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Miss QT started her career with Credit Suisse Investment Bank issuing Structured Products to Private Banks, and later joined UBS Private Bank where she spent the bulk of her career. She works at a Technology Hedge Fund that specializes in global technology investments. A graduate of Duke University, she holds two degrees from the School of Engineering, and double majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. She trades the Global Equities Market and conducts proprietary reesearch on Algorithmic Investing (from Quandl with over 10 million datasets to Multicharts) to improve investment decisions. During her free time, Miss QT plays Golf.

Supercharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 reaches final milestone

Supercharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 reaches final milestone

Successfully kick starting new FinTech partnerships and collaboration

11 April 2017, Hong Kong SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator, along with main partners, Standard Chartered Bank – also a founding member, and Fidelity International, today announced the successful outcomes of the programme enabling international growth stage companies to expand their operations within Asia.

Standard Chartered Bank has initiated Proof of Concept projects with two companies:

– Robo-advisory for wealth management: Bambu is a B2B Robo-advisory company that builds intelligent software and investment solutions to improve the efficiency of wealth management.

– RegTech utilising distributed ledger technology: KYC Chain is a platform to provide greater convenience and security to users of distributed ledger technology. It allows users to manage their digital identities securely while businesses and financial institutions are able to manage customer data in a reliable and easy manner.

– Mr Shameek Kundu, Standard Chartered’s Global Head of Data, Technology Strategy and Innovation, said: “Standard Chartered Bank is proud to partner the Supercharger FinTech Accelerator Programme, which gives us the opportunity to team up with the brightest technology companies in our Asian footprint and to deliver the best service to our clients. We are delighted that the programme is taking place in Hong Kong, a key market for us, giving promising fintechs a springboard to the rest of Asia.”

– Mr Stuart Morley, Head of Technology for Asia & Central at Fidelity International, said: “We believe innovation, in terms of solutions and operating behaviour, is critical to providing the best possible service to our clients and should be at the heart of everything we do as a firm. We also believe in the power of collaboration and the SuperCharger program has enabled us to partner with some of the best startups and talent based in Hong Kong and also globally – partnerships that have enabled us to evolve our understanding of the potential of the fintech market and allowed the startups to evolve their own, exciting business propositions. SuperCharger is an important and valued component of our global innovation approach.”

This announcement at today’s SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 Demo Day marked the successful completion of another 12-week programme from the world’s first fintech accelerator dedicated to both start-ups and scale-up global fintech companies aiming to capture the growth markets of Asia. The programme leverages on Hong Kong’s strength as Asia’s finance and technology gateway.

The success of the accelerator has been attributed to its strong partnership with corporate backers and designing the selection process to be demand-led by concrete business cases. Ms Veronika Kuznetsova, SuperCharger’s Managing Director, explained: “Such an achievement highlights the effectiveness of SuperCharger as a sustainable model for facilitating dialogues between the decision makers of the financial industry and the forward-thinking techpreneurs from startups, which ultimately leads to the advancing of the fintech ecosystem in Asia.”

Built from the ground up in just two years, SuperCharger has gained significant momentum. Its location is strategic as Asia is now the largest market in the world for fintech with US$10 billion invested in 2016. Mr Janos Barberis, SuperCharger’s Founder, said: “Our goal is to make SuperCharger the leading partnership builder between financial institutions and fintech companies. With this Demo Day, we now have the track record, team, alumni network and partners we can reach this goal and firmly establish ourselves, and be recognised, as Asia’s leading fintech accelerator.”

SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 3.0 will open for applications in the summer of 2017, enabling up and coming fintech companies to scale across Asia.


SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator
Leveraging on Hong Kong’s traditional strength as Asia’s finance and technology gateway, SuperCharger is a 12-week Fintech Accelerator Programme backed by Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity International and Cyberport, among others. In its first batch, SuperCharger 1.0 received over 160 applications from more than 25 countries globally and selected 8 Fintechs. The selected companies had raised between US$ 200,000 and 150 million and ranged from early-stage to late-stage growth Fintech companies. Throughout the programme, SuperCharger’s 2000 sq. ft. co-working office was enriched by the participation and mentorship of more than 150 individuals, including VCs, mentors, government officials, journalists and the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

SuperCharger’s finalists and alumni are shaping the future of finance in Hong Kong and beyond. For more information about SuperCharger and its Demo Day, please visit www.fintechsupercharger.com, or contact hello@fintechsupercharger.com.

 

 

SUPERCHARGER FINTECH ACCELERATOR 2.0 – COHORT LIST

1. Bambu – Wealth Management – is a B2B Robo-advisory company that builds intelligent software and investment solutions to improve the efficiency of wealth management.

2. Clare.ai – Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots – Clare.ai is building a white-label chatbot to help banks deliver customer service with more controls and cost efficiencies. It provides a conversational solution based on machine learning algorithms and natural language processing.

3. Entersoft – Cybersecurity – Entersoft is an application security provider based in Australia. It integrates offensive assessment, proactive monitoring and managed security to provide cost-effective and reliable solutions.

5. FinChat – RegTech – FinChat Technology is a mobile-compliance monitoring service provider based in Singapore. Through its all-in-one mobile compliance solution, FinChat ensures regulatory compliance and facilitates collaborative pursuits between financial institutions.

6. Foris – Payments – Foris is Southeast Asia’s universal money application. Launching in Hong Kong and Singapore in Q1 2017, it will provide a multi-currency account that allows users to manage money at perfect interbank exchange rates.

7. KYC Chain – RegTech is a platform to provide greater convenience and security to users of distributed ledger technology. It allows users to manage their digital identities securely while businesses and financial institutions are able to manage customer data in a reliable and easy manner.

8. Squirro – Big Data / Data Visualisation – Squirro is a data insights solution developer based in Zurich. Squirro works with global data-driven organisations and provides solutions in risk, service, and customer insights.

9. Xnotes Alliance – Blockchain – XNotes Alliance provides business-driven, currency-agnostic and energy-efficient enterprise class blockchain-based solutions. It provides users with full accessibility control across the transaction process, empowering them to run more efficiently and securely.

 

SuperCharger 2.0 Demo Day – join the grand finale of our second accelerator program

SuperCharger 2.0 Demo Day – join the grand finale of our second accelerator program

SuperCharger will be holding a Demo Day on April 11, 2017 on the historic Hong Kong Exchange trading floor. The day will announce exciting new partnerships, deals, and news from the program, followed by SuperCharger’s start-ups showcasing the accelerated progress they have made in the past 12 weeks through pitches and demo of their cutting-edge products. The event will also feature speeches from corporate partners and special guests, followed by networking. You will also have the opportunity to have more private interactions with our start-ups at their dedicated booths.

Sign up here to be part of our grand finale. For more information on the Demo Day, please email hello@fintechsupercharger.com.

The participating start-ups are:

  • Bambu [Wealth Management]: Bambu is a Singapore-based Robo-advisory company that just won Best Early Stage Startup in the Next Money Fintech Finals 2017. It provides innovative, cost-effective and efficient entry points into investing and wealth management.
  • ai [Artificial Intelligence]: Clare.ai is building a white-label chatbot to help banks deliver customer service with more controls and cost efficiencies. It provides a conversational solution based on machine learning algorithms and natural language processing.
  • Entersoft [Cybersecurity]: Entersoft is an application security provider based in Australia. It integrates offensive assessment, proactive monitoring and managed security to provide cost-effective and reliable solutions.
  • FinChat [Regulatory Techology]: FinChat Technology, winner of MAS FinTech Awards during Singapore FinTech Week, is a mobile-compliance monitoring service provider based in Singapore. Through its all-in-one mobile compliance solution, FinChat ensures regulatory compliance and facilitates collaborative pursuits between financial institutions.
  • Foris [Payments]: Foris is Southeast Asia’s universal money application. Launching in Hong Kong and Singapore in Q1 2017, it will provide a multi-currency account that allows users to manage money at perfect interbank exchange rates.
  • KYC-Chain [RegTech]: KYC-Chain is a digital identity platform that uses Distrubted Ledger Technology to help banks and other financial institutions to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Squirro [Big Data / Data Visualisation]: Squirro is a data insights solution developer based in Zurich. Squirro works with global data-driven organisations and provides solutions in risk, service, and customer insights.
  • XNotes Alliance [Blockchain]: XNotes Alliance provides business-driven, currency-agnostic and energy-efficient enterprise class blockchain-based solutions. It provides users with full accessibility control across the transaction process, empowering them to run more efficiently and securely.

agnès b. Styliste Book Launch for the Brand’s 40th Anniversary

agnès b. Styliste Book Launch for the Brand’s 40th Anniversary

THE DESIGNER AGNÈS TROUBLÉ IN HONG KONG FOR BOOK SIGNING
UNVEIL UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND THE INTERNATIONAL FASHION EMPIRE

Echoing the brand’s 40th anniversary, Agnès Troublé, founder and designer of agnès b., has her very first biography “agnès b. STYLISTE”.  In celebration of the book launch, Madam Agnès b. made her presence in Hong Kong on 24th November for her book launch and signing party after her first book tour stop in Tokyo. The book launch and signing party was held at K11 agnès b RUE DE MARSEILLE where she unveiled the multi-faceted world of agnès b. to all her fashion, arts and culture enthusiast-supporters!

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Agnès b. (born Agnès Troublé) was born in 1941 in Versailles, where it encased the memories of her childhood. Growing up in a family with four siblings and later married to Christian Bourgois, Agnès’s father always encouraged her to explore music and arts. She joined ELLE magazine as a junior fashion editor, and also worked as a stylist at Dorothée Bis and Cacharel. In 1975, Agnès opened her first shop on rue du Jour in Paris, expanding into men’s and children’s in 1981. She created her subsidiaries in the Netherlands (1983), Japan (1984) and the UK (1987). agnès b. arrived in Hong Kong in 1995. Today, the agnès b. group has over 300 stores worldwide.

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Since the beginning, Agnès has been creating clean yet timeless pieces for every collection, defining her own vocabulary while mixing classic fashion codes with modern chic style. The unforgettable pieces, adaptable to any and all styles of the moment, eventually proliferate into a reputable international fashion empire. “40 years flies by and I am glad to have grown gracefully with my brand.  I feel so blessed to have walked through this journey with all my dear friends, who shaped me, influenced me, moved me deeply,” Agnès said, “Working on my biography gave me a chance to look back at many remarkable moments for the brand any myself, and I want to say a big thank you to my team in France, Europe, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China – everyone who’s been here through it all.”

For her visit to Hong Kong, Agnès further, “I do not believe in borders and differences but rather in crossing cultural lines. In every country, I no doubt speak to the same people, with perhaps some of the same desires, who watch the same movies or listen, more or less, to the same popular music. I am delighted to visit Hong Kong again and meet friends who share the same taste and values.”

“agnès b. STYLISTE” Pre-launch exclusively in agnès b. stores (Hong Kong/Taiwan)

Agnès Troublé, launches her very first biography “agnès b. STYLISTE”, with text and interview by a French journalist, Florence Ben Sadoun. The book unveils the multi-faceted world of agnès b., including her personal work, the behind-the-scene of the house signature pieces eg. the most welcomed snap cardigans, work clothes as well as photoprints etc. it also talks about her as a patron, sponsor of TARA ocean expedition, GALERIE DU JOUR owner, film maker and art collector.

“agnès b. STYLISTE”was launched in France and Japan earlier. Its English version will be officaially launched globally from Spring Summer 2017. This special edition with tote bag and posteris now exclusively pre-launched in agnès b. shops in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Author     :Florence Ben Sadoun
Size         :280mm x 210mm
Pages      :288 pages
Price        :HK$490 (with complimentary poster and tote bag)
Locations :K11 agnès b RUE DE MARSEILLE and selected agnès b. stores

Apart from agnès b. STYLISTE book launch and signing party, agnès b. Hong Kong started various activations to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary, including:

– After two months of renovation, agnès b. RUE DU JOUR concept store at Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay was open in June 2016. With a brand new design concept, the new two-floor concept store houses Homme, Femme, SPORT B., VOYAGE, BIJOUX, b. CAFÉ, b. FLEURISTE, I Love Flowers by agnès b. and To b. by agnès b. The shop is designed by Japanese interior designers Yoshida Ai and Tatsuya Nishinaga. The use of white wall and wooden furniture reflects the simplicity of agnès design.

– K11 presented the cross-category FASHION MUSE exhibition that showcases 50 agnès b. ARTIST TEE, including 24 special editions for the 40th anniversary. K11 also joined hands with local trendsetters, including musician Mark Lui, singer Jaymie Cheung and Toby Crispy@Lastbutnotleast to launch the limited edition K11 x SPORT B.TEE.

 

SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 kicks off Hong Kong FinTech Week

SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 kicks off Hong Kong FinTech Week

8 finalists announced including some of the hottest start-ups and scale-ups in wealth management, RegTech, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and blockchain


Hong Kong, 7 November 2016
– As an indication of the rising FinTech trends in Asia, wealth management, regulatory technology (RegTech), artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and blockchain were the areas with the most compelling submissions for the 2017 SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 programme, Hong Kong’s 12-week FinTech accelerator programme sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank and Fidelity International.

For a second year running, SuperCharger, which aims to help the most promising start-ups and scale-ups grow in Asia, has surpassed other Hong Kong FinTech accelerators with almost 200 applicants from 33 countries from which 8 finalists were selected.

Mr Shameek Kundu, Standard Chartered’s Global Head of Data, Architecture and Innovation, said: “As the founding sponsor of the SuperCharger, Standard Chartered has a demonstrable record for encouraging the development of the FinTech ecosystem in Asia by investing in FinTechs as well as cultivating and collaborating with several exciting start-ups to help them grow. From the SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator 2.0 cohort, we hope to provide the launchpad for more interesting collaborations that can help us make banking simpler and improve the client experience.”

Mr Stuart Morley, Head of Technology – Asia at Fidelity International, said: “At Fidelity, we believe in a collaborative philosophy when engaging with the FinTech ecosystem. The SuperCharger accelerator is a high quality program that enables us to partner with some of the brightest startup prospects from around the world and on themes that are of particular interest and importance to Hong Kong and the Financial Services industry more broadly right now. We are excited about our involvement with the SuperCharger once again and are committed to developing, in conjunction with the 8 finalists, new and progressive solutions for our clients.

Mr Janos Barberis, Founder of SuperCharger, said: “SuperCharger is strongly establishing itself as Hong Kong’s leading FinTech accelerator. The quality of this year’s cohort is a testament to that and reflects the role our accelerator plays for the sourcing of products, solutions and talent in the financial services industry in this region.”

The 8 finalists for SuperCharger 2.0 are (alphabetical order):
1.  Bambu – Wealth Management
2.  Clare.ai – Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots
3.  Entersoft – Cybersecurity
4.  FinChat – Regulatory Techology
5.  Foris – Payments
6.  KYC Chain – Regulatory Technology
7.  Squirro – Big Data
8.  Xnotes Alliance – Blockchain

The 8 selected companies are highly complementary and present clear partnership opportunities with SuperCharger corporate partners. Each company’s founder will participate in a robust curriculum structured around bespoke content and gain access to an extensive network of partners and mentors. Following the 12-week programme, the companies will have supercharged their growth within the Asian FinTech Market, currently the largest in the world by nominal investment amounting to US$2.6 billion in Q1 of 2016 (source: KPMG: The Pulse of FinTech Q1 2016).

The total number of applications rose by 24% compared to the previous year, as a result of greater awareness and popularity of the programme. More than an accelerator, SuperCharger keeps the pulse on FinTech markets globally. It increasingly attracts mature companies (54% are revenue generating) and supports cross-border activity of start-ups as they internationalise themselves. In that respect, Hong Kong plays a key role as Asia’s FinTech super connector.

In addition to the programme’s main sponsors Standard Chartered and Fidelity, SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is also supported by Cyberport, a venue partner providing the participants the newly opened Cyberport Smart-Space FinTech Centre as their co-working space. Other supporting organisations include Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, VISA, Baker and McKenzie, Arbor Ventures, General Assembly, Amazon Web Services, InvestHK, FinnovAsia, Mambu, FinTech St, e27, Crowdfund Insider and the University of Hong Kong.

SuperCharger
Leveraging on Hong Kong’s traditional strength as Asia’s finance and technology gateway, SuperCharger is a 12-week FinTech Accelerator Programme backed by Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity International and Cyberport, among others. In its first batch, SuperCharger 1.0 received over 160 applications from more than 25 countries globally and selected 8 Fintechs. The selected companies had raised between US$ 200,000 and 150 million and ranged from early-stage to late-stage growth FinTech companies. Throughout the programme, SuperCharger’s 2000 sq. ft. co-working office was enriched by the participation and mentorship of more than 150 individuals, including VCs, mentors, government officials, journalists and the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

SuperCharger’s finalists and alumni are shaping the future of finance in Hong Kong and beyond. If you have any questions or comments, please reach us at hello@fintechsupercharger.com.

 

Communication

Communication

As we grow older, our experiences make us wiser and more knowledgeable about the world. Yet, it can also make us wary, guarded and disillusioned with what life has to offer. An average adult carries an unquantifiable amount of emotional baggage with them, accrued from various pressures, worries, anxiety, fear and guilt which slow build up on a daily basis. So, in order to protect ourselves, we erect barriers and defence mechanisms to prevent others from getting too close. We may use humour to deflect attention and laughter to conceal our pain, but the end result is that we often avoid developing a genuine connection with people that is only fostered through open and honest communication. Notably, even babies can communicate quite effectively with their peers without a fully formed vocabulary. So why is it so complicated for us? Do we lose that ability over time or are we simply making it more complicated for ourselves than it really should be.

Communication

You barely tell me anything,
so how am I to know,
you always seem like you’re afraid,
to let emotions show.

I know that you’ve been taught to be,
so stoical and strong,
such that you cannot just admit,
when something’s going wrong.

You ought to know relationships,
are mainly about trust,
communication is the key,
to make it more robust.

So while it’s hard, why don’t you try,
to learn to lean on me,
you may find it unburdens you,
at least to some degree.

Expressing what you think and feel,
is really not so bad,
it’s part of sharing who we are,
it comforts us when sad.

For if we bottle all inside,
then at some point we’ll burst,
and all the pain that we will feel,
will be a whole lot worse.

So open up and let me in,
and share with me your life,
tell me of your greatest triumph,
and of your greatest strife.

Please let me empathize with you,
and help me understand,
and guide me to your point of view,
and show me where you stand.

And let me fill the empty void,
the loneliness within,
allow it just to wash away,
like it had never been.

For we must bare our hearts and souls,
the things we guard the most,
as that’s the price that must be paid,
in order to be close.

Lenovo Unveils Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods in Hong Kong

Lenovo Unveils Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods in Hong Kong

Revolutionary Interchangeable Backs Transform Your Smartphone in a Snap

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Hong Kong, 27 October 2016 – Lenovo today unveils Moto Z and Moto Z Play, two amazing flagship smartphones, as well as Moto ModsTM, a collection of revolutionary interchangeable backs including a super zoom camera, a battery powerhouse, a big screen projector and a boombox, that transforms your mobile experience in a snap.

Moto Z: The World’s Thinnest Premium Smartphone

The new Moto Z is durable yet razor thin – just 5.19 mm, making it the world’s thinnest premium smartphone ever. Made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, the Moto Z features a 14 cm (5.5”) Quad HD AMOLED display that reproduces stunning, lively content with fine details. It also comes with water-repellant coating and keeps you protected from rain, splashes or spills.

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Moto Z

To help you take breathtaking, true to life shots in any lighting conditions, Moto Z comes with a high-resolution 13MP, f1.8 camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. The front-facing 5MP camera with an extra front flash and a wide angle lens works like a charm even in low light and lets you click beautiful selfies with your friends and family. The fingerprint reader in Moto Z is super responsive and quick and a simple touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone.

A powerful Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM allows the Moto Z to run enormously fast and perform heavy duty tasks. You can go all day and well into the night without needing to stop and recharge thanks to a 2600 mAh battery that gives up to 24 hours of battery1life. Even when the battery goes low, get up to 7 hours of power in just 15 minutes with TurboPowerTM.

Available in 64 GB of internal storage option, the Moto Z supports additional space up to 2TB2 via a microSD card. The Moto Z family brings the latest in Moto Experiences with Moto Actions, Moto Voice and Moto Display to make your mobile experience more convenient and enjoyable.

Moto Z Play: Ultimate Battery, Unlimited Possibilities

The Moto Z Play comes with Moto’s longest lasting smartphone battery ever. The Moto Z Play delivers a long battery life of up to 45 hours of battery4 life with its 3510 mAh battery that also supports TurboPowerTM charging5 allowing you to get up to 8 hours of use in just a 15 minutes charge. Nonstop multitasking is guaranteed on the Moto Z Play with its ultra-smooth 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

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Moto Z Play

The device features a thin, lightweight design with a solid aluminum frame and elegant glass back. A stunning 5.5” 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED display delivers a crisp and clear visual treat to your eyes whether you’re playing games, watching movies or going through your pictures or videos.

With a 16MP laser autofocus camera, shoot beautifully sharp photos be it day or night and go from selfies to groupies instantly with the wide-angle, front-facing camera with LED flash.

Moto ModsTM: Instantly transform your smartphone into an entirely new device.

Moto ModsTM are a range of interchangeable magnetic backs that easily snap onto the rear of Moto Z and Moto Play. In one snap, you can transform them into what you need without taking your smartphone apart.

JBL® Soundboost to pump up your music: Give your smartphone a boost with powerful stereo sound from the JBL® SoundBoost.

Moto Insta-Share Projector for big-screen entertainment: Enjoy a movie or your favorite show with the Moto Insta-Share Projector that turns your Moto Z into a 70-inch movie projector.

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Moto ModsTM

Instant recharge with Incipio offGRIDTM Power Pack: Whenever your battery is low, get some extra juice with the Incipio offGRIDTM Power Pack that instantly adds up to 20 hours3 of life to your phone.

Get 10x optical zoom using Hasselblad True Zoom: The Hasselblad True Zoom adds advanced imaging functionality to your phone, letting you capture shots you normally wouldn’t be able to with a standard smartphone camera. 10x optical zoom lets you capture detailed photos from a distance without reducing image resolution. The Xenon flash lights up your subject evenly, giving you crisp, blur-free pictures in any environment. And, since the True Zoom becomes one with your phone, sharing the brilliant results in the moment is just a click away.

Hasselblad design and ergonomics provide a real imaging experience with enhanced control for easier shooting and better results. Physical shutter and zoom controls make capturing great shots a snap. You’ll also be able to capture in RAW format so you always have the highest image quality. Plus, enjoy ultimate control with a free access to Hasselblad’s Phocus editing software.

Gussy up with your Smartphone with Moto Style Shell: Transform your phone to fit your style by adding a beautifully designed, Moto Style Shell. Choose from premium materials like real wood and leather, or pick out the ballistic nylon variants.

Availability and Prices
Moto Z will be available on 28 October 2016 from 3HK, SmarTone, CSL, CMHK, Sun Mobile, Broadway, Fortress, Wilson, Suning, Dreamteam, Citylink and more, priced at HK$4,999. The purchase of Moto Z comes with Moto Style Shells.

Moto Z Play will also be available on 28 October 2016 at HK$4,099.

Moto ModsTM JBL® SoundBoost Speaker (HK$999), Hasselblad True Zoom Camera (HK$3,399), Incipio offGRIDTM Power Pack (HK$899) and Moto Style Shells (HK$199) are now available. Insta-Share Projector (HK$2,599) will be available tentatively in November.

Distributed by Distribution One Limited, the exclusive distributor for Motorola Hong Kong and Macau. For enquiries: please call at 8118 1888.

 

About Lenovo Lenovo
(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps.  Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo Company, connects people to the mobile Internet with affordable devices that don’t compromise on quality, experiences or style. For more information, visit moto.hk

1 Moto Z: 24 hours in Hong Kong. All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average user profile that includes both usage and standby. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, voice, data, and other application usage patterns.

2 MicroSD card sold separately. Content with DRM restrictions may not be able to be moved to the card. 2TB is the maximum capacity currently available.

3 Moto Z: 7 hours of power rest of world. Power Pack: 20 hours in ROW. Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average mixed use profile that includes both usage and standby time on a 4G LTE network. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project battery performance. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.

4 45 hours in Hong Kong. All battery life claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of batter, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

5 Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging processes. Charger sold separately in some markets.

 

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SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator Announces Renewed Partnership with HKEX

SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator Announces Renewed Partnership with HKEX

Hong Kong, October 2016 – SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator is proud to announce the renewal of its partnership with Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (“HKEX”), aimed at advancing FinTech innovation in Hong Kong. For a second consecutive year, HKEX has established its supporting organization status behind Hong Kong’s leading FinTech Accelerator for its 2.0 cohort. The partnership will provide SuperCharger finalists with dedicated mentors from the HKEX team, as well as an outstanding location for the Accelerator’s April 2017 Demo Day, namely the Exchange Auditorium and Exchange Exhibition Hall situated right next to HKEX’s iconic trading floor.

SuperCharger Managing Director Veronika Kuznetsova said of the renewed partnership: “We are happy to be working with established players in the industry like HKEX who are taking bold steps in ensuring Hong Kong’s bright future as an international FinTech Hub. With a Demo Day venue near the HKEX trading floor, we are certain to cement HKEX’s image as a ‘supercharged’ destination for financial innovation.”

“FinTech is an important and growing part of the financial industry, bringing new innovations and benefits to the entire transaction value chain,” said Romnesh Lamba, HKEX’s Co-head of Market Development. “HKEX, as a leading financial institution in Hong Kong, is ideally positioned to embrace this trend, share its expertise, and help plant the seeds for the next big FinTech success story.”

The first round of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator was launched in January 2016 with success stories featuring a US$71 million capital investment that a late-stage Accelerator participant MicroCred secured for its expansion in China and the development of their Internet finance strategy. In addition, other alumni reached key milestones such as: Funding Societies’ raise of US$7.5 million from Sequoia Capital to build a P2P lending platform; the partnership between Amareos and Thomson Reuters to combine financial services and AI analytics technology to inform clients’ investment decisions; and the partnership formed between MicroCred and Gatecoin, an early-stage start-up, allowing Gatecoin to scale up beyond Asia into Africa.

In addition to its partnership with HKEX, SuperCharger 2.0 is also supported by Main Partners Standard Chartered Bank and Fidelity International; Cyberport as the venue partner providing the FinTech companies the newly opened Cyberport Smart FinTech Centre as their co-working space; as well as Arbor Ventures and East Ventures who are SuperCharger’s investment partners. Other supporting organizations include international law firm Baker & McKenzie, InvestHK, General Assembly, AWS, FinnovAsia, e27 and Crowdfund Insider, among others.

Applications for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 are open until 20 October 2016. FinTech companies (both start-ups and scale-ups) may apply online via http://www.fintechsupercharger.com/. Throughout September and October 2016, roadshows will be conducted in a number of key cities in Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur. The programme will commence on 9 January 2017, and conclude on 11 April 2017, with a Demo Day held at HKEX in Hong Kong.

About SuperCharger

Leveraging on Hong Kong’s traditional strength as Asia’s finance and technology gateway, SuperCharger s a 12-week FinTech Accelerator Programme backed by Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity International, HKEx, and Cyberport, among others. In its first batch, SuperCharger 1.0 received over 160 applications from more than 25 countries globally and selected 8 FinTech start-ups and scale-ups. The selected companies had raised US$ 200,000-US$150 million and ranged from early-stage to late-stage growth FinTech companies. Throughout the programme, SuperCharger’s 2000 sq. ft. co-working office was enriched by more than 150 individuals, including VCs, mentors, government officials, journalists, and the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

SuperCharger’s cohorts and alumni are shaping the future of finance in Hong Kong and beyond.

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach us at hello@fintechsupercharger.com.

PulseOn announces its new white label OHR Tracker availability for B2B customers

PulseOn announces its new white label OHR Tracker availability for B2B customers


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Hong Kong – October 12th 2016 – PulseOn released its first white label Optical Heart Rate (OHR) Tracker solution for B2B customers in sports, fitness, wellness and healthcare. We now have availability of test devices for chosen customers.

The PulseOn OHR Tracker is an ODM device for customers who are looking for a white label solution for their own branding. The device is designed for easy variant creation for wide range of use cases and offers open interfaces and tools for seamless integration with third party applications and services.

– Accurate up to maximum HR for reliable monitoring during sports
– HRV; Beat-to-beat accurate, high resolution for stress and recovery analysis
– Low power consumption for maximum battery life up to 7 days
– Enables 24/7 activity monitoring with HR tracking
– Communication over Bluetooth® low energy
– Sleep analyses including smart wake-up feature using vibrating motor
– Very simple and easy to use with stylish design and easy customization

About PulseOn:
PulseOn has over 50 man years of OHR research and development expertize and various pending patents for algorithms and device design. We offer our customers the highest quality OHR modules, tracker products and licensing solutions. PulseOn was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Finland with subsidiary in Switzerland. Company is privately owned.

The constant development of our technology towards even higher heart rate accuracy, reliability and power optimization offers our customers the highest quality solutions for today and the future.

RIO 2016 Worldwide Product Launch – A New Era of Sports Begins!

RIO 2016 Worldwide Product Launch – A New Era of Sports Begins!

Rio de Janeiro, August 2016 – every year new records are set, and the Olympics are no exception. Intense training, talent, and unbreakable will lead athletes to new heights. But significant and less well known are the technical innovations or new trainings methods that also contributed to these successes. Adidas helped Jesse Owens to his four gold medals using revolutionary spiked track shoes during the 1936 Olympics. In 1954, the German national team overpowered Bern using innovative cleated shoes. This year, the 2016 Olympics begin a new era of sports with the German-made ANTELOPE.TECHWEAR!

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Two and a half years of in-house development have gone into creating ANTELOPE.TECHWEAR – now on August 19 the complete series were presented to Sportsmen, international olympic athletes, journalists as well as authors at the worldwide product launch in Rio.

PURPOSE/VISION STATEMENT
ANTELOPE is the sportswear of the future! Our vision is that every person regardless of their age and individual fitness level reaches their fitness goals and unlocks their potential. With ANTELOPE you can workout wherever and whenever you want in the most effective way, using the same technology as the world’s best athletes.  ANTELOPE is the first series of technologically-enhanced sportswear embedded with muscle-targeting electrodes that stimulate each of your major muscle groups. ANTELOPE is a game changer. It will disrupt the whole fitness and sports apparel industry. Our multiple award winning innovation can substitute every personal trainer, fitness machine and fitness club – our sportswear is the gym!

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
Wearable Life Science (WLS) was founded in March 2014 by Philipp G. Schwarz (serial entrepreneur) and Kay Rathschlag (EMS pioneer) together with sports scientist Patrick Thumm. Dr. Mynia Deeg (finance and medical expert) joined the management team in January 2016. In less than two years they built up an interdisciplinary team of currently 25 members. The team includes textile and electrical engineers, software and IT specialists, distribution, marketing and PR experts. They developed a never seen sports tech product consisting of three parts: a compressive textile with embedded electrodes and wiring and an innovative hardware and app to control the system. WLS raised 1.7 million EURO seed- and early-stage investment from nine experienced Business Angels.

ANTELOPE is the world’s first performance enhancing sportswear. The innovation is based on electro muscle stimulation (EMS). This technology originates from rehabilitation and competitive sport. EMS is used by many sports superstars like Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, the Klitschko brothers as also by the world’s best football teams Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

i-Lume – Hong Kong Company wins Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

i-Lume – Hong Kong Company wins Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

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26th January 2016, Munich

In an award ceremony in Germany, i-Lume was announced as winner of the prestigious Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup in the Safety & Security category.  i-Lume beat stiff competition from more than 500 international companies, innovators and startups who entered and shines a spotlight as i-Lume as a world leading wearable technology product.

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i-Lume is a wearable LED lighting technology developed specifically for integration in garments and any type of fabric product.  i-Lume provides a safety feature for a sportswear, outerwear, industrial clothing, children’s wear and is already used by many global apparel brands to provide high visibility functionality for their garments.  i-Lume is now poised to make millions of garments more visible!

The Innovation World Cup, held annually, is the worldwide leading innovation competition in the fast paced wearable technologies sector.  i-Lume, based in Hong Kong, was the only Asian company to not only reach the finals (best 26 companies) but also go on to become a winner of the competition.

Isaac Man, i-Lume General Manager, says “We are delighted to be selected among so many high calibre entries in the wearable technology field.  It’s great to have an international jury as excited by this technology as we are.  The jury stated that they selected i-Lume for its for its beautifully engineered simplicity, its effective function and that it allows any garment to be turned into an item of Wearable Technology.

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http://www.innovationworldcup.com/wt

http://www.i-Lume.com
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Babaali in Hong Kong for Wearable Technologies Conference 2016

Babaali in Hong Kong for Wearable Technologies Conference 2016

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The demonstration will include Stripe LED Turn Signal Indicators, located front and back, which are controlled by a wireless remote. Featuring four (4) Functions – Double Flashing / Turn Left / Turn Right and also braking. The Wireless Remote attaches easily to handlebars which can be transferred between bikes.
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Exhibiting over the two days of the conference, Babaali will also be showcasing the advanced features of its a heart rate monitor is seamlessly integrated into this cycling helmet. Connecting wirelessly to any smartphone using Bluetooth technology, this cycling helmet monitors your heart rate, giving you an accurate analysis of your performance.

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Attendees will gain insight into the updated technologies along with appearance and accessories . Take advantage of the opportunity to witness a whole host of babaali helmet integrated into many new design and advanced functions designed for multi wearer using.

About Babaali:
Babaali is a world leading helmet manufacturer focusing on combining application of technology with performance and safety for the wearer in all aspects of life. Everything we do at Babaali is designed, tested and continually improved, in the field or on the trail. Also continually strive to make improvements and incorporate the latest technologies.

Contact us:
info@babaali.cc
TEL: 086 13302560352

Baker & McKenzie Continues to Support the Growth of Fintech in Asia

Baker & McKenzie Continues to Support the Growth of Fintech in Asia

Hong Kong, 4 October 2016 – Baker & McKenzie announced today that it has become a sponsor of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0, a programme that gives participants access to market entry resources, outstanding advice from mentors as well as joint-venture opportunities.

Baker & McKenzie was also a supporting organization of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 1.0, which formally concluded in April 2016 with a Demo Day at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

Gavin Raftery, Head of Global Acquisition Finance and a member of the Asia Pacific Banking & Finance Steering Committee, said: “Baker & McKenzie focuses on how digital disruption impacts different industries. With investment and interest in fintech on the rise, it presents both opportunities and challenges to financial institutions. While there are new areas, such as big data, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and blockchain, many challenges are familiar. With our strong on-the-ground Financial Services and sector capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to help both local and international companies navigate the legal and regulatory fintech landscape.”

Andrew Lockhart, a partner of the Finance and Projects Practice Group in Hong Kong/China, commented: “Baker & McKenzie is proud to support and partner with the SuperCharger Accelerator programme again this year and we look forward to sharing knowledge as well as exploring collaboration with its participants. We are excited about the opportunity to assist fintech start-ups and help them with their innovation process together with other talented mentors.”

Baker & McKenzie sector specialists Karen Man and Frank Meier (financial services regulatory) and Paolo Sbuttoni (technology, communications & data privacy) joined Andrew to mentor and share knowledge with the participants of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 1.0 throughout the programme. Alumnus of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 1.0, Eko India Financial Services’s Co-Founder, Abhinav Sinha said, “The experience was great for our business. We want new investment to help us grow and through this, we got to meet and pitch to investors from Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. Also, with a mix of early-stage start-ups and more established companies together in one place, it gave us a chance to explore new ways of working together.”

Applications for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0, which starts on 9 January 2017, are now open and being accepted until 20 October 2016. FinTech startup and scaleup companies may apply online via www.fintechsupercharger.com. Throughout September and October 2016, roadshows have been conducted in a number of key cities in Europe and Asia including London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong and Jakarta. Baker & McKenzie also participated in the roadshow as one of the Accelerator sponsors.

In addition to Baker & McKenzie’s sponsorship, this year’s SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is also supported by Standard Chartered Bank and Fidelity International as the Main Partners in the programme; Cyberport, as the venue partner providing the FinTech companies the newly opened Cyberport Smart-Space FinTech Centre as their co-working space; as well as other supporting organizations such as Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Arbor Ventures, General Assembly, AWS, FinnovAsia, e27 and Crowdfund Insider, among many others.

 

About SuperCharger
Leveraging on Hong Kong’s traditional strength as Asia’s finance and technology gateway, SuperCharger is a 12-week FinTech Accelerator Programme backed by Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity International and Cyberport, among others. In its first batch, SuperCharger 1.0 received over 160 applications from more than 25 countries globally and selected 8 Fintechs. The selected companies had raised between US$ 200,000 and 150 million and ranged from early-stage to late-stage growth FinTech companies. Throughout the programme, SuperCharger’s 2000 sq. ft. co-working office was enriched by the participation and mentorship of more than 150 individuals, including VCs, mentors, government officials, journalists and the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

SuperCharger’s finalists and alumni are shaping the future of finance in Hong Kong and beyond. If you have any questions or comments, please reach us at hello@fintechsupercharger.com.

 

Hong Kong’s TNG Wallet Unveils Plans to Go Global

Hong Kong’s TNG Wallet Unveils Plans to Go Global

Launches Four Revolutionary Features
Extends Footprint Across 12 New Countries

– Launches “Going Global” strategy
– First Hong Kong eWallet to allow instant Global Money Transfer, without transaction fees
– Foreign exchange transactions for up to 16 currencies
– Global bill payment support for 14 service categories
– Mobile air-time top-up supporting 64 mobile operators in 10 countries

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Mr. Alex Kong, Founder & CEO of TNG Wallet, Hong Kong’s leading eWallet, speaking at a launch and press conference today at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. TNG announced it is rolling our major features to allow Money Transfer, Foreign Exchange transactions, Mobile Air-time top-up globally, and that it is extending its eWallet across 12 countries in Asia.

Hong Kong, 27 September, 2016 TNG Wallet (“TNG”), Hong Kong’s leading eWallet, held its TNG 3.0 New Product Launch and Press Conference today at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

TNG announced four revolutionary features including Global Money Transfer, Foreign Exchange, Global Bill Payment and Global Mobile Air-time Top-up. The new features distinguish TNG from competitors in Hong Kong and help lift the city’s financial technology (“FinTech”) industry to new heights. Bolstered by the strong organic growth achieved in Hong Kong since its launch in November 2015, TNG has set its sights on global expansion.

