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    TOKYO, Nov 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation and a leading Australian ICT solutions and services firm, have been selected to supply 10Gbps E-band radio equipment and professional services for Spirit Telecom.

    Spirit Telecom is a public company listed on the Australian stock exchange providing independent Super-Fast Internet, cloud solutions, and unified communication services to Australians.

    Sprit telecom has a significant NEC Wireless backhaul footprint in the Gold Coast through the acquisition of World Without Wires with over 40 iPASOLINK IX radio terminals deployed to provide high capacity backhaul for corporate voice and data services.

    As part of an existing contract, NEC will supply an additional 70 iPASOLINK EX-A terminals with 10Gbps full duplex throughput over the Spirit network.

    The NEC solution allows Spirit Telecom to replace expensive and limited capacity fibre lease line services with a partial mesh E-band Microwave infrastructure, which provides more capacity, resilience and fast return of investment.

    The iPASOLINK EX-A is NEC's next generation carrier grade E-band radio equipment with the highest 10Gbps full duplex throughput per terminal, providing fibre like capacity. In addition, the solution supports key features such as H-QoS, AES encryption, 1588v.2 synchronisation, dual 10Gbps SFP+ interfaces, dual power feed options, and ERPS ring protection, which are all key features in next generation network architectures.

    NEC Australia is committed to NEC's global ambition to orchestrate a brighter world by creating social value through cutting edge technologies that support safer, sustainable and prosperous societies.

    "The Spirit Telecom win is another example of NEC's leadership and expertise in microwave radio solutions. Our market leading 10Gbps Wireless solution enables Spirit Telecom to reduce their operational cost, while increasing resilience in their network," said Krisztian Som, Radio Solutions Business Manager at NEC Australia.

    "Spirit Telecom has gone through an extensive market evaluation and proof of concept testing and selected NEC as the market leader in this space to upgrade and extend our network coverage in Melbourne with capacity never thought possible in wireless," said Geoff Neate, Managing Director at Spirit Telecom.

    About NEC Australia

    NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.

    NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    PowerSelect's unique 15-minute live auction helps businesses secure the best electricity offers in the shortest possible time

    SINGAPORE, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - A new online portal which helps businesses purchase electricity efficiently - PowerSelect by Energy Market Company (EMC) - has enabled Sakae Holdings to save more than $12,000* in electricity bills over the next 12 months.

    PowerSelect is developed by EMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX), and is the most comprehensive electricity procurement portal for businesses in Singapore. PowerSelect offers different procurement options including a unique 15-minute live auction, houses data from the wholesale and futures electricity markets to help businesses make decisions around their electricity purchases, and is supported by a good mix and number of electricity retailers in Singapore.

    Says SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye: "EMC has a 15-year track record in enhancing the efficiency and transparency of Singapore's wholesale electricity market. Tapping on this experience, SGX launched Asia's first electricity futures market to support the liberalisation of Singapore's power sector, providing electricity retailers with an avenue to hedge their risks. I am delighted that we are now extending our services to benefit business consumers as well."

    EMC has been licensed by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to operate Singapore's wholesale electricity market since 2003. "We understand the power business and have strong ties with industry players like electricity generators and retailers. PowerSelect was developed with the knowledge, experience and relationships that we have built over the years," says Toh Seong Wah, CEO of EMC.

    PowerSelect serves businesses with an average monthly consumption of at least 10MWh, which is equivalent to a monthly electricity bill of at least $2,000. Sakae Holdings is PowerSelect's first customer (see Annex A for a case study on Sakae Holdings' electricity procurement exercise through PowerSelect).

    Says Mr Douglas Foo, Chairman of Sakae Holdings: "Sakae's innovative culture means we are constantly looking for ways to improve our business model and operations. We are very pleased with the results of our electricity procurement through PowerSelect. Not only did we achieve our desired outcome of securing a better electricity package, we also saved substantial time and effort that we would otherwise have to spend sourcing for quotes and negotiating with electricity retailers."

    Different electricity procurement options on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect offers businesses a choice of different electricity procurement options. Businesses that wish to avoid the time-consuming process of comparing quotes can call for Live Auctions, where electricity retailers compete for their contracts within a 15-minute timeframe. The competitive and transparent bidding process helps businesses secure the best electricity offers in the shortest possible time. PowerSelect Live Auctions work best for businesses that prefer Fixed Price Plans or Discount Off Tariff Plans (see Annex B for details).

    Businesses with unique or special requirements can purchase electricity through Invitations to Tender. Under this method of procurement, electricity retailers prepare customised proposals for the customers' consideration. The retailers are incentivised to put forward their best offers upfront as they have no visibility of other retailers' proposals.

    Good mix and number of participating electricity retailers on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect's participating retailers comprise a good mix of retailers with power generation arms as well as independent retailers. As of November 2018, a total of 11 electricity retailers have come on board, which means businesses can conveniently access a wide range of offers at one go.

    Sunseap Energy is one of the electricity retailers participating in PowerSelect. Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director of Sunseap Group, says, "EMC has an excellent track record in operating Singapore's wholesale electricity market, and we are happy that it is extending its expertise into the retail market. Sunseap Energy is pleased to come on board PowerSelect as it provides us with another avenue to reach more customers."

    Access to electricity price data on PowerSelect

    Businesses can also access data from the spot and futures electricity markets on PowerSelect, to help them in planning and decision making. PowerSelect is the only electricity procurement portal that houses data such as wholesale and futures electricity prices, which are exclusively held by EMC and SGX.

    EMC will explore the possibility of extending the portal to small electricity consumers like households in future.

    See the Full Release with Annexes at: www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/EMC_201811.pdf

    About Energy Market Company

    Energy Market Company (EMC) operates the wholesale market of the National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), which is Asia's first liberalised electricity market. EMC completes the connection between those who make electricity in Singapore and those who use it.

    As the exchange for wholesale electricity trading, EMC provides a transparent and competitive trading platform and its key activities include calculating prices, scheduling generation, clearing and settling market transactions as well as supporting governance of the market. EMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX). For more information on EMC, please visit www.emcsg.com.

    For Media Enquiries, please contact:

    Hsu Lin
    Senior Account Manager
    Ninemer Public Relations
    Email: hsulin@ninemer.com

    Charlene Ho
    Senior Account Manager
    Ninemer Public Relations
    Email: charleneho@ninemer.com

    * Amount of additional savings compared to the best offer that Sakae obtained on its own. Computed based on the regulated tariff for Q4 2018 ($241.30/MWh per month) and Sakae's average monthly electricity consumption.


     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    HONG KONG, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc. ("Changfeng" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), a company listed on the Canadian Exchange (TSXV: CFY), announced that it has completed construction of the 2.0 kilometer (1.4 miles) pipeline connecting the existing provincial natural gas trunk lines to the Gaoyao Combined Heat, Power and Cold Natural Gas Power Plant ("Datang Gaoyao Plant") owned by Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. ("Guangdong Datang"). Guangdong Datang began trial operation of the pipeline on 14 November 2018.

    Changfeng is currently in negotiations with Guangdong Datang and Guangdong Grid on a definitive agreement to provide gas transmission service to the Datang Gaoyao Plant and expects to execute the definitive agreement in the near term.

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a leading integrated smart energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in China. Changfeng has been listed on the Toronto stock exchange of Canada ("TSXV") since 2008, and is the only natural gas company in China listed on the TSXV. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as one of China's Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the natural gas industry. For details of Changfeng, please visit: www.changfengenergy.com.

    About Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd.
    Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Datang International Power Generation Co., Ltd. ("Datang International"). Together with its subsidiaries, Datang International engages in power generation and power plant development in the PRC. It operates through power generation, coal, and other segments. Datang International generates electricity through various sources, such as coal-fired, thermal, hydro, wind, nuclear, solar, and natural gas. As of December 31, 2017, Datang International managed an installed capacity of approximately 48,031.175 MW. Datang International also engages in heat supply; the import of power related fuel; coal mining and trading; silicon and aluminium smelting; the production and sale of alumina; cargo shipping; the sale of coal ash and integrated application of solid wastes; the repair and testing of power equipment; and the provision of power related technical services. Datang International was formerly known as Beijing Datang Power Generation Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, PRC.


     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Rally Australia: Day 3

    Toyota City, Japan, Nov 19, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team claimed the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers' title(1) in style at the final round in Australia with a rally victory for Jari-Matti Latvala. Esapekka Lappi finished in fourth place to help Toyota clinch the manufacturers' crown in just the second season of its return to the WRC. It is the fourth occasion that Toyota has won the manufacturers' title in the WRC: the first time since 1999.

    The strong performance of the Toyota Yaris WRC was demonstrated again on the final round, with Ott Tanak and Latvala moving to the top of the leaderboard during Saturday. Sunday was characterised by very muddy and slippery forest stages and the tricky conditions caught out a number of drivers. These included Tanak, who had to retire on the penultimate stage after hitting a tree.

    Latvala, co-driven by Miikka Anttila, avoided mistakes and took three stage wins on the final day to clinch victory by 32.5 seconds: the team's fifth win of 2018. Lappi also won a stage to complete a strong drive in his final event before departing the team. Tanak, Latvala and Lappi finished the season third, fourth and fifth respectively in the driver's standings, with Tanak fighting for the drivers' title until the final day in Australia and all three contributing significantly towards the manufacturers' title.

    Quotes

    Akio Toyoda (Team Chairman)
    "Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka for the Rally Australia win! As you had difficult times this season, I am very glad to see you standing on the top of the podium finally at the end of the year. And with that victory, we could win the manufacturers' title. I feel so grateful, as team chairman, that we could get such a great result in the second year of our challenge after returning to the WRC following 18 years away! I am full of gratitude to Tommi who has kept strengthening the Yaris WRC in order to win this title, all the team members who supported Tommi, and the six drivers and co-drivers who kept driving the Yaris towards our goal whatever happened. Thank you very much, and huge congratulations! I also feel glad that we could share this pleasure of victory with the fans who kept cheering for us, and also our partners who have fought with us as one. Thank you very much for supporting us."

