HKTDC Entrepreneur Day/Education & Careers Expo open 16 July

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In the digital era, people are seeking out more innovative and resilient solutions to further their studies, develop their careers or start a business. The 12th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) and 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo open next Thursday (16 July) to offer comprehensive information on education and employment opportunities, and explore how entrepreneurship is driving social progress and redefining the future. The events provide a one-stop life-planning platform where participants can find a broad range of education and career options and entrepreneurial opportunities. The two fairs are being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and are open to the public free of charge.



For the first time, a futurist will speak at E-Day. The "T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" seminar will address emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era, with Gerd Leonhard shedding light on future trends in such fields as business, society and governance in the face of exponential technological progress.


The 12th edition of E-Day will bring together more than 30 speakers and 180 exhibitors, highlighting the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges.


The 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo features four career theme days, highlighting the development and employment opportunities in different industries each day.



The two-day E-Day exhibition will showcase innovative products and services and stage more than 20 key events to inspire entrepreneurial ventures. In light of the current pandemic, the event has undergone a transformation in terms of format and content, with live seminar broadcasts and online business matching sessions. The expo, which runs from 16-19 July, offers designated zones under two themes, Education and Careers, giving the public easy access to information related to further studies and opportunities in the workplace. The two fairs will bring together around 870 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions.

Insights into the future of entrepreneurship

Under the theme "Revive, Redefine", this year's E-Day will highlight the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges, while promoting the agility necessary to embrace future challenges. For the first time, E-day will be joined by a futurist, Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency, who will shed light on emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era in a seminar titled "T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation". Addressing the audience from Switzerland, Mr Leonhard will examine the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in creating major breakthroughs in a technology-dominated future. He will also discuss entrepreneurship trends and look at what start-ups and entrepreneurs can do to be future-ready. At the event's plenary session, "Revive, Redefine", William Ip, Managing Director of Carousell Hong Kong, and Crystal Pang, Co-Founder of Pickupp, will share how their start-ups are working to redefine their respective industries through pioneering ideas.

A seminar titled "From Crisis to Chances" will examine how entrepreneurs are able to turn the challenging situations presented by COVID-19 into opportunities, highlighting Hong Kong's research excellence. Professor Yeung King-lun from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Division of Environment and Sustainability of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor HC Man, Dean of Faculty of Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will share how their teams' respective developments – a smart anti-microbial coating called the Multilevel Antimicrobial Polymer (MAP-1) coating and the General Use Face Shield – have helped to combat the pandemic. Katherine Cheung from local education technology start-up Snapask will share on how recent social distancing measures have unleashed opportunities for the Hong Kong-based company in both local and overseas markets.

The newly launched Enterprise Connect series, featuring Arup, Epson and Fung Group, will showcase how enterprises can join hands with start-ups to create shared value and revive businesses across different industry pillars.

Showcasing Hong Kong's excellence in technology

E-Day will feature some 180 exhibitors in three zones – Start-up Arena, the Boosters and Business Opportunities – to showcase start-ups from fast-growing sectors such as biotech, fintech, greentech, healthtech, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and more. The event offers a one-stop platform for start-ups to get inspired, seek funding, source talents and build connections, and for investors to discover innovative products and services.

Among the start-ups exhibiting at E-Day, Hollo, established in 2019, focuses on the development of AI-enabled chatbots for non-governmental organisations and their therapists. The company advances youth therapy practices using technologies such as big data and AI to turn daily records of emotions and mindfulness into online games. A suggested diagnosis is offered to users, helping to reduce the cost of mental healthcare. The start-up was named as World Champion in the 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup – the first team from Hong Kong to win this honour since the competition's launch in 2003. Another Hong Kong start-up, MIND and Tech, will showcase an ultra-sensitive magneto-nanoparticle-based detection assay/kit which can detect Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in circulating body fluids, enabling diagnosis of the disease and monitoring of its progression. The detection is 100 times more sensitive than the traditional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method and more cost effective.

Crimson Vision Technology Limited will provide a showcase for novel dual-mode near-infrared (NIR) detection technologies and applications in fast and portable detection, including smart agriculture, bio-imaging, environmental sensing, wellness monitoring and more. Other exhibitors include DOSHA Woodcraft, a local wood upcycling furniture company founded by students from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, which turns wood waste such as old pallets, unwanted furniture and fallen trees into quality houseware. In addition, beneficiaries from this year's Start-up Express development programme run by the HKTDC will showcase their products and services at E-Day, helping them to connect with potential partners.

Activities and events tailored to start-ups' needs

A number of special events will be held as part of E-Day including the "Fund & Mentor" Business Matching Session, which engages entrepreneurs and investors in one-on-one pairings; Youth Pitching @ E-Day, which encourages young entrepreneurs to develop ground-breaking solutions to match changing life patterns under COVID-19; and the Start-up Mixer, run in partnership with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, which offers a stage for start-ups, investors and mentors to make new connections, be exposed to creative ideas and opportunities from a wide range of industries, and exchange practical business insights and advice.

