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    As Monotherapy for Partial-Onset Seizures Aiming for Submission in Japan

    TOKYO, Nov 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that based on topline results, the primary efficacy endpoint was met in a Phase III clinical study (Study 342) conducted for submission in Japan, which evaluated its in-house discovered antiepileptic drug (AED) Fycompa (perampanel) as monotherapy for partial-onset seizures. Based on the results of this study, Eisai plans to file an application seeking approval of Fycompa as monotherapy for partial onset seizures in Japan during fiscal 2018.

    Study 342 is a multicenter, open-label, single-arm Phase III clinical study for verification of efficacy and safety for Fycompa monotherapy in untreated patients from 12 to 74 years of age with partial onset seizures, and compared this efficacy and safety with the results from other AED monotherapy studies. The primary efficacy endpoint of the study is the percentage of patients who achieved seizure-free during the maintenance period (26 weeks of treatment administration) of 4 mg/day of Fycompa. From the results of this study, the percentage of patients who achieved seizure-free exceeded the criteria for efficacy, and the primary endpoint was met.

    The most common adverse events (incidence of 10% or higher) observed in Study 342 were dizziness, somnolence, nasopharyngitis and headache, which is consistent with the safety profile of Fycompa to date.

    Detailed results of the study will be presented at upcoming academic conferences.

    Discovered at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories, Fycompa is a first-in-class AED available in tablet form to be taken orally once daily. Fycompa is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation by targeting glutamate activity at AMPA receptors on postsynaptic membranes. In Japan, Fycompa is approved as an adjunctive therapy for partial-onset seizures (including secondarily generalized seizures) or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy showing inadequate response to other AEDs.

    Eisai considers neurology including epilepsy, a therapeutic area of focus, and in continued 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 Fycompa (perampanel)

    Fycompa is a first-in-class AED discovered and developed by Eisai. With epileptic seizures being mediated by the neurotransmitter glutamate, the agent is a highly selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist that reduces neuronal hyperexcitation associated with seizures by targeting glutamate activity at AMPA receptors on postsynaptic membranes. Fycompa is available in tablet form to be taken once daily orally at bedtime. In addition, an oral suspension formulation has been approved in the United States.

    Fycompa is currently approved in more than 55 countries and territories, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia as adjunctive treatment for partial-onset seizures (with or without secondarily generalized seizures) in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. An application seeking approval for use in the adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures is under review in China. In addition, Fycompa has been approved in more than 50 countries, including the United States, Japan, in Europe and in Asia for treatment as an adjunctive therapy for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. In the United States, Fycompa is approved 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.

    Furthermore, Eisai is conducting a global Phase III clinical study (Study 338) for the agent in patients with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In Japan and Europe, Eisai is conducting a Phase III study in pediatric patients with epilepsy (Study 311).

    About Epilepsy

    Epilepsy affects approximately 3.4 million people in the United States, one million people in Japan, 6 million people in Europe, 9 million people in China, and approximately 60 million people worldwide. As approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with currently available AEDs,(1) this is a disease with significant unmet medical need.

    Epilepsy is broadly categorized by seizure type, with partial-onset seizures accounting for approximately 60% of epilepsy cases and generalized seizures accounting for approximately 40%. In a partial-onset seizure, an abnormal electrical disturbance occurs in a limited area of the brain, and may subsequently spread throughout the brain, becoming a generalized seizure (known as a secondarily generalized seizure). In a generalized seizure, abnormal electrical disturbances occur throughout the brain, and can be followed by a loss of consciousness or physical symptoms manifested throughout the whole body.

    (1) "The Epilepsies and Seizures: Hope Through Research. What are the epilepsies?" National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, accessed May 24, 2016,

    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

    Public Relations Department Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-(0)3-3817-5120

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  • 11/28/18--04:38: Mazda Reveals All-New Mazda3
  • Redesigned model kicks off a new generation of Mazda cars

    HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov 28, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation today hosted the world premiere of the all-new Mazda3. The fully redesigned model will be rolled out to global markets starting from North America in early 2019. The all-new Mazda3 will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public from November 30 through December 9.(1)

    The all-new Mazda3 adopts a matured Kodo design language that attempts to embody the essence of Japanese aesthetics. While the overall form presents a simple, single motion, subtle undulations bring the design to life through shifting light and reflections that glide over the body surface. The result is a richer and more powerful expression of vitality than previous Kodo models. Despite sharing the Mazda3 moniker, the hatchback and sedan models have distinct personalities--the design of the hatchback is emotive, the sedan elegant.

    The all-new Mazda3 adopts Mazda's new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, designed to enable people to make the most of their natural sense of balance. The powertrain lineup comprises the latest Skyactiv-X, Skyactiv-G and Skyactiv-D engines, each of which provides responsive speed control in any driving situation. Based on its philosophy of designing the car around the human being, Mazda has dramatically enhanced the car's fundamental driving attributes such that accelerating, turning and braking feel completely natural.

    Having sold over 6 million units(2) since its 2003 debut, the all-new Mazda3 is a global strategic model that has driven Mazda's growth from both a brand and business perspective. It has delivered Mazda's renowned driving pleasure to customers all over the world and been a mainstay of production at key plants globally.

    "The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda," said Akira Marumoto, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO. "The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Though these products, we will further raise Mazda's brand value and work towards our goal of building strong bonds with customers all over the world."

    (1) Press days are Nov. 28-29. Mazda will hold a press conference at 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 (local time).
    (2) As of November 2018; based on in-house data

    About Mazda

    Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE: 7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit

    Corporate Communications Division Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan +81-3-3508-5056 [Tokyo] +81-82-282-5253 [Hiroshima] mailto:

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    HONG KONG, Nov 28, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Great Harvest Maeta Group Holdings Limited ("Great Harvest" or the "Group"; stock code: 3683.HK) today announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 ("the review period").

    During the review period, the spot freight rate has increased due to the recovery of the operating environment of the global bulker shipping market, and the rise in dry bulk cargo market and China's import of coal. Revenue from spot freight has increased accordingly. Together with the reversal of the impairment losses of the Group's vessels as a result of the recovery in the marine transportation industry, the profit of the Group recorded approximately US$11.6 million. The revenue of the Group increased from approximately US$6.3 million for the six months ended 30 September 2017 to approximately US$8.2 million, representing an increase of approximately 31.7%. The average Daily TCE of the Group's fleet during the review period was approximately US$11,600 (1H 2017: approximately US$8,800)

    In succession of the level from last year, the spot freight rate for dry bulk marine transportation market remains at a higher level in 2018. The rising demand for marine transportation of bulk grains in South America and the maintenance and growth of China's imports of iron ore and coal supported and helped to maintain and increase the spot freight rate. The average BDI was 1,436 points from April to September 2018, representing an increase of approximately 38% as compared to last year. The market prediction and statistics from vessel broker companies expect the demand of dry bulk marine transportation can reach a growth of approximately 3% this year, as compared to the growth of fleet size of approximately 2%. The oversupply of vessels would soon be alleviated, and it is also a key factor for the rise of this year's spot freight rate.

    As at 30 September 2018, the Group's fleet comprised four panamax dry bulk vessels, namely GH FORTUNE, GH POWER, GH GLORY and GH HARMONY, with a total carrying capacity of approximately 319,923 dwt. The average age of the fleet is 12 years and the fleet maintained a high operational level with an occupancy rate of 99.7% during the review period. The average daily charter rate of the vessels was approximately US$11,596, representing an increase of approximately 32% as compared to the last corresponding period.

    Mr. Yan Kim Po, the Chairman of Great Harvest Maeta Group Holdings Limited said, "The Group will continue to uphold its proactive and prudent operating strategies and seek to charter out its vessels to reputable charterers while endeavouring to provide the best services to charterers, so as to maintain a favourable market image for the vessel fleet."

    On the other hand, the Haikou project of the Group is currently under the procedure of construction application as the Haikou local government has finalized its plans. The Group has planned to redevelop the Haikou project into "cultural and tourism real estate" project to construct villas, loft apartment, low density villas, retail, carpark and other ancillary facilities with approximately 130,000 square meters. In addition, the proposed investment of the Group's online hospitality services, online travel transaction services and real estate agency services business in Hainan, the PRC, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with two individuals in October 2018. It is believed that it can broaden the income spectrum of the Group.

    Mr. Yan concluded, "Given the fluctuation in spot freight market, the Group will maintain its prudent operating strategies by enhancing the daily management of vessels, providing better transportation services to customers and seeking for more reputable and reliable charterers at higher rates, thus generating more operational revenue for the Company. Meanwhile, the Group will strictly control operating costs and reduce all unnecessary expenses."

    Great Harvest Maeta Group Holdings Limited ("Great Harvest")
    The Group is principally engaged in chartering out its own dry bulk vessels and property investment and development. For the six months ended 30 September 2018, the Group's fleet size is 319,923 dwt, including 4 panamax dry bulk vessels, which are GH FORTUNE, GH POWER, GH GLORY and GH HARMONY, the average age of the Company's fleet is 12 years with the fleet occupancy rate at approximately 99.7%.

    For further information about Great Harvest, please visit

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    Profit Attributable to the Owners of the Company Rises 39.9% to HK$47,151,000;
    Continue Business Diversification for Profitabiltiy and Sustainability

    HONG KONG, Nov 28, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Samson Paper Holdings Limited ("Samson Paper" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") (stock code: 0731), the main paper merchant in Hong Kong, announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 ("1H 2018" or the "Period").

