Palau creates world first conservation pledge, stamped in visitors’ passports.




Hong Kong, China, December 8, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - First country in the world to ask visitors to sign declaration in passports to protect its environment and culture for next generation.

Hong Kong, 8 December 2017: The Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific has today launched the Palau Pledge, a world-first eco-initiative that asks all inbound visitors to make a compulsory promise, directly to the children of Palau, to preserve their home before they can enter the country.

Palau has become the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement such legislation, aimed at preserving its vibrant culture and the beauty of its natural environment for future generations. It also hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect the planet for children worldwide.
Based on the Palauan tradition of BUL* and written with the help of Palau’s children, the Palau Pledge will be stamped and signed in the passports of every visitor. The initiative puts an onus on ‘responsible, sustainable tourism’ from the growing number of tourists who have visited the island in recent years.

Palau is the thirteenth smallest nation in the world with a population of less than 20,000 people but it sees over 160,000 visitors to its shores each year. The Pledge was deemed necessary after careless behaviour from visitors started to erode Palau’s pristine environment and have a negative impact on its culture. Policy has also been put in place by the Palauan Government enabling action to be taken against those who break the conditions of the Pledge, with fines of up to US$1 million for offences committed.

The pioneering project draws attention to the ecological challenges related to tourism, with the future of the Palauan children in mind. It further seeks to change the damaging impact of human activity on the local ecosystem, especially as the number of visitors to the island continues to rise.

Palau has a long history of world-firsts in conservation. It was the first country to create a shark sanctuary in its national waters, it was the first to ban the destructive practice of bottom trawling, and in 2015, its leadership created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: the largest fully-protected, no-take zone in the world.
Tommy E. Remengesau Jr, President of Palau, and long-time advocate for conservation and sustainability, believes everybody holds responsibility for enacting change.
“It is our responsibility to show our guests how to respect Palau, just as it is their duty to uphold the signed pledge when visiting,” said President Remengesau. “While Palau may be a small-island nation, we are a large ocean-state and conservation is at the heart of our culture. We rely on our environment to survive and if our beautiful country is lost to environmental degradation, we will be the last generation to enjoy both its beauty and life-sustaining biodiversity. This is not only true of Palau. Human impact on our earth’s environment is one of the biggest challenges facing our world today. As a small country we feel the impact of these actions acutely. We hope that the Palau Pledge raises global awareness of the responsibility that this generation has to the next.”

The Palau Pledge is further brought to life with an imaginative in-flight video that features the children of Palau explaining the massive impact that visitors can have on their home. Signage and information packs will also be placed around Palau’s airport terminal and throughout the country to remind visitors about the conditions of the Pledge once they arrive. The Palau Pledge and its philosophy is also being integrated into the children’s education by the Ministry of Education, to help the children understand the essential role they play in protecting their country’s future.

The local community and businesses, including tour operators, will also be encouraged to take the Pledge to commit to upholding Palau’s conservation laws, helping visitors understand them and celebrating Palau’s unique beauty.

The Palau Pledge was created by Australian communications agency, Host/Havas, in partnership with the Palau Legacy Project, a local group of voluntary business and marketing professionals that work alongside the government to help communicate Palau’s conservation message.

Laura Clarke, one of the four co-founders of the Palau Legacy Project who was originally a visitor to the island says, “The Palau Pledge is about helping guests understand the vital role they play in protecting Palau for the next generation. Most visitors are unaware of the serious impact their actions have or even what they can do to help. The Palau Legacy Project team came together to help communicate these important messages in a way that all guests would understand.”

A dedicated website has been set up to provide information for visitors about the Palau Pledge prior to their trip. For more information, visit palaupledge.com
*BUL is a moratorium declared by Palau’s traditional leaders that places an immediate halt to the over-consumption or destruction of a species, place or thing. It has become the symbol of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary and the Palau Pledge, which are modern-day applications of a traditional BUL.

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#8226;First Lady Debbie Rememgesau is the chairperson of the Palau Legacy Project.

#8226;The Palau Legacy Project was founded by: Laura Clarke, Nicolle Fagan, Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons and Nanae Singeo, a group of volunteers who live in Palau and have a background in global marketing communications.

#8226;The Palau Pledge has been created in collaboration with the children of Palau.