Wealth of information to inform decisions on further studies

The Education Zone at the Education & Careers Expo will connect visitors to openings offered by universities, higher education institutions and vocational education organisations, providing the public with access to a range of further education opportunities. Education Theme Days at the expo will cater for the interests of local students looking to study overseas in the United States (17 July), France (18 July), and Japan (19 July), covering the different education systems, characteristics and study environments of each country. Visitors can also meet with representatives from various consulates and official bodies at the International Exchange Village and get first-hand information on further studies or career opportunities around the world. Countries participating in the village include Austria, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.

Theme days offer employment information, job opportunities at Recruitment Square

In addition to a wealth of information on further education, the expo also features four career theme days, highlighting the development and employment opportunities in different industries each day. Future Tech Talent day (16 July) will feature discussions on digital technology and artificial intelligence and how they relate to daily life and industry development. On Electrical & Mechanical day (17 July), electromechanical engineers from the public and private sectors will discuss the career potential in the industry. On Skills day (18 July), winners of the WorldSkills Competition will share on how people can change their lives through vocational skills. Last but not least, on Aviation day (19 July), professional pilots will share their career experience and the requirements for becoming a pilot. Launched last year, Recruitment Square returns to feature various recruitment platforms, government departments and public and commercial organisations to handle on-site job applications. Over 2,600 job openings will be offered in total, with some employers conducting job interviews on the spot.

The expo will also feature more than 80 events, including celebrities discussing their personal experiences. Among those sharing valuable insights are Chinese tutor Jayden Lam, YouTube stars Nathan Lam and Yelo, radio DJ Bonnie Wong, senior lecturer Dr Dominic Tong and educational institution principal Dr Jeffrey Hui.

Hong Kong Fair Book and Sports and Leisure Expo

The 31st HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair and its highlight event the HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo will be held from 15 to 21 July at the HKCEC, providing a wide range of activities for the general public that will help to cultivate their interest in reading, sports and leisure activities.

Entrepreneur Day
16 July 2020 (Thursday), 10:30am-7pm; 17 July 2020 (Friday), 10:30am-6pm
Venue: Hall 5F, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Website: http://m.hktdc.com/fair/eday-en/HKTDC-Entrepreneur-Day.html

Education & Careers Expo
16-18 July (Thursday-Saturday),10:30am-7pm; 19 July (Sunday), 10:30am-6pm
Venue: Hall 5G, HKCEC
Website: http://hkeducationexpo.hktdc.com

Photo download: https://bit.ly/3f2Bud6

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communication & Public Affairs Department: Entrepreneur Day Creative Consulting Group Wendy Chan Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6758 4869 Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com June Wong Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822 Email: june.wong@creativegp.com HKTDC Leslie Ng Tel: +852 2584 4239 Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org Education & Careers Expo Coco Yuen Tel: +852 2584 4145 Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org



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Frost & Sullivan Honors Leading Organizations in Asia-Pacific in an Inaugural Virtual Ceremony for the 2020 Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards

SINGAPORE, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Frost & Sullivan honored Asia-Pacific's leading companies at the 18th annual Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards on 8 July in an inaugural virtual awards ceremony. A total of 15 awards were presented to organizations for elevating performance benchmarks and for their outstanding achievements in the industry.





These awards were segmented across six major sectors:

– Automotive
– Energy
– Building & Environment Industries
– Healthcare
– Information & Communication Technologies
– Logistics

Congratulating the 2020 winners and recognizing their best-in-class performance, Sapan Agarwal, Vice President Asia-Pacific at Frost & Sullivan, said that the best practice awards are aimed at motivating firms to continue pushing the boundaries of excellence year after year. "We applaud companies that have continued to push the boundaries and have demonstrated excellence in their industries. Frost & Sullivan awards are strong accolades to the good work and a reminder to all industry players that business performance benchmarks have now been raised for everyone," he said.

The award recipients were identified using Frost & Sullivan's proprietary, measurement-based methodology derived from extensive primary and secondary research, in-depth interviews, analysis, and industry benchmarking. Numerous award categories were carefully reviewed and evaluated to reflect the current market landscape and highlight emerging trends in Asia. A detailed study was further conducted on each of the nominated companies, focusing on real-time performance indicators like market share, revenue growth, customer acquisitions, product/service value, and technology innovation. The companies that emerged represent outstanding leaders that are driving positive trends in the Asia-Pacific economy.

The 2020 Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards virtual banquet is supported by our Media Partners: ACN Newswire, AI Time Journal, CryptoNewsZ, Chief IT, Asia Research News, CEO World Magazine and Developing Telecoms.