    Amid the uncertain business operating environment, the Group has continued to execute the strategies of keeping lower stocks, carrying out more indent sales while closely monitoring customers operations and implementing controls intended to mitigate credit risks, in order to pursue profitability rather than volume and market share.The Group recorded a 6.1% growth in overall turnover to HK$3,110,500,000 in 1H 2018. Gross profit increased from the same period last year by 8.5% to HK$310,779,000 with an increase in gross profit margin from 9.8% to 10.0%. Profit attributable to the owners of the Company rose by 39.9% from HK$33,714,000 to HK$47,151,000. Basic earnings per share were HK4.1 cents. The Board of Directors proposed an interim dividend of HK0.4 cent per share.

    Business Review
    As for the paper trading business, the turnover slightly decreased by 0.3% to HK$2,262,654,000 with a decrease of 13.3% in sales tonnage resulting from the strategies of destocking and emphasis on the pursuit of profitability. In terms of market regions, turnover from the PRC market increased 5.3% to HK$1,695,102,000 with a 6.9% decrease in volume, while the Hong Kong market recorded a 18.0% decrease to HK$350,922,000. With great efforts and resources on expansion of the business in Malaysia region, sales in the region achieved a two-fold increase to HK$64,400,000 driven by winning significant tenders.

    For paper manufacturing segment, the selling price of packaging boards maintained at high level with the high raw material costs. The Group achieved a strong turnover growth of 30.8% in the paper manufacturing business, including inter-segment revenue to HK$785,220,000, with sales tonnage increased 3.6%. The operating profit increased 25.7% to HK$54,743,000 with its operating profit margin at 7.1%.

    As for the property developement business of the Group, first stage of phase one construction of the Nantong Business Park project with total gross floor area ('GFA') of 16,306 m2 for the first stage of phase one was completed and the acceptance and examination on completion of construction properties was obtained. As at 30 September 2018, deposits of RMB11,015,000 has been received from two potential purchasers with an estimated sales value of RMB21,861,000 on the first stage of phase one site covering a total GFA of 5,286 m2. Application for a construction work planning permit on seven blocks of properties with total GFA of 18,730 m2 on the site for the second stage of phase one is also in progress. Deposits totaling RMB4,065,000 have been received from one potential purchaser for one of the blocks with an estimated sales value of RMB13,550,000 in total covering a total gross floor area of 3,265 m2. On the other hand, the construction of the Xiamen project was completed and the acceptance and examination on completion of construction properties was obtained. Negotiation on leasing of certain portion of the properties with potential tenants was in progress.

    For property investment business, during the period under review, rental income from investment properties with a value of HK$694,000,000 as at 30 September 2018 has increased 13.0% to HK$11,502,000 compared with the same period last year. The gross rental revenue of the property segment was HK$30,455,000 for the six months ended 30 September 2018.

    In other businesses segment, the aeronautic parts and services business and marine services business recorded a turnover of HK$5,322,000 and HK$18,627,000 respectively. In consumable product business, apart from franchisees, the Group is also striving to expand its wholesale direct consumer base. Owing to the improved performance in wholesale growth and product diversification, revenue of this segment surged 34.2% from HK$27,461,000 to HK$36,853,000.

    Looking ahead, the Group will continue its sales strategies with an intention of keeping reduced stock and securing more indent orders to mitigate the volatility of paper prices. In the manufacturing segment, the Group will also upgrade its production facilities and power plant in order to realise cost savings, and to streamline and centralise internal processes for greater efficiency, ultimately strengthening its business overall. In market expansion, the Group has invested in expanding into Malaysia in the past few year and the efforts have begun to bear fruit with trading turnover in that region increasing. The Group is assessing the possibility to set up a sales office in Southeast Asia to achieve better cost control and further market diversification.

    In the property development and investment segment, the application of the second stage of phase 1 construction of Nantong Business Park will be submitted to the responsible planning authority in the second half of the financial year. The Group is seeking potential buyers for customized construction once the application is approved. As for the Xiamen project, subject to manangement decision, the certain properties may be leased to third parties starting in December 2018, bringing a stable revenue and cash inflow to the Group

    As for the consumable product business segment, the Group wishes to introduce a wider variety of food, such as foreign fruit, in order to meet the market demand, as well as to improve the operating performance of this segment.

    Mr. LEE Seng Jin, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Paper said, "Although the overall market is still challenging, the Group's persistent efforts and investment in diversifying its businesses in the past years have enabled it to successfully navigate the market uncertainty as well as prepare to capture opportunities in the future. In the face of these challenging conditions, continued business diversification would have a positive impact on the Group's overall profitability and sustainability. The Group is cautiously optimistic about its prospects and will continue to carefully monitor the overall situation and proactively adjust its strategy. We are striving to sustain our long-term growth and deliver favorable returns to our shareholders."

    About Samson Paper Holdings Limited (Stock code: 0731)
    Samson Paper is the largest paper merchant in Hong Kong. It has over 20 sales offices in major coastal industrial and inland cities in the PRC, and branches in Singapore, Korea and Malaysia, helping it distribute products of over 100 global paper brands. Building on its solid foundation, the Group has been evolving, turning itself from a paper trader into an integrated distribution services provider with capability in diverse business pursuits including trading, logistics solution, properties, wholesale and franchise distribution.

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    KINGSPORT, Tenn., Nov 28, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) has completed a new isobutyric acid manufacturing facility at its Kingsport, Tennessee site, and expects production to begin within the next few weeks. The new facility, when added to the Longview, Texas site isobutyric acid manufacturing facility, doubles Eastman's production capacity.

    "This additional production facility establishes Eastman as the premier supplier of isobutyric acid to the global market," said Brian Sanders, Chemical Intermediates segment Acetyls & Amines Product Stream director. "The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to providing reliable isobutyric acid supply to customers globally and to meet market demand for the product."

    Eastman isobutyric acid can be found in a number of applications in various markets, including agriculture intermediates, food flavors and fragrance, and protective coatings.

    About Eastman Chemical Company

    Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.

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    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
    Source: Eastman Chemical Company via Globenewswire

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    The partnership and joint product will bring Eyesight's lifesaving Edge-based Driver Monitoring System to the commercial truck industry in China, to help reduce accidents caused by driver drowsiness and inattentiveness.

    SHENZHEN, CHINA, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Eyesight, the leading provider of Edge-based AI vision solutions for in-car automotive market, announced today a multi-million-dollar deal with Exsun, one of China's leading suppliers of GPS and telematics systems. The deal will deliver Eyesight's lifesaving Driver Monitoring System (DMS) to the commercial truck industry in China, helping prevent road accidents, injuries and loss of life.

    The partners will produce an aftermarket Driver Monitoring System using Eyesight's camera and Computer Vision AI that will be part of Exsun market leading fleet management and telematics systems. This device is targeted to be launch in 2019 and installed in vehicles in which Exsun's products are installed - hundreds of thousands of trucks. In the future, the system may also be offered globally to 3rd party trucks, bus and fleet management providers.

    "As a result of China's robust economy, including rapidly growing e-commerce and product manufacturing, there are around 30 millions of trucks on the country's roads, and these numbers will only grow," said Gideon Shmuel, CEO of Eyesight. "As driver exhaustion and drowsiness is a widespread issue in the trucking industry, the aftermarket DMS product Eyesight is developing with Exsun will provide Chinese truck drivers with lifesaving real-time alerts, which can drastically reduce the number of accidents caused by drowsiness and inattentiveness." According to the latest WHO statistics, there are about 450,000 car accidents a year in China, with roughly 260,000 fatalities, this is over 700 deaths every day.

    This partnership comes in the heels of Eyesight's recently-announced 15 million USD growth investment round, led by Jebsen Capital, Arie Capital and other investors. Earlier this year, Eyesight has entered a strategic cooperation with Soling Industrial Co. aimed at utilizing Driver Monitoring technology to optimize vehicle safety systems in real-time. "Already working with some of the world's leading companies, Eyesight will be leveraging the investment to further expand the company's fast-growing Edge Computer Vision and AI footprints." said Gideon Shmuel.

    Eyesight: Helping Increase Human Safety in Vehicles

    Apart from the aftermarket offering, Eyesight's Driver Monitoring and Occupancy Monitoring Systems track the drivers' attention on the road and behaviour in the cabin aiming to help reduce the millions of car accidents that occur annually. Eyesight's intelligent sensing solutions monitor the driver's gaze direction, pupil dilation, eye openness, head position, among other visual attributes to enable alerts when signs of drowsiness or distraction are detected. Eyesight's in-car solutions also include cabin occupancy monitoring to enable real-time optimization of safety systems according to passenger's presence, helping reduce possible injuries and keep passengers safe.

    The company's proprietary technology is backed by 23 granted patents, and many other pending, utilizing advanced computer vision algorithms and artificial intelligence to deliver market-leading capabilities. Eyesight's technology is optimized for edge processing on the device in real-time, offering high accuracy with lean requirements.

    Rebranding Reflects Leadership Position in Edge Computer Vision and AI

    Eyesight also recently showed off the fruits of its rebranding campaign, including its all-new logo. The new look reflects the company's focus on Edge Computer Vision AI and depicts its sensing capabilities. The logo evokes the nature of the company's intelligent technology to understand users, their actions, and predict their needs, to deliver enhanced user experiences.

    Eyesight will be exhibiting at CES, January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas. The company will have two booth locations. Automotive solutions at: LVCC, North Hall - 9117, and the companies Smart Home IoT solutions will be presented at: Sands Expo, Halls A-D, 40619.
    Contact to book a meeting.

    About Eyesight

    Based in Israel, Eyesight offers the most advanced edge-based Computer Vision and AI solutions, targeting the automotive and IoT Smart home industries.

    For the automotive industry, the company offers market leading in-cabin sensing solutions, offering Driver Monitoring (DMS), Driver Identification and Occupancy Monitoring Systems.

    For the IoT and smart home space, Eyesight offers user awareness capabilities, viewer analytics and touch-free gesture control.

