Hong Kong accounting firms are quicker to adopt automation tools in daily practice

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - 59.5% of locally-based firms are already using data automation apps compared to 25.8% in Singapore

HONG KONG, 29 JANUARY 2019 – Xero, the global small business platform, released its annual Accounting Industry Report for 2019. The report sheds light on the best practices of pacesetting firms1 to serve as benchmark for other firms to maximise their success in 2019 and beyond. Based on the findings, Hong Kong accounting firms are quick to adopt technology when compared to their counterparts in Singapore.

Furthermore, the report found that a larger number of accounting practices in Hong Kong (59.5%) are using data automation apps compared to their counterparts in Singapore (25.8%).

The adoption of such apps is especially popular with pacesetting companies who make up the top 15% of the market, boasting high growth and revenue rates, with 81% of such firms in Hong Kong declaring that they use automation apps when compared to just 34.5% in Singapore.

Xero surveyed 97 accounting and bookkeeping companies in Hong Kong and 157 in Singapore, asking their views across a range of different areas including opportunities for practices in technologies relating to compliance2, simple advisory3 and complex advisory4. The feedback also included views on the performance of apps used by pacesetting practices leading the market in terms of growth, and the priorities of said pacesetting firms in comparison to other firms.

The findings of the report also reveal that financial performance results in Hong Kong are higher than in Singapore with Hong Kong-based companies averaging HKD 2,739,000, compared to Singapore at HKD 1,384,268 (SGD 242,600) in total advisory revenue.

This shows that a higher adoption rate of automation tools in accounting firms positively impacts their ability to devote more time to higher-valued advisory services. Presently, the biggest users of automation tools are practices that provide complex advisory services (42.9%), followed by simple advisory services (33.3%) and basic compliance services (24%). The report also reveals a higher retention rate for high-value clients, with only 6.8% of client departures in the last 12 months. The figure in Singapore is lower with only 3.1% departures.

Accountancy firms that have been proactive in embracing new technology to aid the operational and profit-making functions of their business make around 20% more revenue than the industry average, doubling in total advisory revenue, whilst the cost to serve a single business client is around 80 hours less. However, Singapore-based companies are expected to quickly catch up in 2019 with 52.4% indicating they are considering implementing data automation tools in comparison to just 32.1% of Hong Kong-based firms.

The report outlines how the Hong Kong market has a bigger appetite for advisory services when compared to Singapore, which is estimated to have generated a revenue of over HKD 1.9 billion in 2018. Demand for simple and complex advisory services (50.2% of total revenue) is on par with compliance services (49.8% of total revenue), for example: compared to Singapore, revenue from compliance services (70.4%) is significantly higher than simple advisory (14.6%) and complex advisory (15%) services, indicating that routine year-on-year compliance work is still an intricate part of Singaporean accounting practice.

Accounting firms that would move into providing advisory practices look to prioritise the implementation of timesaving methods to reduce the time they spend chasing clients for documents and information (68.5%), documenting processes and creating workflows (66.7%). Another key area outlined in the report is that building advisory services can serve up to 50% – 70% more of their clients (38.9%) in a shorter space of time given that SMEs are increasingly looking for further support from their accounting advisors on forecasting, budgeting, cash flow and business planning, as well as startup mentoring and assistance with business development.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Director for Asia, Xero, said, “With the increase in technology penetration giving rise to increased adoption of automation tools, we are seeing routine tasks giving way to more strategic, analytical work. The accounting industry is no exception as we see automation tools being an integral part of the workflow of accounting firms in Hong Kong and Singapore, and we expect this trend to continue in the next 24 months. By automating administrative jobs, accounting firms are getting into position to extend their capabilities beyond basic compliance services, to providing advisory services which is currently growing in demand. As accountants evolve into business advisors for their small business clients, we see our role here at Xero as an enabler and supporter for our accounting partners, helping them achieve success by leveraging market-leading applications, and banking and fintech partners in our ecosystem.”

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About the Accounting Bookkeeping Industry Report
The latest in Xero’s series of industry reports and pacesetter books, the Accounting Bookkeeping Industry Report presents a close-up look at five important areas to help practices gain insight on the opportunities, technologies and approaches of leading practices in comparison to other firms. The study was conducted as an online survey of accounting and bookkeeping practices in Singapore and Hong Kong.