Global Money Transfer (Real-Time)*
This feature allows TNG users to transfer money from their TNG app to over 800 banks across12 other countries, where up to 80% of the population do not have bank accounts. Once the identification is verified, recipients can withdraw cash immediately at more than 190,000 cash pick-up points. There is no transaction fee for users and TNG promises very favourable exchange rates. TNG is Hong Kong’s first licensed eWallet to offer cross-border financial transactions.

Foreign Exchange (Real-Time)
TNG users can now transact in 16 foreign currencies in real-time at very favourable exchange rates compared to traditional channels. They can collect currencies purchased from any of 27 conveniently located foreign exchange outlets in Hong Kong within three days. Situated along the MTR and railway routes, many of these outlets operate until midnight, 365 days a year, giving users much greater flexibility compared to banks. This will be a major boon to outbound travellers who no longer have to queue at money changers, and can also avoid foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

Global Bill Payment
Many Hong Kong residents who own homes overseas can now make bill payments, without incurring transaction fees, across TNG’s regional network with just a few taps on their phone, anytime, anywhere. The network covers 14 service categories, including electricity, Internet, water, telecoms, utilities, etc.

Global Mobile Airtime Top-up (Real-Time)*
This feature allows TNG users to top up their foreign mobile SIM cards in real-time with 64 mobile operators in 10 countries. Residents and foreign workers in Hong Kong can now add value to their overseas SIM cards through the TNG app anytime, anywhere. They can also pay for or top up family members’ mobile accounts back home.

At the launch attended by hundreds of partners, merchants and potential investors, TNG Founder and CEO, Mr. Alex Kong, announced the establishment of the GLOBAL EWALLET ALLIANCE (“GEA”) covering Hong Kong and 12 countries. This will spur TNG’s global expansion as GEA members can facilitate free flow of transactions with economies of scale.

TNG also unveiled two other lifestyle functions. The first is “Make Money”, TNG’s first gaming function which enables users to earn money by carrying out tasks such as online market surveys. The second is “Salary Payout” which is highly suited for paying domestic helpers and part-time/ casual workers instantly. Both features will have full online transaction records.

“Having begun as a homegrown eWallet, TNG is introducing major new features and embarking on an exciting regional expansion. We are leveraging on our success in Hong Kong to roll out a global roadmap to accelerate our mission to build a global cash-less and card-less eco-system, and to facilitate the adoption of a truly digital lifestyle,” Mr. Kong said.

“I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our merchants, business partners and users for their continuous support of TNG so that we can join hands to bring Hong Kong’s FinTech to new heights,” Mr. Kong added.

 

Standard Chartered and SuperCharger invite applications from international FinTechs for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0

Standard Chartered and SuperCharger invite applications from international FinTechs for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0

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Hong Kong, 19 September 2016 Standard Chartered Bank and SuperCharger Limited invite applications from international FinTech start-ups and scale-ups to participate in “SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0”, a 12-week innovation programme aimed at helping promising FinTech companies grow their footprint in Asia.

For the second year running, SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 will give participants access to market entry resources, outstanding mentors, unrivalled technology advice from industry experts and joint-venture opportunities. The selection panel will be looking out for FinTech companies that will shape the next trends in banking and FinTech, including innovative solutions for supply chain and trade finance, wealth management, cross-border Renminbi, distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), artificial intelligence (AI), and mobile and cloud technology.

May Tan, Chief Executive Officer for Hong Kong, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, said: “Standard Chartered is committed to investing in innovation. Following the successful launch of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator last year, we are excited about gathering another cohort of talented FinTech professionals and helping them accelerate in their innovation process. Standard Chartered is pleased to see the Hong Kong Government’s strong support for FinTech in particular for the banking sector. As one of the key banks in the city, we will continue with our efforts in facilitating Hong Kong as an open market for FinTech development.”

Standard Chartered’s Chief Data Officer, Shameek Kundu, said: “SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is designed for entrepreneurs to explore and seek expert advice on every aspect of the journey to become successful internationally. We are proud to continue to be a founding sponsor.”

The first round of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator was launched in January 2016. Success stories include the US$71 million in capital investment that MicroCred secured for its expansion in China and the development of their internet finance strategy; Funding Societies’ US$7.5 million raised from Sequoia Capital to build a P2P lending platform; the partnership between Amareos and Thomson Reuters to combine technology and data to facilitate clients’ investment decisions on a financial application; and the partnership formed between MicroCred and Gatecoin, an early stage start-up, allowing Gatecoin to scale up beyond Asia into Africa.

Alumnus of the first round of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator, MicroCred’s Founder and CEO, Arnaud Ventura, said: “SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator has created tremendous networking and collaboration opportunities for MicroCred China by putting us in front of FinTech and venture capital communities. With the right platform for us to fine-tune our strategy and develop our P2P business models, we were able to secure concrete corporate partnerships that will help our company achieve our next stage of growth.”

Application for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is now open until 20 October 2016. FinTech companies may apply online via www.fintechsupercharger.com. Throughout September and October 2016, roadshows will be conducted in a number of key cities in Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur. The programme will commence on 9 January 2017, and conclude in April 2017 with a Demo Day in Hong Kong.

In addition to Standard Chartered’s sponsorship, this year’s SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is also supported by Fidelity International, a Main Partner in the programme; Cyberport, as the venue partner providing the FinTech companies the newly opened Cyberport Smart-Space FinTech Centre as their co-working space; as well as other supporting organisations such as Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, VISA, Arbor Ventures, General Assembly, AWS, FinnovAsia, e27 and Crowdfund Insider, among many others.


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About the SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 – click here

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Apple 和 Nike 攜手推出跑步訓練的完美拍檔:Apple Watch Nike+

Apple 和 Nike 攜手推出跑步訓練的完美拍檔:Apple Watch Nike+

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Apple Watch Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 的所有功能,並搭配 Nike 跑步就簡單。

(2016 年 9 月 8 日,香港) —— Apple® 和 Nike昨(美國時間9 月7日)於三藩市推出雙方長期合作的最新成果:Apple Watch® Nike+。作為跑步愛好者的完美拍檔,Apple Watch Nike+ 將專屬 Nike 運動錶帶與 Apple Watch Series 2 的各項強大功能集合一身,配備了內置 GPS、2 倍亮度顯示器、50 米防水性能*、強大的雙核處理器以及 watchOS® 3。Apple Watch Nike+ 還包含專屬的 Siri® 指令和標誌性的 Nike 專屬錶盤,並深度整合了 Nike+ Run Club app:為你隨時帶來跑起來的動力;根據你獨特的時間表和進度,提供相應的指導,還有來自全球頂級教練和運動員的專業建議。無論是剛剛起步的新手,還是馬拉松老將,Apple Watch Nike+ 是所有跑步愛好者們的最佳拍檔。

“Apple Watch 是為健康生活而精心打造的強大設備,我們希望更進一步為全球的跑步愛好者和運動員們帶來最棒的智慧手錶。” Apple 首席運營官 Jeff Williams 說,“Apple Watch Nike+ 在追蹤運動進度領域實現了新的突破,我們迫不及待地將它帶給了全球最大的跑步愛好者社區。”

“我們瞭解跑步愛好者們,他們一直在尋覓一款能讓跑步變得簡單又好玩的設備。” Nike總裁 Trevor Edwards 說,“市場上充斥著各種複雜、難以讀懂、只在乎使用者資料的設備。而 Apple Watch Nike+ 服務於你的生活,它提供了強大的性能和簡潔的解決方案,成為你的跑步好拍檔。”

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功能
Apple Watch Nike+ 和所有 Apple Watch Series 2 錶款一樣,配備了內置 GPS 來跟測配速、距離和路線,讓用戶在盡情暢跑時可以不隨身帶著 iPhone®。它的顯示器,是 Apple 有史以來亮度最高的顯示器,因此即使陽光強烈,你也能輕鬆讀取錶盤上的指標資料。Apple Watch Nike+ 防水達到了 50 米*,游泳時也可以佩戴。所以,用戶們跑完步後,可以盡情去泳池放鬆一下。

Nike 運動錶帶採用與初代 Apple Watch 運動型錶帶相同的 Fluoroelastomer 材質,既柔韌又耐用。而錶帶上的氣孔,令透氣性和排汗性能都有了進一步的提升。此系列的專屬錶帶不僅輕盈,更推出了四種充滿動感的雙色組合。Apple Watch Nike+ 的兩款專屬錶面,靈感源自 Nike 的標誌性風格,讓使用者可以輕鬆自訂健身記錄圓環、心率、碼錶和天氣等各種實用 app,一目了然各種資訊。

Nike+ Run Club
Apple Watch Nike+ 可充分發揮了 Apple Watch Series 2 和 Nike+ Run Club app 的獨特功能,它是你戴在手腕上的跑步好拍檔。 Apple Watch Nike+ 緊密整合了 Nike+ Run Club app 的使用體驗,用戶可以從錶面隨時啟動此 app,輕點一下就可以開始鍛煉了。而通過發送智慧跑步提醒、來自朋友的跑步挑戰和在天氣不錯時發送的提醒,Nike+ Run Club app 每天都將為你帶來跑起來的動力。你可一覽無餘自己的配速、距離和心率等訓練資料。這款 app 鼓勵夥伴間的良性競爭,用戶們不但可以共用跑步成績摘要,甚至還可以直接在手腕上給朋友們發送虛擬碰拳。

價格和上市時間

  • Apple Watch Nike+ 有 38 毫米和 42 毫米兩種尺寸的鋁金屬錶殼可供選擇,所搭配的專屬 Nike 運動錶帶有四種雙色組合可供選擇,包括黑配螢光黃色、黑配冷灰色、啞銀配白色和啞銀配螢光黃色。
  • Apple Watch Nike+ 將在 Apple.com、Nike.com、Apple Store 零售店、指定 Nike 零售店、指定 Apple 授權經銷商、指定特色商店和百貨商店發售,38 毫米尺寸的價格將為HKD 2,888,42 毫米尺寸的 Apple Watch Nike+ 的價格將為HKD 3,188。
  • Apple Watch Nike+ 將於 9 月 9 日星期五在 Apple.com 上接受預購,並於 10 月底在澳洲、奧地利、比利時、加拿大、中國大陸、哥斯達黎加、丹麥、芬蘭、法國、德國、香港、印度、愛爾蘭、以色列、義大利、日本、盧森堡、墨西哥、荷蘭、紐西蘭、挪威、波蘭、葡萄牙、波多黎各、新加坡、西班牙、瑞典、瑞士、台灣、阿聯酋、英國和美國開始發售。
  • Apple Watch Nike+ 將於 9 月 23 日星期五在 Apple.com 上開始預購,並於 10 月底在捷克、希臘、匈牙利、澳門、卡塔爾、俄羅斯和沙地阿拉伯開始發售。
  • Nike 運動錶帶為 Apple Watch Nike+ 錶款專屬錶帶,不單獨發售。
  • Apple Watch Series 2 需要和運行 iOS 10 或更新版本軟體的 iPhone 5 或更新機型配對使用。watchOS 3 和 iOS 10 將於 9 月 13 日星期二起,提供免費更新。某些功能僅適用於部分地區或語言。
  • 每位從 Apple 購買 Apple Watch Nike+ 的顧客均可免費獲得店內或線上私人設置服務**,根據個人需求為新 Apple Watch 設置日曆、通知中心和各種 app 等。
  • 如果想要進一步瞭解 Apple Watch Nike+ 或 watchOS 3,可以報名參加每家 Apple Store® 零售店提供的免費講座。

*Apple Watch Series 2 按照 ISO 22810:2010 標準,防水達到 50 米;按照 GB4208-2008/IEC 60529:2001 標準,防水級別為 IPX8 (在最深為 3 米的水下停留時間最長可達 30 分鐘)。即 Apple Watch Series 2 可用於游泳池或海濱游泳等較淺水域的水上活動。但 Apple Watch Series 2 並不適用於水肺潛水、滑水、面對高速水流的各種涉水活動及深水活動。不銹鋼錶帶和皮革錶帶均不防水。

 

**大部分國家和地區。

天貓國際為香港消費者帶來全球優質精選貨品

天貓國際為香港消費者帶來全球優質精選貨品

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推出「中秋月賞購」活動 大派福袋 瘋狂劈價 無限驚喜

香港 – 2016 年 9 月 6 日 – 阿里巴巴旗下跨境電子商務平台天貓國際(tmall.hk) 宣佈,自 9 月 14 日起將為香港消費者引進一系列全球精選的優質貨品,務求為 港人帶來全新獨特的網購體驗。此外,為了慶賀中秋佳節的來臨,天貓國際將於 9 月 14 至 16 日推出「中秋月賞購」活動,包括於網上及全港多處派發驚喜福袋 及帶來低至一折的瘋狂購物優惠。

為滿足香港消費者環球買好貨的需求,天貓國際平台將為香港消費者帶來海外原 裝進口的特色貨品,包括在香港零售市場較少見的食品、日用美容及家居商品, 如台灣糖村手工法式牛軋糖、泰國 Nittaya 原裝天然乳膠頸椎按摩枕、美國 NEATO 全自動掃地機器人等。商品由海外品牌原裝進口到港,不但可確保貨品 質素,更能以最超值的價格優惠消費者,例如美國 Skechers 黑白熊貓波鞋及韓 國熱賣的 Heynature 3D 震動粉撲等,價格與海外售價看齊,中秋活動期間更有 驚喜大折扣。所有商品均以港幣結算,消費者可以 VISA 或 Master Card 支付。 現有淘寶網的會員均可以相同的登錄名稱及密碼登錄天貓國際平臺,體驗一站式 的網上環球購物旅程。

中秋月賞購 網上網下大派驚喜福袋*
在 9 月 9 日至 14 日期間,天貓國際將在網上及全港多區免費派發總共 3,000 個 中秋福袋,為香港消費者帶來無限驚喜。中秋福袋內含天貓國際售賣的特色產 品,每個福袋價值由二百港元至五千港元不等,令這個中秋到處充滿驚喜!

9 月 9 日至 12 日期間,香港消費者亦可於天貓國際 Facebook 專頁 https://www.facebook.com/hk.tmall,透過網上遊戲蠃取共 300 個中秋福袋。9 月 10 日至 14 日期間,天貓國際更將於全港不同地方每天派發多達 500 個中秋 福袋,與現場市民進行遊戲互動,每天更有一位幸運兒有機會獲得價值港幣 5000 元的特大驚喜福袋! 2 9 月 14 日當日,十五位本地博客及 youtuber 還會於他們的平台與粉絲玩遊戲大 派天貓國際中秋福袋,教粉絲如何參加劈價活動,詳情不容錯過!

中秋月賞購 瘋狂劈價購心頭好*
驚喜停不了!除了為香港消費者帶來一系列環球好貨外,多款精選海外產品還會 以超抵價格發售。消費者更可以參加有趣的劈價刀遊戲,透過 Facebook/whatsapp/Line 社交媒體邀請到 9 位好友齊來劈價,即可享受海外品 牌低至 9.9 港元購買限量產品。

中秋月賞購 享全場免郵及本地退貨*
現時香港消費者可以透過信用卡付款,手續費全免。天貓國際稍後還將增加支援 其他如八達通、PPS、Tap&Go 等支付方式,讓香港消費者更加輕鬆購物。在中 秋月賞購活動期間,所以貨品可享免郵至全港多個自提點以及免費本地退貨 。

*有關中秋月賞購活動詳情及細則,請瀏覽: 天貓國際 Facebook 專頁
https://www.facebook.com/hk.tmall


關於天貓國際平台

天貓國際(www.tmall.hk)成立於 2014 年 2 月,為阿里巴巴集團旗下 B2C 平台 天貓的業務延伸,目的是協助海外商家進入中國的網上零售市場。天貓國際商家 可以在所屬國家或地區經營業務,而不需在中國境內擁有實體營運。透過天貓國 際跨境平台,國際品牌能接觸到淘寶網和天貓的上億消費者,而中國消費者也得 以接觸到眾多來自海外的品牌產品。

 

陳啟泰同一百萬返嚟啦喂!(好似係,除非唔係!)

陳啟泰同一百萬返嚟啦喂!(好似係,除非唔係!)

最新消息!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

話說佢有一百萬想送出嚟俾全港市民但又唔知點送,依家連個電視台都執埋….所以佢最後決定學人打Status 問朋友,您地有無提議想點攞?

 

聽晚6點,佢親自揭曉最後答案!
@kenchankaitai0716
@Ken Chan Kai Tai 陳啟泰
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#IWillBeBack  #一百萬又返嚟  #堅一百

Upcoming Fintech O2O Event – Global Summit on 27-28 Sept 2016

Upcoming Fintech O2O Event – Global Summit on 27-28 Sept 2016

Hong Kong’s fintech community connects with a global network

New York, NY: NexChange, the professional social network for the financial services industry, has expanded its successful Fintech O-2-O event series to include its first multi-day conference in Hong Kong.

The first Fintech O-2-O Global Summit will take place on September 27-28th at Cyberport in Hong Kong and will feature 35+ speakers and 400+ attendees from around the world. The summit will kick off with a keynote from Andrew Economos, Former Managing Director, JP Morgan, on digital disruption in asset management. Other speakers and panelists include:

  • Chris Ryan, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, MSCI
  • John Brisco, CIO & COO, Manulife Asia
  • Sebastien Chaker, Managing Director, Head of Asia at Calastone
  • Leonhard Weese, President, Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong

Tickets for the Fintech O-2-O Global Summit are on sale now at FintechO2O.com.
Miss QT Readers’ 50% discount code: MissFQ

The Fintech O-2-O initiative began in 2015 as a monthly meetup in Hong Kong co-organized by Cyberport and NexChange. The initiative aims to bring together like-minded professionals who recognize the impact of technology on traditional finance. Past events have covered topics such as digital payments, insurance, and venture capital.

About:
NexChange is the professional social network designed exclusively for the financial services industry. Founded in 2014 by investment professional Juwan Lee, NexChange’s mission is to unite the global financial community, enabling professionals to reach their full potential. Through NexChange, financial professionals can connect with their peers, discover events, engage with industry content, and access financial charts and quotes – all in one place.

Announcing SuperCharger’s new look

Announcing SuperCharger’s new look

FinTech moves fast — and we are evolving with it.

Today, SuperCharger announces a new logo and brand identity that reflects our mission: Supecharging the FinTech scene with a jolt of electricity while connecting the innovators, industry players and users.

The new logo represents a stylized “S”, standing for SuperCharger. It also embodies an infinity sign – representing endless possibilities in innovative thinking. It can be seen as a stylized “8”, denoting the eight companies whose growth we accelerate each year. We decided to keep our yellow & black theme color to represent power and openness. The edgy design includes an electric circuit element to reflect our tech aspect.

You will see the new design roll out across our platforms soon. Enjoy!

Applications open until 20th October: Apply now!SUPERCHARGER_LOGO_COLOR_WHITE_BACKGROUND_1

What is SuperCharger?
SuperCharger is a 12-week FinTech accelerator program based in Hong Kong with a unique model of accepting applications from both early stage start-ups and established scale-ups. It benefits the Accelerator’s participants by bringing them access to go-to-market resources, outstanding mentorship, as well as unrivalled technology and expert advice in areas such as market entry, regulatory obligations, and joint-venture opportunities.

We already have 30 applications. Don’t miss out –  APPLY NOW before 20th Oct!

 

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Launches with 20 Smart and Simple Mac and Windows Tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and Over 25 Percent Performance Improvements

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Launches with 20 Smart and Simple Mac and Windows Tools, macOS Sierra Readiness, and Over 25 Percent Performance Improvements

Parallels
Tools to simplify common tasks to also be available as part of standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app

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Hong Kong – September 1, 2016 – Parallels® (www.parallels.com/about), a global leader in cross-platform solutions and creator of the No. 1-selling software for running Windows®applications on a Mac®, today launched Parallels Desktop® 12 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradedesktop12). Parallels Desktop 12 is macOS Sierra ready, includes up-to 25 percent performance improvements, and features more than 20 simple single-function tools and utilities which are also available as a standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app. In addition, all Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac customers will receive a one-year subscription to an industry-leading backup solution from Acronis True Image, which includes a fast incremental backup feature that reduces the time and size of subsequent backups and provides up to 500 GB of free online storage.

New utilities featured in all editions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac make it easy to perform common tasks with simple single-function tools for both the Mac and Windows virtual machines (VMs). Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Edition subscribers, and Parallels Toolbox for Mac subscribers, also receive free updates of additional tools which will be made available every quarter. Initial tools include:

  • Distraction-free presentation modes for both Mac and Windows VMs, including:
    o    Hide Desktop Files
    o    Do Not Disturb
    o    Keep Mac Awake.
  • Archive, encrypt and password protect all of your files.
  • Simply capture screen shots or record video of a screen, window or area.
  • Download videos from YouTube, Facebook and other websites with a single click.
  • Time management tools—an alarm, timer, date countdown and stopwatch.
  • Unpack files from ZIP, RAR and many other formats.

“Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac joins our long history of innovations in ease of use and personalization,” said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. “In addition to delivering our best Windows-on-Mac performance and experience, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac simplifies a number of everyday tasks for millions of our customers in all walks of life.”

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac also adds the ability to purchase Windows 10 and simply install it via the Parallels Desktop Wizard, and a Scheduled Windows Maintenance option so Windows Updates and maintenance can take place overnight or at times when it is not disruptive to a user’s workflow.

PC and Xbox® game players will get increased support in Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. Parallels engineers worked with Blizzard Entertainment® and optimized Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac to support Overwatch™, a popular 2016 PC and Xbox game that sold more than 15 million copies in just over two months. Parallels Desktop also supports the Windows 10 Xbox app, enabling people to stream and play Xbox games on their Mac devices.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Product Feature Highlights

  • Parallels Toolbox for Mac: 20 tools that simplify everyday tasks on your Mac.
  • Simplified backup: One year of Acronis True Image 500 GB cloud backup storage, which can backup new incremental changes to a VM, instead of having to resave an entire VM and changes, every time changes are made.
  • Support for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch PC game.
  • Support for Windows 10 Xbox app, for streaming and playing all Xbox games on a Mac
  • Schedule Windows updates for an appropriate time at night to avoid time-consuming disruptions during your day.
  • Control storage space used by VMs directly from the Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra.
  • Store Microsoft Edge™ and Internet Explorer® passwords in Mac Keychain®.
  • Assign special behaviors to Windows apps, such as Always Open Full Screen or Always Hide Other Apps, so they play even better on your Mac.
  • Easily cancel time-consuming VM actions.
  • Open documents from SharePoint® and Office 365® in Microsoft Office for Windows desktop applications directly from your favorite Mac browser.
  • Keep Windows ready in the background, instead of suspending the VM, to instantly open Windows applications and documents.
  • Outlook® for Windows now features your recently accessed documents, both Mac and Windows, so they are conveniently available to select when you add attachments to your emails.
  • Improved Retina® support for resizing Windows VMs.
  • Archive VMs to save space in the Pro Edition.
  • Set resource usage limits for VMs in the Pro Edition.
  • Network Conditioner in the Pro Edition now features preconfigured network profiles (Edge, 100 percent loss, 3G, DSL, Very Bad Network and Wi-Fi) to make testing a breeze, as well as customizable settings. 

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac performance improvements include: *

  • Up to 90 percent faster Snapshot creation.
  • Up to 60 percent faster suspend of VMs.
  • Up to 25 percent faster Shared Folders performance.
  • Compile Visual Studio® projects on shared folders up to 25 percent faster.
  • Up to 10 percent battery life improvement.**
  • Enjoy improved VM responsiveness when your Mac is low on free memory. 

Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition are available today for subscribers and upgraders from Parallels Desktop 10 and 11 (www.parallels.com/upgradedesktop12), and general availability is Aug. 23 online at www.parallels.com/desktop and at local retail and online stores worldwide.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is HKD $598. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 10 and 11 for Mac perpetual license customers are HKD $388, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Parallels Desktop Pro Edition subscription for HKD $388 per year for life. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop Business Edition are available to new customers for HKD $744 per year. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Business Edition include a complimentary Parallels Access® (www.parallels.com/access) subscription to remotely access up to five Mac or Windows PCs from any device.

Parallels Toolbox for Mac is a feature of all versions of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac which will also be available as a stand-alone subscription product for HKD $75 per year, including all new tools and updates planned for release every few months. Starting Aug. 23, a 14-day full-featured free trial can be downloaded and subscription purchased from www.parallels.com/toolbox.

About Parallels
Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform solutions which make it possible and simple for customers to use and access the applications and files they need on any device or operating system. We help customers take advantage of the best technology out there, whether it’s Windows, Mac, iOS, Android™ or the cloud. Parallels solves complex engineering and user experience problems by making it simple and cost-effective for businesses and individual customers to use applications wherever they may be – local, remote, in the private datacenter or in the cloud. Visit www.parallels.com/about for more information.

Stay connected with Parallels and our online communities: Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parallelsinc, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/parallelsmac and visit our blog at http://blog.parallels.com.

 

*based on Parallels internal testing
**for certain environments

Kickstarter Opens to Creators in Asia for the First Time

Kickstarter Opens to Creators in Asia for the First Time

Beginning today, Hong Kong and Singapore can now bring
creative projects to life with the support of the Kickstarter community locally.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter Opens to Creators in
Asia 
for the First Time

Beginning today, Hong Kong and Singapore can now bring creative projects to life with the support of the Kickstarter community locally.

Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding community for creative projects, launches in Asia today, officially extending its service to creators in both Hong Kong and Singapore for the first time. Kickstarter introduced crowdfunding to a new generation of creators — from filmmakers, musicians, and authors, to artists, designers, game developers, and beyond, who use it to fund and build communities of support around projects across the creative universe.

“Kickstarter has empowered millions of people to be part of the development and production of new creative works,” says CEO and Co-Founder, Yancey Strickler. “As one of the most exciting regions for emerging creative culture and innovation, we’re thrilled to begin to support creators in Asia.”

Kickstarter 2Kickstarter’s founders (From L to R: Co-founder Charles Adler, Creator and Chairman Perry Chen, Co-Founder and CEO Yancey Strickler)

 

Creators launching projects from
Hong Kong on Kickstarter today include:

URI LED Light Bulb
By Nap. 

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For more information about this project, click 
here
.

 

The Unappropriated Recipes – Conceptual Cookbook
By Para Site*, endorsed by Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative. 

C5540125-D154-40A4-AD35-9A08920F77AD
For more information about this project, click here.

 

CROZ D.I.Y. Digital Camera
By George Lin
(based in Taiwan)

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For more information about this project, click here.


KICKSTARTER PLATFORM LAUNCH DATE:
August 31, 2016

Lady M: Yuzu Cheesecake Gets Zesty in Time for Mid-Autumn Festival

Lady M: Yuzu Cheesecake Gets Zesty in Time for Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner to signal the return of beautiful lights both on the ground and in the sky! Lady M salutes the prettiest light of all with the launch of a new cake that perfectly symbolises full moon beauty. We proudly unveil Yuzu Cheesecake, the ideal sweet companion for you and your loved ones this fall as festive cheer returns to Hong Kong!

Yuzu Cheesecake 柚子芝士蛋糕 - $68 per slice 01

Yuzu Cheesecake is Lady M’s answer to a refreshing dessert, balancing creamy and zesty notes for a citrus-laden slice of joy. A light layer of moist sponge cake serves as the cake’s foundation, with a beautiful blend of cream cheese and Japanese yuzu to delight any fan of exotic citrus. Garnished with light yuzu pastry cream, the Yuzu Cheesecake resembles a pale golden circle that reminds us of a glowing full moon in time for Mid-Autumn Festival’s bright lights.

The Yuzu Cheesecake also carries on a rich Lady M tradition of serving some of the finest cheesecake found anywhere. Even in The Big Apple, where the locals know and love their cheesecake, Lady M garnered great acclaim for its famous Gâteau Nuage when it was named “Best Cheesecake in New York” by New York Magazine. Translated as “cloud cake,” Gâteau Nuage is famously smooth and whisper-light as every bite magically melts away in satisfaction. With the help of premium Japanese yuzu, the Lady M cheesecake tradition remains strong as ever with the lusciously light, tangy and immensely fragrant Yuzu Cheesecake.

Beginning from August 18, individual slices of Yuzu Cheesecake ($68 per slice) will be available at all three Lady M locations for you to enjoy! Whole Yuzu Cheesecakes will be available for online pre-ordering from late August (for pick-up in September), so watch this space!

We’re Not Done with Yuzu Yet – Drinks All Around

The Yuzu Cheesecake deserves a good partner, and Lady M duly obliges with a particularly uplifting drink! The brand-new Iced Yuzu Lemonade ($58 dine-in, $46 for takeaway) is summertime refreshment defined, perfect for fighting off Hong Kong’s legendary heat waves with rejuvenating citrus power! Lady M’s beverage menu employs the same meticulous standards and top ingredients used in our signature cake range, and there is something for everyone to enjoy such as Iced French Rose Tea Latte, Iced Green Tea Latte, creamy Iced Mocha and more!

A Slice of Good News!

Yes, the time has come for Chocolate Mille Crêpes to spread its wings. Previously a Fashion Walk exclusive, we’re pleased to announce that the cocoa-licious Chocolate Mille Crêpes is now available by the slice at all three Lady M locations! With no less than 20 handmade chocolate crêpes stacked and separated by layers of chocolate pastry cream, a final topping of milk chocolate shavings completes this regal treat!

Lady M:

Causeway Bay Flagship:
Address: Shop C, G/F, 1-3 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay (Food Street)

Tel: 2861 1866
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm
Website: http://www.ladymhk.com/

Central Boutique:
Address: Shop 2096A, 2nd floor, IFC International Finance Centre Mall, Central
Tel: 2865 1099
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm

Tsim Sha Tsui Boutique:
Address: Shop OT215K, Level 2, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 7-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: 2873 2356
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm

Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us at marketing@ladymhk.com.

 

Switch in China’s Food and Drink Tastes Bode Well for Californian Producers

Switch in China’s Food and Drink Tastes Bode Well for Californian Producers

Market leading Golden State food and wine exhibitors at HK Food Expo 2016,
11-13 August 2016


Hong Kong –
The State of California’s food producers and processors are banking on increased exports to China buoyed by Chinese consumers demanding ready-to-eat, healthy, quick serve food options. Agricultural exports from the U.S. to China have grown by over 200 percent in the last ten years with China the second largest international market in 2015 valued at US$20.2 billion.

Along with soybeans, coarse grains, distillers’ grains, hides and skins, and cotton, fresh produce and other high-value food products are registering strong demand in China. Consumers’ diets are changing as their income grows presenting the California’s thriving food and wine producers and manufactures multiple opportunities.

According to Jeff Williamson, Director, California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP):

“Golden State plough-to-plate quality producers are benefitting from a consumer taste shift to healthier diets and foods that have high nutritional value. As an example, organic foods represent one of the fastest growing food categories in the United States. The switch to healthier eating and eco-friendly foods is also taking place in China where consumers are demanding, and willing to pay for, high quality, healthier foods.”

The tree nut market is a business segment that China looks to Californian producers to satisfy increasing demand and the Chinese are big eaters of pistachios, almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts. According to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Californian almond crop this year is set be a record breaker with a project 7.9 percent increase compared to 2015.

“China and Hong Kong are the largest markets for almond producers as they are a popular snack but also because they are seen to have health benefits. In fact, last year, Hong Kong was the largest tree nuts export market for U.S. producers due to local demand and re-export regionally,” added Williamson.

The Chinese diet transition to healthier foods is driven by a growing disposable spending power, and a big appetite for fresh, safe and wholesome produce. This presents a perfect opportunity for California’s food and drink producers. In Hong Kong, demand is mainly driven by the restaurant and hospitality industry, and transshipments into China and parts of Southeast Asia.

According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, in 2015, California food, agricultural and beverage exports to Mainland China totalled US$1.48 billion and, to Hong Kong US$1.38 billion. California exports to Hong Kong and China combined, at US$2.8 billion is the second largest export market behind Canada.

At this year’s Hong Kong Food Expo will showcase food and drinks producers from California including fresh strawberries, brown rice, organic superfoods and supplements, and wine products.

 

About California STEP

The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

Managed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), the network of STEP Partners implement a range of export promotion programs (over 50 trade missions since 2012) serving multiple sectors, including: Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Water Technologies, Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

 

 

中國在食品及飲料口味的轉變為加州生產商帶來好的預兆
領先市場的美國加州食品及美酒生產商
2016 8 11 – 13 日舉行的香港美食博覽 2016 中參展

香港 加州食品生產商及加工商受到中國消費者對即食、健康及方便的食品選擇需求的增長而增加出口。由美國出口到中國的農業產品在過去十年增長超過兩倍,致使中國成為其第二大國際市場,估計總值於 2015 年達到 202 億美元。

除了大豆、粗糧、酒糟、動物皮革以及棉花外,新鮮的產品和其他高營養價值的產品正在中國錄得強勁需求。消費者的飲食習慣隨著收入增長而正在改變,並為加州蓬勃發展的食品和美酒生產商和製造商帶來各種機會。

美國加州貿易及出口推廣計劃 (California State Trade and Export Promotion, STEP) 總監 Jeff Williamson 表示:

「加州優質的生產商受惠於消費者口味轉向更健康的飲食和營養價值豐富的食物。舉例說,有機食品為美國增長最快的食品類別之一。人們轉換到更健康的飲食和對環境友善的食物的現象亦正在中國發生,中國的消費者渴求高品質及更健康的食品,並願意為之支付更多。」

堅果市場是中國為滿足國內增長需求而要向加州生產商入口的一個市場類別。中國是開心果、杏仁、核桃和夏威夷果仁的重大消耗國。據美國農業部預測,加州杏仁今年的收成相對去年會有破紀錄的 7.9% 增幅。

Williamson 補充︰「中國內地和香港都是杏仁生產商的最大市場,不單是因為杏仁在這些市場上是受歡迎的零食,更因為杏仁在這些地方被視為健康食品。事實上,香港在去年就成為了美國生產商的堅果最大出口市場,主因是香港本地需求甚切,以及在區域內進行轉口貿易。」

由於中國的可支配收入不斷增長,並對新鮮、安全及健康食品有巨大需求,中國的飲食習慣亦漸轉向重視健康食品。這種背景為加州食品和飲品生產商帶來一個巨大的機遇。在香港,需求主要由餐廳、旅遊業界及向中國內地及東南亞部分地區的轉運所帶動的。

美國商務部數據指出,在 2015 年加州向中國內地出口的食品、農產品及飲品總額達 14.8 億美元,同類產品向香港出口額達 13.8 億美元。加州向香港及中國內地出口總數達 28 億美元,使之成為加拿大以外的最大出口市場。

今年的香港美食博覽將會由加州的食品及飲品生產商展示新鮮士多啤梨、糙米、有機超級食物和保健品,以及酒類製品等。

 

關於美國加州貿易及出口推廣計劃
美國加州貿易及出口推廣計劃 (California STEP) 藉著建立遍佈美國及各州的私人與非牟利貿易推廣機構的網絡,促進出口推廣活動,增加小型企業的出口量。

作為美國加州貿易及出口推廣計劃的合作伙伴,加州社區大學校長辦公室的國際貿易發展中心 (CITD) 舉辦了一系列出口推廣計劃 (於 2012 年間舉辦了超過 50 個貿易代表團),為不同界別服務,包括資訊及通訊科技、綠色環保科技、食品及農產品、加州休閒產品、水技術、科學測試設備、交通運輸設備及工業用機器。

 

Brocade Delivers Industry-First Gen 6 Fibre Channel Directors for the All-Flash Data Center

Brocade Delivers Industry-First Gen 6 Fibre Channel Directors for the All-Flash Data Center

(Above: from left to right) Larry Tam, Managing Director Hong Kong and Macau, Brocade, Jack Rondoni, Vice President of Storage Networking, Brocade and Eric Lam, Regional System Engineer Manager, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan at the press event today.

Digital Transformation Driven by Storage Innovation Requires a Modern Storage Network

 

Brocade

HONG KONG. July 26, 2016—Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors for mission-critical storage connectivity and business resiliency solutions designed for the all-flash data center.  This extends the company’s leadership in offering the industry’s most innovative and widely deployed Fibre Channel storage network solutions, building on the first Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch that Brocade delivered in March 2016.  The new Brocade® X6 director family and the Brocade SX6 extension blade for Fibre Channel, Fibre Connection (FICON) and IP storage replication, combined with Brocade Fabric Vision™ technology, enables customers to drive always-on business operations, eliminate performance bottlenecks and adapt to the requirements of digital organizations.

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As organizations continue to digitize and adapt to new workloads, they need a modern storage network that supports business agility.  Fibre Channel fabrics are the common thread that connects organizations to their most critical applications and data.  Ninety-six percent of banks, insurance companies and retailers rely on Fibre Channel as the most trusted network infrastructure for storage.  Gen 6 Fibre Channel provides the digital enterprise with non-stop availability and incredible performance required for tomorrow’s hyperscale data centers.

“Legacy networks will bottleneck flash storage minimizing the performance and economic benefits of this game-changing technology,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president of storage networking at Brocade. “Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions unleash the full value of today’s flash technology and enable tomorrow’s next-generation flash storage based on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe).  NVMe will be the next disruptive storage technology in the data center and customers will be able to seamlessly integrate NVMe over fabrics with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel.”

Network automation is key to modernizing data centers.  According to a global CIO survey*, 75 percent of respondents stated that the network is impacting their organizations’ ability to achieve business goals. The lack of network automation and integration of the network with other IT operations is the single biggest inhibitor to capitalizing on digitization.

Brocade has led the industry in automating storage networks with the industry’s first implementation of RESTful API support in Brocade Network Advisor.  This complete network-lifecycle solution brings an organization’s information together into one simple, easy-to-use command-and-control application.  It provides a programmable web-based interface through standard REST APIs to automate operational tasks such as zoning, scripting and reporting.  In addition, standard REST APIs enable customers to use Brocade Fabric Vision technology to easily analyze fabric-wide health and performance.  Brocade is also a key supporter of the OpenStack storage community, contributing Fibre Channel zone management to the OpenStack Cinder project.

