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HKBN Mobile Services Introduces Greater China 4G Plans for Corporate Customers

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-Supports data access across Mainland China, HK, Macau & Taiwan with One SIM Card

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Since launching its mobile services for the residential market in September, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (“HKBN”) has garnered a tremendous response from customers. Leveraging this stream of success, HKBN expanded its mobile services to the enterprise market in October, and announced today that all-new Greater China 4G Corporate Plans will be added to complement its service offering, bringing more high-quality and value-for-money options for people who travel between Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The all-new Greater China corporate service plans are powered by China Mobile Hong Kong’s powerful 4G network. With mobile data conveniently sharable in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan via one single SIM card with one monthly fee, geographical boundaries are no long a concern for travelers who wish to leverage high speed data networks to optimize business opportunities.

Billy Yeung, Chief Commercial Officer — Enterprise Solutions and Co-Owner of HKBN, said the new service plans again reflect HKBN’s understanding of the needs of our corporate customers. “With increasing business travelling between Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, cross-border data services are in high demand. By partnering with CMHK, we are best positioned to offer our customers high-value and cost-effective Greater China service plans.”

HKBN accepts pre-orders for the Greater China 4G Corporate Plans beginning 31 October. The service is expected to launch later this year. For customised solutions, corporate customers may contact HKBN sales representatives at 1281111. All successful registrations of service will be entitled to the free use of MobileOffice Plus, a mobile app that allows smartphone users to remotely make and receive calls via their designated business number, ensuring business continuity anywhere, anytime.

Greater China 4G Service Plans*:

Special Monthly Fee







Data Usage

(For access in HK, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan)





Extra Data Usage





Customisable Data Usage Max Limit

1GB – 30GB

3GB – 30GB

6GB – 30GB

10GB – 30GB

Default Data Usage Max Limit





Local Voice Call Minutes


Local Intra SMS


Administration Fee

$18 (waived during contract period)

Contract Period

24 Months

Free Call Management VAS Fee during Contract Period

Call Forward Package, Caller Number Display, Basic Voice Mailbox, Call Waiting & Call Hold, Conference Call, Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring and Bar Incoming Call (When Overseas)

Other Service

Data Usage Sharing

Extra Bonus

Free MobileOffice Plus

*Terms and conditions apply. For details, please refer to

About HKBN Group

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited is a subsidiary of HKBN Group (“HKBN” or “The Group”). HKBN Group is Hong Kong’s largest provider of residential high speed fibre broadband (symmetrical 100Mbps to 1,000Mbps) services by number of subscriptions, and a fast growing enterprise solutions provider. The Group offers a full range of telecommunications solutions for both the residential and enterprise markets, encompassing broadband and Wi-Fi network services, cloud solutions, data connectivity, data facilities, system integration, mobile services, entertainment and voice communications. HKBN owns an extensive fibre network in Hong Kong, which covers over 2.2 million residential homes passed, representing approximately 81% of Hong Kong’s total residential units, and more than 2,200 commercial buildings. HKBN embraces “Make our Hong Kong a Better Place to Live” as its core purpose, and takes great pride in developing its Talents into a competitive advantage. The Group is managed by over 340 Co-Owners who have invested their own savings to buy HKBN shares, representing the majority of supervisory and management level Talents in the Group. HKBN Group is part of HKBN Ltd (SEHK Stock Code: 1310).

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October 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

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Countdown on for Start of The 2016 NSW Jacaranda Season

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Sydney and NSW will turn a delightful shade of blue in late-October and November with the start of the 2016 jacaranda season, signalling one of the most beautiful times of year and a great time to visit.

The city’s Eastern suburbs, North Shore and CBD will be awash with blooms as will the historic town of Grafton on the NSW North Coast. Grafton is often referred to as the jacaranda capital of Australia, it hosts the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival, and is home to Australia’s largest jacaranda tree, measuring 30 metres high with a six metre circumference and crown of around 36 metres.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said, “NSW is home to thousands of jacaranda trees which create a natural spectacle each year when they are in full bloom. Grafton alone has 2,000 trees and the annual Festival is the longest running flower festival in Australia attracting 20,000 visitors each year.”