    Tommi Makinen (Team Principal)
    "It is an absolutely amazing feeling today. This was the toughest final round of a season that I can remember. Ott"s retirement so near the end was a big disappointment, but it was absolutely brilliant that Jari-Matti could win again. Esapekka also helped us score the points we needed. We started this project three-and-a-half years ago and we have developed much faster than we imagined. Last year we were here to learn and to gather data. In the second half of this season we were able to find a lot of improvements with the car. This is the result of the huge effort from everybody in the team, and I am sure this success will just further motivate them to continue improving in 2019."

    Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 7)
    "I am so happy to win again. It was quite a relief after such a long time! The conditions today were incredibly demanding, and it would have been very easy to go off the road. Everything went my way today, and I am sorry for Ott that his rally ended that way. I was very excited and nervous at the start of the final stage, but we managed to do it. To win the manufacturers' title is fantastic. I am so proud of the team and what they have created. Everybody has worked so hard and they deserve this reward!"

    Ott Tanak (Driver car 8)
    "Congratulations to everybody in the team. They have done a great job. Personally, I can be disappointed about how it ended for me today, but in general I am really happy: I have the strongest car in the championship and strong people around me. It was a great battle all year, we were always trying our best. I went off in a really tricky stage with a lot of muddy places. I think it didn't change too much in either championship. I am really happy with my season and we will keep pushing next year."

    Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 9)
    "Today was definitely one of the toughest days of the season: the conditions were very tricky and that meant you couldn't enjoy the driving quite as much today. It is nice to end this part of my career in this way, by helping the team win the manufacturers' title. I really wanted to finish on top but at least we had a good rally where we were back on the pace. Thank you to everyone in the team for their support."

    FINAL RESULT, RALLY AUSTRALIA
    1. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) - 2h59m52.0s
    2. Hayden Paddon / Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) - +32.5s
    3. Mads Ostberg / Torstein Eriksen (Citroen C3 WRC) - +52.2s
    4. Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) - +1m02.3s
    5. Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) - +2m30.8s
    6. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) - +3m05.1s
    7. Craig Breen / Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) - +6m28.8s
    8. Alberto Heller / Jose Luis Diaz (Ford Fiesta R5) - +22m28.5s
    9. Steve Glenney / Andrew Sarandis (Skoda Fabia R5) - +27m01.8s
    10. Jourdan Serderidis / Lara Vanneste (Ford Fiesta WRC) - +35m14.1s
    Retired: Ott Tanak / Martin Jarveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC)

    Team Chairman Akio Toyoda, message in full

    Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka for the Rally Australia win! As you had difficult times this season, I am very glad to see you standing on the top of the podium finally at the end of the year.

    And with that victory, we could win the manufacturers' title.

    I feel so grateful, as team chairman, that we could get such a great result in the second year of our challenge after returning to the FIA World Rally Championship following 18 years away!

    I am full of gratitude to Tommi who has kept strengthening the Yaris WRC in order to win this title, all the team members who supported Tommi, and the six drivers and co-drivers who kept driving the Yaris towards our goal whatever happened. Thank you very much, and huge congratulations!

    I also feel glad that we could share this pleasure of victory with the fans who kept cheering for us, and also our partners who have fought with us as one. Thank you very much for supporting us.

    When this challenge began, we promised with Tommi and the team members only two things: "We hate to lose! Let's win together!" and "For that reason, let's always make sure the current Yaris is the always strongest!"

    How could we make driving challenging roads more pleasant? The team constantly examined this and continued to improve the Yaris every day. I believe that this greatest result was achieved because they practiced the belief that "We make today's Yaris to be better than yesterday's."

    These promises with Tommi and the team members will not to end with this victory. Our team will continue to learn on the world's roads so that we make the Yaris the car that drivers want to keep driving. And, Toyota will strive to deliver the lessons we gained here to customers as quickly as possible. I would like to ask for your continuous support for next season as well. Thank you very much.

    (1) Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    Toyota City, Japan, Nov 19, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing overcame challenging weather conditions in China to win the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the fifth round of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

    The #7 TS050 HYBRID crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez won their second successive race, following victory at Fuji Speedway, to close the gap in the drivers' World Championship to five points with three races remaining.

    Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in the #8 TS050 HYBRID retain the World Championship lead following their second place, while TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads the teams' standings by 28 points as a result of its fourth one-two of the season.

    On the day when TOYOTA GAZOO Racing won the World Rally Championship manufacturers' title following victory on Rally Australia, changing and difficult weather conditions made for a challenging six hours for the WEC team.

    Morning rain forced a safety car start due to treacherous track conditions but even driving at reduced speed proved risky and soon an accident further down the field prompted a red flag, with the pole position #7 TS050 HYBRID leading from the #8 car.

    A minor improvement in conditions allowed a short green flag period around 70 minutes after the start and during this Jose ran slightly wide in the #7 which allowed Sebastien to claim the lead for the #8, prior to another safety car and red flag sequence.

    Soon after the two-hour mark, the race re-started behind the safety car again. The TS050 HYBRID required a refuelling stop on lap 27, during which Kamui took over the #7 and Fernando got behind the wheel of the #8, both temporarily towards the back of the field until other cars too made their pit stops.

    When the running order stabilised around half distance, Fernando was second with Kamui, delayed due to time lost in a congested pit lane, fourth. Fernando battled through GT cars to overtake the #1 Rebellion for the lead, while Kamui was similarly spectacular in passing Jenson Button's #11 SMP for second.

    The next safety car, for a damaged LMP1 on the start-finish straight, came with just over two hours remaining. Kamui had to make a fuel stop on lap 55 and the team focused on keeping the race lead for as long as possible considering the successive safety car and red flag periods, bringing Fernando in for his fuel stop a lap later. That additional lap cost more time than expected due to a combination of factors and Fernando briefly dropped to third before overtaking the #11 SMP.

    Track conditions slowly improved and the TS050 HYBRIDs stretched their advantage at the front. The final driver change with around 70 minutes remaining saw Mike take over the leading #7 with Kazuki in the #8 pushing hard to close the gap, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

    The weather took a turn for the worse in the final 30 minutes, with steady rain, but despite another safety car closing up the field, Mike held on to win by 1.419 seconds.

    The 2018-19 WEC season resumes after a long winter break with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring in Florida on 15 March, prior to a race at Spa and the season-finale at Le Mans in June.

    Hisatake Murata, Team President
    "This race was the start of the second half of this season so I am pleased to have another one-two victory, especially in such weather. We got the one-two finish we were aiming for but we found some things which can be improved in the future, when such situations occur again. Finally, I want to give my big congratulations to our friends at TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT on winning the World Rally Championship today; it's a fantastic achievement in just the second season back."

    TS050 HYBRID #7

    Race: 1st, 113 laps, 8 pit stops. Grid: 1st. Fastest lap: 2min 01.995secs

    Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7)
    "It was not an easy race for me in those conditions; visibility was very difficult when it started raining at the end and the tyres were not up to temperature. I'm really happy with the result so big congratulations to the whole team, and thanks to my car crew and team-mates for another solid job. It's great to win and continue the momentum from Fuji, especially as it's the last race of the year. Now we will keep pushing over the winter so we can finish the season strongly."

    Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7)
    "The team did a great job and Mike and Jose did well; I'm really pleased to win again. My stint was a hard one because I came out behind the safety car and there were many other cars from other categories around me in heavy rain with very little visibility. I concentrated on minimising risk and overtaking cleanly, with the belief that the safety car would need to come out again. When it did and we were leading, I just focused on keeping a gap."

    Jose Maria Lopez (TS050 HYBRID #7)
    "The team did a fantastic job today in very tricky conditions so thanks a lot to them. It is fantastic to have achieved the win today. From my side it was a short but really hard race. There was a lot of water on the track at the start and, as the first car, I had the advantage of better visibility but I was also the first to reach each of the rivers across the circuit. Fortunately I kept the car on track despite a small mistake at the hairpin."

    TS050 HYBRID #8

    Race: 2nd, 113 laps, 9 pit stops. Grid: 2nd. Fastest lap: 2min 01.381secs

    Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8)
    "I did the first stint when the conditions were very difficult but our car was strong even in these very wet conditions. Personally I am happy with my driving as I could take the lead from the sister car. I think we had a very quick car and the speed for the victory but the #7 crew had a bit more luck with their pit stops so the final result is a bit disappointing."

    Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8)
    "It was a difficult race in difficult conditions. We had a good car but we had bad luck with our pit stop during the safety car. I think we were unlucky for the second race in a row and I hope the luck will come back to us in the future. The year is over but the WEC season still has three races remaining and we will push to get back into the middle of the podium."

    Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8)
    "It was a tough race due to the weather conditions, the amount of water on the track and the safety car periods. Wet weather races are always very stressful, also in terms of visibility. I think we had a good, fast car and did the best we could; we were quite competitive today and could fight for the win. In the end it did not work out but we will try it again next time."

    6 Hours of Shanghai results

    1st: #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing - 113 laps
    2nd: #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing - +1.419secs
    3rd: #11 SMP (Aleshin / Petrov / Button) - +1 lap
    4th: #1 Rebellion (Jani / Lotterer / Senna) - +1 lap
    5th: #3 Rebellion (Beche / Laurent / Menezes) - +3 laps
    6th: #10 DragonSpeed (Allen / Hanley / Van der Zande) - +3 laps

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    Experiencing disability through VR
    Remote class instruction with fully spherical camera
    An expert provides remote education consulting
    Aiming to provide high quality, inclusive, and fair education to all people, in accordance with Goal 4 of the SDGs

    TOKYO, Nov 19, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Kagawa University today announced that they have launched a trial study using technologies such as virtual reality (VR)(1) and telepresence(2) to promote understanding of disabilities and improve expertise in special needs education. With the cooperation of the Kagawa Prefectural Board of Education, the Shodoshima Town Board of Education, and the Tonosho Town Board of Education, Fujitsu and Kagawa University have embarked on a study with the goal of delivering inclusive education where everyone can learn together, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. The study will be conducted from November 20, 2018 through March 31, 2019, involving about 50 teachers and support staff at a total of five schools, including Shodoshima region elementary and middle schools involved in educating children with disabilities, as well as a high school where the special class instruction system was implemented beginning in the 2018 school year.

