Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has been accepted into Virtuoso's exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners
Nov 08, 2018

SINAGPORE (November 7, 2018) --( ASIA TODAY )-- Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has been accepted into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. According to Corinne Janssen, Area Director of Sales of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, inclusion in Virtuoso will open up new sales and marketing opportunities to the network’s 17,500 luxury travel advisors and their highly desirable clientele. Virtuoso agencies sell more than (U.S.) $23.7 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.

“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so becoming a preferred partner is a true honor,” said Ms. Janssen. “The reputation Virtuoso member advisors have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own bespoke approach to service. Now that we’re part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients special amenities, values and experiences that surpass their expectations.”

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide. These partners, which specialize in world-class client service and experiences, secure Virtuoso clients superior offerings, rare opportunities and exceptional value. These prestigious providers are able to market to Virtuoso clients via network vehicles and to Virtuoso agencies through multiple communications channels and events, including Virtuoso Travel Week, luxury travel’s largest worldwide gathering. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore acceptance into Virtuoso gives it direct relationships with the world’s leading leisure travel agencies in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

Virtuoso clients will enjoy the following with each booking:
• Complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two
• Early check-in and Late check-out subject to availability
• Complimentary upgrade on arrival subject to availability
• Complimentary Wi-fi
• Personalised welcome note from the hotel
• Complimentary Chinese tea and fruits upon arrival
• Hotel Credit of US$100nett per room per stay, applicable for Food & Beverage and Spa (excluding room service and minibar)

For more information about Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, call (65) 6737 3644 or visit

About Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is an urban oasis set amid 15 acres of landscaped gardens, and mere minutes from Orchard Road. The flagship property of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, this is where its legendary Asian hospitality took root.

Guests residing in one of its three distinct wings housing 792 guestrooms and suites have their every need seen to by the hotel’s legendary Asian hospitality. The newly relaunched Tower Wing has 503 contemporary style guestrooms, suites, a dedicated family floor of family themed suites and the Horizon Club Lounge that boasts a panoramic view of the city. A tropical sanctuary awaits in the Garden Wing, offering 158 spacious guestrooms and suites with a balcony that overlooks lush greenery or the hotel’s expansive swimming pool. The Valley Wing is the accommodation of choice for discerning luxury travelers with its 131 guestrooms, including 26 suites offering personalized butler service, a private lounge and dining space, and is accessible through its own private lobby.

An extensive range of 11 dining venues offer one of the widest selections of culinary experiences among local hotels. Specially designed family-friendly facilities and activities cater to young guests. The list includes Buds by Shangri-La, an interactive play space where children can embark on a journey of discovery through fun and play.

About Virtuoso
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in more than 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $23.7 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit

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Singapore eDevelopment Subsidiary, Global BioLife, Presents Parkinson's Research at Neuroscience 2018
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Nov 08, 2018

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore Exchange-listed Singapore eDevelopment Limited (Stock Code 40V) ("SeD"), through its subsidiary, Global BioLife Inc. ("Global BioLife") is pleased to announce that research of their promising drug platform, Linebacker, will be presented at Neuroscience 2018, the Annual Meeting for the International Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego, California.

SeD said the presentation titled, "Myricetin derivatives ameliorate deficits in 6-OHDA animal model of Parkinson's disease," will detail the results of an Integrated Drug Discovery program at Charles River Discovery Service covering Pharmacokinetics, Maximum Toxicity Dose, and an in vivo animal model of Parkinson's Disease. In essence the drug has been designed to work better than current treatments and has performed as well or better in animal models.

"More than 10 million people around the world have Parkinson's Disease," said Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr., former Senior Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and Global BioLife's Chief Scientific Advisor. He also commented that "the team's unique approach to drug development is key to this success."

"We are extremely pleased and hopeful with the initial results of Linebacker and what the data shows for the potential treatment of central nervous system ("CNS") diseases. Linebacker is a direct response to the global need for effective and affordable cures," said Dr. Peihong Tang, Global BioLife's Director and Chief Executive Officer.

"We're excited to have received validating laboratory data of our Linebacker pharmaceuticals," said Mr. Daryl Thompson, Global BioLife's Director of Scientific Initiatives and inventor of the compounds. "This data proves our unique approach to CNS diseases could be a much-needed solution and could ease widespread suffering globally."

With almost 36,000 members, the Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organisation of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and the nervous system. Selection for inclusion in this prestigious event is indicative of the compelling results generated by this research.

About Singapore eDevelopment Limited

Incorporated on 9 September 2009 and listed on the Singapore Exchange in July 2010, Singapore eDevelopment Limited is involved in (i) property development and investments primarily in the United States and Western Australia; (ii) information technology-related businesses; (iii) development, research, testing, manufacturing, licensing and distribution of biomedical products; and (iv) investment activities.

About Global BioLife Inc.