Senior Arborist for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Centennial Parklands, Ted Hoare says Sydney’s Harbour backdrop makes the jacaranda season so spectacular.

“It’s a truly beautiful sight to view the vibrant blue flowers are set against a Harbour backdrop. We have 16 trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, including a unique white flowering jacaranda, and nine trees in Centennial Parklands.

“Jacaranda trees are becoming synonymous with Sydney and as this year is the Garden’s 200th birthday, I highly recommend coming down for a visit and seeing our trees in bloom,” he said.

Here is a list of Destination NSW’s picks for jacaranda spotting in NSW:

North Shore: Pack a picnic and head to Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft for a long, lazy lunch under the trees
Eastern Suburbs: Head to Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways in Paddington which always have a great selection to view. Nearby Woollahra and Double Bay also boast stunning lilac hues
Sydney City: Take a do-it-yourself jacaranda walking tour through the city starting at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the stunning trees set against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and historic cobblestone streets of The Rocks
Inner Sydney: An absolute must is a visit to the giant jacaranda tree at the University of Sydney which is so iconic that growers at the University have cloned it to ensure it lives on. This tree is one of Sydney’s most famous jacarandas and well worth a visit during the season. Neighbouring suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown and Erskineville are also worth exploring
Grafton: The historic town of Grafton located alongside the Clarence River on NSW’s North Coast, is home to the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, taking place from 29 October to 6 November 2016. Highlights include the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.
Share your jacaranda sightings with us on social media by using the hashtag #iloveysydney or #newsouthwales

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Note to editors: A selection of images is available on request.

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Elissa Tyrrell, Destination NSW, +61-02-9931-1426,

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October 31, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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More than 100 Countries are Now Using the RMB for Payments with Mainland China and Hong Kong

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-SWIFT’s latest RMB Tracker shows that 57 countries have crossed the 10% RMB threshold

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The latest RMB Tracker shows that during the last two years (October 2014 – September 2016), seven new countries are now using the RMB for more than 10% of their direct payments by value with Mainland China and Hong Kong, bringing the total to 57 countries worldwide. The 10% milestone, also known as ‘crossing the RMB river’, is a threshold set by SWIFT to measure the adoption of RMB payments by value with Mainland China and Hong Kong compared to other currencies. Among the 101 countries using the RMB for payments, the weight of these payments by value reached 12.9%, giving the currency a nearly 2% increase since October 2014 (11.2%).

Although seven more countries are “crossing the RMB river” than in October 2014, these new nations are – with the exception of Spain – smaller trade partners for China, like Bolivia, Colombia, Mozambique, Namibia, Kuwait and Georgia.

“Over the last two years, we have witnessed a continued increase in RMB usage for direct payments with Mainland China and Hong Kong, with most of the growth coming from early adopters and main RMB clearing centres, such as Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Korea,” says Astrid Thorsen, Head of Business Intelligence Solutions, SWIFT. “On the other hand, two of the largest economies in the world[1] and important trade partners with China, United States and Japan, still show low RMB adoption. The latest announcement related to the appointment of the first RMB clearing centre in the United States should positively impact the country’s RMB usage.”

Overall, the RMB kept its position as the fifth most active currency for global payments by value, with an increased share of 2.03%, compared to 1.86% last month. In September 2016, the value of RMB global payments value increased by 10.02% compared to August 2016, which is higher than the average growth of 0.93% for all currencies.

RMB usage by country for direct payments with Mainland China and Hong Kong
RMB usage by country for direct payments with Mainland China and Hong Kong

RMB’s share as an international payments currency
RMB’s share as an international payments currency
About SWIFT and RMB Internationalisation

Since 2010, SWIFT has actively supported its customers and the financial industry regarding RMB internationalisation through various publications and reports. Through its Business Intelligence Solutions team, SWIFT publishes key adoption statistics in the RMB Tracker, insights on the implications of RMB internationalisation, perspectives on RMB clearing and offshore clearing guidelines, supports bank’s commercial RMB product launches and provides in-depth analysis and business intelligence, as well as engaging with offshore clearing centres and the Chinese financial community to support the further internationalisation of the RMB.