To learn more about the awards and partnership opportunities for the 2020 awards, please visit http://www.apacbp-awards.com/. To schedule an interaction with our spokespersons, please email Kala Mani. S. at kala.manis@frost.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

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“The Real Champion – Entrepreneur in Action” Receives Overwhelming Responses Business Leaders Share Pathways to Success

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Champion Real Estate Investment Trust ("Champion REIT") (Stock Code: 2778), owner of Three Garden Road and Langham Place, is pleased to have received overwhelming responses for its first-ever entrepreneur programme, "The Real Champion – Entrepreneur in Action". More than 270 students have signed up for the programme while an online sharing and briefing session was held last Friday.



(Left to right) Mr. Eddy Tang, Founder and CEO of Union Medical Healthcare; Ms. Ada Wong, CEO of Champion REIT and Mr. Louie Chung, Group Owner of LUBUDS F&B Group shared their personal insights



During the sharing session, business leaders including Ms. Ada Wong, CEO of Champion REIT; Mr. Eddy Tang, Founder and CEO of Union Medical Healthcare; and Mr. Louie Chung, Group Owner of LUBUDS F&B Group reflected upon their pathways to success. In particular, Ms. Ada Wong highlighted her career change from an iBanker to a CEO, and discussed the summer job experiences at Champion REIT. Mr. Eddy Tang, on the other hand, shared his insider story of choosing to run a business rather than being a doctor, and also mentioning the trainee opportunities available at Union Medical Healthcare. Moreover, Mr. Louie Chung talked about his road to successfully establishing a "F&B empire" and challenges encountered throughout the years.

Mr. Eddy Tang, Founder and CEO of Union Medical Healthcare, said, "While it was a tough decision to change my role from being a doctor to a business owner, I believe this was an absolutely right move when I look back. We focus in IT, service and brands, and consider continuous value creation is vital to the sustainability of every company. I do hope participants of this programme will be able to better develop their personal attributes and potential, the winners might also have a chance to be selected for our management trainee programme where the trainees will be offered opportunities to have management as their mentors."

Mr. Louie Chung, Group Owner of LUBUDS F&B Group, said, "As an entrepreneur, I regard networking and doing what you have genuine interest in as the prime attributes of achieving success. Prior to my entrepreneurial career, I have already started investing in various businesses and continued to accumulate experiences for future possibilities. I do hope participants of this programme can understand what they are heading into and have a successful career in the future."

Ms. Ada Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Champion REIT, said, "In my career, my professional roles as an iBanker and a CEO have both taught me the indispensable quality of perseverance and passion for career success. Needless to say, nurturing a splendid network with various parties to forge long-term relationship is also crucial. In my view, the programme will provide a good platform for students to acquire practical marketing skills, and I do hope that our sharing today have inspired the participants in one way or another. Moving forward, we will strive for providing youth development support while creating shared values for our business and stakeholders."

"The Real Champion – Entrepreneur in Action" aims to provide tertiary students the opportunity to acquire practical business skills through the guidance of successful business leaders. Successful applicants will participate in a competition to boost the sales of Langham Place cash coupons by executing their marketing plans. The competition is taking place in July while the announcement of winners will be made in mid-August.

Click https://youtu.be/8jWufdXFriY for the full online sharing and briefing session.

About Champion REIT (Stock Code: 2778)
Champion Real Estate Investment Trust is a trust formed to own and invest in income producing office and retail properties. The Trust focuses on Grade-A commercial properties in prime locations. It currently offers investors direct exposure to 2.93 million sq. ft. of prime office and retail properties by way of two landmark properties, Three Garden Road and Langham Place, one on each side of the Victoria Harbour.
Website: www.championreit.com


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Advanced “YES UA” mobile app supports the authentication of identity of new smart HKID

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – United Asia Finance Ltd (UA), a leader in the personal loan market in Hong Kong, is pleased to announce an enhanced YES UA Mobile APP. Thanks to multi-layered identity authentication, artificial intelligence (AI) and microservices technologies, the latest app supports real-time identity verification with both the old HKIDs and the New Smart (2018) ID Cards. UA is first money lender in Hong Kong to introduce the advanced technology to loan services with a "Click" on the mobile app, enabling customers to enjoy secure, fast and hassle-free loan service anytime, anywhere.



UA "Click to Loan" service in the "YES UA" app marks UA as the first in the consumer lending industry of Hong Kong that provides full support of real-time identity authentication covering the new smart HKID of latest version 2018, enabling all customers to enjoy the simple and convenient loan service on mobile anytime and anywhere!






Since the 'Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise' began in Dec. 2018, more than 2.1 million citizens have replaced their old HKIDs with the new smart IDs. Yet, there are only a handful of financial and wealth management services (including personal loan services) who can provide full support for instant ID verification with New Smart ID Cards. With the advanced AI technology in the latest YES UA Mobile APP, we've added real-time identity verification to the UA "Click to Loan" service, making it possible for all customers, regardless of old or new HKIDs, to enjoy a secure, reliable and innovative loan experience.