 

New Innovations in Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Enables Data Center Modernization
The Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio combines innovative hardware, Brocade Fabric Vision technology and ground-breaking integrated monitoring for storage IO and virtual machine (VM) performance. This delivers the industry’s highest level of operational stability while redefining application performance for hyperscale, mission-critical storage.  New innovations in Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio include:

  • Brocade X6 Director Family.  The industry-first Gen 6 Fibre Channel director family delivers breakthrough application performance, data center-proven reliability and increased business agility to accelerate data access, adapt to evolving requirements and drive always-on business operations.  The Brocade X6 directors provide up to 384 32 Gbps line rate ports and up to 32 128 Gbps UltraScale™ ICL connectivity ports delivering a total system bandwidth of 16 Tbps. Breakthrough 32 Gbps performance accelerates application response time by up to 71 percent over previous solution eliminating IO bottlenecks and unleashing the full performance of flash and next generation NVMe-based storage.
  • Brocade SX6 Extension Blade.  The Brocade SX6 extension blade for Fibre Channel, FICON and IP storage replication moves more data over distance faster and enhances security without compromising performance.  With up to 80 Gbps application throughput per platform and line-rate encryption, the Brocade SX6 is designed for the most demanding environments.  This purpose-built solution delivers business resiliency at scale with 32 Gbps Fibre Channel and 1/10 GbE IP storage replication over 1/10/40 GbE IP WAN connections to handle the unrelenting growth of data traffic between data centers.
  • Brocade Fabric Vision Technology with IO Insight.  Fabric Vision technology overcomes the traditional limitations of network monitoring by introducing IO Insight, the industry’s only integrated network sensor that provides deeper visibility into the IO performance of storage infrastructure.  This enhanced visibility enables quick identification of degraded application performance at host and storage tiers reducing time to resolution.  IO Insight proactively monitors IO performance and behavior to gain unparalleled insight into potential issues and help maintain service levels.
  • Brocade Fabric Vision Technology with VM Insight.  Fabric Vison technology will include VM Insight for unparalleled end-to-end visibility into the storage performance of individual VMs.  This feature optimizes VM performance and availability in a virtualized data center.  VM Insight uses standards-based VM tagging to enable monitoring of VM-level application performance issues in a Gen 6 Fibre Channel SAN.  Using this information, storage administrators can establish baseline application performance and identify anomalies in order to fine-tune the infrastructure to meet service level objectives.  VM Insight also enables quick correlation with other Fabric Vision metrics to identify the root cause of problems before operations are affected.

Hitachi Data Systems is shipping the Brocade Gen 6 directors, blades and switch today.  “Digital transformation enables businesses to deliver superior customer experiences.  That cannot be accomplished without a modern and agile IT infrastructure that delivers information to customers faster than ever before,” said Bob Madaio, vice president of infrastructure solutions marketing, Hitachi Data Systems.  “The combination of the Hitachi flash portfolio with Brocade’s Gen 6 directors, blades and switch enables businesses to transform operations and serve data to customers radically faster so they get what they want, when they want it.”

 

Broad Industry Support from Brocade Partners, Flash Vendors and Industry Analysts

  • “These new Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors from Brocade combine extremely high-density, non-blocking 32 Gbps port capacity and 128 Gbps inter-switch connectivity along with I/O performance monitoring capabilities that offer a remarkable degree of visibility into Fibre Channel storage networks.  The emerging, high-performance flash platforms based on NVMe over fabric will need a network environment that can reliably supply massive bandwidth and low latency as well as a new set of management tools designed to ensure consistent and dependable peak application performance.” – Steven Hill, senior research analyst, 451 Research
  • “All-flash-arrays have become pervasive in today’s modern data center and for the first time in a decade, the legacy storage network has become the application performance bottleneck.  Customers who want to extract the intended value and application performance out of their SSD-based storage investment need to upgrade their Fibre Channel network to the new Brocade X6 Director and new servers with Emulex’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel HBAs.” – Jeff Hoogenboom, general manager, Emulex Connectivity Division, Broadcom
  • “Dell’s goal is to enable the Future Ready Enterprise and Brocade’s continued Fibre Channel innovation is key for our joint customers in implementing scalable and always-on infrastructures. Brocade’s 32 Gbps capabilities will allow customers to utilize flash storage today and future next generation technology.” – Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure
  • “Gen 6 (32 Gbps) Fibre Channel is an important upgrade to the market as we see storage transitioning to flash-based products and the need for higher speeds in the data center.  Flash, which is architecturally different from traditional disk arrays from the storage industry, will benefit greatly from Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions.” – Alan Weckel, vice president of SAN and data center market research, Dell’Oro Group
  • “Gen 6 Fibre Channel couldn’t appear at a better time. Due to continued tremendous data growth, increasing demands are being placed on IT infrastructure. The new Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Directors not only provide large-scale deployment of the newest speed of Fibre Channel, but they provide data centers with additional insights into their I/O traffic. Our testing with databases such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database has shown that using Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches and Emulex Gen 6 Fibre Channel HBAs resulted in 3.4 times faster performance and lower latency up to 70 percent.” – Dennis Martin, president, Demartek
  • “EMC declared 2016 ‘The Year of All Flash’ for primary storage as businesses around the world reach an inversion point and make flash their de facto choice for their data centers.  EMC is leading the pack with Unity, VMAX All Flash, XtremIO and DSSD delivering spectacular performance.  However, to realize the full performance benefit, the storage networking performance has to keep pace with the arrays.  After all, you wouldn’t expect to hit the top speed of a Ferrari if you’re driving on an unpaved dirt road.  The introduction of Brocade’s 32 Gbps directors extends EMC’s 32 Gbps offering to our enterprise customers, enabling them to lay the network foundations for their flash-fueled futures.” – Peter Smails, vice president, product marketing, Core Technologies Division, EMC Corporation
  • “Updates to Fibre Channel technology is a not too frequent event.  Gen 6 is faster but it’s not just a matter of speeds.  New features and capabilities with these new Brocade Gen 6 directors enable easier management and operations.  Visibility provided by tools such as IO Insight or VM Insight enables better application management which is ultimately what matters to IT organizations. – Dan Conde, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
  • “The need for shared storage over high performance storage networks will continue into foreseeable future with customers continuing to need greater bandwidth and lower latency.  Brocade’s announcement of Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors and blade and support for NVMe over Fabric answers those two needs, needs that are made even more real by deployment of all-flash storage.” – Randy Kerns, senior strategist, Evaluator Group
  • “Using our digital business platform, MetaArc, Fujitsu supports customers with the technologies, tools, services and partnerships that help them achieve the agile and robust information and communications technology that best suits their needs to modernize on a global scale. We look forward to our continued partnership with Brocade to deliver storage networking connectivity solutions, such as Gen 6 Fibre Channel, which enable customers to make this digital transformation.” – Kazuhiko Endo, senior vice president, Head of Data Center Platform Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited
  • “In the era of data explosion, the launch of Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors means data exchange will be largely accelerated, which is crucial to enhancing the efficiency of enterprises’ data centers.  Brocade and Huawei have been jointly innovating and developing all-flash and active-active storage solutions.  We will continuously strengthen our collaboration on storage network convergence and intelligent operation and maintenance and devote reliable, efficient and intelligent IT solutions to customers.” – Zhao Chunhui, vice president, Huawei Storage Product Line, Huawei
  • “For more than 16 years, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Brocade have delivered unparalleled value to our joint customers, providing them with comprehensive storage networking solutions with unmatched reliability, manageability and scalability.  The launch of the new Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions demonstrates HPE and Brocade’s continued innovations to deliver customers the most reliable and highest performing data center storage networks.” – Neeraj Gokhale, vice president of storage marketing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • “Fibre Channel technology continues to play an important role in the data center, providing lossless and secure data transmission maintaining a very loyal user community.  New applications and the next generation of servers—with additional CPU cores and higher speed connectivity, coupled with adoption of SSD storage—is driving the need for higher performance storage networking.  The introduction of Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology is an important and timely event advancing the storage networking market and also preparing for the arrival of NVMe-based flash storage which will demand additional storage network bandwidth.” – Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., senior research director for data center, cloud and SDN, IHS Markit
  • “Today’s data-intensive enterprise requires quick and easy access to large amounts of data at all times and we pride ourselves in offering our customers storage systems with the highest possible performance and functionality at the lowest possible cost.  It is solutions like the Brocade X6 director family and SX6 extension blade that allow us to meet the demands of companies around the world.” – Bob Cancilla, vice president of global alliances, INFINIDAT
  • “There is no doubt that the Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio will bring huge performance improvement while its new visibility features will reduce administration complexity for customers.  We believe that our Inspur flash storage products together with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel will meet customers’ complex application requirements for large cloud computing and hyper-scale virtualized storage systems to provide highly reliable, scalable and available solutions.” – Sun Gang, general manager, Storage Division, Inspur
  • Brocade’s new Gen 6 directors are evolutionary and revolutionary at the same time.  They are a fundamental component for building the all-flash data center required by modern enterprises, where next generation protocols, like NVMe, and mission-critical workloads need the most reliable and robust storage networks. – Enrico Signoretti, analyst, Juku
  • “As a leading all-flash storage company, we are defining the future of modern data centers in today’s on-demand world.  Given customers demand predictable storage solutions to grow and manage their business, our collaboration with Brocade will help drive the next generation of flash array technology and storage networking on Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions.” – Shachar Fienblit, chief technology officer, Kaminario
  • “An all-flash data center is a must for any business that is transforming digitally.  With flash eliminating storage performance as a bottleneck, customers now want network upgrades that rebalance performance across the data center.  Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors deliver performance improvements for NetApp’s fast-growing SAN customer base.” – Maria Olson, vice president, Global and Strategic Alliances, NetApp
  • “Brocade’s data center fabrics and Fibre Channel solutions are the perfect complement to our predictive flash storage offerings.  With the Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions, we will be able to help our customers adapt to the evolving requirements of an always-on business environment.” – Dan Leary, vice president of corporate development, solutions and alliances, Nimble Storage
  • “Pure Storage customers demand the highest levels of consistency, predictability and performance, and Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions deliver strong in all three of these areas.  Like Pure Storage, Brocade has a history of meeting the mission-critical demands of the data center and together, we are setting a new standard for the modern digital enterprise.” – Matt Kixmoeller, vice president of products, Pure Storage
  • “Next-generation databases and workloads are utilizing low latency NVMe and SSD flash-based storage coupled with the highly deterministic nature of Gen 6 (32 Gbps) Fibre Channel to meet the ever increasing user demand for faster performance and reliability.  The new Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches from Brocade, coupled with QLogic Gen 6 Fibre Channel Adapters with StorFusion technology, which is integrated with Brocade Fabric Vision, deliver the performance, application response time and scalability characteristics required for mission-critical storage networking, making Fibre Channel the dominate interconnect for these environments well into the future.” – Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic
  • “One of the biggest challenges in today’s modern enterprise is eliminating data silos that can drastically slow priority workloads and operations. Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions provide the reliability and scalability our customers need to transform into a modernized data center.” – Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile
  • “Enabling customers to deploy the most powerful, trusted and flexible storage networks that are capable of meeting the performance demands associated with mission-critical application workloads is exactly why Violin Memory partners with Brocade.  That is what Brocade’s new Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors with Violin Memory’s Flash Storage Platform offers the market.” – Raj  Das, vice president of business development, Violin Memory
  • “As organizations continue to move to higher VM densities for rapid deployment of new applications, they require modern storage networks that can scale linearly and provide the performance to support thousands of users.  VMware solutions with Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel enables predictable performance, reliability and scalability with end-to-end visibility to highly virtualized application data flows which allows service level agreements to be met.” – Howard Hall, senior director, Global Technology Partnering Organization, VMware

 

Availability
Brocade X6 directors and Brocade SX6 extension blade are available now through Brocade and its channel partners.  Other Brocade OEM partners will start shipping them in the second half of 2016.  Brocade Network Advisor and IO Insight are available today.  VM Insight will be included as part of Fabric Vision technology in the first half of 2017.

Additional Resources

*Global CIO Study 2015, Vanson Bourne, May 2015

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation.  With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)

 

WT | Wearable Technologies Conference Asia Hong Kong is back (12 Oct)!

WT | Wearable Technologies Conference Asia Hong Kong is back (12 Oct)!

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WT | Wearable Technologies Conference Asia Hong Kong
is back. Register now for the fourth consecutive year in which WT | Wearable Technologies AG gathers the entire value chain of wearables at the Asian leg of the WT | Wearable Technologies Conferences.  Meet both innovative startups and well-known giants from all market segments and continents to learn about the technologies shaping the future.

Taking stage on Oct. 12 at Hong Kong Science Park, the Wearable Technologies Conference is set to showcase the most cutting edge technologies from our exhibitors and provide insight, sharing their unparalleled industry knowledge and real-life experiences from our international speakers like Smartcap, Australia, Lifesense Group, The Netherlands, Covestro and Osram, Germany, Lumenus, Los Angeles.

Since 2006, WT | Wearable Technologies AG stands for the most astonishing, vibrant and informative conference program in the wearable space.

For members, please register at EVENT SITE HERE
with discount code : MISSQT_WT_CONF_ASIA_10PCT to gain 10% discount

For more information, please visit the EVENT SITE HERE
For enquiries, please email : p.tang@wearable-technologies.com
or call (49) 8152 998860

http://www.wearable-technologies.com/

 

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5 Golden Rules from Expert Christian Stammel

5 Golden Rules from Expert Christian Stammel

The CEO of WT | Wearable Technologies, selected as one of the Top 50 Decision Makers from Politics, Economic and Social, provides the ultimate tips on how to build the perfect wearable.

  1. Design Drives User Adaption: Visible vs. Invisible – That’s the big question.

  2. Energy Efficiency is Key: Wearable designers need to carefully evaluate opportunities in energy harvesting, easy charging solutions and the energy needs of every single electronics component.

  3. Interoperability and Reliability: Get the WT – TÜV SÜD certification mark to make sure you are meeting all important standards for wearables today.

  4. Data is Now: Adding secure and user – friendly data will increase your future revenue stream. Hardware is the concern of the past; now web and cloud services are key components to enhance usability.

  5. The Last Mile for your Customer: All companies are different. To receive the right margin maybe your business needs multiple business cases for each industry. It’s tricky to define a price point for B2B contacts and then for the end consumer.

WT is here to walk you through the difficult process of product making. Book a workshop with our team. Please choose from the services listed below or contact us for a tailor made workshop:

  • Market overview and WT business modeling.
  • A deep dive in enabling technologies
  • Standardization and Certification.

 

PowerMew Technology crowned winner of Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest in Hong Kong

PowerMew Technology crowned winner of Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest in Hong Kong

Alibaba Cloud

The company will travel to China to compete in the world final later this year.

Hong Kong, July 20, 2016 – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, hosted the Hong Kong session of Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (CACSC) today at Hong Kong Science Park, in cooperation with HKSTP (Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation), CoCoon and Paperclip HK. Ten local startups were selected to compete as finalists in the Hong Kong leg of the competition, with other events held in cities around the world including Paris and London. PowerMew Technology Limited was the stand out competitor during the event and took home the top prize. It will now go on to represent Hong Kong at the world final in Hangzhou, China in October 2016 to compete with contestants from other markets including Southeast Asia, Korea, Middle East and Europe.

“Alibaba Cloud believes in championing medium and small businesses and we encourage startups to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. CACSC aims to identify the most promising and innovative startups in the world, and to give them a platform to grow and succeed. We are happy to see PowerMew Technology winning the championship in Hong Kong with its forward-thinking and creative ideas leveraging the cloud technology inspired by Alibaba Cloud. We look forward PowerMew Technology participating in the world final and competing with champions from other regions,” said Leo Liu, Business Development Director at Greater China of Alibaba Cloud International.

PowerMew Technology, an online property searching platform in the real estate industry, has been leveraging advanced VR technology to connect proprietors, buyers, tenants and estate agents. By virtue of the cloud computing technology, they allow customers to access social networking service seamlessly for the real estate brokerage anywhere from any smart device.

By winning the championship of the Hong Kong session, PowerMew Technology will receive Alibaba Cloud’s funding for investments into IT infrastructure for the first year, technology training for professionals, tailor-made IT solutions designed by Alibaba Cloud’s architects and one-on-one post-sales support. In addition, winner will receive free office space from CoCoon, and free membership of Paperclip HK.

“We are excited and honored to be crowned champion of the Hong Kong leg of CACSC. It is a significant stepping stone for us, and will help us take our ideas to a global market with the support of Alibaba Cloud. With the cloud capabilities provided by Alibaba Cloud, we are confident that we can strengthen our business and bring our innovations to other markets,” said Sophie Lo and Eddie Chan, Co-founders of PowerMew Technology.

The Hong Kong event judging panel included Leo Liu, Business Development Director at Greater China of Alibaba Cloud International; Cindy Chow, Executive Director of HK Entrepreneurs Fund; Peter Mok, Head of Incubation Programme of HKSTP; and Roland Yau, Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures. The competition, which comprises of onsite presentation and Q&A with judges, evaluated the contestants based on the qualification of the founder team, the level of innovation they demonstrated, the market competitiveness and the potential to scale of their business models, and their presentation skills.

Mr. Allen MA Kam-sing, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP said, “We are delighted to partner with Alibaba Cloud on this meaningful initiative, which provides Hong Kong’s inspiring entrepreneurs with leading technology support and access to abundant resources through Alibaba Cloud’s global network. We look forward to seeing more Hong Kong start-ups thrive and grow their global footprints through this program.”

“CoCoon Ignite Ventures is happy to have been invited as a judge and supporter of this great event. This is a continuation of our ongoing collaboration with Science Park and Alibaba and we hope events like this show the growing support for Hong Kong entrepreneurs. In particular, we recognize that Alibaba has offered quite a few initiatives to entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, including establishing the Alibaba’s Entrepreneur Fund and offering support for Alibaba’s cloud services, and we look forward to continue working with Alibaba on these important initiatives,” said Mr. Roland Yau, Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures.

“We are honored to co-work with Alibaba Cloud to host the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest—Hong Kong. As a startup campus, we are excited to see this program help build up the startup eco-system in Hong Kong and also grow the startups successfully at a regional and global level,” said Deepak Madnani, Founder and CEO of Paperclip HK.

The CACSC is part of the Alibaba Cloud’s global startup program, Create@Alibaba Cloud, which was first launched in April this year. It aims to champion startups and maximize their potential through Alibaba’s comprehensive support network and innovative suite of cloud infrastructure services.

Alibaba Cloud established its first data center in Hong Kong in May 2014. With the second Hong Kong data centre established in November last year, Alibaba Cloud has further underscored its commitment to address increasing demand for cloud computing resources in the region and its commitment to globalization. In addition, Alibaba Cloud launched traditional Chinese and English websites last year and has accepted Hong Kong bank cards for purchases. At present, its cloud server nodes support Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Relational Database Service (RDS), Object Storage Service (OSS), Server Load Balancer, Cloud Monitoring System, Cloud Shield and other services. Proprietary virtual private cloud (VPC) network services are being planned to meet more sophisticated user requirements.


About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants
of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.


About Create@Alibaba Cloud
This is Alibaba Cloud’s first global start-up program, aimed at championing startups and maximizing their potential through Alibaba’s comprehensive support network and innovative suite of cloud infrastructure services. As part of the program, participants will receive funding for investments into IT infrastructure for the first year, technology training for professionals, tailor-made IT solutions designed by Alibaba Cloud’s architects and one-on-one post-sales support, to help the start-ups get their business up to speed and running smoothly. In addition to offering cloud capabilities, Create@Alibaba Cloud also empowers start-ups with better access to overseas markets and potential connections.

To learn more:
https://intl.aliyun.com/startup/events/CACSC2016?spm=a3c0i.7911826.186171.3.c5RVMM

 

Newlywed Actress Tavia Yeung & Award-Winning Actor Wong Chau Sang join the All New MINI Convertible Launch Celebration

Newlywed Actress Tavia Yeung & Award-Winning Actor Wong Chau Sang join the All New MINI Convertible Launch Celebration

#STAYOPEN    #MINICONVERTIBLE   #MINIHK

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[HONG KONG  | 22 JULY 2016] Since Sir Alec Issigonis’s ingenious combination of classic British design, flexible use of vehicle interior, and the brand’s unique go-kart driving fun, MINI has become a legendary classic vehicle. As an important member of the MINI family of vehicles, the MINI Convertible was first born in 2004. Today, MINI Hong Kong is proud to launch the new generation of the four-seater open-top MINI Convertible, which reinterprets an active and elegant British character with its elegant and fashionable vehicle contour and stylish soft-top.

The MINI Convertible launch celebration was held last night at Ciao Chow at Lan Kwai Fong – one of the most noted night-spots and the city’s busy CBD. “Stay Open” is the theme of the launch celebration. Beach elements were used in the venue to bring the feel of summer to the party. Colours like yellow and aquamarine matched perfectly with the all-new Caribbean Blue metallic variant developed exclusively for the new MINI Convertible.

Actress Tavia Yeung, who just had her secret wedding ceremony in England, was invited to be the guest of MINI Convertible celebration. Tavia was excited to see the new MINI Convertible and revealed that she loved its new exclusive colour most. She was most impressed by the newly rearranged instruments and controls that are unique to the model. In conjunction with the colour-changing LED Ring, driving excitement is elevated as the LED changes colour automatically under different driving speeds and modes.

Award-winning actor Anthony Wong showed his support to the launch party. In September, he will be leading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of the most popular plays written by William Shakespeare. MINI Hong Kong is proud to be the title sponsor of the play.

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Kenneth Wong – General Manager of MINI Hong Kong; Anthony Wong; Tavia Yeung; Mr. Kevin Coon – Vice-President of BMW Group Import Office HK, Macau and Taiwan; Mr. Joseph Lau – Managing Director of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Limited

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Tavia Yeung at the MINI Convertible launch celebration.

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Anthony Wong at the MINI Convertible launch celebration

Other attending guests include:

  1. Joseph Lam; Andy Wong
  2. Amanda Lui
  3. Hubert Tose
  4. Bruce Tong, Chris Tong
  5. Zaneta Cheng


About MINI.
BMW Group acquired Rover Group in early 1994, and injected new energy into MINI. After revamping, MINI has sold over three million vehicles since 2001. As a trendsetter, MINI has become the car of choice for many famous persons, such as fashion designers Paul Smith and Mary Quant, as well as musical artists The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and David Bowie. MINI has been featured in a number of movies, including the “Italian Job”, 1966 cult classic “Blow Up”, and beloved television series “Mr. Bean”, and left lasting impressions with the audience. MINI has won acclaim and admiration from fans everywhere with our MINI Hatch, Cabrio, Countryman, Coupé, Roadster, Paceman, and the latest MINI Clubman. In the future, MINI will be dedicated to bringing more exciting and innovative vehicles. Building on our brilliant success, MINI strives to continue to excel in the development of vehicles using the most creative and innovative design and automotive technology, while staying true to the core essences of MINI.

For more information about MINI and MINI Space, please visit:
http://www.minihk.com
http://www.facebook.com/MINI.hongkong
http://www.youtube.com/MINI

 

Asia Contemporary Art Show Celebrates New Emerging and Mid-Career Artists

Asia Contemporary Art Show Celebrates New Emerging and Mid-Career Artists

9th Edition Opens Thursday 15th September

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Hong Kong, Tuesday July 5th 2016: The popular and highly successful Asia Contemporary Art Show returns for its 9th edition on September 15 – 18, 2016, at the Conrad Hong Kong. The Show presents a diverse line up of more than 80 exhibitors from 15 countries in Asia and around the world, bringing to Hong Kong an outstanding collection of more than 2,500 artworks including original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography.

Director Mark Saunderson said that visitors to the Show can expect to see a diverse line up of artists and a wide range of exciting artworks. “This September, we are pleased to present many talented emerging and mid-career artists who have not joined the Show before, and whose works are new to Asia.

“Collectors and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate the works of artists like young Chinese contemporary painter Du Xi whose work brings together the historical with the contemporary; the romantic and mysterious works of Vietnamese Doan Xuan Tang; Argentinian artist Claudia Ferrari who brings South American flair to her Japanese ink-wash works; and paintings by local Hong Kong artist Lau Chin Hung, who recently achieved success at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.”

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Saunderson explained the choice of venue, with art displayed in curated rooms over four floors at the Conrad Hong Kong. “What we offer is a unique experience that takes the visitor ‘beyond the white wall’ of art galleries and other art fairs in Hong Kong. Our art rooms provide a setting, much as you would see art when hung at home or at work. And importantly, it’s an experience where the visitor to the Show can connect with the artist or gallery staff. The hotel art fair concept is embraced in principal art hubs around the world, including Miami, New York and London – the format also makes good commercial sense for both art seller and buyer as the cost of expensive exhibition hall space is not priced into the artwork.”

The Asia Contemporary Art Show would like to acknowledge and thank arts patrons Macey and Sons Auctioneers and Valuers Limited, the Wall Street Journal Asia Edition, Venture Studios, Fiji Water and Langton’s East Asia; as well as hospitality partners Samuel Adams and Leaf Tea Boutique for their support.

Tickets for the Asia Contemporary Art Show are now available for HK$220 (buy one and bring a friend for free) at www.asiacontemporaryart.com.  Tickets at the door are HK$220 per person.

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Asia Contemporary Art Show
9th Edition
Conrad Hong Kong, 40 – 43 floors

September 15 – 18, 2016

Opening Hours:
VIP Collectors Preview (by invitation only)
Thursday September 15, 5pm – 9pm

Friday ART Night (by invitation or ticket)
Friday September 16, 5pm – 9pm

General Admission
Friday September 16, 1pm – 5pm

Saturday September 17, 1pm – 8pm
Sunday September 18, 11am – 6pm

Tickets:
Specially priced advance-purchase online tickets are on sale now for HK$220, and bring a friend for free (tickets at the door are HK$220 per person). Includes access to Friday ART Night on
Friday September 16 with a complimentary drink; plus multiple access Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.

Free admission for children under 16yrs accompanied by an adult.
Buy tickets at http://www.asiacontemporaryart.com/tickets/

Kudos to the Sea! Presenting a Delectable Semi-buffet Maestro Dinner – Summer Delicacies for the Ages!

Kudos to the Sea! Presenting a Delectable Semi-buffet Maestro Dinner – Summer Delicacies for the Ages!

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Kudos to the Sea! 
Presenting a Delectable Semi-buffet Maestro Dinner –
Summer Delicacies for the Ages!

We’re filling the tanks and getting into a seafood-inspired summer groove as Kudos at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay embraces the city’s love for seafood with an enticing ocean-sweet summer feast! Kudos takes no half measures here, stocking the finest varieties the seas have to offer in a towering water tank as the ultimate mark of restaurant freshness. One of the world’s most diverse and beloved delights, fine seafood deserves a varied range of cooking techniques. Served from July through to August 31, the Kudos Semi-buffet Maestro Dinner – Summer Delicacies has everything from fresh-shucked oysters and a premium seafood congee station to gorgeous shrimp flambé right at your table, with a massive selection of sumptuous dishes and expertly crafted main courses in an appetising seafood extravaganza for the ages!

Oysters Galore! Six Types of Oysters, Fresh-Shucked to Order:

Freshly Shucked Oysters 即開生蠔

With six out of our eight types of oysters on rotation at any given time, oyster fans are in good hands at Kudos. Our Organic Angel Oysters from Australia are fat, bursting with sweetness and organically certified by NASAA. Ireland’s Harty Oyster has been described as a dessert oyster with pronounced sweet notes, and hints of citrus and cucumber on the finish. Normandy Oysters from France are a lesser-known but highly celebrated oyster by connoisseurs who are in-the-know, with a rich and deep flavour profile and a particularly fleshy texture. The North American Minterbrook Oyster is known for being mild, sweet and plump from fresh water influence. And the French Fine de Claire, royalty in oyster circles, needs little introduction.

The Best of the Best for our Seafood Congee Station, and Spectacular Drunken Shrimp Flambé:

The foundation of our new Seafood Congee Station is a hearty Chiu Chow-style congee base (simmered with slow-cooked dried flatfish), but the star of the show is the premium seafood we have on offer. Select your favourites from skin-healthy chicken collagen, fine abalone, Australian sea cucumber, fresh crab,  razor clams, clams, venus clams and shrimp, and we’ll simmer it to perfection in moments. Meanwhile, the Drunken Shrimp Flambé is a sight to behold with fresh Jinga shrimp marinated in erguotou (Chinese white spirit), cooked with shallots and chicken broth and aromatically flambéed at  the live cooking station.Our all-time-favorite Bouillabaisse with your choice of seafood is also back at the live cooking station.

The Main(s) Attraction:

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Kudos has prepared nine sumptuous main courses to anchor this ocean-sweet feast! Highlights from land include our tender and succulent US Roast Prime Rib with creamed spinach, baked new potatoes, horseradish cream and gravy, and the Australian Lamb Rack Provençal cooked in the traditional French method with cheese risotto, confit cherry tomatoes and rosemary lamb sauce. Highlights from the sea include a Live Boston Lobster either grilled or cooked Thermidor-style, and the Seared Crispy Skin Ocean Trout Fillet, a sweet and fresh dish served with grilled asparagus, honey-glazed sweet potatoes and leek and pancetta cream sauce. For a traditionally local main course, our Braised Whole Australian Abalone and Goose Webs is a celebrated Chinese delicacy, slow-braised for eight hours with pork, chicken, goose wings, goose webs and dried Chinese ham, served with vegetables and steamed rice. Otherdelectable choices include: Surf & Turf (Baked Half Boston Lobster and Grilled Australian Beef Medallion), Seared Kurobuta Pork RackFresh Boston Lobster with Spaghetti and Baked Crab Shell filled with Fresh Crab Meat and Shredded Onions. Kids at the table need not fret for a lack of dishes, as we’ve prepared special Main Courses for Children with Fish and Chips, Mini Burger, Hawaiian Pizzas and Pasta Bolognese or Carbonara.

To round off a truly generous spread, we’ve also got Seafood on Ice with mussels, crab legs, whelk and fresh prawn among others along with our Sashimi and Sushi Station, featuring a delicious range of ocean-sweet delights. Highlights from our appetisers selection include Seared Duck liver with Caramelised Apple on Toast, spectacular Dungeness Crab Cakes with Guacamole, the Slow-cooked Chicken Roll Filled with Scallop Mousse(served with lime reduction), and the local favourite of Fish Jelly with Cucumber Julienne. Don’t forget our DIY Salad Bar with all the trimmings, the deluxe Cheese Board and a rotation of home-cooked Soups of the Day.

For a sweet conclusion, we’ve put a great deal of care into our dessert selection with 16 dishes on rotation from a master list of over 40 desserts from East and West! In particular, don’t miss our salute to French classics with the Red Wine or White Wine Pear, cooked to perfection with an alluring aroma of star anise, cinnamon and wine. Adventurous types will be thrilled with our incredible Durian Cheesecake, but fret not if this isn’t to your fancy as we’ve got a taste of everything from our Banana and Chocolate Crumble to our gorgeous Strawberry NapoleanMango Dome Cake to classic Bread and Butter PuddingHäagen-Dazs Ice Cream selection to Italian Gelato and much more!

Wine and Dine Your Way to a Beautiful Discount:

We are pleased to offer excellent value for selected wines to pair with your meal. Diners enjoying the seafood semi-buffet will get 30% off on selected bottled wines including Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon, Trapiche Sauvignon Blanc, Bonnievale Cellar Shiraz and Bonnievale Cellar Chardonnay. Simply ask your server for further details.

Served from 6pm-10pm daily, the Kudos Maestro Seafood Semi-Buffet Dinner is priced at the excellent value of $568 for adults and $338 for children from Sunday to Thursday, and $598 for adults and $368 for children on Fridays, Saturdays, public holidays and Eves.

During weekdays, our Executive Lunch Semi-Buffet is served from 12nn-2:30pm from Monday to Friday and is priced at $238 per diner (including a main course and a glass of house wine, beer, special juices or soft drinks), or $198 per diner enjoying our buffet experience without a main course selection.

On Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and Eves, our Lunch Buffet is priced at $318 per adult and $198 per child.

Tea it up for our Weekday Afternoon Tea Buffet, served from Monday to Friday from 3pm-5pm and get a fabulous limited time offer! From our original price of $248 per person, the Afternoon Tea Buffet is now available at the ongoing promotional price of $124 per guest! The deal continues on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays where the Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet is priced at $198 for adults and $128 for kids, down from the original prices of $268 and $168, respectively.

* All prices subject to 10% service charge, terms and conditions apply.
* Selection based on availability and menu items can change without prior notice.

 

Kudos
1/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay,

8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3980-3000

 

About Kudos
Kudos is a casual and contemporary all-day dining destination at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong in Causeway Bay, featuring an extensive selection of Asian and international cuisine as well as
high quality buffets that appeals to all palates. Located on the first floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy natural sunlight during the day through the floor-to-ceiling windows while the magnificent view of Causeway Bay glitters at night. Whether it’s a causal meal, special celebration, wedding banquet or an intimate gathering, Kudos ensures that every occasion will be a delicious and delightful success.

 

Alibaba Cloud Appoints Dr Zhou Jingren as Chief Scientist Leading Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Research at Alibaba iDST

Alibaba Cloud Appoints Dr Zhou Jingren as Chief Scientist Leading Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Research at Alibaba iDST

Alibaba Cloud
Hangzhou, July 7, 2016
-Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has appointed Dr ZHOU Jingren as Chief Scientist to lead big data and artificial intelligence research at Alibaba Cloud iDST (Institute of Data Science Technology), developing cloud-scale distributed computation platforms, data analytic products and various business solutions.

At Alibaba Cloud iDST, Dr Zhou manages a team of top-tier engineers based in China and USA, which is engaged in the development of advanced technologies in speech, natural language, image and video processing and large-scale machine learning.

Prior to joining Alibaba, Dr Zhou was the Partner Engineering Manager at Microsoft, where he managed a team developing the big data computation platform supporting Microsoft’s Windows and Office applications and web search engine Bing. This platform laid the foundation for Microsoft’s entire back-end data services, utilizing over more than 10,000 computing clusters to provide diversified computing capability, real-time massive data streaming and processing.

Dr Zhou is a well-known researcher in the field of cloud computing, database and distributed systems. He has published dozens of papers in top-tier database and system journals (VLDB, SIGMOD, ODSI), and has been a chairperson and/or panelist at numerous academic conferences.

Dr Zhou received his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, having previously obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Science and Technology of China.

 

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

TNG Wallet Revolutionises Ticketing for Hong Kong Book Fair with Electronic Admission Tickets

TNG Wallet Revolutionises Ticketing for Hong Kong Book Fair with Electronic Admission Tickets

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TNG Wallet Revolutionises Ticketing for Hong Kong Book Fair
with Electronic Admission Tickets
e-Ticket purchase made swifter and smarter; anytime, anywhere
100,000 FREE Hong Kong Book Fair e-Tickets Giveaway to reward new members

[Hong Kong – 7 July 2016] TNG Wallet, the next generation e-Wallet provider which pioneered the one-stop e-Ticketing experience for the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair last year, has now been appointed the sole official e-Ticketing outlet for the HKTDC’s Hong Kong Book Fair 2016. All TNG members will be able to purchase this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair e-Tickets via TNG Wallet app. TNG is also giving out 100,000 FREE Hong Kong Book Fair e-Tickets (worth HK$ 25) to reward new users registering a TNG Wallet account, in the hopes of facilitate the development of electronic payment lifestyle in Hong Kong while foster a reading culture.

 

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e-Ticket Purchase Anytime Anywhere – No More Queuing
Starting at 10am on 5th July 2016 (Tue), TNG Wallet members can purchase Hong Kong Book Fair 2016 e-Tickets (Adult: HK $25; Child: HK $10) anytime, anywhere using the “Coupons & Tickets” function in their TNG Wallet App. Once the purchase is completed, members will receive a QR Code representing their ticket in their TNG Wallet[1]. E-tickets with QR code can minimise the risk of being denied entry due to a lost physical ticket. TNG also makes it convenient for members to gift e-Tickets to other TNG users, with just a few clicks on their smartphone. Furthermore, TNG members can make multiple purchases for accompanying friends, who can enter the Book Fair simply by presenting their e-Tickets under onsite instructions.

In recent years, the Hong Kong Book Fair has attracted over a million visitors. TNG CEO Mr Alex Kong said that the new, diversified functions of the TNG Wallet would eliminate queuing times for tickets. “Technological development is certainly poised to address, and eventually solve various social problems. Take electronic payment tools as an example. TNG Wallet allows people to buy exhibition or event tickets in a matter of seconds, and is powerful enough to handle transactions simultaneously by multiple users. This means a considerable time reduction spent on waiting or queuing for physical tickets. For enterprises burdened by the high costs of traditional tickets production in terms of design, printing, logistics and manpower, e-Tickets are cost effective and offer greater flexibility. In short, e-Tickets benefit both event organisers and participants.”


Giveaway of 100,000 FREE Book Fair e-Tickets to Promote e-Payment Lifestyle and Reading Culture in Hong Kong

To celebrate its appointment as the sole official e-Ticketing outlet for the Hong Kong Book Fair 2016, TNG Wallet is giving away 100,000 FREE Book Fair e-Tickets to new users registering as TNG members for the first time, between 5th and 19th July. Each new TNG member will receive one free e-Ticket worth HK$ 25 in their TNG Wallet for the Hong Kong Book Fair 2016 on a first come, first served basis, while stocks last1. The Hong Kong Book Fair is also extending an additional offer to TNG members: members who purchase or redeem 20 Julyor 21 July Book Fair regular tickets can use the same tickets for admission again on 22, 23 or 24 July after 7pm. Mr Kong adds that his agenda goes beyond promoting local e-Payment lifestyle, to enabling greater social development: “With TNG as an e-Ticketing platform, we can expect even more visitors to this year’s Book Fair. e-Ticket users are expected to take up approximately 20 percent of the total visitor count, which are our forecast and our target. As a Hong Kong start-up, we’re not just focused on driving our business and promoting e-Payment lifestyle. We want to help advance social development in various aspects. Through giving away e-Tickets and offering an easier way to buy tickets, we hope to bring more people to this year’s Book Fair, cultivate a reading culture, and do our part in supporting the local economy and publishing industry.”

In addition to the Hong Kong Book Fair 2016, TNG Wallet will also continue to serve as an e-Ticket outlet for other local exhibitions and events, large and small, so more people can experience the convenience enabled by TNG’s leading-edge e-Payment lifestyle. Through these efforts, TNG expects to boost Hong Kong’s e-Payments industry as well as the level of attendance at local exhibitions and events.