Global BioLife Inc. ("GBLI") is a 70%-held direct subsidiary of Global BioMedical Inc., which is a whollyowned direct subsidiary of Singapore BioMedical Pte. Ltd., which in turn is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Singapore eDevelopment Limited, a company listed on the Singapore Exchange. The remaining shareholding of Global BioLife Inc. is held by Global Research and Discovery Group Scientific LLC ("GRDGS") at 20% and Australian Exchange-listed Holista CollTech Limited ("Holista") at 10%.

With an aging population and a growing focus in healthcare issues, biomedical science has become increasingly vital. GBLI strives to leverage its scientific know-how and intellectual property rights to provide solutions that have been plaguing the biomedical field for decades. By tapping into the scientific expertise of GRDGS and Holista, GBLI pledges to undertake a concerted effort in the R&D, drug discovery and development for the prevention, inhibition and treatment of neurological, oncology and immuno-related diseases. GBLI is also collaborating with its partners to develop second generation mosquito defense technologies, which are DEET alternatives, to protect against mosquito transmitted diseases such as Zika and Dengue.

This Media Release has been prepared by the Company and its contents have been reviewed by the Company's Sponsor, Hong Leong Finance Limited (the "Sponsor"), for compliance with the relevant rules of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the "SGX-ST"). The Sponsor has not independently verified the contents of this Media Release.

This Media Release has not been examined or approved by SGX-ST. The Sponsor and the SGX-ST assume no responsibility for the contents of this Media Release, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this Media Release.

The contact person for the Sponsor is Mr Tang Yeng Yuen, Vice President, Head of Corporate Finance, Hong Leong Finance Limited, at 16 Raffles Quay, #01-05 Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581, telephone: +65 6415 9886.

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SFIC launches Youth Furniture Chapter (YFC) at 4th ASEAN Youth Furniture Exchange (AYFE)
Nov 06, 2018

- AYFE Opening Ceremony Cum Digital Forum - officiated by Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman – Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- AYFE aims to build an Intra-ASEAN business network and seal more partnerships amongst NEXT-Gen furniture entrepreneurs to capitalise on ASEAN's growing furniture industry

SINGAPORE – November 1, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has launched its inaugural Youth Furniture Chapter (YFC) to nurture a more resourceful and resilient generation of new and young leaders in the Singapore furniture industry.

Formerly known as the Youth Furniture Committee, the YFC launch was the key highlight of the opening ceremony of the 4th ASEAN Youth Furniture Exchange (AYFE) and Digital Forum in Singapore today. This is the second time that SFIC has hosted the AYFE event in Singapore.

The event, attended by 88 participants and graced by guest-of-honour, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman – Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - is held at the IBM Think Place at Changi Business Park.

Representatives from seven ASEAN countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines participated in the event. Speaking at the AYFE opening ceremony and launch of the YFC, Mr Mark Yong, SFIC's President said, "Organisations of all sizes are now focusing on succession planning to ensure continuity and growth. With the YFC, we can identify and put together an agenda to train and mentor the right people to step into leadership positions. The YFC allows us to put in place a formal structure to groom our NEXTGen leaders to drive sustainable growth over the long term."

The YFC, which will be headed by Mr Jake Tan has its roots in 1999 when it began as a small committee as part of a leadership succession plan to steer the future growth of the Council. It has since grown to about 100 NEXT-Gen entrepreneurs in the group and SFIC is targeting to double this number by next year.

Launching the YFC at the AYFE-cum-Digital Forum is apt as the AYFE aims to build an Intra-ASEAN business network and partnerships among the region's NEXT-Gen furniture entrepreneurs. Closer collaboration will give these furniture players a leg-up to seize the wealth of growth opportunities in ASEAN which is expected to become the 4th largest economy the world in 2030.

YFC Chairman, Mr Jake Tan said, "SFIC and AYFE will facilitate participation of Singapore companies in furniture and furnishings-related projects in ASEAN and other parts of Asia such as China and the overall global markets. SFIC will also work with other relevant public sector and private sector organisations to support Singapore furniture players in their continuous efforts to build a more vibrant and diverse innovation ecosystem in Singapore and the region. We will also help provide a good platform for furniture entrepreneurs - especially the younger generation to come together, exchange ideas and testbed and apply relevant technologies to commercialise and grow their product and service offerings."

A number of exciting activities will be planned to help Singapore's young furniture entrepreneurs gain more knowledge of running multi-generational companies and adopt best practices in managing human capital as well as leveraging innovation to sharpen competitiveness in the face of global uncertainties.

One of these activities is the Business Model Transformation Overseas Mission which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. The mission will study successful multigenerational companies focusing on two key aspects: Business Model Transformation (BMT) and Human Capital (HC).

Participants at the AYFE event today gained insights on digitization and how it can help SMEs transform to meet the demands of the changing business landscape and drive growth.

Featured speakers at the event include Mr Joshua Koh, CEO of Commune Lifestyle, Mr Wee Zi Huan (Zwee), Founder & CEO of Savant Degrees, and Mr Charles Tan, Executive Director of Sunray Woodcraft Construction who is launching a digital platform, Wizlah, to provide mixed reality (MR) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the betterment of businesses in the built environment sector. Mr Khoo Peng Han, Business Development – Government Sector of IBM Singapore also spoke at the event.