#8226;All Palau Pledge materials including the immigration stamp have been translated into five languages consistent with the key inbound visitor markets of Japan, USA, Korea, China and Taiwan.

#8226;The Palau Pledge will be implemented and institutionalized by local government and community groups including: Palau Conservation Society, The Palau National Marine Sanctuary and Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Palau Visitors Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce, Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs.

#8226;Palau is home to an UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is one of only 35 countries in the world to have a UNESCO designation that protects both its unique environment and culture.

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Global electronics distributor Rutronik launches new Chinese website




Hong Kong, China, December 8, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Rutronik makes available online details of its extensive product portfolio and customer services for high-growth electronics markets in China

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH (Rutronik), a leading electronics distributor in Asia, is refreshing its Chinese website, www.rutronik.com.cn, making the latest product details and company news immediately available to its China customers. This demonstration of the company's firm commitment to its customer base in China follows its opening of a Rutronik account on WeChat, an extremely popular social-media platform based in China, in November.

As a hugely successful broadline distributor, ranked No. 10 among global electronics component distributors and No. 3 in the European market, Rutronik has 28 billion parts permanently available, for a very wide range of sectors and applications. Details of this very extensive portfolio will now be accessible in China, with simply a few mouse clicks

The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays and wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home-appliance, energy and lighting industries.

The company distributes globally, with more than 30 subsidiaries and 70 offices worldwide, and logistics centers in Asia, Europe and North America.
Moreover, Rutronik is a well established player in Asia's electronics supply chain. The company now has a total of seven sales offices across the region – three on the Chinese mainland (Shenzhen, Shanghai and Chengdu), and one each in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. Hong Kong also serves as Rutronik's Asian logistics center.

Accelerating communication, capturing mindshare
Rutronik's enhanced Chinese-language website offers a platform where both current and potential customers, along with partners, suppliers, engineers and the media, can learn more about Rutronik and its value-added services.

The website is not only localized in its language, Simplified Chinese, but also content, layout, and links to social media. Rutronik's local teams in Asia and China are highlighted, in a unique contrast to the company's global website, and this localization process will be an ongoing project in optimizing site design and the user experience, to enhance local brand awareness.

As an expansion of the Chinese-language website, the site will feature more local corporate news, including local events, such as seminars and webinars, and participation in local exhibitions. Local employment and business opportunities will also be featured.

"Our goal is maximally effective communication with our China audience," explained Markus Krieg, Managing Director Marketing at Rutronik. "You'll be seeing more local social media links and channels available on the website, plus contact forms and the WeChat QR code. We are going to ensure that direct communication with our local team is a 100% user-friendly experience."

Offering all the efficiency of ecommerce
Rutronik is complementing its highly successful supply and distribution platform with ecommerce services hosted on the website www.rutronik24.com. As the name of the site indicates, its services are available 24/7 worldwide, and they include 24/7 customer support.

Providing all the convenience and efficiency of ordering and purchasing online, the rutronik24.com portal's 24/7 services are available globally, including in China. Now, though, these services will also be available as a menu item on the new Chinese website, providing access to components and devices from across the entire Rutronik portfolio, backed by Rutronik's overriding commitment to quality, as exemplified in its Certified Quality Management System and its constant monitoring of production processes.

To learn more about Rutronik and its extensive range of products and services, please visit the new Chinese website, which is in Simplified Chinese, at www.rutronik.com.cn.

About Rutronik (www.rutronik.com)

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2016) and the number ten worldwide (SourceToday, May 2017). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 872 million euros in the fiscal year 2016.

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CA Technologies Introduces Expanded Portfolio to Support DevSecOps with Velocity and Scale




Hong Kong, China, December 7, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - CA Technologies Introduces Expanded Portfolio to Support DevSecOps with Velocity and Scale

New Portfolio Additions and Updates Support Faster, More Secure Software Development and Delivery Across IT, Security and Developer Teams

HONG KONG, Nov 27, 2017 — CA WORLD ’17 — CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced an expanded portfolio that allows companies to integrate security into the earliest stages of development and assure security in deployment – an emerging practice known as DevSecOps. CA is uniquely positioned to deliver industry leading capabilities to our customers with new capabilities in the CA Automic, CA Veracode, and Continuous Delivery portfolios.