Mr Akihiro Nagahara, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UA, said, "Since our establishment in 1993, UA has been committed to offering the most caring loan services and answering our customers every need, driving us to pioneer the industry with the creation of many innovative and milestone services in the market. In 2019, we launched the original Yes UA APP, and were encouraged with the positive feedback from the market and customer experiences offered by the easy operation. Now in 2020, we are introducing the enhanced YES UA Mobile APP with instant identity authentication, featuring advanced technology for real-time identity verification. The AI in the new YES UA APP elevates the user experience as customers can complete the whole loan process with a simple "Click". The entire loan process from application, identity authentication, approval, confirmation to automatic cash transfer can be completed in the UA "Click to Loan" Service. Adhering to our customer-oriented service philosophy, UA will continue to provide innovative products and services in future. Customers know they can always enjoy the best and most suitable loan services with UA."

Real-time identity verification with AI technology:
Enjoy the "Click to Loan" Service on mobile anytime, anywhere

To complete the loan application with the "Click to Loan" service on the YES UA Mobile APP is as simple as a "Click": First, take a photo of your HKID card, then take selfies, and the system will automatically extract and enter the relevant information for you; with the HKID image and selfie photos the instant identity authentication will process, with customer data fully protected. Finally, when the customer confirms the approved loan, the loan amount will be credited to the customer via FPS immediately. "Click to Loan" is that simple and easy!

UA set up its FinTech and Innovation Department in January 2019, aiming to further enhance its innovation capability in financial services and reflecting its determination to pioneer and lead the industry. In the future, UA will remain abreast of the most advanced FinTech developments and market trends enabling customers to enjoy the most thoughtful and convenient loan services, let go of their worries and live their ideal lives.

For more information about UA and loan services, please call our service hotline 2681 8888 or visit www.uaf.com.hk.

Remarks
[i] Currently supporting iOS system only, and will extend to Android system later.
[ii] Compared with major money lenders in Hong Kong.

About United Asia Finance Limited
United Asia Finance Limited (UA) is a member company of Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited, listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKG:086). Since its establishment in 1993, UA has served Hong Kong citizens, for more than a quarter of a century led by Mr Akihiro Nagahara, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, who has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer loan market and is well known as "Father of Personal Loan" of Hong Kong. UA is devoted to offering diverse loan services along with all-round loan platform for customers. Popular loan services include "i-Money Internet Personal Loan", "NO SHOW" Personal Loan, "Debts Consolidation Loan", "Property Owner's Loan", "e-Cash Revolving Loan" and others.

Customers can reach UA anytime anywhere to enjoy the most professional, caring and all-rounded loan services via online and offline platforms including the Mobile YES UA APP, internet service, hotline or the 49 branches in Hong Kong to solve their financial needs easily. In 2007, United Asia Finance (Shenzhen) Limited (UAF SZ) was formed, marking UA's foray into the Mainland China market. Today, UAF SZ has extended its business to 15 mainland cities. In recent years, coping with the development of IT and internet finance, UAF SZ has been active in developing its electronic and online platforms to offer even more quality and comprehensive online and offline loan services to the public and SME customers in Mainland China. See www.uaf.com.hk.

Media Enquiry:
Strategic Financial Relations Limited
Yoko Li, +852 2864 4813, yoko.li@sprg.com.hk
Jennifer Wong, +852 2114 4915, jennifer.wong@sprg.com.hk


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Advanced “YES UA” mobile app supports the authentication of identity of new smart HKID

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – United Asia Finance Limited ("UA"), a leader in the personal loan market in Hong Kong, launched the advanced version of "YES UA" mobile app. Thanks to its multi-layered identity authentication artificial intelligence ("AI") and micro services technology, the latest app supportsi real-time identity authentication with full coverage of both old HKID cards and 2018 new smart HKID, which is the first money lender ii in Hong Kong to introduce that advanced technology in the loan service with easy operation of "click" on mobile app, enabling customers to enjoy secure, fast and hassle-free loan services anytime, anywhere!



UA "Click to Loan" service in the "YES UA" app marks UA as the first in the consumer lending industry of Hong Kong that provides full support of real-time identity authentication covering the new smart HKID of latest version 2018, enabling all customers to enjoy the simple and convenient loan service on mobile anytime and anywhere!






Since the launch of "Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise", a total of more than 2.1 million citizens have replaced their old HKID with the new smart identity cards as of 30 June 2020. Yet, there is only a handful of financial and wealth management services (including personal loan mobile apps) in which can provide full support of identity authentication with the new smart HKID cards. By adopting the advanced AI technology in the latest "YES UA" mobile app, UA has successfully added the new function of real-time identity authentication with "Click to Loan" service, making it possible for customers regardless of holders of old or new versions of HKID to enjoy its secure, reliable and on mobile.