Hot in the heels to expand the business network beyond ASEAN, more than 30 ASEAN youth leaders will be heading over to Dongguan, China from 6-9 November 2018 to further extend the regional network with its counterparts in Asia.

About Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC)
Singapore Furniture Industries Council was established in 1981 as the official representative body of Singapore’s furniture and furnishings industry. Its membership comprises furniture manufacturers, interior fit-out specialists, retailers, designers, as well as furnishings and materials suppliers. Currently, the council represents 95% of 3 established furniture manufacturers in Singapore, of whom 65% have subsidiary manufacturing plants in various countries across the region, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

SFIC’s primary role is to promote the interests of its members and the Singapore furniture and furnishings industry. For 37 years, SFIC has helped its members to adapt to changes in the business environment by introducing trade, talent, design development and business innovation activities, as well as upgrading business capabilities. Revolving around SFIC’s 3i strategic framework – Improve, Innovate, and Integrate, all the Council’s programmes aim to grow the local furniture and furnishings industry – to strengthen the ‘Singapore brand’ globally.

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Regional Cooperation Can Help Asia Tackle Rising Cross-Border Challenges
Oct 23, 2018

SINGAPORE (23 October 2018) — Regional cooperation is increasingly necessary to tackle a rising number of cross-border challenges in Asia and the Pacific, including infrastructure gaps, trade connectivity, financial contagion, and climate and disaster-resilience, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Asian Economic Integration Report 2018 (AEIR) says collective action to build regional public goods brings greater benefits than if countries work alone to address issues that also affect their neighbors. Regional public goods are goods, services, and systems of policies or rules that have shared benefits across countries, such as cross-border infrastructure, communicable disease control, and disaster risk management.

“Enhanced regional cooperation and coordination can help countries manage regional issues, particularly if they complement national and global actions,” said ADB Chief Economist Mr. Yasuyuki Sawada. “Multilateral development banks can help increase regional public goods by reducing knowledge and financing gaps as well as promoting regular policy dialogue for long-term cooperation among countries.”

The report points to several efforts in Asia to establish and strengthen regional public goods. For example, the 2014 pledge by 18 Asian leaders to eliminate malaria by 2030 has spurred countries to work together to achieve the goal to the benefit of the entire region. ADB’s Greater Mekong Subregion Health Security Project to help control communicable diseases in the Mekong region border areas is part of such efforts. Trade facilitation programs between countries in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation region have boosted intraregional trade, supporting economic growth.

Asia’s intraregional trade—measured by value—rose to 57.8% of its total global trade in 2017 from 57.2% in 2016. The recovery in regional trade can be attributed to the expansion of global value chains after a slowdown since 2012. Intraregional foreign direct investment also increased slightly to $260.0 billion in 2017 from $254.7 billion in 2016.

Growing trade and investment linkages in Asia and the Pacific can be a buffer for the region against uncertainties in the global economy, the report says. However, it warns that uncertainty about trade policy could dampen the recovery in regional and global trade and damage consumer sentiment and business confidence in capital spending and investment.

The report notes that regional integration in Asia and the Pacific, as measured by ADB’s Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index, or ARCII, increased modestly from 0.525 in 2015 to 0.530 in 2016, with a positive impact on economic growth and poverty reduction. The index incorporates six sub-indexes that measure trade and investment, money and finance, the regional value chain, infrastructure and connectivity, movement of people, and institutional and social integration.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Singapore Cracks Down On "Shoe Box"-Sized Apartments
Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
Oct 18, 2018

Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on October 18 announced an upcoming regulatory change for the city state’s property developers, mandating that the average size of new private flats outside the central area will have to be at least 85 square meters in average of gross floor area, up from previously 70 square meters, a far cry from some shoe box-sized apartments having been built and sold in the past.

The new guidelines, which will come into effect by January 17, 2019, are therefore cutting the number of possible units allowed in a project – something that developers say might increase prices of condos and make it difficult for low-income earners, retirees or singles to afford one. However, the URA argued that the move was made to manage potential strains on local infrastructure and ensure the livability of residential estates.

The authority further announced that nine areas in Singapore – up from presently four – will be subject to an even more stringent minimum average requirement of 100 square meters, namely Marine Parade, Joo Chiat-Mountbatten, Balestier, Telok Kurau-Jalan Eunos, Stevens-Chancery, Pasir Panjang, Kovan-How Sun, Shelford and Loyang.

Real estate agents said that the new limits will reduce the number of units in a development by up to 30 per cent, curbing developers’ ability to prop up profit margins by launching smaller units as the number of shoe box units entering the market will naturally come down in the longer term.

As a result, major property stocks, including City Developments, CapitaLand and Ho Bee Land, fell sharply on the news. Analysts said that developer stocks are likely to remain under pressure and could even “test new trough levels” which could mean a near-term downside of up to ten per cent.

They also estimate there could also be a 20 to 40 per cent drop in land prices with the revised unit size rules, as home buyers are likely to hold back purchases to 2019 to wait and see what impact the regulation will have an condo bidding prices.

