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Appotronics' Chairman LI Yi said in CNBC's interview: Automotive business will become our main revenue stream
SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, LI Yi, Chairman and CEO of Appotronics (688007.SH), introduced the Company's operation and future development in CNBC's interview. This is CNBC's second interview on LI Yi following the CES exhibition in January this year. According to the 2023 semi-annual report of Appotronics, in 1H2023, the Company's revenue amounted to RMB1.073 billion; net profit attributable to the parent company amounted to RMB74.9146 million, representing an increase of 62.98% year-on-year; the overall gross profit margin increased by 7.39 percentage points to 37.7%. Among them, highlights are the robust recovery of cinema services and the acceleration of automotive optical business. At the CES, United States earlier this year, BMW debuted Dee, an i-digital emotional interaction concept car. The car has a stunning four-window fusion display technology while its core components were provided by Appotronics, which attracted CNBC's first interview. Thereafter, Appotronics independently exhibited at the Shanghai Auto Show and launched the world's first automotive-grade laser headlights supporting RGB display accompanied by a showcase of various application solutions such as window outward display, in-car transparent display, in-car entertainment screen, and smart surface. "The auto I think currently is the main future revenue for us." LI Yi answered to CNBC's question about the progress of its automotive optics business. Less than a week after this interview, Appotronics announced that it had received a cooperation notice from Hasco Vision. Up to now, Appotronics has reached cooperation with BYD, SERES, BAIC BJEV, Hasco Vision and other top new energy vehicle players and tier-one suppliers. "We are actively working with the leading domestic and international automakers, and these efforts will generate a significant revenue increase for us in the next two or three years, while we keep our eye open and see if there's any potential other opportunity for us, hoping we can apply our technology to enhance people's lifestyle." LI Yi said. In international automotive markets, more opportunities have always been accompanied by more intense competition. How to stand out in the international competition? For this question, LI Yi said, "Many companies in the current market are squeezed in crowded areas, doing the same things, and are highly susceptible to elimination due to the lack of core competitiveness. As the pioneer of ALPD semiconductor laser light source technology, Appotronics focuses on innovation, new creations and groundbreaking business. That is the way how we respond to global challenges and competition." As disclosed in the financial report, in 1H2023, Appotronics' R&D investment reached RMB126 million, accounting for 11.78% of revenue; with the original ALPD semiconductor laser light source technology as the core, the Company has obtained 1,901 authorized patents in global sphere, including 1,007 invention ones; In addition, we have officially launched home smart projection products equipped with ALPD 5.0 optical machine, which are expected to be the sales hotspot in 2H2023..Overall, Appotronics' R&D investment is among the top in the industry, creating an obvious patent advantage and high value. "It's good timing for us now, the first half of this historic (EV) transformation is the energy revolution, while the second half with the information revolution has just begun," LI Yi said when visiting 2023 North American International Auto Show.
Golden Panda Awards to be held in Chengdu to boost cultural exchanges
CHENGDU, China, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by Global Times: &amp;amp;amp;nbsp; The Golden Panda Awards focuses on "the exchange of different cultures." Compared with existing domestic awards, the Golden Panda Awards clearly reflects the role of "improving the influence of Chinese culture." The total number of collected works reached 7,024 from 104 countries and regions, including 4,927 foreign works, accounting for 70 percent of the total. The First Golden Panda Awards will cover four categories: film, TV series, documentaries and animated works. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202309/1298471.shtml https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1704132410781454493 https://www.facebook.com/globaltimesnews/videos/834660528283726/
CGTN: First Golden Panda Intl Cultural Forum highlights dialogue among civilizations
BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to Chengdu, people may first think of its spicy cuisine, giant pandas, interesting dialect, or even vibrant nightlife. But this inland city in southwest China also functions as a center of international cultural exchange. With the theme of "Civilizations in Harmony: Diversity, Equality and Inclusiveness," the first Golden Panda International Cultural Forum opened in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on Wednesday. At the forum, speakers shared their views on mutual learning of civilizations and a community with a shared future for mankind, building a consensus that dialogue among civilizations is crucial while acknowledging the diversity of civilizations in the world. Speakers invited included former senior officials of the United Nations, former political leaders of multiple countries and prominent cultural experts. Hailing China's efforts in protecting global environment, Erik Solheim, former UN Under-Secretary-General, said we must combat all folly on decoupling and need more global cooperation with dialogue and mutual respect among civilizations. "I see the Belt and Road Initiative and its focus on cultural exchanges, on cooperation in education and sciences as a renewal of the Silk Road," said Irina Bokova, former director-general of UNESCO, adding that the China-proposed Global Civilization Initiative