About Xero
Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 1.6 million subscribers in over 180 countries and a thriving ecosystem seamlessly integrating with 700+ apps. On the inaugural 2018 Financial Times FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia Pacific list, Xero was the fastest growing tech company in the $200 million+ segment. Xero won Technology Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards in 2016 and was rated by Canstar Blue as Australia’s best accounting software four consecutive years, 2015-2018.

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

MELON 2019: ALIENS ON THE GALACTIC SILK ROAD? Asian leading Sci-Fi convention embarks on its third mission in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The third Asian Sci-Fi festival Melon 2019: Aliens on the galactic Silk Road? will be held at JW Marriott, Hong Kong on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Front and center at Melon this time will be a focus on Aliens.

Once again the leading Sci-Fi conference will once again bring together many of the world’s foremost creative thought leaders to discuss the future of science fiction writing, filmmaking and gaming. Melon 2019 will also explore the latest scientific research, innovative technology such as AI development, space exploration, entrepreneurship and much more.

Fritz Demopoulos, founder of Melon said, “We are delighted to bring this innovative event back to Hong Kong. The 2018 event was a great success with over 25 speakers from around the globe who shared their thoughts and ideas with hundreds of participants. This year, we’ll explore the world of Aliens – Fact or Fantasy? And we’ll share and exchange knowledge between all our participants.

Melon 2019 will showcase more than 20 thought-provoking sessions including keynotes, panel discussions, freestyle presentations, seminars and workshops, also the not-to-be-missed networking events to meet with speakers in person.

Melon 2018 was applauded by speakers and audiences alike, being seen as the up-and-coming Sci-Fi get-together to attend. Keynote speaker and U.S.-based prolific Sci-Fi author Allen Steele said, “Melon is Hong Kong’s preeminent ideas festival focused on science fiction, innovation and the future,” and “it was intellectually stimulating without losing its sense of fun.”

Conference details:
Conference name: Melon 2019: Aliens on the Galactic Silk Road
Date: March 23rd, 2019
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: JW Marriott Hong Kong
Organizer: The Queen’s Road Foundation
Ticketing: Registration is now open with the early bird rate on offer until January 31st, 2019
Enquiries: info@melon-x.com
Website: www.melon-x.com
Speakers: https://www.melon-x.com/speakers
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225015255115275/

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Valentine’s Menu from Belgian Beerhouse “FRITES”

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Hong Kong January 23, 2019 – February the month of romance marks a special day, for you to shower your loved one. FRITES Belgian beerhouses will offer a delicious menu specially created for the occasion. Embark on a European-styled culinary journey that will leave your taste buds tantalised.

This Valentine's Day, Belgian beerhouse `FRITES’, will be launching a limited Valentine's Day menu on 14 February 2019. Begin the night with a COMPLIMENTARY glass of PROSECCO or HOEGAARDEN ROSEE on arrival. The starters are a choice of two entrees that are both delicate in presentation and delectable in taste, Creamy Porcini Soup (wild mushroom and black truffle) or Salmon Gravlax (Blini, caper, red radish, salmon roe and mustard cream). The main course is a selection of THREE heart-warming choices, Lobster Tagliatelle (#189; Boston lobster, bisque, tomato, chilli and basil), Belgian cultured Moules Champenoise (Kinkawooka mussels, champagne, fennel, lemon and saffron) or the well-known Beef Wellington (Puff pastry-wrapped USDA 1855 black angus eye fillet, with mushroom duxelle, potato rosti, beet and baby carrot). Last but not least, you will finish with the Red Velvet Chocolate Lava Cake.

The Valentine’s Day dinner menu will be available exclusively on February 14th from 6pm – late. It is priced at HK$598 for one or HK$998 for two and is available at all FRITES venues. FRITES is located in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Quarry Bay. The success of these events deems it ESSENTIAL to book early to secure a table.