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The Upper House Creates Vocational Experiences for Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association Members
Oct 18, 2018

Singapore, 18 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- As part of Swire Properties’ SD 2030 vision, an initiative to reinforce the company’s commitment to sustainable development, The Upper House has partnered with
The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association (HKDSA) to provide vocational experiences for its members and to equip them with skills to integrate into society.

10 members from the Association joined the programme which included 18-hours of training, followed by a 2-month attachment with the Guest Experience, Restaurant & Bar, Housekeeping and Kitchen departments. 14 representatives from The Upper House formed a dedicated committee to provide guidance for the members, mentoring them through the back of House operation and guest engagement.

To celebrate the completion of the programme, a graduation ceremony was held in September 2018 with the members, families, friends, and teams of The Upper House and the Association. The occasion was filled with fun performances, experience sharing and awarding of certificates. “As a hotel, we always want to be an inclusive workplace,” said Marcel Thoma, General Manager of The Upper House. “Whilst we offer the participants vocational experiences, they also share their experiences, as well as their bright and positive outlook on life. We all learnt from each other tremendously. It was a fantastic partnership and we look forward to continuing our work with HKDSA.”

The Upper House is delighted to announce the success of the initiative, with two of the members gaining long-term employment. The partnership with HKDSA will continue to be one of the House’s many CSR commitments, with new programmes to be announced in 2019. “It is my mission to identify partners who could offer our members opportunities to live fulfilling lives and relieve some of the daily burdens placed upon family members and caregivers,” said Victoria Tang-Owen, President of the Association and friend of the House. “The programme led by The Upper House has been a wonderful example of how organisations can collaborate to offer vocational training and work opportunities, have a lot of fun in the process and deepen community ties. We are truly grateful to the Swire Hotels team for their professional commitment to our cause.”

Highlights from the partnership can be viewed on the Swire Hotels YouTube channel.

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About Swire Hotels and Swire Restaurants
Swire Hotels has been created to manage soulfully individual hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the USA, providing a characterful experience for well-travelled individually minded travellers who seek originality, style and personalised service. We create distinctive hotels with a sense of place that break with convention.

The company’s first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, Hong Kong, and then by EAST, Hong Kong, EAST, Beijing, The Temple House, Chengdu and EAST, Miami. The Middle House in Shanghai, our latest addition, opened in April 2018.

A restaurant division was set up in 2013 to manage the company’s stand-alone restaurant operations. Our first restaurant Plat du Jour opened in November 2013 followed by Public and Ground Public in Quarry Bay. The Continental in Pacific Place opened in October 2014 and Mr & Mrs Fox in 2015, follow by the second Plat du Jour opened in Pacific Place in 2016. Our latest addition, Republic, a sub-brand of Public opened in Taikoo Place in December 2017.

About Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association
Registered as a non-profit-making organization in October 1987, the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is committed to serving individuals with Down syndrome, the disabled, people with intellectual disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. Our objective is to enable the service users to develop their personal growth fully and in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs.

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AppsFlyer Surpasses $100 Million in Annual Recurring Revenue
JCN Newswire
Oct 17, 2018

Leading Attribution Company Reaches New Milestones Amid Evolving Mobile Marketing Landscape

(ACN Newswire) - AppsFlyer, the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics, announced today that it surpassed $100 million in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) in the third quarter of 2018, growing at 100% every 12 months. Driving the company's revenue growth are the 85,000 apps whose marketers use AppsFlyer's products and services, propelling the company to over 70% market share worldwide.

"As a customer-obsessed company, our mission is to empower clients to achieve their goals by building best-in-class technology and products," said Oren Kaniel, CEO and co-founder of AppsFlyer. "We are excited to offer a product that is the primary working tool for mobile marketers. As more businesses continue recognizing that an attribution platform is a mission-critical tool, I'm humbled that more top brands, agencies and developers than ever trust AppsFlyer to help them make better marketing decisions, protect their ad spend from fraud, and fuel their own data-driven marketing innovations."

The company's revenue figures follow a string of recent plaudits for the company and considerable growth across key benchmarks. In the past year, AppsFlyer has continued to form partnerships with many prominent brands, including eBay, NBCUniversal, Adidas, Hyundai, Coca Cola, Times Internet, Grab and ByteDance. AppsFlyer's technology is now found on nearly 7 billion mobile devices, up from 4.5 billion devices at the same time last year. During Q3 2018, AppsFlyer's media spend measured increased to $17 billion annually, an 89 percent jump from $9 billion last year. At the same time, AppsFlyer's continued innovation of anti-fraud solutions resulted in significantly higher savings for marketing departments using AppsFlyer's technology - blocking an estimated $6.5 million a day of ad fraud.

