisations in achieving milestones through ground breaking strategies by means of technological innovations. BIGIT houses all that is current, innovating, interesting and ground-breaking.

Source: Olygen Sdn Bhd

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September 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok

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— New workshops follow the eight Indonesian airports assessed since 2009

BONN, Germany and DENPASAR, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are once again conducting their joint preventative training, known as Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD), from September 5 to 9 at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok. Indonesia was the pilot country when the program was implemented globally in 2009 — in Makassar and Palu.

Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok. L-R: Teguh Pratomo (MoT); Medi Herlianto (BNPB); Christian Usfinit (UNDP); Welani Widjaja, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia; Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Deutsche Post DHL Group
Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok. L-R: Teguh Pratomo (MoT); Medi Herlianto (BNPB); Christian Usfinit (UNDP); Welani Widjaja, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia; Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire where several continental plates collide. As a result, the chain of islands is at frequent risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Additionally, Bali and Lombok are categorized as high risk areas in the Indonesian Disaster Risk Index (2013). Airports in both provinces experienced operations shutdown due to volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Rinjani.

The multi-day workshop involves over 50 participants — including representatives from the airport operating company, aviation safety experts, national and regional Disaster Management Planning Agencies, Indonesian Red Cross, immigration authorities, the military and the police force — who will be trained to handle the high volume of incoming relief goods and increasing number of passengers during the aftermath of natural disasters.

“Following natural disasters, airports become vital hubs for the processing of incoming relief supplies,” says Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “With sound processes in place at the airport and with the relevant agencies, relief goods and aid can be channeled through airports to reach the affected communities quickly and efficiently. This program continues to help improve disaster management in this geologically high-risk region.”

“Often airports are unprepared to manage large disasters or humanitarian crisis and as a result, assistance gets slower in getting to those most affected. GARD is working specifically with all partners on the ground to solve any potential bottlenecks that could impede fast response to save lives. I praise the Indonesian government for its commitment to preparedness and the airport authorities for their risk informed management,” says United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick.

The training includes evaluation of the airports’ capacities for processing high volumes of passengers and cargo and warehousing relief supplies. Location-specific disaster plans are drawn up as well.

Since 2009, GARD trainings have been held in eight airports in Indonesia, namely Sultan Hassanuddin Airport in Makassar (2009), Mutiara Airport in Palu (2009), Ngurah Rai Airport (old airport) in Denpasar (2011), El Tari Airport in Kupang (2011), Polonia Airport in Medan (2012), Sultan Iskandarsyah Airport in Banda Aceh (2012), Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu (2012) and Minangkabau Airport in Padang (2013).

About GARD

In 2009 GARD was developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods after a natural disaster occurs. It also enables the various organizations and aid agencies to better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster, which will help facilitate relief efforts and enhance overall coordination.

To date, GARD workshops have been held at 34 airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

GARD trainers and training materials are provided free-of-charge by Deutsche Post DHL Group while UNDP leads the project implementation and facilitates the coordination with the government authorities. GARD training workshop arrangements and logistics costs are fully covered by UNDP with funding contribution by the government of Germany.

GARD is an integral part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s GoHelp program in which the Group pools all of its activities related to disaster preparedness and management. As a form of crisis prevention, GARD workshops are used to prepare airports for coping with potential natural disasters. Should a disaster strike, Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) provide emergency aid and ensure that relief supplies can be accepted in a coordinated manner and passed on to the correct aid organizations.

The DRTs were established in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). They encompass a worldwide network of more than 400 volunteers, all specially trained employees of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

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Deutsche Post DHL Group is the world’s leading mail and logistics company. The Group is focused on being the first choice for customers, employees and investors in its core business activities worldwide. It makes a positive contribution to the world by connecting people and enabling global trade while being committed to responsible business practices and corporate citizenship.

Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal service provider. DHL is uniquely positioned in the world’s growth markets, with a comprehensive range of international express, freight transportation, e-commerce and supply chain management services.

Deutsche Post DHL Group employs approximately 500,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion Euros in 2015.

