Thailand Soars to Asia’s No. 4 for International Conventions with Over 50 Billion Bt of Q2 2019 Revenue

May 18, 2019 Picture:  15 May 2019 Bangkok – Thailand’s MICE has soared to Asia’s no. 4 for international conventions with the number of meetings that reached 193. In Quarter 2, Thai MICE has continually grown in terms of volume and revenue. The number of domestic and foreign MICE travellers totalling 8 million has contributed … Continue reading “Thailand Soars to Asia’s No. 4 for International Conventions with Over 50 Billion Bt of Q2 2019 Revenue”

More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair

May 15, 2019 Picture:  16 May 2019 – The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), finished its three-day run (14 to 16 May) today. The fair welcomed more than 12,000 … Continue reading “More than 12,000 buyers visit 2019 Medical and Healthcare Fair”

ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia

May 14, 2019 Singapore, 14 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– In just two months, trade professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry will gather in Singapore for the ACA Leaders Forum 2019. Organised by Southeast Asia’s cosmetics association – ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the event will take place on 24 July in the … Continue reading “ACA Leaders Forum 2019: Unlocking Potential for Cosmetics Businesses in Southeast Asia”

Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago

May 14, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alipay, the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial, has connected more than 300,000 Japanese merchants as of early 2019 with tourists from Chinese mainland paying through the Alipay app. This was an increase of about 500 percent compared with the beginning of 2018, when 50,000 merchants in … Continue reading “Chinese Tourists Can Now Pay with Alipay at More Than 300,000 Merchants in Japan, Six Times More Than a Year Ago”

Indonesia Is ASEAN’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market

May 13, 2019 Picture:  Indonesia is now Southeast Asia’s fastest growing market for smartphones, according to market research firm Canalys. The country experienced a 17-per cent growth from 2017 to 2018, while its neighbour Thailand experienced a 13-per cent decrease in last year’s fourth quarter. “The smartphone market in Indonesia is the best in Southeast … Continue reading “Indonesia Is ASEAN’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Market”

Islam and Environmentalism

by Austin Bodetti Across the Global South, community leaders, politicians, and scientists are wrestling with how to rally their compatriots to combat climate change and prepare their countries for the dangers of environmental degradation. In several corners of the Muslim world, academics and environmentalists have looked for inspiration from a source that has mobilized countless … Continue reading “Islam and Environmentalism”

Building the Thailand Future of Healthcare in Medical Devices ASEAN 2019, The exhibition and conference on medical industry

May 09, 2019 Picture:  IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. is all geared up for the second edition of Medical Devices ASEAN (“MDA”). The international exhibition and conference on medical devices, technologies, service solutions and general healthcare under the theme, “Building the Future of Healthcare”, with strong support from various medicals associations, will take place from … Continue reading “Building the Thailand Future of Healthcare in Medical Devices ASEAN 2019, The exhibition and conference on medical industry”

Global Game of Thrones

by John Feffer I was surprised to learn that Dagmar Havlova had become a monarchist. In 1990, when I first met the sister-in-law of Czech playwright and later president Vaclav Havel, she was a spokesperson for Civic Forum, the movement that would guide Czechoslovakia from communism to democracy. Virtually everyone in the country at the … Continue reading “Global Game of Thrones”

The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal

by Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon The agreement to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is an essential building block for restoring vital U.S. national security interests and commitments to allies. An American president should put in place this building block expeditiously. The U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA … Continue reading “The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal”

Republic of Korea Pledges $355 Million to Support ASEAN Green Infrastructure and Ocean Health

May 05, 2019 Picture:  NADI, FIJI (4 May 2019) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao and the Republic of Korea Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Nam-ki Hong today signed a Declaration of Intent to support green infrastructure in Southeast Asia. The Republic of Korea pledged $350 million for cofinancing and $5 million grant … Continue reading “Republic of Korea Pledges $355 Million to Support ASEAN Green Infrastructure and Ocean Health”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB

The Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on drug-resistant tuberculosis got underway April 30 in Taipei City, bringing together international experts and officials to discuss best practices and the latest ideas on managing the public health challenge.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB”

High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World

Decades after DuPont and 3M first discovered that the perfluorinated chemicals making them fortunes could be transmitted from mothers to babies, millions of women around the world are passing dangerous amounts of these toxic compounds to their children, according to a report published on Monday. Women’s breast milk in many countries now contains chemicals belonging to a … Continue reading “High Levels of Toxic PFAS Chemicals Pollute Breast Milk Around the World”

United Nations launches project to boost women’s entrepreneurship in Cambodia

Apr 29, 2019 Phnom Penh (ESCAP news) – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Cambodia, today launched a new project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs as a strategy for poverty reduction, social well-being and sustainable economic … Continue reading “United Nations launches project to boost women’s entrepreneurship in Cambodia”

Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2

Apr 26, 2019 Picture:  The Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), will be held April 24 to 27 (Taipei AMPA, AutoTronics Taipei, Taiwan ITS, Taiwan EVS) and April 25 to 28 (Taiwan Motorcycle and Taiwan Car Tuning) at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2. Taipei AMPA is the … Continue reading “Taipei AMPA 2019 6-in-1 Show Surpasses Previous Show Grand exhibition takes place at TaiNEX 1 and TaiNEX 2”

Globetrotting Couple Travel Across 170 Countries Without Quitting Their Jobs!