For details: www.frites.hk


About FRITES Management Ltd.
FRITES was established in 2007 as part of the Concept Creations group. Concept Creations has been widely regarded as one of the city’s leading restaurant management companies and has remained true to its founding principles by consistently establishing venues that are unique and innovative, such as Tapeo, Chicha and of course FRITES.
Having gained extensive experience in Australia, the management team underpins the creation of each venue with three core values – authenticity, hospitality and quality – key principles to success in Hong Kong’s highly competitive food and beverage industry. With a no-compromise attitude to ingredients, strict attention to detail and a desire to deliver a consistent experience, the operational teams ensure high standards are maintained at all times. Concept Creations has valued being an employer of choice and believes that offering quality training and benefits to its employees has resulted in the comfortable, welcoming and hospitable ambience each venue is known for.
Today Concept Creations has divested its interests in their other brands to focus on expanding its flagship Belgian beerhouse FRITES. Initial plans aim to put FRITES on the map in other areas around Hong Kong before eyeing expansion into other countries in the region.

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具備卓越安全防護的Fortinet SD-WAN解決方案持續獲得市場增長

Hong Kong, China, January 28, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - 透過獨立測試、新客戶和應用案例,在單一整合方案體現出最佳保安和最佳SD-WAN的價值

香港 – 2019年1月16日

Fortinet產品及解決方案高級副總裁John Maddison表示:「以今天的保安威脅概況而言,無論在任何網絡部署的情況下,安全從來都是首要條件。Fortinet將最佳軟件定義廣域網絡(SD-WAN)功能整合至Fortinet下一代防火牆(next-generation firewall),並持續不斷地進行創新與優化,為客戶提供在直接互聯網連接時必需的先進威脅防護。我們把保安和SD-WAN功能緊密結合,簡化管理流程,確保更安全的部署和有助減低成本。愈來愈多企業已採用FortiGate Secure SD-WAN,相信客戶的需求與我們的目標方向一致。」

網絡保安服務供應商Fortinet#174; (納斯達克:FTNT),提供領先全球的廣泛、全面和自動化網絡安全解決方案,今天公佈有關FortiGate Secure SD-WAN解決方案的最新客戶與合作夥伴名單、市場增長概況和它的獨立測試結果。

市場調查研究機構Gartner最近發佈了一份名#29234;《調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長》報告,詳述保安為何是WAN的首要考慮。該調查報告指出,客戶不斷追求更卓越的WAN性能和可視性,同時卻引伸出另一個重要的挑戰,就是保安問題。事實上, 72%的受訪者表示對於WAN而言,保安是他們最關注的問題。1 愈來愈多企業在他們的SD-WAN部署中採用直接互聯網連接,這將衍生很多安全問題,而資訊安全總監(CISO)更需密切介入,以確保任何SD-WAN部署順利運作。同時,很多SD-WAN供應商都不會為這些部署提供所需的先進保安功能。報告亦顯示,目前大部分SD-WAN供應商只支援基本功能,例如狀態防火牆和虛擬私人網絡(VPN),他們缺乏卓越的保安功能如入侵預防系#32479;、惡意軟件分析和沙盒,並只能依賴他們的網絡安全合作夥伴彌補不足。1 因此,很多企業都愈趨希望在WAN邊緣加入最佳的企業級保安防護,以提升他們的安全效能,亦透過減少供應商合作數目來降低成本。調查亦發現企業未來將會投放大量資源於互聯網出口網關保安(internet breakout security)。1

結合先進優越的保安功能,Fortinet的FortiGate Secure SD-WAN解決方案能將其他供應商的SD-WAN產品上整合在單一產品內。。在獨立測試的支援下,為客戶提供優質的語音和視像體驗、高虛擬私人網絡吞吐量(VPN throughput)和最高性價比。Fortinet所提供的SD-WAN功能由內部自主開發,並會整合於每個FortiGate下一代防火牆。特製保安處理器與來自FortiGuard Labs的威脅情報進一步確保安全是Fortinet SD-WAN解決方案的重要一環。

最近有關Fortinet SD-WAN的第三方亮點報導:
#8226; Gartner廣域網絡邊緣(WAN Edge)基礎架構魔力象限報告:Fortinet在首個廣域網絡邊緣基礎架構魔力象限報告中,於挑戰者(Challengers)象限中,願景規劃完整性(completeness of vision)位列最前端。*
#8226; 在Gartner Peer Insights獲得最多評論:截至2018年12月14日,在廣域網絡邊緣基礎架構的市場領域上,Fortinet於Gartner Peer Insights的所有網絡保安服務供應商中獲得最多評論。按此獲得更多資訊。
#8226; NSS Labs SD-WAN推薦評級:在首個NSS Labs軟件定義廣域網絡測試報告中,Fortinet是唯一獲得 SD-WAN「推薦」評級的網絡保安服務供應商。

