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-Connected Consumers Driving Growth of Smart Devices in Asia Pacific - China Newswire (press release)

Hong Kong, China, June 26, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year

The consumer technology market in Asia Pacific (APAC) has grown tremendously over the past year, with the introduction of new technologies and advancements of existing technologies.

One innovative product that is gaining popularity in the market is the action camera. More brands (from 2 brands in 2015 to 13 brands in 2016) that offer 360-degree features have entered the market. In the last 12 months, emerging markets in APAC have been the key growth driver for such action cameras, registering 57% and 33% increase in sales volume and value respectively, while the region’s developed markets experienced a corresponding 9% and 40% growth last year.

Action cameras with 4K features are also selling well with sales accounting for...


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Sabah church scores hit with Hari Raya song at Sunday mass ... - Channel NewsAsia

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PETALING JAYA: A Catholic church in Sabah, Malaysia has won praise for playing a popular Hari Raya song on Sunday (Jun 25) after mass. It was also the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

A 27-second video on Facebook shows the church band playing an instrumental version of Suasana Hari Raya, and the clip has since chalked up nearly 30,000 views since it was posted on Sunday afternoon. 

Local media reported that this took place at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon. Its choir leader Harry Wong said the song was intended to show solidarity and spread love during the Hari Raya season.

"It's Hari Raya and we wanted to enjoy the festivities, and at the same time we wanted to show that it is not wrong to play a Hari Raya song in a church to mark the occasion," he...


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Russell Reynolds Associates Names Asia Pacific Leader - Hunt Scanlon Media (press release)

June 26, 2017 – Russell Reynolds Associates has named Peter L. O’Brien as the region head for Asia Pacific. He takes over from Peter Drummond-Hay, who returned to the firm’s New York office in March.

Mr. O’Brien will be responsible for managing Russell Reynolds’ business across the region and driving growth in key markets, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the firm’s global board and CEO advisory group. He advises clients on a range of leadership issues, including CEO and board succession. Previously, he led the global supply chain practice as well as the global industrial services & infrastructure sector for the firm.

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“The leadership talent market across Asia Pacific is at a unique crossroads,” said Mr. O’Brien. “Given the regulatory and business needs for enhanced board...


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Taipei, Guam lead Asia-Pacific regional tournament - Marianas Variety

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By Emmanuel T. Erediano - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Variety News Staff

TAIPEI continues to dominate the junior division of the Asia-Pacific Little League Regional Tournament with a double-header victory while Guam still keeps the upper hand in the senior division despite loss to the CNMI All-Stars, at the Francisco Tanko Palacios Baseball Field.

With leftfielder Lin Yi-Hsiang and third baseman Chao Chun-Hao blasting two RBIs in the strong second inning, Taipei shutout the CNMI in yesterday’s opener.

Pitcher Tseng Tsu Yu had eight strike outs.

Since the opening on Friday, Taipei has been showing dominance of the tournament with a 19-0, blow out win against the Philippines.

Sunday’s games were canceled due to heavy rains.

Taipei 18, Hong Kong 0

In the re-scheduled game versus Hong Kong in the afternoon yesterday, Taipei rounded the bases again and blanked Hong...


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Read more: Taipei, Guam lead Asia-Pacific regional tournament - Marianas Variety

Filipino vegetable farmers urged to tap growing Asia Pacific market - Manila Bulletin

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By Madelaine B. Miraflor

Global seed supplier East-West Seed is banking on the potential of Filipino vegetable farmers to be able to capture the growing Asia Pacific market, which is expected to worth US$3 billion by 2021.

The Philippines currently only has $240-million share in the growing Asia-Pacific vegetable market, lagging behind Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia and has to regularly import more than $3-million worth of vegetables to cater to local demand.

Mary Ann Sayoc, East-West Seed General Manager, said there is a lot of potential in the Philippine vegetable sector because the country’s production is not even enough yet to cover the demand locally.

“Annually, the country’s vegetable production is only increasing by almost 2 percent and the growth of area being dedicated to planting vegetables is at 1.7 percent. The country’s annual growth...