Die Post fur Deutschland. The logistics company for the world.

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. http://www.undp.org.

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September 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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Gwangju Biennale Kicks off 66-day Journey

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GWANGJU, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — The Gwangju Biennale, the biggest biennial contemporary art festival in Asia, started its 66-day march in the southwestern South Korean city of Gwangju on Thursday, with some 1,000 artists, government officials and diplomats attending its opening ceremony.

Vice Culture Minister Chung Kwan-joo delivers a welcoming address at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale in the namesake city on Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of culture ministry)
Vice Culture Minister Chung Kwan-joo delivers a welcoming address at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale in the namesake city on Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of culture ministry)
The Biennale was founded in 1995 in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, and this year, in its 11th run, it features works by some 120 artists from 37 nations under the theme of “What Does Art Do?”

“As expressed in the declaration for its launch, (I hope the Gwangju Biennale) will be a venue for communication with people around the world,” Gwangju Mayor Yoon Jang-hyun said in his welcoming address.

Culture Minister Kim Jong-deok also wished for the Biennale’s success in his welcoming speech read by Vice Culture Minister Chung Kwan-joo, saying, “Gwangju has been able to develop into the center of culture in Asia, owing to its distinctive cultural asset, the Gwangju Biennale.”

During the opening ceremony, renowned artists Dora Garcia of Spain and Anton Vidokle of Russia were chosen as recipients of the Noon Award, which is given to established artists whose works are in line with the Biennale’s pursuing values and are high in experimental spirit.

South Korean actor Hyun Bin was appointed as a promotional ambassador for the event.

At the end of the opening ceremony, Gwangju citizens released LED balloons into the sky to wish the event a success.

The Biennale provides various exhibitions and programs in many places in the city.

Works of nine young artists, who have been selected through the event’s “Portfolio Review Program,” will be displayed at Mugaksa Temple until Oct. 31, and a special exhibition will be held at the Asia Culture Center until Nov. 6. A Korean-Taiwanese exhibition will also run at the Gwangju Museum of Art through Nov. 13.

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Source: Gwangju Biennale Foundation

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September 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm

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5x Masterclasses Add Depth to FIPP Asia-Pacific Programme Content

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Aside from 30+ presentations on topics ranging from media trends and transformation, to storytelling, audience engagement, new revenue streams and more, FIPP Asia-Pacific programme includes five in-depth masterclasses for delegates to attend.

Aside from gaining insights from speaker sessions and masterclasses, FIPP Asia-Pacific will have numerous opportunities for delegates from around the world to network.
Aside from gaining insights from speaker sessions and masterclasses, FIPP Asia-Pacific will have numerous opportunities for delegates from around the world to network.

FIPP Asia-Pacific takes place from 27-28 September in Singapore. Register for the conference here.

FIPP Asia-Pacific is organised and hosted by FIPP, the network for global media. The conference is aimed at those involved in media, marketing and technology throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with particular emphasis on digital media.

It draws high-level executives from markets in the region, as well as beyond such as the Germany, the UK and USA. Confirmed speakers include:

Shaun Seow, CEO, Mediacorp, Singapore
Kalli Purie, Group Editorial Director Broadcast and New Media, India Today Group, India
John Wilpers, Senior Director, Innovation Media Consulting, USA
Dushyant Khare, Head of Strategic Partnerships Southeast Asia and India, Google, Singapore
Rohit Dadwal, Managing Director, Mobile Marketing Association Asia, Singapore
Yuko Tanaka, Director of International Sales, Nikkei Business, Japan
Cyril Pereira, Co-Chairman, Asian Publishing Convention, Hong Kong
Yan Chen, Senior Operations Manager, Hearst Magazines, China
Eric Olander, Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Ringier Labs, Vietnam
Joseph Lee, Managing Director New Media, SPH Magazines, Singapore
Peter Kreisky, Chairman, The Kreisky Media Consultancy, USA
Mike Jeanes, Global Head of Research, Publicitas, UK
Jo Alexandre, Syndication and Licensing Director, The Economist, UK
Edna Belleza, Publisher, Summit Media, Philippines
Karen Taylor-Brown, CEO, Refraction Media, Australia
In addition to theirs and others’ presentations at FIPP Asia-Pacific, the in-depth masterclasses forming part of the overall FIPP APAC programme are:

Masterclass #1:

Immerse yourself in the world of 360º video and virtual reality

Younger audiences are consuming content in all sorts of new ways, driven by and large by the ever-increasing capability of the technology in their hands: mobile phones. Learn from the Google News Lab team how you can use new formats such as 360º videos and VR to delight your audience.