FortiGate Secure SD-WAN為企業提供最有效的保安防護:
很多全球企業均採用FortiGate Secure SD-WAN, Fortinet的SD-WAN 高性能設備為客戶提供以下四個重要優勢:

#8226; #1: 為客戶提供企業級的保安防護,支援直接網絡連線的需求
隨著頻寬的要求日漸提高,很多企業正在從多協定標籤交換(MPLS)轉移到網際網絡以提高頻寬並縮減營運成本。可是,企業在透過直接的網絡連線以存取應用程式時,這正會大大增加網安風險的問題。FortiGate Secure SD-WAN具備下一代防火牆保安系統,除了全面阻隔網絡攻擊外,同時亦為客戶提供高質素的保安體驗。

#8226; #2:仔細透徹偵測網路加密流量,促進企業數碼化轉型的發展
為提升營運效率,企業採用軟件即服務 (SaaS)應用程式越來越多。但是,隨著應用程式的技術轉變,加密流量已達到所有網絡流量超過72%最新閾值,黑客正在利用這一趨勢並將惡意程式隱藏在加密流量中。FortiGate Secure SD-WAN是唯一採用專用安全處理器的產品之一,為WAN 邊緣裝置提供卓越的 SSL 檢測效能,偵測惡意程式流量,同時提供對應用程式的高可視性。

#8226; #3: 軟件定義分支 (SD-Branch) 的安全防護
雖然SD-WAN具備應用程式自動化及敏捷度的特性,有助簡化網絡操作,但同時卻缺乏與其他分支設備的整合性。通過使用Fortinet的安全接入點和交換機,客戶能夠無縫地將SD-WAN的應用擴展至SD-Branch。透過實施統一安全性、可視性及管理性的部署,Fortinet將持續創新,為客戶提供更進一步的整合,包括FortiGate, FortiAP 及 FortiSwitch,大幅簡化作業程序。

#8226; #4:實現安全評級服務的合規性
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN提供業界首個符合合規要求的安全評級服務,讓客戶更有效掌握已部署的保安狀態、與業界同行進行比較,並對管理企業分支使用直接互聯網連接所引致的安全風險進行評估。

Fortinet客戶對Secure SD-WAN解決方案之評價:
倫敦地區天主教學校董事會創新及協作技術服務經理Chris Dale 表示:「多年來,我們一直善用雲端策略去進行數碼化轉型。在整個過程中,隨著系統的升級或更替,我們已全面轉移至雲端平台上。一項名為加拿大安大略教育部寬頻現代化計劃 (The Ministry of Education Broadband Modernization Project),旨在推動所有安大略省內的學校轉而使用軟件定義廣域網絡 (SD-WAN),這個計劃意味著我們必須加快轉型,並與其他學校同步透過互聯網直接連繫。經過一輪串就服務供應商的篩選後,我們選用了FortiGate Secure SD-WAN的方案,因為它能以單一產品同時兼顧優越的SD-WAN)和保安功能。此解決方案能夠降低學校層面系統整體的複雜性,並為所有網點提供「單一窗格」(Single plane of glass) 式的系統可視性,有效減低管理廣域網管理(WAN)的總體成本。」

Kawartha Pine Ridge 學校董事會資訊科技總監事Dan Fitzgerald表示:「KPR希望通過使用SD-WAN 解決方案來減省 WAN的成本,但是大多數解決方案都很昂貴,並且未能提供我們所需的下一代防火牆(NGFW)網絡保安功能。在云云服務供應商中,我們選用了Fortinet的FortiGate Secure SD-WAN,因為它為我們提供了最好的SD-WAN解決方案,能以單一整合產品提供卓越的網絡保安功能。其不僅大幅降低了我們管理WAN的成本,還幫助我們簡化了了WAN的複雜性,並為我們在應用層面上提供了關鍵的可視性和操作排序。」