According to Gartner, “The goal of DevSecOps is to improve the overall security posture by designing a set of integrated controls to deliver DevSecOps without undermining the agility and collaborative aspects of the DevOps philosophy. Simply layering standard security tools and processes onto the DevOps cycle won't work. Security checks, controls and testing need to be applied as automatically and transparently as feasible throughout the development, delivery and operation of applications.”1

Improving speed without sacrificing security
Supporting the continuous delivery value stream, CA Continuous Delivery Director SaaS integrates the DevOps toolchain for complete visibility into the planning and troubleshooting of development projects, with the ability to assess pipeline progress and performance. It gives DevOps teams a way to eliminate a manual and burdensome process in release planning and management.

To bring security to the process, integration with CA Veracode makes application security testing a key component of the development process by initiating checks throughout the development pipeline. And additional integration with CA Automic Application Release Automation extends faster deployment capabilities with an automated, agile back end that delivers more reliable releases of code.

Every modern software factory strives to build better apps faster, but requires the right tools and processes across all phases of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). With a DevSecOps approach, integrating tools and processes that encourage better collaboration across development, operations and security teams makes security a natural part of development and operations.

“Companies that embrace DevSecOps deliver better and more-secure software because of the focus on collaboration and alignment across disciplines,” said Ayman Sayed, president and chief product officer, CA Technologies. “In today’s security environment, it is critically important for security to be integrated seamlessly throughout the whole software development lifecycle. We are pleased to be able to provide CA customers with new tools that do just that across our CA Automic, CA Veracode, and Continuous Delivery portfolios.”

1 Gartner, Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017: Adaptive Security Architecture, David W. Cearley | Avivah Litan |
Mike J. Walker, 21 March 2017 ID: G00319583

CA Technologies is showcasing over twenty innovations and enhancements across the portfolio at CA World ’17. These solutions give companies the ability to respond and adapt to change, as well as evolve existing technology investments for future success. From on-premises to the cloud and everything in between, CA delivers industry-leading products, solutions and expertise that removes the barriers to compete and succeed.

For more information on all news being announced at CA World ‘17, please visit the CA World ‘17 Newsroom. To access replays of the CA World ’17 keynotes, please click here.

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

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Nutanix Boosts Operational Efficiency for College of Business, City University of Hong Kong




Hong Kong, China, December 7, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Nutanix Boosts Operational Efficiency for College of Business, City University of Hong Kong

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Enables Better IT Efficiency, Scalability and Removes Administrative Waste

HONG KONG – 7 December, 2017 – Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that City University of Hong Kong’s College of Business has boosted operational efficiency since July 2016, as a result of the deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

Implementing the Nutanix solution has resulted in greater operational effectiveness of the IT environment at the university. Virtual desktop log-on times have improved by more than 50 percent with 20 percent faster desktop provisioning. Playing HD quality YouTube videos as part of the lectures and tutorials has used 30 percent less CPU power on its Nutanix platform than the previous legacy infrastructure.

Providing a superior learning experience is imperative for the City University of Hong Kong’s College of Business. In order to cater to an expanding student base, City University needed a more agile IT infrastructure to support the setup of two more teaching laboratories in addition to their existing four laboratories. They decided on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform because of its simplicity when running projects in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The ability to scale up easily while allowing detailed performance analytics, fast deployment time and high read-write performance were critical, as these are key factors required in an educational institution where hundreds of students are accessing information at any given time.

“Nutanix was an ideal solution because it addressed all the challenges unique to an educational institution while cutting down our IT costs and boosting efficiency. Previously, we had a legacy multi-tier VDI server infrastructure comprising solutions from multiple vendors. This included a total of 17 rack units of blade servers, storage systems and fibre-channel SAN switches. All that has been whittled down to just two rack units of Nutanix that handle computing and storage, thus freeing up over 70 percent of the rack space we previously used. One year in, we’ve seen very positive results which have benefitted both our staff and students,” said Mr. Adams CHAN, Senior Manager, City University Hong Kong.

With the Nutanix solution, the system update took merely three hours in a fully automated and unattended process – a quarter of the time it took previously to update the system with the legacy infrastructure. This meant that the IT administrators have time to focus on more value-added tasks.

“We are happy that City University is now enjoying faster performance, higher reliability and reduced IT management overhead by using the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. Nutanix has extensive experience providing tertiary institutions with solutions that cater to their unique requirements, and we are now looking to expand our collaboration with City University as they continue to enhance their IT infrastructure,” said Matt Young, SVP and Head of APJ at Nutanix.

