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MOGUL.sg Features OneMap3D in Launch of Singapore’s First-Ever 3D Virtual Property Expo

MOGUL.sg Features OneMap3D in Launch of Singapore’s First-Ever 3D Virtual Property Expo

First-of-its-kind virtual event from 15 to 17 October 2020 allows home buyers to enjoy 3D walk-throughs of newly launched condominium projects and their surrounding environments

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 8 October 2020 – MOGUL.sg, a property
technology (PropTech) start-up, has today announced the launch of Singapore’s
first-ever 3D Virtual Property Expo. Featuring Singapore Land Authority (SLA)’s
OneMap3D and taking
place from 15 to 17 October 2020, the Expo will be hosted on the MOGUL.sg
platform and is aimed at assisting home buyers with their property search and
decision-making process.

 

Featuring
more than 21 newly launched condominium and commercial projects by developers such
as GuocoLand, Far East Organisation, CapitaLand and Four Seasons, the Expo will
allow potential buyers to experience the properties and their surrounding
environments via three-dimensional walk-throughs — even before they have been
built. This means that online visitors can tour the neighbourhood and discover
nearby amenities. MOGUL.sg and its partners believe that this will help prospective
buyers determine if the property and the neighbourhood suit their lifestyles
and priorities.

 

The unique 3D
mapping feature also allows home buyers to look outward from within each
property to appreciate the virtual view and outward facing line of sight — from
any floor in the building. These features also apply for businesses looking to
lease or rent commercial or office spaces.

 

“GuocoLand
has a proven track record for developing luxury residential developments that
are known for their quality, innovation, lush landscaping and liveability. We
look forward to giving visitors of the 3D Virtual Property Expo a closer look
and a deeper understanding of our projects, as well as what they offer in terms
of flexibility and connectivity that will uplift home owners’ quality of life,”
said Dora Chng, General Manager (Residential), GuocoLand.

 

In
Singapore, the average home buyer spends at least six months viewing property
listings before making a purchasing decision. For each new build listing, home
buyers typically spend time painstakingly visiting a showroom, before visiting
the property’s location to assess the neighbourhood. With this time-consuming
process already engrained in consumers’ search behaviour prior to COVID-19, the
3D Virtual Property Expo aims to transform the traditional concept of showrooms
and eliminate common house-hunting inconveniences.

 

“Home buyers
care a great deal about the neighbourhood and nearby amenities, often asking
about nearby supermarkets and schools, while carefully assessing transportation
links. Environmental considerations are also important, with buyers commonly
thinking about which direction the property faces and the proximity to roads,
highways and other sources of noise,” said Gerald Sim, Co-founder and Chief
Executive Officer, MOGUL.sg. The 3D Virtual Property Expo will allow buyers to
see and assess these factors first-hand via detailed 3D maps, without having to
travel to multiple spots across Singapore. This will make the process of buying
or renting a property smoother, much more convenient, and should remove some
friction in the transaction that we have all become accustomed to.”

 

The
first-of-its-kind 3D viewing capabilities for local properties was enabled
using MOGUL.sg’s geospatial technology expertise and proprietary machine
learning algorithms, combined with the application programming interfaces
(APIs) and geospatial data from OneMap3D Beta — an open-source 3D platform
announced by SLA on 17 September 2020.

 

“As an early
user of OneMap3D Beta, we see the platform’s potential for delivering immersive
3D experiences, not just for viewing new homes but entire neighbourhoods as
well,” Sim continued. “We would like to thank SLA for giving us the opportunity
to showcase OneMap3D Beta at our event.”

 

Meeting home
buyers’ end-to-end property discovery, financing and renovation needs

 

The 3D
Virtual Property Expo will also offer end-to-end services for home buyers. All project
launches showcased at the Expo will incorporate first-hand information on the
project facilities and prices from their respective developers. Visitors with
queries on any project can jump into live chats with the developers’ direct representatives
and consultants.

 

For those
looking to make purchases via the Expo, Maybank Singapore will provide home
loan affordability assessment. This ensures that home buyers get the best
price from developers for their property of choice and extends the convenience they
enjoy from home discovery to mortgage financing.

 

“At a time
when more home buyers are turning to online service platforms for their needs,
Maybank Singapore is committed to being at the heart of the community to
provide convenient access to financing, while ensuring fair terms and pricing.
This Expo aims to deliver a viewing experience that many will find as
informative as visiting the physical spaces. To support those who wish to make
a purchase, we will be available online to provide consultation on
affordability assessment and advisory on home loan application processes,” said
Alan Yet, Head of Consumer Finance, Maybank Singapore.

 

In addition,
Expo visitors can access virtual fireside chats, hosted by Singapore radio
personality and media industry veteran Michelle Martin, on property
financing information shared by Maybank Singapore, the developers themselves,
and mortgage brokering platform Mortgage Master, along with
relevant advice, insights and offers from other lifestyle service providers.

 

MOGUL.sg’s overarching
mission to digitally enable the real estate sector

 

The upcoming
3D virtual event represents another milestone for MOGUL.sg, as it accelerates
its mission of digitally enabling home buyers, home renters, property sellers
and property agents in Singapore to search, buy and sell in a smart and
hassle-free manner. Following recent partnerships with leading property
agencies OrangeTee & Tie (OTT) and Century 21 Singapore Holdings, MOGUL.sg has also been accepted
into Enterprise Singapore’s Enterprise Development Grant programme to catalyse the
development of its proprietary technologies.