教育行業網絡工程師表示:「我們想要一個能內置於防火牆中的解決方案,以便於部署和節省成本。在評估了所有供應商之後,我們最終選用了Fortinet,採用其SD WAN產品。進行了產品概念驗證後,我們發現與多協定標籤交換(MPLS)系統相比,使用SD-WAN方案實際上減少延遲的問題。移除MPLS讓我們每月可以節省至少1萬美元,這是我們投資的巨大回報。 SD-WAN不僅功能卓越,而且整體Fortinet產品組合間的相互配合,大大改善了我們整體網絡保安,為我們提供更多洞察力。」 (資料來自Gartner Peer Insights)

於服務行業的國際資深IT保安人員表示:「Fortigate SD-WAN是一個卓越的解決方案,其高度靈活性和易於操作的優勢,讓我們可以移除MPLS,並簡化我們在全球的運營。」(資料來自Gartner Peer Insights)

Fortinet合作夥伴對其Secure SD-WAN解決方案之評價:
ePlus安全解決方案副總裁Lee Waskevich 表示:「ePlus為客戶提供廣泛的服務組合,並能夠支援一系列的SD-WAN應用,幫助客戶連接和保護多雲端架構。Fortinet的 Secure SD-WAN部署讓客戶有效在其SD-WAN產品上加強保安防護效能。我們對於Fortinet卓越的獨立測試結果非常滿意,除了具備SD-WAN及如SSL檢測的保安功能外,還為我們提供企業級的防護。」

PowerMax360網絡服務總監 Brent Baker 表示:「作為Fortinet Platinum的長期合作夥伴,我們的目標是為客戶提供最高水平的保安和技術支援。我們見證Fortinet FortiGate Secure SD-WAN的崛起,結合網絡安全性、WAN網絡連接及「單一窗格」(Single plane of glass) 管理模式,為客戶提供一個能有效節省成本的獨特解決方案。Fortinet具備最適合的SD-WAN方案,讓我們能夠為客戶提供最好的SD-WAN及保安功能,協助我們從WAN的轉型路上取得重大成功。」

#8226; 於博客此閱讀更多有關IT領導者們關注SD-WAN的安全性
#8226; 按此閱讀Gartner 《調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長》報告
#8226; 按此查看Gartner Peer Insights,了解Fortinet FortiGate SD-WAN服務在廣域網邊緣(WAN Edge) 基礎架構市場上的評價。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關Fortinet FortiGate安全SD-WAN解決方案的資訊。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關FortiGuard Labs和FortiGuard保安服務產品目錄的資訊。
#8226; 欲了解更多有關FortiGuard安全評級服務的資訊,該服務提供最佳的安全審核和實踐。
#8226; 登記訂閱FortiGuard威脅情報週刊。
#8226; 閱讀更多有關我們的網絡安全專家計劃 (Network Security Expert program),網絡安全學院計劃 (Network Security Academy program)或FortiVets計劃 (FortiVets program)的資訊。
#8226; 閱讀更多有關Fortinet Security Fabric或第三代網絡安全 (Third Generation of Network Security) 的資訊。
#8226; 於Twitter、LinkedIn、Facebook、YouTube及Instagram 關注Fortinet。

1 Nareesh Singh,「調查分析:解決保安和數碼問題以維持SD-WAN的快速增長」[Survey Analysis: Address Security and Digital Concerns to Maintain Rapid SD-WAN Growth]。刊於《高德#32435;行業洞察》[Gartner Peer Insights] ,截自 2018年11月12日。

Fortinet (納斯達克︰FTNT)為全球大型企業、服務提供商及政府機構提供高效能網絡安全維護方案,以智能和無縫保護的產品,幫助客戶抗衡不斷擴大的攻擊面以及應對「無邊界網絡」帶來日益提升對網絡安全效能的需求。唯有Fortinet的「保安纖維」架構能夠就著關鍵的安全問題提供適當方案,在網絡、應用程式、雲端和流動環境多個層面均達至全面維護。Fortinet在全球絕大部分安全設備的出貨量排名第一,全球已有超過37.5萬客戶信賴Fortinet來保護他們的業務。詳情請瀏覽www.fortinet.com及參考Fortinet網誌或FortiGuard Labs的文章。