Mr Akihiro Nagahara, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UA, shared, "Established in 1993, UA is always committed to offer the most caring loan services to answer every need of our customers, which drives us to successfully be the pioneer of the industry with creation of many innovative and milestone services in the market. In 2019, 'Yes UA' app was first launched which turned out to be a great encouragement to us with overwhelming positive feedback from the market and customers with its experience offered by the easy operation. Now in 2020, we introduced our 'YES UA' app with newly-added feature of instant identity authentication with that advanced technology on real-time identity verification. The AI applied in the advanced 'YES UA' app at the same time elevates the user experience in which customers can complete the whole loan process with only the need of 'click'. The entire loan process from application, identity authentication, approval, confirmation to automatic cash transfer can be completed with 'Click to Loan' Service. Secure, fast and easy anytime, anywhere! Adhering to our customer-oriented service philosophy, UA will continue to provide innovative products and services for customers in the coming days, so that they can always enjoy the best and suitable loan services with UA."

Real-time identity verification with AI technology Enjoy "Click to Loan" Service on mobile anytime, anywhere

To complete the entire loan process with "Click to Loan" service at the upgraded "YES UA" mobile app is just simple with "click": First, take a photo of HKID card, then take selfies, the system will automatically extract and enter the relevant information for you; with the HKID image and selfie photos the instant identity authentication will be in progress, with technology of full protection on data of customer embedded. Finally, upon customer's confirmation on the approved loan, the loan amount will be credited to customer via FPS immediately. "Click to Loan" is just that simple and easy.

UA officially set up its FinTech and Innovation Department in January 2019, aiming to further enhance its innovation capability in its financial services and to keep realizing UA's determination to be the pioneer to lead the industry. In the future, UA will keep abreast of most advanced FinTech development and market trend to enable our customers enjoy the most caring and convenient loan services and "let go of worries" at all time.

For more information about UA and loan services, please call our service hotline 2681 8888 or visit www.uaf.com.hk.

Remarks
[i] Currently supporting iOS system only, and will extend to Android system later.
[ii] Compared with major money lenders in Hong Kong.

About United Asia Finance Limited
United Asia Finance Limited ("UA") is a member company of Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited, which is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 86). Since the establishment in 1993, UA has severed Hong Kong citizens for more than a quarter of a century. Shareholders of UA include ITOCHU Corporation and is led by Mr Akihiro Nagahara, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, who has more than 40 years of experience in the consumer loan market and is well known as "Father of Personal Loan" of Hong Kong. UA is devoted to offer diverse loan services along with all-round loan platform for customers, popular loan services include "i-Money Internet Personal Loan", "NO SHOW" Personal Loan, "Debts Consolidation Loan", "Property Owner's Loan", "e-Cash Revolving Loan" and etc,. Customers can reach UA anytime anywhere to enjoy the most professional, caring and all-rounded loan services via online and offline platforms including "YES UA" mobile APP, internet service, hotline or the 49 branches in Hong Kong to solve their financial needs easily.

In 2007, United Asia Finance (Shenzhen) Limited ("UAF SZ") was formed, marking UA's foray into the Mainland China market. Today, UAF SZ has extended its business to 15 mainland cities. In recent years, coping with the development of IT and internet finance, UAF SZ has been active in developing its electronic and online platforms to offer even more quality and comprehensive online and offline loan services to the public and SME customers in Mainland China.

Media Enquiry:
Strategic Financial Relations Limited
Yoko Li +852 2864 4813 yoko.li@sprg.com.hk
Jennifer Wong +852 2114 4915 jennifer.wong@sprg.com.hk



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Tonaquint completes acquisition of Fiberpipe Data Centers

St. George, UT and Boise, ID, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Tonaquint Data Centers, Inc. (Tonaquint) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Fiberpipe Data Centers, Inc located in Boise, Idaho. This acquisition allows Tonaquint to build on its foundation as a premier provider in colocation and cloud services within the intermountain region. Tonaquint provides services to more than 400 customers throughout the nation with multiple IT solutions that range from Colocation, Cloud, DRaaS, IaaS, Office 365 backups, and managed solutions.

"Our acquisition of Fiberpipe complements our overall IT infrastructure strategy," said Matt Hamlin, CEO of Tonaquint. "Boise is such a great market. The acquisition adds to our capacity and geographic presence. Our goals remain the same: provide our customers with the best infrastructure and match it with the best client experience. That's who we are."

Ken Birch, President and CEO of Fiberpipe stated, "I am extremely excited by this acquisition as I am confident that the team at Tonaquint will provide the level of services our customers have expected from Fiberpipe over the years. This acquisition meets our current and future customer demands for continued growth."

About Tonaquint and Fiberpipe
Fiberpipe began operations in 2000 and has been a key player in the growth of critical IT infrastructure in the Boise area. The 45,000 sq ft data center facility also provides multiple carrier options for its customers with the ability to scale out additional space.

Tonaquint, a Kay H. Traveller company, began operations in 2008. It has continued its growth and continues to invest and deploy in colocation and cloud services throughout the Intermountain region. Today, Tonaquint provides its customers the confidence to deliver multiple data infrastructure solutions: Colocation, Cloud, DRaaS, IaaS, Disaster Recovery, Object Storage, Office 365 backups, managed solutions, professional services and more.