 

The first
major property portal in Singapore that harnesses artificial intelligence,
locational data and geospatial technology to streamline the home buying process,
MOGUL.sg has seen tenfold user growth in the past three months. This
contributed to a record-breaking SG$25 million worth of properties being transacted
through its platform within two weeks after Singapore’s COVID-19 ‘circuit
breaker’ period.

 

To register
for the 3D Virtual Property Expo, please visit: https://www.mogul.sg/expo/registration

 

About MOGUL.sg:

Launched in
2018, MOGUL.sg is a cutting-edge real estate platform that harnesses proprietary
geospatial technology and government agencies’ geospatial data to redefine the
meaning of ‘where’. The company aims to digitally enable home buyers, home
renters, property sellers and property agents in Singapore to search,
buy and sell in a smart and hassle-free manner. MOGUL.sg features more than 30,000
property listings in Singapore, with individuals able to use redefined search
parameters to easily find their dream home. It also offers additional international
investment opportunities for real estate projects in the US, the UK, and the
Asia-Pacific region. For more information, please visit: www.mogul.sg

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Use of Robotics Can Help Draw Customers Back into Restaurants and Hotels

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Use of Robotics Can Help Draw Customers Back into Restaurants and Hotels

HONG KONG,
CHINA – Media OutReach – 8 October 2020 – Just
how much of the global service industry will be left standing by the time
COVID-19 is brought under control is anybody’s guess. In the U.S., an industry
association says restaurants across the country are on track to lose US$240 billion in
revenues by the year-end. Most hotels stand empty. But rest assured that all is
not lost. A recent research study by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
suggests that robots — which are not generally known for their personal touch —
may be able to help the stricken hospitality industry weather and recover from
COVID-19.

 

The study found that the use of
robotics in a tourism and hospitality industry setting could help to draw
customers back into restaurants and hotels, at a time when people are concerned
about the risk of viral transmission from people-to-people interactions. Among
the two countries studied, this was more pronounced in China than in the U.S.

 

“Our results show that with the
pandemic dominating people’s awareness, service robots could signal low
interpersonal contact, reduce the perceived risk of virus transmission, and in
turn increase visit intention,” says study author Lisa Wan, Associate
Professor at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management and Department of
Marketing at CUHK Business School.

 

Titled Robots Come to the Rescue:
How to Reduce Perceived Risk of Infectious Disease in COVID-19 Stricken
Consumers, the study was co-conducted by Prof. Elisa Chan at New York Institute
of Technology – Vancouver and Xiaoyan Luo, a PhD student at CUHK Business
School.

 

Saving Humans from the Apocalypse?

For the struggling restaurants
sector, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has maintained that the risk of
getting COVID-19 from eating out is very low. However, some
outbreaks have been linked to restaurant employees and customers. This has led
some restaurants to increase automation in a bid to alleviate concerns.

 

For example, a subsidiary of Chinese
property developer Country Garden opened the world’s first restaurant complex in Shunde, Guangdong province, in
June, completely staffed and operated by robotics. The facility, which can
accommodate 600 customers, is equipped with 20 robots that can cook over 200
dishes ranging from Chinese food, hotpot and fast food. The food is said to be
available within just 20 seconds of ordering. When ready, the food is delivered
directly to the customer’s table by a skyrail system or on trays by robots.

 

Elsewhere in the world, the U.S.
burger chain White Castle is testing
“Flippy”, a robotic chef arm that can cook french fries and other
foods. In Russia, KFC has opened a store that uses a fully automated fried
chicken preparation system.

 

In a hotels setting, robots are
being put into applications including front
desk operations
, concierge and room delivery.

 

While the technology to build at
least rudimentary robots in service sector settings has existed for some years
now, they never really caught on (outside of a handful of gimmick applications)
pre-COVID-19. Not only did they require a heavy upfront investment, prone to
breaking down often, they were also — to use a clinical term —
“useless”.

 

For example, guests at the
robot-augmented Henn na hotel in Japan complained that
AI room assistants mistook snoring as voice commands and would wake them up
throughout the night. Its robotic front desk was reportedly unable to answer
the most basic question and its luggage robots broke down whenever it got wet
going outside. All this created more work for their human counterparts.

 

Meanwhile, Chinese restaurant chain
Heweilai, an early catering robotics use pioneer, told Worker’s Daily in 2016 that it was
forced to stop using a fleet of robots it purchased to serve customers because
of their limited capabilities. Their robotic waiters had trouble carrying
something as simple as soup, kept crashing into each other because they could
only move along fixed routes, could not take orders or top up water glasses,
and were both unlikely and unable to strike up a two-sided conversation with
customers.

 

“Ironically, in face of a
pandemic, it is exactly the lack of interpersonal touch characterised by
service robots which makes potential customers perceive a lower risk of
contracting viruses and in turn, increase their intention to visit,” Prof.
Wan, who is also Director for the school’s Centre for Hospitality and Real
Estate Research, comments. “Businesses, especially for the hard-hit
tourism industry, need to prepare for pandemics as a constant in the business
environment. The research suggests that service robots could be a long-term
solution and sheds new light on the robot-customer dynamic specific to the
tourism industry.”