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BT today announced that it has become the first international telecommunications company to receive nationwide licences from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The two ‘value added licences’, China nationwide Domestic IP-VPN licence and China nationwide Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence, enable BT China Communications Limited to contract directly with its customers in the country and bill them in local currency.
The value added licences represent a major step for BT in China where many of its multinational customers require secure and reliable connectivity to expand within the country.
Bas Burger, CEO of Global Services, BT, said: “We are delighted with this major benefit for our customers. Thanks to cooperation between the governments of the PRC and the UK, we are now able to offer a nationwide service in China that can be scaled up to match the ambitions and needs of our customers. Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services. It is what our customers expect from us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do this as of today.”
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP said: “I am very pleased that close cooperation between the UK and Chinese governments has resulted in BT securing these licences which will enable it to operate across the country. This major milestone exemplifies the vital work of my international economic department to open up markets and ensure that UK firms are represented on the global stage.”

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

New “Art in MTR” Exhibition Brings an Artistic Sea of Blossoms to Central Station

Hong Kong, China, January 15, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - It is time to look forward to spring! For an early sight of the coming season, Entrance/Exit J of MTR Central Station is in full bloom with shades of pink and purple starting from today (15 January 2019) to 28 February 2019 with the latest “Art in MTR” exhibition entitled “Murmurs of the Flowers”. Featuring more than 30 watercolour paintings by local artist Mr Anthony Choy, the exhibition transforms the station into a tranquil garden with a variety of floral species including peonies, hydrangeas and camellias.

“Flowers are the main subject of my drawings because I see different emotions in them. ‘Murmurs of the Flowers’ was inspired by the ancient Chinese poem ‘On Loving the Lotus’ from the Song Dynasty which says each type of flower represents a personality. Besides appreciating the beauty of flowers, I hope passengers would also find something that resonates with them in my work,” said Mr Choy.

“These paintings are romantic and lively, making them a perfect match for spring and Valentine’s Day,” said Ms Linda So, Corporate Affairs Director of MTR Corporation. “We hope this exhibition will help to refresh our customers amidst the hustle and bustle of the city and further enhance their travelling experience,” she added.

“Murmurs of the Flowers” is the latest exhibition for the “Art in MTR” programme under the Corporation’s “Community Connect” platform. “Art in MTR” provides a platform for aspiring artists, designers and talented individuals in the creative industries to showcase their works to the community. The objective of this programme is to enhance passengers’ travelling experience through easy access to different art elements including live performances, short-term art exhibitions and permanent displays of art pieces.

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Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Top Chinese Brands Unveil Next-Gen Innovation at CES 2019

Hong Kong, China, January 9, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Top Chinese Brands Unveil Next-Gen Innovation at CES 2019

CES#174; 2019 officially opened yesterday, but the world’s largest innovation event was kicked off with preshow media events called Media Days on January 6 and 7. During the CES 2019 Media Days, several of China’s top tech companies made major announcements, including:

#61548; BYTON presented the world premiere of its M-Byte electric vehicle’s user interface, centered around a dashboard consisting of a 48-inch high resolution display and an industry-first display on the vehicle’s steering wheel. In addition, the company also announced a partnership with Amazon, adding Alexa voice control to the vehicle in addition to gesture and touch.
#61548; Hisense debuted the 100-inch TriChroma Laser TV, a next-generation television with upgraded colors, contrast, brightness and motion fluidity. Hisense is also developing the TV in 70, 120 and 150 inches. Among other new upgraded TV announcements, Hisense showcased how their smart televisions work with streaming services, Roku and digital assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
#61548; iFLYTEK unveiled their pocket-sized recorder, which provides high accuracy transcriptions. In addition, they announced a partnership with RoboSense and demonstrated a voice-controlled, transforming robot.
#61548; TCL Corporation debuted its latest artificial intelligence (AI)-powered 8K TVs, including the flagship TCL X10 QLED 8K TV and an 8-Series flagship TV, its first QLED 8K TV for the US market. It also officially announced its founding membership in 8K Association and launched its new branded platform for AI solutions, TCL AI-IN. In addition, the company unveiled a range of headphones, including SOCL, MTRO, ACTV and ELIT.

