The First exhibition! Latvian architecture unveiled in Seoul
On 18 February, the Soorim Arts Center in Seoul hosted a festive opening ceremony for an exhibition devoted to Latvian architecture, Latvia. Architecture at Convergence. This is the first exhibition on Latvian architecture in the Republic of Korea; it has been organised to mark Latvia’s Centenary and introduce viewers to outstanding achievements of the country in architecture, thereby raising the profile of Latvia in the respective sector in Korea. The exhibition will be on display until 24 March. Ten modules of the exhibition with 40 large scale photographs and annotations reflect the diversity of Latvia’s architecture rich in wooden built heritage, mediaeval buildings included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Art Nouveau masterpieces – all of which have left their permanent imprint on the development of European culture. The photographs have been complemented with panels featuring a graphic presentation of all those historical, political and economic influences that have shaped the architecture and cultural environment in Latvia. In addition, the exhibition offers three short films about Latvian architecture, and books about Latvia have also been put on view. Alongside information materials on Latvia’s Centenary, the audience can also explore “The Time Line” – a parallel graphical presentation of milestone events in the history of Latvia and Korea – to gain a better insight into Latvia’s past. The exhibition titled Latvia. Architecture at Convergence is part of the public diplomacy programme to mark Latvia’s Centenary, coordinated by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The unveiling of the exhibition brought together reporters from the leading Korean media, architecture experts, students and others interested.
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.
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.
Park Hyatt Busan Presents its Summer Wedding Promotion 2019
Park Hyatt Busan, which plans once-in-a-lifetime special ceremonies, presents its Summer Wedding Promotion with a variety of benefits for couples who are planning a wedding to be held in 1 July through 31 August 2019 at a reasonable price. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and seating capacity for up to 200 guests, Park Hyatt Busan is offering for wedding couples with 100 or more guests a wedding menu starting at KRW 80,000 per person, instead of KRW 100,000 during that period. The wedding management team at Park Hyatt Busan, which has introduced differentiated luxury branding through high-end private boutique weddings, will set up a customized wedding plan that reflects the guest’s needs. Etienne Truter, Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Busan, will suggests a wedding menu reflecting the bride’s and groom's taste and style. In addition, there is also the benefit of an elegant Flower Decoration starting from KRW 6 million, instead of KRW 9 million. For guests who want a more luxurious wedding, the hotel offers four wedding concepts: “French Garden” which features exquisite, elegant flower ornaments that provide a sense of nature in the city; “Park Oriental,” which is oriental and modern; “Park Nature,” which offers an extra-large floral arrangement; and “Park Royale,” which emphasizes classic materials and a sophisticated ambience. These concepts will be presented in the perfect venue, ensuring the highest-quality private boutique wedding that can be made to suit the bride’s and groom’s personal preferences. Meanwhile, newly married couples who celebrate their wedding at Park Hyatt Busan will be provided a variety of wedding privileges on the day of the ceremony, including a free one-night stay in an Ocean View room at Park Hyatt Busan, free airport sending service, complimentary four-person sample wedding menu, and free valet service for the wedding. In addition, they will receive World of Hyatt bonus points, allowing them to enjoy complimentary honeymoon nights at any Hyatt™ hotels and resorts around the world. For information or reservations, please call +82 51 990 1360.