Looking ahead, Mr Kong says, “It has only been eight months since TNG Wallet’s launch and we are proud of its achievements. We started out by collaborating with merchants on top-up and purchase offers, but have never stopped innovating and developing lifestyle and convenience-enhancing functions to meet merchant and user needs. This April, we debuted e-Payments for taxi rides in Hong Kong. Last month, we launched TNG Wallet 2.0, featuring intuitive features such as cash withdrawal, credit card top-up and bank transfer. Now, TNG Wallet has become a part of one of Hong Kong’s largest exhibitions, thanks to support from different sectors in our society. Looking ahead, we will explore further collaboration opportunities with exhibition and event organisers, so that more people can benefit. We will continue to lead Hong Kong to as it Steps Forward to a new and more efficient digital lifestyle with TNG!”


About
TNG
Founded in 2013, TNG is committed to bringing its leading-edge technology to enhance the life of Hong Kong people through its next generation payment, money transfer and lifestyle management solutions. TNG is a user-friendly and technologically-advanced electronic wallet that combines innovative promotion and marketing strategies, such as online-to-offline (O2O) transactions and payments, targeted marketing, member benefits, e-tickets and e-coupons in one solution on the smartphone for users to settle transactions such as purchase payments, bill payments, bank transfer, instant credit card top-up service, cash withdrawal and convenient peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers.

TNG’s convenient and free-to-user value adding (top-up) service is available at numerous merchants in Hong Kong, including all 759 Stores, all 7-Eleven convenience stores, all Jetco ATM terminals, credit cards, as well as the online banking platform of selected banks. Thanks to the built-in customer relationship management (CRM) platform which is free to merchants, merchants can now enjoy a more affordable non-cash payment option with low handling fee, significant improvement in their cash flow through TNG’s fast settlement of transactions with merchants, and a CRM tool that allows merchants to more fully engage with their customers.

TNG is committed to revolutionising the way consumers shop and pay by providing the most convenient and affordable electronic wallet services for corporate and individual users. At the same time, TNG continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology by optimising its next generation electronic payment system to create a more efficient and convenient lifestyle for users, taking Hong Kong’s fintech and e-payment industries to a higher level. Step Forward with TNG.

 

For details, stay connected with:
TNG website: http://www.tng.asia
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/TNGWallet
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TNGWallet

 

Grassroots Pantry says no junk on that junk with special summer catering for boat parties! Also launching weekday brunch, summer specials and phase two of The Collective’s Table guest chef series!

Grassroots Pantry says no junk on that junk with special summer catering for boat parties! Also launching weekday brunch, summer specials and phase two of The Collective’s Table guest chef series!

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No Junk on that Junk Grassroots Pantry Introduces Junk Trip Menus from its Catering Arm, Weekday Brunches, Summer Specials and the Next Phase of The Collective’s Table Chef Series!

Welcome to a gorgeous Grassroots Pantry summer as Hong Kong’s go-to destination for exceptional plant-based cuisine provides delicious and healthy smarts across the board, keeping you full of energy all the way! First up, we’re catering to the high seas with swimsuit-friendly food packages for junk trips, a summer special service by our popular catering arm! Following our successful guest chef series with Chef Richard Ekkebus of Michelin Two Star Amber and Chef Vinny Lauria of Linguini Fini, The Collective’s Table will resume in September with two more culinary heavyweights cooking plant-based in our kitchen! We’re also introducing all-day brunch on weekdays along with new hours of operation (both applicable only during the summer), and we’ll also add some beautifully vibrant summer dishes to the Grassroots a la carte menu!

Peggy Chan and Richard Ekkebus

Not Another Boat Party Chicken Wing! Grassroots Pantry Redefines the Term “Junk Food!”

Summertime means heat, and that means it’s time to hit the water! But there ain’t no place for junk on that junk! Grassroots Pantry will offer three packages of ascending depth, including:

– The “Mini No Junk” package with Chips & Dips, Cauliflower Potato Tater Tots, Satay Hedgehog Mushroom Skewers and Maca Pudding Pots (min. order for 20 people at $180 per person)

– “The Convert” package with Popcorn “Chicken,” Satay Hedgehog Mushroom Skewers, Lotus Root “Meatball” Sandwich, Coriander & Mint Pesto Quinoa Salad, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lemon Posset Fruit Cup (min. order for 15 people at $300 per person)

– “The Grassroots Feast” with Chips & Dips, Summer Rolls, Curly Kale Salad, Satay Hedgehog Mushroom Skewers, Kimchee Quesadillas, Berbere Spiced “Steak” & Potatoes, Mini Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes and Maca Pudding Pots (min. order for 15 people at $400 per person)

Beverage-wise, we’re keeping the fun stuff a little less naughty. The Organic Fiesta Package includes bottles of Liveraid (2L) and Immune Booster (2L) cold-pressed juices, organic Mountain Goat Steam Ale (15 cans), three bottles of organic white wine and three bottles of organic red. The Lean Green and Mean Package includes cold-pressed bottles of Liveraid (3L), Immune Booster (3L) and AVC Me Elixir (3L), organic Mountain Goat Steam Ale (30 cans) and five bottles each of organic sparkling wine, white wine and red. Delicious plant-based excellence on the water is a fine idea as summer returns with healthy eating at an all-time high. Why weigh down your boat trip with cold wings and bad sandwiches when you could eat beautifully well and feel great at the same time?

The Collective’s Table Guest Chef Series is Back in September with Chef Neil Tomes and Chef Peter Franklin!

The challenge resumes! Many thanks go to Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director of Michelin Two Star Amber, and Chef Vinny Lauria of Linguini Fini for helping us make phase one of The Collective’s Table a huge success! Chef Ekkebus and Chef Lauria joined our Peggy Chan in the Grassroots kitchen on two consecutive Mondays, cooking joint plant-based tasting menus in their culinary style to the delight of our attending guests. We’re far from done, and The Collective’s Table will return in September with two more accomplished names in Hong Kong’s culinary circles. Watch this space as we get set to welcome Chef Neil Tomes of Beef & Liberty and Chef Peter Franklin of Viet Kitchen into the Grassroots kitchen and see what these extraordinary talents come up with when placed out of their comfort zones! Plant-based cuisine is no longer a niche endeavour. The potential for creative excellence has grown by leaps and bounds as savvy diners emphasize healthier eating habits. To prove this, we only need to look to our top chefs who are embracing the green eating revolution, and Grassroots Pantry is proud to be at the center of this movement as we continue to welcome world class culinary talent into our kitchen!

Summer Special: Brunch is an All-Day Joy, Seven Days a Week at Grassroots Pantry

Brunch is such a treat so why confine it to weekends only? We agree. During the summer season only, we’re pleased to serve a brunch menu seven days a week! Our special “Lazy Summer Days” all-day brunch for late risers will be available from 11am-5pm on weekdays, starting from July 4th. Our hugely popular weekend brunch service will remain unchanged.

Special Summer Hours at Grassroots Pantry and the Happiest Hour of All!

We’re making a slight tweak to our hours of operation during the summer season, as Grassroots Pantry will be open from 9am-11pm daily from July 4th onwards. Along with our new weekday brunch service, we’ll continue to offer breakfast a la carte from 9am-11:30am, an all-day a la carte menu from 11:30am-11pm, and a special set lunch menu from 11:30am-3pm on weekdays. We’re also spreading the love this summer as Grassroots’ Happy Hour will be available from 3pm-7pm daily, with a fabulous buy-one-get-one deal on any of our six house organic beverages, delightful to the last sip.

Summer Inspiration: New A La Carte Summer Dishes at Grassroots Pantry:

Served from July 18, the new Summer A La Carte Menu features the following new creations in a quintessential Grassroots experience! We’ve retired the Spring Succotash Salad and in its place, we find the delectable Smoked Carrot Blini ($108) with Koji-smoked carrots, cashew sour cream, fresh dill, seaweed caviar and teff blinis. The innovative Lotus Root “Meatball” ($78) is a spice-laden dish with garam masala notes, served with home-roasted marinara and Tree Nut Pecorino cheese. Replacing the Hainan Tofu Rice is our beautiful Buckwheat Raviole ($168) with cultured cashew ricotta, zucchini cream, local Chinese greens, dehydrated cherry tomatoes and pine nut custard topped with robust walnut Parmesan. We bid a fond farewell to our Kofta Masala but in its place, we’re serving a delightful Vietnamese Yellow Curry ($138) with grilled kiffir tempeh, lemongrass, new potatoes, eggplant, coconut milk with steamed short grain brown rice. For dessert, enjoy an all-time classic (Grassroots style) in the form of the Raw Tiramisu ($105) with macadamia-cashew mascarpone, moist vanilla sponge, Ethiopian Koke Yirgacheffe coffee syrup, raw cacao and crispy buckwheat barks.

Summer is a glorious time of inspiration, and we’re feeling pretty inspired at Grassroots Pantry! Join us and take part in our exciting roster of vibrant happenings, and let us take your summer groove to new heights while keeping you perky and fresh at every step of the way!

Grassroots Pantry
108 Hollywood Road, G/F, Shop D, Central
(852) 2873-3353
www.grassrootspantry.com

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About Grassroots Pantry
Grassroots Pantry is a homespun restaurant and workshop with a simple core philosophy: to create food that heals with the highest culinary standards and using the freshest, most nutrient-dense of sustainable, plant-based ingredients. Founded by chef/owner Peggy Chan in 2012, Grassroots Pantry started as a cosy destination restaurant in the heart of Sai Ying Pun. As our following grew, so did our reputation as a passionate supporter of deliciously healthy cuisine, eco-conscious practices and catering for special dietary needs.

In August 2015, we moved to our new home at 108 Hollywood Road, where the Grassroots Pantry philosophy continues under one roof.

Discover Weekly Reaches Nearly 5 Billion Tracks Streamed Since Launch

Discover Weekly Reaches Nearly 5 Billion Tracks Streamed Since Launch

Over 40 Million Users Have Tuned in to Listen to Discover Weekly on Spotify

[12 July 2016, Hong Kong] The world biggest music streaming platform, Spotify, shared on their blog that they have over 40 million listeners who love Discover Weekly, and nearly 5 billion tracks have been streamed since it was launched in June of 2015. Updated every Monday morning, Discover Weekly gives you the best-ever music recommendations, tailored specifically to you and delivered as a weekly mixtape of awesome, completely personalized music. You now have a reason to look forward to Mondays!

Here’s a look at how Spotify users are keeping their listening fresh with Discover Weekly:

  • More than half of all Discover Weekly listeners come back the following week.
  • More than half of all Discover Weekly listeners stream at least 10 tracks from it each week.
  • More than half of Discover Weekly listeners go on to save at least one song to their own playlist.
  • Discover Weekly is most popular with the 25-34 age group, closely followed by the 55+ age group.
  • The top three genres streamed from Discover Weekly since its launch are 1) pop 2) indietronica 2) indie pop.

Discover Weekly isn’t just about giving listeners personalized music; it’s also benefiting artists and helping them to be, well, discovered. There are over 8,000 artists for whom more than half of their listeners in the last month were from Discover Weekly alone.

Several artists like BØRNS and Halsey have been discovered by over a million new listeners through Discover Weekly. And other artists like Transviolet, TastyTreat, and Safakash — all of whom have over half their monthly listeners coming from Discover Weekly. Over in Hong Kong, successful examples at the top artists list are British singer-songwriter Sam Smith and electronic musician Matthew Koma from the USA. Discover Weekly also boosts songs’ rates where one can see Madilyn Bailey’s I’m Not The Only One and Rixton’s Hotel Ceiling are in the recent top tracks.

A billion thank yous to the fans who have made Discover Weekly a phenomenon. The entire Discover Weekly team couldn’t be more excited about all of the music you discover, listen to and share every day through Discover Weekly.

Here’s to Mondays and even more music discovery. Remember, the more you listen, the better your Discover Weekly gets!

For your listening pleasure, check out the all time top tracks listened to most on Discover Weekly.

 

 

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Petit Pret – The New Concept Model of Pret A Manger

Petit Pret – The New Concept Model of Pret A Manger

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 11 July 2016 – Pret A Manger has been very popular and convenient to the travelling public since it first opened at IFC in 2002. Pret is recognised as the most effective high-volume, high-quality food and coffee operator in the market today. The wide range of high quality food & drinks in convenient packaging and great service make Pret the perfect choice for anyone looking for something fresh, tasty & healthy, especially with time constrained.

 

NEW SHOP MODEL to boost local expansion
In H2 2016, Pret will further expand with the new concept, Petit Pret. With petit denotes “tiny” in French, Petit Pret will be found in smaller kiosk units at the MTR stations with the Best of Pret food selection on offer. They hope this new shop model will allow for even quicker expansion in HK.

Confirmed shop opening in 2016 as below:

1.     Petit Pret Central MTR by exit K (end July)
2.     Pret Olympian City (end August)
3.     Petit Pret Kowloon Bay MTR by exit A (early September)

 

DOING THE RIGHT THING

Throughout the year, Pret support local charities helping those in need by donating our unsold food to them at the end of each day. They work closely with their charity partner, Feeding Hong Kong, to ensure their food goes to people who really need it and not in the bin.

 

(ISC)² Announces 2016 Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) Honorees

(ISC)² Announces 2016 Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) Honorees

Tenth Anniversary of Asia-Pacific ISLA ceremony to be held concurrently with (ISC)2 Security Congress APAC July 25-26 in Bangkok

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – Jul 12, 2016 – (ISC)²® today announced the honorees for its tenth annual Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (Asia-Pacific ISLA®) Program. (ISC)² will recognize 35 honorees and announce four showcased workforce initiatives, as well as a community service star special recognition at a gala dinner and ceremony on July 26, 2016 at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently, (ISC)2 Security Congress APAC, co-hosted with the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) of Thailand and (ISC)2, in partnership with Image Engine Pte. Ltd. will be held July 25-26 at the same venue.

The guest of honor, Surangkana Wayuparb, Executive Director and CEO of Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) of Thailand, together with (ISC)2 executives, will celebrate the workforce achievements of top information security professionals from the Asia-Pacific region.

David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)² says, “It is the tenth time that we will be recognizing and celebrating the outstanding, but arduous, work done by the cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. This year, we received many top-notch nominations from the entire Asia-Pacific region. We believe that many in the industry support the mission of Asia-Pacific ISLA to commend the great work of the heroes and heroines in this industry. I would also like to extend my deepest appreciation to our Asia-Pacific Advisory Council (APAC) and all the members of this year’s Nomination Review Committee for their perseverance and hard work to continue this program into its tenth anniversary.”

The 2016 honorees are as follows:

In the information security practitioner category:

  1. Kai Chi Chang, Section Head of Network Security Data, National Center for Cyber Security Technology & Institute for Information Industry (Taiwan)
  1. Joyce Fan, CISSP, CSSLP, Vice-Chairperson (Membership & Constitution), Professional Information Security Association (Hong Kong)
  1. Kosetsu Kayama, CISSP, Cyber Defense Center Manager, Fujitsu Limited (Japan)
  1. Kyu-ho Lee, CTO, Secuve Co., Ltd (Korea)
  1. Wayne Wei-Wen Liu, CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, Senior Information Security Manager, Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (China)
  1. Vijay Luiz, CISSP, CISA, Secretary, (ISC)2 Singapore Chapter (Singapore)
  1. Dr. Ching-Hao Mao, CCSK, OCPJWCD, SCJP, Section Manager, Institute for Information Industry (Taiwan)
  1. Moshiul Islam Mishu, CISSP, CISA, CFE, Security Engineer, Augmedix (Bangladesh)
  1. Phannarith Ou, Director of ICT Security, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Cambodia)
  1. Syed Zafar Saeed, CISSP, CISA, CISM, IT Security Architect, Avaya (India)
  1. Jumpon Suwanphahu, CSSLP, SSCP, Security+, Consultant, ACIS Professional Center Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
  1. Tony Tsai, LPI Level 1, Encase I/II, ISO/IEC 17025, Manager of Digital Forensics Center, Acer CyberCenter Services, Inc. (Taiwan)

 

In the senior information security professional category:

  1. Dongkeun Choi, Director, CISO, CPO, LOTTE Card Co., Ltd. (Korea)
  1. Shin-ichi Fuchigami, CISSP, SSCP, CCAI, Vice-President, International Information Technology Business College (Japan)
  1. Chen-che Hsu, SSCP, CEH, CHFI, Engineer, Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan)
  1. Albert Hui, GXPN, GREM, CRISC, Principal Consultant, Security Ronin (Hong Kong)
  1. Dr. Mingu Jumaan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D, Director, Sabah State Computer Services Department (Malaysia
  1. Hisashi Kasahara, CISSP, Adviser, Security Business Promotion, NTT Electronics Corporation (Japan)
  1. Dr. Hamed Khiabani, CISSP, GPEN, GCFA, Security Operations Manager, Experian (Malaysia)
  1. Koshi Kobayashi, CISSP, ISSJP, Manager, NEC Management Partner, Ltd. (Japan)
  1. Chan Lee, CISO, CJ Corporation (Korea)
  1. Otto Lee, CISSP, CSSLP, CISA, Chairperson, Professional Information Security Association (Hong Kong)
  1. Anthony Lim, CSSLP, CCSP, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan (Singapore)
  1. Indranil Mukherjee, CISSP, ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor, CISA, Managing Director, Singapore ISC Pte Ltd./ ISC GloBal (Singapore)
  1. Todorovic Vladan, M.Sc., Founder, Advanced Security Technologies Asia Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
  1. King Cheung Kelvin Wong, Officer, Hong Kong Police Force (Hong Kong)

 

In the managerial professional for information security project(s) category:

  1. Raul Paolo Miranda, CISSP, CITPM, Masters in CIO Practices, Membership Director, (ISC)2 Singapore Chapter (Singapore)
  1. Seungwoo Nam, CISO/CPO, NH Bank (Korea)
  1. Kumpol Sontanarat, Director of ICT Department, Securities and Exchange Commission (Thailand)
  1. Victor Yeo, CISSP, QISP, Deputy General Manager, ST Electronics (Info-Security) Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
  1. Suk Jin Yun, Partner, EY Han Young (Korea)

 

In the information security educator category:

  1. Dato Dr. Norbik B. Idris, Professor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia)
  1. Dr. Heejo Lee, Professor, Korea University (Korea)
  1. Hung Leung, Senior Lecturer, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Chai Wan) (Hong Kong)
  1. Prabath Lakmal Rupasinghe, MBA, CISSP, CISA, Senior Lecturer/Consultant, SLIIT (Sri Lanka)


The 2016 (ISC)² Asia-Pacific ISLA Nomination Review Committee is comprised of members of the (ISC)² Asia-Pacific Advisory Council and previous Asia-Pacific ISLA honorees. For details about the members of ISLA 2016 Nomination Review Committee, please visit https://www.isc2.org/asia-pacific-isla-nomination-review-committee/default.aspx.

Concurrently, (ISC)2 Security Congress APAC 2016, will take place July 25-26 at Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok. For more information and to register for (ISC)2 Security Congress APAC, please visit apaccongress.isc2.org.

 

About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 115,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation — The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit www.isc2.org, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

© 2016, (ISC)² Inc., (ISC)², CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, ISSEP, CSSLP, CCSP, CAP, CCFP, HCISPP, SSCP and CBK are registered marks of (ISC)², Inc.

Finquest Connects the Global Investment Community, M&A Advisors, and Asian Mid-Market Companies

Finquest Connects the Global Investment Community, M&A Advisors, and Asian Mid-Market Companies
  • Finquest, the fastest growing global platform to foster cross-border mid-market direct investments in Asia, announced that it has found the solution to build bridges between institutional investors, M&A Advisors, and Asian mid-market Companies.
  • Its first-of-its kind platform combines the use of smart predictive algorithms, a proprietary database, and industry expertise to deliver quality, curated introductions for its clients.

HONG KONG, CHINA / SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 11 July, 2016 – Providing curated introductions to help kick-start cross-border direct investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and deals, Finquest is now connecting M&A advisors with the global investment community and a vibrant ecosystem of mid-sized companies in Asia.

The Finquest platform combines proprietary database of M&A and investment professionals with cutting-edge analytic technology and decades of industry expertise to build bridges between global investors, M&A advisors, and Asian mid-market companies.

Finquest supports three specific groups: institutional investors looking to strengthen and diversify their direct investment portfolios; reputable Corporate Finance and M&A advisors who want to enlarge their global access to investors and close deals faster; and companies who need to finance their next stage of growth or seek acquisitions or exit opportunities.

There is an estimated half a million mid-market companies in Asia. These companies are too small to go public, but too large to have their corporate finance needs met by early-stage venture capital firms, crowdfunding platforms, or peer-to-peer lending. Furthermore, less than 1% are currently backed by private equity.

With economic growth in Asia continuing to outpace other regions, the world’s institutional investors are becoming more interested in exploring opportunities in this market. However, lack of access and the market’s overwhelming size and complexity are blocking progress. This has created a need for smart matching that Finquest uniquely provides on its platform.

Finquest has built its very own database that covers an impressive 20,000+ organisations from the global investment community, M&A advisors and mid-market companies.

With such a wide outreach, Finquest can leverage both its technology and an unrivalled wealth of human capital to locate the best opportunities for its clients. To this end, the platform generates results using machine learning techniques that continuously fine-tune the algorithms. These results are then curated by Finquest’s team of analysts to generate a short list of potential introductions that best meets the needs of its clients.

Finquest’s platform is designed to guarantee confidentiality and data security at every stage of the process. To maintain privacy and information confidentiality, no profile or deal information is visible on the platform, until an introduction is made. This process precisely reflects how reputable M&A advisors work in the offline world with regards to privacy and confidentiality standards. Furthermore, integrity is ingrained in Finquest’s business model, which is based on subscriptions rather than commissions on deals to prevent any potential conflict of interest.

“Finquest is a strong believer in the unique combination of proprietary database, smart predictive algorithms, and human capital to deliver the most relevant and actionable curated introductions to its clients,” said Tanguy Lesselin, CEO and Co-Founder at Finquest. “We are providing a convenient gateway to an untapped but booming investment universe.”

About Finquest
Finquest is the fastest-growing, institutional grade platform for mid-market direct investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Finquest connects institutional investors, M&A advisors, and companies to help generate new opportunities and close deals faster. Finquest currently has operations in Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Singapore.

Website: www.finquest.com

The Salted Pig is Cuba-bound in July as the “Pork by Region” world tour continues!

The Salted Pig is Cuba-bound in July as the “Pork by Region” world tour continues!

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Rum That By Me Again: Cuba is in the Spotlight This July as The Salted Pig’s Monthly “Pork by Region” is Havana-Bound!

Get set for a Cuban celebration in July as The Salted Pig, Hong Kong’s favourite purveyor of pork-laden classics, pays tribute to beautiful Cuba! A country of timeless allure, Cuba is the kind of place where past and present meet to inspire a laid-back way of life, particularly when it comes to food. Every meal is a celebration of time-honoured recipes and a melting pot of culinary cultures from around the world. Cubans loves great food, so it’s only natural that pork features heavily in their cooking! The Salted Pig proudly presents a month of Cuban specials as the Pork by Region world tour goes on!

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Ensalada de Aguacate 牛油果配西洋菜、菠蘿沙律 02 $118

Our starters section begins with Havana Ham Croquetas ($128), a classic opening act in Cuba featuring lightly breaded and deep-fried ham rolls, crisp and comforting to the core and served with bacon and garlic aioli and leaf salad. For a cooling summer bite, the Ensalada de Aguacate($118) is just the ticket with avocado, watercress and pineapple dressed in mojo sauce, a classic Cuban blend of bittersweet citrus, herb and garlic notes. And for an ever-present staple, look no further than the Cuban Black Bean Soup ($88) with deep, developed flavours that breathes familial comfort.

Cubano Sandwich 古巴三明治 01 $188

Calling all sandwich lovers! Our mains section is headlined by the famous Cubano Sandwich ($188), grilled to perfection with spiced pulled pork and pepper salami balanced with tart ‘n’ sweet gherkin pickles and topped with melted cheese. The Cod Fish, Fragrant Stewed Eggplant, Cucumber Yoghurt and Caramelised Lime ($208) is a beautiful dish of fresh flavours skilfully paired to lift the whole beyond the sum of its parts. And if you enjoy robust simplicity at heart, the Slow-Cooked Pork & Rice ($208) hits all the right notes with spiced aromatic rice and charred marinated pork tenderloin, a dish of classic Cuban home cooking.

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake 焦糖牛奶醬芝士蛋糕 $58

The dessert section is all about tradition! First up is the Cuban Flan ($58), a gorgeous custard and caramel creation that is silky-smooth and cool to the core, served with coffee and chocolate. Additionally, the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake ($58) is a can’t miss dish, combining two of the all-time-great sweet treats in the form of cheesecake and incredible dulce de leche, made from caramelising sweetened milk.

Drinks all around as we’ve also prepared delicious Cuban libations for July! The Cuba Libre ($78) celebrates the country’s revolutionary spirit with a dash of dark rum, cola and fresh limettes, and don’t miss the aptly named El Presidente ($48), a shooter of acclaim from the 1920’s era of American prohibition that features rum, Triple-sec, Vermouth Dry, Grenadine and Limettensaft.

Cuban cooking in Hong Kong is not easy to come by, and most who search for it experience a case of “close, but no cigar.” Luckily, this is not the case in July as The Salted Pig brings a case of Cuban pride to our backyard, either on the peaceful shores of Sai Wan Ho or vibrant  Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui! See you this summer at The Salted Pig!

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The Salted Pig Locations: 

SOHO East
Address:
Shop GB8-10, G/F,
Site B, 45 Tai Hong Street,
Lei King Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2707-9459

Opening hour:
Monday – Friday: 12pm -1am
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 10am – 1am

Tsim Sha Tsui
Address:
G/F,
No. 1 Knutsford Terrace,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: (852) 2367-0990

Opening hour:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 2am
Friday, Saturday and Holiday Eve: 12pm – Late
Sunday and Public Holiday: 11am – 1am

Atradius Insights 2.0: Setting New Standards in Credit Management

Atradius Insights 2.0: Setting New Standards in Credit Management

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Customer Feedback Fine Tunes Business Intelligence Software

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReachJul 4, 2016 – Atradius Credit Insurance recently announced the eagerly awaited launch of Atradius Insights 2.0, the latest version of the company’s prestigious business intelligence tool. Customers and brokers alike will be particularly interested in this upgraded offering, since it was their feedback that inspired many of its enhancements and additional features.  

This state-of-the-art software, originally launched in Europe in 2014 and in Asia one year later, was designed to provide an efficient, simple-to-use tool for optimized portfolio management — to monitor performance, identify risk and seek opportunities. The credit insurance industry was quick to recognize its arrival as a ‘game changer’, evidenced by winning the Oracle “Fusion Middleware Innovation Award” in 2015 and being shortlisted amongst the top three for “Outstanding Online Platform 2015” for the annual Hong Kong Insurance Awards which are run by the HKFI.

‘The Insight tool has experienced steady growth in usage since its launch. Winning several awards over the past two years is testament that Insights is the software equivalent to a Raspberry Pi but for the credit insurance world; the ideal risk management tool for the savvy CFO and Controller wanting to access portfolio information anytime, anywhere and in whatever format required’.

Eric den Boogert (Managing Director, Atradius Credit Insurance, Asia)

 

Novel key features include an intuitive dashboard providing an overview of the portfolio status along with insights into credit limit decisions and deductions as well as the ability to create and maintain policy groups and buyer country groups. Users are able to easily filter or search information as required and also quickly pinpoint anomalies and areas for further investigation. Users can see how claims paid compare to premium and in addition interactive world maps can be used to identify business opportunities as well as areas of risk.

For more details about Atradius insights, please visit Atradius Insights Online Business Intelligence Tool Teaser and Atradius Insights Online Business Intelligence Tool Tutorial.


About Atradius
Atradius provides trade credit insurance, surety and collections services worldwide through a strategic presence in 50 countries. Atradius has access to credit information on 200 million companies worldwide. Its credit insurance, bonding and collections products help protect companies throughout the world from payment risks associated with selling products and services on trade credit. Atradius forms part of Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), one of the leading insurers in Spain and worldwide in credit insurance. Please visit us at http://www.atradius.com

 

Alibaba Cloud Kicks off Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest in Europe

Alibaba Cloud Kicks off Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest in Europe

Alibaba Cloud


Hangzhou, June 27, 2016
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced the kick-off of its Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (CACSC) regional events in Europe. The CACSC is part of the Alibaba Clouds global startup program, Create@Alibaba Cloud, which was first launched in Singapore in April this year.

The European contests are set to begin in London and Paris on 23 June and 5 July respectively, while other regional contests will be held in South East Asia, Korea, Dubai, Hong Kong and major provinces throughout China later this year. The most promising contestants from each regional event will be invited to attend the world final at the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference, which will be held in Hangzhou in October 2016.

CACSC is a global entrepreneur contest aimed at championing startups and maximizing their potential through Alibaba’s comprehensive support network and innovative suite of cloud infrastructure services. Businesses are judged on their innovativeness, market potential, profitability and teams.

CACSC provides participants with professional technology training and one-on-one post-sales support to help startups get their businesses up to speed and running smoothly. It also empowers startups with better access to overseas markets and potential connections, which is crucial for those startups looking to expand internationally.

“Alibaba Cloud’s mission is to empower businesses of all sizes and all industries to expand and grow. CACSC is one of the key elements of our Create@Alibaba Cloud program and we are devoted to bringing our expertise to global start-ups through providing access to cloud capabilities from Alibaba Cloud,” said Mr. Sicheng YU, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud International. “Startups and small enterprises are essential to global innovation and we are excited to see what types of ideas entrepreneurs in Europe put forth during the London and Paris contests, and especially how Alibaba Cloud’s big data and cloud services can help them to achieve their goals.”


A European Hotbed for Technology

Alibaba Cloud chose London as a host city for the CACSC given the capital’s reputation for being a hotbed for technology startups and ideas. As an exciting convergence of high-quality talent, capital, infrastructure and ideas, London enjoys an envied ‘world city’ address providing access to businesses with international reach. Taking place during London Technology Week, CACSC London will be held on 23 June at Huckletree, a London-based co-working space designed for inspiring small businesses and startups, in partnership with London & Partners and Cocoon Networks.

“As the home of more than 40,000 tech businesses, London is now one of the largest tech capitals in Europe with more software developers than Stockholm, Berlin and Dublin combined. The scene for tech startups is thriving and London is one of the best cities to scale and globalize a business. We’re proud to be part of CACSC London and look forward to seeing a local startup take the stage in China in October,” said Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners.

Startups from across the UK and the Netherlands have applied to join the CACSC London and compete. Their business ideas come from a range of different industries including e-commerce, Internet of Things, social media and finance.


Opportunity for Global Innovation

Paris has been selected to host the second European regional contest, partnering with Paris & Co, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and Association des Chinois à l’Etranger pour la Création d’Entreprise (ACECE).

“As the economic development and innovation agency in Paris, our mission is to promote the international attractiveness of Paris. We look forward to seeing more brilliant French startups participate in the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest Paris and explore the opportunities of the digital economy in China,” said Karine Bidart, Managing Director of Paris & Co.

The French capital is well placed to take advantage of the country’s famous scientific tradition, strong engineering workforce and rigorous education system, all of which are encouraging a new generation of startups and an evolving entrepreneurial culture. More than 500 startups will be participating in CACSC Paris, from a wide variety of industries including multimedia, social media, e-education, tourism tech and robotics.

“China has become a new blue ocean for European startups to expand their businesses, and it represents a huge opportunity with an enormous and unsatisfied consumer market, thirst for technology and a pool of risk taking investors,” said Bo JI, Chief Representative for CKGSB Europe.

More information about the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest can be found at https://intl.aliyun.com/startup


About Alibaba Cloud

Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

 

Adobe Creative Cloud Innovations Take Creativity from Blank Page to Brilliant

Adobe Creative Cloud Innovations Take Creativity from Blank Page to Brilliant

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New Capabilities in Flagship Products, Performance Enhancements and Updates to Adobe Stock Allow Effortless Creation

Hong Kong — June 27, 2016 — Taking aim at inefficiencies that slow down the creation process, Adobe today launched major updates to its flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The release includes dramatic new features in Adobe’s flagship applications, performance enhancements across Creative Cloud (CC), and exciting updates to Adobe Stock — including deeper integration within CC and the addition of an all-new Premium collection of high quality stock content. Spanning across virtually all of the Creative Cloud portfolio, updates in this new release target many of the pain points that designers, photographers and filmmakers face every day.

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Adobe Hong Kong & Taiwan Country Manager, Raymond Fung

“We have two key goals with this release: saving our customers time and helping them jumpstart their creative engines,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Every creative project starts with a blank page and ends with a vision coming to life. Today’s release of Creative Cloud will help make that journey as fast and productive as possible. From deeper integration of Adobe Stock into the CC experience, to amazing new features like Content-Aware Crop in Adobe Photoshop, this release will expedite the creative process for millions of our customers.”

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Adobe Hong Kong & Taiwan Digital Media Solutions Consultant, Ernest Wong

“The industry is going through unprecedented changes driven by mobile explosion, and content velocity is becoming more critical in tying content and customer experience to business impact and success. However, we know only 16% of marketers and business leaders in Asia Pacific say they have the workflows in place to enable the alignment and collaboration needed to deal with the scale of content production they’re facing1,” said Paul Robson, president, Adobe Asia Pacific. “This release delivers the magic and improved workflow that unleashes creativity and helps organisations ultimately provide superb customer experience across channels.”

Today‘s updates mark another step forward in establishing Creative Cloud as the one-stop shop for creative people — providing the best in desktop tools, mobile applications, training and a vibrant marketplace featuring services like Adobe Stock, as well as access to the Behance community that’s now over 7 million strong.

“The latest feature of Lightroom, a new Guided Upright option, which now under new Transform panel, enables us to correct all perspectives problems due to imperfect lens & shooting limitation of the location. It is now saving us more than half of our post-processing time, and much more important, saving our budget in purchasing or renting the most expensive tilt & shift lens on cost sensitive projects,” said Terence Pang, Chief Photographer and Videography Producer at Image Factory Company, Hong Kong.

“We could not have completed our debut television series, “The Wizards of Aus” without Adobe Creative Cloud,” said Chris Hocking, General Manager of LateNite Films. “Unlike the majority of film and television, we didn’t have a traditional offline/online workflow and therefore needed a solution with specific elements: enabled for Mac and PC, compatible for UltraHD footage and the ability to seamlessly switch between offline editing and visual effects without slowing things down. We were constantly jumping between Premiere for editing, and After Effects for visual effects right up until we exported the final Digital Cinema Package using Adobe Media Encoder.”

“We’ve been utilizing Adobe Creative Cloud in order to reflect our brand identity in creative works and deliver a customer-centric design experience,” said Ho Jae Lee, Deputy Head of Design Team, Marketing Division, BC Card. “We believe that these updates, which offer collaboration features critical for keeping visual elements consistent and target many of the pain points that users around the world face every day, will enhance efficiency and creativity altogether.”

Built Right into Creative Cloud: Adobe Stock Service Offers Best, Broadest Selection

Research from Pfeiffer Consulting confirms that integrating Adobe Stock with CC desktop applications delivers up to 10 times greater efficiency than other stock services*. The expanded Adobe Stock service includes over 55 million royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, illustrations and graphics as well as the following new capabilities:

One-Click Workflow. Deeper Adobe Stock integration with CC applications enables a new One-Click Workflow that lets users select an image or video on the Adobe Stock website and place it on their creative canvas with a single click. Also an expanded In-app Purchase feature delivers an industry-first, one-click license capability, directly from Photoshop.

Premium Collection. Adobe’s first premium content offering sourced for Adobe Stock, includes nearly 100,000 curated images that meet the standards of top advertising agencies, leading brands and digital and print publications.

Monetization Made Easier. Coming soon, Adobe will expand on its vision to build out the world’s largest creative marketplace by offering opportunities for creative professionals to contribute and monetize their work. They can contribute directly from desktop and mobile applications including Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Bridge CC, Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix, providing an easy on-ramp to showcasing and selling their work via Adobe Stock. Also coming soon is Adobe’s new Stock Contributor Portal, which will feature intelligent auto-tagging capabilities saving hours of keywording.

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Ernest Wong introduced Adobe Creative Cloud updates to the media


New CC Desktop App Capabilities and Performance Enhancements

Highly anticipated CC features, offering critical time savings and new creative opportunities for Creative Cloud subscribers include:

Content-Aware Crop in Photoshop, which automatically fills in the gaps when you rotate or expand a canvas beyond the original image size.

Face-Aware Liquify in Photoshop, an easy way to create artistic effects with facial features using the Liquify Tool while keeping the face in proportion.

Match Font in Photoshop, an innovative font recognition technology that has the ability to recognize and identify licensed fonts and automatically suggest fonts available on your computer system or available to license through Adobe Typekit.

Character Animator Preview in After Effects CC, which matches an animated character to a real-life actor’s speech and movements, was first showcased on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the host’s recurring Cartoon Donald Trump” (1:30) interviews and most recently by The Simpsons animation team in the episode that aired May 15, 2016.

• New Virtual Reality (VR) features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, including “field of view” mode for previewing content.

Fast Export of assets and artboards in Adobe Illustrator CC, allowing users to export assets to multiple formats and resolutions with a single click.

Photoshop productivity enhancements, including a four times performance improvement when working with the Font Menu and three times improvement for Content-Aware Fill features.

CreativeSync and Assets: Greater Discoverability, Productivity and Integrated Mobile to Desktop Workflows

The company’s signature CreativeSync technology ensures a user’s files, fonts, design assets, and settings instantly appear in their mobile to desktop workflow, wherever they need them. Recently made available collaboration capabilities include read-only Creative Cloud Libraries that provide controlled permission levels while collaborating with teams. The Creative Cloud library serves as a virtual digital style guide for teams to ensure campaigns are consistent and always on brand. Creatives can also delegate permission levels to help manage libraries and files. Also new is an updated Creative Cloud Libraries panel with Search Filters that allow customers to easily search and select video, photo, vector and illustration assets.

New Capabilities Add Value for Global Brands and Agencies

Creative Cloud for enterprise (CCE) enables customers to create, collaborate and deliver content at high velocity — all behind the security of a corporate firewall. Updates to Creative Cloud for enterprise deliver significant new capabilities, including: simplified workflows for creative teams collaborating and exchanging assets, as well as read-only libraries and folders, archiving support for folders and files and versioning capabilities. With today’s CC release, Adobe Stock for enterprise now includes the Premium collection as well as advanced search, flexible payment plans and the ability to track stock images and videos through one unified enterprise dashboard.

Pricing and Availability

Updates to CC desktop apps are now available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, visit: https://creative.adobe.com/plans.