    Eyesight's technology is fully embedded and optimized for lean edge processing and is backed by over 20 patents and many other pending.

    With Eyesight's technology devices now "see" and "understand" their users, unlocking a world of enhanced user experiences.

    For more information visit
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    About Exsun

    Exsun is one of China's leading suppliers of GPS and telematics systems, along with air pollution monitoring systems. More than 3 million vehicles have Exsun products installed, and their positioning service has more than 10 million end-users.

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    From Left to Right are Chief Financial Officer Mr. Lei ZHANG, Co-Vice Chair, Executive Director and Chair of the Executive Committee Mr. Fucun WANG,Chief Executive Officer Mr. Reinhold SCHMIDT
    HONG KONG, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - On 23rd November, Yancoal Australia Ltd ("Yancoal" or the "Company", Stock code: 3668) held a press conference to announce its global offering and the listing of its ordinary shares (the "Shares") on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Hong Kong Stock Exchange"), the Company commenced its HK Public Offering on 26th November.

    Supported by the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed controlling shareholder Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited ("Yanzhou"), Yancoal is committed to continuoiusly advancing its strategic growth and building the business as a leading low-cost coal producer in the global seaborne market. Yancoal's management remains focus on investing in the Australian resources sector, driving operational efficiencies, reducing costs, exploring market opportunities and providing its customers with the certainty in product quality and delivery.

    Australia's Largest Pure-play Coal Producer with a Seaborne Business Focused on major Asian Export Markets

    As the Australia's largest pure-play coal producer, Yancoal has ownership and operational interests in five mines:Hunter Valley Operations (which is operated as an unincorporated joint venture with Glencore) ("HVO"), the integrated operations of the Mount Thorley and Warkworth open cut mines, which are located adjacent to each other ("MTW"), the open cut and underground mines comprising the Moolarben coal complex ("Moolarben"), the integrated operations of the Stratford and Duralie mines which are located in close proximity to each other ("Stratford Duralie") and the Yarrabee mine ("Yarrabee"), and also manages the Ashton, Austar and Donaldson mines on behalf of Watagan Mining Company Pty Ltd ("Watagan"). Yancoal also has a near 50% share of the Middlemount mine through an incorporated joint venture ("Middlemount").

    Yancoal has long-term relationships with end-users in key global markets. Yancoal's strong trade relationships with customers in Japan, South Korea, the PRC and Singapore underline its successful marketing efforts in its key export markets. Yancoal is also focused on maximising new sales opportunities generated from its acquisition of Coal & Allied, including the marketing of semi-soft coal into India and Europe and premium thermal coals across Asian markets. The end users for Yancoal's coal products include major power utilities and steel mills in Japan, South Korea, the PRC and Singapore. During the three years ended 31 December 2017 and the six months ended 30 June 2018, Yancoal has also supplied coal to power and steel mills in other Asian countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as customers in South America and Europe on an ad hoc basis.

    A Sustainable Platform for Future Growth with Producing High Value Coals

    Yancoal has large, high quality reserve and resource base located in a low risk jurisdiction, which underpins current and anticipated production levels whilst also supporting future growth opportunities. Based on current Marketable Coal Reserves (compiled in accordance with the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves 2012 edition), the average remaining mine life of Yancoal's mines is 24 years. HVO, MTW and Moolarben have 43, 23 and 20 years, respectively, of remaining mine life.

    Yancoal's principal coal products are thermal and metallurgical coal, which are widely used in the thermal power and steel production industries. All of the coal that Yancoal produces is sold for export to customers located in various key markets across the Asia Pacific region. The export-oriented nature of Yancoal's business is a key differentiator, because the Company is able to obtain global and market determined indexed pricing for most of its coal sales. Furthermore, the availability of proximate rail and port connectivity to Yancoal's mines, and the relatively short voyage times from the east coast of Australia to Yancoal's key export markets, enable the Company to price its coal competitively for those markets.

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    Revenue Increased by 13.7% to Approximately HK$98.0 Million;
    Declaration of Interim Dividend of HK1.3 Cents per Share

    HONG KONG, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Hang Yick Holdings Company Limited ("Hang Yick Holdings", together with its subsidiaries collectively known as "the Group") (Stock Code: 1894.HK) is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 ("the Reporting Period"). For the period, the Group's total revenue was approximately HK$98,043,000 (2017: HK$86,195,000), representing an increase of 13.7% against the same period last year. Increase in revenue for the Reporting Period as compared to the corresponding period in last year was mainly because of more projects, such as certain public housing projects located in Tung Chung, Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong, being in the more intensive stage of engineering service (such as steel and metal products installation on site) during the Reporting Period, for which more revenue was recognised as compared to other stages of the engineering service. Hang Yick Holdings was listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 12 October 2018.

    Provision of steel and metal engineering services and sales of steel and metal products represent the two major core businesses of the Group. Revenue from the provision of steel and metal engineering services increased by approximately HK$27.1 million, or 52.3 %, from approximately HK$52.0 million for the six months ended 30 September 2017 to approximately HK$79.1 million for the Reporting Period. The increase in revenue was primarily due to the progress achieved in projects on-hand. Revenue from the sales of steel and metal products decreased by approximately HK$15.3 million, or 44.7 % from approximately HK$34.2 million for the six months ended 30 September 2017 to approximately HK$18.9 million for the Reporting Period. As a result of the policy implemented by the Hong Kong Housing Authority, the demand of standardised collapsible gates declined, leading to a shift of product mix of the Group to decrease the sales of the said product.

    For the Reporting Period, the gross profit of the Group has increased by approximately HK$7.4 million, or approximately 25.5% compared to the corresponding period in 2017, from approximately HK$29.3 million to approximately HK$36.7 million. The gross profit margin was approximately 37.4%, a moderate growth as compared to that of approximately 33.9% from the corresponding period last year. The increase in gross profit and gross profit margin were in line with the increased proportion of revenue from provision of steel and metal engineering services, which has a higher profit margin than the sales of steel and metal products.

    Profit for the Period of the Company has decreased by approximately HK$6.8 million or approximately 32.6% compared to the corresponding period last year, from approximately HK$20.9 million to approximately HK$14.1 million. The decrease was primarily due to the non-recurring listing expenses of HK$11.8 million. If the one-off listing expenses are not taken into account, the Group would have an adjusted net profit of HK$26.0 million for the Reporting Period, which represents an increase of HK$5.0 million or 24.0% as compared to the corresponding period.

    The Board has recommended the declaration of an interim dividend of HK1.3 cents per share for the six months ended 30 September 2018 (for the six months ended 30 September 2017: nil per share). The interim dividend is expected to be distributed on or around 28 December 2018 to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members of the Company as at the close of business on 17 December 2018.

    Mr. Lee Pui Sun, Chairman, CEO and Executive Director of the Group said, "Considering the favorable market conditions, our outstanding competitive strengths, and abundant number of projects on hand with considerable contract sum, the Group shall remain cautiously optimistic towards the future. This year, our Group was successfully listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange, which not only strengthened our reputation but also brought us stronger motivation. In the future, we shall take proactive actions to seize the opportunities arising from the flourishing market and pursue more projects in different regions, including the mainland of China."

    About Hang Yick Holdings Company Limited (Stock Code: 1894.HK)
    The Group is a leading steel and metal engineering company in Hong Kong, specializing in design, manufacture, supply and installation of steel and metal products for construction projects in Hong Kong. The Group has been operating for over 25 years. According to the Frost & Sullivan Report, in 2017, the Group was the largest steel and metal engineering company in overall public sector in Hong Kong in terms of revenue with a market share of approximately 31.9% and ranked third in the overall steel and metal works engineering service market in Hong Kong in terms of revenue with an estimated market share of approximately 8.6%. Apart from provision of steel and metal engineering services, the Group also sells steel and metal products, including metal gates, collapsible gates, fire-insulated shutters, sliding shutters, rolling shutters and metal doors, to the customers based on their requirements and specifications. The Group was listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in October 2018 and its stock code is 1894. HK.

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    Figure 1: Configuration of equipment developed to communicate simultaneously with four users with one antenna panel
    Figure 2: Throughput improved with highly accurate phase control
    Photo: The antenna panel developed by Fujitsu
    Compact base stations can be deployed in stadiums, train stations, other sites

    TOKYO, Nov 29, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of the world's first equipment technology to enable simultaneous communications to four users with a single antenna panel in the 28-GHz band, in the world's most compact structure. The equipment delivers high-speed communications in excess of 10 Gbps, as required by 5G mobile communication formats. The use of 5G is premised on deployment of base stations with comparatively small coverage areas placed every few tens of meters. Given this, it will be necessary to have equipment of a compact size that can be deployed anywhere. Conventional 5G system structures require use of an antenna panel for each terminal when simultaneously transmitting to multiple terminals. Now, by controlling with high accuracy the phase (angle) of signals separately emitted from 128 antenna elements, Fujitsu Laboratories has suppressed the interference between signals. This enables simultaneous communications in four directions using only one antenna panel. Moreover, the company can vary signals in both horizontal and vertical directions, successfully expanding the communications area. With these developments, components can now be fit on a single 13 cm2 printed circuit board, instead of two or more antenna panels required with conventional technology. This will enable the deployment of compact base stations and high-speed 5G communications in locations where many people gather, such as around train stations and in stadiums.

    Development Background

    The spread of smartphones, 4K image resolution, and VR has raised demand for high-speed wireless communication. Meanwhile, problems like transmission delays and poor connections due to insufficient wireless communications capacity are occurring in urban centers, stadiums, and event venues, and anywhere many people gather. To remedy these shortcomings, the development of 5G, which uses the millimeter wave band to secure a wide frequency band, is being carried out globally, with the goal of commercial deployment around 2020. While 5G can provide high-speed, high-capacity communications in excess of 10 Gbps, its radio waves are very one-directional and blocked by obstacles. As such, the use of a method called small cells, in which base stations are deployed every few tens of meters, is anticipated. Commercialization also requires compact equipment that can be easily installed in any location.