provides a good solution to meet common challenges of humanity. Combined with their own experiences of living and working in different cultural environments, multiple speakers also noted the importance of cultural exchanges in building partnerships and developing a prosperous future regionally and globally. Despite the differences in geographical, historical and socio-cultural factors, people everywhere share many aspirations for their own lives, such as prosperity and peace, said Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand, noting that one of Asia's proven strengths is the ability to evolve its culture while dealing with the changes both from within and outside. Nabil Fahmy, former Foreign Minister of Egypt, said that understanding and respecting different cultures is evermore important today in an interconnected fast-paced global society and people need compatibility between cultures. Stelios Virvidakis, president of the Steering Committee of Center of Chinese and Greek Ancient Civilizations, said that civilization should not be closed, but should have sufficient exchanges and dialogues to avoid a blind sense of superiority and extreme nationalism. Taking cultural exchanges with museums in China as examples, Eike Schmidt, director and curator of the Uffizi Gallery, explained how museums could build bridges of civilization dialogue. He added that people should advocate the principles of cultural exchange: equality, mutual learning, dialogue, and inclusiveness among civilizations, in a world evermore threatened by polarization in every field. Hosted by CGTN anchor Tian Wei, a summit dialogue session was held during the forum to have an in-depth exchange of ideas on the role of film and television productions as powerful mediums for cultural communication and exchange. Six guests spoke highly of the Golden Panda Awards which aims to provide a new platform to foster cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas that transcend cultural differences. Lit up by two guests' short performances of music and poetry, they also discussed how they integrate art, culture and technology while making films. Opened on Tuesday, the First Golden Panda Awards features a total of 25 awards across four categories: film, TV drama, animation and documentary. Hosted by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Sichuan provincial government, the event attracted many global film and television organization representatives, directors, actors and cultural experts. In the concluding part of the forum, guests of the Chinese and overseas TV and film industry were invited to participate in the launching ceremony of the Golden Panda Initiative as well. The initiative calls for young artists from the global artistic community to embrace the mission of promoting a harmonious and mutually beneficial civilization in this era, collaboratively create artistic monuments that reflect shared values, act as friendly ambassadors of cultural exchange and mutual learning, and continuously unleash the youthful energy of cultural heritage and innovation. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-09-20/First-Golden-Panda-Intl-Cultural-Forum-highlights-global-dialogue-1nfreGymy5i/index.html
2023 World Great Rivers Civilization Forum: Exploring Future Development with Strong Cultural Ties
ZHENGZHOU, China, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2023 World Great Rivers Civilizations Forum (the "Forum") was successfully held from September 16 to 18 in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province and one of the eight Great Ancient Chinese Capitals sited along the Yellow River. More than 300 scholars and experts worldwide joined the event, titled "Mutual Learning Among Civilizations – Jointly Building a Shared Future." The Forum has presented the achievements in ecological restoration and cultural development of China's Yellow River strategies and initiatives, focusing on the sustainable development of Chinese civilization and global cultural exchanges. The Yellow River flows across eight cities in Henan. Zhengzhou, a city in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, is also the birthplace of China's oldest agricultural civilization. The four main sessions of The Diversity and Mutual Learning of World Great Rivers Civilization, The Inheritance and Promotion of Chinese Civilization and Yellow River Culture, Songshan Forum, Dialogue between Chinese and Other World Civilizations 2023, and Symposium on Ecological Conservation and High-Quality Development of the Yellow River Basin converged both archaeological achievements and academic exchanges to promote the profound Yellow Culture, expand the influence of Chinese culture, and strengthen the mutual learnings of world civilizations. The Forum has published the "Zhengzhou Manifesto," calling to respect the characteristics of each river civilization around the world, take measures to preserve the cultural heritage of river basins, and promote the development of modern civilizations by engaging the modern values of ancient civilizations: Great Rivers have nurtured the world's major civilizations and embody human civilizations. Great River basins carry the genetic heritage of human civilizations. Advocate for respecting the civilizational characteristics of each river civilization to safeguard the diversity of human civilizations. Advocate for taking strong measures to protect the cultural heritage of river basins. Advocate for intensified research on global civilizations, including river civilizations. Advocate for enhancing the inheritance and promotion of civilization. Advocate for protecting the ecological environment of river basins and achieving a harmonious coexistence of civilization and ecology. Advocate for utilizing the modern values of ancient civilizations to promote the development of modern civilization in human society. Advocate for strengthening civilizational communication to achieve cultural exchanges, integration, and mutual understanding.