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China Money Network and KPMG Present the Annual “Special Situations Forum: China 2017” in Hong Kong



Over the past two years, investors have shown renewed interest in distressed debt and special situations investment opportunities in China.

Hong Kong, November 28, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Under the backdrop of an economic rationalization and a government-led campaign to reduce excess capacity and lower corporate stock and leverage, the investible assets in this wave of expected rising distressed debt in China has clearly different characteristics compared to past cycles.

China Money Network has researched that the latest wave of deals in Chinese distressed debt space appear to have higher asset quality compared to previous non-performing loans entering the market. This could mean that legal complexity of these obligations is much greater this time around. So as the government’s determination to strengthen implementation of the Bankruptcy Law provides a more robust legal environment for investors operations in China, an expanded investment strategy for bankruptcies, NLP’s, debt-to-equity conversion and emergency funding all are expected to be deployed as this market continues to mature.

“This high-level event will gather relevant market investors and deal makers together for a practical ‘lessons learned’ panel discussion on investment opportunities on China's special situations market," said Naveet McMahon, managing partner of China Money Network. "Participants wanting to explore the challenges and avoid the pitfalls of these opportunities should join our event."

China Money Network and KPMG  are proud to present the annual Special Situations Forum: China 2017 to gather leading industry experts to brainstorm and share valuable insights.

Only limited seats are open for public registration. Registration is available here:

https://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/special-situations-forum-china-2017

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Time: 8:00AM-10:30AM

Location: JW Marriott Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Language: English

8.00 Registration & Breakfast

8.30 Opening Keynote Address

8.40 Panel Discussion

9.40 Interactive Q&A & Networking

10.30 End

SPEAKERS

Opening Address: UBS: Jason Bedford

Mr. Bedford is in the Asian Financial Institutions Research team at UBS, where he has a focus on China bank and non-bank lenders. Prior to that, he spent nearly nine years in Beijing primarily auditing and consulting for mainland financial services sector clients with KPMG. He had a core focus on the banking and shadow banking sectors, which included the trust sector, leasing, micro-finance and credit guarantee.

PANEL SPEAKERS:

Bain Capital Credit: Kei Chua

Kei Chua is a managing director based in Bain Capital Credit’s Hong Kong office and is a member of the Distressed and Special Situations team focused on special situations and portfolio investing. Previously, Mr. Chua was the co-head of Asia for Mount Kellett Capital focused on special situations and distressed investing. Prior to that, Mr. Chua was a partner with Unitas Capital, where he was responsible for investments in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chua worked at Cerberus Capital and DLJ in Hong Kong and New York earlier in his career.

Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Asset Exchange: Ruth Ru

Ms. Ru Xia is general manager of the cross-border business division of the Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Assets Exchange Ltd., an exchange backed by Ping An Insurance providing registrations, transfers, trading and settlement of distressed debt assets and other financial assets. Ms. Ru was previously financial officer of China Construction Bank branch in Dubai since 2013. She has also been deputy head of department of China Construction Bank Corporation Regional Audit Office (Hong Kong), and also the chief manager of audit department of CCB International (Holdings) Ltd.

Poseidon Capital Group: James Feng

James Feng is founding partner of Poseidon Capital Group, an investment firm focused on investing in non-performing loans, distressed debt, distressed real estate and distressed companies in China. Before founding Poseidon Capital, Mr. Feng worked at Partners Group, Apollo Global Management, HSBC Holdings and Morgan Stanley.

William Hay & Co: William Hay

Mr. William Hay is the founder of William Hay & Co.Ltd. He advises private equity funds and private equity backed companies on legal and related strategic issues arising from fund raising, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged finance and stock market listings and other forms of exit. Mr.Will’s previous experience includes serving as general counsel of Baring Private Equity Asia. Prior to joining Baring, he held similar positions in with GE Capital Asia and Colony Capital. He also acquired and turned around a distressed hotel in China. Will was a partner in a Wall Street law firm before relocating to Hong Kong in 1995.

