Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Achieves Record Revenue and EBITDA
Today, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) reported record high revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (“EBITDA”) for fiscal year 2018. Revenue rose 18% to HK$6.0 billion for the year ending September 29, 2018. EBITDA jumped 48% to HK$1.4 billion. The robust growth in revenue and EBITDA was attributed to increases in occupied room nights at the resort hotels, park attendance and guest spending. Annual attendance reached 6.7 million, up 8% from prior year. Across-the-board growth was seen in local, mainland China and international markets, which accounted for 40%, 34% and 26% of total attendance, respectively. International attendance hit a record high for the second year in a row, mainly fuelled by strong visitation from Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. The continued growth in international guests underscores HKDL’s contribution to bolstering Hong Kong as a top tourist destination in the region, both in the family and young adult segments. Since park opening in 2005, total cumulative attendance has reached more than 77 million. During the year, per capita spending increased 6%, representing nine years of continuous growth. Hotel occupancy was up six percentage points to 75%. Disney Explorers Lodge, which opened in April 2017, contributed to 44% growth in occupied room nights. Record revenue and EBITDA reduced net loss by HK$291 million to HK$54 million, an 84% improvement from fiscal year 2017. - HKDL is the ideal destination for events and staycations “This past year HKDL continued to strengthen its appeal as the ideal vacation destination. Our strong entertainment lineup throughout the year, coupled with the launch of ‘Moana: A Homecoming Celebration’ and the global debut of Cookie as a new character in the highly popular Duffy the Bear family, have enticed guests from all markets,” said Stephanie Young, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. “Additionally, innovative initiatives to capture new opportunities were launched, including the first-ever, large-scale outdoor concerts, and the signature 10K Weekend running events, which have broadened our guest base for the park and hotels.” The series of six outdoor concerts by popular Taiwan band Mayday was a groundbreaking initiative using the resort’s coach park to host 120,000 attendees from Hong Kong, as well as mainland China and the rest of Asia. Tailored packages of the resort’s hotel room and park experience contributed to both hotel occupancy and park visitation. To capitalize on the business potential from increased connectivity brought by two mega transportation projects, namely Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section), HKDL increased promotion of the resort as the preferred choice for a staycation and launched tailored products in the connected markets in the Greater Bay area as well as central and western regions of mainland China. - Momentum continues with new attractions and increased connectivity 2019 will be another amazing year with incredible new experiences and offerings for Disney fans. “The launch of a new Marvel-themed attraction as part of a multiyear expansion and the addition of year-round entertainment offerings and products, along with the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section), will allow us to continue our positive momentum,” said Young. In addition to the unique year-round seasonal events for Christmas, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and Halloween, HKDL has launched the “World’s Biggest Mouse Party!”, which runs through February 24, 2019, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. On March 31, 2019, HKDL will open “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” to the enjoyment of Marvel fans from around the world. This all-new interactive experience is the second instalment in the expansion project that will continue to build HKDL’s Marvel-themed area into an ultimate hub in Asia of thrilling Marvel experiences. This new ride will extend the success of “Iron Man Experience” as guests fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp (played by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, respectively, from the popular blockbuster film). Guests enter the world of Marvel in Tomorrowland at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion in the Stark Expo. After boarding a state-of-the-art vehicle at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s research and design facility, guests will join Ant-Man and The Wasp in an epic battle against Arnim Zola and his army of evil Hydra Swarm-bots. Also part of the expansion project, the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in HKDL’s castle area will be unveiled in summer of 2019. Young guests can make their dreams come true as they transform into princesses. The boutique offers an array of gorgeous dresses and accessories, which include Disney Princess favourites such as Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Elsa, Tiana and Jasmine. This new location gives guests an even more royal experience, thanks to the interactive Magic Mirror, which tells the stories of everyone’s favourite princesses in a highly-immersive royal setting. To complement existing offerings at the resort hotels, Disney Explorers Lodge will add a new children’s playroom named “Nemo’s Recreation Reef”, inspired by the popular Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo”. Opening in the summer of 2019, young guests can have fun in the world of Nemo and unleash their creativity during arts and crafts sessions. - Continuous positive contribution to the Hong Kong community HKDL is committed to contributing to and serving the Hong Kong community. In fiscal year 2018, the resort brought approximately HK$8.9 billion of value added to Hong Kong, equivalent to around 0.34% of the city’s overall GDP. Additionally, 19,000 jobs (in terms of man-years) were created during the fiscal year, benefiting Hong Kong’s overall economy. On average, HKDL employed more than 5,200 full-time and 2,300 part-time cast members during the year, remaining one of the city’s largest employers in the tourism and family entertainment industry. The resort provided cast with nearly 400,000 hours of professional and technical training during the year. Among its various community efforts, HKDL is particularly dedicated to bringing happiness to children with illnesses and special needs and fulfilling their dreams. A key initiative this year was the “Dress Well” project launched with Hong Kong Children’s Hospital to fund, design and produce tailor-made clothing for in-patient children. This first-of-its-kind collaboration with a public hospital takes children’s emotional and treatment needs into account in the design of the clothing, with an aim to reducing the stress of sick children, their families and the caretakers. The project is funded through a HK$4.1 million donation from The Walt Disney Company. The resort continued to fund Playright’s “Hospital Play” programme in the Princess Margaret Hospital Nephrology Ward and supported Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant over 20 special wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. It also activated the #ShareYourEars social campaign to help promote Make-A-Wish Foundation in Hong Kong. In fiscal year 2018, HKDL donated more than 100,000 complimentary park admission tickets to over 400 charitable organisations who organise park visits for people in need.