"Thanks to our extensive investment in the AppsFlyer product and service, I'm proud that 70% of the market selected AppsFlyer," said Kaniel. "We like to believe that our superior reliability, pace of innovation, service -- and the AppsFlyer experience as a whole played a major role in the selection process. There are no shortcuts here. Hard work leads to consistent results, which manifests in achieving this milestone. Measurement is a crucial component of any budgetary decision, and companies are taking the time to select the best product that suits their needs. Inaccurate data and fraud cause companies to face serious challenges with their media spend -- costing them millions of dollars without necessarily being aware of the damage it's causing until it's too late. Our scale and market share allow us to provide unique offerings -- such as unparalleled attribution accuracy and fraud prevention -- by leveraging the trillion-plus mobile events we measure every month.".

Goldman Sachs identified Kaniel as one of the "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" of 2018, and AppsFlyer was named the Hottest Marketing Technology Startup of 2018 at the Europas. The number of employees at the company has doubled from 230 last year to 465, in 15 offices around the world.

About AppsFlyer

AppsFlyer's technology is found on 98 percent of the world's smartphones, making it the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics. Data-driven marketers rely on AppsFlyer for independent measurement solutions and innovative tools to grow and protect their mobile business. AppsFlyer's platform processes billions of mobile actions every day, empowering app marketers and developers to maximize the return on their marketing investments. AppsFlyer's NativeTrack(TM) Attribution, Marketing Analytics Data, OneLink's Deep linking capabilities and the Active Fraud Suite featuring DeviceRank have made AppsFlyer's platform the go-to resource for the most successful mobile apps in the world. With Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Snap Inc., Tencent and 4,000+ other integrated partners, and clients including HBO, Playtika, Waze, Alibaba, Kayak, Activision and 12,000+ leading brands worldwide, AppsFlyer has 15 global offices to support marketers everywhere. To learn more, visit

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"Meet Finland in Singapore" Week brings new healthtech and immersive technology opportunities for Singapore businesses and start-ups
Oct 12, 2018

- Virtual Finland and 3-D education concepts wowed visitors
- Healthtech innovations using Big Data and AI drew strong interest

SINGAPORE, October 12, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The recent “Meet Finland in Singapore” Week ended on a positive, upbeat note. It has drummed up significant interest among the business and investing community.

It has opened up new Singapore-Finland collaboration opportunities in healthtech, travel tech, edutech and Virtual Reality and Augmented innovations.

Ms Kadri Haljas, Chief Executive Officer of Triumf Health, a Finnish Healthtech startup company remarked : "The Finland super-week in Singapore was organized incredibly well so it was a pleasure to take part in those events!" Our participation in the panel discussions, meetings and presentation of our healthcare gaming solution at the various receptions and Finland booths helped us receive a lot of attention from journalists, hospitals, investors, with whom we are following for potential deals, future research and collaboration”.

Triumf Health was part of the single largest Finnish delegation of more than 10 heatlhtech companies to visit Singapore to attend this Finnish business and tech event from Sept 12 to 19!

The Embassy of Finland in Singapore, Business Finland and Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Turku brought in a total of 120 Finnish delegates comprising innovators and tech companies to promote awareness and business collaboration between Finland and Singapore.

The key themes on healthtech, traveltech, edutech as well as AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) innovations were on display which saw over 400 participants in attendance.

The Finnish ambassador to Singapore, Ms Paula Parviainen said, “Singapore is a smart nation, and a lucrative market for solutions in health tech/AR VR. Both countries recognise the need to create efficient ways of taking care of the aging population and developing new innovative solutions in entertainment and travel using AR/VR technologies to cater to the changing lifestyle and rising expectations of consumers.”

Networking events, dialogue and investor receptions as well as the "Coolest tech hub" booth at the SLUSH Singapore, and the Finnish Singapore showcase at Techinnovation 2018 had drawn significant interest among the investing and business communities in Singapore.

Several enabling and ready-to-market technologies in health and wellness found ready demand in Singapore as the country seeks to adopt Smart Health solutions to deliver enhanced healthcare services more effectively and efficiently to the public.

Meria Heikelä director of Finland’s National Personalized Health Program commented on the opening of the Finnish healthtech dialogue session. “Big data and analytics have presented Singapore and Finland with many opportunities to deliver solutions for personalised healthcare.

“In healthcare, there is increasing pressure to produce services more cost-efficiently and offer more patient-centric and tailored towards personalized care. We are therefore very pleased to work with Singapore to create solutions for personalized patient-centric care pathways that consider the special needs of patients”

The iCory project is funded by Business Finland and backed by a consortium comprising Finnish health and wellness companies, universities and hospitals. The iCory ecosystem, which included Finnish healthtech firms such as Triumf Health, seeks to create intelligent and coherent patient-centric solutions for surgery pathways by using latest technologies such as machine learning and robotics for personalization.

Finnish participants of the iCory project are exploring collaboration with two hospitals in Singapore: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and National University Hospital (NUH).

Said Ms Kadri Halijas, Triumf's CEO said, "Some markets are not ready for digital health solutions, but Singapore is definitely one of the leaders in the world. Also, the fact that the top management that we met specifically pointed out the importance of psychological support in disease management is unique in the global context. To summarize, I would say that the meeting with the leadership team of Singapore health organisations was highly beneficial for us as we saw that we would be a good fit in Singapore."