    The study will also include the teachers and staff at an education center in Kagawa Prefecture that conducts research on education as well as training for those working in educational fields. The special class instruction system is regulated by the School Education Law. Under this law, children and students with disabilities receive the majority of their lessons with the rest of their grade level, but also receive special instruction between one and eight times a week in a separate classroom in order to improve or overcome difficulties due to their disability. For the 2018 school year, this system was extended from elementary and middle schools to include high schools.

    In this study, three trials will be conducted, consisting of a disability VR experience, which uses VR to simulate the difficulties experienced by children with disabilities, training through remote observation of lessons, using a fully spherical camera capable of capturing 360 degrees video, and remote education consulting, which connects experts providing training with teachers on isolated islands through video conferencing. Ultimately, the trials aim to offer support for instructors that handle special classes by raising their expertise and deepening teachers' understanding of disabilities. In addition to evaluating the effectiveness of these three methods, the study will also consider an effective ICT utilization model for inclusive education.

    Background

    In order to deliver inclusive education, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) began the special class instruction system in elementary and middle schools in 1993, providing opportunities for special instruction for students with disabilities to help them overcome difficulties they might encounter in learning or in their daily lives. This system was expanded in April 2018 to encompass high schools as well. Educational authorities have recommended that all teachers engaged in classroom instruction have a certain level of expertise in special needs education, but this effort has faced a number of issues. These challenges include a lack of experts to train teachers, insufficient understanding of disabilities on the part of schools and teachers, and geographic difficulties in providing teachers at schools on isolated islands or remote areas with training from experts in special needs education. In order to resolve these issues, Kagawa University and Fujitsu will conduct a trial study using ICT to promote the understanding of disabilities by teachers and support staff, and on providing remote training and support from experts.

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    Summary of the Trial Study

    1. Goal

    The study aims to deepen the understanding of disabilities on the part of teachers and support staff at elementary, middle, and high schools on remote islands, as well as improve expertise in special needs education through training, in order to deliver inclusive education.

    2. Time Period

    November 20, 2018 through March 31, 2019

    3. Teacher and Support Staff Participants

    About 50 people at the following five elementary, middle, and high schools in the Shodoshima region and elsewhere, as well as at the Kagawa Prefectural Education Center.

    - Kagawa Prefectural Education Center
    - Syodoshima Chuo High School
    - Nouma Elementary School
    - Shodoshima Junior High School
    - Tonosho Junior High School
    - Sakaide Elementary School (affiliated with the Kagawa University Department of Education)
    - Trial flow diagram
    - Trial flow diagram

    4. Trial Study Details

    1. Disability VR experience teaching greater understanding of disabilities, using VR to simulate the difficulties experienced by children with disabilities

    Professors Satoshi Sakai and Eiichi Miyazaki of the Kagawa University Faculty of Education and their teams will work with Fujitsu to build a VR environment to teach people the difficulties experienced by children with disabilities through a VR simulation. The organizations will use a VR head-mounted display to provide teachers and support staff with a simulated experience of the hypersensitivity of those with autism, via a spherical video created by the UK's National Autistic Society, and then evaluate the effectiveness of this experience.

    2. Training through remote observation of lessons, using a fully spherical camera capable of capturing 360 degrees video

    Video of classes for students who need special support will be captured using fully spherical cameras set up in the classroom, and experts will watch the video using equipment such as a head mounted display that provides a sense of being there, providing appropriate advice to teachers and support staff on topics such as teaching methods and how they approach their students.

    3. Remote education consulting, connecting teachers on isolated islands with trainers through video conferencing

    Professors Satoshi Sakai and Eiichi Miyazaki of the Kagawa University Faculty of Education and their teams will work with Fujitsu to connect (Cisco TelePresence) video conference system by Cisco Systems and the (Cisco Webex Meetings) web meeting service by Cisco Systems through Fujitsu Managed Infrastructure Service FENICS II Universal Connect, Fujitsu's network service, building a remote support system so that teachers and support staff at schools on isolated islands and in remote areas can receive appropriate advice. The study will be able to confirm the effectiveness of face-to-face remote education consulting through screens using this system.

    Future Developments

    Kagawa University and Fujitsu plan to widely publish the results of this trial study into remote teaching consultation and remote training to audiences such as educational institutions across Japan. In addition, Fujitsu will develop ICT services that reflect those results, contributing to the achievement of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all," which aims to achieve targets such as promoting the flourishing of all types of people.

    (1) Virtual reality Technology for creating environments that feel like real experiences and that seem to exist despite not having an original object through displaying objects three-dimensionally using 3D data.
    (2) Telepresence Technology that provides a very real sense of being in one location from another location, utilizing technologies such as high quality sound and high resolution video.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

    For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
    This release at www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/.

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    Exhibit: Scents Museum of Hong Kong (Designer: Jacqueline Chak) - Inspired by the idea of preserving scents, the designer has joined with candle-master Xavier from Moon Laboratory to create a series of quintessential flavours and smells of Hong Kong using candles. The unique scents include Hoe Hin White Flower Embrocation, pineapple buns, egg tarts, Dit Da Jow (a popular Chinese liniment), egg waffles, the Michelia x alba tree, curry fish balls and Chinese herbal tea
    Young Designers Reinterpret Aspects of Traditional Local Culture

    HONG KONG, Nov 19, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the second edition of DesignInspire returns next month (6-8 Dec) to promote design and innovation through an array of interactive exhibits, creative designs and award-winning projects.

    As a prelude to DesignInspire, and as part of a citywide promotion, the first leg of the "RetroInnovations" Exhibition opens today and runs until 25 Nov at Times Square in Causeway Bay. The second leg of the exhibition, featuring 15 different works from another group of designers, will feature at the Gallery by the Harbour in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, from 27 Nov-3 Dec. The project is supported by the Design Council of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

    Local Designers' Installations Bridge the Past and Future

    Twenty-six young local design talents from various disciplines - including architecture, product design and fashion/accessories design - were invited by the HKTDC to create a series of contemporary installations under the theme "RetroInnovations" to pay tribute to aspects of the city's traditional culture and craftsmanship. The five installations displayed at Times Square will engage all the five senses - smell, taste, hearing, touch and vision - of visitors to the exhibition.

    Visitors are welcome to interact with the installations and experience how creativity improves living, bridges the past and the future, and helps promote a positive spirit among city dwellers from all walks of life.

    DesignInspire Opens Next Month

    The second edition of DesignInspire, organised as part of Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, runs from 6-8 Dec at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Under the theme "Co-create a Happy City", the expo will gather design talents from nine countries and regions, including this year's Partner City, Melbourne, and will present a series of "InnoTalks" to showcase global creativity.

    One of the highlights of this year's DesignInspire is the "Urbanovation" pavilion, which features innovative designs and the latest technologies, such as robotics applications, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) education and smart living, that are helping to create more liveable and more efficient cities. Another focus will be the "Hong Kong Creative Force" pavilion, which spotlights local creativity and craftsmanship.

    DesignInspire is open to the public, with free admission over all three days of the event.

    RetroInnovations x 5 Senses Roadshow - Part I
    Date: 19-25 Nov 2018
    Time: 10am-10pm
    Venue: Times Square (Covered Piazza. Ground Floor), Causeway Bay

    RetroInnovations Roadshow - Part II
    Date: 27 Nov-3 Dec 2018
    Time: 11am-10pm
    Venue: Harbour City (Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Ocean Centre), Tsim Sha Tsui

    DesignInspire
    Date: 6-8 Dec 2018 (Thursday to Saturday)
    Opening Hours: 6-7 Dec: 9:30am-7pm; 8 Dec: 9:30am-6:30pm
    Venue: Halls 3DE, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    Website: www.designinspire.com.hk
    Free admission

    Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2BguyaF

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Banbi Chen, Tel: +852 2584 4525, Email: banbi.yc.chen@hktdc.org

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    HONG KONG, Nov 19, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc. ("Changfeng" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), which is listed on the Canadian Exchange (TSXV: CFY), announced that Changfeng's trial run of a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") shipment from Canada to the PRC using ISO-containers has been successfully completed. The LNG shipment from the Vancouver port was arranged by Changfeng and it arrived at the Shanghai port on November 8, 2018, and has now cleared customs. The LNG exported to the PRC was procured by Changfeng from a British Columbia-based energy provider, and Sanya Changfeng Offshore Natural Gas Distribution Co., Ltd. ("Sanya Changfeng"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Changfeng, is the importer into the PRC. The LNG received in Shanghai will be sold to Hebei Riheng Clean Energy Ltd. ("Riheng Energy"), a controlled subsidiary of Changfeng, and will be transported to Hebei to support the LNG distribution services of Riheng Energy to areas where pipeline gas is not accessible. Changfeng had obtained an export order from the Canadian National Energy Board for the LNG export and Sanya Changfeng had received all necessary permits for the LNG import in the PRC.