New Raid Campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is Coming to Destiny Child on Valentine’s Day
- Destiny Child’s official raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is now open and will run until March 7 - Chance to acquire the all new 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the raid exclusive skins - Season pass, events and special packages updated Masters of Childs, prepare for a new challenge! LINE GAMES Corporation (https://line.games) is announcing the grand opening of its mobile CCG Destiny Child’s new raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ for players to embark on. Starting today on Valentine’s Day, a host of new content is available in Destiny Child, including Ragna Break Café de Petit; exclusive season pass; and special events to bring prizes to all players. Ragna Break Season 1 Café de Petit features a new episode on demons undercovered as waitresses in an ordinary café, and will run throughout the next three weeks until March 7. All players over level 12 can participate in the raid by playing the dungeon, and will be rewarded with 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the new raid skin Loyal Keeper Morgan. The Ragna Coins earned by clearing raid bosses can be traded for various in-game items as well. The latest content update also includes the following features and events: MOA MOA PARA-Dice Event: Roll the dice to win 5-Star Equipment, Weapon, Armor and Accessory Tickets. Players to reset the board ten times will be rewarded with a special scroll that will summon one of the seven exclusive 5-Star Childs. Devil Pass Season 3 and bonus packages: Unlock the new season pass all the way to the final tier to get the exclusive Child skin, Classic Servant Morgan. Also offered is the limited time-only Crystal Packages that will give out one 5-Star Character Summon scroll for every two Crystal Packages purchased. The bonus gift applies for maximum four packages, and is available until February 28. Destiny Child is available to download worldwide on Android and iOS. For more information on the update and the game, visit official Facebook and Destiny Child Community.
Park Hyatt Busan Presents “SUITE EXPERIENCE PACKAGE”
Park Hyatt Busan presents its “Suite Experience Package” which allows guests to experience our luxurious suites with exclusive benefits. The “Suite Experience Package” offers real rest and relaxation with differentiated benefits for guests of our luxurious suites, providing KRW 100,000 credit (KRW 100,000 per night) that is valid anywhere in the hotel for guests to experience a wide range of outlets during their stay, along with an abundant breakfast at the restaurant and welcome amenities (one bottle of wine and a fruit bowl). Please note that unused or remaining credit balances are not refundable. The package also offers a 2:00 PM late checkout so guests can take their time, as well as complimentary access to the indoor pool, fitness center and sauna, and complimentary valet parking service for guests’ convenience (once per stay, one car). Park Hyatt Busan offers four suite types: Park Family Suite, Park Executive Suite, Park Executive Marina Suite and Park Executive Family Suite. Each suite at Park Hyatt Busan features a luxurious and cozy bedroom, a separate living room area and floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views of Gwangan Bridge and Busan Yachting Center. The “Suite Experience Package” will ensure utmost relaxation and is available for stays until 31 December 2019. Pre-booking is required and reservations are subject to availability. For information or reservations, please call +82 51 990 1234.
SK Infosec EQST Regular Media Day : IoT Hacking and Privacy Invasion
On the morning of January 30th, SK Infosec held EQST regular media day at Ferrum Tower in Jung-gu, Seoul. The media day was held by SK Infosec to show the hacking demonstration and presentation on the theme of IoT (Internet of Things) hacking and privacy invasion. The officials including Jae-woo Lee EQST group leader, Tae-hyung Kim EQST Lab chief and Hyung-wook Jang EQST group and Lab expert member attended the event. EQST is a security expert group of SK Infosec, which is involved in cyber threat analysis and research as well as responding to security incidents at the actual hacking incidents. In addition, the announcement of this day cited the results of domestic and overseas institutions' investigation and warned of the explosion of IoT devices and the risk of hacking on home IoT devices. ▲ SK Infosec’s EQST regular media day was held. ▲ Tae-hyung Kim EQST Lab chief got the presentation. According to the announcement, the number of devices connected to the Internet worldwide exceeds 17 billion in 2018. Among the 17 billion devices activated, the number of IoT-related devices reached 7 billion, and in 2025, it is expected to exceed 20 billion. As a result, the number of new vulnerability reports and rewards in Korea is on a year-on-year increase. Specifically, in 2018, 80% of IoT attacks were Satori and Mirai botnet. Mirai botnet operates in the way of scanning and accessing IoT devices with malicious administrator accounts, spreading malignant codes, and generating a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack with a massive botnet consisting of IoT devices. According to Mirai botnet’s analysis of the degree of infection by country, Korea was ranked as 8th place with 4%, but it is never safe since Japan, which has larger area than Korea, showed lower percentage. Mirai botnet is not a new method but an existing method, but IoT devices are vulnerable and can be easily attacked by Mirai botnet. Moreover, the survey on information protection in 2017 said that the most popular products for domestic IoT users are smart home devices and the key concerns were the increase in management vulnerabilities, threat of personal information infringement, and the strength and possibility of cyber-attack. The IoT devices with insufficient security can be used as a tool for hacker’s attack by being accessed through the system with account information that can be acquired from the Internet. In fact, it was introduced that it is easy to acquire IoT device administrator account information simply by searching 'default password' on a