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- Proxy-CRISPR technology provides solution to improve genome editing and advance new possibilities for research - Helps modify difficult-to-access regions of the genome, increasing genome coverage DARMSTADT, Germany, Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Merck, a leading science and technology company and leader in genome editing, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a formal notice allowing Merck's patent application directed to its proxy-CRISPR technology. Merck has been granted 13 CRISPR-related patents worldwide. "This our first U.S. patent for CRISPR, and as a leading innovator of CRISPR technology, we will continue to collaborate with scientists around the world to ensure that the full potential of this powerful tool is realized, responsibly and ethically," said Udit Batra, member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science. "This is great news for researchers in the U.S., as they now have more gene-editing options that accelerate drug development." Merck's proxy-CRISPR is a new genome-editing technique that makes CRISPR more efficient, flexible and specific by opening the genome for modification of DNA. The technology can help scientists modify regions of the genome which are difficult to access. This U.S. patent allowance marks Merck's 13th CRISPR patent worldwide. The company's CRISPR patent portfolio includes granted patents in Australia, Canada, Europe, Singapore, China, Israel and South Korea. Those patents are for CRISPR-related technologies covering foundational and alternative genome-editing methods. To deploy the proxy-CRISPR method, two CRISPR systems are designed to target the genome in proximity to each other and work together. One CRISPR system opens a regional "door," pushing away blocking chromatin proteins, while the other walks through it to find the exact location for modification. Since the resulting modification requires two CRISPR binding events, the proxy-CRISPR method can enable twice the specificity of individual CRISPR systems. Merck has received patents for its CRISPR paired nickase technology (cleaving opposite strands of a chromosomal sequence to create a double-stranded break) in Australia, Canada and Europe. Patents for Merck's CRISPR integration technology (chromosomal cutting of the sequence of eukaryotic cells and insertion of a DNA sequence) have been granted in Australia, Canada, Europe, Singapore, China, Israel and South Korea. Merck is licensing its entire patent portfolio for all fields of use. CRISPR technology is a core competency for Merck, which has 15 years' experience with genome editing, spanning from discovery to manufacturing. Merck recognizes that genome editing has resulted in major advancements in biological research and medicine. At the same time, the growing potential of genome-editing technologies has opened scientific, legal and societal concerns. The company supports research with genome editing under careful consideration of ethical and legal standards. Merck has established an independent, external Bioethics Advisory Panel to provide guidance for research in which its businesses are involved, including research on or using genome editing, and has developed, defined and transparently published a clear operational position taking into account scientific and societal issues to inform promising therapeutic approaches for use in research and applications. Follow Merck on Twitter @Merckgroup, on Facebook @merckgroup and on LinkedIn. All Merck news releases are distributed by email at the same time they become available on the Merck website. Please go to www.merckgroup.com/subscribe to register online, change your selection or discontinue this service. About MerckMerck, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 51,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people's lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene- editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – Merck is everywhere. In 2017, Merck generated sales of €15.3 billion in 66 countries. Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck's technological and scientific advances. This is how Merck has thrived since its founding in 1668. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. Merck holds the global rights to the "Merck" name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Photo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/822751/Merck_CRISPR_Patent_Graphic.jpg
World's Largest Jewellery Marketplace Opens Next Week
(from L): Kent Wong, Chairman of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee; Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Acting Executive Director; and Lawrence Ma, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show and the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show organising committeesConcurrent shows attract record 4,600+ exhibitors in 2019HONG KONG, Feb 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Two major jewellery shows organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will open next week. The sixth HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, which showcases jewellery raw materials, will take place at AsiaWorld-Expo from 26 Feb to 2 March, while the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which specialises in finished fine jewellery, will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai from 28 Feb to 4 March. This year, the two shows