    5G base stations make use of a technology called beam-forming, which controls the phase of signals emitted from the multiple antenna elements on the antenna panel and concentrates the radio waves in the desired direction. This divides and multiplexes beams, to handle simultaneous communications with multiple users. Currently, to avoid radio wave interference during communications with multiple users at once, base stations have been configured to use a number of antenna panels corresponding to the number of concurrent users. To miniaturize the equipment so that it can be deployed anywhere, the best option is to provide multi-directional transmissions from a single antenna panel.

    About the Newly Developed Technology

    Fujitsu Laboratories developed a phased array chip using a technology (patent registered) that can regulate the phase of a signal propagated from an antenna element with accuracy of one degree or less, and built into the panel one phased array chip per eight antenna elements. The company also uses circuitry that detects the differences in phase between phased array chips, which enables highly accurate phase control for any size antenna panel that has between 64 and 256 antenna elements. As a result, by holding the difference in undesired emissions intruding between one radio wave communicating with a device and another radio wave with another device to 20dB or more, it makes it possible for a single antenna panel to carry out high-capacity communications of 10 Gbps or more. Detecting the phase differences from the signals produced by each antenna element and controlling the phase with high accuracy to concentrate the signal in the desired direction, these technologies successfully led to compact equipment that transmits to four users simultaneously with just one antenna panel. The compact equipment propagates radio waves on two axes, including horizontal and vertical directions, enabling wide-area communications with users.
    Figure 1: Configuration of equipment developed to communicate simultaneously with four users with one antenna panel
    Figure 2: Throughput improved with highly accurate phase control


    These technologies led to the prototyping of a 13 cm2 antenna panel equipped with 128 antenna elements and 16 phased array chips. Accordingly, Fujitsu Laboratories confirmed that a single antenna panel can deliver high-speed transmissions of 2.5 Gbps per person, for a total of 10 Gbps, and carry out beam multiplexing in four directions. By using this antenna panel, it will be possible to build small, energy efficient 5G base stations.
    Photo: The antenna panel developed by Fujitsu

    Future Plans

    Fujitsu Laboratories will continue to raise the performance and reliability of this technology, and aim for commercialization around 2021.

    About Fujitsu Laboratories

    Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic Devices and Advanced Materials. For more information, please see:

    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
    This release at

    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Wireless Research Center E-mail: Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL:

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    Dusit Thani Bangkok - Artistic Heritage Press Conference
    Western modernism with traditional Thai design: Benjarong Restaurant
    Exterior view of the Dusit Thani in central Bangkok
    Inspired by the great pagoda of Wat Arun, the Dusit Thani Bangkok
    'Preserving Dusit Thani's Artistic Heritage' will capture hotel's rich history, bequeath to new hotel open 2023

    BANGKOK, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, has partnered with Silpakorn University to launch a unique project to preserve the rich architectural and artistic heritage of the company's iconic flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, which will be redeveloped next year as part of a landmark mixed-use development.

    Officially titled 'Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok's Artistic Heritage,' the project will see preservation experts from Silpakorn University carefully identify, document, dismantle and preserve key items of historical or artistic value in the property for use in the new version of the hotel, which is slated to open in 2023. Data and photographs of the project will also be presented in a digital book for those who wish to learn more about the original building.

    Opened in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok is an early exemplar of contemporary Thai architecture which distinctively blends western modernism with traditional Thai design. Inspired by the great pagoda of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the unique structure has long drawn the attention of architecture students impressed by its convention-defying form, which heralded a new era of development in Bangkok.

    The hotel's interior is also lauded for its rich artistic heritage. The Thai motifs and murals that adorn the columns and walls of the hotel's signature Thai restaurant, Benjarong, for example, were hand-painted by Paiboon Suwannakudt, famously known as Tan Kudt, a neo-traditional Thai painter who was a key figure in the modern reinvigoration of Thai mural painting. His intricate paintings and murals will be carefully preserved for use in the new Dusit Thani Bangkok. Benjarong's carved timber ceiling will also be carefully dismantled for use in the new hotel.

    Silpakorn's experts will also study the hotel's distinctive landscaping, particularly the renowned waterfall garden, which provides a serene and leafy escape in the heart of the city. Prize trees will be documented and preserved as much as possible.

    The 'Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok's Artistic Heritage' project was officially launched at a press conference held at Dusit Thani Bangkok's Napalai Room. Speaking at the event, Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International, said, "My mother, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, always believed in Thailand's potential to become one of the world's most successful tourist destinations, and she believed the best way to put Bangkok on the map, and support the kingdom's growth in this regard, would be to create a distinctive hotel that complied with international standards while showcasing the finest facets of Thai culture.

    "Dusit Thani Bangkok is the result of this vision, and the building's unique design, decor and artworks are indeed representative of an era of great change in the country. With the hotel now about to undergo a significant change for a new era of tourism, we would like to preserve as many items of historical and sentimental value as possible. I believe our past is the inspiration for a sustainable future, and I am delighted we could partner with Silpakorn University for this unique project."

    Assoc. Prof. Sayumporn Kasornsuwan, Vice President for Art and Culture, Silpakorn University, said, "Dusit Thani Bangkok is an excellent learning centre for those interested in the development of art, culture and architecture in Thailand, and we are very happy that Dusit wants to preserve the key historical elements of its flagship hotel for posterity. Lecturers from faculties such as archaeology, architecture, painting, sculpture and graphic arts, as well as the university's Art Centre and partners, will be heavily involved in this project. While it will certainly require a great deal of time, effort and finance, Dusit is determined to invest in the preservation of its heritage. It is an honour to take part in this project."

    Asst. Prof. Chawalit Khaokiew of the Faculty of Archeology, Silpakorn University, said, "This project consists of three parts. First, we will carry out the preservation work that covers the carvings, paintings and murals in Benjarong Restaurant, as well as valuable components of the hotel's exterior. This requires an integration of disciplines such as painting, engineering, architecture and archaeology. Second, we will study the hotel's architecture, landscaping and various historical artworks to create a scale model showcasing all of the building's key elements.

    "Finally, we will help to promote the architectural value of the hotel through an exhibition of paintings by National Artists Sarawut Duangjampa and Panya Wijinthanasarn, and 18 acclaimed painters. This exhibition will be staged at the hotel throughout December until January 5th. Information collected throughout the entire research and preservation process will be compiled in a digital book to be shared with the public."

    Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International, said, "It's an honour to work closely with Silpakorn University to document the rich tapestry of Dusit Thani Bangkok in its transitional period. Silpakorn University is a time-honoured institution that stands out in the field of art and culture and in preserving and promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of the kingdom. This joint effort aims to preserve meaningful memories of the hotel and bring them to life once again in the next four years when the new Dusit Thani Bangkok opens its doors. We hope that the artefacts we preserve will create a warm atmosphere that delights new guests seeking new, impressive experiences, as well as regular guests who have an emotional attachment to the original hotel."

    Dusit Thani Bangkok will hold its last full day of operations in its current form on 5 January 2019.

    Photo#1: Officially announcing the 'Preserving Dusit Thani Bangkok's Artistic Heritage' project at a press conference held at the hotel's Napalai Room on 27 November (from left):
    - Ajarn Amarit Choosuwan, former dean of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University,
    - Ms Titiya Xuto, Vice President of Operations, Dusit International, and General Manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok,
    - Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International,
    - Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International,
    - Assoc. Prof. Sayumporn Kasornsuwan, Vice President for Art and Culture, Silpakorn University,
    - Asst. Prof. Chawalit Khaokiew of the Faculty of Archeology, Silpakorn University,
    - Assoc. Prof. Chaiyasit Dankittikul, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University.

    About Dusit International

    Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's Charoenkrung Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana.

    Alongside growing its operations globally, with more than 50 properties in the pipeline across key destinations, Dusit International is also expanding its business to provide new experiences for customers across the lodging spectrum.The company recently entered the vacation rental market with the full acquisition of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia, and it also announced plans to enter the lifestyle market with the launch of ASAI Hotels, a distinctive new brand designed to link curious, millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in vibrant cities and resort destinations worldwide.

    The company also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School. In 2019, Dusit International will redevelop its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel as part of a landmark mixed-use project comprising residences, an office building, retail areas, and a new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel. The new hotel is expected to open in 2023. For more information, please visit

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    Emperor International's Rental Income Grows 10% to HK$600M;
    Net Profit Surges 57% to HK$2.5B

    HONG KONG, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Emperor International Holdings Limited ("Emperor International") (Stock code: 163) & Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited ("Emperor E Hotel") (Stock code: 296) jointly announced its 2018/19 interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 (the "Period").

    Emperor International Holdings Limited

    During the Period, Emperor International's total revenue was up by 4.8% to HK$1,536.5 million (2017: HK$1,466.0 million). Driven by an expanded portfolio of investment properties, rental income grew by 9.5% to HK$590.5 million (2017: HK$539.5 million), representing 38.4% (2017: 36.8%) of total revenue. Revenue from property development for sale increased to HK$208.9 million (2017: HK$186.7 million), which represented the sales proceeds of the remaining units of Upton. Although the sale of Peak Castle was launched and the presale of The Amused was completed, the relevant sales proceeds had not been recognised as revenue during the Period. Revenue from the hospitality segment was HK$737.0 million (2017: HK$739.8 million), accounting for 48.0% (2017: 50.5%) of the total revenue.