    According to the recent energy reform policies of the PRC government, the PRC is shifting away from a coal-based economy and is increasingly relying on natural gas as the source of energy consumption. In particular, Changfeng's management has observed that, in the winter months due to higher demand for natural gas required for heating in the PRC, the available supply of natural gas may be lower and trucked LNG prices may increase. Based on Wood Mackenzie Ltd.'s estimates, trucks carried approximately 19 million tons of LNG to customers last year, accounting for 12 percent of the PRC's total LNG consumption. Further, unlike the market price of pipeline gas, which is regulated by the PRC government, LNG prices are relatively deregulated and market-oriented. Accordingly, the Group has been seeking to broaden its supply base beyond that of the PRC, to sources such as Canada, in order to benefit from opportunities in respect of LNG supply. As a Canadian listed energy company operating in the PRC, the Group recognizes the potential synergy of Sino-Canadian energy trading and natural gas supply, and has taken steps such as the aforementioned trial run LNG shipment to strategically position the Group to seize such opportunities.

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a leading integrated smart energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in China. Changfeng has been listed on the Toronto stock exchange of Canada ("TSXV") since 2008, and is the only natural gas company in China listed on the TSXV. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as one of China's Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the natural gas industry. For details of Changfeng, please visit: www.changfengenergy.com.


     
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    Figure 1: Mechanism of soft error occurrence
    Figure 2: Overview of soft error Recommendations
    Enhancing reliability based on Recommendations for design, testing, and quality estimation of measures designed to mitigate soft errors caused by cosmic rays

    TOKYO, Nov 22, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - ITU-T which is the United Nations specialized agency approved standards about soft errors(1) affecting telecommunication equipment on November 13, 2018. These standards stipulate the design, testing and quality estimation methods and reliability requirements concerning measures designed to mitigate malfunctions (soft errors) in telecommunication equipment on the ground chiefly caused by cosmic rays. To develop these standards, NTT, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, and Oki jointly developed draft Recommendations at "the Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Error Testing (SOET_Adhoc)" formed by TTC, and have driven efforts at ITU-T SG5(2) meetings, with the cooperation of Orange, to have these drafts adopted by ITU-T. The adopted standards will help to establish networks that are more highly reliable based on the requirements governing measures against soft errors.

    Background

    In recent years, the number of soft errors caused by cosmic radiation neutrons has been increasing gradually even in telecommunication equipment located on the ground.(Figure 1) The soft error disappears as soon as the semiconductor device concerned is restarted or the data concerned are overwritten. Even though a soft error in data can cause a malfunction or system outage, it is difficult to reproduce such a transient error and identify the cause. Since a soft error can have a serious impact on the user, it is a major headache for system operators. Telecommunication equipment is designed so that such malfunctions do not affect network services. However, because soft errors are difficult to reproduce, they were not sufficiently verified at the development stage. Recently, however, it has become possible to measure the influence of soft errors on telecommunication equipment using a compact accelerator-driven neutron source(3). This measurement makes it possible to determine the influence of soft errors and take preventive measures in advance before vendors sell products and telecommunication carriers introduce telecommunication equipment into operating networks. While it has become possible for carriers to improve network quality dramatically by mitigating soft errors at the stages of equipment development and introduction, there is a need for requirements that serve as the benchmark for methods and evaluation of countermeasure.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_FujitsuITUTFig1.jpg
    Figure 1: Mechanism of soft error occurrence

    Recommendations for soft errors in ITU-T

    Against this background, at the October 2015 meeting of ITU-T SG5, commencement of a study program on soft errors in telecommunication equipment was approved with the intention of defining requirements on measures against soft errors, ranging from design to evaluation and quality. The SOET_Adhoc member companies worked together and developed draft Recommendations. ITU-T has now approved these Recommendations. The Recommendations stipulate the design, testing and quality estimation methods and reliability requirements concerning soft errors. They include benchmarks based on which vendors and carriers can select measures against soft errors that are appropriate for the required reliability level. The soft-error-related standards approved by ITU-T consist of five Recommendations and a supplement.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_FujitsuITUTFig2.jpg
    Figure 2: Overview of soft error Recommendations

    Each Recommendation or supplement defines the following items:

    K.124 (Overview) Overview of particle radiation effects(4) on telecommunication systems
    1. Impacts of soft errors caused by particle radiation.
    2. Overview of design methods to mitigate the impacts of soft errors.

    K.130 (Test) Neutron irradiation test methods for telecommunication equipment
    1. Requirements for the accelerator facility used to test soft errors in telecommunication equipment
    2. Neutron irradiation test methods that use an accelerator

    K.131 (Design) Design methodologies for telecommunication systems applying soft error measures
    1. Methods of estimating the soft error failure rate depending on the devices used and equipment configuration.
    2. Methods of determining the areas requiring soft error measures.
    Specific soft error measure design methodologies, their effects, and notes on application of soft error measures.

    K Suppl. 11 (Supplement) Soft error measures of field programmable gate arrays
    1. Soft error measure examples for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

    K.139 (Requirements) Reliability requirements for telecommunication systems affected by particle radiation
    1. Definitions of standards concerning the frequency of maintenance replacements and the frequency of main signal interruption, and the degree of certainty of non-occurrence of silent faults, due to soft errors.

    K.138 (Quality estimation) Quality estimation methods and application guidelines for mitigation measures based on particle radiation tests
    1. Method of determining whether various reliability requirements for telecommunication equipment regarding software defined in K.139 (Requirements) are satisfied or not, based on the results of the neutron irradiation test described in K.130 (Test).

    It is expected that widespread deployment of telecommunication equipment that satisfies the requirements defined in these Recommendations will improve the reliability of telecommunication services.

    (1) Soft error Unlike a hard error, which is a fault that causes permanent malfunctioning of a semiconductor device, a soft error is a temporary error that disappears as soon as the semiconductor device concerned is restarted or the data concerned are overwritten.
    (2) ITU-T SG5 ITU-T(International Telecommunication Union - Telecommunication Standardization Sector) is an ITU organization that issues Recommendations with a view to standardizing telecommunications. Study Group 5 (SG5) investigates issues related to the environment and climate change.
    (3) Accelerator-driven neutron source A facility for producing neutrons through a nuclear reaction caused by irradiating the target with protons or electrons that are sped up by an accelerator.
    (4) Particle radiation effects Impact of particle radiation (emitted energy in the form of neutrons, alpha particles, etc.) on semiconductors. In recent years, the number of soft errors in semiconductors caused by neutrons generated in the atmosphere by cosmic rays has been increasing on the ground.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

    For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
    This release at www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/.

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    Tbilisi, Georgia and Tokyo, Japan, Nov 22, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., and Bank of Georgia, the leading bank in Georgia, are proud to announce that Bank of Georgia has started to accept JCB Cards across the country.

    Bank of Georgia, the largest bank of the country by assets, has begun to service JCB Cards in its merchant network, which is one of the largest in Georgia with 279 branches, 13,000 Point of Sales (POS) terminals, which covers one third of the country's total number of POS terminals, and the country's largest ATM network comprising 856 ATMs. Bank of Georgia supports society in building a successful future through expertise and dedication.

    JCB is the only international payments brand originated in Japan, one of the major international payments brands, which continues its global extension. There are more than 117 million JCB cardholders in the world, and JCB cards are accepted at 30 million associated merchants.

    Takashi Suetsugu, the General Director of JCB International (Eurasia) LLC commented: "We are delighted to announce that Bank of Georgia, the biggest bank, with a reliable and stable reputation, has started to accept JCB Cards in Georgia. When extending its business activity globally, JCB chooses the leaders in acquiring, and Bank of Georgia with its focus on constant innovation, aligns perfectly with our values for providing customers with reliable and modern customer experiences.

    "Georgia is one of the most favored countries for Asian tourists in the Caucasian region, and we believe that JCB Card acceptance in Georgia will attract more tourists from Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand and other Asian countries, where, many JCB Card are issued. Georgia is also a popular destination for Russian tourists, and as the number of Russian JCB cardholders grows continuously, day by day, we hope that in cooperation with Bank of Georgia we will create a more comfortable and hospitable environment for Russian JCB cardholders too".

    CEO Bank of Georgia, Kaha Kiknavelidze commented: "We are pleased to announce that Bank of Georgia, in cooperation with one of the major international card brand, JCB, is the first JCB card acquiring bank in Georgia. We are happy that our merchant customers will be able to serve JCB International payment card members across the country which will give them the opportunity to make payments comfortably, and we are happy that we became a JCB partner, with 117 million JCB cards in over 190 countries and territories, accepted at 30 million associated merchants".

    About JCB

    JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.ru.jcb/ru/ or www.global.jcb/en/

    Contact :
    Kumiko Kida
    JCB Co., Ltd.
    Corporate Communications
    Tel: +81 3 5778 8353
    Email: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

    About Bank of Georgia

    JSC Bank of Georgia is the leading Georgian bank with a market share of 34.5% (based on total assets), 33.0% (based on total loans) and 34.0% (based on client deposits). The Bank offers a broad range of retail banking, corporate banking and investment management services. As of 30 June 2018, Bank of Georgia served approximately 2.4 million client accounts through one of the largest distribution networks in Georgia, with 279 branches, the country's largest ATM network, comprising 856 ATMs, 2,955 Express pay (self-service) terminals and a full-service remote banking platform and a modern call center. For more information about Bank of Georgia, please visit http://bankofgeorgia.ge.

    Contact
    Nino Phophkhadze
    Bank of Georgia
    Media relations officer | | Communications Department
    Tel: +995 32 2444 444
    Email: nphophkhadze@bog.ge

     
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    HONG KONG, Nov 22, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The IR Magazine Forum and Awards - Greater China 2018 (http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/) will take place at the Conrad in Hong Kong on Friday, November 30, 2018.

    This year's forum agenda takes an in-depth look at the upcoming challenges and opportunities that Chinese companies are due to face over the next 12 months; identifying how global trends and policy changes including Mifid II will impact investor outreach and discovering exactly what the buy-side want to hear. Other session topics include turning big data into actionable intelligence, managing the C-suite, trends in IR communication, ESG reporting and more. Find the full agenda here: http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/on-the-day/ .