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Get the Look with ghd x CHIC PRIVATE i SALON: Rock Your Festival Hair Styles

Get the Look with ghd x CHIC PRIVATE i SALON: Rock Your Festival Hair Styles

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Coachella started the music festival season; next up is UK’s Glastonbury and Japan’s Fuji Rock in the Summer and let’s not forget Hong Kong’s very own Clockenflap in the Fall. Make sure you are rocking out to the best of the best music has to offer with ghd’s festival hair. From now until 31 August, customers purchasing any hair services at CHIC PRIVATE i SALON at Mira Mall will be able to create one of these festival hairs at the ghd zone (located at 1/F).

Encouraging you to create your very own Festival worthy hair, Britain’s iconic hairstyling brand, ghd has created the following festival looks to make sure you have stage presence in just 15 minutes. The following looks were all created by ghd ambassador Zoe Irwin for IT Girl, Millie Mackintosh from Made in Chelsea reality show fame for Coachella and will be recreated by ghd’s Styling Team over the Summer months at CHIC PRIVATE i SALON.

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About ghd
An iconic British brand favoured by stylists and celebrities, ghd is the No.1 brand used and recommended by professional hair stylists*. Established in 2001, ghd re-invented the professional hairstyling tool market with the launch of its ground-breaking styler, replacing flat irons, straighteners and curlers with a professional styling tool designed for salon use that could also be used easily by women at home.

ghd is always written in lower case and stands for “good hair day”.

At launch, ghd’s ceramic stylers became an overnight success with the brand growing virally, initiating a cult following around the globe that has grown over the last decade. The brand is now at the forefront of the competitive fashion styling sector in which it is renowned as one of the leading hair styling brands around the world.

*amongst leading hairstyling tools brands, 2012/2013 salon channel market share (UK, Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark)

 

ghd: the awards
– ghd won My Favourite Hairstyling Brand of the year in New Media Group OL Beauty Awards 2016.

– ghd platinum® won Best Straighter in Singapore Cleo Beauty Hall of Fame 2016.
– ghd air® won Best Hairdryer in Singapore Cleo Beauty Hall of Fame 2016.
– ghd platinum® won Best Styler for Short Hair in Singapore Women’s Weekly Hair Awards 2016.
– ghd won My Favorite Hair Styling Brand of the Year in Cosmopolitan Best of the Best Beauty Awards 2015
– ghd curve® classic curl tong won Best Hair Styling Product / Tool in Cosmopolitan Best of the Best Beauty Awards 2015
– ghd air® won Best Hair Dryer in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore Hair Award 2015
– ghd V® gold series styler was named the ultimate styling gadget in the readers’ Kiss of Approval Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2013 for the eleventh consecutive year.
– ghd was awarded Best Flat Iron by InStyle (UK) for the ghd V® gold series in its Beauty Awards 2013 & 2014.

ghd products are now available at Lane Crawford (IFC, Times Square & Canton Road), Harvey Nichols (Pacific Place & Beauty Bazaar), lanecrawford.com, Net-A-Porter.com & selected finest hair salons:

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*ghd platinum is available

 

w: ghdhair.com/hk
e: infohk@ghdhair.com
t: +852 2274 5422

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/ghdHongKong/?brand_redir=14271307218

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/ghdhairhk/

 

ABOUT CHIC PRIVATE i SALON
PRIVATE i SALON, established in 1996, its 13th outlet – CHIC PRIVATE i SALON has been open in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Mira Mall in November 2015. It occupies 2 floors with around 20 seats and 2 exquisite VIP rooms for hairstyling service. The stair is furnished in red, incorporating the color of CHIC’s logo. The stylish decoration plus the passionate salon team create a new cozy environment where customer can experience the best service and best quality work.

PiG Kids Salon at Shop – Exclusively for Kids
PRIVATE i GARDEN Kids Salon (PiG Kids Salon), a new one-stop head to toes beauty place for kids, is also available at CHIC. This is a fun house where children can relax, play and have fun and the stylists are specially trained to have kids’ haircut and styling services including newborn babies. With a wide range of toys, cartoons movies and story book, strap the kids in a lovely flying pig’s seat and have them get a fun haircut.

ABOUT CHIC PRIVATE i SALON
Address: Shop 230 – 231. 2/F, Mira Mall, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Shui, Kowloon Tel: 2301 2899
Website: http://www.chicprivatei.com/html/index.html
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CHICPRIVATEiSALON/

 

Indigo Living Summer Sale

Indigo Living Summer Sale

Indigo
The highly anticipated annual sale is now on

 

Hong Kong – 27 June 2016 There is no better way to combat the scorching hot Hong Kong summer than being in the comfort of your own home. Entertaining in your dream house can now be a reality with Indigo Living’s summer sale; beautiful, high-quality furniture and home ware pieces are now available at 30% off. The annual summer sale, which has become a firm fixture on a home lover’s shopping calendar, will start on 24 June and finish on 28 July and will be available at all retail stores as well as Indigo Living’s online store.

Indigo Living & Kids – Horizon Plaza Flagship Store
6/F Horizon Plaza
2 Lee Wing Street
Ap Lei Chau
Hong Kong

Tel: 2555-0540

 

To find out more visit www.indigo-living.com.

 

Low-Cost Airfare Can Come With Surprisingly High Fees for In-Flight Snacks and Services

Low-Cost Airfare Can Come With Surprisingly High Fees for In-Flight Snacks and Services

Travel search engine KAYAK.com.hk reveals how low-cost carriers are marking up snack prices and charging fees for baggage and seat selection

In-flight snacks and refreshments on low-cost carriers are marked up by more than 7 times their market prices
Checked baggage fees up to HK$570 on low-cost carriers
KAYAK.com.hk’s Fee Calculator shows extra charges for more transparent travel planning

 

Hong Kong, 23 June 2016: Low-cost carriers (“LCCs”) such as HK Express, Jetstar, and Tigerair have become increasingly popular among Hong Kong travellers. While these carriers provide amazing savings on airfares, some fliers are unaware of what other fees and markups can apply. To help travellers budget more accurately, KAYAK.com.hk reveals LCCs’ snack markups and other extra fees.

Pack some snacks or pay sky-high prices on board
Travellers often expect to pay more for snacks and drinks while travelling on LCCs. But research has revealed that some are charging prices for snacks and drinks that are just ‘plane’ crazy.  For example, a beer costs, on average, 360% more up in the air than at a supermarket. Bottled soda was revealed to be the worst offender. A 250ml can of soda costs HK$22.60 (S$4.00) on Tigerair, and just HK$5.60 for 500ml on the ground (a 707% markup). Sky-high prices were also uncovered on everyday snack items; HK Express charges as much as HK$25.00 for 40g of potato crisps (HK$68.75 per 110g) while the supermarket price is only HK$12.50 for 110g – a three figure increase of 450%. To avoid high markups, have something to eat prior to flying, or pack some snacks to bring on board.

Pack light and nice or pay a heavy charge
LCC tickets normally allow travellers to bring hand luggage with a weight of 7-10kg onboard. However, if travellers wish to check baggage in the hold, extra fees apply. HK Express, Jetstar, and Tigerair charge HK$150-260 for a 20kg baggage allowance during the initial booking process; note that this is per short-haul flight. At the airport, if travellers wish to purchase the equivalent baggage allowance, this cost can increase up to HK$570 (a 280% increase). Avoid these hefty fees by planning ahead or simply by packing light.

Nicer seats come with a price tag
When booking flights with LCCs, travellers will often have pre-assigned seats. Additional charges will be incurred should travellers wish to change their seats. Among the same 3 popular LCCs in Hong Kong, the option to reserve a specific seat online is available with varying price tags. A standard seat costs HK$34, HK$35, and HK$45 for Tigerair, Jetstar, and HK Express, respectively.  Seats near the front or seats with extra legroom range from HK$73 to HK$200. To avoid extra costs, travellers should arrive at the airport a little early to request a seat change, at the check-in desk.

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All of these extra fees add up and need to be taken into consideration when travel planning. Debby Soo, Vice President APAC at KAYAK reminds travellers to be mindful of the airlines’ terms of use and all extra costs before booking tickets to find the most suitable travel product. “KAYAK.com.hk strives to be Hong Kongers’ best travel companion, providing the best tools for travel and planning. To help budget efficiently, our Fee Calculator allows travellers to select a preferred payment method, the number of checked bags, and includes any extra fees in the total price when searching for flights.”


ABOUT KAYAK
KAYAK is the world’s leading travel search engine. KAYAK searches other travel sites and shows travellers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. The company’s website and apps also offer tools to help travellers plan and manage their trip, including price alerts, price forecasts and free itinerary management. Each year, KAYAK processes more than one billion searches for travel information and has local sites in more than 30 countries and 20 languages. KAYAK is an independently managed subsidiary of The Priceline Group.

 

Website: http://www.kayak.com.hk
Blog: https://www.kayak.com.hk/news/

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KAYAK.HongKong
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kayak
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kayak_hk

 

TNG Wallet: Fintech Development in Hong Kong – Payment, P2P, P2M

TNG Wallet: Fintech Development in Hong Kong – Payment, P2P, P2M

(23 June 2016, Hong Kong).  TNG Wallet allows Cash Withdrawal, Bank Transfer, P2P, P2M, Bill Payment, Donation, online and offline payments.  The company launched P2P transfer last year in November 2015 and has accumulated 300,000 users to date. Founder and CEO of TNG, Mr. Alex Kong, says there are now over 500 retail outlets and 32 Pricerite outlets already adopted the TNG Wallet.  The company is in the midst of developing a Fintech Index, to regularly report MAU (Monthly Active User), which will be audited by professional audit companies.  Kong expects the company will acquire 1,500 more merchants by the end of this year.

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SFC Approval
Kong says TNG activities have to be regulated and approved by the SFC, in this respect, the company setup a segregated custodian account, under a bank’s custodian arrangement, thus in the worst scenario, i.e., 100% of its users withdraw all their cash at once, Kong claims there should not be any problems.

Fraud Protection for Merchants
TNG has to comply with the following three main regulations, (i) Anti-Money Laundering, (ii) Counter Terrorist Financing, and (iii) Transaction Monitoring, etc. In this respect, for all transactions, the company uses a real-time check to check the name of the user, against a global database to see if the user is listed as a High Risk user, domiciled in Sanctioned Countries, or on the Terrorists List.

API for Website and App Developers
TNG target customers are SMEs, and eCommerce operators and provides API so merchants can receive payments.  Kong highlighted that this is useful for those who wish to avoid high credit card fees.

Low Costs for SMEs
TNG Wallet allows merchants to receive payments T+1, i.e. merchants can receive payments on the next day.  The average transaction cost of TNG Wallet is between 1 to 1.5%.

Cash Withdrawal – 27 Hotspots
TNG users can withdraw cash up to HK$50,000 per day, on 365 days a year.  TNG partners with Money Changers.  Currently, there are 27 hotspots offering round-the-year cash withdrawal cash facilities, and they are located near MTR stations, many are opened until 10:00pm.  No service charge nor handling fees for the users.

Bank Transfer to more than 20 Licensed Banks
Users can transfer money to their own personal registered account in 20 licensed banks in Hong Kong (no handling fees).  There is no transfer limit, and the cut off time is 4:00pm, i.e. settled within one working day at the earliest (next working day settlement for transfer submitted before 4pm).  To register for the Bank Transfer service, the user is required to upload his or her bank statement, this is to ensure the bank statement’s name matches with the HKID’s.

Competitive Edge over Apple Pay, Samsung Pay
Kong says a merchant who adopts Apple Pay or Samung Pay etc. normally gets charged 3 times:

  1.  The Issuing Credit Card / Bank
  2.  The Merchant’s Acquiring Bank
  3.  Apple Pay (Apple Company)

while TNG Wallet only charges the merchant between 1 to 1.5%

There is no need for the customer to touch the TNG reader, as the user do not need to stand very close to the reader in order to pay.  Another advantage is that there is no need for NFC, as TNG Wallet does not require read and write function.

Other Services Launching Soon:

Bus Pass. TNG already signed agreements with several bus and minibus companies, and the license is currently pending Transport Department’s approval.  The company will provide TNG reader devices to the transportation companies, and the payment will initially be under Pilot Scheme for certain routes first.  The benefits of using TNG, Kong says, is that TNG will provide useful CRM and big data information, so that transportation companies can reward loyal passengers with, for example, coffee coupons.

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TNG Wallet supports offline transactions, i.e. no internet connection is required, TNG Wallet reader makes use of beacon and bluetooth.  The user’s smartphone senses the beacon, the Bus Pass screen will pop up, and the user scans and pays.  No transaction PIN is required.  TNG Wallet supports all types of fares (children and elderly fares etc.)

Coin Purse. This applies to retail outlets, the user can set the maximum limit per day, and can also set the maximum value per transaction.  No transaction PIN is required.  If the customer previously joined the merchant’s membership club, his/her Virtual Membership Card will appear on the smartphone, which displays how many loyalty points the user has left with the merchant.

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Smart Watch. No NFC is required, Kong pinpointed that more than 80% of the merchants in the market are not equipped with NFC readers, in this respect, if the customer has a smart watch, all they need to do is to walk near the cashier, and the smartphone senses the beacon and bluetooth, the QR code will then pop up on the customer’s phone, and the customer just need to scan his/her’s smartwatch in order to pay.

3-Tier Membership Structure
Kong introduced the 3-Tier Membership Structure, for more details, please see:
http://www.missqt.com/payments/tng-wallet-makes-big-leap-with-2-0-version/

In essence, for Normal Member, no registration nor verification (e.g. HKID, Address Proof) is required.  The user needs a Hong Kong mobile phone number, and it takes about 30 seconds to activate the service.  This should allow TNG to reach 80% of the Hong Kong users.  However, this tier does not allow users to use their credit card to top up.  The Annual Transaction Limit is HK$25,000, and the Store Value Limit (at any time) is HK$3,000.

To register for VIP Member, the user is required to upload their HKID Card, and TNG will review and approve the application.  The Annual Transaction Limit is HK$100,000, and the Store Value Limit (at any time) is HK$50,000.

To become a Super VIP Member, the user is required upload HKID card, and need to conduct face to face account opening with TNG staff, to validate HKID Card and Address Proof, this is to comply with SFC requirements.  There is no Annual Transaction Limit, and the Store Value Limit (at any time) is HK$100,000.

To conclude, Kong says TNG’s goal is to create a Cashless Society and Cardless Society, and the company’s KPI is safe, reliable, and fast payment transfer.  The company is looking to expand to other markets – Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines, and Thailand.  Without doubt, we see steady progress in Payment, P2P, P2M Fintech Development in Hong Kong.

 

CONVERSE :: CHUCK II x FUTURA – “SKYFALL”

CONVERSE :: CHUCK II x FUTURA – “SKYFALL”

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CONVERSE DEBUTS SECOND CHUCK TAYLOR
ALL STAR II 
FUTURA COLLABORATION

New Summer 2016 Collection Depicts Original “Skyfall” Artwork
On Reflective Canvas

First there was weatherized printed rubber; now there are new reflective street-ready graphics. Elevating the collaboration to the next level, Converse debuts its second Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II with American artist Futura.

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Featuring original artwork by the legendary Brooklyn-based artist, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Futura “Skyfall” inspired collection takes the technological construction and comfort benefits of Chuck II even further with the addition of reflective materials, creating a sneaker that gets you seen. Designed for both function and fashion, the collection combines Futura’s iconic abstract art style with a weather-ready sneaker collection that’s built for the next generation of self-expression.

A pioneer in graffiti art, Futura’s work is synonymous with ingenuity, originality and the NYC downtown art scene of the early ’80s. His work over the last 30 years has transitioned from the street, to the subway, and today into galleries all around the world.  This new pack includes artwork that is original to Futura, entitled “Skyfall,” a unique technique that creates two optical illusions: one, that the onlooker is viewing an expanse of tree or mountain tops, and the other, that looks as if the sky is falling. The new collection features all-over reflective body with the original Futura “Skyfall” artwork and Futura branded box packaging and shoe bag. Available in both hi-top and ox, the Chuck II Futura “Skyfall” inspired sneaker also has varnished midsoles and two-toned reflective laces.

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The Summer 2016 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Futura “Skyfall” inspired collection will be available Friday, June 24,2016 at selected Converse stores. The sneakers will retail for suggested retail price of HKD 759 (ox) and HKD 799 (hi-top).


SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE:
HKD759 (ox) & HKD799 (hi)


LAUNCH DATE:
June 24, 2016

AUTHORISED RETAIL STORES:
G/F, 62 FA YUEN STREET, MONGKOK

( 旺角 花園街 62號 地舖)
Tel: 2388 8687

G/F, 67 FA YUEN STREET, MONGKOK
( 旺角 花園街 67號 地舖)
Tel: 2388 8382

SHOP 30, LCX, LEVEL 3, OCEAN TERMINAL, HABOUR CITY, TSIM SHA TSUI
( 九龍尖沙咀海港城海運大廈 LCX 3樓 30號舖 )
Tel: 2620 0291

SHOP 05-08, LEVEL 8, LANGHAM PLACE, MONG KOK
(旺角 朗豪坊 8樓 05-08號舖)
Tel: 3514 9319

SHOP 513, HYSAN PLACE, CAUSEWAY BAY
(銅鑼灣 希慎廣場 513號舖)
Tel: 2321 9225

G-3, NAN FUNG PLACE, 173 DES VOEUX ROAD C., CENTRAL
( 中環 德輔道中173號 Nan Fung Place G-3號舖)
Tel: 2832 7083

 

Maison Eight: Hong Kong’s Stylish Hang Out

Maison Eight: Hong Kong’s Stylish Hang Out

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MAISON EIGHT: HONG KONG’S STYLISH HANG OUT

BALLROOM AND SALVATORE AT MAISON EIGHT SHAKE UP HONG KONG’S COCKTAIL AND MUSIC SCENE


(Hong Kong, 22 June 2016) World class cocktails and music at Maison Eight’s Ballroom and Salvatore have made the sky high destination the talk of the town. With sweeping vistas of the city’s skyline Maison Eight is the ultimate venue for French inspired cuisine, crafted menus, creative cocktails and tasteful beats for all times of the day.

“From day to night, the space transforms from a casual lunch, afternoon tea and weekend brunch spot to a bar serving cocktails that pack a punch. We pair our sophisticated offerings with live music performances throughout the week. Our guests could spend a whole day with us and have a range of different experiences,” says Assistant General Manager Guillaume Places.

Salvatore at Maison Eight, is the city’s favourite for after work drinks:  the first cocktail bar in Asia by The Maestro, world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese. Together with his Hong Kong team, he has created an innovative menu which includes a modern approach to classic cocktails, a selection of the signature cocktails and some exciting new offerings of Asian influence exclusive to Maison Eight. The snazzy cocktails beam over the 10.8m bar reflecting the depths of Victoria Harbour and moody skies of the city. The ever-personable bar team help tailor and understand individual tastes. The menu highlights an array of spirits from gin to whisky, martini to Negroni, infused with a cheeky, personal style.

Considered “the godfather of the cocktail world”, Salvatore is known for creating the world’s oldest drink made of fine, rare liquors and the world’s most expensive cocktail at The Playboy Club in Mayfair. “As my first venture in Asia, I wanted to bring a selection of my signature cocktails, some unusual twists on the classics and new exciting creations unique to Maison Eight. I am inspired by the amazing and vibrant flavours found in Asia. At Salvatore at Maison Eight, guests can sit back, relax and choose a taste sensation that’ll take them on a pleasant journey,” says Salvatore.

Maison Eight - Lobster Burger
Lobster Burger

Must try cocktails include Queen’s Backyard (HKD108) a tribute to Hong Kong’s colonial past, a drink full of the fruity flavours of an English summer and a very feminine cocktail in taste; Hong Kong Sling (HKD108) Salvatore’s answer to the Singapore Sling; Excuse My French (HKD118) a Brandy Crusta style of drink, briny and sour with herbal notes; the rim of the glass is crusted with Chartreuse Liqueur Crystals; Spicy Fifty (HKD98) a signature loved by many and inspired by Salvatore’s time at Salvatore at Fifty in St. James Street, London; Summer Memory (HKD98) a frozen drink perfect for the coming hot summer days; Fair Enough (HKD98) a mix of rum, FAIR goji liqueur, lemon juice, red fruit tea, pineapple and egg white; Zen Cha(HKD108) made for light weights; Smokey Hong Kong (HKD108) a perfect smoky, sour drink with rich spicy flavours, made for whisky lovers.

Maison Eight - Aperitivo by Salvatore (1)
Aperitivo by Salvatore

APERITIVO by SALVATORE is available daily from between 3-8pm, where guests are treated to an experience crafted by both Salvatore and Chef Joe perfect for an evening catch-up and sundowner, complete with bespoke cocktails and French canapés to whet the appetite before dinner. Bring a friend as the second cocktail is complimentary.

To relax, move back over to the Ballroom for nibbles and drinks as the venue transforms into a high-energy lounge in the evenings. A soundtrack for all the hours of the day and night has been carefully curated alongside an impressive line-up of live performances and international DJs. General Manager and Executive Chef, Chef Joe brings an extension of the classic French cuisine from Esmé to the Ballroom with a more casual approach for an all-day dining menu. Highlights include Welsh Rarebit (HKD88) served on melting hot cheese and toasted Granary bread, Lobster Burger (HKD178) with rocket lettuce and tarragon mousseline and Smoked Balik Salmon (HKD438) on flat bread, sour cream, chives and capers. The cheese platter served with grapes, jam and nuts is perfect for sharing in groups.

The 8,000 square foot space is also a perfect place for bespoke events and banquets. Spanning from an unconventional ballroom to a classic French restaurant, and from a vintage-inspired champagne room to a hidden terrace, Maison Eight is made up of four different elements under one roof which work as one, available for booking as a whole, singularly or a combination. The unique venue is available for a wide range of activities including executive luncheons, corporate dinner, wedding banquets, cocktail parties, product launches, fashion shows and more. 

Whether for a drink, a dance or a casual meal, create new memories at Maison Eight.
#MaisonEight #AllDayAllNight

Maison Eight - Cocktail - Fair Enough
Fair Enough

Maison Eight - Cocktail - Spicy Fifty (2)
Spicy Fifty

Maison Eight - Ballroom (2)
Ballroom

Maison Eight - Terrace (Daytime)
Terrace

Address:
21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Reservations:
bookings@maisoneight.com
2388 8160

Website:
www.maisoneight.com

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/MaisonEight

Instagram:
www.instagram.com/MaisonEight

Opening Hours:
Salvatore at Maison Eight and Ballroom
Monday to Friday: 12pm till late
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 11am till late

Esmé
Monday to Sunday: 12pm-3pm & 6pm – 11pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 11am-3pm & 6pm – 11pm

 

TNG Wallet makes Big Leap with 2.0 Version

TNG Wallet makes Big Leap with 2.0 Version

TNG Wallet makes Big Leap with 2.0 Version
Featuring pioneer 365 days year-round Cash Withdrawal Hotspots,
Bank Transfer, Credit Card Top-up and TNG Membership

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The well-received e-payment for taxi rides in Hong Kong is just one of the many recent milestones achieved by TNG Wallet.  The latest winner of various international Fintech accolades, TNG Wallet never settles with its initial success in the retail and transportation industries, and its latest launch of TNG Wallet 2.0 is the manifestation of its pioneering vision in taking the digital payment ecosystem in Hong Kong to the next level.  TNG Wallet 2.0 is indeed revolutionary with its three major upgrades, namely 365 days year-round cash withdrawal hotspots, bank transfer, and instant credit card top-up service, and TNG Membership.

Addition of 27 Year-Round Cash Withdrawal Hotspots offer Users Emergency Cash Access:
Transforming Hong Kong into a “cashless” city is always at the centre of TNG Wallet’s strategy, yet launching a cash withdrawal service in consolidation of local market practice ensures TNG users can enjoy both cash and cashless spending convenience in daily transactions.  Partnering with First International Resources Ltd. and Unison Foreign Exchange Ltd., TNG Super VIP (“SVIP”) members can now easily withdraw up to HK$50,000 in cash per day from their TNG Wallet by scanning the QR code of the withdrawn amount with their smartphone and entering the transaction PIN at the 27 strong Unison and MTR line-bound First Exchange hotspot network.

TNG Membership presents numerous unique User Offers:
Join the new TNG Membership and enjoy premium transaction, value storage, withdrawal and top-up experience through TNG Wallet.  A three-tier membership structure seeks to address different cashless payment needs, allowing users to freely register for Normal, VIP, or SVIP membership.  Users will benefit from an array of basic services such as Person-to-Person (P2P), Money Transfer to friends, Real-time Bill Payment, Person-to-Merchant (P2M) Payment, Receiving Payment, e-Coupons, and e-Tickets, to upgraded services like bank transfer, credit card top-up, and cash withdrawal exclusively for VIP Member and SVIP Member.  It takes merely 30 seconds for a new user to install and register the TNG Wallet app as a Normal Member.  For VIP Member applications, users are required to submit personal information through their smartphone, and for SVIP Member, users have to complete a registration in person.

Mr. Alex Kong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TNG, stated the three-tier TNG membership allows users to customise their own TNG Wallet service experience, “The flexible TNG Membership is highly customisable for users to tailor their e-payment needs.  TNG will expand its offerings to members from time to time for optional user experience.”

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Pioneering Services extend to Bank Transfer and Credit Card Top-up Services:
TNG Wallet is at the forefront of the latest e-payment trend and a first mover in Hong Kong’s P2P transfer development by launching the popular P2P transfer service in November 2015.  TNG Wallet also announced the launch of Bank Transfer service today, allowing VIP and SVIP members to transfer the stored value in their TNG Wallet to more than 20 licensed banks without any handling fee.  The service has a minimum transfer amount of HK$100 with no limit and unlimited daily transaction that will be settled within one working day at the earliest (next working day settlement for transfer submitted before 4pm).  

Apart from Bank Transfer services, TNG VIP or SVIP members enjoy extra top-up convenience, anytime and anywhere, by link up their credit cards (applicable to VISA Card and MasterCard issued in Hong Kong only) with the same printed name of users to their TNG Wallet upon membership registration.  Once the application is verified, the credit card will be added as a top-up option for TNG Wallet.  Mr. Kong underlined the user convenience of the new credit card top-up feature, “Our VIP and SVIP members can link up more than one credit card with their TNG Wallet after submitting an application via their smartphone, and this provides added convenience in times of urgent or unexpected cash need.”

Service Coverage extends to Major Retail Chains and Charities:
After reaching cooperation agreement with the city’s prominent taxi operators, the latest cooperation between TNG Wallet and Pricerite as the first large furniture chain stores to accept TNG payment is a progressive step in TNG’s partnership with the prominent retail operator, essentially driving the development of Hong Kong’s e-payment market with full coverage of all basic necessities.  After connecting 32 Pricerite outlets in Hong Kong with TNG Wallet, Mr. Kong was delighted to add another cashless spending convenience, “TNG Wallet allows enterprises to minimise their operating costs, and leverage the convenience of e-payment to attract customers.  We are looking to extend our cooperative network and collaboration with the Hong Kong business community across all industries, to speed up the development of the e-payment industry and bring more tangible and cost-saving e-Wallet benefits to our merchants and users through the ever-widening adoption of such a concept.”

Through cooperation with charitable organisations Mother’s Choice and Helping Hand, TNG Wallet is more than a convenient retail payment option but also a direct channel for charitable donations.  Mr. Kong shared his vision on cooperation with charitable organisations, “High administrative costs have always been a concern for fundraising activities among charities, and TNG Wallet offers them an effective solution.  From now, Hong Kong people can make charitable donations via TNG Wallet with just a few clicks on their smartphone, while charitable organisations no longer require a large number of street fundraisers; this significantly increases efficiency and reduces administrative costs.”

Speaking of the much anticipated TNG Wallet 2.0, Mr. Kong commented, “It has only been eight months since TNG Wallet’s inception and launch, and TNG Wallet will continue to innovate and dedicate its leading-edge technology to optimise its existing services and launch new features.  The more intuitive TNG Wallet 2.0 significantly enhances our Membership system, service coverage as well as cash withdrawal, top-up and transfer features, and we are confident that TNG Wallet 2.0 will soon become a “must-have” among Hong Kong people.”

About TNG:
Founded in 2013, TNG is committed to bringing its leading-edge technology to enhance the life of Hong Kong people through its next generation payment, money transfer and lifestyle management solutions.  TNG is a user-friendly and technologically-advanced electronic wallet that combines innovative promotion and marketing strategies, such as online-to-offline (O2O) transactions and payments, targeted marketing, member benefits, e-tickets and e-coupons in one solution on the smartphone for users to settle transactions such as purchase payments, bill payments and convenient peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers.

TNG’s convenient and free-to-user value adding (top-up) service is available at numerous merchants in Hong Kong, including all 759 Stores, all 7-Eleven convenience stores, all Jetco ATM terminals, as well as the online banking platform of selected banks.  Thanks to the built-in customer relationship management (CRM) platform which is free to merchants, merchants can now enjoy a more affordable non-cash option with low handling fee, and significant improvement in their cash flow through TNG’s fast settlement of transactions with merchants.

TNG is committed to revolutionising the way consumers shop and pay by providing the most convenient and affordable electronic wallet services for corporate and individual users.  At the same time, TNG continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology by optimising its next generation electronic payment system to create a more efficient and convenient lifestyle for users, taking Hong Kong’s fintech and e-payment industries to a higher level.  Step Forward with TNG.

For details, stay connected with:
TNG website: http://www.tng.asia
Facebook Fan Page:  http://www.facebook.com/TNGWallet
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/TNGWallet


TNG Wallet香港人的電子錢包2.0大突破
破天荒提供全天候「現金提款」熱點

推出「銀行轉帳」、「信用卡增值」及「TNG會員制」


香港人的電子錢包TNG Wallet
於月前正式登陸的士業界,使其聲名大噪,獲得廣大市民的大力支持。繼於運輸業界大展拳腳後,TNG電子錢包並沒有放慢發展步伐,最近取得多個世界性金融科技公司大奬,令香港人再次感到驕傲;是次TNG電子錢包正式宣佈推出2.0版本,於轉帳、提款、增值及消費各方面作出突破性發展,誓擔當香港電子支付行業的先行者角色。是次版本主要分成三大範疇,包括增設全天候「現金提款熱點」、「銀行轉帳」、「信用卡增值」服務,實施TNG會員制 。


破天荒增設超過27個全天候現金提款熱點 讓用戶提取現金應急
TNG電子錢包的推出其中一大宗旨為推動香港實現「無現鈔」的夢想,但與此同時亦明白現時香港仍有眾多市民或商店倚賴現金交易,故宣佈由即日起推出現金提款服務,使TNG至尊會員可以TNG電子錢包到提款熱點提取現金作不同用途。TNG於今月與第一國際資源有限公司﹙First International Resources Ltd.﹚及裕新找換有限公司﹙Unison Foreign Exchange Ltd.﹚達成合作,使TNG至尊會員可於兩間公司旗下共27間分店提取TNG電子錢包內的款項,每日現金提款上限為港幣$5萬元。第一兌換店絕大部份分店每天的營業時間超過10小時,方便TNG至尊會員於一星期七天皆可提取電子錢包內的款項,而且分店多設於鐵路沿線,非常方便。TNG至尊會員只需憑TNG電子錢包到提款熱點,以手機掃描相對金額的二維碼﹙QR Code﹚及輸入交易密碼後便能成功提款,過程方便快捷。

 

實施TNG會員制 用戶享受更無限制
交易限額、儲值上限、提款及增值方法一向為電子支付工具用戶非常關注的範疇,TNG電子錢包宣佈由即日起實施TNG會員制度,會員種類共分3種以供用戶自由地按需要登記,分別為「基本會員」、「尊貴會員」和「至尊會員」。不同類別的會員可享不同程度的服務,基本會員可維持享受「朋友轉帳」、「實時繳費」、「支付易」、「收款易」、「電子優惠券」、「電子門票」等基本功能,而尊貴會員和至尊會員更可享受如銀行轉帳、信用卡增值及現金提款等升級服務﹙詳見下表﹚。而註冊手續方面,用戶安裝TNG電子錢包應用程式後只需短短30秒便可透過手機登記成為基本會員,而欲成為尊貴會員亦只需透過手機提交個人資料便可,登記成為至尊會員則需要親身辦理手續。

TNG行政總裁江慶恩先生認為TNG會員制度可令不同需要的用戶可選擇不同的服務,「TNG建立的會員制度靈活性極高,用戶可按自己需要,自由選擇會藉及服務。此外,TNG亦會不時推出不同優惠予會員,令 TNG用戶有更佳體驗。」

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首推「銀行轉帳」同時增設信用卡増值服務
P2P轉帳服務最近成為電子支付界熱話,事實上TNG電子錢包早於去年11月已推出了大受用戶歡迎的P2P轉帳服務,而TNG電子錢包亦正式宣佈由今天起推出「銀行轉帳」服務,讓TNG的尊貴會員以及至尊會員可自由地將TNG電子錢包內的儲值轉帳至已登記的個人銀行帳戶,手續費全免。TNG的尊貴會員及至尊會員可轉帳至全港20多間的持牌銀行1。而至於轉帳的金額最少為港幣$100元,不設上限,且每天轉帳次數不限,轉帳過程最快只需1個工作天﹙每天下午四時前提交的轉帳申請可在翌日收到該筆款項﹚。

除了「銀行轉帳」服務外,登記成為TNG尊貴會員或至尊會員後,還可以設定同名信用卡帳戶作為增值渠道。為了提供更多更方便的增值方法,由即日起TNG尊貴會員或至尊會員可申請連結其同名的信用卡﹙只適用於香港發行之VISA Card及MasterCard﹚至TNG電子錢包,申請確認後便可隨時隨地以信用卡作增值。TNG行政總裁江慶恩先生認為新增信用卡作為TNG電子錢包增值的渠道可更方便用戶:「TNG尊貴會員或至尊會員可透過手機辦理登記手續,而用戶更可連結多於一張信用卡作增值用途,相信可解決眾多用戶的燃眉之急。」

 

擴大服務版圖 商戶覆蓋大型連鎖集團及慈善機構
繼於月前宣佈與的士車行合作後,TNG電子錢包隨即努力與零售業界巨頭洽談合作機會,使用戶於衣、食、住、行四大範疇皆能受惠,全面發展本港的電子支付市場。TNG電子錢包宣佈與實惠家居達成協議,使實惠家居成為本港首間接受TNG電子錢包作為付款方式的大型家居用品連鎖店,由即日起TNG用戶可在實惠家居旗下的32間分店以TNG電子錢包消費。TNG行政總裁江慶恩先生對於能夠與實惠家居合作十分高興,表示:「TNG電子錢包推出的理念其中一大重點為幫助企業降低營運成本同時以電子付費的方便快捷助商戶吸引更多的顧客,及後將會與更多商戶聯手,推動香港的電子支付行業發展,使電子錢包的概念普及化,令更多香港人得益。」

除了零售業巨頭外,TNG亦與慈善機構「母親的抉擇」及「伸手助人協會」合作,用戶可透過TNG電子錢包捐款,一同為慈善出力。TNG行政總裁江慶恩先生透露慈善機構一直為TNG的合作目標:「慈善機構於籌募善款時的一大顧慮乃行政費用的高企,而TNG電子錢包正正可以幫助慈善機構解決此問題。日後香港廣大市民只需利用TNG電子錢包便可捐款,而慈善機構亦不用花費人力物力在街上向途人募捐,大大減低高昂的行政費用。」

TNG行政總裁江慶恩先生直言一直非常期待TNG電子錢包2.0的推出,「TNG電子錢包面世至今只有短短8個月,但一直持續加強現有服務及推出新功能 。TNG電子錢包2.0的推出更加貼近用戶需要,無論會員制度、服務覆蓋率以至提款、增值及轉帳的功能皆有大幅度提升。我們希望全新的TNG電子銀包2.0能於未來成為每名港人隨身的必需品。」

 

有關TNG
TNG於2013年在香港成立,致力為港人提供更優質的新世代生活管理方案。TNG是一個劃時代並包含O2O線上到線下購物付款、目標銷售、會員優惠,電子門票以及電子優惠券等各種嶄新宣傳及銷售策略的電子錢包,讓用戶可以藉此進行購物付款、繳付帳單、銀行轉帳、信用卡增值、現金提款、實時繳費,以便捷的步驟進行點對點(P2P)帳戶轉帳等事宜。

現在,全港所有的759阿信屋、7-Eleven便利店、銀通(Jetco)自動櫃員機、信用卡,以至部份銀行的網上銀行均可以為TNG用戶提供便捷的增值服務。而香港商戶亦可以TNG的平台享用更相宜的手續費進行交易轉帳以及快速結算。

TNG致力為企業以及個人用戶提供最便捷而且價格相宜的電子支付平台,以求為現時的流動付款消費模式揭開革命性的一頁。與此同時,公司領先的技術亦將致力為新世代的電子付款時代出一分力,為用戶帶來更有效而便利的生活方式,並且帶領香港,走得更前﹙Step Forward

[1] 詳見金管局持牌銀行列表,
http://www.hkma.gov.hk/media/chi/doc/key-functions/banking-stability/banking-policy-and-supervision/list_of_banks.xls
[2] 視乎個別銀行及商戶結算時間

[3] 每次收取增值金額的2.5%作手續費
[4] 以下情況無法註冊TNG電子錢包:1. 電話SIM Card屬一卡兩號、2. 手機內安裝兩張SIM Card3. 電話號碼設定了來電轉駁服務或4. 用於註冊電話號碼SIM Card並非用於申請服務的流動裝置內

 

詳情可瀏覽:
TNG網站:http://www.tng.asia
Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/TNGWallet
Twitter:http://twitter.com/TNGWallet

 

Rebecca Minkoff: Hot Summer Style

Rebecca Minkoff: Hot Summer Style

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 5.52.36 PMFrom off-the-shoulder tops to flirty dresses, fun day bags, tasselled accessories and stylish espadrilles, head to Rebecca Minkoff for all your hot summer essentials!

 

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REBECCA MINKOFF
Shop 149, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

香港金鐘太古廣場149號舖
Tel: 2874 5033

 

CATH KIDSTON: 2016 Summer Travel

CATH KIDSTON: 2016 Summer Travel

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Enjoy your summer travels and seaside adventures with Cath Kidston and the latest range of pick-me-up prints. From iconic Guards & Friends to playful Billie Goes on Holiday prints, to fun Button Spots, and the bright florals of Richmond Rose, Blossom Bunch, Daisy Bed and Latimer Rose, the latest travel collection features all your must-have accessories and bags.