CGTN: China, Cuba join hands to build community with shared future for mankind
BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The two-day Summit of the Group of 77 (G77) and China concluded last Saturday in Havana, Cuba, with a call for more participation and say of the Global South in the global governance system. China and other developing countries are working hand in hand to promote the further development of South-South cooperation. After attending the G77 plus China summit, Li Xi, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, paid an official visit to Cuba from Saturday to Monday and met with a slew of Cuban leaders, vowing to deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. Profound China-Cuba friendship with solid mutual support Cuba is the first country in the Western Hemisphere to establish diplomatic relations with China. When visiting Raul Castro, the leader of Cuba's socialist revolution, Li, also secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said that the traditional friendship between China and Cuba was forged and carefully cultivated by the older generation of leaders of the two countries. In 2022, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid a state visit to China, and the two sides issued a joint statement on deepening China-Cuba relations in the new era. "China stands ready to promote the development of the respective party building and socialist cause," Li said during a meeting with Diaz-Canel. Under the framework of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China and Cuba have deepened exchanges and expanded practical cooperation in fields such as energy, agriculture, bio-medicine, science and technology, education and culture over the years, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries put the safety of people's lives first and carried out fruitful anti-pandemic cooperation. When the pandemic situation in Cuba was severe, China provided urgently needed supplies such as ventilators, oxygenerators, food and medicine. Thanking China for its assistance to Cuba's economic and social development and firm support for the Cuban people's just struggle against unilateral blockade and sanctions, Diaz-Canel vowed to maintain close friendly exchanges with the CPC and promote practical cooperation. During the meeting with Roberto Morales Ojeda, a member of the Political Bureau and secretary of organization of the PCC Central Committee, the two sides agreed to strengthen political mutual trust and strategic coordination, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and strengthen exchanges and mutual learning on governance and experience sharing and cooperation in party management and the fight against corruption. The two sides also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between China's National Commission of Supervision and the Office of the Comptroller General of Cuba. Advancing South-South cooperation to build community with shared future for mankind As a member of the Global South family, China has been actively carrying out South-South cooperation and contributing to the common development of developing countries. China has provided development assistance to more than 160 countries, worked with more than 150 countries on the joint construction of the BRI, and promoted the cooperation on the Global Development Initiative (GDI) with over 100 countries and international organizations. Meanwhile, China has set up a Global Development and South-South Cooperation Fund with a total funding of $4 billion. "The fund provides unconditional development assistance to a number of developing countries with no interference in other countries' internal affairs, playing an important role in establishing a more equitable and just new international economic and social order," Cuban ambassador to China Alberto J. Blanco Silva said. "China has firmly stood with the Global South nations and effectively safeguarded the common interests of developing countries," Diaz-Canel told Li. Calling for joint efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind, Li said China is willing to work with Cuba to promote the implementation of the GDI, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-09-20/China-Cuba-jointly-build-community-with-shared-future-for-mankind-1nflWfJwVOg/index.html
Xinhua Silk Road: Guilin Bank steps up efforts to support China-ASEAN cross-border financial cooperation
BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Guilin Bank, a local bank situated in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has been actively taking a slew of measures to push forward China-ASEAN cross-border financial cooperation, as part of its efforts to help Guangxi build into the new highland for China's trade and cooperation with ASEAN. Staff members of Guilin Bank carry out a field research on Fangchenggang port in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is learned that Guilin Bank has been dedicated to improving its top-level design, strengthening the "strategic leadership", and taking the initiative to integrate into the region's new development pattern. In recent year, the bank has carried out forward-looking analysis and research on China-ASEAN industrial cooperation, and formed a distinctive organizational structure that matches the development of ASEAN business. Data showed that in the past three years, the bank had granted over 105.1 billion yuan worth of credits to key projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with an average annual cross-border income and expenditure volume of more than 5 billion U.S. dollars. Among them, the cross-border settlement volume with ASEAN and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) members accounted for more than 40 percent of the bank's total cross-border income and expenditure. Wu Dong, chairman of Guilin Bank, introduced that with a key focus on channel upgrading, product innovation, cooperative development, the bank has taken solid steps to accelerate investment and financing facilitation, promote the transformation of characteristic industries and strengthen international business cooperation amid its broader efforts to better serve China-ASEAN industrial cooperation. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the proposal of building a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future and the Belt and Road Initiative, and the 20th anniversary of the China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. Opening-up has become an important "source of power" for Guangxi's economic and social development, the lender will further beef up its efforts to provide financial support for Guangxi to set up a new development pattern. Wu also noted that that in the future, Guilin Bank will further provide financial assistance for China-ASEAN cooperation centered on such areas as industrial cooperation, cross-border trade, cross-border investment and financing, and the cross-border use of renminbi (RMB). See the original link: https://en.imsilkroad.com/p/336149.html
Zaozhuang, China Strives to Build a "Famous City for New Energy Batteries in China"
ZAOZHUANG, China, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- This is a report from the Shandong Office of Hong Kong Business Daily. On September 16-18, 2023, the 2023 Zaozhuang International Lithium Battery Industry Exhibition was held at the Zaozhuang Convention and Exhibition Center in China. More than 600 domestic and foreign lithium battery experts, scholars, and elites gathered in Zaozhuang to discuss the development plan of the lithium battery industry and seek a green, low-carbon, and beautiful future. The lithium battery exhibition is themed as "Building a Famous City for New Energy Batteries in China, Promoting Green, Low Carbon, and High Quality Development", focusing on the goal of "hosting an exhibition well and prospering an industry". It integrates conferences, exhibitions, competitions, dialogues, and experiences, adopts a "online+offline" dual line integration exhibition mode, and utilizes modern information technology methods such as 5G and big data, We have achieved "cloud exhibition", "cloud display", "cloud docking", and "cloud negotiation". The total area of the offline exhibition area reaches 30000 square meters, bringing together 202 enterprises related to the lithium battery industry chain, innovation chain, and capital chain, an increase of 37 compared to last year, including 28 leading enterprises such as Geely Group. More than 2600 upstream and downstream related products of the lithium battery industry were exhibited on site, an increase of more than 20% compared to last year. In recent years, Zaozhuang City has always regarded lithium battery as the primary industry to promote urban transformation and development. It adheres to shaping competitive advantages through technological innovation, stimulating growth momentum through effective investment, and opening up market space through marketing reform. It has focused on cultivating a billion level lithium battery industry cluster, accelerating the promotion of replacing underground energy with ground energy, green energy with black energy, and emerging energy with traditional energy, and actively building a famous new energy battery city in China, Running out of the "acceleration" of the transformation and breakthrough of the old industrial base, leapfrog and catch up. Zaozhuang, China will continue to focus on highlighting the primacy of the lithium battery industry, deeply implement the lithium battery industry agglomeration action, optimize resource allocation, strengthen factor guarantee, comprehensively support the development and growth of the lithium battery industry, and strive to build the "China New Energy Battery City".