portal site. Next, the cases of privacy invasion through IoT hacking were introduced. First, the cases of stealing private video files through the unauthorized remote access to IP cameras with the acquired information from web server hacking were mentioned. For example, there was a case of hacking home IoT devices for companion animals, which had a lot of problems last year, or hacking baby monitors installed for babies in the United States. There was also a case of hacking a smart toy with a microphone or speaker to remotely control the device and steal personal information stored in the server. Furthermore, at the beginning of this year, there was another case that the door was opened by a hacker through hacking the signal occurred when the digital door lock is opened. ▲ Domestic new vulnerability reports/awards are on a year-on-year increase, and 80% of IoT attacks in 2018 were found to be Satori and Mirai botnets. ▲ The privacy invasions through IoT hacking were presented. The cases of webcam hacking were announced. As hacking cases of webcams such as laptop cameras and CCTVs increased, the Ministry of Science and ICT conducted a monitoring service, resulting in a sharp decrease in the number of cases from 3,568 in the first quarter of 2018 to 256 in the third quarter. The continuous monitoring by government has reduced the number of webcam hackings, but many images are still being exposed in real time. The first example is the Russian ‘Incecam’ site. Incecam collects pages that do not change the default setting values such as administrator ID and password through GHDB&Shodan in the site, so that it can view CCTVs of the country in real time through the weak webcam list in the main homepage. In addition, it discloses information about CCTVs using the fact that there is no authentication procedure in the CCTV management mode. Moreover, IP Scanner, which scans the neighboring IPs for accessing and manipulating vulnerable webcams after logging in through the unchanged default settings, such as administrator ID and password, was introduced. Likewise, there was a case of stealing webcam recording files by accessing with ID, password, and telnet service through port scan after accessing unchanged open AP (webcam for server storage) and determining the IP that is currently using webcam. EQST recommended setting a different secure password for each webcam product and performing regular firmware updates for webcams and AP devices as security measures for these IoT devices. In addition, EQST introduced ‘IoT product security certification service’ from KISA, and proposed to follow ‘mandatory setting and change of initial password for IP camera and CCTV’, which will be implemented from February. Tae-hyung Kim EQST Lab chief said, “As Web services evolve, hackers enjoyed making money by hijacking personal information, and the growing number of IoT devices has become an interesting content for these hackers. So, the spread of 5G is expected to lead to more intrusive privacy violations in our lives. Although there are many types of webcam hacking, it is important to remember that simply changing the password greatly reduces the risk of hacking, since most hackers target at the devices with default administrator and password setting.” What’s more, the case of Dark Web was introduced – it is accessible only with certain software such as Tor (The Onion Routing) and it cannot be accessed through a normal browser or domain. As a result, contract murders, drugs, illegal video distribution, and illegal transactions take place, and the invasion problems including personal information and video of famous foreign celebrities, IP camera hacking video, and webcam arise. Lastly, Jae-woo Lee EQST group leader announced that EQST will progress security for expanding IoT diagnosis area and systematizing. Through security consulting on IoT devices, EQST will analyze IoT environment, identify threats according to information protection areas, analyze and evaluate risks, and demonstrate security solutions through simulation hacking. Moreover, a guide to security consulting and mock hacking will also be provided. As for DSaaS service, industrial safety services and power/energy/building facility management services will be offered. ▲ According to the monitoring service by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the number of webcam hacking has dramatically decreased. ▲ Jae-woo Lee, EQST Group Leader ▲ EQST announced that it will carry out security for expansion of IoT diagnosis area and systematization.
IBM Korea 2018 Top 5 News & 2019 Major Agenda Media Briefings
IBM Korea hosted ‘IBM Korea 2018 Top 5 News and 2019 Major Agenda Media Briefings’ at its office in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, on the morning of January 3. The briefing session was organized by IBM Korea to announce the top five news in 2018 and the five major agendas in 2019, with the attendance of the President Hwa-jin Chang and CTO & Director Kyung-soon Um at IBM Korea. “After declaring to reborn as a cloud platform company in 2017, we have been focusing on that part in 2018. In 2019, IBM Korea will concentrate on the hybrid cloud business and focus on artificial intelligence and cloud platform after 2018. We ask for continuing the interest and support you gave also in 2019.” Mr. Hwa-jin Chang, president of IBM Korea, said. ▲ IBM Korea's New Year Media Briefing was held. ▲ "IBM plans to focus on the hybrid cloud business in 2019 and focus on artificial intelligence and cloud platforms after 2018," said Hwa-jin Chang, president of IBM Korea. IBM Korea's 2018 five major news were announced: 'AI', 'Cloud', 'Block Chain', 'System' and 'P-TECH'. First, it was mentioned that 2018 was a year of expansion through the ‘AI’ and IBM has made various active attempts to apply it to real business beyond proof-of-concept. For example, Korean-based artificial intelligence chatbot were created with HyundaiCard, and artificial shopping advisor was produced with Lotte Department Store, by adopting artificial intelligence inside the process to help tasks more efficiently. In addition to the chatbot, IBM also has expanded the use of enterprise artificial intelligence from a customer-facing chatbot to a variety of industrial artificial intelligence areas. In