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CATH KIDSTON POP-UP STORE
Kiosk 12, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsimshatsui
Tel: 2856-3122

CATH KIDSTON STORES
Shop 285, 2/F, Cityplaza One, Taikooshing, Hong Kong
Tel: 2715-5738

Shop 406, Level 4, New Town Plaza, Phase 1, Shatin
Tel: 2601-2068

Shop No. 308, Level 3, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok
Tel: 2749-5022

Shop UC-11, APM, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon
Tel: 3148-9268

3/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2891-8468

LOG-ON, UG01, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Tel: 2865-9980

1/F, SOGO, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: 3911-1955

Shop 1106, Level 1, YOHO Mall I, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long, New Territories
Tel: 3141-7331

Shop 2225, Level 2, Phase 1, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, 1 Tuen Shing Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories
Tel: 2895-4928

 

CIAK – In The Kitchen – “Nose to Tail” Dinner Successfully Held on June 17th &18th

CIAK – In The Kitchen – “Nose to Tail” Dinner Successfully Held on June 17th &18th

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Butcher Extraordinaire Dario Cecchini Hosted
Two Exclusive “Nose To Tail” Dinners
Paired with Fine Wines from Fontodi at CIAK – In The Kitchen

CIAK – In The Kitchen, Central’s favourite refined one Michelin star trattoria recommended by Chef BOMBANA Umberto, was proud to present two exclusive nights of dinners titled “Nose to Tail” on June 17th and 18th, with renowned Italian Master Butcher Dario Cecchini. This unforgettable feast for meat-lovers was a collaboration between the Chianti-native Cecchini and the CIAK’s team.

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The Italian culinary giant delighted and surprised Hong Kong diners with his signature “Nose to Tail Menu” featuring unconventional cuts of beef and traditional Tuscan recipes. The meal was paired with fine wines and olive oil from Fontodi, Tuscany, origin place of the beef served too. The pairing was based on a decade of shared passion, friendship and professional connection between the Fontodi Estate and Macelleria Cecchini, Dario’s meat shop.

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I am immensely happy to have the opportunity to return to Hong Kong. I love the city and its food,” Cecchini says. “Our Tuscan food traditions, especially the combination of beef and red wine, are a celebration of life at the table, a celebration of joy! My knowledge comes from 40 years of work as a butcher, and 250 years of family tradition passed from father to son. This is my life, and this is what I know.”

Butcher Cecchini and the CIAK team’s “Nose to Tail” menu included entrees such as Pinzimonio di verdure, Tuscan-style vegetables with a traditional dip; Brodo, homemade beef broth; Chianti Crudo, traditional hand cut beef tartare of the Chianti region; and Bistecca alla Fiorentina, charcoal grilled T-Bone steak in “Fiorentina-style”. They were accompanied by some of the best wines from Fontodi including Sauvignon Blanc Meriggio 2014, Chianti Classico 2011, Flaccianello della Pieve 2011 and Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2003. The dinner was HK$1,280 (plus 10% per person) including Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino mineral water, Fontodi wine pairing.

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Master Butcher, Dario Cecchini
“A personality, a celebrity, and a butcher extraordinaire. A theatrical host, a show-stopper, and an artist.” Master Butcher Dario Cecchini is a keeper and promoter of the traditional art of Italian butchery. Beginning in 1976, he is the eighth generation in his family to inherit the butchery craft. Now he has become a world-renowned Italian butcher, known for his brilliant skills and loved for his outgoing personality. But he considers himself a teacher and educator. Cecchini believes butchery is an ancient art that involves a sincere respect for animals in both life and death. Instead of a clear-cut boundary between “premium” and “lower” cuts of meats, he believes every single part of the beef should be used and used responsibility, elevating all cuts to a noble status.

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Alibaba Group Co-hosts Technology Forum with Hong Kong PolyU

Alibaba Group Co-hosts Technology Forum with Hong Kong PolyU

Above Photo: Dr. Jingren ZHOU, Vice President of Alibaba Group, discussed key  trends in big data and cloud computing at Alibaba Technology Forum in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong, June 17, 2016
-Alibaba Group and Hong Kong Polytechnic University hosted a technology forum for nearly 300 students today to discuss key opportunities, trends and challenges in big data and cloud computing. The Technology Forum covered topics including innovations in elastic computing, machine learning and big data development, and how these innovations can address a range of different business needs and challenges.

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(From left to right): Dr. Jingren ZHOU, Vice President of Alibaba Group, presented gift to Professor Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Jingren ZHOU, Vice President of Alibaba Group, presented an overview of Alibaba’s innovative Big Data Computing Platform (BDCP), which consists of a wide range of products and services which enable fast and efficient big data development.

Since its establishment in 2009, Alibaba’s BDCP has expanded its coverage from China to US, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia, with more than 8,000 developers and over 1,500 applications. BDCP’s technology not only supports Alibaba’s internal businesses but also provides services to enterprise customers worldwide.

Dr. Zhou also demonstrated how BDCP utilizes data visualization, making it useful for a wide variety of industries, including transportation, healthcare, water conservancy and human gene analysis.

“Alibaba Cloud’s big data and cloud computing technologies are not only contributing an enormous amount to the ongoing development of the wider technology industry, but also empowering enterprises in various sectors such as finance, energy, gaming, entertainment, healthcare and education. Today’s forum allows us to showcase these world-class tools to help inspire students to become the technology leaders of tomorrow,” said Dr. Zhou. “To us, supporting future talent is as important as growing the cloud computing ecosystem, and we’re delighted to be doing both.”

At the same event, Dr. Wei CHU, Director of Engineering, Alibaba Cloud, introduced the Distributed Machine Learning Platform and its applications – also known as Platform of Artificial Intelligence (PAI). PAI supports customers by providing complete solutions for various business scenarios including advertising, search and finance. Dr. Xianglong HUANG, Director of Engineering, Alibaba Cloud, shared his insights on the evolving virtualization techniques in elastic computing and the future roadmap for helping more enterprise users. In addition, Dr. Qian Zhengping, Staff Engineer of Alibaba Cloud, shared the latest development of real-time computing, and how it facilitates increasing demand for applications such as online payment and traffic monitoring.

This event is part of the Alibaba Technology Forum (ATF), which is an annual event organized by Alibaba Group. Previous editions of the Alibaba Technology Forum (ATF) have been held at Stanford University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.


About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.

 

Beats by Dr. Dre X Undercover Powerbeats2 Wireless

Beats by Dr. Dre X Undercover Powerbeats2 Wireless

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BEATS BY DR. DRE X UNDERCOVER
POWERBEATS2 WIRELESS

LAUNCH DATE: mid-July, 2016

RETAILERS: BeatsByDre.com, Apple.com, Apple stores
Plus: Undercover Tokyo Pop-Up, Dover Street, Undercover, ARS/AOS (JAPAN) | Boon the Shop, Ecru (KOREA) | Lane Crawford, Undercover (HK)

PRICE: JPY26,400 | KRW365,000 | HKD2,198

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Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) and Undercover have come together to present a rare limited-edition collaboration that fuses a shared deep passion for running, music, style and function. The Beats X Undercover Powerbeats2 Wireless custom headphone combines Beats’ technical innovation in wireless technology and engineered acoustics with designer Jun Takahashi’s cutting-edge style and respect for traditional Japanese aesthetics.

Undercover founder, Jun Takahashi, is one of Japan’s most influential designers who has made a cult-status mark internationally during the past 25 years. Jun and the Undercover brand are driven by a relentless commitment to innovating creatively. Music has always been a source of inspiration for Jun, who is also an avid runner with his Tokyo-based GIRA (Gyakusou International Running Association) crew — making this collaboration a perfect opportunity to tap into a mutual passion for sound in a meaningful way.

The Beats x Undercover collaboration includes custom Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones and a thoughtfully curated case accessory. The product’s colors come from a harmonious palette inspired by traditional Japanese hues. The combination of grey-blue and orange tones, against subdued beige, reflects the calm, meditative — yet adrenaline charged — feeling that Jun experiences while on a long run.

Undercover’s motto is “We Make Noise Not Clothes.” With this collaboration, Beats and Undercover will inspire people to embrace the “noise.”

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RETAILERS:
Apple | Lane Crawford | SILLYTHING Hong Kong
Apple.com | BeatsByDre.com

LAUNCH DATE:
mid-July, 2016

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FOLLOW BEATS AT:
http://facebook.com/beatsbydre

Saluting a Fundamental Tower of Flavour, Mad for Garlic is NOW OPEN in Hong Kong!

Saluting a Fundamental Tower of Flavour, Mad for Garlic is NOW OPEN in Hong Kong!

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I scream you scream we all scream for garlic! Fresh from the rich tradition of garlic-mad Korea, the aptly named Mad for Garlic is now officially open in Causeway Bay’s Times Square! With 38 locations across Korea since its launch in 2001, Mad for Garlic is one of the country’s most successful western restaurant chains serving a modern, chic Italian wine bistro experience (with a Korean twist) to proudly celebrate a love for mighty garlic!

Located in a striking contemporary interior, Mad for Garlic carries the rustic charm of an old-school tavern or a sophisticated European winery accented with playful garlic-based decorations. Mad for Garlic’s signature menu is based on a foundation of Italian classics, complete with Korean accents and paired with wines that complement the robust flavour of garlic. Using crops from the protected farm region of Changnyeong-gun – Korea’s largest and most famous producer of country-certified garlic – produce from these lands is hugely rich in flavour due to the region’s unique soil structure, resulting in a less spicy and pungent product.

Beloved across the world, garlic functions quietly in the background as a fundamental pillar of flavour but we at Mad for Garlic are not content with a limited role for these incredible little bulbs! We are all about paying daily tribute to garlic as the star of our kitchen, and you’ll experience this passion in every sumptuous and innovative dish. Garlic may be our superstar, but you’ll find that we are most concerned with balance and finding harmony between garlic and our other top-grade ingredients. However, make no mistake! We are truly mad about garlic.

Let’s begin with our version of an all-time classic! The Garlic Bread Tower ($48), with a generous 60 grams of garlic, features crisp French bread smothered with fresh garlic puree, baked to perfection, seasoned with paprika and finished with even more mashed garlic to serve. The Dracula Killer ($68), served in a specially designed platter, consists of garlic and anchovies drizzled in olive oil and baked to harmonize flavour and texture. This delectable spread is paired with French Garbo bread.

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Garlic and starch go together like ice cream and apple pie, and Mad for Garlic doesn’t disappoint! The Garlic Snowing Pizza ($108) is a signature creation with a super-crispy pie base topped with prawns, pineapple and crunchy garlic chips and finished with a sprinkling of finely powdered Parmesan. The 6-Clove Gorgonzola Penne ($128) uses a delicate type of smaller garlic bulb that is not as spicy and pungent as regular garlic. Seasoned and roasted whole, these bulbs are squeezed out on a bed of sautéed penne with mushrooms and gorgonzola to finish. The Garlicholic Rice ($132) is a gorgeous treat that uses a special type of rice sautéed in garlic and butter, prepared and shipped from Mad for Garlic’s kitchen in Korea. Stir-fried with diced green peppers, red peppers and pickled garlic marinated in sugar and vinegar, it’s one of the more appetizing dishes on our menu.

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Steak lovers will not want to miss our selection of garlic-laden cuts! Garlic Hug Steak ($223) is pure satisfaction, featuring a premium cut of Australian tenderloin filled with garlic cream sauce. And finally we come to Garlic Steak ($188), a dish name that speaks for itself! It’s a hugely alluring sight for garlic fans: picture a beautiful cut of Australian Ribeye grilled to perfection then topped with a mountain of sautéed garlic and even more fresh garlic chips. To wash it all down, we recommend one of our signature desserts including Garlic Berry & Ice Cream ($62)! Our homemade Mad for Garlic ice cream is served with garlic jelly, made from syrup-marinated garlic to tame the spice, paired with a fresh raspberry and blueberry compote and finished with a sprinkling of bean powder.

Wine-wise, Mad for Garlic has a fond appreciation for vino and is designed to feel like a plush wine cellar, perfect for unwinding after a long week. The wine list has been assembled to address the issue of wines paired with garlic flavours, starting with provenance and research into each bottle we serve. With an approachable and affordable list perfect for beginners and connoisseurs alike, you’ll find garlic-friendly bottles from across the world! Mad for Garlic has also produced five private label vintages, and the Hong Kong location will serve one of these bottles in the form of the Italian Montefalco Rosso ($278 per bottle, $68 per glass).

Korea has enjoyed a love for garlic unlike any other country, and even the country’s mythology and foundations are rooted in garlic lore! As the Legend of Dangun has it, a bear and a tiger prayed to the gods for a human transformation and were rewarded with an opportunity to prove their worth: given 20 cloves of garlic and some mugwort, the bear and the tiger were told to stay out of sunlight for 100 days while eating nothing but this sacred food. This proved too tall a task for the tiger, but the bear endured and was transformed into a human woman as reward for its dedication. She married a lord of heaven, their child went on to establish the first Korean state, and the national holiday of Gaecheonjeol (National Foundation Day) remains a beloved annual celebration throughout Korea.

Mad for Garlic is now open and set to rock the culinary landscape with a healthy and delectable love for garlic in every corner! The home of garlic-laden tributes await you in Causeway Bay!

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Mad for Garlic
Address: Shop 1104,
Food Forum,
Times Square,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong
Tel: 3752 2880

Opening hours: 11am-11pm

Facebook: Mad for Garlic HK

Van Cleef & Arpels – The Poetry of Time™ Exhibition

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Ever faithful to a poetic vision of life, Van Cleef & Arpels has introduced a distinctive dimension to the world of watchmaking. Created with passion and meticulous craftsmanship, each model combines creative inventiveness with a sense of wonder. Drawing inspiration from nature, astronomy, love stories and couture, Van Cleef & Arpels depicts moments of grace, luck or beauty, offering a dreamlike perspective on the passage of time.

Combining two fields of expertise – the measurement of time and the excellence of jewelry savoir-faire – the Maison presents exquisitely precious High Jewelry timepieces, glittering glamorously with precious stones.

The wonders of the watchmaker’s craft bring stories to life on exceptional dials. The Maison has a unique expression of nature made of refinement, delicacy and benevolence. Capturing the constant renewal of fauna and flora, blooming flowers and flying beauties were made alive by unbounded creativity and technical prowess. Intricate complications and retrograde movements allow the Maison to craft timepieces inspired by whimsical fairies, elegant ballerinas and enchanting love stories to mark the flitting hours with magic and romance. With the Poetic Astronomy™ chapter, Van Cleef & Arpels pays homage to the dazzling stars and universe, telling the stories of constellations on the wrist.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems
23rd April – 14th August 2016
ArtScience Museum, Singapore
http://www.artscienceofgems.vancleefarpels.com/

 

OSLO – More Than Meets the Eye. New OSLO Loudspeaker, Signed by VIFA

OSLO – More Than Meets the Eye. New OSLO Loudspeaker, Signed by VIFA

Perfectly groomed and with magnificent musical qualities, the new Oslo-loudspeaker from Vifa is truly fit for its function as a compact carry-along Bluetooth loudspeaker with authentic sound. Being genuine. Being authentic. Being essential. Vifa’s new loudspeaker has been carefully modeled around the Vifa brand’s core values. The design language is distinctively Nordic with an intriguing, raw simplicity, but Oslo is so much more than meets the eye. Designers and engineers at Vifa have indeed collaborated to obtain an impressive, large-scale sound from this uniquely ear-blowing Bluetooth loudspeaker – while still keeping it at an accessible, acceptable size.

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“The challenge with Oslo was to create a product that produces a powerful, potent reproduction of music and yet has that understated, elegant design fitting into any interior. Since music today is mobile, we wanted an agile product you can easily move around in your home. Therefore we went for the upright lines, allowing for a small footprint. This means Oslo takes up little space – but still has the physics for a full-bodied reproduction of music at impressive playback volume,” explains Chief Design Engineer Mikael Ankersen.

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TAILOR-MADE QUALITY
Oslo is a unique loudspeaker-experience, but still it carries the same DNA as the other loudspeakers in Vifa’s acclaimed Nordic series. The materials have been carefully chosen in order to convey the core value of true Nordic authenticity: A special-designed textile cover from Kvadrat gives the loudspeaker a genuinely groomed look. And its solid aluminium frame underlines the idea of a robust premium product. Colorwise, Oslo is available in a range of timeless shades: Sand Yellow, Ocean Blue, Ice Blue, Anthracite Grey, and Pebble Grey. Finally, the discretely embossed logo and embroidered interface that has become Vifa’s signature in the Nordic series, allow Oslo to blend discretely in to any interior.

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YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Oslo is the fourth wireless loudspeaker launched by Danish manufacturer Vifa in only three years. It continues to build on the solid experience and the proud craftsmanship of the Vifa brand that has its roots back to the early 1930’s where the company was founded. The strive for exquisite quality and superior, technological know-how has been dusted off over the later years where a stronger focus on product-design and Nordic elegance has been added to the Vifa products. Without compromising on the authentic sound which has been a core value for the brand throughout the years.

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BOSE Introduces Wireless QC Noise Cancelling Headphones and Wireless Sport Headphones

BOSE Introduces Wireless QC Noise Cancelling Headphones and Wireless Sport Headphones

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All New QuietComfort® 35 and QuietControl™ 30 Redefine Noise Cancellation
All New SoundSport® and SoundSport Pulse for Better Workouts

June 16, 2016 — The headphones that revolutionized an industry are set to do it again — wirelessly.  Today, Bose announces the QuietComfort 35 around-ear headphones and the QuietControl 30 in-ear headphones, both shattering the limitations of existing wireless noise cancelling headphones with an entirely new experience for traveling, commuting, creating, studying, or relaxing.  The QC35 lets you tune out completely with the same remarkable silence of Bose’s wired QuietComfort headphones.  And the QC30 adds something new — a breakthrough feature that puts noise control in your hands, letting you adjust how much surrounding sound you block out or let in.  Against a backdrop of quiet, the new QC35 and QC30 reproduce music with stunning clarity at any volume.  The QC35 is available in Hong Kong beginning June 21, 2016 for HKD2,888; the QC30 will be available beginning September 2016 for HKD2,588.

Bose also announces the all-new SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse headphones, each resetting expectations for wireless workouts.  Designed exclusively for exercise, SoundSport wireless headphones present an unbeatable combination of benefits for training.  They feature great audio for playlists, a stable and comfortable fit, and durability for daily use inside or out.  For tracking personal performance, SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones come with a built-in heart rate monitor measured through the ear for a precise, accurate reading.  The SoundSport headphones hit the market beginning June 21, 2016 for HKD1,388; the SoundSport Pulse is available beginning September 2016 for HKD1,788.

All of Bose’s new wireless headphones include NFC for touch-to-pair convenience, super-intuitive controls for music and calls, voice prompts for key information including setup, caller ID and battery life, and the free Bose Connect app for even more functionality.

“Until now, great wireless noise cancellation and better wireless workouts have been more of a dream than reality,” said Bernice Cramer, General Manager of Bose Wireless Headphones.  “Like the QuietComfort headphones before them, the performance of the QC30 and QC35 are way ahead of where the market is right now.  And for the millions of people who run, bike, hike or hit the gym, SoundSport headphones offer a new kind of alternative, because they’re not just named for exercise — they’re made for it.”

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THE BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35
We live in an increasingly noisy world, and the new QC35 around-ear headphones offer the best noise cancellation available anywhere — from a wired or wireless headphone — and a custom-engineered Bluetooth®system for a strong and consistent connection anywhere.

With microphones inside and outside the earcups, the QC35 senses, measures and sends unwanted sounds to two proprietary digital electronic chips — one for each ear — which respond with a precise, equal and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond.  The result is dramatic and exclusive to Bose.  In an instant, the rumble of a subway car, plane engine, or the commotion from rush hour all but disappear.  Stay in silence, or hear your music more clearly with a new EQ that balances sound at every volume, for any genre.

The QC35 has up to 20 hours of battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, lasting longer than a flight from New York to Hong Kong.  Simple buttons are on the right earcup: on/off, music volume, play/pause, and answer/end calls.

While the QC35 is packed with proprietary technology for performance, the finer details of materials, build and finish are equally precise.  They’re refined yet rugged, lightweight yet stable, with legendary Bose comfort.

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THE BOSE QUIETCONTROL 30
Our lives are getting more hectic with more to manage, and the QC30 headphone is a technical tour-de-force to make every day better.  Its noise cancellation is so advanced for a wireless in-ear design, there’s nothing else like it in the industry.  And they debut a new, robust Bluetooth system that works reliably in changing surroundings.

The QC30 headphones feature tiny earbuds that integrate a total of six microphones, and a sleek neckband that houses the rest of the advanced electronics system for take-anywhere performance.  For wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, a new Bose breakthrough — controllable noise cancellation — puts you in charge of how much of the world you shut out.  From needing awareness on a busy sidewalk, to complete isolation for work, to taking a call from home in a crowded cafe — the QC30 lets owners choose what they hear.  Turn its noise cancellation up or down, not on or off, and it adapts to the level you set without changing your music volume.  To hear every note from your favorite tracks and artists, the QC30 uses a new EQ customized for its size and design.  With distractions on mute, a dime-size enclosure never sounded better.

The QC30 has up to 10 hours of battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, lasting as long as a fully-charged phone or tablet.  Simple buttons are on an in-line remote:  music volume, play/pause, answer/end calls, and noise control.

The QC30 features StayHear®+ tips, the often-imitated-but-never-duplicated Bose innovation that eliminates the pressure and aches of conventional ear tips for hours and hours of wear.

BEYOND THE QUIET:  COMMUNICATING WITH THE QC35 AND QC30
While the QC35 and QC30 use microphones for noise cancellation and controllable noise cancellation, they also use a dual-mic system to reject the annoying background sounds that interfere with talking.  Wind and crowds fade.  Text-to-speech accuracy is improved with Siri® and other phone VPAs.  Conversations are clearer, voices sound natural, and every word can be heard on both ends.

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THE SOUNDSPORT AND SOUNDSPORT PULSE HEADPHONES
Headphones are an essential part of working out, but wireless models can still get in the way with designs that hurt, aren’t stable, and sound weak. SoundSport headphones make wireless training better.  They use a special sport-version of StayHear+ tips designed to stay secure and comfortable during exercise.  Made from soft, flexible silicone, their umbrella shape creates a gentle seal in the ear, while an extended wing “locks” in the fit.

For indoors or outside, SoundSport headphones are sweat and water resistant with powerful audio performance.  Their inline mic and remote let users stay focused while skipping songs, adjusting volume, or taking and making calls.

The SoundSport Pulse headphones include a built-in heart rate monitor with the precision of a chest strap, so you can have one amazing product to pump your music and track your progress.  And it’s compatible with Runkeeper, Endomondo and other fitness apps.

SoundSport headphones can complete a marathon with charge to spare. The SoundSport Pulse has up to 5 hours of battery life and SoundSport has up to 6 hours.

THE BOSE CONNECT APP
The free Bose Connect app gives each Bose wireless headphone more functionality.  Its interface is so clean and minimal, it’s familiar on the first use.  Owners can connect and switch between Bluetooth devices, update software, personalize their voice prompt language and more.  For the QC30, the Bose Connect app will include the controllable noise cancellation feature to increase awareness or decrease noise; for the SoundSport Pulse, it will show your real-time heart rate.  The new Bose Connect app will add new headphone “skills” over time.

AVAILABILITY AND COLORS
The QuietComfort 35 headphones come in Black and Silver; the QuietControl 30 headphones come in Black; SoundSport wireless headphones come in Black and Aqua now, and Citron in September; the SoundSport Pulse headphones come in Power Red.  StayHear+ tips for the QC30 and SoundSport headphones are included in three sizes:  small, medium and large.

All new headphones will be sold through Bose stores and select authorized dealers.  The Bose Connect app is available for download now on the App Store® or Google Play.

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The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Announces Winners of the 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Announces Winners of the 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – Jun 15, 2016 – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organisation dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, presented 102 awards for outstanding journalism at its annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence gala dinner at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight. 

More than 280 media executives, editors, journalists and industry affiliates from across the Asia Pacific region attended the event. Tara Joseph from Reuters was the master of ceremonies. 

This year’s event featured Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s former president, who made a keynote address via video from Taipei on cross-strait relations and other regional issues.

Mr. Jahabar Sadiq, former chief executive and editor of news site, The Malaysian Insider, also addressed the gathering, giving a first-hand account of grappling with tightening limits on press freedom in Malaysia.

This year, the SOPA Awards received a record number of entries from across Asia competing in 18 categories in English and Chinese.

The lists of finalists and winners are at: http://www.sopawards.com/news-room/ 

A panel of more than 100 judges from around the world evaluated the submissions. The judging panel, including journalists, editors, columnists from leading publications and academics from university media departments, was led by Head of Judges, Jeffrey Timmermans, an associate professor of practice at Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) and director of its undergraduate journalism program. The deputy head of judges was Dr. King-wa Fu, an associate professor at JMSC, The University of Hong Kong. 

“Thank you to all who participated in this year’s event with such high quality submissions, which helped make the SOPA 2016 Awards a big success. Congratulations to all the winners,” said S.K. Witcher, chair of the SOPA Editorial Committee. “Also, a big thanks to our keynote speaker, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, and to our speaker from the media industry Mr. Jahabar Sadiq, for joining us tonight.”  

Raymond Warhola, Chairman of SOPA, said, “The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are widely recognized as the gold standard for outstanding journalism in Asia. The record number of entries received this year from across the region reflects the value that publishers and editors increasingly place on the SOPA Award.”

“SOPA is also pleased to welcome Ms. Ying Chan as an Honorary Member into our association.  An award-winning journalist, Ms. Chan’s induction reaffirms SOPA’s unwavering commitment to the principles of journalistic quality and integrity.” From 1999 to 2016, Ms. Chan also served as the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong.  

For the second year in a row, SOPA organised media tours at Bloomberg and Google on the same day as the gala dinner. Google hosted a breakfast networking and workshop event, and Bloomberg provided a media tour in the afternoon.

The SOPA 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence are supported by Invest Hong Kong (Platinum Sponsor) and Google (Gold Sponsor). CatchOn is the public relations partner, Media OutReach is the newswire partner and High Technology Printing Group Limited is the printing partner.

Event highlights and photos are here: http://www.sopawards.com/awards-photographs/
Videos/transcripts of Mr. Ma’s speech can be viewed here: http://www.sopawards.com/gala-dinner-videos/ 

 

About SOPA:
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) was founded in 1982 to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region. SOPA is a not-for-profit organization based in Hong Kong and represents global, regional and local media companies across Asia. The Society of Publishers in Asia is also host to the annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence, which serve as a world-class benchmark for quality journalism in the region. www.sopasia.com

 

MONKI Autumn/Winter 2016 The Anniversary Collection

MONKI Autumn/Winter 2016 The Anniversary Collection

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10 years of moving to the beat of our own drum!

This September, Swedish fashion brand Monki celebrates ten years of offering Scandi-cool-meets-Asian-street-style fashion, an exciting store experience and a colourful personality. At the heart of the big one-oh party is a collection showing the very core of Monki design.

The AW16 anniversary collection picks up the brand’s design DNA and develops it into an indication of the future. Head of Design Caroline Carlryd and her team have taken key Monki elements to a new fashion level, creating a carefully crafted, limited collection bowing to the past—and looking towards the future.

“We are celebrating our first decade as a brand, and what better way than to cut to the core of Monki design and celebrate the things we have brought to the retail landscape,” says Monki Head of Design Caroline Carlryd. “And to make a declaration for the future: this collection shows our soul. This is what we love.”

The first element: the signature Monki silhouette. Combining oversized garments, beautiful lines and contrasting elements like cropped trousers, the collection highlights the play on proportions that always makes up the first double helix in the Monki style DNA. The second element: prints. In the anniversary collection, oversized monki feet and doodles combine fun with sophistication. The third element: a walk down memory lane. A colour palette old Monki fans are sure to know and love, deep mustards, rich blues and plenty of black to set it off.

Key garments are the chunky faux-shearling kimono coat, a stand-out piece where classic Monki lines meet the material of the season, and the even chunkier quilted coat. As always, denim forms a centre point, combining Monki elements with inspiration from Asian techniques like boro. And lets not forget the monkis. Fans of Monki’s own mascots will welcome Oki’s new fancy fur.

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Industry 4.0: New Frontiers for Manufacturing

Industry 4.0: New Frontiers for Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is not only about computers and automation, it applies to Cyber Physical System and Industry Operations.  Both Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud computing are necessary in order to progress to Industry 4.0:

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Gerald Wong, CEO of Cambridge Industries Group, the company was incepted in 2005 as a boostrapped startup, is in the ICT industry, innovation driven, and R&D intensive.

CIG – Shanghai, China and Santa Clara, CA:

R&D in telecom access products:
– Optical (fiber to the home)
– Wireless (Wi-Fi systems and LTE femtocells)
– Home switches and IoT gateway devices

R&D in manufacturing technologies:
– Industry Information Technologies
– Industry Automation Technologies

He highlighted the four driving forces for the Evolution to Industry 4.0.

  1. Strategic Directions: Industry 4.0, Manufacture 2025, etc.
  2. Innovations and Technologies: Automation Technologies, Industry Information Technologies, Other Advanced Technologies, etc.
  3. Operational and Practical: Staying Competitive, Overcoming Cost Challenges, Overcoming Labor Challenges, etc.
  4. The Profound Impact on the Future: Corporate Social Responsibilities, People’s Desires for Quality of Life and Quality of Work, etc.

In the internet era, the competition between countries and companies continue to become more intense, competing on various kinds of costs and overall efficiency.  The desire for “Mass Customization” may arise, as high manufacturing agility and flexibility are required. Labour issues may happen, robots may replace some human jobs, unemployment rate may increase eventually.

For example, the labour costs in Shanghai increased 110% in the last 8 years, industry 4.0 can reduce the variable costs for factories while fix costs is required for installation of machineries.  This is attractive as factories are willing to have a higher net profit in future financial statements.

In Industry 4.0, we have:
– Autonomous Robots, Automation integrated
– CPS – IIoT Connected, Wireless Data Acquisition
– Cloud Computing
– Big Data Analytics
– Cyber Security
– Simulation (“Digital Twin”)
– Augmented Reality (VR for manufacturing)

which have a profound impact, as the new industry revolution is unavoidable, efficiency and quality have significantly improved, and so is the positioning for global manufacturing.

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Weiping Huang, the Chairman of Qingdao Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies, discussed the progression of microelectronics – transistors’ density have been increasing for the past 40 years.  Besides, Vertical Integration Strategy is commonly used by technology companies, he says that many companies involved are in more than one stage of production. His company handles the whole production process, i.e. from Chip to Box.  The Photonics Value-Chain contains Chip, TO, OSA, Module, Box, mastering this value-chain can make the production process more efficient with lower production costs.

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Chia-Peng Day, General Manager of Automation Technology Development Committee, Foxconn, introduced System Integrated Robots for Assembly.  The flexible automated assembly line is combined by a family of small robots, Integrated machine vision, Smart tools & grippers for small parts assembly, Precision Parts feeders & fixtures and Precision workpiece transport platform.  China is progressing towards a new initiative – “Made in China 2025” – transforming the country into an advanced manufacturing powerhouse, it requires fast development in three major technologies: Cloud, Big Data and IoT.  

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Duncan Turner, Managing Director of HAX states that Shenzhen is a good place for technology innovation as the place has a large talent pool of engineers.  Besides, he also mentioned that technology is embedded everywhere,  the new trend for wearable devices is that they are capable of detecting body movements.

 

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Implications for the Enterprise

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Implications for the Enterprise

EmTech (MIT Technology Review) Conference invited interesting speakers from Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Insights Robotics, Universal Robotics, and In The Making:

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Mike North, the Host of In The Making, presented the BOOMcast, it is an Internet of Things 3D Printed leg cast with embedded electronics that allow doctors to monitor the leg’s physical state from anywhere in the world.

The following technologies are used:

  • 3D-printed body and functional ratcheting straps (FDM Nylon 12 for impact strength and durability)
  • Sole of cast built in PolyJet multi-materials (rigid substructure with rubber-like cushioning)
  • Custom fit from digital body scan (FARO ScanArm)
  • Bluetooth-enabled speakers by Boombotix 
  • Intel Edison (WiFi-enabled) powered by SparkFun, Adafruit, and Arduino
  • Gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer
  • Force sensitive resistors
  • Real-time data transfer to the cloud
  • Multi-color LED feedback
  • Hardware inserts
  • Additive manufacturing equipment used include Fortus 900mc and Objet500 Connex3

The BOOMcast leg cast is removable, lightweight, and robust as it will expand to cater for swelling that happens during commercial flights.

Esben H. Østergaard

Esben H. Østergaard, Founder and CTO of Universal Robots, stated that the revenue of the robot market doubles every year, implying that the use of robots in production is alot more common than before.  He also discussed the history of robotics, from the 3rd Century BC’s Philo of Byzantium, Washstand Automation, Year 1092’s The Cosmic Engine and Clock Tower, to the first real Collaborative Robot in 2009.   The industrial revolution created a gap in manufacturing as the human aspect is now missing.  The effects of the Industrial Revolution are two-folds:

Mass Customization
– Making products not on a massive scale, but in a customized or personalized manner.
– Items suited to small number of users.

Reshoring 
–  In order for a country to get income, it must export.  It is not enough to export knowledge.  We need to export knowledge embedded in products.

To close the gap, the next Industrial Revolution would be us wanting human knowledge, creativity, and customer understanding to be embedded in the products we produce.

Rex Sham

Rex Sham, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Insight Robotics, introduced his robot which can be used to detect forest wildfires.  In the past, forest fire watch was performed by human beings working at watchtowers, through closed-circuit television surveillance, and automatic smoke detectors.  However, these methods could lead to alert delays, or simply too costly for detecting countrywide forest fires.

In this respect, Rex developed a Heat-Based Detection Solution, which uses thermal imaging cameras and sensors mounted on UAVs, Satellites and terrestrial robots.  He used satellites to improve detection accuracy and his methods were thoroughly tested.  His product was copied by many factories but no one could copy well, because his robots have self-learning capabilities.

Kai Yu

Kai Yu, Founder and Chief Executive at Horizon Robotics, Founder of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning (IDL) expressed his views on the revolution of AI.  He suggested that AI nowadays has entered a new era, it is both physical and virtual, as if a new type of species has emerged, AI is not an extension of human capabilities but can make decisions automatically.  He highlighted that robots need APIs to connect with Vision, Speech, Language, Control and Deep Neural Nets platforms.  His product is a Pedestrian Detection System which can identify cars and humans separately in crowded scenes using only single deep neural network.

It is believed that by 2025, everyone will have on average 10 smart devices.  In other words, we will be surrounded by more than 60 billion smart devices.  Presumably each device needs a brain that has an on-device part and a cloud part, this results in a market of 100 billion USD.

The Fintech Book – Stay ahead of the Curve by Understanding what Fintech is all about

The Fintech Book – Stay ahead of the Curve by Understanding what Fintech is all about

(30 May 2016, Hong Kong.)  Hundreds of Fintech enthusiasts were inspired to meet Fintech Entrepreneurs, Investors, Bankers, and Regulators at the Finnovasia Fintech Conference in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.

Susanne Chishti and Janos Barberis announced their Fintech Book Launch in Asia – the first Crowd-Sourced book on Fintech, representing 168 authors across 27 countries. Their idea of creating a Fintech book originated when they wanted to learn more about Fintech but there weren’t many books available in 2014 and thus decided to reach out to the global Fintech community and asked them to submit abstracts.  Final inclusions were voted by the Fintech community of over 10,000 members.

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The Fintech book addresses multiple aspects of disruptive technologies in the financial service industry and highlights the challenges that the mainstream banks are currently facing. The book took 16 months to go from idea to launch, and has been selling for 7 weeks.  According to the editors, a copy is sold every 5 minutes!

You can read some of the Abstracts here:
http://www.thefintechbook.com/abstracts/

The Result – an Authoritative Fintech Resource that encompasses the following sections:

– Fintech
– Hubs
– Solutions
– Emerging Markets & Social Impact
– Capital & Investment
– Enterprise Innovation
– Success Stories
– Crypto-Currencies & Blockchain
– The Future of FinTech
– and more

A must-read for every Disruptor, Innovator, Entrepreneur and Banker.

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The Fintech book was published by Wiley and is available on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fintech-Book-Technology-Entrepreneurs-Visionaries/dp/111921887X


About The Editors

Susanne Chishti
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CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate and Co-Founder of “The FINTECH Book” – the 1st Crowd-Sourced Book on Fintech globally. Selected as one of the 100 leading Women in FINTECH and top 15 FINTECH UK twitter influencers.

Senior Capital Markets Manager, Entrepreneur and Investor with strong FINTECH expertise. Mentor, Judge & Coach at FINTECH events such as SWIFT Innotribe, Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerator and Fintech Startup Bootcamp. More than 14 years’ experience across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong. Selected among top UK Fintech Influencers by City A.M.
Janos Barberis
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Founded FinTech HK, which he established to spur Hong Kong’s Fintech eco-system. He was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (at The University of Hong Kong) specifically focusing on developing regional Fintech regulatory frameworks. In parallel, Janos sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s FinTech Committee.

Previously, Janos was an Associate at a new UK challenger bank. His role follows a specialist interest in financial systems and their stability. Notably, Janos proposed to reform the Chinese shadow banking sector by developing P2P lending channels.

Published Author: Academic articles on SSRN and journal articles in UK and HK

 

MIT Technology Review’s Flagship Event Inaugurates in Hong Kong

MIT Technology Review’s Flagship Event Inaugurates in Hong Kong

The showcase for the emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives.

7 June 2016 – Hong Kong – The inaugural EmTech Hong Kong opens today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).  Organised by MIT Technology Review and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the event brings together over 400 C-level business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and change-makers in Asia and across the globe, to network and do business over a period of two days.

The conference features 40 local and international speakers who are innovators at the heart of the technology revolution, an exhibition and a networking reception which will feature the launch of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node.

The Honourable John C Tsang, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will officiate the event with an opening address on Hong Kong’s role in nurturing emerging technologies and innovation to improve lives and make a difference.

The five key themes of EmTech Hong Kong include Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and their implication on businesses; Industry 4.0: New Frontiers for Manufacturing; Future Cities: Rethinking Urban Environments; FinTech: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and the Future of Money; and HealthTech: Technologies to Assist an Ageing Population.