    Gross profit increased to HK$1,094.8 million (2017: HK$1,061.6 million). A revaluation gain on investment properties amounted to HK$1,677.7 million (2017: HK$1,430.1 million). Net profit increased by 56.9% to HK$2,504.9 million (2017: HK$1,596.7 million). The increase was mainly due to an increase in fair value of investment properties and a realised gain on disposal of a self-used property amounted to HK$785.3 million during the Period.

    Basic earnings per share were HK$0.68 (2017: HK$0.43). Emperor International declared payment of an interim dividend of HK$0.047 (2017: HK$0.047) per share.

    Investment Properties for Rental Income
    Emperor International's investment property portfolio primarily focuses on quality street-level retail spaces and commercial buildings in key cities in Greater China as well as London. As a result of the majority of its premises being in prime locations, the overall occupancy rate of Emperor International's investment properties was nearly 90% as at 30 September 2018.

    Emperor International owns many premium investment properties in Hong Kong's retail prime streets. On the back of robust demand from global brands, these quality properties provide solid income stream to Emperor International. Russell Street, where Emperor International forged extensive presence, has been ranked as the world's most valuable retail street by rental value, according to a report from Cushman & Wakefield published in November 2018.

    Located in Chang'an Avenue East, Emperor Group Centre Beijing, a 28-storey Grade-A office tower and premier shopping mall with premium cinema, has been recently awarded the honor of "6-Star Super A-level Building" by Beijing Central Business District Administration Committee, recognising its standing in China's real estate market.

    During the Period, Emperor International continued to progress on the redevelopment of several sites to create long-term value in the existing properties. The redevelopment projects of Nos. 25-27 Oxford Street, London and Nos. 75-85 Lockhart Road, Hong Kong are well underway and are scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Meanwhile, the revitalisation project of Ulferts Centre at No. 4 Kin Fat Lane in Tuen Mun, has been commenced. Ulferts Centre will be converted from an industrial premise into a commercial building covering diversified purposes such as food and beverage, retail spaces and offices upon completion in 2021.

    Property Development for Sale
    Peak Castle, featuring 14 luxurious low-rise detached houses in Siu Lam, Tuen Mun, was launched to the market during the Period and 7 houses were contracted as of 30 September 2018. With a total saleable area of 43,000 square feet, Peak Castle is well served by a superb transportation network comprising Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge as well as the future Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link.

    Another site, at Nos. 8-10A Mosque Street, Mid-Levels, will be redeveloped into a luxury residential tower with a gross floor area of 34,000 square feet. Adjacent to Soho area and Lan Kwai Fong, it is in close proximity to Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, with convenient access to Central commercial district. Its presale is expected to be launched in the first half of 2019, and is targeted for completion in 2020.

    The above-mentioned projects, along with the luxury sites in Tai Lam and Shouson Hill, as well as redevelopment projects at Old Bailey Street, Mid-Levels, and Davis Street, Kennedy Town, will provide steady contribution to Emperor International in the years to come.

    Hotel Operations and Related Services
    Emperor International currently runs two hotels and two serviced apartments in Hong Kong, as well as two hotels in Macau. They are namely The Emperor Hotel, Inn Hotel Hong Kong, MORI MORI Serviced Apartments, The Unit Serviced Apartments, Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau.

    During the Period, Emperor International continued to enjoy steady contributions from the hotel operations. The Emperor Hotel, a 29-storey contemporary hotel offering 300 guest rooms in Wan Chai, has been well-received by leisure visitors and MICE travellers since its commencement in late 2017. On the other hand, Inn Hotel Hong Kong, a 30-storey hotel offering 200 guest rooms in West Kowloon, is conveniently located near major entertainment, shopping and dining districts in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. Within a walking distance from the West Kowloon Terminus of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail, Inn Hotel Hong Kong is poised to benefit from the anticipated growth in visitation.

    Mr. Donald Cheung, Executive Director of Emperor International, said, "We are aware that the purchasers' sentiment has been impacted by growing market uncertainties and the prospects of interest-rate hikes. Volatility in home prices is expected to persist in the near term. Despite the fact that the momentum in the broad residential market has softened, we believe the luxury homes market will continue to demonstrate solid growth potential in the long-term. Following the successful sales of Peak Castle in Siu Lam, several projects on luxury sites including Mosque Street, Tai Lam and Shouson Hill are in the pipeline for generating promising returns to Emperor International."

    Mr. Alex Yeung, Executive Director of Emperor International, said, "With the commissioning of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail and the launching of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, accessibility between Hong Kong and major cities in mainland China will be further improved. We believe the tourism sector and retail sales as a whole will be greatly benefited, thereby creating a positive outlook for our investment properties and hospitality operations."

    Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited

    During the Period, Emperor E Hotel reported a revenue of HK$665.6 million (2017: HK$702.1 million). Net profit increased by 8.7% to HK$128.9 million (2017: HK$118.6 million). Basic earnings per share increased to HK$0.10 (2017: HK$0.09). Emperor E Hotel declared an interim dividend of HK$0.028 (2017: HK$0.026) per share.

    Gaming Revenue
    During the Period, Emperor E Hotel's gaming revenue declined slightly to HK$546.7 million (2017: HK$586.6 million). Emperor E Hotel strived to improve customer segmentation and reinforced its position in VIP market, which it holds unique competitive advantages. While VIP segment delivered stable performance, gaming concourse segment was lackluster as a result of capacity expansion in Cotai.

    The gaming revenue comprises the income from gaming concourse, VIP room and slot machines, accounting for 56.7%, 39.7% and 3.6% of gaming revenue respectively. Operational results of gaming concourse and VIP room segments are summarised as follows:

    HK$ For the six months ended 30 September Changes
    2018 2017
    Gaming Concourse (67 tables)
    Gross win 552.3M 626.5M -11.8%
    Average win per table per day 45,000 51,000 -11.8%
    VIP Room (10 tables)
    Rolling amount 9,721.8M 10,355.3M -6.1%
    Average win per table per day 209,000 210,000 -0.5%

    Hotel Revenue
    During the Period, the hotel revenue derived from Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau was HK$118.9 million (2017: HK$115.5 million), accounting for 17.9% of the total revenue. As of 30 September 2018, Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau provided 311 and 287 guest rooms, respectively. During the Period, the average room rates of Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau were HK$884 (2017: HK$833) per night and HK$499 (2017: HK$441) per night, with occupancy rates of 93% (2017: 91%) and 93% (2017: 94%), respectively.

    About Emperor International Holdings Limited
    Emperor International is an investment holding company, which is principally engaged in property investments, property development and hospitality with property portfolio of over 5 million square feet in the Greater China and overseas. Under its tri-engine business model, Emperor International owns many investment properties in prime locations that generate stable recurrent income; runs many property development projects for earning visibility; and develops hospitality services with strong recurrent cash flow. With its management execution strengths and market insight, Emperor International aims to be a key property player in Greater China. Emperor International has become one of the constituent stocks Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Benchmark Index since September 2018. It is also an eligible security for Southbound trading under Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme. For more information, please visit its website:

    About Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited
    Emperor E Hotel principally engages in provision of gaming and hospitality in Macau under its parent company, Emperor International. It runs two hotels in Macau, namely Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau, offering entertainment and leisure services, accommodation, food and beverage as well as retail outlets. Looking forward, it continues to look for potential business opportunities worldwide in the leisure sector. For more information, please visit its website:

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    Group IR Director
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    Group IR Manager
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    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Southeast Asia is a region that is fast developing. It has evolved from an agricultural society to one of the fastest growing regions in the world within the span of a century. One of the main drivers of such growth is Southeast Asia's position as a cost competitive manufacturing hub. Removing cost out of operations is key to cost competitiveness. As Southeast Asia continues to accelerate human capital value add, the key to retain a cost-efficient manufacturing hub will need to be abstracted from higher productivity and yield. To that end, Southeast Asia E&E manufacturing is setting its sight on digital technologies related to Industry 4.0.

    A report by McKinsey & Company highlighted that Southeast Asia needs to embrace Industry 4.0 to unlock its potential in manufacturing. It claims that disruptive technologies associated with Industry 4.0 would have an impact on productivity on a similar scale that the introduction of the steam engine had during the first Industrial Revolution. Globally, if the digital technologies of Industry 4.0 were to be embraced and integrated efficiently, it is forecasted that it could contribute between US$1.2 trillion and US$3.7 trillion in gains.

    According to Ng Kai Fai, President of SEMI Southeast Asia, "We see a rise in Southeast Asia countries embracing smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0. Hitachi opened a smart factory hub in Thailand a few months ago. Singapore launched the world first's Smart Industry Readiness Index to catalyse the transformation of industrial sectors during this 4th Industrial Revolution. India launched the Make in India initiative to encourage MNCs and other companies to manufacture their products in India. The new government of Malaysia in its recent Budget 2019 tabling, announced a National Policy on Industry 4.0 named Industry4WRD, to support the industry's efforts to rely more on technology and less on capital and labour, to increase productivity. Thailand is embarking on Thailand 4.0 on similar ground."

    "Clearly, transitioning to smart manufacturing for the Southeast Asia region is no longer a question of how but a question of when, given the pivotal nature this industry has to the region's economic well-being. At the same time, we need to be aware of the many potential pitfalls surrounding it. A possible step forward is for the region as a bloc to formulate a unified plan when adopting the various technologies associated with Industry 4.0 as it pushes for a more resilient and innovative economic community."

    "SEMI, the global not-for-profit association advancing the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, has organised a host of activities and events to bring smart manufacturing discussions to the forefront. We recently concluded a two-day conference in Singapore focusing on smart manufacturing and smart data where we discussed the potential of incorporating these concepts into practice and explored the challenges of adoption. In SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, which will be held from 7-9 May 2019, there will be a showcase of Electronics Manufacturing Smart Factory focusing solely on smart manufacturing and smart data in practise."