Presented by Google News Lab, Hong Kong

Masterclass #2

How to develop and tell engaging visual stories for a mobile world

Ivan Abreu regularly works on a wide variety of visual internet projects, presents video and visual storytelling workshops and mentors journalists in various markets around the world. In this masterclass you will learn some key concepts in telling engaging, visual stories from a leading international exponent of the craft.

Presented by Ivan Abreu, Filmmaker, Producer and Multimedia Journalist, Hong Kong

MASTERCLASS #3

The 3 pillars of successful paid content strategies, and how to think about and master them all

There are 3 key pillars when it comes to think about your paid content strategy: audience, diversification and business models. Join Nikolay as he takes participants through the finer details of each, to help you consider best options available to your business.

Presented by Nikolay Malyarov, EVP, Chief Content Officer and General Counsel, PressReader

MASTERCLASS #4

How to make the most of mobile to increase audiences and develop new revenue streams

Consider some of the most innovative mobile strategies from around the world and options available to you to develop meaningful mobile strategies. As with all our masterclasses, this is an inter-active session where questions and discussion are encouraged.

Presented by John Wilpers, Senior Director, Innovation Media Consulting, USA

MASTERCLASS #5

How to build a sustainable innovation-focused organisational culture

Culture is the biggest barrier to successful, sustainable transformation. This is your opportunity to hear how other companies overcome this problem and to discuss how you can develop a culture of innovation in your organisations too.

Presented John Wilpers, Senior Director, Innovation Media Consulting, USA

Join FIPP Asia-Pacific in Singapore for these masterclasses, 30+ other presentations by business leaders and independent experts in their fields and to network with peers from around Asia-Pacific and beyond. Register for the conference here.

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September 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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Medtronic Establishes New Office in Vietnam

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-New Office in Ho Chi Minh City to Address Local Healthcare Demands

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam /PRNewswire/ — Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), the global leader in medical technology, today announced the opening of its new office in Vietnam. The new office marks the company’s commitment to improve patient outcomes, optimize costs and expand access to care to meet local healthcare demands in Vietnam.

“Globalization is a key strategy and growth driver for Medtronic. Our expansion in Vietnam solidifies our efforts to further support the development of healthcare in this region. Healthcare in Southeast Asia faces many challenges, and Vietnam, like other emerging markets in the region, faces high demand for healthcare but is challenged with infrastructure and clinical capacity constraints in serving the needs of the population,” said Zenobia Walji, vice president of Medtronic Southeast Asia. “With the new office, we aim to bring our scale and breadth of resources to partner with like-minded stakeholders to impact more lives.”

Walji, together with Bob White, president of Medtronic Asia Pacific, and AnThuan Nguyen, general manager of Medtronic Vietnam, was joined by H.E. Ted Osius, the United States ambassador to Vietnam, to inaugurate the opening.

The World Bank recorded a GDP growth rate of over 6% for Vietnam in 2015, making it one of the fastest growing emerging economies in Southeast Asia, with increasing opportunities and needs in the medical technology market. While characterized by a young Vietnamese population, World Health Organization data indicates that the highest contributors of non-communicable disease mortality are cardiovascular diseases and cancer. To address these challenges, Medtronic will make important contributions through its commitment to therapy innovation, globalization, and economic value. Providing new products, services and solutions, and strengthening their local presence and partnerships will help advance the standard of care in Vietnam.