Gibson Launches Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass Worldwide
Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand continues its multi-year partnership with Gene Simmons--international rock legend and co-founder of KISS, America’s #1 gold record award-winning group of all time, in all categories (RIAA)--to create the new Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass. The Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass is inspired by the same Bass that Gene played with KISS in the 1970s. The new Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass is a limited-edition run of 100 guitars and is available worldwide at authorized Gibson Custom Shop dealers and via www.gibson.com If you saw KISS perform their high-octane live shows and television appearances in the 1970s, you may have spotted the bass that inspired this signature model from Gene Simmons and Gibson Custom Shop. Based on Gene’s heavily modified 1959 EB-0, the new Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass is the first 30.5” scale bass from the Gibson Custom Shop and the first bass the Custom Shop has produced in quantity. The Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass features a VOS finish in Ebony, as well as VOS hardware throughout, in addition, Gene made several modifications to his EB-0, including refinishing it, reshaping the neck to a custom profile, replacing the pickup with a later model Gibson unit, and relocating it much closer to the bridge, installing a custom pickguard, a fingerboard with Corian nut, adding binding, and changing the original tuners to Grovers. The bridge was also replaced with a high-mass model and can now be strung through-body or as a top-loaded bridge. All of these details are faithfully represented in the new Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass from Gibson Custom Shop. A custom hardshell case as well as case candy developed in collaboration with Gene is also included.
PARAMOUNT+ TO LAUNCH IN JAPAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH J:COM AND WOWOW INC.
Paramount Streaming Service Global Footprint Expands to Second Asian Market, Following the success of the Service's 2022 Launch in Korea DOWNLOAD ASSETS HERE TOKYO, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) today announced the upcoming launch of its premium streaming service Paramount+ in Japan with J:COM, one of Japan's top cable television operators and broadband internet providers, and with WOWOW Inc., the top premium pay channel in the market. Japan is the second market in Asia to launch the service, following its debut in Korea last year. Beginning December 1, Paramount+ will bring its popular films and series to Japan through the on-demand services of both J:COM and WOWOW, at no additional costs for their subscribers. Fans can look forward to Paramount+ originals such as TULSA KING, MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, and STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. These fan-favorite titles will be released at launch and for the first time in Japan. The Paramount+ slate also will include titles from Paramount's vast library: Hollywood hits like Mission: Impossible, Bumblebee, and G.I. Joe from Paramount Pictures; popular CBS TV shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS; animated favorites, such as Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Comedy Central's South Park; popular SHOWTIME® titles, such as DEXTER and RAY DONOVAN; and MTV's young-adult series and iconic music shows, including the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. "With the launch of Paramount+ in Japan, we are now delivering hours of popular films and series to fans in all key streaming markets worldwide. It is an important milestone for us and a critical step for the future of our streaming business," said Marco Nobili, Executive Vice President and International General Manager of Paramount+ International. "I am excited to strengthen our collaboration with J:COM and WOWOW to offer their audiences incredible content and beloved stars and characters from our iconic studios and brands." Comment from Mr. Yoichi Iwaki, President, Representative Director of J:COM: "For many years, Paramount Global has been delivering its music channel MTV and a variety of movies and dramas to customers through J:COM TV, which has been one of the most attractive features of J:COM TV and has been supported by customers. We are pleased to bring Paramount's diverse content to the people of Japan through this new partnership. In particular, the group's drama series like NCIS and CSI are highly acclaimed by our customers, and we will deliver attractive content, including Paramount+ original productions through J:COM STREAM. Together with our long-time partner WOWOW, we will ensure the success of Paramount+ in Japan. In addition, we will strengthen our partnerships with both parties to enhance the value of the entertainment experience for our customers." Comment from Mr. Akira Tanaka, Representative Director, President and CEO of WOWOW: "Paramount Global has continued to lead the U.S. film and TV industry, consistently producing works that move people around the world. For 20 years, WOWOW has been delivering Hollywood films and drama series from Paramount Global, all of which have received high praise from our subscribers. With this partnership, we are now able to offer a large volume of wonderful content from Paramount+, including films and international dramas, through WOWOW on demand. WOWOW, along with JCOM, will work diligently for the success of Paramount+ in Japan. We are excited about our partnership with Paramount. I also hope to explore further collaborations with both companies in the future and connect it to various new initiatives, using content." Paramount+ is one of the fastest-growing premium services, with more than 61 million subscribers in more than 45 markets globally. Paramount is also the home of Pluto TV, the pioneer of FAST service globally, and is available in more than 35 markets, with the most recent launch in Australia this August. PARA-IR About Paramount+ Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a Mountain of Entertainment™. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. Paramount+ with SHOWTIME, the service's cornerstone plan, is also home to SHOWTIME content including scripted hits, critically acclaimed nonfiction projects, SHOWTIME SPORTS® (including industry-leading SHOWTIME Boxing) and films. This premium plan includes unmatched events and sports programming through the local live CBS stream, including golf to basketball and more, plus streaming access to CBS News Network for 24/7 news and CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis. For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.