    At the forum, participants will hear what institutional investors and analysts believe 2019 is set to bring to the world of IR, along with experienced heads of IR sharing real-life examples and best practice. Speakers at the forum include:

    - Simon Weston, senior fund manager, AXA Investment Managers
    - Emily Lau, general manager, IR, Pacific Basin Shipping
    - Melanie Morfill, sales manager, APAC, West Digital Media Solutions (WDMS)
    - Venus Zhao, head of IR and corporate finance, Far East Consortium International
    - Ed Soon, head of corporate sales, Asia Pacific, Ipreo by IHS Markit
    - Janice Lao, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Peninsula (HK & Shanghai Hotels)
    - Paul Milon, sustainability and ESG integration specialist, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management
    - Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

    The forum sessions will be followed by a prestigious awards ceremony and due to popular demand, IR Magazine will once again be presenting two types of awards categories - researched and self-nomination - which honor the industry's finest IR practitioners across Greater China.

    For the awards by research, the winners are determined by an in-depth research process with an independent survey that identifies the best corporate IR teams and individuals across a range of categories. On the contrary, the awards-by-nomination categories offered companies the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement the IR Magazine research.

    Nominees for both sets of award categories have been announced! To view the researched awards nominees, please click http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/researched-awards/
    and http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/ for the awards-by-nomination nominees.

    Strategic Public Relations Group is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner for the IR Magazine Forum & Awards - Greater China 2018.

    About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2018
    The IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China is among the most anticipated events of the year for the IR industry in Asia. IROs from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan get the unique opportunity to gather and discuss pressing issues, hear real-life examples and best practices from senior IR professionals, and celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony.

    The event is sponsored by Citi, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Deutsche Bank, EQS, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, ICA, Ipreo by IHS Markit, Nasdaq, SPRG and West.

    For more information, please visit www.irmagazine.com/greaterchina

    About IR Magazine
    Launched in 1988, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors.

    IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. In addition to producing articles, research reports and investor perception studies, IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and forums around the world.

    To learn more, please visit www.irmagazine.com or connect with IR Magazine via Twitter @IRMagazine and the LinkedIn group: IR Magazine.

    Media enquiries
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    Cindy Lung / Jessica Siu
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    Core EBITDA increased by 28.5%, Proposed interim dividend of HK0.84 cent per share;
    Focus on business expansion strategy, Develop high-end market segment

    HONG KONG, Nov 22, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - A leading operator of care and attention homes for the elderly in Hong Kong, Pine Care Group Limited (the "Pine Care Group" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 1989), today announced its unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 (the "period under review").

    During the period under review, the Group's business has performed well and has delivered a growth in core EBITDA of approximately 28.5% to HK$17.1 million for the six-month period ended 30 September 2018, compared to HK$13.3 million for the same period last year. Revenue increased by approximately 7.0% to HK$92.6 million from HK$86.6 million for the same period last year, which was mainly due to the combined effects of commencement of operation of Pine Care Place since June 2018 and an increase in average monthly residential fee of the Group's eight EA1 care and attention homes. The Board of the Company has resolved to declare an interim dividend of HK0.84 cent per ordinary share.

    Core Business
    The Group's overall core business has performed well. The occupancy rate of the Group's eight EA1 care and attention homes remains robust, averaging at approximately 94.8% for the six-month period ended 30 September 2018, compared to approximately 92.4% for the same period last year. The Group focuses on business expansion strategy and developing and bringing new concepts to the market, which includes (i) the luxury segment in Hong Kong (ii) Mainland China and (iii) the Integrated Senior Wellness Hub. The Group has made significant headway in bringing these concepts into reality.

    Luxury Segment - Pine Care Place
    Operation of the Group's new care and attention home, Pine Care Place, located at Yoho Mall I (Extension) in Yuen Long, has commenced operation since June 2018. Pine Care Place is positioned as an upscale care and attention home. The new care and attention home has a floor area of approximately 33,424 square feet and accomodates 68 residential care places. In addition to a higher standard of accommodation and a higher labour ratio than the EA1 standards, Pine Care Place also offers more individualised services and lifestyle-oriented facilities, including a mini-cinema, hair salon, library, indoor garden, and a meditation room. During the period under review, Pine Care Place has received very positive feedback from the market and has already achieved double-digit occupancy rate in the first few months of the operation.

    Dementia Specialist - Pine Care Point
    The renovation of the Group's second luxury care and attention home, Pine Care Point, is well underway. Pine Care Point, with a gross floor area of approximately 43,400 square feet, will be positioned as a luxury care and attention home with a specialisation in dementia care. Designed for approximately 102 individual rooms, Pine Care Point is expected to offer same quality services and similar standard of accommodation as Pine Care Place, and include facilities that are specifically designed and suited for dementia patients. The Group believes that the development of Pine Care Point will enable the Group to establish the market leadership position in the burgeoning upscale market segment, while at the same time to address the strong growth in demand for specialised dementia care. The operation of Pine Care Point is expected to begin in the first half of 2019.

    Mainland China - Pine Care Yada
    The Group's projects in Mainland China, which include Pine Care Yada (Wuzhen) Elderly Centre and Pine Care Yada (Wuzhen) Day Care Centre, are expected to commence operations in the first half of 2019. These projects involve strategic collaborations with Yada International (HK) Limited under the brand "Pine Care Yada". Both centres are located inside Wuzhen Graceland, a large scale healthcare, aged-care and leisure community which consists of over 5,000 households, in Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

    Pine Care Yada (Wuzhen) Elderly Centre, with a total area of approximately 77,400 square feet, is designed to accommodate 83 residential care places while Pine Care Yada (Wuzhen) Day Care Centre is designed to provide day time services to the residents of Wuzhen Graceland such as social activities, customised dietary menus designed by nutritionists, nursing for bed sore, one-on-one training targeting on the elderly with dementia, group training for the elderly with dementia and home care services.

    Integrated Senior Wellness Hub - Patina Wellness
    Patina Wellness is a strategic joint venture, co-developed and co-operated with Utopia Limited ("Utopia"). The strategic cooperation with Utopia leverages on Utopia team's experience on property project development and hospitality services, enabling the Group to expand its operation in the multifaceted upscale community for the elderly.

    Patina Wellness, with a total floor area of approximately 84,000 square feet, is located at 18 Junction Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong and aims at serving various needs of the elderly by integrating serviced apartment for the elderly, residential care for the elderly, medical, nursing, rehabilitation, dining, housekeeping as well as leisure, recreational and community services under the same roof. The feedback from the market is very positive and the serviced apartments of Patina Wellness has reached a double-digit occupancy rate within several months since its commencement in June 2018.

    In addition to the serviced apartments for the elderly, other elements of the Integrated Senior Wellness Hub include a care and attention home, a multidisciplinary medical clinic, a rehabilitation centre, and a health-focused restaurant. Renovation of these facilities is currently underway. It is expected that the operations will commence in the first half of 2019.

    Mr. YIM Ting Kwok, Chairman and Executive Director of Pine Care Group, said, "Looking ahead, we are extremely confident on the long-term prospects of our new projects as we expect the trend of increasing market demand for quality elderly care services to continue. The Group will focus on cultivating our upscale market segment and improving our service quality so as to establish our market leadership position in the burgeoning upscale market segment. We will continue to uphold the guiding principle of "respecting the elderly residents like our families" to provide quality service for the elderly as well as to enhance returns for our shareholders and investors."

    About Pine Care Group Limited
    Pine Care Group is the leading operator of care and attention homes for the elderly in Hong Kong, providing comprehensive residential care services for the elderly. The Group owns a network of care and attention homes across various districts in Hong Kong under the brand name of "Pine Care Group". Pine Care Group was listed on the Main Board of The Hong Kong Stock Exchange in February 2017, with stock code 1989.


     
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    TOKYO, Nov 23, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced that the latest data on its antiepileptic drug (AED) perampanel (product name: Fycompa) will be presented at the 72nd American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting (AES 2018) to be held from November 30 to December 4, 2018 in New Orleans in the United States.

    Nineteen poster presentations will be given by Eisai at AES 2018, including reports on the interim analysis results of a Phase III clinical study (Study 311) in pediatric patients aged 4 to less than 12 years as well as a presentation on sustained seizure-free status in the open-label extension phase of a Phase III clinical study (Study 307) in patients 12 years of age and older. Including Investigator Initiated Studies, more than 50 scientific posters on perampanel will be presented at AES 2018.

    Perampanel is a first-in-class AED discovered at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories. It is available in tablet form to be taken once daily, and a new oral suspension formulation has been approved and is being marketed in the United States. A highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation by targeting glutamate activity at AMPA receptors on postsynaptic membranes, it is approved in countries around the world as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. Furthermore, perampanel is also indicated for monotherapy and adjunctive use in the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures in patients with epilepsy 4 years of age and older in the United States.

    Eisai considers neurology including epilepsy, a therapeutic area of focus, and strives to deliver perampanel throughout the world in pursuit of our mission to provide "seizure freedom" to a greater number of patients living with epilepsy. Eisai seeks to address the diverse needs of, as well as increasing the benefits provided to, patients with epilepsy and their families.

    About Eisai

    Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. We define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call our human health care philosophy. With approximately 10,000 employees working across our global network of R&D facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, we strive to realize our human health care philosophy by delivering innovative products in various therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs, including Oncology and Neurology.

    As a global pharmaceutical company, our mission extends to patients around the world through our investment and participation in partnership-based initiatives to improve access to medicines in developing and emerging countries.

    For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com.