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Asia Pacific to drive global aviation growth in next 20 years - Philippine Star

Despite economic turbulence in many parts of the world, the outlook for the global aviation industry remains positive. Airbus executives see the Asia Pacific region as a strong engine for growth, saying the demand for new aircraft in the next two decades could soar to about 35,000 with the value estimated at $5.3 trillion. American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has an even higher forecast, placing the number of deliveries up to 2036 at over 41,000 jetliners valued at more than $6 trillion.

More and more Asian carriers are modernizing their fleet, among them Thai Airways which has drawn up plans to purchase about 30 new generation planes to replace its aging fleet. The modernization is part of the carrier’s efforts to recoup losses in the three years out of the last four, and sustain the profits it finally posted in 2016. Analysts agree the Thai airline can boost its competitiveness by...


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Household debt third in Asia-Pacific | Bangkok Post: business - Bangkok Post

Thailand's household debt was the third highest in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter of 2016, driven by the heavy load of first-jobbers' personal loans, say researchers at the central bank's think tank.

"Thailand's [debt-to-GDP] ratio was recorded as one of the highest in Asia-Pacific, and at the same level of developed countries, but the ability to repay back might not be at similar levels," said Sommarat Chantarat, head of the financial systems section at the Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research (PIER).

According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Thailand's household debt-to-GDP ratio in the third quarter of 2016 was 71.2%, trailing only Australia at 123% and South Korea at 91.6%.

The BIS's debt-to-GDP ratio calculations were based on smaller base of total debts while the ratio calculated by the Bank of Thailand was higher at 79.9% at the end of...


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Read more: Household debt third in Asia-Pacific | Bangkok Post: business - Bangkok Post

How expensive is international education in Asia Pacific? - Human Resources Online

Calling all L&D and corporate training professionals! Do not miss Asia’s premier conference on learning, training and corporate development strategy, Training & Development Asia. In Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Philippines and Singapore in July/August 2017 – Register Now.

When relocating to another country with their families, besides considering their potential salaries, as well as the cost of the living of their city of relocation, expats also have to consider the cost of education, either for themselves, or for their children – which can be quite expensive at times.

Based on ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2017, China leads the rankings as the most expensive country in Asia Pacific, and third in the world, while Singapore clinches the silver medal as the second most expensive country regionally, and fourth globally.

The five most expensive APAC countries for...


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Instinet Appoints CEO of Asia Pacific - HITC

Instinet Incorporated today announced that it has appointed Stuart Knowling as CEO of Instinet Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong.

Knowling has been the COO of Instinet Asia Pacific since 2010. During this time he has worked closely with the CEO and front office to develop Instinet’s business in the region while also managing the day to day operations of the corporate teams.

“Stuart has been instrumental in driving our growth in Asia. Under his leadership, our Asian operations have continuously expanded their coverage and operational capabilities while delivering the highest standards of execution to Instinet’s global client base,” said Jonathan Kellner, CEO of Instinet Holdings Incorporated.

Commenting on his appointment, Knowling said: "It's an exciting time for our industry. Instinet is well positioned to continue to help clients meet their best execution obligations with our...


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Rising demand lures Danish wind turbine maker to Mideast, Asia Pacific - BusinessWorld Online Edition

Vestas intends to be a “pioneer in new markets,” said Anders Runevad, chief executive, in a recent phone interview.

“There are markets in the Middle East which we hope will open up, and in Asia Pacific there are markets opening up now or that we have high hopes for when they open up,” he said. “These markets have growing energy needs.”

Vestas even introduced a new turbine that will be able to operate during the kinds of typhoons and tropical storms that can hit the Philippines and Japan.

The comments follow an earlier announcement that Vestas expects to start operating in Russia, where the Danish company is planning facilities after winning contracts to supply turbines to Fortum.

“Russia has a lot of potential,” Mr. Runevad said. “We have always been good at pioneering wind in new markets and have been good when we come in early.” He estimates the country “can become a good mid-sized...


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Read more: Rising demand lures Danish wind turbine maker to Mideast, Asia Pacific - BusinessWorld Online...