Global Times: Yellow River ecology under national strategy sees wildlife recovery
BEIJING, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it is its agricultural output or its status as the cradle of civilization, the value of the Yellow River is difficult to quantify from a fixed perspective. However, for the locals of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, this sandy mother river has gained a reputation that extends beyond its geography, becoming a place of recreation, perfect for leisure activities and bird watching over the last few decades. On the newly built Nanguotou Square in the northern part of Zhengzhou, a viewing platform made of red bricks stands tens of meters high. The Yellow River makes a small bend here and continues to flow eastward. When facing the river, the seemingly boundless water reflects everything that belongs to nature: the lush poplar forests and the occasional soaring egrets. The site is ideal for enjoying a picturesque sunrise or sunset. Shortly before sunset, many people gather on the Romanesque steps of the platform, the construction design of which was inspired by the Colosseum, to marvel at the setting sun. The entire platform is made of specially fired giant red bricks, which will be also used in prevention of floods occurring. Yellow River water conservancy projects now serve to minimize the risk of flooding. During a visit last weekend, local government officials told the Global Times that the development of the Yellow River in Zhengzhou is closely linked to the support of the national strategy for the Yellow River. President Xi Jinping called for concerted efforts to promote ecological protection and the high-quality development of the Yellow River in 2019. This major strategic decision aims to ensure the sustainable development of the Chinese nation and Chinese civilization. "In addition, with the introduction of the Yellow River law, we have finally cleared out all polluting factories and farmhouses, moved them away from the coastal beaches that stretched for hundreds of meters, and built the leisure venues we see now," Zhang Chao, a government official in Huiji district in Zhengzhou, told the Global Times, saying that there are currently three such squares that have been built since the implementation of the law. New mode Far from disappearing, farmhouses located close to the waterway that provided agritainment to tourists were relocated further inland with the help of the government while the farm owners received compensation for their relocation. These farmhouses, however, were not the main source of water pollution. To completely restore the environment of the Yellow River, various factories that were built along the coast were demolished to prevent further water and soil pollution. The fishing boats that had been on the river for decades were also grounded after owners were compensated, and fishing on the Yellow River was banned. "But this does not mean that the Yellow River has become a site for pure sightseeing only. In the future, we will try to develop some entertainment and catering centers while keeping pollution to a minimum," Zhang added. Thanks to the efforts of the government and the locals in Zhengzhou, the number of wild bird species in the Yellow River wetland has increased from 169 when the reserve was established in 2006 to 283 at present, an increase of 114 species over a span of 17 years, according to data released by the Zhengzhou Forestry Bureau in February 2023. Along the seven-kilometer-long ecological corridor, tourists can observe water birds such as egrets and black storks. The ecological corridor is flanked by lakes formed by the Yellow River canal and rice fields, creating a harmonious balance. In the major grain-producing province, the focus on preserving the river's ecology has not compromised grain output. According to a report on the high-quality development of the Yellow River in 2022 released during the recent Great Rivers Civilizations Forum held in Zhengzhou, the total grain output of nine provinces along the Yellow River reached 242.456 million tons in 2022, accounting for 35.3 percent of the national total grain output. Culture-bounded future "For the Yellow River, our next step is building its culture brand based on each river city's specialty," said Wu Chengzhong, a Yellow River scholar at the University of International Business and Economics. In early September, China launched a plan to build the Yellow River national cultural park, aiming to create an important symbol of Chinese culture and shape a model of innovation and inheritance of the great river civilization. "Ecological management of the Yellow River is an important part of building a cultural park, but a cultural park is not equivalent to ecological management," said Wu. The Yellow River has natural ecological corridors and several important ecological function areas such as the Three Rivers Source, Qilian Mountain, and Ruoergai. In Zhengzhou, the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway line runs on a bridge that connects north and south over a seemingly suspended river, the flow rate of which has been dramatically slowed due to large amounts of sedimentation. To showcase the history and achievements of managing the Yellow River to more tourists, a Yellow River Museum in the city, a stone's throw from the river, preserves the culture of the Yellow River. "But of course in the future, more local cultural tourism modes on the Yellow River will also be needed," Wu noted.