will feature a record of more than 4,600 exhibitors from 48 countries and regions, once again forming the world's largest jewellery marketplace.Jewellery exports grow 13.3% in 2018, but challenging year aheadHKTDC Acting Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: "Though the Sino-US trade conflict has been looming large over all sectors and industries, Hong Kong exports of fine jewellery showed healthy growth of 13.3% year on year to reach HK$57 billion in 2018. Exports to the United States, Hong Kong's largest jewellery export market, were particularly robust, growing by 18.1%." However, Mr Chau pointed out that the single-month figure for December showed the total value of fine jewellery exports falling 12% year on year, indicating that the impact of the Sino-US trade conflict on exports is beginning to be felt. Compounded by other unfavourable factors such as escalating geopolitical conflicts, Mr Chau reminded businesses to be ready for a potential slowdown in global economic growth in 2019.Buying missions organised to help address economic uncertaintyMr Chau added that economic uncertainties led to the total value of Hong Kong's exports of jewellery raw materials, including pearls, gems and semi-gems, declining by 17.6% in 2018, although there was still satisfactory growth in some major markets, including Mainland China (+8%), Belgium (+19.2%) and Israel (+24.4%). "To help the industry grasp more business opportunities, the HKTDC will organise 120 buying missions, comprising more than 8,200 companies from 75 countries and regions, to visit the shows this year," Mr Chau explained. "These companies will consist of department stores, speciality shops, chain stores and online stores, with 700 coming from the US and 5,700 companies visiting from emerging markets. This will help the industry expand into emerging markets to deal with the unstable global economy."Worldwide support from industry bodies and jewellery associationsThe two shows continue to receive support from industry organisations and jewellery associations from around the world. A total of 38 pavilions, including those from Australia, Mainland China, France, Germany, Italy, Myanmar, India and the US, will set up group pavilions at the shows. Various jewellery organisations will continue to set up their own pavilions, including ACODES from Colombia, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, International Coloured Gems Association, Israel Diamond Institute, New York Diamond Dealers Club, Tanzanite Foundation and the Gem & Jewellery Trade Association of Thailand, among others.The Avenue of Jewellery Creators will be set up at the Jewellery Show by the Asia Pacific Creator Association for the first time, introducing jewellery designs created by Hong Kong and mainland designers. Also new at the Jewellery Show are pavilions from Mexico and Indonesia, while groups from Donghai in Jiangsu province and Dongguan in Guangdong province will debut as exhibitors. The Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show will welcome the participation of the Australian Opal Association and the Beihai Bureau of Commerce from the mainland for the first time, broadening the show's international outlook.Japan as first-time partner country to showcase rare pearlsWith support from the Japan External Trade Organisation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong, the HKTDC is collaborating with the Japan Pearl Exporters' Association and the Japan Pearl Promotion Society to invite Japan as this year's partner country for the first time. A Japan Pearl Jewellery Pavilion and a Japan Pearl Pavilion will be set up at the Jewellery Show and the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show respectively, featuring some 130 exhibitors. The two major Japanese pearl organisations will also host a media event on the first day of the Jewellery Show (28 Feb) to introduce exquisite pearl jewellery from Japan.Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show runs from 26 Feb to 2 MarchThis is the sixth straight year that the HKTDC has run the two shows in parallel in separate venues. The Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, which specialises in the raw materials used in the jewellery industry, will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo. The show is organised into different themed zones, including the Hall of Fine Diamonds, which showcases prime quality diamonds of different shapes, cuts, grades and rare colours. The Treasures of Nature zone displays various glittering precious gemstones, semi-precious gems and other natural raw materials, while the Treasures of Ocean zone houses the highest quality pearls from Tahiti, the South Seas and other pearl-producing areas around the world.Among the impressively large number of special exhibits on display are:1. Hong Kong company Novel Collection Ltd (Booth No: AWE 2-Q01) will feature a pear-shaped, pink-coloured 5.01-carat diamond with unique cutting valued at HK$46.8 million.2. Swiss exhibitor Theilkas GmbH (Booth No: AWE 1-A05) will present pearls from Caribbean queen conches. Characterised by a unique flame effect, pink conch pearls are one of the world's most precious pearl types.3. Shaun Gems International (Booth No: AWE 1-A16) from the United States will display a matched pair of natural sapphires of vivid blue colour, weighing a total of 27.76 carats and valued at more than HK$3 million.Jewellery Show runs from 28 Feb to 4 MarchThe Jewellery Show, which