-Connected Consumers Driving Growth of Smart Devices in Asia Pacific - China Newswire (press release)

Hong Kong, China, June 26, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Action cameras, flat panel TVs and wearables were the fastest-growing technology products in the past year

The consumer technology market in Asia Pacific (APAC) has grown tremendously over the past year, with the introduction of new technologies and advancements of existing technologies.

One innovative product that is gaining popularity in the market is the action camera. More brands (from 2 brands in 2015 to 13 brands in 2016) that offer 360-degree features have entered the market. In the last 12 months, emerging markets in APAC have been the key growth driver for such action cameras, registering 57% and 33% increase in sales volume and value respectively, while the region’s developed markets experienced a corresponding 9% and 40% growth last year.

Action cameras with 4K features are also selling well with sales accounting for...


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Read more: -Connected Consumers Driving Growth of Smart Devices in Asia Pacific - China Newswire (press...

Sabah church scores hit with Hari Raya song at Sunday mass ... - Channel NewsAsia

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PETALING JAYA: A Catholic church in Sabah, Malaysia has won praise for playing a popular Hari Raya song on Sunday (Jun 25) after mass. It was also the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

A 27-second video on Facebook shows the church band playing an instrumental version of Suasana Hari Raya, and the clip has since chalked up nearly 30,000 views since it was posted on Sunday afternoon. 

Local media reported that this took place at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon. Its choir leader Harry Wong said the song was intended to show solidarity and spread love during the Hari Raya season.

"It's Hari Raya and we wanted to enjoy the festivities, and at the same time we wanted to show that it is not wrong to play a Hari Raya song in a church to mark the occasion," he...


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Read more: Sabah church scores hit with Hari Raya song at Sunday mass ... - Channel NewsAsia

Russell Reynolds Associates Names Asia Pacific Leader - Hunt Scanlon Media (press release)

June 26, 2017 – Russell Reynolds Associates has named Peter L. O’Brien as the region head for Asia Pacific. He takes over from Peter Drummond-Hay, who returned to the firm’s New York office in March.

Mr. O’Brien will be responsible for managing Russell Reynolds’ business across the region and driving growth in key markets, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the firm’s global board and CEO advisory group. He advises clients on a range of leadership issues, including CEO and board succession. Previously, he led the global supply chain practice as well as the global industrial services & infrastructure sector for the firm.

Asia Pacific Market

“The leadership talent market across Asia Pacific is at a unique crossroads,” said Mr. O’Brien. “Given the regulatory and business needs for enhanced board...


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Read more: Russell Reynolds Associates Names Asia Pacific Leader - Hunt Scanlon Media (press release)

Filipino vegetable farmers urged to tap growing Asia Pacific market - Manila Bulletin

Published

By Madelaine B. Miraflor

Global seed supplier East-West Seed is banking on the potential of Filipino vegetable farmers to be able to capture the growing Asia Pacific market, which is expected to worth US$3 billion by 2021.

The Philippines currently only has $240-million share in the growing Asia-Pacific vegetable market, lagging behind Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia and has to regularly import more than $3-million worth of vegetables to cater to local demand.

Mary Ann Sayoc, East-West Seed General Manager, said there is a lot of potential in the Philippine vegetable sector because the country’s production is not even enough yet to cover the demand locally.

“Annually, the country’s vegetable production is only increasing by almost 2 percent and the growth of area being dedicated to planting vegetables is at 1.7 percent. The country’s annual growth...


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Taipei, Guam lead Asia-Pacific regional tournament - Marianas Variety

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27 Jun 2017

By Emmanuel T. Erediano - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Variety News Staff

TAIPEI continues to dominate the junior division of the Asia-Pacific Little League Regional Tournament with a double-header victory while Guam still keeps the upper hand in the senior division despite loss to the CNMI All-Stars, at the Francisco Tanko Palacios Baseball Field.

With leftfielder Lin Yi-Hsiang and third baseman Chao Chun-Hao blasting two RBIs in the strong second inning, Taipei shutout the CNMI in yesterday’s opener.

Pitcher Tseng Tsu Yu had eight strike outs.

Since the opening on Friday, Taipei has been showing dominance of the tournament with a 19-0, blow out win against the Philippines.

Sunday’s games were canceled due to heavy rains.