The 17Sing app has brought together the immensely popular internet sensations, "WACKYBOYS - Soon Sun" and "Master NaNa" for the "Mic Song Cup," and re
TAIPEI, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 15, 2023, the "Mic Song Cup," organized by the 17Sing app, kicked off and immediately ignited a music frenzy. Not only did it attract numerous YouTubers to join this showdown, but it also saw the participation of two mega internet sensations, "WACKYBOYS - Soon Sun" and "Master NaNa." These two popular influencers took the helm as alliance leaders, dividing themselves into two teams to lead their respective alliances through various rounds of competition, all in pursuit of the grand prize of 5,000 dollars per person for their alliance members! In this era, various forms of competition are no longer confined to physical spaces but have found new avenues of expression online. 17Sing continues to cultivate a platform for music singing and social interaction. In a special event, they invited two vastly different internet sensations, Soon Sun and Master NaNa, to compete using their microphones to showcase their singing prowess. As seen in the advertisement titled "Soon Sun and Master NaNa Arrange a Sing-Off!?" The two of them, surrounded by enthusiastic fans, take to the stage with great enthusiasm. They playfully critique each other's singing abilities, with Sun Sheng even exclaiming, "Let's book a room!" Their banter adds a fun and competitive element to the event. In another advertisement, both of them demonstrate their vocal skills, utilizing the features of the 17Sing app, including "AI scoring," "recording functionality," and "smart audio effects," to showcase their singing talents and engage with their fans. This not only highlights the app's powerful features but also allows these two internet sensations to settle any musical rivalry they may have through the power of their voices. The "Mic Song Cup" is a competition led by two alliances, one headed by Soon Sun and the other by Master NaNa. Fans have the opportunity to participate by registering for the preliminary rounds (registration period: 9/15-9/21). Upon advancing, they can freely choose to join one of the two alliances for the subsequent showdown. Following this, from September 22nd to October 5th, the "Same Song Challenge" takes place, where participating contestants showcase their singing abilities. Fans who are not competing can also vote for their favorite contestants to determine the best singer. Then, on October 6th, during the Live Performance Challenge, the selected members from both alliances will compete live in the 17Sing karaoke rooms. The ultimate victor will see each member within the winning alliance receive a cash prize of 5000 Taiwanese dollars! The collaboration between 17Sing app, Soon Sun, and Master NaNa represents the future direction of music social interaction. By combining the influence and creativity of internet celebrities with the technological capabilities and resources of online music platforms, it becomes possible to offer users a more diverse and enriching music experience. Such collaborations not only expand the reach of the 17Sing app to a broader audience but also provide opportunities for the younger generation to express their musical talents and passion. This partnership reflects the evolving landscape of music in the digital age, where social interaction and creativity play a pivotal role in shaping the way people engage with music. "About 17Sing" 17Sing app is a popular music karaoke and social platform among the youth in Taiwan. It aims to provide users with a platform to showcase their musical talents and engage with fellow music enthusiasts. Users can experience the joy of karaoke, even with just a smartphone and a headset, as they shine on 17Sing. Would you like to join 17Sing for a karaoke session and interact with Soon Sun and Master NaNa via live audio? You can now visit 17Sing's Facebook fan page for more information or download the app at the official website www.17sing.tw. Download it now and embark on a karaoke and friendship journey!
OCHE OWNER, THE SOCIAL GAMING GROUP, SIGNS FRANCHISE PARTNERSHIP FOR UAE EXPANSION
OSLO, Norway, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Norwegian-based technology business, The Social Gaming Group, has agreed a new franchise partnership with UAE-based hospitality expert RMAL Hospitality, as part of its continued international expansion plans for gastro-gaming entertainment concept, Oche. The brand's first site in the UAE will be the seventh market for the Oche brand, with other sites already situated in the UK, Singapore, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. The move into the UAE is part of a multi venue deal to grow the brand across the UAE and will see Oche expand into desirable, city centre entertainment hubs. The new Dubai site will see Oche's gastro-gaming concept expand into the UAE for the first time, bringing state-of-the-art gaming and world-class cuisine to a new audience. Troy Warfield, CEO of The Social Gaming Group, said; "We are delighted to announce our new franchise partnership with RMAL Hospitality, to continue our international development by bringing Oche and the gastro gaming concept to the UAE. "Dubai is famed globally for its world class hospitality and social scene, and Oche is bringing something truly unique to the table, with high quality and innovative cuisine and the best in gastro gaming." Elias Madbak, Managing Director of RMAL Hospitality, expressed his enthusiasm for the Oche launch, saying, "We are delighted to have signed as the franchise partner with The Social Gaming Group to bring Oche to the UAE to continue the brand's global success." "We are excited to introduce Oche to Dubai, a city known for its dynamism and sociability. Oche is a groundbreaking concept that blends gastronomy and entertainment like never before, and this venture aligns perfectly with our mission to provide unparalleled hospitality experiences to pave the way for innovation in the region's hospitality sector." Oche Dubai will launch in early 2024.