Experts from the tech community speaking at EmTech Hong Kong include:
– Charles G. Sodini, LeBel Professor EECS, MIT
– Chia-Peng Day, General Manager – Automation Technology Development Committee, Foxconn
– Dennis Lo, Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Esben H Østergaard, CTO & Founder, Universal Robots
– Gerald Wong, CEO, Cambridge Industries Group
– Kent Larson, Director, MIT City Science Initiative and Director, Changing Places, MIT Media Lab
– Jason Hsu, Advisory Committee Member on Innovation & Education at Prime Minister’s Office, Executive Yuan, Taiwan Government
– Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
– Kai Yu, Founder and Chief Executive at Horizon Robotics, Founder of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning (IDL)
– Michael Sung, Managing Director, CarbonBlue Innovations & Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
– Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV
– Steven Chu, Chief Strategy Officer, Huawei
– Tim Swanson, Head of Market Research, R3-CEV
– Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder, Ethereum Foundation
– Weiping Huang, Chairman, Qingdao Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies
– Wong Ming Yam, Chairman, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)
– Yasheng Huang, Professor of Global Economics and Management, Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

Key event partners include Host partner Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Innovation partner The University of Hong Kong and Strategic partners InvestHK, StartmeupHK, MIT Professional Education, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

For more information, please visit www.emtechhk.com

 

 

Indigo Living Highlight of the Week: Colour Popping

Indigo Living Highlight of the Week: Colour Popping

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Be brave and bold! Have some fun with colours and patterns this spring to create a young, hip and fresh look. Don’t be afraid to mix up your patterns but play it safe by keeping them in the same colour family.

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Gypsy Red Jug Gypsy HK$360
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Mary Sunset HK$209

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Floral Cushion Cover HK$599
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Retro Pastle Colours Cushion Cover HK$399

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Ceramic Stool HK$1,750

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Pink Botanical Paper Print HK$9,990

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Blue Botanical Paper Print HK$9,900

 

Mad for Garlic coming soon to Hong Kong!

Mad for Garlic coming soon to Hong Kong!

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If chocolate is food for the gods, then garlic is surely the food of the people! Beloved across the world, there is nothing quite like garlic to bring out the best in almost any dish as a fundamental tower of flavour, inspiring a healthy, loving madness for these gorgeous little bulbs. With that in mind, we proudly introduce Mad For Garlic’s upcoming June debut at Times Square in Causeway Bay! One of Korea and Asia’s most successful western restaurant chains since launching in 2001, Mad For Garlic’s 38 locations across Korea serve a modern, chic Italian wine bistro experience (with a Korean twist) to showcase the true superstar of the kitchen: mighty garlic!

Koreans know and love their garlic, and you’ll experience this passion for these delightful cloves in every sumptuous and innovative dish. Served in a striking, modern interior, Mad For Garlic also carries the rustic charm of an old-school tavern or a sophisticated European winery. Combined with elegantly playful garlic-based decorations, every meal is an experience of lingering satisfaction.

Mad For Garlic serves garlic-themed signature dishes within a framework of Italian classics, complete with Korean accents and paired with wines selected for their ability to complement the robust flavour of garlic. Using crops from the protected farm region of Changnyeong-gun – Korea’s largest and most famous producer of country-certified garlic – produce from these lands is hugely rich in flavour due to the region’s unique soil structure, resulting in a less spicy and pungent product. Mad For Garlic goes through over 1,000kg of garlic delivered every day to outlets across Korea.

Garlic may be our superstar, but you’ll find that Mad For Garlic is most concerned with balance. Finding harmonization between garlic and other ingredients is of paramount importance in our menu, but make no mistake: we are truly mad about garlic. Savour every bite of a garlic-laden experience with our oven-fresh breads, crisp salads, pastas, steaks, risottos and much more, including signature plates such as the crispy thin-crust Garlic Snowing Pizza topped with buttery shrimp, pineapple and fried garlic, the comforting spice-laden Garlicpeno Pasta, and the succulent Garlic Sirloin Steak grilled to perfection and heaped high with sautéed garlic and crispy garlic chips.

Wine-wise, Mad For Garlic has a fond appreciation for vino and is designed to feel like a plush wine cellar, perfect for unwinding after a long week. The wine list has been assembled to address the issue of wines paired with garlic flavours, starting with provenance and research into each bottle we serve. With an approachable and affordable list perfect for beginners and connoisseurs alike, you’ll find garlic-friendly bottles from across the world in addition to our private Mad For Garlic house vintage.

Korea has enjoyed a love for garlic unlike any other country, and even the country’s mythology and foundations are rooted in garlic lore! As the Legend of Dangun has it, a bear and a tiger prayed to the gods for a human transformation and were rewarded with an opportunity to prove their worth: given 20 cloves of garlic and some mugwort, the bear and the tiger were told to stay out of sunlight for 100 days while eating nothing but this sacred food. This proved too tall a task for the tiger, but the bear endured and was transformed into a human woman as reward for its dedication. She married a lord of heaven, their child went on to establish the first Korean state, and the national holiday of Gaecheonjeol (National Foundation Day) remains a beloved annual celebration throughout Korea.

Welcome to the launch of a great tribute to beloved garlic as Mad For Garlic gets set to rock the culinary landscape, coming soon to Causeway Bay!

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Address:
Shop 1104, Times Square,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong

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Dior @ Cannes

Dior @ Cannes

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Actress Erin Moriarty attends the "Blood Father" Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Actress Erin Moriarty attends the “Blood Father” Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19:  Marion Cotillard leaves the screening of "It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)" at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Marion Cotillard leaves the screening of “It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)” at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)

 

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19:  Bella Hadid attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes  (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Bella Hadid attends the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

 

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19:  Model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld attends the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Model Eva Herzigova attends "The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)" Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 18: Model Eva Herzigova attends “The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)” Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Eva Herzigova attends "The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)" Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 18: Eva Herzigova attends “The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)” Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

 

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Model Julia Restoin-Roitfeld attends the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

 

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Bella Hadid attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Bella Hadid attends the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Marion Cotillard leaves the screening of "It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)" at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Marion Cotillard leaves the screening of “It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)” at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Michelle Yeoh attends the "Julieta" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 17: Michelle Yeoh attends the “Julieta” premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

 

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CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna attend as Charles Finch hosts the 8th Annual Filmmakers Dinner with Jaeger-LeCoultre at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 13, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 13: Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna attend as Charles Finch hosts the 8th Annual Filmmakers Dinner with Jaeger-LeCoultre at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 13, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Diego Luna attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Diego Luna attends the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Gael Garcia Bernal attends the Kering And Cannes Film Festival Official Dinner at Place de la Castre on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Kering)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Gael Garcia Bernal attends the Kering And Cannes Film Festival Official Dinner at Place de la Castre on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Kering)

 

 

 

 

Ocean Park and Sichuan Forestry Department Jointly Presents Sichuan Week, Giant Panda Art Global Exhibition Kick-off in Hong Kong

Ocean Park and Sichuan Forestry Department Jointly Presents Sichuan Week, Giant Panda Art Global Exhibition Kick-off in Hong Kong

From left: Mr. Zhang Zhihe, Chinese photographer specialising in panda photography; Mr. Yang Xiaoguang, Director of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Parks and Woods; Mr. Yao Sidan, Director of Sichuan Forestry Department; Mr. Wang Hongjia, Director of Wildlife Conservation Division of Sichuan Forestry; Ms. Suzanne Gendron, Executive Director of Zoological Operations and Education of Ocean Park; Ms. Isabel Li, Education Director of Ocean Park; Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Mr. Matthias Li, Chief Executive-elect of Ocean Park

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Ocean Park, in collaboration with the Sichuan Forestry Department, will be presenting Sichuan Week, during which the Park will play host to the exclusive presentation of “Pandaful Art – Global Exhibition”, a world-touring exhibition featuring over 20 giant panda-themed artworks, all showcased in Hong Kong for the first time, by five renowned artists from China, Spain and France, at the Applause Pavilion from 20 to 29 May. The exhibition venue will also feature interactive multimedia displays to advocate for wildlife conservation and deepen guests’ understanding about the work of nature reserves in Sichuan Province. The Parktoday also provided updates on the health conditions of the Park’s four giant pandas, including aged pandas An An and Jia Jia, who are both in satisfactory health despite living with common geriatric conditions; and Ying Ying and Le Le, who have resumed their normal routine after the conclusion of their two-day mating season last month. Although Ying Ying has not displayed any signs of pregnancy, animal carers will continue to closely monitor her condition and ensure she receives the best care.

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From left: Mr. Li Desheng, Deputy Director of Sichuan Wolong National Nature Reservation Administration; Mr. Yang Xiaoguang, Director of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Parks and Woods; Mr. Yao Sidan, Director of Sichuan Forestry Department; Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Mr. Matthias Li, Chief Executive-elect of Ocean Park; Ms. Suzanne Gendron, Executive Director of Zoological Operations and Education of Ocean Park; Mr. Wang Hongjia, Director of Wildlife Conservation Division of Sichuan Forestry; Mr. Zhang Zhihe, Chinese photographer specialising in panda photography; Mr. Howard Chuk, Senior Curator of Terrestrial Life Sciences of Ocean Park; Ms. Isabel Li, Education Director of Ocean Park

Today’s launch ceremony was officiated by Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Mr. Matthias Li, Chief Executive-elect of Ocean Park; Mr. Yao Sidan, Director of Sichuan Forestry Department; and the five participating artists, namely Mr. Zhang Zhihe, a Chinese photographer specialising in panda photography; German-Chinese artist Mr. Zhang Qikai; France-based artist Mr. Tian Ye; Mr. Alejandro Santafé from Spain; and Mr. Camille Rophé from France. Also premiered at today’s ceremony was the music video of “Ban Ni Hui Jia” (literally “Accompany You Home”), sung by Chinese singer Lao Lang, revered as China’s “Father of Folk Songs”. This new song was produced, written and composed by an experienced production team comprising veteran producer Huang Xiaomao, renowned for producing countless classic hits; lyricist Liang Mang, who wrote lyrics for numerous blockbuster movie theme songs; and famous singer-songwriter Luan Shu.

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Mr. Yao Sidan, Director of Sichuan Forestry Department, said, “Last year, Ocean Park and Sichuan Forestry Department signed a memorandum of understanding on further collaboration in conservation and education efforts. We are grateful to Ocean Park for their dedication and contributions, and for co-organising Sichuan Week to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and promote cultural exchange between Sichuan and Hong Kong.”

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Mr. Matthias Li, Chief Executive-elect of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park is committed to fulfilling its educational mission through diverse approaches. The panda-themed art exhibition enables us to further expand our educational platform by raising concern for wildlife through art. To help the public connect with nature, we signed a new agreement today with Sichuan Forestry Department to collaborate on various initiatives from now until 2020, including the display of videos and images captured in the wild in Sichuan; and furthering exchange on training and enhance public awareness about wildlife conservation through different initiatives in Hong Kong and Sichuan. Besides presenting animal ambassadors and educational programmes, we will also join hands with the different nature reserves in Sichuan to organise eco-tours to the resource-rich Sichuan province, enabling the public to encounter giant pandas and various rare animals and learn about their habitats. Participants can better understand the importance of nature conservation and adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives.”

Latest Update on the Park’s Four Giant Pandas

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Having been living in Ocean Park for 17 years, Jia Jia and An An, respectively the world’s oldest-ever giant panda and second oldest male panda under human care have been making significant contributions in promoting panda conservation. Before coming to Hong Kong, Jia Jia had already given birth five times to six panda cubs, making her a model mom. Her daughter Guo Guo took after her by giving birth five times to eight cubs, including Ping Ping and An An, the first set of pandas born after the Sichuan Earthquake worldwide. And Jia Jia’s youngest great-granddaughter, Bing Bing, is now 9-month old.

Both in advanced age, Jia Jia and An An, are living with geriatric conditions such as high blood pressure and cateracts. Whilst their conditions are often negatively affected by seasonal changes, they are considered in satisfactory health. Mr. Howard Chuk, Senior Curator of Terrestrial Life Sciences of Ocean Park, said, “We care for the two older giant pandas very much like senior members of our family, so ensuring they can enjoy the highest possible quality of life is our utmost priority. Their respective ages, 37 and 29, are equivalent to 111 and 87 in human age. Jia Jia’s right eye has recently caused lens dislocation, which could potentially lead to permanent blindness. Even though the lens had slipped back into position after the application of medicated eye drops, recurrence of lens dislocation is probable. Nevertheless, Jia Jia has been particularly vulnerable during the summer in recent years, often exhibiting lethargy and a lack of appetite. Although An An is younger than Jia Jia by eight years, the pace of his aging is also concerning. Indeed, he is less able than Jia Jia in chewing bamboo leaves. Our animal care team will continue to closely monitor their condition and consult giant panda experts in Sichuan to relieve any discomfort they may experience and develop the most appropriate treatment plan while keeping their best interest in mind.”

Mr. Howard Chuk added, “Our younger giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le completed their sixth mating season last month. Natural mating attempts were observed but were unsuccessful. The Park also administered artificial insemination on Ying Ying twice in hopes of increasing her chances of pregnancy. Ying Ying’s conditions will continue to be closely monitored by our animal care team on a daily basis through periodic behavioural observation, as well as blood and urine sample collection. If she becomes pregnant, we expect to observe signs in late July of this year at the earliest.”

World-touring Panda-themed Art Exhibition Stages in Hong Kong for First Time

Presented in Hong Kong for the first time, the world-touring panda-themed art exhibition, “Pandaful Art – Global Exhibition”, features over 20 pieces of artworks created by five artists who have taken inspiration from the giant panda. Every piece of artwork portrays the creator’s affections, memories and reflections of the giant panda, and together inject a variety of styles and creativity into the exhibition. Among the exhibiting artworks are photos of panda cubs with adorable postures caught on camera by Mr. Zhang Zhihe from Chengdu Panda Base; oil paintings which integrates elements in everyday life with surrealism created by Zhang Qikai, a surrealist painter from China; visually impactful oil paintings produced by France-based Chinese artist Tian Ye; sculptures using three primary colours, red, white and blue by Spanish artist Alejandro Santafé; and art installations created by combinng different textures by French artist Camille Rophé. Before arriving in Hong Kong, the exhibition was presented in Yongin in Korea and will next travel to Beijing, Tokyo and other worldwide locations.

Interactive Multimedia Displays Showcase Wildlife Conservation in Sichuan

In addition to panda-themed artworks, the Applause Pavilion will feature a number of interactive multimedia displays to allow guests to learn about Sichuan wildlife and conservation. Displays include footage of China’s two largest panda bases in Dujiangyan; an interactive panel presenting information on seven protected areas in Sichuan, including Wolong, Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu Panda Base, etc. A video showing the development process of a panda cub will be aired at the interactive photo zone to offer guests unique photo opportunities with adorable panda cubs as the backdrop. Visitors can also ponder over 40 precious infra-red photographs of Sichuan wildlife such as giant pandas, golden monkeys, red pandas and more. The photographs offer a unique and rare glimpse into the animals’ natural behaviour and habitat in the wild. Guests can also cast a vote in support of their favourite protected area to receive in-park spending vouchers. Upon returning the completed voting forms to the collection box located inside Rainbow Gallery, guests will receive a HK$100 souvenir discount coupon (with minimum spending of HK$300).

Besides working with the Sichuan Forestry Department on a wide range of conservation and education initiatives,Ocean Park previously participated in various post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Sichuan. In 2013, OceanPark signed the “Sichuan-Hong Kong Wolong Post-Reconstruction Collaboration Agreement” with the Development Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Sichuan Forestry Department to collaborate on the sustainable development of Wolong, and was appointed by the HKSAR Government in 2014 as the Administrator of the Sichuan-Hong Kong Wolong Post-Reconstruction Collaboration. Among the 25 collaborative projects, “The Wolong Sustaining Tourism Development Plan” is one of the key projects which aims to help Wolong make the best use of HKSAR-funded facilities, and complement resources in the nature reserve to develop eco-tourism, thereby achieving balance among conservation, economic progress and social development. Besides, in the past two fiscal years, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK)sponsored three workshops on panda disease and pathology. Ocean Park’s veterinary and research teams also joined the workshop to share their experience in animal care and the promotion of conservation with mainland participants. Since 2000, OPCFHK has allocated more than HK$24 million in funding giant panda conservation projects, supporting scientific research, community education and rebuilding of nature reserves.

Spicy Sichuan Dishes Challenges “Heat” Tolerance and Limited-period Discounts to Treat Panda Fans

Ocean Park has invited Master Chef Yang Xihui from Sichuan, China to lead the preparation of various most typical Chuan dishes that combine numbing heat, spicy hot, fresh and piquant aromas, offering our guests a unique opportunity to appreciate the fresh and hot-spicy taste of authentic Chuan cuisine. From 19 to 31 May, guests can visit Panda Café, and enjoy over a dozen signature dishes, specially selected by Chef Yang, including Sliced Boiled Pork Rolls with Mushed Garlic Sauce, which highlights the chef’s exquisite slicing skills; Stir-fried Marinated Duck Tougues with Sichuan Chili; and Sautéed Shredded Beef with Bamboo Shoot in Chili Sauce which features a selection of chilies and peppercorn.

During Sichuan Week, guests can also enjoy 30% discount on all panda merchandise, and receive a panda-themed face painting service at the special price of HK$20 if they purchase a giant panda headband. Other discounts during Lovely Panda Month remain on offer, including two-for-the-price-of-one offer for “Honorary Panda Keeper Programme”; exclusive for local guests, the Park is also offering up to 25% discount for up to two admission tickets purchased on the same day to guests whose Chinese or English name matches specified characters or letters related to the theme of panda. (Details can be found on Ocean Park’s official website).

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Pandaful Art – Global Exhibition
Participating Artists

Zhang ZhiheMr. Zhang Zhihe, a Chinese photographer specialising in panda photography

Zhang QikaiMr. Zhang Qikai, German-Chinese artist

Tian YeMr. Tian Ye, France-based Chinese Artist

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Camille RophéMr. Camille Rophé, French Artist

EmTech Hong Kong strengthens line-up with more Renowned Speakers

EmTech Hong Kong strengthens line-up with more Renowned Speakers

financial secretary2How we innovate today will shape the way we live in the future. On 7 June, EmTech Hong Kong will be inaugurated by the Honourable John C Tsang, GBM, JP and Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, who will address Hong Kong’s role in nurturing emerging technology to improve lives.

Dr. Frank Tong, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI and EmTech Hong Kong’s Host Partner, is looking forward to the conference:

“ASTRI is proud and delighted to be the host partner of MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Hong Kong. We believe that EmTech Hong Kong will serve as a great platform for ASTRI to showcase our R&D competence spanning from FinTech, Next Generation Network, Intelligent Manufacturing, Medical and Health to Smart City. It will also provide a great opportunity for R&D talents to converge and explore collaboration opportunities. In short, we are very excited about this forthcoming event.”Over two days, speakers at EmTech Hong Kong will address five key themes that will impact our lives. These themes include Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and their implication on businesses; New Frontiers for Manufacturing; Future Cities; Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and the Future of Money and Technologies to assist an ageing population.

Key speakers on Day One include Danny Yeung, Chief Executive Officer of Prenetics, who will be sharing insight into innovative bio-testing technologies; while Duncan Turner, Managing Director of HAX will be discussing Why Shenzhen is the Silicon Valley of Hardware and Yasheng Huang, Professor of Global Economics and Management at MIT Sloan School of Management will talk about the Economic Growth and Innovation Imperative in China in a special session that focuses on growth and innovation in China  and Hong Kong.

The sessions on Day Two will kick-off with a fireside chat with SOSV’s Sean O’Sullivan who will share his insights on innovation and how he identifies emerging technologies with potential. This will be followed by an Infinite Energy session where Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation, MIT School of Engineering, MIT, will present MIT’s ONE Lab’s key breakthroughs and Leslie Dewan, Founder and CEO of Transatomic Power will discuss Using Nuclear Waste as a Safe, Clean and Scalable Source of Electricity.

Professor T S Andy Hor, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Hong Kong and EmTech’s Innovation Partner views the conference as a testament to Hong Kong’s strength as an innovation hub: “The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is delighted to be an innovation partner of MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Hong Kong. The future of Hong Kong is full of challenges and opportunities, especially in the areas of ageing population, financial technologies, smart living, automation and advanced manufacturing. The themes at EmTech Hong Kong synergise and complement HKU’s research areas which have strong innovation potential. The University is always looking for collaborative opportunities with the private sector and EmTech Hong Kong provides us with good opportunities to meet new partners.”

 

Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn with the official event hashtag, #EmTechHK

MIT Technology Review’s Conference on Emerging Technology, EmTech, Inaugurates in Hong Kong, June 2016

MIT Technology Review’s Conference on Emerging Technology, EmTech, Inaugurates in Hong Kong, June 2016

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  • 30 international speakers to speak on innovation and emerging technologies
  • Themed: The Future of Technology. Today
  • Spotlight on technologies that improve the way we live

Technology is fast-changing every aspect of our lives; from the way we work and live to how we manage money and how we care for our aged. Themed “The Future of Technology. Today.”, the inaugural EmTech Hong Kong conference will spotlight emerging technologies that aim to improve the way we live. Held from 7 to 8 June 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 30 global innovators that represent the tech world’s most visionary leaders will speak at the conference.

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review (right), reasons why the event is held in Hong Kong:

“Over the past few years, we have seen Hong Kong and itssurrounding areas growing significantly as an incubator for startups and innovative enterprises. EmTech Hong Kong aims to facilitate innovators and startups by giving them a voice as well as a platform for engagement. The event will also witness the launch of the MIT Innovation Node in Hong Kong, an incredible MIT initiative offering opportunities for MIT and Hong Kong students to take their ideas to impact.”

Organized by Koelnmesse Pte Ltd and MIT Technology Review, EmTech Hong Kong 2016 expects to attract over 400 participants from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Key speakers include:

  • Charles Sodini, LeBel Professor EECS, MIT
  • Fiona Murray, Associate Dean for Innovation MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Kent Larson, Director, MIT City Science Initiative and Director, Changing Places, MIT Media Lab
  • Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director, SOSV
  • Esben H. Østergaard, CTO & Founder, Universal Robots
  • Dennis Lo, Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Homayoon Kazerooni, Founder & CEO, SuitX and Director, Berkeley Robotics & Human Engineering Lab
  • Ming Chan, Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation
  • Richard Socher, Founder of MetaMind
  • Shyam Gollakota, Co-Founder of Jeeva Wireless

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Hong Kong’s rising startups and scientists, including Prenetics, a company specializing in pharmacogenomics; Insight Robotics, which pioneers intelligent threat detection; Prof Dennis Lo, whose studies on liquid biopsy could revolutionize the early detection of cancer; Cesar Harada, founder of MakerBay, whose Protei shape shifting and sailing robot can explore and protect the ocean with open source technologies and Manav Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of Brinc, an Internet of Things startup accelerator, will also share their perspectives and breakthroughs with delegates.

“Hong Kong is widely recognised as a flourishing international business centre and a gateway to Mainland China, especially the Pearl River Delta region. Promoting Hong Kong as one of the world’s fastest-growing technology and startup hubs is a major thrust for us, together with attracting global tech talent. We want to continue to attract the best and brightest,” Charles Ng, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at InvestHK, said.

Key partners of EmTech Hong Kong include InvestHK, StartmeupHK, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, Cyberport, Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Innovation and Technology Development Office and MIT Professional Education. As part of the event, MIT Professional Education will host a pre-event one day workshop on 6 June, led exclusively by MIT experts Dr Kent Larson and Dr Ryan Chin.

 

Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn with the official event hashtag, #EmTechHK

Ocean Park Sichuan Week Menu

Ocean Park Sichuan Week Menu

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Availability Period: 19 to 31 May 2016

Ocean Park has invited Master Chef Yang Xihui from Sichuan, China to lead the preparation of various most typical Chuan dishes that combine numbing heat, spicy hot, fresh and piquant aromas, offering our guests a unique opportunity to appreciate the fresh and hot-spicy taste of authentic Chuan cuisine.

Platter & Sets

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Steamed Chicken in Chili Sauce
Sautéed Sliced Pork with Pepper and Chili in Hot Sauce
Sliced Boiled Pork Rolls with Mushed Garlic Sauce
Stir-fried Beef Fillet with Dried Citrus Peel in Sweet and Spicy Sauce
Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs
HK$328 / set

Sichuan PlatterSichuan Platter
Sliced Boiled Pork Rolls with Mushed Garlic Sauce
Chicken Cubes with Peanuts in Chili Sauce
Stir-fried Beef Fillet with Dried Citrus Peel in Sweet and Spicy Sauce
Steamed Rice
HK$168 / set

Sauteed Slice Pork with Pepper and Chili in Hot Sauce
Sautéed Sliced Pork with Pepper and Chili in Hot Sauce with Steamed Rice HK$128 / set

Sautéed Shredded Pork in Spicy and Chili Sauce
Sautéed Shredded Pork in Spicy and Chili Sauce with Steamed Rice
HK$128 / set

Chicken Cubes with Peanuts in Chili Sauce
Chicken Cubes with Peanuts in Chili Sauce with Steamed Rice
HK$128 / set

À la carte

Sweet and Sour Spare RibsSweet and Sour Spare Ribs
HK$48 / dish

Sliced Boiled Pork Rolls with Mushed Garlic SauceSliced Boiled Pork Rolls with Mushed Garlic Sauce
HK$48 / dish

Steamed Chicken in Chili SauceSteamed Chicken in Chili Sauce
HK$78 / dish

Sauteed Lettuces with ChiliSautéed Lettuces with Chili
HK$78 / dish

Stir-fried Beef Fillet with Dried Citrus Peel in Sweet and Spicy SauceStir-fried Beef Fillet with Dried Citrus Peel in Sweet and Spicy Sauce
HK$48 / dish

Pork Fillets in Hot Chili OilPork Fillets in Hot Chili Oil
HK$118 / pot

Braised Beef Fillet with Tender Ginger in Spicy SauceBraised Beef Fillet with Tender Ginger in Spicy Sauce
HK$118 / bowl

Sauteed Diced Chicken with Chili and Pepper in Sichuan StyleSautéed Diced Chicken with Chili and Pepper in Sichuan Style
HK$118 / dish

Stir-fried Marinated Duck Tongues with Sichuan ChiliStir-fried Marinated Duck Tongues with Sichuan Chili
HK$168 / pot

Sauteed Shredded Beef with Bamboo Shoot in Chili SauceSautéed Shredded Beef with Bamboo Shoot in Chili Sauce
HK$118 / dish

Sichuan Wine

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Sichuan Yibin Wuliangye
HK$2,880/ bot (500ml)
HK$150/ glass (18ml)

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Jian Nan Chun Chiew
HK$1,160/ bot (500ml)
HK$70/ glass (18ml)

Panda Café
(852) 3923 2323
Service hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Montblanc 110 for The Pioneer – Pen‧Write Hong Kong

Montblanc 110 for The Pioneer – Pen‧Write Hong Kong

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Over the past hundred years, Hong Kong has witnessed transformations from an industrialized city to international financial center, from service economy to creative economy. Owing to the conscientiousness and restless efforts of Hong Kongers in making innovations, chasing dreams to creating history, the fishing port has turned into a metropolis with countless rags-to-riches stories.

The pioneering spirit that revolutionized the culture of writing has been a driving force for Montblanc since 1906. Montblanc developed a writing instrument with non-leaking technology and a piston convertor that changed the course of writing history forever. The six-point white star, representing the six snow-covered glaciers of the majestic mountain, became the Maison’s emblem, and feature on every writing instrument manufactured by Montblanc ever since.

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Montblanc, carrying the spirit of pioneering, perseverance and wisdom, forges ahead and writes new history with Hong Kong. A pen symbolizes history, culture, spiritual heritage and precious memories of the old days.

In celebration of its 110th Anniversary, Montblanc returns to its beginnings as it reimagines the Maison’s first fountain-pen series launched in 1909 “Rouge et Noir“ and creates the new Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir writing instrument with a vintage look and feel. The design brings a contemporary twist to the early model with a slimmer and longer silhouette, as well as incorporating modern piston technology. This new writing instrument evokes the pioneering spirit of Montblanc and inspired the Maison to develop a creative social campaign that incorporates 4 uniquely Hong Kong stories – Pen‧Write Montblanc, Pen‧Write Rouge & Noir, Pen‧Write Pioneer and Pen‧Write Hong Kong.

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「Pen‧Write Hong Kong」

Embarking on a Pioneering Journey of 110 years

Montblanc has teamed up with local pioneer of contemporary performing arts Dr. Chung King Fai, Cantopop lyricist Wyman Wong, premier writer Chip Tsao, independent “city-folk” singer-songwriter Chet Lam, former chief anchor Akina Fong and swimming champion Stephanie Au to share their views on a true pioneer’s spirit and determination.

Video Links:
King of Drama – Dr. Chung King Fai
http://bit.ly/1TSt8Va
Premier Cantopop lyricist Wyman Wong
http://bit.ly/1TVaWu9

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Pen‧Write Your Stories

Please log on to Montblanc Facebook page https://www.montblanc110-forthepioneer.com to share your very own Hong Kong story. 5 winners with the most inspiring stories will receive a Rouge & Noir writing instrument.

#Montblanc110 #ForThePioneer #RougeandNoir

For more information:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/montblanc
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/montblanc
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/montblanc_world
SnapchatMontblancWorld
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/montblanc
Youku: http://i.youku.com/montblanc4810
Weibo: http://www.weibo.cn/montblancchina

 

CATH KIDSTON 2016 Summer Story & Kids

CATH KIDSTON 2016 Summer Story & Kids

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SUMMER HOLIDAY
On hot summer days, we do as many Brits do and retreat to the coast to enjoy simple seaside pleasures: Catching the sun, cooling off in the water and taking in sea views of the scenic coastal landscape.

Our summer holiday takes us to Salcombe and Falmouth on the southwest coast and our novelty designs offer a distinctly beachy, nautical feel. Our Holiday Shop is stocked with glorious boat and beach hut prints complimented by brand new and recolored florals, this time on crisp white, soft chambray blue and vibrant aqua grounds for a fresh, summery feel.

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CATH KIDS
Kids can dress for summer in Cath Kidston style too, with new character knits, specially designed bags for their school scooters and more. New parents will wonder how they did without our clever new changing bags and accessories, which were rigorously road-tested for us by real mums and dads.

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CATH KIDSTON POP-UP STORE
Kiosk 12, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsimshatsui
Tel: 2856-3122

CATH KIDSTON STORES
Shop 285, 2/F, Cityplaza One, Taikooshing, Hong Kong
Tel: 2715-5738

Shop 406, Level 4, New Town Plaza, Phase 1, Shatin
Tel: 2601-2068

Shop No. 308, Level 3, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok
Tel: 2749-5022

Shop UC-11, APM, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon
Tel: 3148-9268

3/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2891-8468

LOG-ON, UG01, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Tel: 2865-9980

1/F, SOGO, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: 3911-1955

Shop 1106, Level 1, YOHO Mall I, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long, New Territories
Tel: 3141-7331

Shop 2225, Level 2, Phase 1, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, 1 Tuen Shing Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories
Tel: 2895-4928

Longchamp Decorates its Parisian Townhouse With Ryan Mcginness!

Longchamp Decorates its Parisian Townhouse With Ryan Mcginness!

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The famous Parisian luxury goods brand Longchamp has just begun renovations of its historic store on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, the brand’s hometown. For Longchamp, it’s the perfect opportunity to bring art into the heart of Paris, with an exceptional storefront decorated with a spectacular work of art, « Mindscapes », by American artist Ryan McGinness! Located on the corner of two very busy streets just a few dozen meters from the Place de la Concorde, this decoration will be in place from March.

Jean Cassegrain, Longchamp CEO and the founder’s grandson, clarifies: “Renovations of this magnitude in such a conspicuous location need something spectacular that go beyond a simple tarp. Our brand is all about the unexpected, and this completely unconventional and innovative project is a perfect example. I met Ryan ten years ago in New York and I’ve been following his work ever since. When we decided to do a unique building tarp, we immediately thought of Ryan. His work has an energy to it that is in harmony with this prestigious corner location.”

Cassegrain explains: “This decoration in the heart of Paris is a very important step for us. Ryan is from New York and we’re from Paris, two cities overflowing with energy and creativity! As symbolized by the horse and rider galloping in our logo, our brand is in perpetual movement. These words can also be used to describe Ryan’s work and the piece he has created for this site.”

Ryan McGinness adds: “In autumn 2015, I received an invitation from Jean Cassegrain, whom I have known for years, to ‘wrap’ the brand’s Paris flagship store on Rue Saint-Honoré while extensive renovations take place. The artwork will cover two faces of the corner building and extend from pavement level up to the roof. I began by developing preliminary sketches and thumbnails, which allow me to then consider options for the solution to the artistic challenge. We decided to go with ‘fragmenting the façade’ into ‘windows’ of brightly colored paintings with strong black borders. I selected striking and colorful images that I want to feel personal to passers-by. I have used details from a variety of my paintings, many of which refer to dreamlike images. I use fluorescents, pearlescents, varying textures and finishes in order to intensify their impact.”

The Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) wrote about Ryan’s work in 2007: “Plant life, logos and symbols, fairy tales and everyday scenes, family crests and coats of arms are a few of the disparate subjects that McGinness fragments, alters and layers to build his dense networks of brightly colored fantastical imagery.”

“This emblematic store is the true heart of Longchamp,” continues Cassegrain. “Rue Saint-Honoré is where it all started, where our brand began developing worldwide while affirming its Parisian roots. Our retail area will be significantly expanded thanks to these renovations, marking a new phase in our development. This partnership, which brings together a contemporary artist and a building classified as a historical monument, clearly highlight how much Longchamp values creativity and artistry. Under the tarp designed by Ryan, the compagnons – French artisans with centuries-old traditions – will restore the building’s eighteenth-century facades. This ability to combine innovation and know-how perfectly captures the spirit of our fashion house.”

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Bio – Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living and working in New York, New York. He grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and then studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. During college, he interned at the Andy Warhol Museum as a curatorial assistant. Known for his extensive vocabulary of original graphic drawings that use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos, and contemporary symbology, McGinness is credited with elevating the status of the icon to fine art through the creation of his paintings, sculptures, installations, and books.

He assumes the power of this visual language in order to share personal expressions. The New York Times noted, “In the past decade, McGinness has become an art star, thanks to his Warholian mix of pop iconography and silk-screening.” Vogue declared, “Ryan McGinness is a leading pioneer of the new semiotics.” Swathed in ornate, curvaceous lines, McGinness’s compositions are a postmodern twist on the eighteenth-century Rococo style, characterized by playful opulence and intricate, coiling forms.

Personal Website: http://www.ryanmcginness.com/

 

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation to launch “Step Up for Our Oceans” campaign

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation to launch “Step Up for Our Oceans” campaign

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Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong Releases Promotional Photos from “Step Up for Our Oceans” Campaign

Raymond Lam, Ken Hung, Guo Jingjing Join OPCFHK Chair Judy Chen in
Call for Public to Support July 2 Flag Day

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK) will launch on May 15 a new promotion under the “Step Up for Our Oceans” campaign. Renowned celebrities Raymond Lam and Ken Hung collaborated for the first time with diving queen Guo Jingjing and Ms. Judy Chen, JP, Chair of OPCFHK, to appear in a television commercial. They dressed like corals and coral fish by donning colourful headdresses. Initiated to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, the campaign calls on the Hong Kong public to “Step Up for Our Oceans” and help maintain marine ecological balance. The television commercial will premiere on all major television channels on May 20. In addition, OPCFHK volunteers will all “Step Up” during the Foundation’s Kowloon Region Flag Day on July 2 to raise funds for its conservation efforts on local marine mammal stranding response, scientific projects of local species, and local community education programmes.

Ms. Judy Chen, Chair of OPCFHK said, “Encouraged by the overwhelming success of the ‘Speak Up for Our Oceans’ campaign launched two years ago, OPCFHK has developed a follow-up campaign entitled ‘Step Up for Our Oceans’. We are grateful to have Raymond Lam, Ken Hung and Guo Jingjing joining hands to help spread marine conservation messages. For our Kowloon Region Flag Day on July 2, we have designed a collection of 60 stickers featuring photos of precious Asian wildlife, including the Chinese white dolphin, the giant panda and the Chinese crested tern, an endangered species with less than 100 individuals in the wild. We hope the public would donate in support of our conservation efforts as they enjoy the summer sun and fun.”

Ms. Suzanne Gendron, Foundation Director of OPCFHK, said, “Through the ‘Step Up for Our Oceans’ slogan, we hope to arouse public concern for biodiversity and engage them to support actions that will preserve biodiversity – the idea that each species on this planet has its own unique role in nature and that we don’t want to lose them. To better live in habitats like forests, rivers, mangroves, rocky shores and coral reefs, diverse species evolve and develop different traits and together flourish in the circle of life. Biodiversity stands for the variety of species, habitats and genes. The high variety of species strengthens the resilience of the ecosystem, helping the nature maintain balance despite environmental changes. With human exploitation depleting resources beyond their natural regenerative capacity, around 12,000 species of flora and fauna are now threatened, which in turn puts other species at risk of extinction. That’s why it is so important that everyone works together to help maintain the precarious balance of nature and a healthy ocean.”

Raymond Lam and Ken Hung, both appearing in the OPCFHK commercial for the first time, noted that they found the opportunity to “Step Up for Our Oceans” extremely meaningful. Featuring adorable and dazzling visual effects, the commercial inspires reflection on the importance of maintaining the ecological balance by unleashing viewers’ imagination. Raymond and Ken appear as corals, which are critical to ocean heath. They are joined by delightful kids playing octopuses, crabs and fish.

Raymond Lam, a nature lover, said, “Every time when I get to observe the diverse marine life in the ocean, it fills my heart with the wonder of the oceans and made me appreciate the interrelationships among marine species. Being a part of the nature, humans should do our part to protect our beautiful home.”

Ken Hung, also an ocean lover, said, “My earlier experience at OPCFHK’s Run for Survival has already impressed me with the importance of marine conservation, which is why I am excited to play a role in this campaign. Future generations will still be able to admire the diversity of marine life if everyone can help minimize marine pollution in their daily life, such as by using less one-off disposable items and bringing your own water bottle.”