 

Consumer Reaction to Robots

The research was divided into two
studies. In the first study, the researchers conducted a survey in early April
that asks if the respondents would visit a restaurant if robots are used. A
total of 496 responses were received. The results show that respondents would
visit a restaurant if robots are used and they also consider using robots would
reduce interpersonal interactions, which would effectively reduce the risk of
contracting an infectious disease.

 

In the second study, the researchers
recruited American and Chinese respondents via two online platforms. A total of
1,062 respondents took part in the survey. The questions were identical to the
first study with an added hotel scenario. Again, the results show that the
respondents would visit both restaurants and hotels due to reduced
interpersonal interaction via the use of robots. Interestingly, Chinese
respondents indicated higher intention to visit hotels and restaurants when
robots are used than American respondents. According to the results, the
Chinese respondents also believed to a greater extent that reduced
interpersonal interaction due to robots would effectively reduce the risk of
viral infection.

 

“Tangential to the core
predictions, our findings suggest that the use of service robots to reduce
perceived risk of virus transmission and encourage visits could be more salient
in collectivistic cultures such as China,” Prof. Wan comments. “This
could be attributed to more reliance on interpersonal cues in decision-making
for collectivists. Future research may explore the cultural impacts which will
have significant theoretical and practical implications for the successful
infusion of service robots in the tourism industry across cultures.”

 

In addition, Prof. Wan says more
research on intelligent automation and how consumers perceive and react to
service robots in the tourism industry is needed. While governments and health
authorities are devising reopening plans that centre around public health and
businesses establishing stricter guideline for operations, Prof. Wan emphasises
that the measures may not adequately soothe pandemic-stricken consumers.

 

“Every effort to ensure a safe
and fast recovery is imperative to revive the tourism industry,” Prof. Wan
says. “This research proposes and tests how the psychological impacts from
a prolonged (and possibly recurring) period of social distancing may play a
role in business recovery, especially that in the tourism sector. We believe
that this psychological perspective complements the mainstream focus on health
and economic measures to combat COVID-19 and similar pandemics which may come
to pass.”

 

This article was first published in the China
Business Knowledge (CBK) website by CUHK Business School: https://bit.ly/3l7UglI.

 

About CUHK Business School

CUHK
Business School comprises two schools — Accountancy and Hotel and
Tourism Management — and four departments — Decision Sciences and
Managerial Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing. Established
in Hong Kong in 1963, it is the first business school to offer BBA, MBA and
Executive MBA programmes in the region. Today, the School
offers 10 undergraduate programmes and 18
graduate programmes including MBA, EMBA,
Master, MSc, MPhil and Ph.D.

 

In
the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2020,
CUHK MBA is ranked 50th. In FT‘s 2019 EMBA ranking, CUHK EMBA is ranked 24th
in the world. CUHK Business School has the largest number of business alumni (40,000+)
among universities/business schools in Hong Kong — many of whom are key
business leaders. The School currently has about 4,800
undergraduate and postgraduate students and Professor Lin Zhou
is the Dean of CUHK Business School.

 

More information is
available at http://www.bschool.cuhk.edu.hk or by connecting with CUHK Business School
on:

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Executive Appointment: Mashreq names new Group Head of Compliance and MLRO

Executive Appointment: Mashreq names new Group Head of Compliance and MLRO

Scott Ramsay appointed as Group Head of Compliance & Bank Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO)

 

DUBAI, UAE – EQS Newswire – 8 October 2020 – Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE, has appointed Scott Ramsay as its new Group Head of Compliance & Bank Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO).

In this role as a part of the senior leadership team, Scott will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a robust enterprise-wide compliance program for the bank by evaluating and improving the effectiveness of internal controls and governance processes to ensure that the bank adheres to all regulatory guidelines across all markets. He will also provide support to operational teams in the development and implementation of regulatory policies across the bank.

Scott joined Mashreq in June 2020 as the head of international banking compliance. He will continue to perform his responsibilities in both the roles until a suitable successor is announced for the position of the head of international banking compliance in due course.

Scott brings with him more than 15 years of banking and senior management experience, with an extensive background in areas of compliance, financial crimes, and anti-money laundering amongst others. Prior to joining Mashreq, he served in senior compliance positions with HSBC in Hong Kong and the UAE. Before HSBC, he also worked as the Global Head of Sanctions Compliance and later as the Head of Legal and Compliance, Global Markets at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on Scott’s appointment, Ahmed Abdelaal, Group CEO of Mashreq Bank said: “Scott’s exceptional performance as Head of International Banking Compliance within a short period of time, coupled with his strong track record as well as breadth of international and regional experience have been key drivers behind this appointment. During a time when the global markets are witnessing exceptional disruption, having someone with his on-hands knowledge and expertise will be crucial to navigating the regulatory landscape and ensuring we have a world-class risk and compliance function. We are confident he will provide strong value by leading our compliance department as we continue on our growth journey.”

Scott Ramsay added: “It is a great honor for me to step into this new role at Mashreq. Compliance is one of the fundamental pillars of running a bank successfully. Under the CEO’s leadership, we will aim to further enhance the bank’s compliance and AML framework and continue to develop innovative tools and techniques to manage our compliance obligations across our network, while at the same time solidifying our relationships with regulators across the world.”

Photo: https://bit.ly/2GpCb48

About Mashreq

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services. 