Global Times: China's most high-profile vocational skills competition held in Tianjin
TIANJIN, China, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- China's second Vocational Skills Competition was held from September 16 to September 19 in north China's Tianjin Municipality. As China's biggest and most high-profile comprehensive national vocational skills competition, it has attracted 4,045 contestants across the country participating in a total of 109 competitive events. &amp;amp;amp;nbsp; 62 of the 109 events, including Aircraft Maintenance and Rail Vehicle Technology, are organized for the selection of Chinese competitors in the 47th WorldSkills Competition in Lyon, France, in September 2024. Compared with the first competition held Guangzhou in 2020, the competition in Tianjin has added 20 skill categories for new occupations and digital technology, such as all-media operations and internet marketing. A total of five professional technology competitive events, such as intelligent manufacturing engineering technology and artificial intelligence engineering technology, have also been added in this competition. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202309/1298464.shtml https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1704106843893850189 https://www.facebook.com/globaltimesnews/videos/1668642796980113/ https://youtu.be/B01JJiSuD5I
Hangzhou: Where Sports and Culture Unite - Highlights from the 19th Asian Games
BEIJING, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- This is a report from China Daily. Hangzhou, often hailed as one of China's most beautiful cities, is a mesmerizing blend of mountains, waterways, flowers, bridges, and old and new architectural wonders. The city's unique charm will be on full display during the 19th Asian Games, where it seamlessly combined the allure of a Jiangnan water town with the excitement of international sports events. In this installment of "The 19th Asian Games Surprise", a Japanese Gen Z youth takes us on a journey to capture the essence of Hangzhou during the Asian Games, starting with the emblem of the Games. The emblem beautifully fuses the poetry of Hangzhou and Jiangnan culture, reflecting the region's nature and humanity. It even incorporates the "@" symbol, symbolizing Hangzhou's ambition to be a leading city in digital technology. Another source of inspiration for the Games' design came from three World Heritage sites in Hangzhou: the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu, West Lake, and the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, which showcase the city's rich historical and cultural origins. The mascots of the Hangzhou Asian Games, three robots, named Congcong, Lianlian, and Chenchen, were inspired from and represent these heritage sites. The core graphics of the games, themed "run ze" (benefiting the world in a warm and gentle manner), drew inspiration from a Chinese painting masterpiece, "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains." This design wonderfully blends the aesthetic elements of the local culture, creating a magnificent atmosphere that embodies both the poetry of the Jiangnan region and the passion for sports. What makes Hangzhou truly beautiful? It's a combination of culture and natural landscapes. This episode emphasizes that Hangzhou's beauty transcends mere mountains, rivers, and culture; it's an inclusive beauty that embraces various styles. This inclusiveness, artfully showcased during the 19th Asian Games, captures the city's unique essence—a harmonious blend of sports competition and the charm of the Jiangnan region.
Hisense's Laser TV Continues to Extend Boundaries of Scenarios for Smart Home Living with the World's First Foldable Laser TV L5K
QINGDAO, China, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Hisense, the global consumer electronics and appliances corporation, has joined among global enterprises including Leica Camera, Texas Instruments, Nichia and others, in the Fourth Global Laser Display Industry Forum held today in Qingdao, China. With a speech titled 'Scenarios bloom, laser display open the best era', Dennys Li, President of Hisense Visual Technology, presented Hisense's scenario-driven strategy for the Laser TV. In his keynote, Dennys introduced Hisense's journey in leading a global innovation for the Laser TV, starting with the world's first 100-inch Laser TV in 2014, which was key for global growth of the business. In 2023, Hisense released the world's first 8K Laser TV, bringing the industry into the 8K era, and the company continues to innovate with breakthroughs in consumer-focused products, based on its leading patents, international standards, and quality. Meeting consumer's needs in various scenarios in daily life through personalized products and services is a core value of the products Hisense manufactured. With a focus on serving an increasing demand for oversized screens at home, Hisense today unveiled the world's first foldable Laser TV L5K, offering true colors powered by the next-gen Laser Engine LPU, consumers can get the theater experience with IMAX Enhanced through large screens for living room that can easily pass through a door, while being friendly on consumers eyes. The increase of scenarios for smart living also accelerated the collaborative innovation of industrial chains and has increased twice compared with 2021. Last July, Hisense formed a strategic partnership with Leica Camera AG, a leader in in the field of high-quality optical lenses and jointly developed the first Leica Laser TV, and it will soon put on sale the first home theater Laser TV in China this week. The Laser TV is leading the high-end manufacturing for Hisense's globalization. With a coverage of more than 40 countries and regions, Hisense's Laser TVs are sold in over 250 mainstream channels, such as Bestbuy and COSTCO in the US and BOULANGER in France. To continuously drive the growth and expansion of the global laser display industry, Hisense will fully leverage its global channel resources, with an unwavering commitment to invest in innovative laser display development, forging deep alliances and creating the future with all partners.