The SWIFT network fully supports global RMB transactions, and its messaging services enable Chinese character transportation via Chinese Commercial Code (CCC) in FIN or via Chinese characters in MX (ISO 20022 messages). It offers a suite of dedicated RMB business intelligence products and services to support financial institutions and corporates. In addition, SWIFT collaborates with the community to publish the Offshore and Cross-Border RMB Best Practice Guidelines, which facilitate standardised RMB back office operations.

Please click here for more information about RMB Internationalisation or join our new ‘Business Intelligence Transaction Banking’ LinkedIn group.

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SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.

We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way. As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies.

Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @swiftcommunity and LinkedIn: SWIFT


+44 (0)20 7426 9400


SWIFT does not guarantee the fitness for purpose, completeness, or accuracy of the RMB Tracker, and reserves the right to rectify past RMB Tracker data. SWIFT provides the RMB Tracker on an ‘as is’ basis, and for information purposes only. As a mere informative publication, the RMB Tracker is not meant to provide any recommendation or advice. Any person consulting the RMB Tracker remains solely and fully responsible for all decisions based, in full or in part, on RMB Tracker data. SWIFT disclaims all liability regarding a person’s use of the RMB Tracker. The RMB Tracker is a SWIFT publication.

SWIFT © 2016. All rights reserved.

[1] Based on the Gross domestic product in 2015. Data from the World Bank.

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October 31, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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Employers Join CIMA’s Talent Programme

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YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Employers in Myanmar are showing keen interest in the Young Accountants Employability Programme (YAEP) launched by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Three employers — First Myanmar Investment Co. Ltd., New Link Marketing Ltd and Myanmar Oriental Bank — received their certificates of participation from Andrew Harding, CIMA’s Chief Executive, during an award ceremony held in Yangon recently.

Employers who join the programme will offer internship placements to selected students, with a potential of permanent employment while a students’ skills in business and finance will be greatly enhanced through the 12-18 months internship placements.

The YAEP provides employers in Myanmar with access to a steady pipeline of business-ready graduates with expertise to help drive business success. It also provides an opportunity for youth in Myanmar to gain an internationally recognised qualification in management accounting.

Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospitals, part of First Myanmar Investment Co. Ltd, has joined the YAEP. Its CFO, Mr. George Joseph P said: “The YAEP is a significant contribution to innovation and automation, not only on financial matters, and thus helps to drive the overall management and strategy of the business.”

Htoo Thinzar Kyaw, a YAEP student, was excited when she saw a Facebook posting on the programme. She said: “I’m really keen on the YAEP, especially on the internship placement, where I can further develop my knowledge and skills in a real working environment. I am confident that the CIMA qualification will provide me with not just accounting skills but also business skills. As the banking sector is opening up in the country, my aim is to become a Chief Accountant in a bank.”

The YAEP is open to all employers in Myanmar who wish to source skilled talent on a continuing basis. Students wishing to join the programme must be Myanmar citizens, aged 18 to 28, with a minimum qualification of Matriculation pass of a minimum 60 marks in both English and Mathematics. YAEP students will be required to pursue the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA). They have a choice of two pathways. In the first pathway, a student will receive a 90% scholarship on the CIMA fee and enjoy an internship placement with an employer. In the second pathway, a student will receive a 60% scholarship on the CIMA fee without any internship placement.


Wendy Tin Win Kyi
T.+ 95 9 4253 20504

Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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October 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

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Mundipharma Launches Step-change Cancer Care Medicine Akynzeo(R) in Singapore

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— Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is one of the most common and troubling side effects of cancer chemotherapy
— Akynzeo® is the first and, for the time being, only long-lasting, dual action, single capsule for CINV prophylaxis

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Akynzeo® has been approved for use in Singapore to prevent CINV. Without appropriate antiemetic prophylaxis 70-80% of all cancer patients receiving chemotherapy experience nausea and/or vomiting.1

Akynzeo® is a combination of netupitant (highly-selective NK1 receptor antagonist) and palonosetron (clinically and pharmacologically distinct 5-HT3 receptor antagonist) that is indicated for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat course of cancer chemotherapy, included, but not limited to, highly emetogenic chemotherapy.