    SEMICON Southeast Asia is the region's premier gathering of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. The 2019 edition, which will be held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), is themed 'Think Smart, Make Smart'. For more information, visit

    About SEMI

    SEMI(R) connects over 2,000 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    Please contact on behalf of SEMI:
    Acendus Communications Sdn Bhd
    - Michael Poh at +60 12 395 5202
    - Reshvinder Kaur at +60 17 275 7985

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    -The First Polyethylene Glycol Preparation for Chronic Constipation in Japan-

    TOKYO, Nov 29, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - EA Pharma Co., Ltd., EA Pharma's parent company Eisai Co., Ltd. and Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced today that the constipation treatment "MOVICOL" (Development code AJG555) was included in Japan's National Health Insurance drug price list as of November 20, 2018, and EA Pharma and Mochida launched the product onto the Japan market today.
    MOVICOL is the first polyethylene glycol preparation indicated for treatment of chronic constipation(1) in Japan, available for adults and children 2 years of age and older. MOVICOL increases the moisture in the intestinal tract by osmolality of its main ingredient polyethylene glycol (macrogol 4000), which increases fecal moisture, softens feces, increases fecal volume and physiologically activates the peristaltic movement of the colon to promote bowel movement. Furthermore, MOVICOL is a powdered medicine to be dissolved in water before administration, which enables suitable increase or decrease of the dose to obtain the preferred stool consistency.

    Outside Japan, this product has been marketed mainly in Europe by Norgine B.V. under the brand name MOVICOL and is used by many patients with chronic constipation. In Japan, the Evaluation Committee on Unapproved or Off-Labeled Drugs with High Medical Needs(2)) of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recognized the "high unmet medical needs" of polyethylene glycol preparations for chronic constipation, and Ajinomoto Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (now EA Pharma) developed this product with Mochida for oral chronic constipation treatment in pediatric and adult patients in Japan under the license granted by Norgine to Ajinomoto Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (now EA Pharma).

    In a placebo-controlled double-blind PIII clinical trial in adults conducted in Japan, the MOVICOL group demonstrated a statistically significant increase in spontaneous bowel movement frequency(3)) (the primary endpoint) compared to the placebo group. In the subsequent 52-week consecutive administration period, the spontaneous bowel movement frequency was steadily maintained in most cases. In a PIII clinical trial (a baseline-controlled open-label study) in pediatric patients, a statistically significant increase in spontaneous bowel movement frequency (the primary endpoint) was observed compared to baseline. The major adverse drug reactions in these trials were diarrhea and abdominal pain.

    EA Pharma and Mochida have commenced distribution of the product under the same brand name in Japan. EA Pharma and Eisai jointly provide information for the proper use of MOVICOL under a co-promotion agreement.

    The prevalence of constipation is high in young women and both elderly men and women, and the symptoms can become severe particularly in pediatric patients. The symptoms of constipation include reduced bowel movement, feeling of incomplete evacuation, and hard stools. When the symptoms become chronic, many patients suffer from a decline of QOL (Quality of Life). With the new treatment MOVICOL in addition to "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet" (bile acid transporter inhibitor for chronic constipation treatment) launched in Japan in April 2018, EA Pharma, Eisai and Mochida are striving to increase treatment options for patients with chronic constipation and diverse disease histories as they seek to further contribute to addressing the needs of, and increasing the benefits provided to, patients, their families and healthcare providers.

    (1) Excludingstructuraldisease-inducedconstipation
    (2) TheEvaluationCommitteeonUnapprovedorOff-LabeledDrugswithHighMedicalNeeds
    This committee was organized in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to evaluate the medical needs of the drugs and indications that are not approved in Japan ("unapproved or off-labeled drugs") and the appropriateness of filing the public knowledge-based application and requirement of additional studies for filing the marketing and manufacturing application to promote development of unapproved or off-labeled drugs by pharmaceutical companies.
    (3) Defecation without use of laxative, enema or manual disimpaction

    About "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet"

    "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet", which EA Pharma in-licensed from Albireo AB (Headquarters, Sweden), is an orally available chronic constipation** treatment having a novel mechanism of action. "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet" inhibits the bile acid transporter that regulates reabsorption of bile acids thereby increasing the flow of bile acids to the colon, which is expected to enhance colonic motility. EA Pharma and Mochida have a joint development and marketing agreement for "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet", and started distribution of "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet" respectively under the same brand name on April 19, 2018 in Japan. EA Pharma also has a co-promotion agreement with Eisai. EA Pharma and Eisai jointly provide information for the proper use of "GOOFICE 5 mg Tablet".

    **Excluding structural disease-induced constipation

    About EA Pharma Co., Ltd.

    EA Pharma Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. for gastrointestinal disease area, was established in April 2016 by integration of the gastrointestinal business unit with more than 60 year's history of the Eisai Group and the gastrointestinal business unit of the Ajinomoto Group having amino acid as its business core. EA Pharma is a gastrointestinal specialty pharma with a full value chain covering R&D, logistics and sales & marketing.

    For more information on EA Pharma Co., Ltd., please see

    About Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

    Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has been committed to research and development of innovative pharmaceutical products since its establishment thereby providing distinctive medicines to the medical field. Currently, the core pharmaceutical business focuses resources on the targeted areas of cardiovascular medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, psychiatry and gastroenterology, while also providing medicine for intractable disease as well as generics including biosimilars, to meet medical needs.

    For more information on Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., please see

    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

    Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Public Relations TEL: +81(0)3-3225-6303 EA Pharma Co., Ltd. Corporate Planning Dept. TEL: +81(0)3-6280-9802 Eisai Co., Ltd. PR Dept. TEL: +81(0)3-3817-5120

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    Mr Jeffrey, Minfang Lu (5th from right), Chief Executive Officer of Mengniu (HKSE: 2319), and local partners host the kick off ceremony of the new Mengniu YoyiC factory in Indonesia.
    Mr Jeffrey, Minfang Lu, Chief Executive Officer of Mengniu (HKSE: 2319) at the press conference of the Mengniu YoyiC factory opening in Indonesia.
    The new Mengniu YoyiC Dairy Factory is located in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia. It is the first dairy product manufacturing base Mengniu (HKSE: 2319) has placed in Southeast Asia.
    Indonesia, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited (HKEX Stock Code: 2319), a leading dairy product manufacturer in China, kicked off operation today of its new "Mengniu YoyiC Dairy Factory" in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia. Mr Jeffrey, Minfang Lu, Chief Executive Officer of Mengniu, together with officiating guests including Mr Thomas Trikarsa Lembong, Head of the Capital Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia, Mr Wang Liping, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, and Mr Kiki Barki, Chairman of Indonesian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, unveiled the new factory and the set-for-launch YoyiC series.

    The new Mengniu YoyiC Dairy Factory is the Group's second overseas factory, the first being the Yashili plant in New Zealand. It is also the first dairy product manufacturing base a Chinese enterprise has placed in Southeast Asia. To Mengniu, the first Chinese dairy products enterprise to "Go global", Southeast Asia has been its most important overseas market and its products are now sold in close to 10 countries and regions in Southeast Asia. Mr. Jeffrey, Minfang Lu said that Indonesia, as the most active economy and having the biggest population in Southeast Asia, has a large consumer market and strong regional economic influence and is also one of the first supporters of the "Belt and Road" initiative, thus having a factory in Indonesia will boost Mengniu's competitiveness in the Southeast Asia market, conducive to the speedy execution of the Group's internationalization strategy.

    The new factory is on a 15,000 m2 site and commanded a total investment of more than US$50 million. It has a designed daily output capacity of 260 tonnes and annual output capacity valued at US$160 million. With the strong support of different departments of the Indonesian government and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Indonesia, Mengniu had the factory plan confirmed in November 2017 and construction began in March 2018, meaning it has taken only a year from getting the plan off the ground to start of operation of the factory, which is a record among Chinese enterprises setting up factories in Indonesia and a demonstration of the "Mengniu Speed". The factory is expected to provide about 1,000 jobs for Indonesians in the coming five years and about 100 locals have been hired to date.

    The YoyiC probiotics beverage and yogurt products the factory puts out are made with milk from quality milk source in Oceania and Indonesia, applying Mengniu's world leading production technology and quality control system. New probiotics developed by Mengniu and esteemed Danish R&D institutes are added in the products targeting mid-market to high-end consumers. YoyiC series products will be available in more than 12,000 stores in main cities in Indonesia in December. The same type of products has been sold in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and other countries and regions in Southeast Asia, and are well received by consumers, earning for two consecutive years 7-Eleven Singapore's "Most Popular Brand" title.

    Mr. Lu pointed out that internationalization is the core strategy of Mengniu, and the Group's overseas business has maintained rapid growth at about 30% in recent years. Moreover, in 2018, gaining presence at such top international events as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Business Forum, the first China International Import Expo and Russia World Cup, etc., Mengniu has not only let hundreds of millions of consumers around the world know its name, but has also become more determined to speed up internationalization leveraging the "Belt and Road" initiative. On the solid foundation it has in the Southeast Asia market, Mengniu will gradually extend its market reach to Africa, Latin America, Europe and the U.S., aiming to provide world-class products and services to more consumers worldwide and for itself to become a Chinese dairy enterprise competitive in the international market and nurture a national dairy brand deserving of global fame.

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    President Miguel Albuquerque (L), and Tactilis Chairman and CEO, Michael Gardiner sign the agreement to develop Madeira as one of the world's smartest islands.
    Funchal, Madeira, Nov 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Government of Madeira and technology group Tactilis recently formalized a partnership to create a new digital identity platform that enables safe, secure and more efficient transactions for all citizens in Madeira.