With the acquisition of Fiberpipe, Tonaquint's assets now span throughout the intermountain region. The company now provides services to its clients through all 50 states and 3 countries.

For more information on Tonaquint, visit www.tonaquint.com.



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Research on Free-state Nicotine and Coronavirus Reveals Facts More Complex than we Thought

SHENZHEN, CHINA, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – On February 9, Chinese academician Zhong Nanshan published a retrospective study on novel coronavirus cases in medRxiv, a medical preprint magazine. According to Zhong's paper "Clinical characteristics of the 2019 novel coronavirus infection in China" of 1099 new coronavirus patients, 927 were never smokers (85.4%), 21 are ex-smokers (1.9%) and 137 are current smokers (12.6%). The proportion of smokers in the Chinese population is 28.1%. These data seem to indicate that smokers are far less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus than non-smokers.(1)

On April 22, France Inter reported that a research team from the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, led by Jean Pierre Changeux, a member of the French Academy of Sciences, launched research asking "Can nicotine protect the human body from invasion by the novel coronavirus?" The reason is that field surveys of new patients with novel coronavirus show a puzzling fact: compared with non-smokers, smokers are less likely to be infected.

The Paris researchers surveyed 350 hospitalized patients and 130 patients with mild symptoms who did not need to be hospitalized. Based on total population data from 2018, the researchers wanted to check whether these patients smoked more than other people of the same gender and age. The conclusion is that smokers are very rare among these patients."We found that only 5% of these patients are smokers. It's a low proportion. In general, the proportion of smokers is 80% less than other coronavirus-infected patients of the same gender and age," explained Zahir Amoura, a professor of internal medicine.

On the other hand, Jean Pierre Changeux speculated that nicotine may prevent the coronavirus from attaching to objects and human surfaces. Furthermore, it may prevent the coronavirus from invading cells. This may mean nicotine can inhibit the spread of virus and the novel coronavirus pneumonia.(2,3)

According to Israel's Jerusalem Post on June 7, Israeli scientists found that smoking can provide some protection against the novel coronavirus. The results are similar to those of researchers in China, France and Italy.

Since there were conflicting reports about the impact of smoking on the risk of contracting novel coronavirus, an Israeli team led by Dr Ariel extracted data from more than 3 million adult members of Clalit, Israel's largest health service center. Novel coronavirus pneumonia seems to be reduced by half in smokers, according to the result of their research.

Of the more than 3 million adults involved in the study, 114,545 were tested for the virus, of which only 4% were positive. The researchers matched people who tested positive to those who tested negative in a ratio of 1:4, taking into account as many variables as possible, such as age, gender and race. They found that among those who tested positive, smokers accounted for 9.8% and 19% of the total population.

Smoking seems to bring some benefits, with 11.7% of those who tested positive had a history of smoking, compared with 13.9% of the general population in the study. As a result, the study showed that people with a history of smoking had a 19% lower risk of contracting the virus.(4)

The study by Professor Zahir of the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital also showed that smokers are about half as likely to be infected as other people. Of the novel coronavirus pneumonia patients who visited the hospital from February 28th to April 9th, only 4.4% of inpatients and 5.3% of outpatients smoked daily, compared with 25.4% in the general population. The study also found that smokers were 80% less likely to have severe symptoms, leading researchers to suggest that the free-state nicotine in cigarettes binds to cell receptors to block the virus.

Similarly, a study of 28 papers by University College London showed that the number of smokers infected with coronavirus was "lower than expected"; A Chinese study also found that only 6.5% of 5,300 hospitalized patients with coronavirus were smokers; A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States found that only 1.3% of the more than 7000 people who tested positive were smokers, the Daily Mail of Britain reported."Our results provide compelling evidence for the current association between smoking and an individual's risk of COVID-19 infection," the researchers wrote in the paper.(6)

"The potential benefit of free-state nicotine is that it can partly explain the exacerbation or adverse consequences of smokers hospitalized for coronavirus. It is because these patients will inevitably stop taking nicotine during hospitalization," Dr. Constantinos Fasalinos from the University of Siatica, Greece, wrote in his paper for internal medicine and emergency medicine.(7)

On February 2, experts in Shenzhen, China started relevant research on the IUOC, a heat-not-burn tobacco device, which attracted their attention. The nicotine produced by one cigarette heated by IUOC is the same as that produced by a lighted one, which is free-state nicotine. But the amount of nicotine released by a heat-not-burn cigarette is twice that of a lighted one, and it is almost pure nicotine aerosol. On July 1st, researchers found that more than 600 cigarette stores in Beijing were selling the IUOC device.