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World’s Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

2016 Tang Prize Laureates Doudna and Charpentier Now Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2016 Tang Prize Laureates Doudna and Charpentier Now Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 7 October 2020 – News broke today (October 7) that 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to 2016 Tang Prize laureates, Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Dr. Jennifer Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing. It marked the second time that Tang Prize recipients became Nobel Prize winners, with the first time being 2014 Tang Prize winners Dr. James P. Allison and Dr. Tasuku Honjo awarded Nobel Prizes in 2018.

Tang Prize Laureates Doudna and Charpentier are Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

 Sharing the enormous pleasure brought by this glory, Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, CEO of the Tang Prize Foundation, immediately offered them his heartfelt congratulations, while also expressed his deep gratitude to the Tang Prize selection committee for having the great foresight to choose two laureates whose achievements are universally recognized.       

 

Though living in two continents far away from each other, France’s leading microbiologist Dr. Charpentier and world-renown American RNA expert Dr. Dounda met in 2011 at a conference in Puerto Rico. This chance encounter heralded the beginning of their collaboration. Together, they successfully transform CRISPR/Cas (CRISPR-associated proteins), an adaptive immune defensive system originally found in bacteria and archaea, into a two component system (Cas9 and a single guide RNA). CRISPR/Cas9 is a simple, programmable and efficient genome-editing method that is able to deliver multiple single gRNAs simultaneously to target and remove unwanted genes. 

 

In comparison with the previous gene editing platforms such as TALEN (transcription activator-like effector nuclease) or ZFN (zinc finger nuclease), CRISPR/Cas9 gets the upper hand for being more cost-effective, simple, efficient, precise and sensitive. It changed the science of genetics, opened the floodgates for the discovery and development of new therapies that benefit human beings, and can even help enhance biofuel and agricultural production. The concerted effort they put into the research on CRISPR/Cas9 has improved this technology by leaps and bounds and earned them an array of international awards, among which is the 2016 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science, jointly awarded to Dr. Charpentier, Dr. Doudna and Chinese-American bioengineer Dr. Feng Zhang.

 

To combat the coronavirus crisis, Dr. Doudna’s team is also developing CRISPR-based rapid diagnostics for COVID-19. She pointed out that CRISPR can detect RNA from the viral genome itself, which to some degree transcended the limitations faced by many IgM/IgG antibody tests in that it can spot the virus before patients’ immune cells start to produce antibodies. Moreover, CRISPR can easily be reprogrammed to search for different RNA or DNA sequences, therefore reducing the risk of failing to detect the novel coronavirus once it mutates.   

 

Dr. Charpentier decided to use the fund from the Tang Prize Foundation to further examine how our innate immune compartment responds to the infection of S. pyogenes, a Gram-positive bacterium. As outlined in her research proposal, innate immune cells “possess…a vast array of germline encoded Pathogen Recognition Receptors (PRRs), such as Toll Like Receptors (TLRs)” and because “ten human TLRs evolved to recognize specific Pathogen Associated Molecular Patterns (PAPMs) shared among different bacterial species,” our body can promptly detect “microbial invaders albeit without the specificity characteristic of the adaptive immune system.”

 

Founded by Taiwanese entrepreneur Dr. Samuel Yin, the Tang Prize is aimed to draw the world’s attention to the wisdom mankind needs in order to deal with issues unique to the 21st century. It consists of four categorizes (Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology and Rule of Law). With NT $50 million allocated to winners in each category (40 million prize money and 10 million research grant), it hopes to encourage the world’s top talent to work together for the betterment of human civilization. Awarded biannually since 2014, the Tang Prize announced its latest laureates in June 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation decided to cancel this year’s award ceremony and banquet but has planned to invite the 2020 laureates to deliver speeches at major international conferences and to travel to Taiwan to receive the award, when the pandemic is no longer considered a global health threat.

About Tang Prize

Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, founded the Tang Prize in December of 2012 as an extension of the supreme value his family placed on education. Harkening back to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty in Chinese history, the Tang Prize seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. For more information on the Tang Prize and its laureates, please visit www.tang-prize.org

G999: GSB Gold Standard Banking Introduces Revolutionary Block Chain Ecosystem

G999: GSB Gold Standard Banking Introduces Revolutionary Block Chain Ecosystem

HAMBURG, GERMANY – NEWSAKTUELL – 7 October 2020 – The world of financial currencies is likely to take a big step forward, and the Principality of Monaco seemed the perfect place to test innovations at the moment.

G999: GSB Gold Standard Banking introduces revolutionary block chain ecosystem

 

With this in mind, GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG (GSB), a leading German software, IT and blockchain group, has chosen the Monte Carlo Conference Centre in Monaco to launch an unprecedented technology that will make transactions of crypto currencies much easier and above all much faster.

 

During a glamorous opening ceremony, in the presence of a large crowd of international press and news agencies, Josip Heit, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GSB and his team of international software and hardware developers presented a unique electronic money system in the iconic golden hall of art (Salle des Arts) “G999″, Card device and app in one, inspired by the deflationary token economic model, which allows fast payments, micro-fees and a variety of other options, including a communication network that guarantees customers absolute privacy, which will be impossible to decipher with today’s technology. Enjoy the great future of the digital age,” announced GSB’s CEO, introducing Alexandru Cocindau, Chief Technical Officer (CTO, Technical Director) of the GSB Group, who chairs the internal Group Development Group.

 

G999 is based on the idea that block chain technology must ensure compliance with environmental regulations, in particular the promotion of energy saving. At the same time, it meets the current need to manage personal data in a completely secure and risk-free space, away from the mainstream web network through a decentralised data centre.