aspect of the ‘Cloud’, IBM has improved the security and stability of on-premises while simultaneously providing the speed and flexibility of a public cloud with the proliferation of ‘IBM Cloud Private Platforms’. The public cloud business of IBM Korea grew by 78 percent last year, and it was introduced that ‘private cloud’ will rise in this year. At the same time, IBM will provide the latest technologies, including Watson, blockchain, and Big Data Analysis, on all clouds, and will take leadership in several areas by acquiring Red Hat, a leader in open source technology portfolio. Next, in the 'Blockchain', the number of projects of blockchain increased 2.6 times compared to 2017, and various proof-of-concept projects were conducted in Korea. IBM launched a network that commercializes logistics and food distribution blockchain, such as TradeLens and IBM Food Trust, to demonstrate the benefits of cost savings and faster speed by making transactions transparently based on blockchain and sharing information in real time. The case of Wal – Mart adopting IBM Food Trust to reduce distribution time of fruits from 6.6 days to 2.2 seconds was introduced. In addition, Everest Group's PEAK Matrix survey of blockchain services has revealed that capability and influence of IBM's blockchain business are excellent. IBM Korea’s ‘System’, which was introduced to be used by 44 of the top 50 banks in the world, has been selected as an accounting system by KB Kookmin Bank based on security, performance, and stability. System Z of IBM Korea is programmable in Java and has been newly upgraded based on block chain technology, and its security is outstanding since all data is automatically encrypted when the application is running. Along with this, the entire lineup of Power 9 has been enhanced and completed, and the recently introduced Summit has become the fastest supercomputer in the world. ‘P-TECH’, a social contribution program, is a five-year public education system that fosters human resources related to advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, and blockchain. ‘P-TECH’, which started as a social contribution in the United States, was the sixth in Korea after Australia, Morocco, Singapore and Taiwan, and is scheduled to open in March 2019 with Semyeong Computer High School and Gyeonggi College of Science and Technology. IBM Korea will create the Department of Artificial Intelligence Software, and plan to have one-on-one mentoring and IBM-paid internship program. ▲ In the 'Blockchain', IBM launched a network that commercializes logistics and food distribution blockchain. ▲ IBM's ‘System’ was introduced to be in use by 44 out of 50 top banks worldwide. Next, IBM Korea announced that it will focus on five areas in 2019: ‘Hybrid Cloud’, ‘Security’, ‘AI’, ‘Blockchain’, and ‘Quantum Computing’. According to the IBM Institute for Business Value, 85 percent of companies worldwide are using multi-cloud, and by 2021, 98 percent will adopt hybrid multi-cloud. In addition, various financial regulations are anticipated to be eased in 2019, including the revision of the Electronic Banking Supervision Regulation, so that many companies are expected to effectively use the private cloud and public cloud, both of which establish a cloud environment in their own data centers, together. IBM Korea is ready to offer services and solutions for multi-cloud management with its hybrid multi-cloud capability, cloud security and open source competitiveness, and will lead the market with private cloud leadership. At the same time, with the rise of AI and cloud, it was announced that ‘Security’ aspect is significant. In the situation in which personal information and data protection issues are strengthened and Europe GDPR much be complied, domestic security market size is 2.2 trillion won and security service market is 1.26 trillion won. Therefore, IBM Korea stated that it will provide security-related services through SOC in the field by a manpower that customer wants, or solve the shortage of specific security manpower by providing the security technology using artificial intelligent through SOC. Moreover, IBM Korea explained that the 'AI' is expected to grow at a CAGR of 69.8% in the Asia-Pacific region by 2021, spending $5 billion, and 70% of Asia-Pacific companies use AI. The firm asserted that it will make the process of how AI decides and studies with data transparent. Also, it will use ‘AI Open Scale’ technology to detect data bias and provide solutions to prevent misinformation during the process of training AI. In addition, IBM Korea will concentrate on 'Blockchain', expecting to reduce transaction costs by 35% by 2021 as implement industry-specific blockchain and the omni-ecosystem expands. At the government level, blockchain is expected to become more active as the government plans to encourage blockchain technology such as voting, shipping, logistics, and intergovernmental documents with the 25 billion won of budget this year. Therefore, IBM Korea has grown by 400% in the blockchain field last year and activated about 600 projects and 10 blockchain networks. In this year, IBM Korea expects the token economy to become more active this year, with the announcement and activation of various blockchain commercialization networks in each industry. Lastly, ‘Quantum Computing’ that IBM Korea saw potential and focused on was introduced. More than 100,000 people worldwide have experienced the ‘IBM Q’ through IBM Cloud, more than 5 million of experiments and more than 110 papers were published, and 1800 institutions and 300 private research institutes are using ‘IBM Q’. Currently, only Samsung Electronics is participating in the development of the quantum computer ‘IBM Q’. In the first half of this year, IBM will announce a quantum computing program in which major institutions and companies participated, and the first commercial version of the quantum computing system and quantum cryptography. ▲ IBM Korea tries to solve the shortage of specific security manpower through SOC or remote SOC. ▲ It was stated that IBM Korea will use ‘AI Open Scale’ technology to detect data bias and provide solutions. ▲ In the first half of this year, IBM Korea will announce a quantum computing program in which major organizations and companies participated.