Source: ChinaNewswire.com

Children’s Visions of a Harmonious Community Raise Awareness on Poverty at latest “Art in MTR” Exhibition

Hong Kong, China, January 4, 2019 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Education on poverty awareness should start at a young age. More than 1,000 kindergarten and primary school students participated in a drawing competition for the “10.17 Fast-a-meal” campaign to raise public awareness on poverty alleviation. More than 20 winning paintings from the competition depicting children’s visions for a harmonious community and dream home are on display at the latest “Art in MTR” exhibition at MTR Sheung Wan and Sai Wan Ho stations from today (4 January 2019) until 3 April 2019.

Organised by the Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor, the drawing competition was part of a series of activities for the annual United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. These activities enabled members of the public to gain a better understanding of the problem of poverty in Hong Kong and encouraged them to work together to address the problem of deprivation.

“MTR carries passengers from all walks of life and we are pleased to provide a platform for this meaningful cause. Through the children’s drawings, we hope the exhibition would motivate the community to reflect on the social issues that Hong Kong faces and encourage each of us to make a difference,” said Ms Linda So, Corporate Affairs Director of the MTR Corporation.

MTR Corporation offers space at different MTR stations for art exhibitions under the “Art in MTR” programme to promote artistic talent and the public’s appreciation for art. Interested artists and organisations may call the MTR Hotline at 2881 8888 for enquiry or submit their proposals to the MTR Corporation.

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Source: ChinaNewswire.com



中国上海 2018年12月05日 /ChinaNewswire.com/ 由克丽缇娜出品的首个女性题材创投纪录片《岗拉梅朵》,继2017年第二十届上海国际电影电视节全球首映之后,获得由中国国际电视总公司主办的“金丝带”优秀电视节目奖,已译制成英文、法语、西班牙语、阿拉伯语、俄语多个版本并将在被英国、比利时、日本等九个国家及地区联播展映,走上“一带一路”。


自2016年“共同体”成立两年来,秉持“和平合作、开放包容、互学互鉴、互利共赢”的丝路精神,坚持“共商、共建、共享”的发展原则,成了为丝路媒体之间互通有无、互利共赢的重要合作平台。从成立之初的29个国家和地区、41家机构,到如今的51个国家和地区的103家成员及伙伴。2017年 “共同体”举办了 “金丝带”优秀电视节目评选,《岗拉梅朵》入选并获得“金丝带”优秀节目奖。同时,克丽缇娜作为该片制片方,获得了中国国际电视总公司提供的30000美金用于该片多语言译制,并在2018年中国国际电视总公司组织的国际联播活动中播出。




作为2016年第十九届上海国际电影节官方合作伙伴,克丽缇娜与上海国际国际电影节联袂打造“女人勇敢爱”纪录片创投项目。该项目向全球公开征集优质脚本的过程中收到来自全球各地数百个纪录片脚本,组委会历经45个日夜的严格、多场次审核,有10部作品入围,参与者中不乏多位中外知名导演。6月15日第19届上海国际电影节金爵奖纪录片单元入围酒会暨克丽缇娜“女人勇敢爱”创投颁奖仪式上,正式揭晓了本次纪录片创投项目的 “最佳提案奖”《冈拉梅朵》,获奖者将同时获得最高100万元人民币的特别资助,并于翌年第20届上海国际电影节,作为纪录片单元开幕影片全球首映。

2017年10月 入围第二届足荣村电影节“最佳影片”

2017年10月 荣获第二届足荣村电影节“最佳剪辑”