 

G999 enables tokens (Tokens are basic building blocks for operations with cryptographic values: Only those who have a valid token are allowed to execute a transaction on the associated block chain) to store, trade and use tokens almost simultaneously in a wide ecosystem without being dependent on intermediaries such as banks or payment processors. In addition, for the first time it offers wallet communication, a spam hacker-free e-mail service and a voice & chat system that is fully integrated into the platform. The way this system works is likely to make it impossible for decades to eavesdrop on or intercept, among other communication channels, making this system more than just system relevant.

 

Our block chain ecosystem is open-source and based on computer technology, which allows anyone to develop their new or established business according to a proof of stack model (Proof of Stake is a process by which a block chain network reaches a consensus on which participant may generate the next block),” emphasised the CEO of the GSB Group of companies based in the Port of Hamburg.

 

A targeted academy has also been created to regularly support each user in all steps with texts and technical videos in order to facilitate the use of this new tool in a simple and secure way.”We truly believe that only a well-informed community is able to benefit from the entire ecosystem”, Alexandru Cocindau underlined. Thus, G999 has a multitasking character and allows information tokens and additional spy-proof services without the risk of external manipulation.

 

“Blockchain is not just a bit coin, it is something great that can be used for different purposes in almost all industries”, emphasised Josip Heit during the international press conference. “In my opinion, it is one of the best technical creations of modern times,” he added. “As far as the cost of the Blockchain platform is concerned, it is dynamically calculated according to the amount of information you send through the platform; our goal is to make this technology fully accessible to everyone worldwide,” emphasised CTO Cocindau.

 

G999 will indeed interact continuously with users and inform them of the actual balance according to its use in transparency. “To prevent spamming, we have introduced a charging system that makes every malicious message so expensive that it hinders its distribution,” added Cocindau.

 

Questions during the press conference, such as Do you see the current economic crisis due to the pandemic as an opportunity or as an obstacle to the promotion of G999, answered Josip Heit, CEO of the Group, which has partners in 120 countries around the world, by saying: “I don’t want financial advice, but I trust in digitisation and any existing infrastructure that comes with it. In this respect, there are many improvements that we can make to speed up the processes in the global economy and make them more user-friendly”.

 

For those who want to know what G999 means, the “G” is derived from the initial ‘gold’, as GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG is based on the gold market with the aim of transporting this precious metal around the world in a way that is easier for traders and users. During the two years of development, a completely new communication system was designed, focusing on security and efficiency, G999 is the result – like 999 percent pure gold.

 

The youngest member of the group, GSB Gold Standard Bank Limited, with an A-Bank licence, banking licence number: B2020020, IBC Register: HY0050034, Mohéli, (in banking terms, a banking licence is the official licence to operate a credit institution), will be responsible from 15th October 2020 for the consulting, support and listing of the various exchange platforms, including the all-round theme of G999 block chain, staking and telecommunications. GSB Gold Standard Bank Limited concentrates within the group of companies on operating independently of the fiat currencies (fiat currencies are object (Euro, Dollar, Yen, Ruble, British Pound, Swiss Franc and all others, without any intrinsic value, which serve as medium of exchange, the opposite of fiat money is commodity money, such as gold), here responsible for the block chain exchange platforms. It should be mentioned that G999 will be available on the open market from 15 October 2020.

 

In summary, G999 opens the door to a perhaps not so distant future, in which there will no longer be any circulating currencies as we know them today, and which will be replaced by a global virtual currency system.

 

Not only in the Principality of Monaco as an internationally known financial hotspot, the journalists present were certain that G999 will play a primary role in the development of innovative cash solutions in the future. Further information on G999 can be found here: https://G999main.net

Brand New Pet-Friendly Amenities and Rooftop Lawn at Peak Galleria

Brand New Pet-Friendly Amenities and Rooftop Lawn at Peak Galleria

  • Introducing Pet
    Elevator, Pet Route, Photoshoot Station
  • Launching
    Peaknic Combo — Picnic with Breathtaking View of Hong Kong

HONG
KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach –
7 October 2020 – Following its much-acclaimed facelift last year, Hang
Lung Properties’ Peak Galleria
has brought in plenty of pet-friendly amenities long desired by pet parents and
their furry babies. This iconic landmark of Hong Kong is also introducing the Peaknic
combo, allowing pet owners to enjoy a picnic with their four-legged friends
on its new rooftop lawn by the Observation Deck on level three. With a
world-class view of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island, Peak Galleria
promises an unparalleled leisure experience for all!

Customers could enjoy picnic with their pets on the new rooftop lawn by the Observation Deck, against a backdrop of the scenic Pokfulam Reservoir and Hong Kong Island.
Please download the photos here – http://bit.ly/PG_Pet-friendly


Pet-friendly
amenities and photoshoot station for an exceptional leisure experience

At Peak
Galleria — the hottest pet-friendly shopping mall in town, not only is Fido
allowed in most of the areas, they can also use a dedicated elevator to access
the Observation Deck on level three, where they can roam freely and play. By
late October, Peak Galleria will be setting up an Insta-station for pet lovers
to snap away at — or with — their furry friends in a giant pet bowl
installation, capturing the most beautiful memories with their pampered
companions.