    Contact:
    Public Relations Department, Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-3-3817-5120

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    Outdoor trial (10 meters between base station and mobile terminal)
    Overview
    Figure 1: Outdoor trial site and throughput results according to position of mobile terminal
    Figure 2: Tracking mobile terminal by beam switching (viewed from base station)
    World's first 5G transmission to mobile terminal exceeding peak data rate of 20Gbps

    TOKYO, Nov 23, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) and NTT DOCOMO, INC. (TOKYO: 9437) announced today that they have achieved what they believe to be the world's first (as of today) fifth-generation (5G) mobile telecommunications proof of concept for 27Gbps and 25Gbps maximum throughputs via one mobile terminal over communication distances of 10m and 100m, respectively, using the 28GHz radio frequency. The demonstration was conducted during joint outdoor field trials using 28GHz-band massive-element antenna systems and 16-beam spatial-multiplexing technology with 500MHz bandwidth. The trial took place in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan from September 10 to 28, 2018.

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    Outdoor trial (10 meters between base station and mobile terminal)

    Key Features

    For outdoor trials using the 28GHz band, Mitsubishi Electric used an antenna system with 16-beam spatial-multiplexing technology(1). Base-station antennas installed on the wall of a building directed beams to mobile-terminal antennas installed on the rooftop of a vehicle.

    The trial was the world's first successful wireless downlink transmission at maximum data rates of 27Gbps and 25Gbps for per one mobile terminal when the communication distance was 10m and 100m, respectively.

    Overview
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    Future work

    Indoor trials using 28GHz band in multipath-rich environments during fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

    Background

    A peak data rate of 20Gbps is required for 5G mobile communications. One technology that promise to meet this need is massive-element antenna systems technology, which enables multi-beam spatial multiplexing where multiple data streams can be transmitted in parallel to mobile terminals. Realizing this technology, however, has involved two challenges: implementation of a massive-element antenna array that clusters large numbers of antenna elements for high-precision beamforming, and mitigation of inter-beam interference.

    Mitsubishi Electric and DOCOMO have jointly undertaken "The research and development project for realization of the fifth-generation mobile communications system - High data rate and low-power-consumption radio access technologies with higher-frequency-band and wider-bandwidth massive MIMO" commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The focus of their research has been wideband massive MIMO and beam-control technologies for high SHF bands. To realize 20Gbps throughput using 500MHz bandwidth, they have now collaboratively developed and validated a massive-element antenna system enabling 16-beam spatial multiplexing.

    Using 4G systems, it has not been possible to establish high data-rate communication for a single mobile terminal using more than four streams. Mitsubishi Electric and DOCOMO carried out 28GHz-band outdoor field trials to verify the feasibility of 16-beam spatial multiplexing in line-of-sight conditions(4), where massive-element base-station antennas installed on the wall of a building directed beams to mobile-terminal antennas installed on the rooftop of a vehicle. The mobile terminal moved along two different streets. The distance of one mobile terminal was 10m from the base station and the distance for the other was 100m (Fig. 1).

    This news release includes a part of "The research and development project for realization of the fifth generation mobile communications system" commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

    Details

    Conventional 4G spatial multiplexing technology has limited multiplexing order, so Mitsubishi Electric and DOCOMO developed beamforming technology in an analog domain and inter-beam interference reduction technology to suitably separate overlapping beams with digital signal processing at the base station. The result is 16-beam spatial multiplexing, which has been unachievable with 4G.

    The developed beamforming technology enables beams to track a mobile terminal by switching the preset beam (Fig. 2). The inter-beam interference reduction technology estimates the channel at the base station and controls the transmitting signal to adaptively reduce inter-beam interference as channel conditions over time. Together, the two technologies enable 16-beam spatial multiplexing in outdoor mobile environments.

    The trials achieved the world's first successful wireless downlink transmissions at data rates of 27Gbps and 25Gbps when the distance between the base station and the mobile terminal was 10m and 100m, respectively. The achieved peak data rates correspond to spectral efficiency of 67bps/Hz5, believed to be the world's best performance for 28GHz-band mobile telecommunication.

    The test achieved the goal of the Japanese government's research and development project to help realize 5G mobile communications based on high data-rate and low-power-consumption radio-access technologies and using an ultra-high-frequency band and extra-wide-bandwidth massive MIMO. The developed technologies are expected to enable wireless communications at ultra-high data rates of more than 20Gbps to moving vehicles with numerous passengers, such as buses.

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    Figure 1: Outdoor trial site and throughput results according to position of mobile terminal

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    Figure 2: Tracking mobile terminal by beam switching (viewed from base station)

    (1) Mitsubishi Electric announced on February 14, 2018 that it had developed 16-beam spatial-multiplexing technology consisting of eight analog, front-end processing, low-power units to form 16 beams and a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) digital processing algorithm to reduce inter-beam interference. New windowhttp://www.mitsubishielectric.co.jp/news/2018/0214-e.html (in Japanese only)
    (2) Multiple-Input Multiple-Output
    (3) Fastest 4G mobile communication system in Japan as of November 2018
    (4) There was no obstacle between the base station and device. The environment for parallel transmission was challenging.
    (5) Downlink occupancy is 80% of TDD frame, i.e. downlink : uplink = 4 :1

    About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

    With nearly 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 4,444.4 billion yen (in accordance with IFRS; US$ 41.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information visit: https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/

    *At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2018

    About NTT DOCOMO

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 76 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (9437). https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/.

    Contact:
    NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: www.nttdocomo.com Contact: https://nes.nttdocomo.co.jp/PINQ01/showinquiry.do

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    Schematic (bottom) and electron micrographs (top) of the growth of a honeycomb polystyrene film by the breath-figure technique. (Copyright: STAM)
    Research into porous films made via the condensation of humid air could lead to materials with applications ranging from medicine to photovoltaics.

    Tsukuba, Japan, Nov 23, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Researchers are producing honeycomb-shaped films using an approach that mimics what happens when we breathe on a glass surface. The films have potential use in numerous applications, from tissue regeneration and bio-sensing to solar cells, explains an article in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.

    Tohoku University materials scientist Hiroshi Yabu reviewed the latest research on the fabrication of honeycomb films using the 'breath-figure technique'. This technique builds on years of research into understanding what happens when a fog forms after we breathe onto a glass surface, and how dew droplets form.

    Water droplets condense when humid air is passed over certain substances mixed with solvents. They form a highly uniform, closely packed array and sink into the substance. When the solvent then evaporates, a porous, honeycomb-shaped film is formed.

    These honeycomb films have a wide range of potential applications depending on their individually unique properties. For example, peeling off a honeycomb film from a silicon wafer leads to the formation of nano-sized spikes on the wafer, making it 'anti-reflective'; a property that could be used to improve the efficiency of solar cells.

    The films could also be used as scaffolding for tissue regeneration. Research is underway to develop biodegradable honeycomb films with properties that encourage the growth of specific types of cells and tissues.

    "The production of honeycomb films can be performed on an industrial scale, greatly broadening their possible applications in areas such as optics, photonics, surface science, biotechnology, and regenerative medicine," Yabu says.

    Researchers are investigating various substances and fabrication techniques to make these films for different purposes. For example, depositing metals onto already-formed honeycomb films can change their properties, such as making them conductive to heat and electricity. In contrast, films made from polyion complexes of polyamic acids can withstand heat. Films that contain 'photochromic' compounds change colour when exposed to light. Highly water-repellent films can be made using a type of fluorine-based copolymers.

    Scientists are also experimenting with changing the films' shapes by stretching and shrinking them, and with ways to control water droplets and the resulting pore size and shape. For example, adding nanoparticles or adjusting the airflow direction over the drying solution leads to elliptical pores, rather than round ones.

    For further information please contact:
    Hiroshi Yabu
    WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research
    Tohoku University
    Email: hiroshi.yabu.d5@tohoku.ac.jp

    About Science and Technology of Advanced Materials Journal
    Open access journal, STAM publishes outstanding research articles across all aspects of materials science, including functional and structural materials, theoretical analyses, and properties of materials.

    For more information about STAM, please contact:
    Mikiko Tanifuji
    STAM Publishing Director
    Tanifuji.Mikiko@nims.go.jp

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    Figure 1: Mechanism of soft error occurrence
    Figure 2: Overview of soft error Recommendations
    - Enhancing reliability based on Recommendations for design, testing, and quality estimation of measures designed to mitigate soft errors caused by cosmic rays -

    TOKYO, Nov 23, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - ITU-T, which is a United Nations specialized agency, approved standards about soft errors(1) affecting telecommunication equipment on November 13, 2018. These standards stipulate the design, testing and quality estimation methods and reliability requirements concerning measures designed to mitigate malfunctions (soft errors) in telecommunication equipment on the ground chiefly caused by cosmic rays.

    To develop these standards, NTT, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, and Oki jointly developed draft Recommendations at "the Ad Hoc Committee on Soft Error Testing (SOET_Adhoc)" formed by TTC, and have driven efforts at ITU-T SG5(2) meetings, with the cooperation of Orange, to have these drafts adopted by ITU-T.

    The adopted standards will help to establish networks that are more highly reliable based on the requirements governing measures against soft errors.

    Background

    In recent years, the number of soft errors caused by cosmic radiation neutrons has been increasing gradually even in telecommunication equipment located on the ground (Figure 1). The soft error disappears as soon as the semiconductor device concerned is restarted or the data concerned are overwritten. Even though a soft error in data can cause a malfunction or system outage, it is difficult to reproduce such a transient error and identify the cause. Since a soft error can have a serious impact on the user, it is a major headache for system operators. Telecommunication equipment is designed so that such malfunctions do not affect network services. However, because soft errors are difficult to reproduce, they were not sufficiently verified at the development stage.

    Recently, however, it has become possible to measure the influence of soft errors on telecommunication equipment using a compact accelerator-driven neutron source(3). This measurement makes it possible to determine the influence of soft errors and take preventive measures in advance before vendors sell products and telecommunication carriers introduce telecommunication equipment into operating networks. While it has become possible for carriers to improve network quality dramatically by mitigating soft errors at the stages of equipment development and introduction, there is a need for requirements that serve as the benchmark for methods and evaluation of countermeasure.