KPMG: Wilson Pang

Wilson Pang is a partner and Head of Turnaround, Restructuring Services at KPMG.  He also leads KPMG China’s Special Situations team, helping Chinese state-owned and private-owned enterprises on restructuring and reform.  Over the last 4 years, Wilson and his team has assisted Chinese banks to dispose over Reminbi 350 billion NPLs into the market.  Prior to KPMG, Mr. Wilson was Head of China, Special Opportunity Fund & Senior Investment Professional at TRG Management Hong Kong Ltd., also known as the Rohatyn Group.  Wilson was previously also a Director of Citigroup’s Global Special Situation Group, where he was responsible for Greater China distressed assets, non-performing loans portfolios, pre-IPO and growth equity investments.

MODERATED BY:

China Money Network: Nina Xiang

Nina Xiang is the co-founder and managing editor overseeing editorial content and product development at China Money Network. Before founding China Money Network in 2011, Nina worked at BusinessWeek magazine in Beijing and Institutional Investor magazine in New York, covering business and financial services in China and the U.S. While in New York, she also served as part-time correspondent for Shanghai’s financial television channel China Business Network, as well as China Radio International, China’s national English-language radio network.

DISCUSSION TOPICS:

– How is the current distressed debt cycle different from past ones in China?

– For offshore investors, what are the developments that have made their investment proposition more viable and attractive? Conversely, what risks have become more pronounced?

– Which strategy appears most promising, and what are the constraints?

– What are the impact of multiple new entrants to the market? Does it mean a further squeeze to profitability to all players?

– Generalist vs. specialist: What are the key skills needed to navigate the highly risky distressed debt market in China?

Only limited seats are open for public registration. Registration is available here:

https://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/special-situations-forum-china-2017

ABOUT CHINA MONEY NETWORK:

China Money Network hosts an artificial intelligence (AI)-based bilingual platform that follows China’s smart investments, special situations and technology innovation every day. By tracking China’s private equity, venture capital and technology sectors, we deliver actionable data to our customers.

CMN provides a unique way to target deal makers, top decision-makers and business leaders in China and around the world. We are well positioned with our team of experts and advisors to uncover forward looking cross-border deal flows not only for our customers in China but those trying to enter this highly lucrative marketplace.

Millions of professionals rely on CMN to take the business pulse of China and to follow daily/weekly trends, expert network events, exclusive company rankings, customized thought leadership research, subscription-based digital services as well as our Chinese language platform www.zhongguojinrongtouziwang.com, bridging global investors with business opportunities in China.

CMN, founded in 2011, is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates from offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Los Angeles. We are an independent business owned by our founding team and employees.

For further inquiries, please contact:
Naveet McMahon: nm@chinamoneynetwork.com




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Nordic Thingy:52 IoT Sensor Kit shortlisted for top prize by renowned ‘creativity in electronics’ awards program




Hong Kong, China, November 27, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Nordic’s single-board Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy development kit recognized by industry-leading ACE Awards with inclusion in shortlist of highly-competitive category

Nordic Semiconductor announces that its Nordic Thingy:52#174; Bluetooth#174; Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) development kit has been shortlisted for a prize in the highly-competitive “Development Kit” category by the judges of the Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. The ACE Awards are a renowned awards program which showcases the industry’s most innovative electronics products.

Nordic Thingy:52 is a development kit based on Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE System-on-chip (SoC) and S132 SoftDevice (RF software protocol). The development kit enables an app developer with no firmware coding expertise or high-level development tools to quickly design and demonstrate Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and associated mobile device and Internet apps.

The Development Kit category of the ACE Awards presents an opportunity for major electronics and semiconductor vendors to submit their engineering support tools for critical analysis before a panel of 15 experts. The kudos associated with being shortlisted and winning the award is significant and encourages intense competition between companies across the globe. In addition to Nordic, the 2017 shortlist includes three other major semiconductor vendors from the U.S. and Japan.

The ACE Awards are organized by UBM plc, a global business-to-business events organiser headquartered in London and are held in collaboration with leading U.S. electronics design journals EE Times and EDN. The awards present the best of the best in today's electronics industry, including the hottest new products, start-up companies, design teams, executives, and more. The awards also celebrate the promise of new talent and innovation, and pay tribute to the lifetime achievement of a top industry veteran whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world.

"[The] finalists are a testament to the incredible strides the electronics industry has made this year,” said Suzanne Deffree, on behalf of the organizers. “The high caliber of submissions we received presented a unique challenge to our judges, and every one of our finalists should be immensely proud of the work they've accomplished that led to their selection."