Finnish AR and VR innovators transform entertainment and travel Virtual Finland, Virtual travel and 3-D education using AR and VR tools have impressed visitors. A total of six startups in the areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and Traveltech showcased their tech

Helsinki-headquartered VR company, Zoan, gave visitors a preview of Helsinki, its digital buildings - i.e. apartments and commercial spaces before they are built; and a virtual tour of Finland!

Mr Miikka Rossendahl, CEO and founder of ZOAN, an AR/VR technology company offering powerful VR and real time 3D experiences for marketing, travel and education, said, "We were impressed with the opportunities that we had in Singapore to showcase our unique solutions to potential investors and partners. We also got much media attention for our unique VR showcase.

“Our Virtual Finland solution can let visitors see and experience the wonders of our country without even physically being there. Immersive technologies like ours will transform not just design for architecture and real estate development but also travel - especially for those who have physical limitations!"

Other innovative start-ups in the traveltech sector include Virtual Traveller and Tripsteri. Virtual Traveller allows visitors to travel the world "at the blink of the eyes" and gain flight points via a VR travel experience while Tripsteri is a trend-setting travel app for avid frequent travellers to book, plan, network, share views and enjoy their trips.

Another company, Grip3D, uses AR/VR modelling to transform learning especially for the young. The concept of 3D-Education and new AR/VR tools were shared with visitors who were keen to explore how these can be applied to enhance learning as well as teaching.

Food packaging technology company, Koepala also showcased new eco-friendly packaging concepts for the fast-food industry. It’s Innovation Director, Mr Janne Asikainen, said “We benefited from a great amount of exposure, from being interviewed live on radio to presenting our sustainable packaging solutions at specifically arranged platforms and meetings. The activities in Singapore has enabled us to gain key market knowledge and contacts that include potential partners and investors, setting up the stage for us to start working in the Singapore market very soon”.

On the slew of activities held during the week, Ambassador Paula Parviainen said, "From the positive feedback received, our Meet Finland in Singapore platform certainly offers excellent opportunities for Finnish and Singapore companies to exchange innovative ideas, seal partnerships and explore new collaborations. We are optimistic that more business deals and even closer working relationships will flourish in the years to come."

About Finland
Finland believes in equality, democracy and taking good care of each other. Good education is the cornerstone of our society. These are the reasons why we are on the top of all kinds of country rankings from clean air to quality of life.

Finland is functional. We look for practical solutions and deliver innovations to both industries and everyday life of people. Finland is green. We have fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology. Our Nordic nature has inspired us to look for well-designed and sustainable solutions.

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Singapore Red Cross pays tribute to everyday heroes at annual awards ceremony
Oct 11, 2018

President presents awards to dedicated community volunteers and partners; unveils commemorative wall mural to kickstart 70th Anniversary

Singapore, 11 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- 23 individuals and eight corporate groups received top accolades at the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) Awards 2018, held today at Red Cross House. The prestigious awards were presented by Guest-of-Honour and Patron of SRC, President Halimah Yacob, and SRC Chairman Mr Tee Tua Ba.

Organised for the sixth year running, the annual awards recognise and honour the contributions of volunteers and partners who have all given selflessly of their time, each contributing their expertise and resources in their own unique ways to further SRC’s mission.

President Halimah Yacob said, “Over the years, Singapore Red Cross’ volunteers and partners have contributed significantly to the spirit of community service in Singapore. As we build a caring and compassionate society, we should encourage those who are better-off to contribute their time, skills and resources to help the vulnerable. I am very heartened by SRC’s enduring efforts in promoting philanthropy and volunteerism in Singapore. I applaud all award recipients for their commitment and contributions to furthering the mission of SRC, to relieve suffering, protect lives and respond to emergencies.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Tee Tua Ba said, “As a charitable organisation, Singapore Red Cross relies on our volunteers and partners to fulfill our lifesaving mission. They are like the “heart” of our organisation; pumping life into all the humanitarian services that we run. It is only when we work together that we can mobilise the power of humanity, to build a more resilient Singapore.”

This year, a total of 31 awards were given out - comprising two Outstanding Service Awards, six President Youth’s Awards, 13 Commendation Awards, eight Friends of SRC Awards, and two Outstanding Employee Awards (see Annex A for the list of award recipients).

Assistant Professor, Dr Caroline Brassard, was one of the two volunteers who received the Outstanding Service Award (OSA) - the highest honour in this year’s ceremony. An active and dedicated volunteer of SRC for more than 10 years, Caroline has made significant contributions as a Council Member from 2011 to 2017, and in different capacities on various oversight committees, giving advice on human resources, academy standards and international services. She currently chairs the society’s HR and Compensation Committee, a position she has held since 2016. She demonstrates how working professionals can volunteer their skills and expertise to strengthen the capacity of voluntary welfare organisations.