2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring Media Day
On January 11th, Riot Games held '2019 LoL(League of Legends) Champions Korea Spring Media Day' at LoL Park in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Ahead of '2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring (2019 LCK Spring)' that will be held from January 16th, the event was organized to introduce the features of league management, with the officials including Jun-kyu Park, Korean representative of Riot Games, Sang-heon Oh, director of esports business, Cheol-hak Kim, secretary general of Korean eSports Association in attendance. ▲ '2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring Media Day' was held. As the first order, the operation policy of '2019 LCK Spring' was introduced. According to the announcement, '2019 LCK Spring' consists of a total of two rounds, with the first round being five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday and the second round being four days a week from Thursday to Sunday. Likewise, the league will be held from January 16th to March 31st, and the playoffs will start on April 3rd. The winners will be determined by the finals on April 13th. Broadcasting of '2019 LCK Spring' can be seen on TV cable channel SBS Afreeca and new medias such as Naver, Afreeca TV, and Facebook. In the case of foreign language broadcasts, Chinese version will be broadcasted on Huya TV, English on Facebook and Twitch, French on OhGaming, Japanese on OPENREC.tv, and German on Summoners' Inn. Moreover, the organization of the stadium and the contents of '2019 LCK Spring' are being prepared with the aim of showing like sports as much as possible. It was highlighted that a coach box where coaches, coaching staffs and waiting players are located, and an analysis desk that analyzes the progress of the game will provide more excitement to users through this season. Besides, since the round stadium is structured with open-type booths, white noise and sound curtain system will be actively utilized to thoroughly separate the sound of the audience and that of the stage. ▲ The league will start from January 16th, and the winner will be decided by the finals on April 13th. ▲ TV and new media broadcasting channels were introduced. ▲ International broadcasts will be also available in five languages. ▲ The goal is to show like sports as much as possible. On the other hand, regarding the game judgement, Riot Games and Korean eSports Association will organize a joint judgment committee for unifying the process. This is because referee's decision and confirmation by management had to be done separately in the past. The joint judgement committee of each competition will be composed of six referees including technical referees dispatched by Riot Games and game referees by Korean eSports Association. They will perform tasks such as field management before the match, game operation during the match, and game analyzation after the match. Meanwhile, for enhancing coping abilities and reinforcing capabilities of the referee, '2019 LCK Professional Referee Training Plan' is being pushed forward. As a method of training the referee in accordance with this plan, six referees are selected, and the training course consisting of basic courtesy training, theoretical education and field education has to be completed. After the training, the selectees will be working as an official LCK referees. ▲ Riot Games and Korean eSports Association will organize a joint judgment committee. ▲ '2019 LCK Professional Referee Training Plan' is being pushed forward. Following the operation policy of '2019 LCK Spring', the second order was prepared to listen to the coaches and players' commitments and determinations to this season. (Afreeca Freecs 'Spirit' Da-yoon Lee) Beginning this spring season, we will prepare hard to make good results in domestic and international competitions. (Afreeca Freecs Coach Yeon-sung Choi) We aim to achieve better results than last year, and we are preparing for the best. (kt Rolster 'Smeb' Kyeong-ho Song) LCK is likely to be fierce this year. As many new players have come in, we are working hard with a new mind. (kt Rolster Coach Chang-jong Oh) We want to show a better performance by achieving parts that we could not make last year. Since new players have come, we want to show the experienced kt and new kt as well. (Gen.G Esports 'CuVee' Sung-jin Lee) As I did not show a good picture at LCK last year, I will try to show a better picture this year. (Gen.G Esports Coach Woo-beom Choi) I believe the results will be better if we enjoy, so we will enjoy the match this year. (Hanwha Life Esports 'Sangyoon' Sang-yoon Kwon) I am practicing hard to show a good performance. I ask a lot of encouragement. (Hanwha Life Esports Coach Hyun-jong Kang) We want to go higher than the last season. We'll do the best. (Damwon Gaming 'Nuclear' Jong-hyun Shin) We have been receiving much attention with the promotion to LCK. I will take both cheering and criticism as stepping stone and try hard to show a better performance this season. (Damwon Gaming Coach Mok-kyung Kim) As a new LCK player, I will always try to learn. I will try my best and prepare the season. (Sandbox Gaming 'Joker' Jae-eup Jo) We want to get positive results with a perfect match, and become a team receiving positive comments. (Sandbox Gaming Coach Ui-joon Yoo) I want to know how far we can go up with our own style. (SK Telecom T1 'Faker' Sang-hyeok Lee) The results at KeSPA Cup left much to be desired since we just had gotten togerther as a team at that time. But, in the spring season, we will come back with a better performance. (SK Telecom T1 Coach Jung-kyun Kim) This season we want to show performance that fans will be satisfied with. (Griffin 'Sword' Sung-won Choi) We will make much effort to show good performance in LCK as KeSPA Cup. (Griffin Coach Dae-ho Kim) We will fight hard with other teams and win-win each other to increase global influence. (Jin Air GreenWings 'Stitch' Seung-ju Lee) As various players have gathered, we want to work hard with our first intention. We will do the best in the direction of further development. (Jin Air GreenWings Coach Sang-yong Han) The aim is to make an aggressive team and receive positive evaluation. (Kingzone DragonX 'TusiN' Jong-ik Park) Kingzone DrangonX is a new team, so we will try harder to go higher. (Kingzone DragonX Coach Dong-hoon Kang) Since all players are working hard lately, I am going to prove that Kingzone DragonX is a remarkable team. ▲ There was time to listen to each team's coach and players' commitment to this season.