Customer
service is the hallmark of the Peak Galleria shopping experience. As such, Peak
Galleria has set up designated dog parking areas where Fido can rest while
their owners go shopping or dining. In addition, complimentary pet strollers
are available for loan from the Concierge for up to three hours with a deposit
of HK$500. (Note: In all mall areas, all pets must be muzzled and on leash not
exceeding 1.5 meters in length.)

Starting
today, Pawfect Barber Shop, a pet salon-themed photoshoot station, will open on
level one of Peak Galleria. A rich collection of props and backdrops will be
available at the station, where owners can play stylist for their beloved pets
for a fun-filled photo session. What’s more, a selection of items will be
available for sale at PANDORA, Gift at Races, and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Meanwhile, patrons accompanied by their pets will be entitled to limited-time
offers at the merchants below:

 

Nayuki

Upon purchase of any two beverages, pet owners will get one complimentary
Bonehemian Spanish Floss Bun (HKD$32). Quotas
apply; available while stocks last.

 

Mina House

Dine-in Mina House with your pet to enjoy one free dessert – Soft Roll
(Condensed Milk Flavor) by The Food Story. Quotas
apply; available while stocks last.

Weekend PetMart — where
world-famous pet labels convene

From now
on through December 31, over weekends and on public holidays, Peak Galleria
will host the PetMart at the atrium, featuring pop-up stalls by multiple chich
labels, including PRIVATE i PETS, KOLs Jerry. C @Jm9 and Kenji@ Ondogdog, PETCORE
VET and WELLNESS, PETS 101, and Dreamcatcher Holiday Market. Discover a vast
array of curated pet foods, pet supplements, handcrafted toys, and many more at
PetMart, which is deemed to bring an exceptional shopping experience to pet
owners and their furry friends!

Family Peaknic in style with
furry friends

From now
on, customers who order takeaway from participating restaurants or purchase a
designated picnic set by Mina House or JinYaJu Noodle Bar of over HK$600 will
receive a free picnic mat and a merchant cash coupon worth HK$100. Customers
can also loan an exquisite picnic basket at no costs — a picnic essential for
snapshots on the new rooftop lawn by the Observation Deck, against a backdrop
of the scenic Pokfulam Reservoir and Hong Kong Island. The signature picnic
sets at Mina House and JinYaJu Noodle Bar are available only at the Peak
Galleria. The former specializes in crispy snacks, while the latter has a wide
range of savory dishes, including the popular JinYaJu Noodle, chef-picked
appetizers and specialty beverages. Menus for two and for four are available to
meet the varied needs of avid picnic goers and paws.

About Peak Galleria

Peak Galleria, an iconic trademark in Hong Kong, is reopening
after the completion of a more than two-year-and-a-half redesign and
modernization program. The fresh new look is encapsulated by the gleaming new,
gem-like, curved exterior of the main entrance. The all-glass modernist façade
serves as a conduit for natural light into the interior of the mall, where a
richly curated merchant portfolio with personalized experiences and festive
celebrations awaits visitors. Highlights include the world’s first Monopoly-themed
experiential pavilion, Monopoly Dreams; Candylicious, the
internationally-acclaimed sweet shop from Singapore and Japanese gourmet
experience, 37 Steakhouse and Bar, among the over 60 new signature retail and
dining brands that join Peak Galleria to create a truly invigorating branded
shopping and dining experience.

10 Korean Companies Named Among HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia

10 Korean Companies Named Among HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Media OutReach – 7 October 2020 – HR Asia, the region’s leading trade
publication for senior HR professionals, announced the inclusion of ten Korean
companies in the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia.

 

The ten are Coach Korea, HP Korea Inc., HP
Printing Korea, Ingredion Korea, Maersk Korea Ltd, Robert
Walters Korea, Standard Chartered Bank Korea, Swarovski Korea
Ltd, UBASE and Yuhan-Kimberly.

 

This year, 3,361 employees from
a total of 80 companies across South Korea responded to the HR Asia Best
Companies to Work For in Asia Survey. The survey also covers ten other markets
across Asia, including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

“The inaugural Korean awardees of the HR Asia Best Companies
to Work for in Asia awards are made up of companies in diverse industries. This
shows that good employers can be found in almost any industry, and any company
can aspire to be among the best companies to work for — if they put conscious
efforts into creating supportive and caring workplaces and investing into
employee engagement programs,” said William Ng, group publisher and
editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.

 

“This is a challenging year for Korea, as it is for the rest
of the world. The awardees have demonstrated that despite the pandemic,
investments into people must continue. In fact, the key focus for these
companies are as much about the safety and wellbeing of their employees, as it
is about business continuity”, Ng added. 

 

In receiving the awards, the awardees
have these to say:

 

“Coach Korea is part of Tapestry, a New
York-based fashion and lifestyle house. Tapestry has three core values – Optimism,
Innovation and Inclusivity. At Coach Korea, we have initiated various
activities to embed these core values into our culture. To create an
environment where individuals can grow and to be the best place to work, our
store and office teams have actively embraced changes and solved problems
through dialogues and collaboration. These competencies serve as the crucial
drivers of our brand’s growth.” says James Lee, general manager of Coach Korea.

 

“Winning the HR Asia Best Companies
to Work for in Asia is a great honor. Our CEO and CHRO has placed great
emphasis on culture, values and diversity, equality and inclusion. Following
the current Covid-19 situation, our HR team has faced a lot of challenges and
we continue to put efforts into developing leaders through constant people and
capability review”, said Robert Choi, HR&GA director of Ingredion Korea.