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    Figure 1: Mechanism of soft error occurrence

    Recommendations for soft errors in ITU-T

    Against this background, at the October 2015 meeting of ITU-T SG5, commencement of a study program on soft errors in telecommunication equipment was approved with the intention of defining requirements on measures against soft errors, ranging from design to evaluation and quality. The SOET_Adhoc member companies worked together and developed draft Recommendations. ITU-T has now approved these Recommendations.

    The Recommendations stipulate the design, testing and quality estimation methods and reliability requirements concerning soft errors. They include benchmarks based on which vendors and carriers can select measures against soft errors that are appropriate for the required reliability level.

    The soft-error-related standards approved by ITU-T consist of five Recommendations and a supplement. Figure 2 shows an overview of the Recommendations.

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    Figure 2: Overview of soft error Recommendations

    Each Recommendation or supplement defines the following items:

    K.124 (Overview) Overview of particle radiation effects(4) on telecommunication systems
    (1) Impacts of soft errors caused by particle radiation.
    (2) Overview of design methods to mitigate the impacts of soft errors.

    K.130 (Test) Neutron irradiation test methods for telecommunication equipment
    (1) Requirements for the accelerator facility used to test soft errors in telecommunication equipment
    (2) Neutron irradiation test methods that use an accelerator

    K.131 (Design) Design methodologies for telecommunication systems applying soft error measures
    (1) Methods of estimating the soft error failure rate depending on the devices used and equipment configuration.
    (2) Methods of determining the areas requiring soft error measures.
    (3) Specific soft error measure design methodologies, their effects, and notes on application of soft error measures.

    K Suppl. 11 (Supplement) Soft error measures of field programmable gate arrays
    (1) Soft error measure examples for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

    K.139 (Requirements) Reliability requirements for telecommunication systems affected by particle radiation
    (1) Definitions of standards concerning the frequency of maintenance replacements and the frequency of main signal interruption, and the degree of certainty of non-occurrence of silent faults, due to soft errors.

    K.138 (Quality estimation) Quality estimation methods and application guidelines for mitigation measures based on particle radiation tests
    (1) Method of determining whether various reliability requirements for telecommunication equipment regarding software defined in K.139 (Requirements) are satisfied or not, based on the results of the neutron irradiation test described in K.130 (Test).

    It is expected that widespread deployment of telecommunication equipment that satisfies the requirements defined in these Recommendations will improve the reliability of telecommunication services.

    (1) Soft error
    Unlike a hard error, which is a fault that causes permanent malfunctioning of a semiconductor device, a soft error is a temporary error that disappears as soon as the semiconductor device concerned is restarted or the data concerned are overwritten.
    (2) ITU-T SG5
    ITU-T(International Telecommunication Union - Telecommunication Standardization Sector) is an ITU organization that issues Recommendations with a view to standardizing telecommunications.
    Study Group 5 (SG5) investigates issues related to the environment and climate change.
    (3) Accelerator-driven neutron source
    A facility for producing neutrons through a nuclear reaction caused by irradiating the target with protons or electrons that are sped up by an accelerator.
    (4) Particle radiation effects
    Impact of particle radiation (emitted energy in the form of neutrons, alpha particles, etc.) on semiconductors. In recent years, the number of soft errors in semiconductors caused by neutrons generated in the atmosphere by cosmic rays has been increasing on the ground.

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511 Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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    Accolade validates company's culture of continuous innovation to support enterprise customers' successful digital business transformation

    HONG KONG, Nov 23, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK:1883) announced it has won "Best Cloud Services Provider" in the "Readers' Choice Product Excellence Awards 2018."

    Organized by NetworkWorld Asia for the 13th year running, the awards recognize solution providers making the most impact on Asian end-user organizations in 2018, focusing on service providers successfully aligning with enterprise technology trends and market needs, and effectively helping their business customers innovate, scale and transform within today's fast-paced era of digital transformation.

    Judging was based on votes from qualified readers of NetworkWorld Asia, Asia Cloud Forum, Security Asia and Storage Asia.

    "We are honored to again receive this award," said Daniel Kwong, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at CITIC Telecom CPC. "Our mission is to serve enterprise customers in the best way possible, within today's dynamic business and technological environment, by delivering a comprehensive portfolio of high performance, highly reliable innovative solutions, all of which are designed to empower and enable our customers to do more, faster, better, everywhere. Essentially, we are committed to removing technological limitations so our customers are not constrained in their business decisions or operations."

    CITIC Telecom CPC also announced its enterprise customer TutorABC won the "Asia/Pacific Information Visionary of the Year" accolade in the Asia Pacific competition of the IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2018. TutorABC had earlier won the "Information Visionary" award in the Taiwan competition of the IDC awards.

    The IDC Digital Transformation Awards recognize organizations successfully planning and executing digital transformation of their business through digital and disruptive technologies within Asia/Pacific, with winners selected from over 600 nominations by a panel of independent judges composed of industry thought leaders, veterans, and academia. The "Information Visionary" category in which TutorABC won aimed to award projects demonstrating "discernible and measurable excellence in the organization's ability to treat data and information as critical assets."

    In particular, the judges noted TutorABC's revolutionary Dynamic Course Generation System (DCGS) delivered a paradigm breakthrough in education technology (EdTech) by generating personalized educational curriculum according to individual student interests and capabilities, making TutorABC stand out from other award entries.

    DCGS integrates Artificial Intelligence and big data analytics with CITIC Telecom CPC's cloud computing and network connectivity technologies to achieve transformative interactive learning capabilities.

    "We congratulate TutorABC and its team on winning 'Asia/Pacific Information Visionary of the Year' at the Regional IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2018," said Stephen Ho, CEO of CITIC Telecom CPC. "The award reaffirms TutorABC as a truly innovative organization with a strong leadership position in the e-education industry. We are proud to have partnered with such a valuable, successful visionary leader over the past 10 years. Certainly, we look forward to continuing support client transformation and business growth together with a vast portfolio of technology solutions, innovative services and professional support."

    TutorABC's staff developed DCGS in collaboration with CITIC Telecom CPC's ICT experts. Because DCGS is an Artificial Intelligence and Big Data platform, it demands heavily on computing power and data center services. Its real-time interactive online platform also requires stable connectivity and reliable cloud infrastructure. All these aspects are handled by CITIC Telecom CPC's cloud computing and other managed connectivity, data center, and security solutions.

    "Our company motto, 'Innovation Never Stops,' is perfectly represented by both CITIC Telecom CPC and TutorABC winning recent awards," concluded Ho. "TutorABC built, and operates, an innovative offering on our innovative products and services. We in turn support DCGS's smooth and speedy global implementation with a world-class infrastructure and team. This is the productive synergy of success we envision for all our customers."

    To learn more about TutorABC, visit the website www.tutorabc.com

    To learn more about CITIC Telecom CPC, please click www.citictel-cpc.com.

    About CITIC Telecom CPC
    CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited ("CITIC Telecom CPC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), serves multinational enterprises the world over by addressing their specific ICT requirements with highly scalable tailored solutions built upon the company's flagship technology suites, comprising TrueCONNECT(TM) private network solutions, TrustCSI(TM) information security solutions, DataHOUSE(TM) global unified cloud data center solutions, and SmartCLOUD(TM) cloud computing solutions.

    As one of the first managed service providers in Hong Kong to achieve ISO 9001, 14001, 20000, 27001, and 27017 ICT-related certifications, CITIC Telecom CPC delivers on its superior quality commitment through a broad global footprint encompassing some of the highest growth markets in Asia, Europe and America, with over 140 points of presence, 18 Cloud service centers, 30+ data centers, and two dedicated 24x7 Security Operations Centers.

    At CITIC Telecom CPC, "Innovation Never Stops."

    For more information please visit www.citictel-cpc.com

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    PowerSelect unique live auction helps businesses secure best electricity offers in shortest possible time

    SINGAPORE, Nov 23, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - PowerSelect, a new online portal which helps Singapore businesses purchase electricity more efficiently, has enabled its first customer, Sakae Holdings, to save more than $12,000 in electricity bills over the next 12 months*. PowerSelect, which serves customers with an average monthly consumption of at least 10MWh, is the most comprehensive electricity procurement portal in Singapore to date.

    Developed by EMC (Energy Market Company), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX), PowerSelect offers different procurement options including a unique 15-minute live auction, houses data from the wholesale and futures electricity markets to help businesses make decisions around their electricity purchases, and is supported by a good mix and number of electricity retailers in Singapore.

    SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye says, "EMC has a 15-year track record in enhancing the efficiency and transparency of Singapore's wholesale electricity market. Tapping on this experience, SGX launched Asia's first electricity futures market to support the liberalisation of Singapore's power sector, providing electricity retailers with an avenue to hedge risks. I am delighted that we are now extending our services to benefit business consumers as well."

    EMC has been licensed by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to operate Singapore's wholesale electricity market since 2003. "We understand the power business and have strong ties with industry players like electricity generators and retailers. PowerSelect was developed with the knowledge, experience and relationships that we have built over the years," says Toh Seong Wah, CEO of EMC.

    Says Mr Douglas Foo, Chairman of Sakae Holdings, "Sakae's innovative culture means we are constantly looking for ways to improve our business model and operations. We are very pleased with the results of our electricity procurement through PowerSelect. Not only did we achieve our desired outcome of securing a better electricity package, we also saved substantial time and effort that we would otherwise have spent sourcing quotes and negotiating with electricity retailers."

    - Different electricity procurement options on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect offers businesses a choice of different electricity procurement options. Businesses that wish to avoid the time-consuming process of comparing quotes can call for Live Auctions, where electricity retailers compete for their contracts within a 15-minute timeframe. The competitive and transparent bidding process helps businesses secure the best electricity offers in the shortest possible time.