    Following two years of detailed research and preparation with a consortium of Madeira's leading system integrators (MC- Computadores, Sa., represented by Jose Pedro Silva Morgado, XGT-Solucoes Informaticas SA., represented by Luis Duarte Pontes Sousa da Silva and GestoolsASP-Gestao Online Lda., represented by Jorge Andre Ribeiro Dias Fernandes), the government and Tactilis have memorialized the final documentation necessary to launch a comprehensive 'Smart Island' program that initially comprises of twelve projects involving education, healthcare, port security, transport, payments, tourism and a wide range of government services.

    The key enabler for the program is Tactilis' high security biometric system-on-card (BSoC) product - a credit card sized computer that guarantees a user's identity for a multitude of daily transactions, whilst ensuring the secure management of their personal credentials and data. The card can be carried in a wallet or purse much like any common ID or bank card, yet incorporates a government grade fingerprint sensor from NEXT, 4GB of internal storage memory, a powerful microprocessor and standard smartcard chip which enables it to be used with conventional terminals already deployed throughout society.

    Whilst the card is highly advanced it is simple and convenient to use - a single touch of the sensor located on the face of the card authenticates the owner's identity and proceeds with the desired transaction ubiquitously without the need to remember complicated and vulnerable passwords or pin numbers. The owner's private data is also continually protected.

    For widespread mobility, the card can be used with a slim Tactilis' card carrier, allowing seamless operation in the workplace, at home, in stores or outdoors, whenever and wherever there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC or USB connectivity.

    From a security and privacy standpoint, the Tactilis card's biometric identity system employs decentralized architecture, meaning that the rightful owner's fingerprint biometrics are stored securely inside their own personal card and are not needed in a centralized database, which is potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks/manipulation.

    The concept of the card's usage in Madeira is to ensure that its citizens have trusted access to an ever-growing number of digital based services and to fast-track common administrative tasks. By providing a common, convenient-to-use, digital identity platform to all segments of the community the technology will quickly advance Madeira internationally as a modern trusted society. The implementation of the solution also ensures that Madeira's government and citizens will be adequately equipped to securely participate in emerging technology trends such as cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, shared economy platforms and in the use of blockchain.

    The 'Smart Island' program is financially supported by the Madeira government, Tactilis and the European Union, and aims to set the future standard for trusted transactions and secure personal data management in modern Smart Cities. In order to deliver localized services to citizens in an efficient and controlled manner, Tactilis will work with local partners in Madeira and in mainland Portugal to both manufacture cards and develop a wide variety of user applications. A new manufacturing facility is planned for late 2019 which will supply both Portugal and all countries throughout the EU. The plan therefore is to hire and develop local talent for operations in Portugal.

    Statement from President: "The Government of Madeira is very enthusiastic about the vast possibilities for this technology and its ability to make the life of Madeirans more convenient, safe and secure. At the same time, it will enable our government and related agencies to deliver a wider range of services securely whilst managing their operations more efficiently. Madeira is well positioned to pioneer this technology to the rest of the world, so we look forward to seeing the first pilots start early next year and the full roll-out commencing later in 2019."

    Statement from Michael Gardiner: "Tactilis (The Power of Touch) is delighted to partner with the Government of Madeira and to be working hand in hand with local system integrators to deliver a digital identity platform that will bring many great advantages to Madeira and its people. We are committed to the project's successful implementation and helping enhance the quality of life for Madeirans."

    About Tactilis

    Tactilis offers simple, quick and easy-to-scale solutions that make it easier than ever to authenticate and manage identities, protect precious data and create trustworthy environments for citizens, businesses and government organizations. With extensive technological know-how and cutting-edge manufacturing processes, Tactilis helps you get the most out of the open world while securing your interests with just your own fingerprint.

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    TOKYO, Nov 30, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Toyota Motor Corporation have successfully controlled the Toyota-developed T-HR3(1) humanoid robot in trials using fifth-generation mobile communications(2) (5G) under a test environment with control from a remote location (a distance of approximately 10 kilometers) using 5G in an area between two points.

    Toyota developed the T-HR3 with the aim of creating a partner robot that can safely support human activities in a variety of circumstances, such as homes and healthcare institutions. By employing Torque Servo Modules that control torque (power) and a Master Maneuvering System that allows the robot's entire body to be operated at will, the operator can feel external forces exerted on the T-HR3 and prompt it to move in the same manner as them.

    To ensure it achieves gentle, smooth movement, minimizing communication delays during control signal exchange between the T-HR3 and the Master Maneuvering System is essential. Until now, T-HR3 experiments have been conducted on a wired connection, with relatively few communication delays. This time, with an eye toward improved use in practical environments, the T-HR3 was successfully controlled wirelessly, using low-latency 5G communication technology developed by DOCOMO.

    DOCOMO and Toyota plan to demonstrate the technology between Tokyo Big Sight and Tokyo Skytree as part of the DOCOMO Open House 20183, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight over two days starting on December 6, 2018.

    DOCOMO and Toyota aim to continue conducting trials based on diverse scenarios of robot use, and intend to research and develop technologies and services with the aim of realizing 5G services in 2020 and, subsequently, a prosperous society of mobility.

    (1) More details on Toyota's T-HR3:
    (2) NTT DOCOMO is aiming to offer 5G pre-services in September 2019, with plans to roll out full-scale commercialized 5G services in spring 2020.
    (3) More details on DOCOMO Open House 2018:

    About Toyota

    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 27 countries and regions, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries and regions under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit New window

    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).

    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926 NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: Contact:

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    TOKYO, Nov 30, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will begin operating DOCOMO 5G Open LabTM GUAM as a 5G technology verification center in Guam next spring. The official opening date will be announced later.

    The facility, DOCOMO's first overseas verification center, will be available for use by the more than 1,900 partners participating in the DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program, which provides global businesses and organizations with the latest 5G information, test environments and opportunities for partner workshops. Program partners will be able to connect devices and services free-of-charge to the lab's 5G base and mobile stations and other equipment. Once the test environment is extended to outdoor locations during or after next summer, DOCOMO will also assist partners with their outdoor verifications.

    DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM will enable partners to conduct fast, cost-effective testing of new services designed for U.S.-market technical and regulatory conditions and implemented in part with outsources devices and technologies. By offering a 5G test environment set up under U.S. conditions, DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM will facilitate prompt, flexible and accurate verifications of equipment, systems and even advanced technologies for applications such as drones and autonomous vehicles.

    DOCOMO already operates 5G open labs in Tokyo and Osaka, and will launch a third domestic lab in Okinawa, Japan in December 2018.

    Going forward, DOCOMO will continue collaborating with enterprises and other partners from diverse industries to create innovative 5G services that will be used on DOCOMO's forthcoming 5G commercial network in Japan, which is expected to launch in 2020.

    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).

    NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: Contact:

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    TOKYO, Nov 30, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces that in the FY2018 JNCAP(1) super-height wagon the eK Space has been awarded the maximum ASV+++(2) rating for active safety performance.

    eK Space is fitted as standard with Mitsubishi's Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking system that detects pedestrians as well as vehicles ahead of the vehicle. The Custom trim level is also fitted as standard with Mitsubishi's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Automatic High Beam systems. Safety Package trim levels are fitted as standard with Mitsubishi's Multi Around Monitor, which also provides a bird's eye view of the car, that allows the driver to check what is behind the car. These driver assistance systems all support safer operation of the vehicle.

    The FY2018 JNCAP active safety performance looked at seven areas of performance in total. As in previous years, it tested the four areas of: Vehicle damage mitigating braking; Pedestrian injury mitigating brake system; Lane keep assist; and Rearview monitor(3). This year, three new categories were tested: High-performance multi-functional headlights, Sudden unintended acceleration mitigation, and Pedestrian injury mitigation braking (at night with street lighting). An eK Space fitted with Mitsubishi Motors' latest active safety technologies was awarded full marks in the Vehicle damage mitigation braking and Rearview monitor(3) categories, and was rated highly in the other categories.

    And compact minivan the Delica D:2 has also been awarded the maximum ASV+++(2) rating for active safety performance.

    Mitsubishi Motors is continuing development of active safety technologies, and extending their installation to more models, that allow the driver to enjoy the driving experience with reassurance and that help avoid or mitigate damage or injury in the event of an accident.

    (1) Japan New Car Assessment Program; run by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the National Agency for Automotive Safety & Victims' Aid (NASVA).
    (2) Advanced Safety Vehicle (as defined by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).
    (3) When fitted with 7-inch display 2-DIN memory navigation system.

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Since the Mitsubishi group produced its first car more than a century ago, we have demonstrated an ambitious and often disruptive approach, developing new vehicle genres and pioneering cutting-edge technologies. Deeply rooted in Mitsubishi Motors' DNA, our brand strategy will appeal to ambitious drivers, willing to challenge conventional wisdom and ready to embrace change. Consistent with this mindset, Mitsubishi Motors introduced its new brand strategy in 2017, expressed in its "Drive your Ambition" tagline - a combination of personal drive and forward attitude, and a reflection of the constant dialogue between the brand and its customers. Today Mitsubishi Motors is committed to continuous investment in innovative new technologies, attractive design and product development, bringing exciting and authentic new vehicles to customers around the world.

    Mitsubishi Motors Public Relations Department +81-3-6852-4275

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    HONG KONG, Nov 30, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Hong Kong Institute of Directors ("HKIoD") announced the winners of the Directors Of the Year Awards ("DYA") 2018 at its Annual Dinner held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last night. This year sees the largest number of directors and boards accredited with the Awards. In this era with digital technologies disrupting traditional economic and business operational models, the 20 winners this year have shown their determination to promote and implement good governance and lead their companies or organisations in achieving new milestones. These Awardees are exemplary in demonstrating the award theme "Leadership in Times of Change".