The winner of the Development Kit category (and 16 other categories) of the ACE Awards will be announced at the San Jose Convention Center, Silicon Valley, CA, in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) on December 6, 2017.

About ACE Awards
http://ubm-ace.com/

About Nordic Thingy:52
nordicsemi.com/thingy

About nRF52832
tinyurl.com/nRF52832

About Nordic Semiconductor ASA
tinyurl.com/NordicSemi

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Rutronik and Infineon conclude distribution agreement for Asia




Hong Kong, China, November 27, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH and the Munich technology concern Infineon extend their distribution cooperation to include Asia. The agreement has already taken effect and includes the entire product portfolio.

“Power and automotive applications are especially interesting for Asia, as are automation and the area of lighting control. We see the e-bike and e-scooter segment as being a very large market in Asia. Especially in China, we can provide ‘best fit’ products with Infineon’s product range. E-mobility is being promoted much more strongly in China than in Europe,” points out Gerhard Weinhardt, Rutronik’s Global Marketing Director.

The power-related products that are particularly relevant for the Asian market include power management MOSFETs, IGBTs, SiCs and drivers. As far as the automotive segment is concerned, the emphasis is on HALL sensors and current sensors as well as specific microcontrollers. Encryption is another significant area. Here, Infineon supplies specific high-end solutions for securing systems against hacker attacks.

Andreas Mangler, Head of Strategic Marketing at Rutronik, explains: “Infineon is a top player in the area of innovative products for the target markets. We have been working very successfully together with Infineon for over 20 years and have grown continuously. I am sure that we shall also be able to provide significant benefits for our Asian customers through the worldwide supply chain and centralized process management.”

The long-term aim of the distribution extension is to augment the share of the Asian market. China will be a major factor here, simply because of the size of the market. Rutronik will be relying on the strong FAE (Field Application Engineer) team and its design-in work.

About Rutronik (www.rutronik.com)

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2016) and the number ten worldwide (SourceToday, May 2017). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 872 million euros in the fiscal year 2016.

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***Press Release*** Towngas Launches the Largest Landfill Gas Conversion Facility




Hong Kong, China, November 24, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Towngas Launches the Largest Landfill Gas Conversion Facility
of its kind in Asia
Proportion of Renewable Energy usage expected to rise to 5%
Towngas continues to put “Waste to Energy” into practice

【Hong Kong, 24 November 2017】 The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas) contributes in many ways toward building a green society and providing a healthier and more comfortable living environment for Hong Kong. Aiming to further improve air quality, the Tseung Kwan O South East New Territories (SENT) Landfill Gas Utilisation Project designed and implemented by Towngas was launched today. The SENT Landfill Gas Utilisation Project is the largest landfill gas conversion facility of its kind in Asia, with an investment of approximately HK$350 million. This is Towngas’ another landfill gas utilisation project, following its Ta Kwu Ling landfill gas project.

Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, officiated at the opening ceremony, along with Mr Joe Zorn, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Hong Kong, as Guests of Honour, and Mr Alfred Chan, the Managing Director of Towngas. When the facility starts operation, the proportion of using renewable energy is estimated to increase to approximately 5%, representing a significant step forward in practicing Towngas’ green mission of “Waste to Energy”.

Targeted Facilities Sophisticated Technology
In response to the Hong Kong environment and the landfill waste situation, the treatment facilities used in the landfill gas utilisation facility at Tseung Kwan O are specially designed and custom-made. The installation of landfill gas compressors and desulfurizers, the adoption of low-temperature purifiers (-25?c) and Pressure Swing Absorption transformers, and the application of the most advanced technology together contribute to a production capacity of 8,000 cubic metres of synthetic natural gas per hour. The landfill gas collected will be converted into synthetic natural gas in the facility, then transmitted to the offtake station in Tseng Lan Shue through a 12 km pipeline and finally integrated into the gas supply network. When the facility starts operation, it is projected that it will reduce the emission of carbon dioxide by 56,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the 2.4 million tree seedlings. The facility will be one of the largest energy conservation and emission reduction environmental projects in Hong Kong.