    Businesses with unique or special requirements can purchase electricity through Invitations to Tender. Under this method of procurement, electricity retailers prepare customised proposals for the customers' consideration. Retailers are incentivised to put forward their best offers upfront as they have no visibility of other retailers' proposals.

    - Good mix and number of participating electricity retailers on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect's participating retailers comprise a good mix of retailers with power generation arms as well as independent retailers. As of November 2018, a total of 11 electricity retailers have come on board, which means businesses can conveniently access a wide range of offers at one go.

    Sunseap Energy is one of the electricity retailers participating in PowerSelect. Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director of Sunseap Group, says, "EMC has an excellent track record in operating Singapore's wholesale electricity market, and we are happy that it is extending its expertise into the retail market. Sunseap Energy is pleased to come on board PowerSelect as it provides us with another avenue to reach more customers."

    - Access to electricity price data on PowerSelect

    Businesses can also access data from the spot and futures electricity markets on PowerSelect, to help them in planning and decision making. PowerSelect is the only electricity procurement portal that houses data such as wholesale and futures electricity prices, which are exclusively held by EMC and SGX.

    EMC will explore the possibility of extending the portal to small electricity consumers like households in future.

    PowerSelect website: https://www.powerselect.sg
    EMC (Energy Market Company) website: https://www.emcsg.com
    Source release: www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/EMC_201811.pdf
    * Additional savings compared to the best offer that Sakae obtained on its own.

    About EMC
    Energy Market Company (EMC) operates the wholesale exchange of the National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), Asia's first liberalised electricity market. EMC provides a transparent and competitive trading platform as well as calculating prices, scheduling generation, clearing and settling market transactions and supporting governance of the market. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX), EMC completes the connection between those who make electricity in Singapore and those who use it.


     
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    Revenue Increased by 35.1% to HK$835.6 million

    HONG KONG, Nov 26, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - TIME Interconnect Technology Limited ("TIME Interconnect", Stock Code: 1729.HK, with its subsidiaries collectively referred to as the "Group") is pleased to announce its interim results for the six-month period ended 30 September 2018 (the "Reporting Period").

    Following the Group's successful listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange on 13 February 2018, the Group has continuously maintained brilliant business performance and achieved encouraging results for the Reporting Period. The Group's revenue for the Reporting Period significantly increased by 35.1% to HK$835.6 million from $618.4 million in the previous financial year. Gross profit was HK$184.4 million, an increase of HK$41.4 million or 29.0% compared to the HK$143.0 million recorded in the previous financial year. Total profit of the Group for the Reporting Period was HK$88.4 million, an increase of HK$8.4 million as compared to the last financial year. By excluding the listing expenses and imputed financial guarantee income, net profit margin was recorded at 10.6% as compared to 13.5% in the previous financial year.

    The Group has also fully utilized it listing status to enhance its financial position and overall competitiveness. Such dedication gains the market's recognition of its competitive advantages in terms of the Company's innovation, strong research and development capabilities as well as its financial capacity to invest in advanced technology relating to development and production of custom cable assemblies. Recently, the Group has been well recognized with the Group garnering two supply chain awards - "Excellent Supply Performance Award" and "Excellent Digital Collaboration Award" from their major telecommunication customer with the superior services delivered in the Reporting Period.

    The basic and diluted earnings per share for the Reporting Period were HK 4.80 cents. The board of directors is pleased to declare an interim dividend of HK$0.01 per share, amounting to a total of approximately HK$18.4 million.

    Business Review

    All of the Group's business sectors have different degrees of increase in revenue, and the increase in revenue was mainly driven by the higher sales in telecommunication, data centre and medical equipment sectors.

    The Group's turnover by business division is as follows:

    Business Sector Six-Months Ended 30 September
    Turnover (HK$ million) Share of Turnover
    2018 2017 Changes 2018 2017
    Telecommunication 391.1 278.0 40.7% 46.8% 44.9%
    Data centre 323.7 281.3 15.1% 38.7% 45.5%
    Medical equipment 74.8 25.7 191.1% 9.0% 4.2%
    Industrial equipment 46.0 33.4 37.7% 5.5% 5.4%
    Total 835.6 618.4 35.1% 100% 100%

    Telecommunication - Benefited from the Greater Demand for New 5G Products
    For the telecommunication sector, a rise on revenue from HK$278.0 million in the previous financial year to HK$391.1 million for the Reporting Period was recorded, representing an increase of 40.7%. Such surge was mainly attributable to the growing demand for new 5G products from the Group's major customers in this sector, which remained as the main sales growth driver of the Group's revenue in terms of amount and percentage, contributing to 52.1% of the total increase in the Group's revenue.

    Data Centre - Maintained a High Shipment Level
    The revenue generated from the data centre sector still maintained a high shipment level following by the last financial year, which has further increased by 15.1% to HK$323.7 million during the Reporting Period as compared to HK$281.3 million for the previous financial year.

    Medical Equipment - Achieved Significant Growth Driven by the Robust Demand for Products
    The revenue contributed by medical equipment sector achieved a significant growth rate of 191.1% from HK$25.7 million for the previous financial year to HK$74.8 million for the Reporting Period. Such represented the largest growth rate of the Group's revenue and the increase was mainly attributable to the robust demand for products from existing and new customers.

    Industrial Equipment - Maintained Steady Growth on Revenue
    The increase of revenue generated from the industrial equipment sector was at 37.7%, from HK$33.4 million for the previous financial year to HK$46.0 million for the Reporting Period.

    Prospect

    Looking ahead, benefited from the further development in the 5G, the growing trend of big data processing and the increase in production capacity, the management is optimistic about the prospects of the cable assembly business. Although the Sino-U.S. trade war has impacted the world as well as China's domestic economy, the Group has adopted certain actions to defeat the potential risks with a view to minimizing the impacts.

    In the aspect of telecommunication sector and data centre sector, the management holds positive attitude towards the future development owing to the growing customer demands for the Group's products and the enlarged production capacity.

    In respect of the medical equipment sector, the revenue is expected to rise in the financial year of 2019, which is driven by increasing orders from existing customers and increasing number of new customers. The management believes that the demand for medical cable assemblies would further sustain and the Group will continuously expand its R&D team so as to enhance the R&D capabilities in respect of launching such medical-grade products and technologies.

    As for the industrial equipment sector, the revenue of this sector is difficult to predict with the impacts of the diplomatic policies and crises of various countries. In light of the unstable environment, the Group will pay close attention to changes in relevant circumstances and will try its best to grasp different business opportunities in order to minimize the risks and uncertainties.

    Regarding the new businesses, the Group envisages that its various sectors will grow steadily to become significant businesses, driven by the advent of its core technologies. All of these businesses will serve as catalysts for its progress and growth. The Group has developed multi-products strategy and strengthened its scope of services to its global customers.

    Furthermore, to meet with the increasing sales orders placed by the customers, the Directors agreed to acquire a parcel of industrial land with two industrial buildings of Huizhou Light Engine at the consideration of HK$166.8 million. Such acquisition has been proposed and approved at the extraordinary general meeting and is expected to offer the Group more than 120% of the increased production capacity, which would also add stability to the Group's sustainable development in medium term. The Directors plan to utilise the new production capacity for telecommunication sector, data centre sector and medical equipment sector in response to the market demand, driven by the advancement in technology such as the 5G and impact of digitalisation.

    About TIME Interconnect Technology Limited
    TIME Interconnect Technology Limited is a well-established supplier of custom cable assemblies with more than 20 years of experience in the cable assembly industry. The Group primarily manufactures and supplies a wide variety of copper and optical fibre cable assemblies which are produced in accordance with the specifications and designs of individual customer. The products of the Group are used by a number of established PRC and international customers in a variety of market sectors including telecommunications, data centre, industrial and medical equipment.

    This press release is disseminated by Frement Financial Relations Limited on behalf of TIME Interconnect Technology Limited

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    - Solutions to be showcased include Safer Cities, Smart Transportation, Digital Governance, Digital Enterprises, Smart Connectivity among others -

    TOKYO, Nov 26, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation and NEC Technologies India Private Limited, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, will be hosting the NEC Innovative Solutions Fair (NISF) 2018 in Mumbai on December 3, 2018. This is a flagship event for NEC Corporation that is being organized in India for the first time.

    The sixth edition of the fair will showcase innovative technologies and solutions developed by NEC in the fields of Safer Cities, Smart Transportation, Digital Governance, Digital Enterprises, and Smart Connectivity through first-hand experience modules and solution demonstrations. Also, the event will be highlighted with various sessions and seminars attended by industry leaders and NEC global management.

    Commenting on the event, Mr. Takayuki Inaba, Managing Director, NEC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. said, "We are extremely delighted to host our annual technology fair in India for the first time. This fair provides us with a platform to demonstrate our expertise in a range of fields and to share innovations and technological developments with all the stakeholders in the country."

    NEC started operations in India in the 1950s. From telecommunications to public safety, logistics, transportation, retail, finance, unified communication and IT platforms, NEC Technologies India serves community interests reaching from governments and private businesses to individuals.

    For more detail on the NEC Innovative Solutions Fair 2018, please access the event website at https://www.in-nisf2018.nec/.

    About NEC Technologies India Private Limited

    NEC is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies and brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to provide solutions for empowering people, businesses and society. Headquartered in Japan, NEC started operations in India in the 1950s, accelerating its growth through the expansion of business to global markets. NEC in India expanded its business from telecommunications to public safety, logistics, transportation, retail, finance, unified communication and IT platforms, serving across governments, businesses as well as individuals. With its Centre of Excellence for analytics platform solutions, big data, biometrics, mobile and retail, NEC in India offers innovative new services and solutions for India and global markets. NEC operates across India with offices in New Delhi (head office), Noida, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru.

    For further information please visit: https://in.nec.com/

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

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