    The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr Henry Lai, Chairman of HKIoD, with The Hon James Henry Lau Jr JP, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, as the Guest of Honour and speaker.

    Mr Henry Lai, Chairman of the Council of HKIoD, said, "Having a good governance system can allow a company to develop healthily and sustainably. However, to cope with the ever-changing operating environment, conventional ways of doing things have to change also. Leaders of changes need to have extraordinary vision, openness and courage when exploring new paths in new circumstances. These qualities are found in all the winning directors and boards this year. They dare to venture into new realms and lead their companies in facing rapid changes in the business environment. We hope their success stories can serve as examples and provide the benchmark for enhancing corporate governance to different industries in Hong Kong."

    Mr William Lo, Chairman of the Awards Organising Committee, said, "There is the saying 'water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it', which is a perfect description of what technological development can do to the business world. It can spark the creativity of new generation leaders, create business opportunities and boost profit, but the risks involved should not be slighted. Picking 'Leadership in Times of Changes' as the theme of DYA this year reflects the Organising Committee's objective to honour leaders who stand out in performance amid the dynamic world and recognise their outstanding contribution to the business world."

    Dr Carlye Tsui, CEO of HKIoD, said, "For leaders in the corporate world to come up with correct decisions in the ever-changing operating environment, they have to keep learning new knowledge. Always keeping its finger on the pulse of the market and also technological development, HKIoD has designed educational programmes pinpointing the needs of directors, so as to help them maintain strong corporate governance in their organisations seeking to ride the new economic tide and move on to embrace new opportunities."

    The winners of the DYA 2018 in the various award categories are listed below.

    Listed Companies Categories
    Executive Directors
    - Ms Chan Yuen Shan Clara MH
    Chief Executive Officer, Lee Kee Holdings Limited
    - Mr Kong Qingwei
    Chairman, China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd
    - Mr Lai Ni Hium
    Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited
    - Mr Lam Tak Hing, Vincent
    Chairman, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Asiaray Media Group Ltd
    - Mr Lee Wai Kwong
    Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, ASM Pacific Technology Limited
    - Ms Wong Ka Ki, Ada FRICS
    Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Champion REIT
    - Mr Yiu Chiu Fai
    Executive Director & Chairman of Board, Henan Jinma Energy Company Limited

    Non-Executive Directors
    - Mr Zhang Jijing
    Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited

    - Board of Directors, China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd
    - Board of Directors, Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited

    Non-listed Companies Categories
    - Board of Directors, Leo Paper Group (Hong Kong) Limited

    Statutory/Non-profit-distributing Organisations Categories
    Non-Executive Directors
    - Ms Grace Fung Oei
    Chairperson, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hong Kong Limited
    - Ms Sabrina Chi Wai Ho
    Chairman, The Child Development Centre
    - Dr Ip Simon Sik On GBS CBE JP
    Immediate Past Chairman, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
    - Prof John Leong Chi-yan SBS OBE JP
    Chairman, Hospital Authority
    - Mr James Edward Thompson GBS
    Chairman, The Hong Kong Management Association

    - Board of Directors, The Australian International School Foundation Limited
    In addition: recognition of Excellence in Board Diversity
    - Board of Equal Opportunities Commission
    In addition: recognition of Excellence in Board Diversity
    - Board of Directors, The Hong Kong Management Association
    - Executive Committee, The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care
    In addition: recognition of Excellence in Board Diversity

    About Directors Of The Year Awards
    First launched in 2001, Directors Of The Year Awards were the first ever such Awards organised in Asia. The project has now become an annual project of impact in the community. The objectives are to recognise directors and board of directors for outstanding director practices and corporate governance, to publicise the significance of good corporate governance and to promote awareness of good corporate governance and director professionalism in Hong Kong. Nominations are open to the public. As good corporate governance is vital to all types of organisations, and professional director practices are encouraged from directors in all board roles, the Awards recognise excellence in categories by company types, including listed companies, non-listed companies and statutory/non-profit-distributing organisations, and categories by roles, including Executive Directors, Non-Executive Directors and Boards. For more details on the previous years' Awards, please visit

    About The Hong Kong Institute of Directors
    The Hong Kong Institute of Directors is Hong Kong's premier body representing directors to foster the long-term success of companies through advocacy and standards-setting in corporate governance and professional development for directors. A non-profit-distributing organisation with membership consisting of directors from listed and non-listed companies, HKIoD is committed to providing directors with educational programmes and information service and establishing an influential voice in representing directors. With international perspectives and a multi-cultural environment, HKIoD conducts business in biliteracy and trilingualism. Website:

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    Directors Of The Year Awards 2018 Enquiries:
    The Hong Kong Institute of Directors
    Odessa So +852 2889 4988/
    Moni Ching +852 2889 1414/

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    Strategic Expansion to Tap Increasing Demand and Drive Future Growth;
    Provides Sustainable Energy and Clean Technology to Complement Usage of Natural Gas;
    Aspires to Become an Integrated Smart Energy Provider in China

    HONG KONG, Nov 30, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc. (TSXV: CFY) ("Changfeng" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an energy provider in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC"), announces today its results for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 ("the Period").

    For the Period, the Group recorded revenue of RMB290.6 million (same period 2017: RMB266.3 million), up 9% period-on-period ("PoP"). Gross profit recorded was RMB119.6 million (same period 2017: RMB126.0 million). Profit from continuing operations was RMB40.0 million (same period 2017: RMB35.7 million), increased by 12% PoP. Basic earnings per share from continuing operations was RMB0.62 (same period 2017: RMB0.54).

    In Guangdong Province, Changfeng completed construction of a 2.0-kilometer pipeline connecting the provincial natural gas trunk lines to the Gaoyao Combined Heat, Power and Cold Natural Gas Power Plant (the "Datang Gaoyao Plant") owned by Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. ("Guangdong Datang"). On November 14, 2018, Guangdong Datang began a successful trial operation to transport natural gas through the Changfeng pipeline to the Datang Gaoyao Plant. 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.

    The recent trial run of a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") shipment from Canada to the PRC using ISO-containers was successfully completed. The LNG shipment arrived in Shanghai on 8 November 2018, and was sent onward to Hebei. Unlike the market price of pipeline gas, which is regulated by the PRC government, LNG prices are relatively deregulated and market-oriented. Accordingly, as 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, there is an opportunity for the Company to increase its supply of LNG to customers at higher prices in the winter months. The trial shipment signifies a move to strategically position the Company to seize such opportunities and to tap the potential synergy of Sino-Canadian energy trading and the natural gas supply business.

    Mr. Huajun Lin, Chairman, President and CEO of Changfeng, who has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas industry, said: "We are very pleased to see our pipeline in trial operation, the successful LNG shipment from Canada to the PRC and the signing of the agreement to jointly of the integrated district energy distribution project in the New Economic Development Zone of Meishan City, Sichuan Province, the PRC, a hub for manufacturers of drugs, health supplements, medical equipment, and other medical related supplies. With the PRC government pressing ahead with reforming the country's energy structure, shifting away from a coal-based economy, we expect demand for natural gas as a clean energy source to remain strong. The Group is reaching another major milestone on the path of becoming an integrated smart energy provider in China with provision of sustainable energy and clean technology to complement the usage of natural gas."

    Business Review

    This is the second year of Changfeng's three-year plan to strategically shift its corporate focus to sustainable energy in combination with natural gas to realize its aspiration of becoming an integrated energy provider in the PRC.

    Projects in Operation

    Currently, Changfeng has seven projects in operation: two pipeline natural gas distribution projects, three LNG supply distribution projects, and two compressed natural gas ("CNG") vehicle refueling stations. Changfeng has a 30-year exclusive concession right to distribute natural gas in Sanya City and supply natural gas to factories in Hebei and Hainan Province.

    Projects under Development

    Major projects under development include an integrated smart energy project (the "Haitang Bay Integrated Smart Energy Project") which combines usage of multiple clean energy sources, including solar, hydro, electricity, and natural gas (CCHP/Co-Gen), to supply cooling, heating, as well as hot water to hotels, shopping centers, and households in the Haitang Bay area of Sanya City, Hainan Province. The Group has a 30-year concession right to build, own and operate four energy-processing stations in the Haitang Bay area of Sanya City, Hainan Province.

    Prospects and Strategic Focus

    The Chinese economy is moving away from coal dependency. To capitalize on opportunities the Company sees in the Chinese energy sector, Changfeng looks to integrated smart energy and clean technology to complement the usage of natural gas. Changfeng will continue to provide natural gas to its customers, which is a cleaner alternative to coal. Building on the successful trial shipment of LNG to Hebei in November this year, Changfeng will seek to broaden its LNG supply base outside of the PRC to meet increasing demand for natural gas.

    For the rest of 2018, Changfeng will continue to implement its long-term growth strategy which involves the proposed Guangdong Grid pipeline gas project in Western Guangdong Province, development of the Haitang Bay Integrated Smart Energy Project with EDF Group in Sanya City, with commercial operation expected by early 2019, and commencing development of the newly acquired Meishan Project. In addition, the Group will continue to work on preparing its Hong Kong IPO and targeting a listing on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in the first half of 2019.

    Mr. Lin concluded: "Since its inception over 20 years ago, Changfeng has strived to provide natural gas, a cleaner alternative to coal, to customers. We believe smart energy is on a strong growth trend in China and is loaded with development potential and opportunities. On top of helping address the strong demand for natural gas in the region, we see our strategic development efforts opening to us opportunities in the China market at large. Changfeng will continue to adhere to its development strategies and draw from its abundant experience in operating its advanced business model to provide cleaner energy, as well as generate the highest returns for shareholders."

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") under the stock symbol "CFY". It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the PRC. Changfeng strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as being one of China's the Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the Natural Gas Industry. For details of Changfeng, please visit:

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