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(1) https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.06.20020974v1
(2) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-france-nicotine/french-scientists-to-test-theory-that-nicotine-combats-covid-19-idUSKCN2292O8
(3) https://www.qeios.com/read/FXGQSB (A nicotinic hypothesis for Covid-19 with preventive and therapeutic implications)
(4) https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/33Z_KVpxzK6jMWc2Gfo2tQ
(5) https://theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/22/french-study-suggests-smokers-at-lower-risk-of-getting-coronavirus
(6) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8264635/More-proof-smokers-risk-catching-coronavirus-expert-admits-weird.html
(7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7210099/


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APE Introduces Full-range Electronic Gaming Equipment to New Integrated Resort Hoiana in Vietnam

MACAU, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In view of concerns about Covid-19 / Coronavirus, Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited ("APE" or the "Company", with its subsidiaries collectively referred as the "Group"; Stock Code: 8400.HK) would like to reassure our clients and business partners that our services remain fully operational. Meanwhile, APE is thrilled to introduce its full-range electronic gaming equipment ("EGE") to the new integrated casino resort Hoiana in Vietnam which is located in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province. Hoiana is intended to be a luxury resort icon in Asia and a leading travelers' destination for Central Vietnam. The preview opening ceremony of the first phase of the resort was held on June 28, 2020.



The new integrated casino resort Hoiana held its preview opening ceremony of the first phase of the resort on June 28, 2020.


APE introduce its full-range EGE products – "Karma ll" roulette from Spintec and "Dragon's Victory" Linked Jackpot Progressive Slot from Konami to Hoiana Suncity.



At the preview of its first operational facilities, guests can enjoy cutting-edge entertainment and gaming facilities by Hoiana Suncity, play at Vietnam's first Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Hoiana Shores Golf Club or indulge in the first of four luxurious hotels managed by Rosewood Hotel Group – the Hoiana Hotel & Suites.

Hoiana Suncity, the entertainment complex consists of Vietnam's biggest gaming facility, a wide variety of F&B outlets offering irresistible Asian cuisines and a collection of modern retail stores, bars & lounges that showcase not only night-life excitement but also various cultural & entertainment shows.

APE is honored to install our premium products in this casino with our players' favorite electronic table games, i.e. 8-seated "Karma II" roulette from Spintec d.o.o. ("Spintec") and one of the most popular games in the Philippines and Malaysia "Dragon's Victory" Linked Jackpot Progressive Slot from Konami Australia("Konami").

Spintec is well known for their cutting-edge design and proven technical perfection. The "Karma II" automated roulette contains high speed winning number reader to increase players' excitement in the game. Moreover, "Karma II" was developed to maximize player's gaming experience including its table games such as Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Sic-Bo which guarantee longer gaming sessions.

On the other hand, the popular game "Dragon's Victory" from Konami contains 4-level jackpots which can be awarded correspondingly by matching 3 same colors medallions in the feature game that is randomly triggered. The games of Konami are designed to cater the Asian market with Chinese graphic symbols and themes.

Mr. Herman Ng, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of APE said, "We proudly supply our full range of customized and integrated products to Hoiana Suncity. As a total solutions provider of EGEs for land-based casinos in Macau as well as other regions in Asia, we are really excited to enter into this iconic project to present our products to the players from around the world. It is a strategic move for APE to extend our footprints in Vietnam."

About Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited
Asia Pioneer Entertainment Limited ("APE") is a leading Electronic Gaming Equipment supplier in Macau. It is listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Stock Code: 8400.HK, APE was established in 2006 in Macau and is an approved gaming machine agent licensed by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau of Macau (DICJ). APE is a global distributor, presenting gaming manufacturers from Slovenia, US, Taiwan and Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.apemacau.com/

About Hoiana Suncity
Hoiana Suncity is an entertainment complex within the integrated resort project Hoiana, a premier lifestyle destination in Quang Nam, Vietnam. Hoiana Suncity is the first casino built and owned by Suncity Group. Hoiana Suncity aspiring to be the finest entertainment hub in Southeast Asia is an entertainment complex within Hoiana, Vietnam's premier integrated resort. Managed by Suncity Group Management Consultancy Limited (SGMC), Hoiana Suncity consists of a casino with 140 live table games and more than 300 electronic gaming machines, a diverse selection of Asian culinary F&B brands, retail stores, bars & lounges that hold entertainment events such as music show, cultural performance, sports screening and a KTV. Hoiana Suncity is dedicated to bringing the iconic, cultural, and extraordinary experience to the world.



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Suprema Intelligent Access Control Solutions Help Maintain Employee and Business Wellness

SEOUL, KOREA, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Suprema, a leading global provider of access control, time & attendance and biometric solutions, recognized the trend towards contactless, biometric and mobile credentialing long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's premier biometrics solution, FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal, employs intelligent facial recognition ensuring highly accurate personal identification and authentication for improved overall security with contactless operation. Mobile Access, Suprema's contactless credentialing solution, eliminates the need for costly access cards and proximity devices by utilizing iOS and Android smartphones as a secure personal access credential.