 

“Maersk Group is going through massive
transformation to become ‘global integrator of container logistics’. Maersk
Korea is fully committed to realize this vision in the local market and we can
only do that when we have a highly engaged workforce. Being one of the winners
of HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia proves that we are on the right
track and we will accelerate our journey leveraging this momentum to become the
employer of choice for existing and future employees!” says Mike Choi, area HR manager
of Maersk North East Asia.

 

“It is truly an honorable moment for
Swarovski Korea to receive this Award in its inaugural year in Korea, especially
in the year of the 125th anniversary of Swarovski. This award will be
meaningful in lighting up the values of the company, after going through the Covid
19 challenges. We will continue igniting the dreams of people with new ways and
new values by making advancement in our employee value proposition” says Janine
Shin, head of HR Korea & Japan, Swarovski Korea.

 

“Thank you for selecting UBASE as the
Best Company to Work for in Asia 2020. This award is very meaningful in
two-ways: 1. we were selected during the era of COVID19.  During this tough time, our employees
selecting us as the Best Company to Work for in Asia, is very honorable and
meaningful to me. 2. We won the awards on the first year in Korea. We will
target next year as well to continue a meaningful legacy of UBASE”, says
Dae-Gun Hur, CEO of UBASE, Inc.

 

“It is all the more meaningful to
receive such an honorable award as Yuhan-Kimberly celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Yuhan-Kimberly has been committed to sustainable business management since its
foundation and named Korea’s Most Admired Company for 17 years in a row. Our
employees are the most crucial resources for the company’s sustainable growth
and receiving this Awards is a meaningful recognition for them to prepare for
the great voyage into new 50 years,” says HoYun Choi, CHRO of Yuhan-Kimberly.

 

About HR Asia

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

Rockwell Automation and Microsoft Expand Partnership to Simplify Industrial Transformation

Rockwell Automation and Microsoft Expand Partnership to Simplify Industrial Transformation

Partnership aims to empower manufacturers with agility, intelligence, and scale to deliver digital transformation initiatives—from the cloud to the edge

 

MILWAUKEE, U.S. – Media OutReach – 7 October 2020 – Rockwell
Automation, Inc.
(NYSE: ROK) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced
a five-year partnership expansion to develop integrated, market-ready solutions
that help industrial customers improve digital agility through cloud technology.
By combining each company’s expertise in the industrial and IT markets, respectively,
teams can work together more seamlessly, enabling industrial organizations to save
on infrastructure costs, speed time-to-value, and increase productivity.

 

Microsoft and Rockwell are working to deliver innovative edge-to-cloud-based
solutions that connect information between development, operations and
maintenance teams through a singular, trusted data environment. This will allow
development teams to digitally prototype, configure and collaborate without
investing in costly physical equipment. This unified information environment also
enables IT and OT teams to not only securely access and share data models across
the organization, but with their ecosystem of partners as well.

“Today, one thing we know for sure is
that no business is 100% resilient. Those fortified with digital capabilities
and assets are more resilient than others, and the cloud is how they will
thrive,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of worldwide commercial
business, Microsoft. “We are pleased to deepen our already strong, decade-long
relationship with Rockwell Automation to help businesses simplify industrial
transformation, accelerate business outcomes and innovate with agility.”

 

To date, the
companies have co-developed over 20 use cases across Food & Beverage,
Household and Personal Care and Life Sciences industries. The solutions
developed from this partnership will augment and enhance our current offerings.

 

“This partnership provides Rockwell Automation and Microsoft
customers with a holistic, simple solution for IIoT development and operations
and removes data silos that hinder industrial digital transformation initiatives,”
said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “By eliminating a
core barrier to automation initiatives, industrial organizations establish a
digital thread connecting the entire enterprise, which in turn accelerates
innovation, maximizes productivity and optimizes operations.”

 

“Our team has seen the preview release of this new solution
and we are excited about collaboration between our strategic partners, Rockwell
Automation and Microsoft,” said Tristan Hunter, GM Automation & Operational
Technology at Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, New Zealand’s largest
company and responsible for 30% of the world’s dairy exports. “Moving data from
our on-premise assets securely with context and providing new workflows for us
to analyze and drive better outcomes is important to maintaining Fonterra’s
high standards across our many plants globally.”

Organizations can access Rockwell Automation solutions now
via the Microsoft
Azure Marketplace
with more solutions currently in development. The next
phase of co-innovation solutions will be available to joint customers of
Rockwell Automation and Microsoft customers in Q1 2021 at Automation
Fair At Home
.

 

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital
transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its
mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to
achieve more.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell
Automation Inc.
(NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial
automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people
with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the
world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers
dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how
we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises,
visit www.rockwellautomation.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements about future growth
and growth acceleration, business performance, the integration and development
of solutions, the closing of the equity transaction and the use of proceeds and
share repurchases. These statements are “forward-looking statements” as defined
in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as
“believe”, “estimate”, “project”, “plan”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “will”,
“intend” and other similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements.
Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of
certain risks and uncertainties, including the fact that growth may not occur
or accelerate as expected, subscription may not grow profitably as expected,
the equity investment may not close when or as expected and any use of proceeds
or share repurchases may not occur as expected, and the integration of the
solutions and development of future solutions may not occur as expected, and
those risks and uncertainties described in the companies’ filings
with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking
statements reflect our beliefs as of the date of filing this release. We undertake
no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.