2018 LoL KeSPA Cup Finals Event
On December 31, 2018, ‘2018 LoL KeSPA Cup Finals’ was held at Gwanggaetogwan Convention Hall of Sejong University in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. The event was held to decide the winner of ‘2018 LoL KeSPA Cup’, which has been held from December 18th. Gen.G and Griffin, who won against KT Rolster and DAMWON Gaming in the semi-final, respectively, had a match of best of five. ▲ Gen.G and Griffin, who entered the finals, stood with the trophy in the middle. In the first set, Griffin won by succeeding in overturning the game through an engagement in a crisis situation. Griffin has been active all over the map early in the set and has made a prevailing atmosphere by destroying the bottom turret shield as well as scoring kill points. Thereupon, Gen.G fought back with kill points made by ‘CuVee’ Seong-jin Lee, and ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han. Also in the joint battle of the 11th minute, the situation became favorable with the performance of ‘Peanut’. Both teams exchanged attacks and tried to interfere with each other's aiming. Griffin got the first Baron, but the second Baron was stolen by Gen.G‘s ‘Peanut’, and Griffin was in crisis all over the map. However, while Griffin had been hurried and watched for a chance with 3 earth dragon buffs, at the huge engagement after the third fire dragon, ‘Lehends’ Si-woo Son won a victory with ‘Death Sentence’ skill and succeeded in turning the tables. Keeping the momentum, Griffin entered the opponent base, removed the tower and suppressor, destroyed the nexus and got the first set point. At the second set, Griffin succeeded in continuing the momentum of the previous set and once again won. At the beginning of the set, Griffin's 'Tarzan' Seung-yong Lee started pleasantly by stealing the red buff that Gen.G was hunting. At the engagement in the middle area of the 9th minute, ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s Irelia jumped inside the opponent’s tower and pushed hard from the beginning with double kills. Gen.G succeeded in defending Griffin’s offensive with defensive tactics, but failed to overturn the situation while chasing the opponent for counterattack since the team rather counterattacked. At the situation, Griffin stole the Rift Herald that Gen.G was hunting and raised the pace of the offensive. Griffin continuously succeeded in destroying the second middle tower at the 23rd minute and raised the attack power by hunting the dragon. At the engagement occurred after hunting Baron, Griffin eliminated the champions of Gen.G without difficulty and arranged the middle line. In the end, Griffin successfully entered the opponent’s main base, eliminated Gen.G’s champions one by one, destroyed nexus, and finally scored the second set point. ▲ Griffin reversed the situation with the engagements won the first set. ▲ In the third set, Griffin also dominated the game by pushing the opponents hard from all areas. The third set, which was the last chance for Gen.G, was finished with a victory for Griffin who did not miss the chance. Until the first dragon appears in the game, both teams focused on the defense and did not show much movement. However, Griffin got the dragon and the clash had begun in earnest. After Griffin scored a point in the bottom area, Griffin went a little ahead with ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s solo kill from Gen.G’s ‘Fly’ Yong-jun Song, but Gen.G soon narrowed the gap by recording three kills successively after Rift Herald. Nevertheless, the situation gradually became favorable to Griffin. In the top area, ‘Sword’ Sung-won Choi got Gen.G’s ‘CuVee’ Sung-jin Lee, summoned Rift Herald and succeeded in eliminating the first middle tower. Gen.G’s ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk Park tried counterattack with scoring several kills, but Gen.G soon lost power by blocking the attempt of stealing from Griffin’s ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han. Eventually, Griffin got into the main base of Gen.G, and the engagements took place on the access way at each line. Griffin managed to destroy the nexus while maintaining the dominant position, and set score 3 : 0 to win the championship. Meanwhile, as the MVP of the finals, Griffin’s ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong, who showed powerful attack at every set, was selected. ▲ President of KeSPA, Young-man Kim, presented trophy and prize money to the winner Griffin. ▲ Griffin's 'Chovy' Ji-hoon Jeong was selected as the MVP of the finals.
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Review - Allm's Action Game 'CapsuleMon Fight', "A Game with Strategic confrontation of Capsule monsters" (mobile)
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Test Drive - Renault CLIO (2018, 4th Gen F/L) 1.5 dCl Intense
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Stars of Gastronomy Turn Out for the World Restaurant Awards x Zacapa Rum Welcome Party in Paris
The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held in the Palais Brongniart on Monday nightPARIS, Feb. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Amanda Cohen, Mauro Colagreco, Kylie Kwong and Virgilio Martinez were among the gastronomy stars in attendance last night at the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event for The World Restaurant Awards 2019. (L-R) Virgilo Martinez, Pia Leon and Milena Martinez attend the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event of The World Restaurant Awards 2019 at Malro on February 17th, 2019 in Paris, France. The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held at the Palais Brongniart on February 18th. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Zacapa Rum) A new entry in the world of awards for culinary excellence, The World Restaurant Awards is celebrating the excellence, integrity, diversity and rich culture of the restaurant world, rather than awarding for the pinnacle of achievement. The awards were created by IMG, in partnership with restaurant journalist Joe Warwick working alongside gastronomic writer and broadcaster Andrea Petrini. The judging panel, with a 50/50 gender split, consists of some of the leading lights of the culinary world, including some of the most established and rising chefs, food writers and professionals. Chefs on the panel include luminaries such as Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, Massimo Bottura, David Chang, Helene Darroze, Daniel Humm, Dan Barber, Rene Redzepi, Ana Ros, Yotam Ottolenghi and Clare Smyth. Guests at the Zacapa rum welcome event in Malro, Paris savoured exquisite Zacapa Old Fashioned cocktails and small plates curated by Malro head chef, Denny Imbroisi. Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez said: "We are so pleased to be able to welcome the very best of the industry here tonight ahead of the first edition of the awards. "I see clear parallels between what we do when crafting Zacapa rum in Guatemala, and what the best chefs do in the greatest restaurants around the world, which is why Zacapa's partnership with The World Restaurant Awards is such a good fit. It's about having the time, patience and skill to bring the richness of the flavours to the fore. Really, whether it's food or rum, we're all focused on letting the depth and layers of flavour speak for themselves. "A huge part of the dining experience is a wonderful aperitif or digestif - incredible food deserves an exquisite accompaniment, so we're delighted Zacapa is the spirit of choice for The World Restaurant Awards. "I hope our guests tonight enjoyed their little taste of Guatemala, sharing Zacapa with good friends. I wish them all great success, at the awards, of course, but also in everything that they do when they return home." Cecile Rebbot, Director of The World Restaurant Awards, IMG, said: "It was great to get everyone together tonight for cocktails, all these talented restaurant people from around the world, ahead of the awards tomorrow. We can't do this event without great partners and it's a pleasure to get the chance to work with a quality brand like Zacapa as our spirit of choice for The World Restaurant Awards." Winners of The World Restaurant Awards' 18 categories will be unveiled at a gala ceremony on Monday night. Enjoy Zacapa Responsibly DRINKiQ.com (L-R) Denny Imbroisi and Mauro Colagreco attend the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event of The World Restaurant Awards 2019 at Malro on February 17th, 2019 in Paris, France. The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held at the Palais Brongniart on February 18th. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Zacapa Rum) Laura Lazzaroni, Marco Bolasco and Kylie Kwong attend the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event of The World Restaurant Awards 2019 at Malro on February 17th, 2019 in Paris, France. The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held at the Palais Brongniart on February 18th. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Zacapa Rum) (L-R) Amanda Cohen and Joe Warwick attend the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event of The World Restaurant Awards 2019 at Malro on February 17th, 2019 in Paris, France. The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held at the Palais Brongniart on February 18th. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Zacapa Rum) Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/823064/Virgilio_Martinez.jpg Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/823063/Mauro_Colagreco.jpg Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/822980/Kylie_Kwong.jpg Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/822979/Amanda_Cohen.jpg Related Links :http://drinkiq.com/
World University Rugby Invitational Tournament 2019 Project Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
- 2nd ever World University Rugby Cup (renamed WURIT) at WASEDA UNIVERSITY- Crowdfunding project to raise money for events such as cultural exchange with local childrenTOKYO, Feb 18, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - To coincide with the Rugby World Cup coming to Japan in September 2019, the second ever World University Rugby Cup, renamed the World University Rugby Invitational Tournament or WURIT, will be hosted by Waseda University.Starting just before the beginning of the Rugby World Cup on September 16th to 25th, WURIT 2019 looks to bring 10 teams from universities around the world together and give the students an opportunity to test their abilities. The main idea behind this tournament is to allow the players to interact with students from other countries, allowing them to become more global.One of the ways the committee behind WURIT 2019 is looking to raise funds is crowdfunding. The main aim of the campaign is to raise money to create two big events during the tournament. One is an event for the players to interact with the local children, allowing for these children to learn about rugby and other cultures. The other is an after match function for the players, to be created, so that the players can come together, and each develop as a more global person.With this crowdfunding campaign, the Rugby Teams, and the children, are looking for people from around the world to add just a little bit of money to help these events come true. Japankuru Funding / J.FUNDING is a cross-border crowdfunding service for bringing cool Japanese projects to the world. https://en.japankurufunding.comYou can find the WURIT2019 project at: https://en.japankurufunding.com/projects/rugby-university-world-cup/ and the official site at: https://www.wurit2019.com/?lang=en For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
WikiFX International goes live in Shanghai Choosing Forex Brokers
Finding the right broker can be a tough for any trader. WikiFX, a platform for choosing brokers, went live in Shanghai with its International Platform on 13th FebruarySHANGHAI, Feb 17, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Themed "WikiFX Attracts Global Attention with Data and Wisdom", the forex industry's grand summit kicked off in Shanghai, with WikiFX closing ranks on the best security brokers with important forex industry guests discussing the value of financial data and an international forex development strategy. WikiFX, an innovative company providing toprate financial apps, released its international platform in Shanghai on February 13 2019 to help users remain on top of trends in the forex sector, avoid fraudulent brokerages, and solve the non-stop problems of all investors.Finding the right forex broker is crucial for the newbie trader in order that he learn the proper techniques of trading and even ensure the safety of his money. This is where WikiFX stands tall as a platform for finding the best brokers. This platform has established an international version on the 13th of February in Shanghai.One aim of this platform is to provide users with key information about brokers. They may receive data on correlated broker inquiries, credit reports for download, complaint and safeguard, broker monitoring, broker identification, credit assessment, risk evaluation, and other such details from this platform to help with their trading.The business of WikiFX covers a wide range of broker ratings directly from regulators, local governments and overseas markets.Thus far the platform, while helping people in forex trading, has graded more than 5000 foreign exchange brokers. And this by gathering broker ratings from more than 100 nations and 40 regulators.Moreover, the platform has gathered the qualifications of nearly 80% of brokers at the international level and nearly 120 national regulators. Essentially, the ratings given by WikiFX for brokers are recognized by securities investors and regulators across the world.Following the international release of WikiFX on the 13th of February 2019, the App takes to an international platform. The excellent thing about this platform is that it's available as the WikiFX App in Google Play and App Store. Another aspect of this platform is its availability for private accounts, and users who have set preferred transactions themselves. They can search for credit assessments of brokers through this platform. As the platform is built with the technology of relying on self-developed and researched technology and real data, it quantitatively assesses the regulations of the broker. In other words, as a platform to help traders, it has high credibility and influence. And the platform receives data on brokers from global Forex