"Suprema has been pioneering contactless access control solutions long before the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened market demand for safer and more secure access control solutions," said Young S. Moon, CEO of Suprema Inc. "Our FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal and Mobile Access contactless solutions seamlessly integrate with our BioStar integrated security platform to deliver comprehensive functionality for the most demanding security and workforce management applications."

Suprema FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal delivers outstanding performance including: up to 3,000 matches per second; a memory capacity capable of accommodating up to 30,000 users, 50,000 image logs and 5 million text logs; live face detection with IR-based fake face blocking (anti-spoofing) technology; and multi-band RF reading technology to support the latest RFID standards for multi-modal credentialing when required. The ergonomically designed and highly aesthetic device features an Android-based intuitive touchscreen LCD providing ease of use that requires little to no training for both users and system administrators.

Suprema Mobile Access turns virtually any iOS or Android smartphone into a highly secure contactless access credentialing device, eliminating the cost associated with issuing access cards and proximity devices. FaceStation 2 will soon become compatible with Suprema Mobile Access, providing a seamlessly convenient and fast operation. Users can simply tap their smartphone on an RFID reader to gain access from distances within 10cm without the need to wake the host smartphone.

About Suprema

Suprema is a leading global provider of access control, time & attendance and biometrics solutions. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema has introduced innovations to the security industry over the last decades. Suprema's extensive range of portfolio includes biometric access control systems, time & attendance solutions, fingerprint live scanners, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint modules. Suprema is named the world's top 50 security manufacturers and has worldwide sales network in over 140 countries with no.1 market share in biometric access control in EMEA region. For more information on Suprema, visit http://www.supremainc.com, or email sales_sys@supremainc.com

Contact:
Sunkyo Lee Assistant Manager of Marketing, Suprema Inc. Email: pr@suprema.co.kr



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WIMI Hologram Cloud setting up Joint Venture to develop Semiconductor Business

HONG KONG, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – WIMI Hologram Cloud Inc. ('WIMI' or the 'Company') (NASDAQ:WIMI) today announced that its wholly-owned Hong Kong subsidiary WiMi Hologram Cloud Limited ('WiMi Hong Kong') is setting up a joint venture to develop semiconductor business.

The Company believes that the application demand of holographic 3D vision in the semiconductor sector is growing rapidly, representing huge market potential. The establishment of the joint venture is conducive to the expansion of the semiconductor sector and the rapid integration of market resources. Furthermore, it will facilitate the Company's strategies of extending the holographic 3D vision software from the application layer to the chip field and combining software and hardware through the holographic 3D vision software solution, namely, the strategic derivative upgrade to the semiconductor sector. The Company has accumulated technological capabilities in the field of holographic 3D visual software technology, with hundreds of related patents and software copyrights. In the future, the Company plans to develop semiconductor business through integrating with IC design companies with core technology advantage, or through establishing research and development joint venture with chip factory to implement the supply chain upstream of the semiconductor research and development design, technical service and marketing strategies.

In addition to facilitating the rapid growth of the Company's performance, the Company believes that integration with high-quality semiconductor assets or cooperation with chip companies with strong technology will greatly enhance the Company's competitiveness and consolidate the Company's position in the industry of holographic 3D vision software application, thus supporting the its sustained growth in the medium and long term. At present, many technology companies, such as Qualcomm, Mediatek, Nvidia and other companies, have explored opportunities in artificial intelligence, 5G technology, the Internet of things, and other ecological systems. The market demand for upstream suppliers is no longer limited to simple electronic components or products supply. The market has put forward higher requirements of the suppliers' technical service ability, as well as their ability to provide comprehensive solutions and one-stop value-added services. With the increasing demand for holographic 3D vision-related semiconductor application solutions, the Company plans to combine holographic 3D vision application demand scene to provide corresponding semiconductor solutions to meet the market demand, and promote the application and popularization of holographic 3D vision technology in the semiconductor sector.

WiMi plans to invest in the semiconductor sector, acquire semiconductor-related assets and cooperate with chip factory in the future, so as to enhance the Company's technical service capability and retain current customers. At the same time, based on higher value-added technology, the Company will continue to improve its revenue capacity. In the next three years, the Company expects that the joint venture will develop relevant operations in the semiconductor sector, and WiMi is expected to embrace a new development.

About WIMI Hologram Cloud Inc.

WiMi Hologram Cloud, Inc.(NASDAQ:WIMI), whose commercial operations began in 2015, operates an integrated holographic AR application platform in China and has built a comprehensive and diversified holographic AR content library among all holographic AR solution providers in China. Its extensive portfolio includes 4,654 AR holographic contents. The company has also achieved a speed of image processing that is 80 percent faster than the industry average. While most peer companies may identify and capture 40 to 50 blocks of image data within a specific space unit, WiMi collects 500 to 550 data blocks.

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Company: WIMI
Name: Tim Wong
E-mail: pr@wimiar.com
Tele: +86 10 89913328

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