Akynzeo® is the first and, for the time being, only available CINV prophylactic agent that targets two critical CINV pathways in one capsule that is effective up to five days.2, 3, 4 The current treatment involves multiple doses of multiple medicines that have to be administered over five days beginning at the start of every chemotherapy cycle.5, 6, 7

Studies have shown that the efficacy of Akynzeo® were better than current available anti-emetics and is maintained across multiple cycles of chemotherapy.2, 3, 4 99% of patients receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy (risk >90% to cause CINV) reported no vomiting and no significant nausea on day one after chemotherapy and that figure remained as high as 90% for days two-five.3, 4

Mundipharma — which has been granted the exclusive rights to distribute Akynzeo® from Helsinn Healthcare S.A. — is well positioned to distribute the medicine in Singapore. Mundipharma has significant presence in the country and expertise in cancer supportive care, particularly CINV — Mundipharma also distributes the anti-CINV medicine Aloxi®, from Helsinn Healthcare SA, in Singapore.

Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Medical Director & Consultant Specialist in Medical Oncology, The Cancer Centre (TCC) in Singapore said, “At TCC our aim is to work closely with partners, who continue to break new grounds in the provision of healthcare services. Akynzeo® is one such drug which we believe will be of immense value to patients.”

Akynzeo® has been recommended by three international guidelines: the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Society for Clinical Oncology and MASCC/ESMO (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer / European Society of Medical Oncology).8, 9, 10

Raman Singh, President, Mundipharma Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East & Africa said: “CINV can be seriously debilitating, and the treatment complicated to adhere to, so we’re delighted to be introducing this new medicine for cancer sufferers in Singapore. It is another demonstration of our commitment to delivering innovative medicines to patients in Singapore and ultimately improving their quality of life.”


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About Mundipharma

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

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October 31, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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Find Discounted Haunted Apartments With the First Augmented Reality Search App for Real Estate

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-Pokemon Go-like Play — Find Ghosts While Searching For An Apartment!
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Ready to do some ghostbusting? The latest version of Spacious’ top-ranked real estate app, provides users with an augmented reality (AR) experience of searching for ‘ghost apartments’ in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. The new feature, which was influenced by the successful Pokemon Go app, marks the first time AR has been used in conjunction with an apartment search feature.

Find Discounted Haunted Apartments With the First Augmented Reality Search App for Real Estate
Find Discounted Haunted Apartments With the First Augmented Reality Search App for Real Estate
Feng Shui: A Chinese Tradition and Ghost Houses

In Greater China, if there is an unusual death in an apartment or house many believe it is haunted and considered bad Feng Shui because the ghost of the deceased still occupies the residence and as a result, it can sell or rent for a substantial discount to the market rate.

Spacious, led by CEO & Founder, Asif Ghafoor, took this understanding of the local market and saw an opportunity to provide this data on potentially haunted locations to Spacious users. Property searchers who are less concerned about these events, mainly younger local professionals and expats, can use haunting data to locate apartments that may be priced below the market value.

Gameplay: How does it work?

When a user is near a haunted location, ghosts actually appear in the AR interface, alongside apartment listing information. Asif spoke on the gameplay saying, “Using our app you can now walk around town find listings overlaid on the real world so you can visualize your new home and see that additional level of insight into what it would be like to live there. In addition, we also added the ghosts around town so you can catch them using your phone if you fancy some exercise.”

Spacious’ Technical Advantage

In the wake of Pokemon Go, the Spacious team was able to develop its AR interface in only a few months. Spacious was founded in 2013, since that time the company has made incredible market share gains and continues to bring new technology to the real estate industry in Greater China including mainland China and Taiwan.

Download The App!
Android users can obtain it via Google Play and iPhone users via the Apple App Store.
Click here to learn about Spacious products and here for more information about the company.

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October 31, 2016 at 9:42 am

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