The other awardee of the OSA was Mr Wong Leong Jeam, a retiree and long-standing volunteer with SRC. For over a decade, Leong Jeam has photographed multiple high-profile SRC events, including fundraisers and community outreach, as well as disaster missions and rebuilding projects. In 2005, he spent 10 months in Meulaboh, Indonesia, to coordinate SRC’s relief and rebuilding efforts following the Great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

The impact of SRC volunteers’ contributions goes beyond Singapore’s shores. Commendation Award winner Karunanithi s/o Letchumanan has been actively supporting SRC in its overseas disaster work. Over the last few years, he has assisted SRC in several rebuilding projects in the Philippines. In 2016, Karunanithi led a physiotherapy team to Pidie Jaya following the Aceh earthquake. He was also part of a two-man disaster response team sent by SRC to conduct ground assessments and distribute relief supplies to the affected communities of the 2017 Sri Lanka floods.

The nature of corporate giving has evolved over the years, from “corporate social responsibility” to “social impact”. This shift was apparent from the contributions of the corporate groups that received the Friends of SRC Award this year. Amongst them are AVS Printing, Cartrack Technologies and Outward Bound Singapore, that over the years have respectively sponsored photo exhibition prints, fleet management system and venue spaces to SRC. Another awardee is AVIVA Singapore, that has supported the Family LifeAid and Home Monitoring and Eldercare (HoME+) programmes of SRC with financial sponsorship and employee volunteerism.

Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross, noted, “SRC sees the private sector as partners rather than merely donors or sponsors. We work closely with corporations who identify with our mission to help the most vulnerable. In doing so, these corporations give beyond monetary donations. Many of our partners, including this year’s award recipients, have supported SRC’s cause in varied forms - from contributing directly to our local community programmes, initiating welfare activities for our beneficiaries, to offering in-kind and venue sponsorships.”

At the ceremony, President Halimah Yacob also presented six youth leaders, aged 15 to 35, with the SRC President’s Youth Award. They were selected from hundreds of Red Cross Youth (RCY) cadets and mentors based on wide-ranging criteria that included leadership qualities, global perspectives, excellence in academics and service to RCY. Youth Leader Mohammad Zaidi Bin Ariffin, aged 30, was one of the six award recipients. Since his cadet days in secondary school 13 years ago, Zaidi has risen through the ranks to spearhead the RCY Youth Members @ District. He also helms the Southeast Asia Youth Network as its Chair, representing SRC as a Youth member.

President makes first visit to Red Cross House

After the ceremony, President Halimah Yacob was given a tour around Red Cross House - her first visit as Patron of the SRC. The tour included a showcase of SRC’s efforts in enhancing community resilience, such as Singapore Red Cross Academy and Blood Donor Recruitment Programme. President also met with beneficiaries, volunteers and caregivers of Red Cross Home for the Disabled, Family LifeAid, ElderAid and Medical Chaperone and Transportation programmes. Thereafter, teams of Red Cross Youth and International Services volunteers briefed her on their community engagement efforts and post-disaster missions respectively. President also met with the young employees, who run the Community Health on Wheels and TransportAid services.

During the tour, President Halimah Yacob also unveiled a wall mural that was specially-commissioned to commemorate the humanitarian organisation’s 70th Anniversary, which will take place in 2019. Jointly hand-painted by Singapore Red Cross volunteers and Singapore Polytechnic’s Design School students, the mural would be a way to make the headquarters more visible to citizens in Singapore, to amplify the good work it does for the city’s vulnerable, and to enhance its engagement with youth - the future of humanity. (see below for information on the Red Cross House).


Event: Singapore Red Cross Awards Ceremony
Date: 11 October 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Red Cross House (15 Penang Lane Singapore 238486)

Please RSVP by 5pm on 10 October (Wednesday) with:
Name: Ms Alina Tee
Tel: 6664 0578
Hp: 9736 5267

About Singapore Red Cross
Singapore Red Cross is a homegrown humanitarian organisation, dedicated to relieving human suffering, protecting lives and dignity and responding to emergencies since 1949. We serve the vulnerable through our blood donor recruitment programme, home and day activity centre for the disabled, transport aid, food aid, and community first aid. We build capacity and resilience through our training academy, and volunteer and youth development. Beyond our shores, we mobilise and translate contributions from the donor community to relief and recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, with the aim of helping communities affected by disasters. For more information, please see

About Red Cross House
The Red Cross House was originally designed by pioneering Singaporean architect and artist, the late Dr Ho Kok Hoe, as a two-storey building. It was officially opened in 1961 by Yang di-Pertuan Negara Yusof bin Ishak, who was then the Patron of the SRC. A third storey was added in the 1970s and the building was conserved in 2014.

Launched in 2013, the annual Singapore Red Cross (SRC) Awards recognises and honours the contributions of volunteers and partners who have given selflessly of their time, expertise and resources to further SRC’s mission.

Outstanding Service Award
The Singapore Red Cross Outstanding Service Award may be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the Singapore Red Cross, over a period of four years or more.

Dr Caroline Brassard
Mr Wong Leong Jeam

President’s Youth Award
The SRC President’s Youth Award is given to the most outstanding cadets in recognition of their exemplary contributions and achievements in their service with the Red Cross Movement.