The life of OPCFHK’s Marine Conservation Ambassador Guo Jingjing has been inseparable from water since an early age. During the production of the commercial, Guo Jingjing, in her role as a coral, received kisses on her cheek by kids playing reef fish. Their adorable and intimate interactions brought out the inextricable relationships among marine species. Calling on the public to support OPCFHK Flag Day, she said, “Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has been committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats. On July 2, OPCFHK is going to organize a Kowloon Region Flag Day to raise funds for its conservation efforts on cetaceans, horseshoe crabs and reef fish. I hope the public can ‘Step Up for Our Oceans’ by volunteering or donating to purchase a flag.”

OPCFHK has specifically selected six endangered or threatened species that are featured in a limited-edition Education Booklet, available for sale before the Flag Day to raise public concern and actions for biodiversity and marine conservation. Members of the public with a passion for conservation can order the booklet by email (opcf@oceanpark.com.hk), or register to become a volunteer by visiting OPCFHK’s website.

OPCFHK Website:
http://www.opcf.org.hk/tc/

Enquiry Phone No:
3923 2534

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Nature lover Raymond Lam noted that being a part of nature, we humans should do our part to protect our beautiful home. That’s why he will “Step Up for theOceans” by joining more conservation work.

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Ms. Judy Chen, Chair of OPCFHK, donned a colourful headdress to play a coral in a commercial that raises awareness of the importance of biodiversity, calling on the public to “Step Up for Our Oceans” and help maintain marine ecological balance.

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Ocean Park Conservation Foundation
Hong Kong
Heidi Wong

Tel: (852) 3923-2080 / 6285-6216

Email: heidi.wong@oceanpark.com.hk

 

The Most Enchanting Stories About Monsieur Dior at the Château de La Colle Noire

The Most Enchanting Stories About Monsieur Dior at the Château de La Colle Noire

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Monsieur Dior in the garden
As soon as Christian Dior arrived at the Château de La Colle Noire, he liked to get changed to go and see the gardening and picking teams on the domain. In the summer he would wear a large navy blue shirt with cotton trousers or shorts and a straw hat. The rest of the year, he would wear a velvet suit. Previously, in 1945, Christian Dior had participated in harvests on his sister’s property in Callian. At the Château de La Colle Noire he would spend 2 or 3 hours a day with his employees at harvest time.

The strawberry plants
On a 25m2 plot of land, one of the domain’s gardeners cultivated Moutot strawberries especially for Christian Dior, who particularly liked their large and fragrant fruit. He could never resist tasting them on the spot when he visited his domain.

In the kitchen
Every morning, Christian Dior would spend time in the Château de La Colle Noire kitchen with his chef Georges Huilier, and would choose the lunch and dinner menus when he had guests. He often liked to visit the kitchen to taste something, eat a petit four, and see how the meal preparations were coming along.

The Château de La Colle Noire cake
Monsieur Grosselin was the former owner of the Château de La Colle Noire and became the steward of the domain during Monsieur Dior’s time. His wife baked the “Château de La Colle Noire cake,” which Monsieur Dior adored (the secret recipe was based on sponge fingers, marzipan and rum).

Roses
At the Château de La Colle Noire, both fragrance roses and decorative roses were cultivated. They could be seen in the bedrooms as well as on the tables at mealtimes, and were even given to guests upon their departure. One of Monsieur Dior’s team was responsible solely for these bouquets.

In the name of CD
Tableware and house linens as well as harvest crates and the grape press were all monogrammed with the initials CD.

The vineyards
Each year, on the Château de La Colle Noire domain, Monsieur Dior produced around 1,000 litres of wine.

Catherine
Catherine Dior knew the Grosselin family (the previous owners of the Château de La Colle Noire) well. She was therefore the one who informed her brother in 1951 that the château was for sale. “I shall tell my brother that La Colle Noire is for sale,” she said immediately upon hearing the news.

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The children
Children of the Château de La Colle Noire staff would receive adventure storybooks as gifts for Christmas, and big chocolate eggs for Easter. A large Christmas tree would be put up in the château, and when her brother died, Catherine Dior continued the gift tradition. The children were allowed to swim in the ornamental pond when Monsieur Dior and his guests were not there, and sometimes, swimming competitions were organised for them.

Ivan
Ivan, the Russian-born gardener who worked at Milly la Forêt, came to oversee the garden planning at the Château de La Colle Noire, where the flowerbeds were replanted twice a year.

The telephone
The first telephone line ever to be installed in Montauroux was a direct line connecting Monsieur Dior at the Château de La Colle Noire, to his sister in her house in Callian.

Water
Monsieur Dior had a tremendous amount of work done to bring water from Montauroux to the Château de La Colle Noire, in order to irrigate the domain. The water was brought down from the heights of the village by an immense, 5 km long pipe constructed specially for the domain. Those living nearby benefitted from the arrival of running water in their part of the district.

The ornamental pond
The purely decorative 40-metre long ornamental pond, created by Christian Dior in 1953, also served as a reservoir used for watering the fragrance flower fields situated below the domain. It was emptied twice a year for maintenance and took 3 days to refill. At the suggestion of Hubert, his sister’s stepson, Christian Dior had goldfish put in, and organised a little ceremony with the children to welcome the new “inhabitants” to the domain.

Winter 1956
During the terrible winter of 1956, the workmen at the Château de La Colle Noire could walk on the frozen ice of the ornamental pond.

August 24th
Every year on Saint-Barthelemy’s day, the day of the Montauroux village fête, Monsieur Dior would take part in the festivities along with the village mayor and the parish priest. He was the Honorary President of the Festival Committee, and would make a donation to help organise the festivities (folk dancing and hunting shows). Traditionally, a vine shoot would be burned on the village square, and it was usually one of the Château de La Colle Noire children who would bring it along.

The Comet
One evening during a reception, Christian Dior gathered all the staff’s children together to show them a comet that must have been particularly visible that night in the Provençal sky.

Drawing
Christian Dior never swam in the ornamental pond, preferring to find a quiet spot where he could sketch. According to his close friends, he worked often, looking for inspiration for new dresses and new perfumes.

Dinner
Never more than 12 people… Christian Dior was of course very superstitious and would never have invited 13 people for dinner. Meals at the time were very long and very copious.

Breakfast
Monsieur Dior ate breakfast at 8 o’clock every morning in the ground floor dining room.

Harvest time
In the Château de La Colle Noire jasmine fields, the best picker in Monsieur Dior’s team would pick 1 kilo of jasmine per hour. Up until the mid 2000s, Catherine Dior, based in the village of Callian, 5km away from the Château de La Colle Noire, continued to cultivate Rosa centifolia on her property with an annual harvest of between 600 and 900 kilos. She would then sell her crop to Grasse perfumers. It is strange to think that during the war, the Dior family pulled up their roses to plant vegetables…

The chapel
The Saint-Barthélemy chapel, situated in the heights of Montauroux village, was formerly part of the Château de La Colle Noire domain. Monsieur Dior, who financed the chapel restoration project, donated it to the village in 1953.

The team
Almost a dozen people were in service at Monsieur Dior’s house, including a butler (always in white gloves), valets, a driver, a cook, a kitchen hand and chambermaids etc. Another twenty or so people worked on the agricultural domain and in the garden. The team responsible for the château went back and forth between Paris and Montauroux. They would bring their spouses and children during the holidays, and the Château de La Colle Noire was filled with life.

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Mademoiselle Marthe Lefèvre
Known as “Ma,” Mademoiselle Lefèvre had been the Dior family governess, looking after the children in Granville. She and her sister Marie had links to this part of the South of France, which was what had incited Maurice Dior to move there permanently in 1934, when fleeing his financial troubles. Under the supervision of Catherine Dior, she was in charge of everyone working at the Château de La Colle Noire. She died in 1985 aged almost 95.

Renovation works
Christian Dior spent hours and hours of his free time supervising the works at the Château de La Colle Noire with André Svetchine, his architect. Upon Christian Dior’s demise in 1957, the ambitious renovation project for his castle had not yet been completed.

Pot-Pourri
According to René Gruau, Christian Dior adored pot-pourri, which he placed in various rooms around the château. Lavender, which grew in abundance in the Château de La Colle Noire gardens, was part of the pot-pourri composition. Christian Dior loved this flower so much that he also wore lavender eau de toilette.

The fashion show
Catherine Dior told Lucienne Rostagno of Christian Dior’s desire to see the Haute Couture models appear in a fashion show around the ornamental pond at the Château de La Colle Noire.

The almond trees
As soon as he purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1951, Christian Dior had 150 almond trees planted. The almond tree is one of the first trees to flower in the year and Christian Dior enjoys their blooms and fragrance in the very early days of spring.

Kindness
All those who previously worked at the domain still praise Monsieur Dior’s kindness and his natural talent for creating good relationships with the teams working in his service. Everyone who knew him speaks of a very affable, easily approachable man. “We never had the impression that he kept people at a distance,” explains someone who knew him then. “He liked people,” says Lucienne Rostagno, who picked flowers for Monsieur Dior and who still lives in the La Colle Noire hamlet.

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The Chop House salutes Father’s Day with a meaty feast

The Chop House salutes Father’s Day with a meaty feast

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There’s a Good Dad: The Chop House Salutes Father’s Day with a Truly Meaty Feast

Father’s Day is just around the corner and The Chop House is ready to help you say thanks with a delectable meat-laden feast that dear old dad will surely approve of! Purveyors of unpretentious comfort classics and home to a cosily vibrant atmosphere, The Chop House serves exactly the type of honest, homespun cooking that brings families together over a warm and hospitable meal. Hot on the heels of the recent grand opening of The Chop House (TST) at Miramar Shopping Centre – complete with a gorgeous al fresco atrium – Father’s Day never looked so good, so relaxing and so very delicious.

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The Chop House Father’s Day All-Day Menu:

Served at both branches of The Chop House (TST and CWB) on June 18-19, the Father’s Day All-Day Menu (for a minimum of two guests) has a robust and satisfying character that provides communal family comfort with shared platters between loved ones featuring dishes that please dad. More often than not, that means meat (and lots of it), and The Chop House duly obliges.

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To begin, we’ll serve The Chop House Cold Cuts Meat Platter, an shared plate of farmhouse charm (portioned by pairs according to your party size) with premium prosciutto, beef salami, pork liver terrine, creamy burrata, piquillo peppers, artichokes and the unmissable bread pairing of lovely garlic herbed ciabatta. To follow is the individual soup course, a hearty and spice-laden bowl of Cajun Potato Soup served with juicy chorizo that entices the taste buds for more to come.

And there is more to come, friends! The shared Main Course Platter is succulence and flavour defined with roasted Australian beef tenderloin, a fork-tender twice-cooked lamb shank, the beautiful slow-roasted pork ribs and plump duroc pork sausages, served on a bed of potato gratin with garden vegetables on the side. Cake seems a fitting finale for a celebration of dads, so let there be cake! For your shared dessert, we present a Mini Rum & Hazelnut Chocolate Cake, a moist and balanced sweet treat served with extra chocolate chips for the naughtier ones at the table. With freshly brewed tea or coffee to conclude, the Father’s Day All-Day Menu is priced at $228 (+10%) per diner.

It’s a Day for the Kids Too!

Father’s Day is rightly about dear old dad, but we’ve not neglected to create a little something special for the kids to enjoy! The little ones can enjoy a special mini-feast with the Father’s Day Kids Platter, combining crispy fried chicken wings with lemon honey sauce, a mini beef burger, fries and baked macaroni with Bolognese sauce, followed by a Nutella Tart for dessert. Served with a glass of juice or soft drink, the Father’s Day Kids Menu is priced at $108 (+10%) per child. The only issue that might arise is dad stealing from the kids platter, but we don’t blame him. It’s a delicious plate worthy of a little theft, and after all, isn’t Father’s Day for dad to do what he wants? We’ll leave that up to you as we get the grills hot and the meat on the ready for a proper Father’s Day celebration at The Chop House!

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The Chop House – Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop 3013C, 3/F Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2295-3200

The Chop House – Causeway Bay
Level 3 Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown

1 Tang Lung Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 2771-3177    

Tea Fit for a Queen

Tea Fit for a Queen

Experience the great British tradition the royal way with Indigo Living’s tea ware

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Hong Kong – 9 May 2016 – Inspired by the Queen’s 90th birthday (what better way to celebrate her majesty than a good old cup of tea!), Indigo Living has curated a collection of chic tea ware that more than meets this timeless tradition of afternoon tea. Take this opportunity to spend a gracious and fun afternoon with your friends and family with this beautiful tea ware collection and celebrate the birthday of a worldwide icon. Whatever the time of year, invite friends and family to recreate your own five star afternoon tea experience at home using Indigo Livings sought cups and saucers.

Presenting Cristina Re, Indigo Living offers both bold colours and a touch of gold in its quintessential tea ware collection.

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Australian born, Cristina Re started her self-named brand and brings her own brand of allure to afternoon tea. Her afternoon tea set range has everything a tea lover loves and needs to enjoy the mid-afternoon snack; including tea pot, cup, plate and cake stand. Made with the finest quality of porcelain, designed with an elegant gold trim and available in an array of attractive colours, this tea ware collection stands for sophistication.

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The above mentioned Cristina Re Afternoon Tea Set is available at all Indigo Living stores. Alternatively, check out the website at www.indigo-living.com

Little Tai Hang opens 2016

Little Tai Hang opens 2016

A dining and hospitality destination in Hong Kong’s quaint and charming
Tai Hang that celebrates local creativity and culture

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(Hong Kong, 9 May 2016) Tucked away in the quaint streets of Tai Hang, Little Tai Hang is a neighbourhood destination which celebrates the character and charm of Hong Kong with bespoke artisanal touches. Set to be a magnet for savvy travellers looking for a home away from home, and a much loved destination for locals, Tai Hang is an area known for good eats and relaxing vibes. It is an enchanting neighbourhood full of stories waiting to be explored.

Little Tai Hang is perfect for short and long term stays in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. The new hotel and serviced apartments opening later this year will be part of a neighbourhood lifestyle choice complete with local cuisine, living and design brands under one roof, a truly modern Hong Kong cultural experience. Amazingly, it is located just footsteps from Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping and entertainment districts, and the green landscape of Victoria Park.

Design centric with creativity and quirkiness seen throughout the space, Little Tai Hang is purpose-built to provide quality hospitality with real personality, a concept developed by Tommy Pao, founder, architect and cultural advocate of the project. Each of the 121 luxury rooms are filled with bespoke, characterful and creative local touches that complement the sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and the parks in the neighbourhood, visible from every room.

“Travellers are looking for real experiences. At Little Tai Hang we bring Hong Kong’s unique modern culture into the living space while providing an upscale experience for business and leisure travellers alike. Sophisticated yet down to earth, quiet yet in the heart of the city. These contrasts bring an edge to the brand that we hope appeals to those looking for something off the beaten track yet totally accessible,” said Pao, who is also Senior Manager of property developers Cornes World Co. Ltd.

Located close to the MTR, Victoria Park and Causeway Bay, Little Tai Hang is easily accessible to Central and Hong Kong East, making it a convenient hidden-yet-handy gem. Surrounding the property will be six upcoming luxury residential projects including Pavilia Hill, Warrenwoods, The Warren, Park Haven, Yoo Residence and Jones Hive which means the Little Tai Hang neighbourhood is the hottest destination in town.

Guests and future residents of the property will be pampered with top-of-the-line personal services and facilities, including the fitness room, dining room, laundry room and function room as well as gain recommendations for dining, shopping and exploration in the neighbourhood.

Little Tai Hang is home to two exciting F&B concepts. Second Draft, a convivial neighbourhood gastropub, offers a comprehensive beverage menu including fresh & locally brewed beers by the Young Master Brewery along with creative dishes by Chef May Chow. Restaurant Bond by the Three Monkeys serves comfort fare designed to share in a casual, welcoming hang-out for family and friends to gather and, as the name suggests, bond. Both opening this June.

Little Tai Hang is the place for all – for in-the-know travellers to immerse themselves into authentic Hong Kong culture, for inquisitive city walkers to experience the hidden stories in the neighbourhood and for trendsetters to catch the latest art, fashion and culinary scene in the city.

Key Dates:
Second Draft by the Young Master Brewery and Chef May opens June 2016

Bond by Three Monkeys opens June 2016
Little Tai Hang hotel and serviced apartments open later this year

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The quaint and charming Little Tai Hang neighbourhood

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The North facing view from the 28th floor of Little Tai Hang

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Little Tai Hang hotel and serviced apartments – room rendering.

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Little Tai Hang hotel and serviced apartments – 32nd floor penthouse rendering

98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Hong Kong
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Instagram – instagram.com/LittleTaiHang

The9thMuse :: TwelveoTwo Threader Earrings Collection

The9thMuse :: TwelveoTwo Threader Earrings Collection

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The9thMuse presents the latest TWELVEoTWO Threader Earrings Collection — where, quite simply, you thread the chain through your pierced earring hole. Threader Earrings, also known as “Shoulder Dusters”, are the latest summer accessory trend and worn by many Hollywood celebrities.

All pieces are made from quality 925 Sterling Silver with 18 Karat White Gold / Yellow Gold or Rose Gold Vermeil, plus Fresh Water Pearl or Blue Sapphire or Cubic Zirconia details.

TWELVEoTWO is The9thMuse’s in-house jewellery brand, focused on blending the latest fashion trends with fashion-jewellery quality and mix-and-match designs.

Prices range from HK$625 to $1,460.
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Explore with us. Be adorned, amused and inspired. Be your own muse.    

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12/F, Unit 1204, One Lyndurst Tower,
No.1 Lyndurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
(2537-7598)

www.the9thmuse.com

New Era Presents: Manchester United & Number One Collections

New Era Presents: Manchester United & Number One Collections

New Era — the world’s leading sports and lifestyle headwear brand — is proud to present its latest Manchester United and Number One collectible collections.

NEW ERA MANCHESTER UNITED COLLECTION
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Following its debut launch in October 2015, after New Era signed a global exclusive headwear partnership with the Manchester United football club through 2020, the new five-piece New Era ManchesterUnited collection caters to the die-hard soccer enthusiast’s personal preference and style.

New Era’s iconic 59FIFTY fitted cap is featured alongside three styles of the 9FIFTY Snapback and the 9FORTY, each designed in black or red, bearing Manchester United’s coat-of-arms logo and the Red Devils insignia.

LAUNCH DATE: May 19, 2016
PRICE: HKD 339 – 419


NEW ERA NUMBER ONE COLLECTION

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The New Era Number One collection celebrates the brand’s “No. 1” status when it comes to authentic sports heritage, traditional American roots and international lifestyle repute. Available in four 9FIFTY styles, with a gray and black style bearing an iconic American number-1-finger graphic, as well as a black New York Yankees or white Los Angeles Dodgers release, join the “No. 1” movement with New Era this summer.

LAUNCH DATE: May 19, 2016
PRICE: HKD 399

NEW ERA Shop
Shop 2, G/F, Park Hotel, 61-65 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (tel: 3523-0626)

Montblanc 2016 Father’s Day Gift

Montblanc 2016 Father’s Day Gift

Reward the best man in your life with Montblanc’s most stylish additions

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With Father’s Day only a month away, Montblanc presents a wide set of collections for you to show your gratitude and love for all the heroes in your life, your fathers, grandfathers and uncles. This year, Montblanc Father’s Day gifts range from innovative timepieces to functional leather goods, classic writing instruments and accessories, perfect for the discerning man of your life.

Watches – Montblanc 1858 Small Second
Aside from the classic and elegant Montblanc watches, the latest Montblanc 1858 collection offers the men with a more stylish option with a flicker of vintage.

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Watches – Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum
Centered around the theme of earth and terrains, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum interprets one of the most contemporary and useful complications – the world time function – in a new, innovative way for travelers all year-round.

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Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir Special Edition
Montblanc Heritage 傳承系列Rouge & Noir (”紅與黑”) 特別版
In celebration of its 110th Anniversary, Montblanc returns to its beginnings, as it reimagines one of the first product lines it created during the early 20th century.

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Leather Goods – Meisterstück Soft Grain
Meisterstück Soft Grain
This year, Montblanc delivers the soft grain leather option for the businessman who prefers a casual and competent look. Defined by the soft touch of its leather and the functionality of the design, the Meisterstück Soft Grain Collection continues to expand, offering new functions to mark the 110th anniversary of Montblanc.

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Leather Goods – Samsung Galaxy S7 Covers
To coincide with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 this year, Montblanc launches a collection of fine leather covers offering stylish protection for the latest mobile devices.

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Jewellry – Heritage Collection Cufflinks
Embodying the smallest detail it bears the signature of traditional craftsmanship, timeless design and flawless details, the Heritage Spirit collection is a reflection of their time. The hemisphere piece with distinctive and luminescent details creates a jewel revealing a constellation, tapping into the ethos for a look at the stars to find their path.

 

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#missingpreciouspuppy – Your Help is Needed!

#missingpreciouspuppy – Your Help is Needed!

It’s on! The search for our #missingpreciouspupp has started!

Help us find him and bring him back to La Boutique!

Please visit the website to learn more and participate in the search: http://missingpreciouspuppy.yatzer.com/

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HOW TO HELP?

1)      THE SEARCH – you can press “PARTICIPATE” to post on your social media. You name will then appear on the map.

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2)      THE STORY – you can watch the video to understand more about the campaign

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3)      THE FAMILY – you can learn about other animals in this session.

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Beyond Event Horizon – Panel Discussion: The Future of Public Art in Hong Kong

Beyond Event Horizon – Panel Discussion: The Future of Public Art in Hong Kong

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Beyond Event Horizon
Panel Discussion: The Future of Public Art in Hong Kong
Tuesday 17 May 2016, 7pm – 8.30 pm at The Fringe Club
Sign up here. Free admission


#LookUpHK #EventHorizonHK
#BritishCouncilHongKong #K11ArtFoundation #AntonyGormley

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Event Horizon
| presented in Hong Kong by the British Council, 2015 | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith

11 May 2016 (HONG KONG) – Event Horizon – Hong Kong’s most extensive public art installation has changed the urban landscape of Hong Kong since November last year. Before the completion of this tremendous project created by British artist Antony Gormley, the British Council will host a panel discussion with key cultural speakers to discuss the impact of Event Horizon and the future development of public art in Hong Kong on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Presented by the British Council Hong Kong and supported by lead partner the K11 Art Foundation (KAF), Event Horizon’s 31 sculptures installed at both street level and building tops have enriched Hong Kong’s cityscape and the exhibition will be shown until 18 May 2016. In addition to running a series of education and outreach programmes for teachers and the general public, the upcoming panel discussion aims to share some unique insight into the Event Horizon story, as well as the many challenges that the project encountered along the way.

Moderated by Robert Ness, Director of British Council, the panellists include:
– Benny Chia, Director of Hong Kong Fringe Club
– Cassius Taylor-Smith, Curatorial Director of Event Horizon Hong Kong
– Euan Upston, Director of Central Police Station Compound
– Maris Wong, Managing Director of HKwalls

Apart from taking an in-depth look at Event Horizon in Hong Kong and how the project resonates with Hong Kong people, the panellists will also discuss how it can change the perception of public art in the city; what the key lessons are; and what Hong Kong people can do to contribute to the city’s cultural life.

Robert Ness, Director of British Council Hong Kong said: “Public installations encourage the community to interact with art, which I believe makes a city a better place to live in. The installation has provided the opportunity for debate, discussion, and evaluation of the impact that is created when the public encounters art on this expansive scale. As Event Horizon is almost coming to an end, I think it is a good time for us to reflect on what has been achieved in the past six months, and what challenges we have come through to put this together. We are looking forward to seeing more public art in Hong Kong after Event Horizon.”

In partnership with Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, the panel discussion is a pre-2016 Cultural Leadership Summit event.

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About Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with exhibitions at Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands).

Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003.

Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950.

Artist’s website: www.antonygormley.com   

Learn more about Antony Gormley: Event Horizon Hong Kong on the website at www.eventhorizon.hk, and join the conversation on social media:

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“French May 2016” presents « Guillaume Bottazzi – Wonderland »

“French May 2016” presents « Guillaume Bottazzi – Wonderland »

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This event will induce visitors to evolve in an unreal world, a world which will call upon our imagination and our creativity. In front of the difficulties we are facing in our contemporary world, Guillaume Bottazzis artwork brings us pleasure and wellness.

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Unseen in Hong Kong:
In a 565 m² space, the Hong Central Library will host from May 21th to June 5th the first public Guillaume Bottazzi’s exhibition in Hong Kong. On this occasion, 23 recent paintings will be shown, including artworks of 3 meters by 2 meters and 2 meters by 2 meters. This exhibition includes oil on canvas and also some paintings made with fine plaster and glue on fabric. A workshop will be held under the theme: « Living together ».

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Will also be presented its artworks in public spaces, a specialization of this artist. Guillaume Bottazzi has signed more than forty monumental site-specific art works, including the biggest painting in Japan for MIMAS (Miyanomori International Museum of Art). His most recent work, a 200 m² painting, takes place in the artistic path of Paris La Défense, the largest open-air contemporary art space in France.

Four documentaries will be shown, including one unseen by the public, realized by Miyanomori International Museum of Art (MIMAS). This film was shot during the execution of 900 m² painting realized by Guillaume Bottazzi on all the walls of the museum in 2011.

This exhibition also introduce a recent scientific research focus on Guillaume Bottazzi’s artwork effects. This study shows how Guillaume Bottazzi’s painting bring us pleasure and wellness.

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Le French May
Established in 1993, Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 120 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that reach out over 1 million visitors each year.

For more details:
http://www.guillaume.bottazzi.org/

http://2016.frenchmay.com/programmes/event.aspx?name=GUILLAUMEBOTTAZZI

6IXTY8IGHT’s Summer 2016 Collection is dedicated to “Pretty Little Things”

6IXTY8IGHT’s Summer 2016 Collection is dedicated to “Pretty Little Things”

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6IXTY8IGHT’s Summer 2016 Collection is dedicated to “Pretty Little Things”. While the latest sweet releases certainly celebrate the spirit of youth, girly-ness and innocence (picture gorgeous lace, tropical florals and flirty dresses), therange also honours the cheeky 6IXTY8IGHT attitude that’s spirited, bold and carefree (think crop tops, denim shorts, off-shoulder and cut-out panel designs). Eye-catching Swimwear leads this energetic collection, where prints, pop colours, unique cuts, ruffles and push-up styles lead the direction for a hot, exciting summer.

6IXTY8IGHT SWIMWEAR
Sunny beach vibes and a paradise shape the setting for the 6IXTY8IGHT Summer 2016 swimwear collection. Eye-catching bikini sets and on-trend one-piece swimsuits with cut-outdetails, one-shoulder styles and strappy designs – all made with underwire push-up support — ensure plenty of fun in and out of the water. Padded bikini tops can be easily mix-and-matched with numerous bottom styles. 6IXTY8IGHT also offers a range of summer accessories to complete the look, including sunglasses and printed flip-flops.

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6IXTY8IGHT FASHION
The May 2016 casual fashion collection happily welcomes summer with sleeveless, cropped and short styles. From cute tops to fun denim shorts, fashionable skirt- and short-overalls and throw-on dresses, the 6IXTY8IGHT girl is ready for new summer adventures — from lazy days at the beach, to hanging out at cafes and travelling the world.

Eye-catching prints are key: including floral blooms, playful Tropicana, striking graphic designs, butterflies and, of course, the cutest kittens. The matching “setsie” is a must-have for summer. Cropped-top and midi-skirt (or short-short) sets, in matching printed jersey, are perfect for a summer date.

The 6IXTY8IGHT Summer 2016 lingerie collection is a pretty, lacy tribute — where bridalinspired lace is the key detail in push-up bras, panties, Babydoll dresses and slips.  Dress up (and down) for summer with 6IXTY8IGHT’s “Pretty Little Things” collection!

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Dior Cannes – The 69th Cannes Film Festival

Dior Cannes – The 69th Cannes Film Festival

The 69th Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 11th to 22th 2016. Christian Dior will be present again on the Croisette, in Dior Suite at the Majestic Hotel.

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IS DRESSED UP BY DIOR
is wearing a strapless dress embroidered off pink wool Dior Haute Couture with shoes and clutch Dior.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Liu Yifei attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Actress Liu Yifei attends the “Cafe Society” premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)


LIU YIFEI
IS MADE UP BY THE DIOR PRO MAKEUP TEAM

For the Face: Diorskin Star Concealer – Beige 002
For the Eyes: Diorshow Extase Mascara – Black N°090 – Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte – Songe N°721 – Diorshow Pro Liner – Pro Black 092
For the Lips: Rouge Dior – Macadam N°526
Blush: Diorblush – Cocktail Peach N°553

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Yao Xin attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Yao Xin attends the “Cafe Society” premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Yao Xin attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Yao Xin attends the “Cafe Society” premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

YAO XIN
IS MADE UP BY THE DIOR PRO MAKEUP TEAM
For the Face: Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Everlasting Wear – Ivory 010 – Skinflash Primer Sheer Glow – Nº 001

For the Eyes: Diorshow Art Pen Eyeliner – Catwalk Black N°095 – Mascara Diorshow Iconic Overcurl – Over Black N°090 – Eye Reviver Palette – N°001
Blush: Diorblush – Rose Darling N°861

 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Virginie Efira attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Virginie Efira attends the “Cafe Society” premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)


VIRGINIE EFIRA
IS MADE UP BY THE DIOR PRO MAKEUP TEAM
For the Face: Diorskin Star Fondation – Medium Beige 030

For the Eyes: 3 Couleurs Smoky Palette – Nude Glow n°651 – Diorshow Black Out – 099 Khol Black
For the Lips: Rouge Dior Baume – Star N°128
Blush: Diorskin Rosy Glow – Petal Nº001

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actor Vincent Lindon attends the "Cafe Society" premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11: Actor Vincent Lindon attends the “Cafe Society” premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
 

Affordable Art Fair 2016 is here!

Affordable Art Fair 2016 is here!

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[12 May, 2016] HONG KONG.  Three day art event kicks off with new Collectors’ Afternoon and Private View, opening to members of the public tomorrow.

Capturing the hearts of art-enthusiasts, the fourth edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong commenced today with a Private View at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. As one of Hong Kong’s most loved art weekends (held on 13-15 May), the Private View welcomed invited guests to enjoy an exclusive first look at the 2016 exhibition, browsing through over 110 hand-picked galleries.

Continuing in its mission to put more art into Hong Kong homes, the fair will officially open to the public from midday Friday, for a fun filled weekend of beautiful art, engaging initiatives and special projects, including an Artful Salon by TEDxHongKong, FRESH exhibition and more, with hundreds of artworks to choose from whatever your budget.

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OPENING HOURS

Public Days
13 May 2016, Friday

12pm – 9pm

14 -15 May 2016, Saturday – Sunday
11am – 7pm

CONVERSE :: CHUCK II – ENGINEERED WOVEN COLLECTION

CONVERSE :: CHUCK II – ENGINEERED WOVEN COLLECTION

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Converse continues to expand the Chuck II family with the debut of the Chuck Taylor All Star II Engineered Woven Collection, an exploration of new materials, color combinations and elevated construction. The sneaker draws inspiration from the sky as the day turns from dawn to dusk.

The Chuck II Engineered Woven provides a lightweight sneaker option with a one-piece jacquard upper construction. The right sneaker features the sun rising while the left shows the sun setting. One pair is outfitted in deep blue, fiery orange and pink colors reminiscent of dawn and twilight while the second pair is a stark contrast in comparison, featuring the same sun image, but subdued by shades of grey and white, evoking feelings of nighttime.

The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Engineered Woven Collection are available in at Juice CWB with a suggested retail price of $999 HKD.

Launch date:
In stores now

Price:
HKD999

 

AUTHORISED RETAIL STORES:
JUICE HONG KONG

SHOP A, G/F, 9-11 CLEVELAND RD., FASHION WALK, CAUSEWAY BAY      
( 香港 銅鑼灣 加寧街 9-11號名店坊地下A鋪 )
Tel: 2881-0173

 

Beef & Liberty Introduces the “Curly Pig” Mangalica Pork Burger

Beef & Liberty Introduces the “Curly Pig” Mangalica Pork Burger

Beef & Liberty is excited to announce the launch of it’s hamburger special, ‘The Curly Pig’ Mangalica Pork Burger. It will be served in all restaurants from May 3rd to July 3rd, 2016.

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The burger was of exceptional texture and taste, and little wonder why the Burger King that used to be 100 metres down the road had to close down:
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What is The Curly Pig Mangalica Burger

180g of Mangalica heritage pork gently formed into a patty and spiced with ground fennel, garlic ginger and onion; the patty is lightly seasoned and grilled at 275 degrees to create a light crust. The patty is then served on Beef & Liberty’s custom-baked white sourdough roll and garnished with apple slaw pickled fennel, lightly dressed mizuna leaves and finished with a crispy pancetta disc.  Mangalica Pork and is sourced from Heritage Farms, a highly sought after meat, recognized for its richness and intense flavor.

What is Mangalica Pork & why is it so special?
Beef & Liberty’s Philopopshy to Ingredient Sustainability & Good Animal Husbandry

Beef & Liberty is firmly focused on sustainability of ingredients and the ethical and proper husbandry of animals. Beyond the grass-fed Tasmanian beef used in their hamburgers, which are from small scale farms in Tasmania that managed via a ‘never never’ program – animals are free to roam wild and never given antibiotics or growth hormones – they strive to create specials that follow the same ethos. In order to evaluate the Mangalica potential and ensure it fit the restaurant’s philosophy, Beef & Liberty sent Executive Chef, Neil Tomes, to visit one of the main farms in Hungary responsible or producing this rare and limited supply pork and to ensure a proper and high-quality supply of meat for the special.

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Miss QT dined at Beef & Liberty (Wanchai) and found the restaurant an ideal place to dine with a group of friends, they can have a long table and sit up to 15 friends:

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MUST ORDER: The Liberty french fries are delicious and not too filling:
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On the healthier side, the tomatoes are very fresh and leave your mouth with beautiful lime taste:

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Our evening was beautifully completed with the best desserts in town – Banoffee Pie, and Cookie Skillet “Cookies and Cream”:
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This restaurant is going from strength to strength, Beef and Liberty is opening another branch in Lan Kwai Fong, so stay tuned!

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Beef & Liberty:

Shop G04, G/F,
Stanley Plaza,
23 Carmel Road,
Stanley
Tel: 2563-2798

2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street,
Wan Chai
Tel: 2811-3009

Shop S109-S113,
1/F, Block A Staunton,
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street,
Central
2548-9789


#TheCurlyPig

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There’s a Good Dad: The Chop House Salutes Father’s Day with a Truly Meaty Feast

There’s a Good Dad: The Chop House Salutes Father’s Day with a Truly Meaty Feast

Father’s Day is just around the corner and The Chop House is ready to help you say thanks with a delectable meat-laden feast that dear old dad will surely approve of! Purveyors of unpretentious comfort classics and home to a cosily vibrant atmosphere, The Chop House serves exactly the type of honest, homespun cooking that brings families together over a warm and hospitable meal. Hot on the heels of the recent grand opening of The Chop House (TST) at Miramar Shopping Centre – complete with a gorgeous al fresco atrium – Father’s Day never looked so good, so relaxing and so very delicious.

The Chop House Father’s Day All-Day Menu:

Served at both branches of The Chop House (TST and CWB) on June 18-19, the Father’s Day All-Day Menu (for a minimum of two guests) has a robust and satisfying character that provides communal family comfort with shared platters between loved ones featuring dishes that please dad. More often than not, that means meat (and lots of it), and The Chop House duly obliges.

To begin, we’ll serve The Chop House Cold Cuts Meat Platter, an shared plate of farmhouse charm (portioned by pairs according to your party size) with premium prosciutto, beef salami, pork liver terrine, creamy burrata, piquillo peppers, artichokes and the unmissable bread pairing of lovely garlic herbed ciabatta. To follow is the individual soup course, a hearty and spice-laden bowl of Cajun Potato Soup served with juicy chorizo that entices the taste buds for more to come.

And there is more to come, friends! The shared Main Course Platter is succulence and flavour defined with roasted Australian beef tenderloin, a fork-tender twice-cooked lamb shank, the beautiful slow-roasted pork ribs and plump duroc pork sausages, served on a bed of potato gratin with garden vegetables on the side. Cake seems a fitting finale for a celebration of dads, so let there be cake! For your shared dessert, we present a Mini Rum & Hazelnut Chocolate Cake, a moist and balanced sweet treat served with extra chocolate chips for the naughtier ones at the table. With freshly brewed tea or coffee to conclude, the Father’s Day All-Day Menu is priced at $228 (+10%) per diner.

It’s a Day for the Kids Too!

Father’s Day is rightly about dear old dad, but we’ve not neglected to create a little something special for the kids to enjoy! The little ones can enjoy a special mini-feast with the Father’s Day Kids Platter, combining crispy fried chicken wings with lemon honey sauce, a mini beef burger, fries and baked macaroni with Bolognese sauce, followed by a Nutella Tart for dessert. Served with a glass of juice or soft drink, the Father’s Day Kids Menu is priced at $108 (+10%) per child. The only issue that might arise is dad stealing from the kids platter, but we don’t blame him. It’s a delicious plate worthy of a little theft, and after all, isn’t Father’s Day for dad to do what he wants? We’ll leave that up to you as we get the grills hot and the meat on the ready for a proper Father’s Day celebration at The Chop House!

The Chop House – Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop 3013C, 3/F Miramar Shopping Centre,

132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2295-3200

The Chop House – Causeway Bay
Level 3 Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown

1 Tang Lung Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 2771-3177

ghd good hair day, every day

ghd good hair day, every day

Exclusive: Behind the scenes with Little Mix

Not just for guilt-free hair styling; ghd stylers are also the faux microphone of choice for Little Mix.

Spotted backstage while filming their video for Hair, which is released on Wednesday 20th April, the Little Mix girls were belting the lyrics for the new single into ghd serene pearl platinum® stylers while dancing around Leigh-Anne’s bedroom.

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Not only do they look amazing – the no compromise ghd platinum serene pearl stylers take the guilt out of heat styling by using safer-for-hair heat that delivers ultimate styling results in just one stroke.

What’s more, hair is also proven to be healthier*, stronger* and shinier**, as showcased by Little Mix’s lovely manes; it’s no wonder these limited edition ghd stylers have become the most in-demand styling tool since they launched earlier this month.

Whether they’re singing into them (we’ve all been there, as has David Beckham, and we love that Little Mix do it too!) or styling their hair with them, the Little Mix girls are keeping a tight grip on their new ghd platinum serene pearl stylers – get one before they sell out!

Little Mix ‘Hair’ single launches on 20 April 2016. To view the video go to ghd.tm/littlemixHAIR

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