opens next Thursday (28 Feb), will feature a wide array of finished jewellery and exquisite craftsmanship. A total of 38 renowned jewellery brands will converge at the Hall of Fame to showcase their collections. Returning brand names include Lao Feng Xiang from the mainland, Japan's Kuwayama and Italy's Giorgio Visconti, while new exhibitors include Hong Kong's Asia Star, Japan's Kawamura, Russia's Kabarovsky and the UK's JT Jewellery Theatre.The Hall of Extraordinary will display skillfully crafted, valuable and unique jewellery pieces from some 100 companies, including:1. Hong Kong's Jadmily Jewelery (Booth No: CEC GH-B05) will feature a jade necklace valued at HK$64 million. The oval centre stone of the necklace is a jadeite cabochon extracted from a top-tier ancient mine in Myanmar. The warm, smooth touch of elegance is illuminated with dazzling diamonds. The centre stone weighs 51.48g.2. Foo Hang Jewellery of Hong Kong (Booth No: CEC GH-D16) will showcase a diamond jewellery set worth more than HK$13 million. The centrepiece of the set is a marquise shaped diamond of 10.04 carats valued at over HK$8 million. The rare marquise cut is testament to the superb craftsmanship that makes the diamond even more dazzling.3. One of the exhibits of Hong Kong company Belford Jewellery (Booth No: CEC CH-L01) is its "Lava Collection". One of the jewellery pieces in this collection is an orange-red Mexican fire opal that is uniquely set against a number of coloured diamonds to imitate flowing lava. The piece is valued at HK$345,000.4. Another Hong Kong company, Famous Group Ltd (Booth No: CEC GH-G05), will display a sapphire diamond set valued at over HK$10 million. The sapphire stones, with a total weight of more than 180 carats, are adorned with 128 carats of diamonds to bring out the elegance.The IT Solutions for Jewellery zone that debuted last year will return to help buyers boost their competitiveness by tapping into the latest technologies for use in the designing, manufacturing, quality monitoring and selling of jewellery. The new Amber Jewellery zone is introduced to address the growing market demand, while other themed zones include Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria, Designer Galleria, Hall of Jade Jewellery, Treasures of Craftsmanship, Hall of Time, Wedding Bijoux and World of Glamour. In the Hall 3E entrance of the Jewellery Show, supported by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, the "ARTRIUM" will showcase the company's unique collection of precious jewellery.Networking activities to facilitate business exchangeA host of activities and events, including jewellery parades, networking sessions, buyer/exhibitor forums and seminars, will be held during the shows to facilitate business exchange. One key event is the cocktail reception and Jewellery Gala Dinner held on the first day of the Jewellery Show (28 Feb). The theme for the gala dinner will be "Dionysus", after the Greek god of wine, with a menu personally prepared by Edward Voon, Executive Chef of French restaurant LE PAN. The dinner will be attended by actresses Carat Cheung and Toby Chan. The award presentation ceremony for the biennial International Jewellery Design Excellence Award - often referred to as the "Oscars of the jewellery industry" - will be held during the cocktail reception, with the "Champion of the Champions" being announced.During the show period, the HKTDC will stage demonstrations of jewellery craftsmanship and themed seminars to update industry players on the latest market trends, production technologies and product styles. For example, experts from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will conduct a seminar on "Fancy-coloured Melee Diamonds and their Identification" (26 Feb). The HKTDC will also hold a jewellery industry forum on 1 March covering topics such as the forecasting of jewellery trends, how jewellery design software will revolutionise the design of jewellery products, and insights into the impact of 4K 3D printing technologies and mobile commerce, with a representative from Tencent explaining how artificial intelligence and big data can be used to increase sales. Other seminar topics include the latest developments in the internationalisation of the Fei Cui standard (2 March), observations on sapphires from Mogok, Myanmar (3 March), and gemology studies and market analysis of Myanmar rubies (3 March). Details can be found on the show websites.In addition, to identify design talents for the industry and demonstrate the high calibre of Hong Kong jewellery designers to international buyers, the HKTDC has joined hands with four local jewellery industry bodies to organise the 20th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition. The theme of the competition this year is "Be Connected, Be United", attracting around 200 quality entries. The finalists' designs will be on display in the Hall 1D lobby of the HKCEC during the show period.To make it convenient for buyers to visit both shows, a complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided by the HKTDC between AsiaWorld-Expo and downtown (including the HKCEC in Wan Chai). Please visit the show websites for details.Related figures1. Hong Kong's total value of fine jewellery exports in 2018----------------------------------------------------------------------Year; Total value (HK$ billion); YoY change----------------------------------------------------------------------2018; 