Regulators to ensure users safety.The WiKiFX SYDNEY SUMMIT 2019, the grand forex event in Australia, will be held by WikiFX on 1st March 2019. Forex elites are invited to the event to share their Forex experiences while forex investors worldwide are welcome to it as well.About WikiFXWikiFX is a third-party service provider for clients to inquire whether a Forex broker is formal, legal and real. WikiFX provides an all round service including any Forex broker's information, regulation, license, risk exposure, credit and valuation, platform verification and monitoring , complaints solving and investor rights protection, credit report download and related platform inquiry..WikiFX was created not just to help traders, but also to provide an effective method for brokers to expand their market share. In addition to helping them to boost their business through the WikiFX Flagship store, this platform helps them to build brands. Also, investors get help from this platform to identify the strength of brands like cTrader. It also increases the default costs for fraudulent brokers. For more information, please visit www.wikifx.com.Media contact:Wh Tianyan (HK) LimitedBright Way Tower Mong Kok Road, KL, Hong KongContact: FXeyeTel: +852 5495 0312Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.wikifx.com Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
EB-5 February 15th Update: What Investors can Expect for the Future of EB-5
JUPITER, Florida, Feb. 16 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the agreement by Congress and the president to end the government funding stalemate, the EB-5 program will be authorized thru September 30, 2019. Many may be aware that over the past few months Iowa Rep. Steve King proposed to terminate the EB-5 program. However, his bill garnered zero support, illuminating how lawmakers view the future of EB-5. Ron Klein, partner at Holland & Knight and member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group said, "separate from the Appropriations bills, there is new legislation being drafted, which includes visa relief, increase of the investment amount, and other reform provisions." He continued, "due to the new change of leaders in the house and the senate, who are expressing a more favorable view of the EB-5 program, we believe there is a better opportunity to pass legislation this year." Between the government shutdown, and the temporary re-opening, few things have changed for EB-5. EB-5 regional centers have not been terminated and petition data for Q3 FY2018 remains unpublished. The only change during the defined timeframe is the U.S. District Court ruling which removes petition denials on the basis of investing loan proceeds not secured by the individuals own assets. For years, US Citizenship Immigration Services (UCSIS) has challenged EB-5 petitions where funds originated from a property loan, where 100% of the property collateral was not fully owned by the investor. Property ownership has been particularly scrutinized by USCIS in this regard, leading to illogical situations, one being where an investor owning part of the property collateral was less valid than an investor owning none of the property collateral at all. This ruling ensues the November 30, 2018 court approved EB-5 class-action law suit which also challenged USCIS' denials based on cash vs. indebtedness. This decision is an encouraging advantage for investors interested in the EB-5 program. U.S. Immigration Fund (USIF) will continue to provide informed updates as the reauthorization of the program is announced. With the positive progress seen since the shutdown and re-opening of the federal government, optimism is high for future of the EB-5 program. U.S. Immigration Fund provides outstanding EB-5 project opportunities backed by 30+ years of collective real-estate development, financing and banking experience. USIF has formed and sponsored highly successful regional centers throughout the United States, jointly assisting nearly 6,000 EB-5 investors and their families to date. USIF will continue to follow this story closely and provide updates. Contact:U.S Immigration Fund115 Front Street suite 300, Jupiter, FL 33477(561) firstname.lastname@example.org Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/822680/EB5_government_shutdown.jpg Related Links :http://www.visaeb-5.com
ISABS: Personalized Medicine Conference With Nobel Laureates to Be Held in Split, Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia and WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS), Mayo Clinic and St. Catherine Hospital are organizing "11th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine" (http://www.isabs.net) in Split, Croatia, June 17th - June 22th, 2019. The Conference is supported by The American Academy for Forensic Sciences and conference topics include: personalized and regenerative medicine, pharmacogenomics, molecular diagnostics, stem cell therapy, epigenetics, biobanking, microbiome, cancer genetics, immunotherapy, forensic and anthropological genetics, ancient DNA analysis, etc. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8494251-isabs-medicine-conference-in-split-croatia/ More than 50 invited speakers from Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Duke University, Max-Planck-Institute, Case Western Reserve University, Penn State University, Wistar Institute, George Washington University, Erasmus MC University, etc., as well as 500 participants will attend the Conference. Three Nobel Lectures will be given by prof. Robert Huber (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), prof. Avram Hershko (Technion), prof. Paul Modrich (Duke University). Prof. Dragan Primorac, ISABS President said: "The future of medicine will rely on personalized treatments. During ISABS 2019 Conference we will envision the power and advances of personalized medicine that will create significant value for the healthcare system. Bringing together internationally renowned scientists to facilitate research and education of young scientists in individualized medicine speaks volumes about our dedication. We will also discuss significant progress in forensic and anthropological genetics in the last years." International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) is the Association of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a leading society in forensic, anthropologic genetics and personalized medicine. ISABS Scientific Committee comprises four Nobel Laureates and world's top physicians and scientists. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic is the #1 hospital overall and in more specialties that any other US hospital. St. Catherine Hospital is a European center of excellence and the first European hospital to be awarded "Global Healthcare Accreditation." Royal Philips, leading health technology company, is enabling patient-specific care with first-time-right decision-making and targeted therapy. More information on "11th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine" are available at http://www.isabs.net Contact:ISABS 2019 Organizing Committeeinfo@isabs.hr Severina Evicinfo@isabs.hrMobile: +385-91-244-55-89 Video: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8494251-isabs-medicine-conference-in-split-croatia/Related Links :http://www.isabs.net