Virtual Reality Game Zone at Education Centre
After the opening ceremony, Mr Wong Kam-sing, Mr Joe Zorn and Mr Alfred Chan, visited the landfill gas utilisation facility to understand more about the process of converting and transmitting landfill gas. The officiating guests also visited the Education Centre which features the theme of “Waste Reduction at Source, Conversion of Waste into Energy”. They reviewed a number of exhibition panels introducing the landfills and renewable energy applications, and the officiating guests tried the Virtual Reality (VR) game in the VR Game Zone, which are designed to help the public understand more about the source of landfill gas and the procedure of converting waste into energy.

Building of a Green Society and the Promotion of “Waste to Energy”
Mr Wong Kam-sing said, “Today, the opening of the SENT Landfill Gas Utilisation Project represents a milestone on “Waste to Energy” in Hong Kong. I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to Towngas and Green Valley Landfill Limited on the completion of this project, thus contributing to Hong Kong’s “Waste to Energy” effort and easing the impact of climate change.”

Mr Alfred Chan was delighted with the launch of the landfill gas utilisation project at Tseung Kwan O, “Towngas is honoured to collaborate with the Environmental Protection Department and Green Valley Landfill Limited on this important project. This facility at Tseung Kwan O is the largest of its kind in Asia and the ejector designs at the off-take station is world’s number one. With the launching of the SENT Landfill Gas Utilisation facility, renewable energy ratio in town gas production will be increased to about 5%, signifying an important milestone of Towngas’ contribution in environmental protection.”

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Photo 1: The Towngas Landfill Gas Utilisation Project located at Tseung Kwan O was officially launched today. It is the largest landfill gas conversion facility of its kind in Asia. Mr Wong Kam-sing (centre), Secretary for the Environment, Mr Alfred Chan (left), Managing Director of Towngas, and Mr Joe Zorn, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Hong Kong, attended the opening ceremony.

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Photo 2: Mr Wong Kam-sing (centre), Secretary for the Environment, Mr Alfred Chan (left), Managing Director of Towngas, and Mr Joe Zorn (right), Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Hong Kong, visited the largest landfill gas utilisation facility of its kind in Asia.

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Photo 3: Mr Wong Kam-sing (centre), Secretary for the Environment, Mr Alfred Chan (left), Managing Director of Towngas, and Mr Joe Zorn (right), Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Hong Kong, visited the Education Centre at Tseung Kwan O. They tried the VR game to understand the source of landfill gas and the procedure of converting waste into energy at the VR Game Zone.

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Photo 4: The winning outfits of the Upcycling Fashion Design Competition, co-organised by Towngas and the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), were exhibited during the ceremony.

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Photo 5A 5B: The Education Centre’s theme is “Waste Reduction at Source, Conversion of Waste into Energy”. A number of exhibition panels about landfills and renewable energy applications are available. In addition, there is a VR Game Zone enabling visitors to understand the source of landfill gas and the procedure of turning waste into energy through VR games.

The Towngas VR game titled Turn Waste to Energy is now available for download at Google Play and App Store.

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Nokia Health Unveils Full Black and Rose Gold Steel Limited Edition




Hong Kong, China, November 22, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Nokia Health Unveils Full Black and Rose Gold Steel Limited Edition
Express personal style with premium models of the original Steel this holiday season

Hong Kong – November 21, 2017 – Nokia Health announced today the launch of Steel Limited Edition, introducing two new colors of Full Black and Rose Gold into the award-winning activity and sleep tracker range. Crafted with an eye to luxury watchmaking, Steel Limited Edition is the enhancement to the original sleek and sophisticated Steel to complete your look without compromising on style.

The Nokia Steel Limited Edition in Rose Gold (HKD 1,448) comes with silicone grey wristbands, while Full Black (HKD 1,248) comes with silicone black wristbands to complete your day and night look. The corrosion-resistant 316L Stainless Steel case shining in either rose gold or full black PVD coating makes the device extremely durable and attractive. Elevate your style while keeping track of your health by mix and matching wristbands easily with just a pull to the spring bar attached.

Like the original Steel, the limited edition watches feature two hand dials – one showing the time, and a sub-dial showing the percentage of daily activity goal achieved to keep you updated on your progress at one glance. The activity goal (e.g. 10,000 steps per day) can be set within the free Nokia Health Mate application, available for download on iOS and Android. Steel can automatically detect activities such as running and swimming, and will transition to monitor sleep when worn at night. Powered by a standard watch battery that lasts up to 8 months, there is no need for regular charging and the device is water-resistant up to 50 meters. For the fashion conscious individuals, Steel Limited Edition makes the perfect gift this holiday season.