56.97; +13.3%----------------------------------------------------------------------2. Hong Kong's total value of pearl, gem and diamond exports in 2018----------------------------------------------------------------------Year; Total value (HK$ billion); YoY change----------------------------------------------------------------------2018; 148.10; -17.6%----------------------------------------------------------------------Fair Websites:Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show: http://hkdgp.hktdc.com/Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: http://hkjewelleryshow.hktdc.com/Enhanced Security Measures for Buyers: http://hkjewellery.hktdc.com/dm/2019/security/index_en.htmlPhoto Download: https://bit.ly/2ScbaAEAbout HKTDCEstablished in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.Contact:Natalie Wong, Tel: +852 2584 4472, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: email@example.com Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
iQIYI Gains Exclusive Broadcast Rights in China for George Clooney's "Catch-22"
iQIYI signs deal with Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution to bring premiere of hotly anticipated series to ChinaBEIJING, Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- iQIYI Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) ("iQIYI" or the "Company"), an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, today announced that it has obtained exclusive rights in China for the airing of "Catch-22", a limited series executive produced and directed by George Clooney, who will also co-star. Under a licensing deal with leading studio Paramount Pictures, iQIYI expects to air the series immediately following its U.S. premiere on Hulu in 2019. iQIYI Gains Exclusive Broadcast Rights in China for George Clooney’s “Catch-22” Adapted from Joseph Heller's iconic novel, "Catch-22" tells the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force pilot during WWII and his struggle with the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. Clooney is joined by a stellar cast of actors including Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie and Giancarlo Giannini. "iQIYI is proud to have exclusive rights to bring George Clooney's seminal limited series 'Catch-22' to the Chinese market," said iQIYI Vice President Michael Chen. "As China's largest streaming platform, iQIYI is increasingly becoming recognized as the premium option for introducing the highest quality entertainment content to Chinese entertainment fans." "We are delighted to be working with iQIYI to bring George Clooney's highly anticipated 'Catch-22' to audiences across China," said Jonathan Greenberg, Senior Vice President, Regional Sales, Asia Pacific for Paramount. "This compelling limited series is exactly the kind of high-quality, premium entertainment that iQIYI users have come to expect and we look forward to delivering more world-class programming in the future." iQIYI Gains Exclusive Broadcast Rights in China for George Clooney’s “Catch-22” "Catch-22" will be adapted as a six-episode, hour-long limited drama series from Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. "Catch-22" is executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov ("Argo") on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown ("True Detective") and Steve Golin ("Spotlight") on behalf of Anonymous Content. Luke Davies ("Lion") and David Michôd ("Animal Kingdom") are co-writers and executive producers for the series. Ellen Kuras ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") serves as producer and will direct two episodes. Clooney and Heslov will also each direct two episodes. About iQIYI, Inc. iQIYI, Inc. (NASDAQ:IQ) ("iQIYI" or the "Company") is an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China. Its corporate DNA combines creative talent with technology, fostering an environment for continuous innovation and the production of blockbuster content. iQIYI's platform features highly popular original content, as well as a comprehensive library of other professionally-produced content, partner-generated content and user-generated content. The Company distinguishes itself in the online entertainment industry by its leading technology platform powered by advanced AI, big data analytics and other core proprietary technologies. iQIYI attracts a massive user base with tremendous user engagement, and has developed a diversified monetization model including membership services, online advertising services, content distribution, live broadcasting, online games, IP licensing, online literature and e-commerce etc. For more information on iQIYI, please visit http://ir.iqiyi.com. About Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution (PWTLD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PWTLD division is responsible for licensing Paramount Pictures' feature films and television programming for exhibition across all forms of linear channels as well as on-demand services around the world. About Paramount Television Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio's robust slate includes Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" (Amazon), "13 Reasons Why" (Netflix), "Maniac" (Netflix), "Berlin Station" (EPIX), "The Alienist" (TNT), "The Angel of Darkness" (TNT), "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix), "Catch-22" (Hulu), "First Wives Club" (BET), "Looking for Alaska" (Hulu), "Boomerang" (BET), "Shantaram" (Apple), "Defending Jacob" (Apple), "Dream Team" (BET) and the "Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project" (Apple), among others. Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iqiyi-gains-exclusive-broadcast-rights-in-china-for-george-clooneys-catch-22-300797802.htmlRelated Links :http://ir.iqiyi.com