GENE Life Was Officially Established,  With The Dedication To Provide Anti-pandemic Supplies,  Including COVID-19 Test Kits

GENE Life Was Officially Established, With The Dedication To Provide Anti-pandemic Supplies, Including COVID-19 Test Kits

Leveraging Industry Network And Expertise Of Amuse Group, 

Grand View Bio Tech And Mason Supreme Healthcare,

GENE Life Strives To Seize the Anti-pandemic Product Market In Hong Kong And The Greater Bay Area


HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 7 October 2020 – Amuse Group Holding Limited (HKEx GEM stock code: 08545, “Amuse Group”) and Grand View Bio Tech (“Grand View”) announced the establishment of their joint venture GENE Life Company Limited (“GENE Life”, “Company”). Leveraging both companies’ expertise and market edges, GENE Life is dedicated to engaging in assembling and the sale of anti-pandemic products, which include COVID-19 test kits, in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

 

Amuse Group and Grand View Bio Tech announced the establishment of their joint venture GENE Life, with the dedication to engage in assembling and the sale of anti-pandemic products in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
(From second left to right)
GENE Life Image Ambassador: Miss Kiko Leung
Mason Supreme Healthcare Group: Dr. Keith Wong
GENE Life Chief Executive Officer: Miss Kammy Cheung
Representative of Grand View Bio Tech: Mr Raymond Leung
GENE Life General Manager:Miss Candy Leung

 

While the materials of COVID-19 test kits serve as the primary product of GENE Life, the Company offers other products including face masks and immunity-boosting nutritional supplements.

 

With an aim to enhancing its product diversity and sales channels, Grand View, the shareholder of GENE Life, had previously signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mason Supreme Healthcare (“MSH”), a subsidiary company of Mason Group Holdings Limited (HKEx stock code: 00273), which core business is to provide medical consultancy and health management services in the Greater Bay Area.

 

“With COVID-19 raging, the awareness of health protection has been increasing among citizens, leading to the rising demand of the anti-pandemic products. The establishment of GENE Life is here to meet such market demand. We will leverage the expertise and market edges of our shareholders and other business partners, which include Grand View’s rich experience in trading business of face masks and COVID-19 test kits, and MSH’s healthcare expertise and resources. Together with the investment of Amuse Group, we will promote our quality anti-pandemic products to the citizens in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area”, said Ms. Kammy Cheung, the CEO of GENE Life.

 

“In the future, in order to meet the demand of health products and services at different life stages, apart from fostering the business of anti-pandemic products, we will also provide business solutions in various aspects, such as precise health check, preventive medicines and anti-aging.”

 

About GENE Life

GENE Life, powered by strategic partners Amuse Group Holding Limited (HKEx stock code: 08545), Grand View Bio Tech and Mason Supreme Healthcare (MSH), believes that immunity-booting nutritional supplements and disease prevention solutions should be put on the front lines of health management, while simultaneously making wellness handily accessible to meet ever-evolving customer needs.

 

At GENE Life, healthcare at cell level is the Company’s top priority and its veteran-endorsed COVID-19 antibody tests, supplements and cartoon masks are designed to turn preventative care into little treasures in everyday life.

 

Through genetic-based intelligence and wellbeing-centered inventions, GENE Life aspires to nurture happier and healthier lives.

 

About Grand View Bio Tech

As a shareholder of GENE Life, Grand View Bio Tech is a company incorporated in Hong Kong, which is principally engaged in the business of trading of face masks and COVID-19 test kits. In additional, the company enhances its product diversity and sales channels through the cooperation with its business partner, Mason Supreme Healthcare.

About Amuse Group Holding Limited (Amuse Group)

Amuse Group Holding Limited (HKEx stock code: 08545) is a Hong Kong-based toy company which carries out design, marketing, distribution and retail sales of toys and related products. According to the F&S Report, Amuse Group ranked fifth among ACG figure toy ODM service suppliers in Hong Kong in terms of share of total industry revenue in 2017.

The principal business objective of the Group is to further strengthen its overseas distribution network as well as enhancing the sales of its own licensed toys.

Our extensive array of products spans across ODM Toys produced according to the Group’s customers’ specifications and requirements, Imported Toys which were sourced from overseas licensees and Own Licensed Toys based on license rights obtained from various licensors of the U.S. entertainment and toy brands, including SEN-TI-NEL, TOPI and FLAME TOYS.

About Mason Supreme Healthcare (MSH)

Mason Supreme Healthcare is a subsidiary company of Mason Group Holdings Limited, a listed company in Hong Kong (HKEx stock code: 00273). MSH combined years of healthcare and health management experience of its parent company to create an integrated healthcare services brand. Rooted in Hong Kong and based in the Greater Bay Area, MSH is in a great position to propel its cross-border trendsetting high-end precision healthcare services into the major cities in China.

MSH is focused in “Precision Medicine”, and its experience in healthcare consultancy and our technical ability is second to none. The company ensures that its clients’ healthcare needs are attended to in a speedy and timely manner. At the same time, MSH is also focused in “Preventive Medicine” taking on the task of ensuring our clients’ health with the utmost integrity. The company believes that every Chinese person shall be able to truly experience healthcare services which exemplifies its motto “benevolence as basis for professional excellence”.