2017年12月 荣获中国国际电视总公司发起的“金丝带优秀节目”奖

2017年12月 荣获第七届中国纪录片学院奖“最佳纪录电影”提名奖



克丽缇娜在专注规范经营的同时,奉行“爱与分享”的企业文化,积极参与文化艺术与社会公益活动,不遗余力承担企业的社会责任,真正实践“取之于社会、用之于社会”的回馈精神。多年来持续投入的项目包括:2009年与中国青少年发展基金会发起旨在改善中国农村教育状况的 “燃灯计划”;从2002年开始,克丽缇娜连续多年赞助上海国际艺术节,2004年独家赞助第四届中国京剧艺术节,2008年首次赞助上海国际电影节。2014年克丽缇娜发布新品牌宣言【女人勇敢爱】,倡导女性要倾听自己内心的声音,勇敢追求爱,让生命完美绽放。2016年,CHLITINA克丽缇娜携手全新代言人——台湾情歌天后A-Lin共同传达“女人勇敢爱”的品牌宣言,并推出全新品牌概念——“茧居”精神。同年,CHLITINA克丽缇娜成为上海国际电影节指定护肤品牌,借助电影的力量让世界共同关注“女人勇敢爱”的正能量。2017年CHLITINA克丽缇娜赞助由马伊琍主演的《我的前半生》获超高收视率,同年马伊琍牵手CHLITINA克丽缇娜,成为最新代言人。

Source: Chlitina

克丽缇娜携手马伊琍 再续“女人 勇敢爱”新篇

中国上海 2018年11月09日 /ChinaNewswire.com/ 克丽缇娜于2017年11月牵手中国著名影星马伊琍出任品牌形象大使,在完成一年的合作后,马伊琍将继续担任其品牌形象大使,与克丽缇娜继续携手再续“女人 勇敢爱”新篇。



“老是grow old,成长是grow up,只有那个UP才是一个向上的力量。唯有向上的力量,才可以拥有跟外界抗衡的能力”。在媒体采访中,马伊琍直言不讳这一年来自己的内心变化。回看她近期的作品,我们也发现无论是可笑又可爱的罗子君,凶悍粗糙的小眉,还有被生活压得抬不起头的孙芳,她们与大众印象中的马伊琍所饰演的角色几乎毫无相似之处。马伊琍将这些改变称之为“成长”,让自己学会拥有理解和共情的能力。

2018 年,对于勇敢女性马伊琍来说,是光芒四射的一年。她打破自己的演技“舒适区”,勇敢挑战较之前所演绎的截然不同角色。在各大颁奖礼上,凭借出色的演技,大放异彩。2018年,对于克丽缇娜来说是砥砺前行的一年。植根国内美容业21年,美丽事业已遍布国内33个省、自治区、直辖市的克丽缇娜,线下门店突破4000家,成为名副其实的中国美业第一品牌。


区别于日化线美容品牌,克丽缇娜推出“精准护肤”品牌理念,真正做到从“适时,适肤,适量”出发,给予肌肤“需要”而非“想要”的专业级护理。此外,加码策略升级也是克丽缇娜品牌展望未来的重要举措。品牌首次打造“首尾策略”, 在“首端”,将从学术研究到供应链上努力挖掘价值。上游科技前端携手同济大学探索再生医学,推进未来抗衰产品市场。通过数字化的供应链建设,提供精准有效的配给、管理及培训;在“尾端”,会将消费端的大数据与数字化营销串联,例如与互联网公司做流量对接、搭建一套更好的CRM系统帮助4000家门店做好门店管理以及大数据共享。




克丽缇娜在专注规范经营的同时,奉行“爱与分享”的企业文化,积极参与文化艺术与社会公益活动,不遗余力承担企业的社会责任,真正实践“取之于社会、用之于社会”的回馈精神。多年来持续投入的项目包括:2009年与中国青少年发展基金会发起旨在改善中国农村教育状况的 “燃灯计划”;从2002年开始,克丽缇娜连续多年赞助上海国际艺术节,2004年独家赞助第四届中国京剧艺术节,2008年首次赞助上海国际电影节。2014年克丽缇娜发布新品牌宣言【女人勇敢爱】,倡导女性要倾听自己内心的声音,勇敢追求爱,让生命完美绽放。2016年,CHLITINA克丽缇娜携手全新代言人——台湾情歌天后A-Lin共同传达“女人勇敢爱”的品牌宣言,并推出全新品牌概念——“茧居”精神。同年,CHLITINA克丽缇娜成为上海国际电影节指定护肤品牌,借助电影的力量让世界共同关注“女人勇敢爱”的正能量。2017年CHLITINA克丽缇娜赞助由马伊琍主演的《我的前半生》获超高收视率,同年马伊琍牵手CHLITINA克丽缇娜,成为品牌代言人。

Source: Chlitina