ADNOC Assigned AA+ Standalone and AA Long-Term Issuer Default Credit Rating by Fitch
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ratings are the highest currently assigned by Fitch to any oil and gas company, globally Best-in-sector ratings highlight ADNOC's high upstream output and significant reserves, strong profitability, commercially-focused business model, downstream integration and conservative financial profile Strong credit ratings underscore ADNOC's more proactive value management of its capital base and portfolio of assets and validate 2030 smart growth strategy Ratings underline ADNOC's commitment to principles of transparency and good corporate governance The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced today that Fitch Ratings (Fitch) has assigned ADNOC Group a standalone credit rating of AA+. The rating, according to Fitch, highlights the company's high upstream output and significant reserves, strong profitability, commercially-focused business model, downstream integration and conservative financial profile. The rating, Fitch said, sits at the upper boundary of the agency's rating spectrum for all oil and gas companies. Fitch also assigned a Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of AA with a Stable Outlook to ADNOC, in line with the sovereign rating of Abu Dhabi, reflecting Fitch's assessment of the strong linkages between ADNOC and the Abu Dhabi government. Both the standalone and Long-Term IDR rating are the highest ratings currently assigned by Fitch for any oil and gas company, globally. His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO said: "Today's announcement by Fitch, one of the leading, global credit rating agencies, recognizes ADNOC's world-class resources, our strong operating and financial performance, our robust financial profile and our disciplined investment model. These best-in-sector ratings also reflect our more open and flexible approach to strategic partnerships and the more efficient and active management of our capital and assets and validate the bold ambitions we have set for ADNOC under our progressive 2030 Strategy. "These ratings further enhance transparency for all our stakeholders including our shareholder, partners, investors, lenders and employees as we seek to more proactively manage our resources, assets and capital to unlock greater value from every hydrocarbon molecule we produce. These high ratings are a testament to ADNOC's transformation, under the wise guidance of the UAE's leadership, and the hard work and dedication of our employees who have contributed to the sustained growth of ADNOC since its establishment." The new Fitch ratings validate ADNOC's 2030 smart growth strategy, underpinned by an unwavering commercial focus and performance-led culture. Over the last three years ADNOC's progressive evolution has been punctuated by a number of significant milestones. The company has consolidated its businesses and unified its brand identity; entered the global capital markets for the first time; completed the first ever IPO of an ADNOC business; opened-up its concessions to new strategic partners; competitively tendered new exploration blocks for the first time in Abu Dhabi's history; launched the UAE's unconventional industry; embarked on an ambitious gas strategy aimed first at self-sufficiency and then transitioning to become a net exporter of natural gas; launched a major $45 billion expansion to its downstream operations; undertaken a comprehensive digital transformation and taken its first steps to expand internationally. Guided, by the strategic pillars of People, Performance, Profitability and Efficiency, ADNOC is creating a dynamic corporate culture that optimizes resources, maximizes value and incubates talent. In 2018, ADNOC achieved its 3.5 million bpd production capacity target and last month was named the most valuable brand in the Middle East. ADNOC undertook this ratings exercise as part of its new approach to expand its partner and investor universe, as well as more actively manage its assets and capital. Over the last few years ADNOC has broadened its range and type of partners beyond traditional energy and petrochemical companies to also include new partners and investors from across the global financial and investment community. While ADNOC has no plans to issue a bond at the Group holding level, these credit ratings will enable greater access to a more international investor base and provide ADNOC with further smart financing options. ADNOC was advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup during the credit rating process. About ADNOC ADNOC is a major diversified group of energy and petrochemical companies that produces over 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of raw gas a day. Its integrated upstream, midstream and downstream activities are carried out by 14 specialist subsidiary and joint venture companies. To find out more visit http://www.adnoc.ae. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.Related Links :http://www.adnoc.ae
TANAKA to provide Pure Gold, Pure Silver, and Pure Bronze Medals to the top three men and women finishers at the Tokyo Marathon 2019 (to be held on Ma