Ms Amanda Sim Shan Mei
Mr Liu Chun Yi
Mr Daryl Ee
Ms Destya Kusuma Roem
Mr Jason Wo Kwok Fai
Mr Mohammad Zaidi Bin Ariffin

Friend of Singapore Red Cross
The Friend of Singapore Red Cross Award may be awarded to an individual, group or organisation that has contributed financial or other resources to further the cause of Singapore Red Cross.

AVIVA Singapore
AVS Printing Pte Ltd
Cartrack Technologies South East Asia Pte Ltd
Outward Bound Singapore
Republic Polytechnic (RP), School of Management and Communication
Sri Lanka Red Cross Society
Tampines West Community Club (TWCC)
Zalora Southeast Asia Pte Ltd

Commendation Award
The Singapore Red Cross Commendation Award may be awarded to a member or registered volunteer of the Singapore Red Cross for commendable and sustained voluntary service to the Singapore Red Cross.

Ms Doreen Ong Guek Im
Ms Elizabeth Wong
Ms Jennifer Tan Poey Cheng
Ms Kalpana Chhetry
Mr Karunanithi s/o Letchumanan
Mdm Kim Boo
Ms Mary Chia
Mr Nelson Castano
Mr Noel N. Dass
Mr Paul Keen
Ms Rajni Gupta
Mdm Sally Ho
Mdm Zaiton Mohd Tahir

Outstanding Employee Award
Mr Donald Ho
Ms Elsie Tan

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11th Asian Downstream Summit: Digital Transformation Awards to be announced by Singaporean Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon
JCN Newswire
Oct 10, 2018

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Voting for Asian Downstream Summit: Digital Transformation Awards 2018 has opened. The award ceremony, to be held during the Summit, aims to recognize and reward top enterprising refiners and innovative solution providers and technology providers in the oil & gas industry.

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of National Development of Singapore, will be the guest of honour and announce the winners of the Digital Transformation Awards 2018.

Winners will be awarded in front of the industry's leading figureheads at the Award Ceremony during the Opening Plenary sessions on 31st October at the Asian Downstream Summit.

Top Nominee posters will also be printed and showcased at the Exhibition Hall open to all conference delegates and exhibition visitors.

The 3 Award categories are included as below:
- Best Digital Transformation Programme (Operator - refinery, petrochemical, chemicals)
- Best Innovative Technology for Improving Operational Efficiency (Digital)
- Best Innovative Technology for Improving Operational Efficiency (Other technology)

We have shortlisted 4 entries per category and winners will be decided on the number of votes they collect. Click or visit the ADS website to cast your vote for the below categories before 18th October 2018.

Best digital transformation program (operator - refinery, petrochemical, chemicals)
1. Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (ADNOC Refining), UAE : Integrated Refinery Information Systems (IRIS), A major step in Digital Transformation journey of Refineries
2. HPCL Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL), India : HMEL Digital Journey
3. MOL Group, Hungary : Digital Transformaton of MOL Downstream Operations
4. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, India : Operating Envelope Monitoring System

Best innovative technology for improving operational efficiency (digital)
1. AP-Networks : NaviTrack - Industry's leading work process deployment system
2. Axens : Drive Asset Performance to Optimum
3. Dassault Systemes : 3DEXPERIENCE across the lifecycle of capital facilities
4. Ingenero : Managing Process Manufacturing Operations

Best innovative technology for improving operational efficiency (other technology)
1. Hexagon PPM : A game changer for project execution
2. Tech Mahindra : Improving Operational Efficiency for Oil & Gas Downstream
3. Detect Technologies : Optimized sensor for real-time continuous monitoring of pipeline systems operated at high-temperatures
4. AP-Networks : Managing and maintaining quality risk management

Tanushree Mulraj, Project Director at Asian Downstream Summit, said: "We are committed to advancing the needs and interests of innovators in the industry for digital initiatives that are transforming the way the industry operates, and technologies that will change the downstream oil & gas landscape as we know it. The quest to winning an Award accolade represents a unique and exciting way for innovators to benchmark against their peers and other industry contemporaries. We look forward to welcoming a new generation of digital experts who exemplify business excellence and innovation."

Over 400+ industry leaders including refiners, petrochemical players, and chemicals manufacturers, EPCS, consultants and leading technology experts have already registered for the Asian Downstream summit this year. For more information, please visit

About Asian Downstream Summit
The 11th Asian Downstream Summit is the region's largest conference and exhibition for the downstream refining and petrochemical industries. This year, the focus is on revolutionizing operations and maximizing efficiency through the implementation of digital technologies. Asian Downstream Summit is the anchor event during the Singapore International Energy Week - expected to attract 10,000+ visitors this year. For more information, please see

Event dates and location:
- 31st October - 1st November 2018
- Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore

For more information, interviews and media accreditation:
Rahmah Ishak, Marketing & Communications, Clarion Events Pte Ltd
E:, T: +65 6590 3970, F: +65 6223 9196

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