Campus Network Innovation to Spearhead 150% Increase in Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure Revenues by 2030, Reaching Nearly US$21 Billion
LONDON, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Campus networks are getting more complex due to increased client density, higher performance demands, new ultra-reliable applications, and changing industry requirements. This has led to accelerated WLAN development, including the introduction of Wi-Fi 7 and 6 GHz and innovations like open-source architectures and AI. These advancements address current challenges and open new opportunities in campus applications and markets. Network topologies are also changing, with denser WLAN Access Points (APs) handling more users and shifting toward cloud-native, controller-free architectures for more straightforward, more resilient, and scalable networks. According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, while the enterprise campus will remain the largest market, the industrial, large public venue, and education sectors will see the highest growth rates between 2022 and 2030, at 23.9%, 14.3%, and 12.4%, respectively. "Of all the markets that WLAN serves, the requirements of campus networks are the most complex and evolve the fastest. For this reason, satisfying the demands of modern campus networking is one of the strongest drivers of WLAN innovation today," explains Andrew Spivey, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. "Yet WLAN alone cannot address all campus opportunities, and therefore solutions which integrate the strengths of 5G and IoT technologies with WLAN have the highest value propositions for campus networking, as they can enable ubiquitous, high-performance, high-reliability wireless connectivity for virtually all campus use cases. There are four distinct groupings of WLAN vendors supplying campus. The first are the all-rounders addressing virtually all campus types, a category which includes Cisco, HPE Aruba Networking, and CommScope RUCKUS Networks. The second are the vertically focused which optimize for certain industries, such as Arista and Extreme Networks. The third are the technology specialists which differentiate through the application of unique or highly innovative technologies. Fortinet, which places advanced security at the core of its value proposition, fits this definition. The final group are the Small and Medium Business (SMB) targeted vendors like NETGEAR and D-Link. Each strategy has its advantages and disadvantages. All-rounders enjoy the largest Total Addressable Market (TAM) but need more focus and targeted optimizations for specific sectors. Although the vertical focused can become trusted suppliers for their chosen industry, they may lack the capabilities to address opportunities outside of their niche. Technology specialists' success is contingent on their chosen technology's fortunes. Finally, the targeted SMB operates in a market that, although offering a low barrier to entry, suffers from lower margins due to price sensitivity. The latest WLAN innovations will enable MSPs to finally provide the guaranteed SLAs for high predictability and reliability that modern campus environments require, and the introduction of OpEx-orientated Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) models will help expand access to these performance standards to a broader market. "Lean enterprises have been the fastest to adopt NaaS, as they rely on short-term financial planning and are keen to reduce CAPEX and cut IT budgets by shifting to an OPEX model. This includes those in the carpeted enterprise, retail, and hospitality verticals. In contrast, large public venues, healthcare facilities, and industrial manufacturing sites are proving resistant to handing campus networking management over to MSPs or WLAN vendors, as they wish to retain control over the network and, in many cases, are facing comparatively less pressure with talent sourcing and retention," Spivey concludes. These findings are from ABI Research's Next-Generation WLAN for Campus Networking: Market Opportunities, Challenges, and Business Models application analysis report. This report is part of the company's Wi-Fi & WLAN Technologies & Markets research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, market data reports present in-depth analysis of key market trends and factors for a specific technology. About ABI Research ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm delivering actionable research and strategic guidance to technology leaders, innovators, and decision makers around the world. Our research focuses on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces today. ABI Research是一家国际科技情报公司，为全球科技领袖、创新人士和决策者提供实用的市场研究和战略性指导。我们密切关注一切为各行各业、全球经济和劳动市场带来颠覆性变革的创新与技术。 For more information about ABI Research's services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit www.abiresearch.com. Contact Info: Global Deborah PetraraTel: +firstname.lastname@example.org
Wondershare Virbo Unveils New Features to Democratize AI Video Creation
VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Wondershare Virbo, the leading AI avatar video creation platform, has unveiled new features aimed at simplifying the production of captivating and lifelike avatar videos. The updates encompass Talking Photo, AI Video Translation, and Speech to Video. Wondershare Virbo Unveils Talking Photo, AI Video Translation, Speech-to-Video New Features Dour Dou, Virbo's Product Director, remarked, "Since our launch, we have diligently heeded user feedback to shape Virbo's roadmap, with the aim of enhancing accessibility to AI technology and streamlining the video creation process." Virbo's advanced neural rendering technology effortlessly transforms images into realistic talking avatars, offering a simple solution for businesses, content creators, and users to give a voice to their message. AI Video Translation feature detects and translates voiceovers in videos into different languages. Users upload a video and choose the target language, and Virbo's AI synchronizes the dubbing, eliminating the need for expensive manual overdubs and expanding the global reach of videos. Speech to Video feature enabling avatar creation directly from audio files. Users can upload or record a voiceover script, and Virbo's AI will generate a video with the selected avatar delivering the speech. This accelerates the creation of engaging spokesperson videos while adding a personal touch. Virbo's web experience received a complete overhaul focusing on simplicity and flexibility. Users can easily create avatar videos on the web with a massive template library and advanced editor. Compatibility and Price Wondershare Virbo is compatible with Web, iOS, Android and Desktop, with pricing starts at $19.9 for a monthly subscription. For free trials and downloads, please visit our official website or app store. Follow us on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter to learn more about Virbo. About Wondershare Wondershare is globally recognized as a software company that is committed to delivering innovative solutions for personal and professional use. As a leader in creativity and productivity products, Wondershare has received prestigious awards from organizations such as The Shorty Awards, G2, and GetApp. At Wondershare, the mission is to empower individuals to pursue their passions and build a more creative world. With over 100 million users across 150 countries, users can access a wide range of software solutions for video editing, PDF editing, data recovery, diagram and graphics, and more. Together, Wondershare strives to provide high-quality, user-friendly software that enables individuals and businesses to bring their creative ideas to life.