Taipei 18, Hong Kong 0

In the re-scheduled game versus Hong Kong in the afternoon yesterday, Taipei rounded the bases again and blanked Hong...


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Read more: Taipei, Guam lead Asia-Pacific regional tournament - Marianas Variety

Safetrac wins top Asia Pacific award - HRM New Zealand

A wholly-owned subsidiary of leading law firm MinterEllison, Safetrac was awarded the following in partnership with its clients:

  • Platinum for Best Compliance Training Program – with Salmat Limited, for the delivery of a complete compliance training suite to Salmat's entire workforce within Australia and overseas
  • Platinum for Best Workplace Health and Safety Courseware – with Museums Victoria, for creating a bespoke training module on workplace safety that focused on handling hazardous substances within the Museum's vast artefacts collections
  • Gold for Best Bitesize Learning Design – with Australian Unity Limited, for creating a bespoke Aged Care-specific compliance training suite.

The awards highlight Safetrac’s expertise in delivering customised online courses to help businesses reduce risk and ensure compliance with legislation such as the 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act.

Dr Ross...


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Asia Pacific to drive global aviation growth in next 20 years - Philippine Star

Despite economic turbulence in many parts of the world, the outlook for the global aviation industry remains positive. Airbus executives see the Asia Pacific region as a strong engine for growth, saying the demand for new aircraft in the next two decades could soar to about 35,000 with the value estimated at $5.3 trillion. American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has an even higher forecast, placing the number of deliveries up to 2036 at over 41,000 jetliners valued at more than $6 trillion.

More and more Asian carriers are modernizing their fleet, among them Thai Airways which has drawn up plans to purchase about 30 new generation planes to replace its aging fleet. The modernization is part of the carrier’s efforts to recoup losses in the three years out of the last four, and sustain the profits it finally posted in 2016. Analysts agree the Thai airline can boost its competitiveness by...


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Read more: Asia Pacific to drive global aviation growth in next 20 years - Philippine Star

Household debt third in Asia-Pacific | Bangkok Post: business - Bangkok Post

Thailand's household debt was the third highest in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter of 2016, driven by the heavy load of first-jobbers' personal loans, say researchers at the central bank's think tank.

"Thailand's [debt-to-GDP] ratio was recorded as one of the highest in Asia-Pacific, and at the same level of developed countries, but the ability to repay back might not be at similar levels," said Sommarat Chantarat, head of the financial systems section at the Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research (PIER).

According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Thailand's household debt-to-GDP ratio in the third quarter of 2016 was 71.2%, trailing only Australia at 123% and South Korea at 91.6%.

The BIS's debt-to-GDP ratio calculations were based on smaller base of total debts while the ratio calculated by the Bank of Thailand was higher at 79.9% at the end of...


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Read more: Household debt third in Asia-Pacific | Bangkok Post: business - Bangkok Post

Rising demand lures Danish wind turbine maker to Mideast, Asia Pacific - BusinessWorld Online Edition

Vestas intends to be a “pioneer in new markets,” said Anders Runevad, chief executive, in a recent phone interview.

“There are markets in the Middle East which we hope will open up, and in Asia Pacific there are markets opening up now or that we have high hopes for when they open up,” he said. “These markets have growing energy needs.”

Vestas even introduced a new turbine that will be able to operate during the kinds of typhoons and tropical storms that can hit the Philippines and Japan.

The comments follow an earlier announcement that Vestas expects to start operating in Russia, where the Danish company is planning facilities after winning contracts to supply turbines to Fortum.

“Russia has a lot of potential,” Mr. Runevad said. “We have always been good at pioneering wind in new markets and have been good when we come in early.” He estimates the country “can become a good mid-sized...


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2nd US Navy Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Asia Pacific | The ... - The Diplomat

A second supercarrier has entered the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations.

The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, the lead ship of her class, has deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Navy announced on June 22.

The Nimitz strike group consisting of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton arrived in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet area of operations on June 21.

The Seventh Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward deployed fleet with its area of operations stretching from the International Date Line to the India-Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South.

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“While operating on patrol in Seventh Fleet, Nimitz is...


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