A Design of a Circle That Expands into a Spiral, Expressing the Expectation "It Seems That Something Exciting Is about to Happen"TOKYO, Feb 19, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - TANAKA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Akira Tanae) will produce and donate gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three men and women finishers of the marathon and wheelchair marathon events of the Tokyo Marathon 2019 (a total of 12 medals). The Tokyo Marathon 2019, organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, will be held on March 3, 2019. The wheelchair marathon has been officially sanctioned as an international event since 2016.The Tokyo Marathon medals provided by TANAKA HOLDINGS are made from pure gold, silver, and bronze, making them rarities of considerable value even among medals presented at sports competitions. The medals to be presented to the marathon winners are approximately 65 mm in diameter. The pure gold medal weighs approximately 200 grams, the pure silver medal approximately 110 grams, and the pure bronze medal approximately 90 grams. TANAKA is also holding a Tokyo Marathon Winner and Finisher Medal Exhibition (top ranked finishers) on the first floor at its GINZA TANAKA main store in Ginza, Tokyo, for 16 days from February 13 to February 28, 2019. TANAKA HOLDINGS is actively supporting the Tokyo Marathon 2019 with the provision of medals recognizing the efforts of the marathon runners and by holding this exhibition.The medals for the Tokyo Marathon 2019, the 13th Tokyo Marathon, take the marathon's main visual, "Ready?" as their theme, and were designed to increase expectations, the sense of "it seems that something exciting is going to happen" that is felt by runners, supporters, spectators, and even those without any interest yet. The spiral expanding out from the heart expresses this sense of excitement, of expectation. The medal ribbons have the motif of the marathon logo. The marathon logo is formed like a tapestry, created by weaving together strands that express each individual person, whether a runner, a volunteer, or a spectator. The reverse sides of the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will be presented to the top three winners of each marathon event depict the course map and the TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group logo. These medals express the dreams and vigor of people as we move from the current year of 2019, when this Tokyo Marathon is being held, to the future year of 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics will be held.The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group has produced the winner medals and finisher medals for every Tokyo Marathon since the first was held in 2007. The Tokyo Marathon was added to the World Marathon Majors (currently the Abbott World Marathon Majors) in 2013, attracting global attention as one of the world's six premier marathons. The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group has produced and sold various commemorative medals other than for the Tokyo Marathon, including the official commemorative medals for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group will continue to produce medals made of precious metals and support various events in a way unique to the Group.Overview of the Tokyo Marathon 2019 Winner Medals:Material, Weight, and Size (from left) - Silver Medal: Pure silver, approx. 110 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 4.8 mm thick- Gold Medal: Pure gold (24K), approx. 200 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 4.5 mm thick - Bronze Medal: Pure bronze, approx. 90 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 5.4 mm thick* The weights of the wheelchair marathon medals are gold (pure gold): approx. 160 g, silver (pure silver): approx. 95 g, and bronze (pure bronze): approx. 80 gTokyo Marathon 2019 Winner Medal Exhibition Schedule:The winner medals (gold, silver, and bronze) will be displayed according to the following schedule. February 13-28 * Display of originals Tokyo Marathon Winner Medal Exhibition, GINZA TANAKA Ginza Main Store, 1st floor, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, TokyoFebruary 28-March 2 * Exhibition of replicasTokyo Marathon EXPO 2019, Odaiba Special Venue (Odaiba-Aomi Event Area (N,O,P), 1-1-17 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)March 1 * Display of originalsTokyo Marathon 2019 Press Conference / Keio Plaza Hotel * For the mediaPress release (PDF): http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/190219.pdfAbout the Tanaka Precious MetalsSince its foundation in 1885, the Tanaka Precious Metals group has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. Tanaka is a leader in Japan in terms of the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, Tanaka Precious Metals has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry, but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and resources. As precious metals specialists, all Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. In addition, in order to make further progress in globalization, The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016.As precious metal professionals, Tanaka Precious Metals will continue to contribute to the development of an enriching and prosperous society.The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group is cooperating with the Tokyo Marathon.Press InquiriesTanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com