“Our growing presence in Vietnam demonstrates our long term commitment to become a strategic business partner. With a new office in Ho Chi Minh City, Medtronic can better deliver our valuable experience and respond more effectively and efficiently to the needs of local customers and patients to help improve the level of care,” said Nguyen. “We will continue to invest in resources and talent, leverage our regional expertise and develop local partnerships to reach more patients, in more places and through more ways via strategic collaboration.”

About Medtronic

Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies — alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 88,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

Contacts:

Gwen Ng

Ryan Weispfenning

Communications, APAC

Investor Relations

+65-6870-5523

+1-763-505-4626

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September 6, 2016 at 11:27 am

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Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge 2016 — Important Life Lessons on Resilience & Collaborative Success for Global Finalists

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-Winning teams and Global Champion walked away with cash prize USD71,000
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, /PRNewswire/ — Resilience and truly collaborating for success, rather than self-confidence and individualism were some of the important life lessons shared by winners and participants of the Global Finals at the Gala Dinner of the Maybank Go Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur recently. MGAC is an award winning and unique case competition combining elements of The Amazing Race, The Apprentice as well as corporate responsibility initiatives to spot the all-rounder talent to join the Maybank Group.

Top 60 Global Finalists at the Gala Night for MGAC 2016
Top 60 Global Finalists at the Gala Night for MGAC 2016
A jubilant Chenyun You from China, was named the Global Champion of the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge. Chenyun You, a Masters graduate in Finance from Cass University won a cash prize of USD1,000. Team Transformers, comprising Finalists from China, Singapore and Malaysia were announced as the winning team, walking away with a cash prize of USD40,000. Team Dark Knight with participants from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia won the 1st Runner-up spot for USD20,000. The 2nd Runner up, went to Team Kingsmen comprising Finalists from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia taking home USD10,000. The ultimate reward to the Global Finalists is being offered to join Maybank in its entry pipeline programme, the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP).

“We are all winners because we came out Champions from experiences we have never faced before in our lives. The Challenge is more than meets the eye. We have never encountered the type of activities, emotions and aspects of our weaknesses or strengths. Each stage was intense as it pushed us out of our comfort zones and helped us build resilience. More importantly, alone, we cannot achieve much, so teamwork is important. We now realise that work-life is challenging especially if you want to be on top of the game. And, Maybank has shown us what it takes to be ahead of competitors and achieve success,” said William Teo, team leader of Team Transformers.

For the first time in the Challenge, the Global Champion was given the option to choose where they would like to complete an exciting two-week international assignment at any Maybank office around the world. Chenyun selected Maybank New York as she wanted to experience the pulse of the New York financial centre apart from London’s where she spent a year completing her Masters. “MGAC has given me an unforgettable experience and it taught me the true meaning of resilience especially during the physical activities at Tadom Base, known as Malaysia’s toughest obstacle course. I struggled a lot completing the course but I believe that you have to remove yourself out of your comfort zone and push yourself further in order to move forward. I am now more open to taking on new challenges in order to let myself grow both professionally and personally,” said Chenyun.

This year, the competition received a record breaking 37,000 applications — a 65% increase from 2015 and a 36-fold increase since its inaugural in 2012. Maybank received applications from 105 nationalities around the world with 18 nationalities competing at the Global Finals. The Global Finalists were from United Kingdom, mainland China, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Malaysia. The diversity of nationalities clearly demonstrates Maybank’s global reach and attractiveness as an employer.

“The increasing number of applicants year-on-year, from 1,000 since its 2012 inception to 37,000 in 2016 proves how nimble we are in responding to the new trends in recruiting top talents such as the Millennials, especially with the increasing use of new technology platforms. MGAC is one of our platforms to recruit best young talents not only in the countries that we operate in but globally and we are honoured that we are playing a crucial role in contributing to the development of the region. MGAC has pushed our participants to go beyond the boundaries and experience real-life challenges for them to learn the importance of resilience and tenacity,” added Nora Manaf.

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Ayesha Rahman
+6017-333-0060
ayesha@madhat.asia

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September 6, 2016 at 11:25 am

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