Steel Limited Edition connects automatically to the Nokia Health Mate app so you can review a complete history of data including activity, sleep, weight, and more. Health Mate acts as a personal coach to track and motivate users in achieving activity goals through built-in coaching and wellness programs including Sleep Smarter and Better Body. Health Mate links with 100+ top health and fitness apps including Apple Health, Nike, RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.

Steel Limited Edition in Rose Gold is now available exclusively at J Select, while Full Black is available at TechLife Fortress, Ideal Digital, J Select and Broadway.

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Intralinks and Toppan Vintage Announce Global Strategic Alliance




Hong Kong, China, November 21, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Industry-leading VDR and world’s largest printing group empower dealmakers and corporate issuers with world-class technology and expertise

HONG Kong – November 21, 2017 – Toppan Vintage, a leading international financial printing, communications and technology company and Intralinks#174;, the world’s leading Virtual Data Room (VDR) provider, announced today a strategic partnership.

Intralinks and Toppan Vintage will jointly market and develop a suite of best-in-class services for deals, including the leading virtual data room, the industry’s only auto-pagination typesetting system and traditional financial printing services. Combining the best VDR and financial printing and communications solutions will enable dealmakers and issuers to be more productive than ever.

“We’re incredibly excited with the Intralinks’ alliance,” said Yeo Chee Tong, President CEO of Toppan Leefung Pte. Ltd., Toppan Vintage's parent company. “As one of the largest financial printing companies in the world, we’re proud to now offer our clients access to the world’s leading VDR provider. We’re confident that this sharing of services and capabilities will have enormous benefits for both Toppan Vintage’s and Intralinks’ clients.”

The alliance is designed to support both organization’s clients with cutting-edge solutions throughout the lifecycle of a deal and beyond, when issuers are public. Both existing and new clients will have access to a wide-range of full-service and SaaS solutions, including products for capital raising, due diligence, typesetting, SEC filings, printing and mailing. The combined services will equip these clients with secure, efficient and end-to-end collaboration during and after deals.

“This is an excellent collaboration for both ours and Toppan Vintage’s clients,” said Leif O’Leary, CEO of Intralinks. “Our market-leading virtual data room platform allows our clients to use collaboration as a competitive advantage, and to further drive their company-wide gains in the areas of productivity, efficiency and innovation. The newly refocused Intralinks remains committed to bringing superior solutions to the global deal making community and we are proud to offer it to Toppan Vintage’s clients. We look forward to working with Toppan Vintage and providing our clients with access to their exceptional financial printing capabilities.”

Intralinks’ industry-leading virtual data rooms facilitate more than 6,000 transactions annually, serving a community of more than 4.1 million registered users. Intralinks’ VDR is the leading solution for high-stakes, strategic transactions from MA due diligence to partnership negotiation. Their VDR capabilities feature complete document security, self-launch data rooms, artificial intelligence and mobile access.

Toppan Vintage has been a pioneer and trusted financial printing partner in the Asian financial markets for more than three decades, and has evolved into a global company serving corporations, investment companies, financial institutions and their legal and banking advisors. The firm plans to continue to aggressively grow their financial solutions and expand operations around the world.

About Toppan Vintage
Toppan Vintage, a leader in financial printing and communications solutions, is part of the Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., the world’s largest printing group, headquartered in Tokyo with approximately US$13 billion in annual sales. Toppan Vintage has been a pioneer and trusted partner in the financial markets for three decades, serving the financial, legal and corporate communities with meticulous, responsive service and unparalleled local market expertise and capabilities. Toppan Vintage’s expanding operations deliver a hassle-free experience for mission-critical content for capital markets transactions, financial reporting and regulatory compliance filings, investment companies and insurance providers. Learn more at www.toppanvintage.com.

About Intralinks
Intralinks is a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities. As pioneers of the virtual data room, Intralinks enables and secures the flow of information facilitating strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor reporting. In its 20-year history Intralinks has earned the trust and business of more than 99 percent of the Global Fortune 1000 and has executed over $34.7 trillion worth of financial transactions on its platform. For more information, visit www.intralinks.com.

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