“Travelling does not always have to be a route to escape. It can also be one leading to unimaginable discoveries!” exclaims a 45-year-old couple who has travelled almost the entire world. Meet Sangeetha Ranganath and Prasanna Veeraswamy, who travelled to almost 170 countries together, all the while keeping their full time jobs intact. Sangeetha and … Continue reading “Globetrotting Couple Travel Across 170 Countries Without Quitting Their Jobs!”

2019 Creative Expo Taiwan unveils the Cultural & Creative Award winners

Apr 26, 2019 Picture:  26 April, 2019, Taipei, TAIWAN –( ASIA TODAY )– 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan announces five Best of Cultural & Creative Award winners. The five Best winners were awarded trophies at the ceremony in S Hotel Taipei on the evening of April 25, along with twenty-five other Cultural & Creative Award winners … Continue reading “2019 Creative Expo Taiwan unveils the Cultural & Creative Award winners”

India’s First Right-To-Healthcare Law: What It Means & Why You Should Care

Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees protection of life and personal liberty to every citizen. Under the laws of this country, the State is obligated to maintain basic health services for all citizens, but how often does it deliver? Ironically, in a country where tens of millions are pushed into the jaws of poverty every … Continue reading “India’s First Right-To-Healthcare Law: What It Means & Why You Should Care”

240 graphic IP brands exhibit at 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan

Apr 25, 2019 Picture:  Fair On the Move – Licensing in Taipei Expo Park – Expo Dome, April 24-28 25 April 2019, Taipei, TAIWAN –( ASIA TODAY )– The annual Creative Expo Taiwan IP licensing exhibition takes place again at Taipei Expo Park – Expo Dome from April 24 to 28. A total of 240 … Continue reading “240 graphic IP brands exhibit at 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan”

More dry years ahead for South-East Asia – New UN-ASEAN study reveals slow but devastating impacts of drought in the region

Apr 25, 2019 Mandalay (ESCAP news) – Future scenarios of drought in many parts of South-East Asia may become even more frequent and intense if actions are not taken now to build resilience, according to the latest joint study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the … Continue reading “More dry years ahead for South-East Asia – New UN-ASEAN study reveals slow but devastating impacts of drought in the region”

Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Washing Machines Created 1800 Jobs, While Costing American Consumers $1.5 Billion

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported washing machines has had an odd effect: It raised prices on washing machines, as expected, but also drove up the cost of clothes dryers, which rose by US$92 last year. What appears to have happened, according to new research from economists at the University of Chicago … Continue reading “Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Washing Machines Created 1800 Jobs, While Costing American Consumers $1.5 Billion”

THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 returns with a greater business focus and an elevated trade show experience to equip visitors for the future of F&B

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  Enhancements to Hosted Buyer Program and VIP services, new supporting programs, and an inaugural innovation and start-up zone to bring greater value to buyers, exhibitors and visitors BANGKOK, April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The largest dedicated food and beverage (F&B) trade show in the region, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia, is set … Continue reading “THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2019 returns with a greater business focus and an elevated trade show experience to equip visitors for the future of F&B”

Relativity’s 3D Printed Terran 1 Rocket to Launch mu Space’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  April 23, 2019 10:00 PM Hong Kong Time – LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Relativity, the world’s first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations, today announced a partnership with mu Space, the innovative Thai satellite and space technology company, to launch a satellite to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on Relativity’s … Continue reading “Relativity’s 3D Printed Terran 1 Rocket to Launch mu Space’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite”

Houseware Fair and Home Textiles Fair draw close to 47,000 buyers

Apr 23, 2019 Picture:  23 April 2019 – The 34th HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), drew to a successful close today. Over a four-day period (20-23 April), the two fairs welcomed close to … Continue reading “Houseware Fair and Home Textiles Fair draw close to 47,000 buyers”

China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog

 US Navy skipped the event but everyone else — including South Korea, Japan and Australia — thought better than to snub the Chinese Editor’s note: Last year for the 69th anniversary of their modern navy the Chinese staged a massive Beijing-only parade in the contested South China Sea. Having made their point, they this year for the 70th anniversary … Continue reading “China’s Grand Naval Parade Marred by Heavy Smog”

#FoodSecrets: Bamboo Rice Tastes like Wheat & Grows Just Twice or Thrice in a Century!

Did you know that bamboo rice – traced back to Odisha – grows only twice or thrice in a hundred years? This unique variety of rice was last seen in the state in 1979, nearly forty years ago! The fiber-rich and calorie-dense kernels of bamboo rice are also found in parts of Karnataka, locally known … Continue reading “#FoodSecrets: Bamboo Rice Tastes like Wheat & Grows Just Twice or Thrice in a Century!”

Thailand’s MICE industry celebrates success of IEEE PES GTD ASIA 2019 event

Apr 22, 2019 Picture:  Big thumbs up from world’s largest power generation conference held outside America for first time BANGKOK, April 22, 2019 — Thailand’s MICE industry is basking in the glow after successfully organising the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Generation Transmission and Distribution (GTD) Grand International … Continue reading “Thailand’s MICE industry celebrates success of IEEE PES GTD ASIA 2019 event”

Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause

Apr 22, 2019 Kuala Lumpur, April 2019 – Following the successful campaign last year, Grab Malaysia and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia are joining hands once again in raising funds to purchase a dialysis machine for the poor kidney failure patients in NKF. The collaboration between Malaysia’s first non-governmental organisation to offer haemodialysis … Continue reading “Grab and NKF Come Together Anew for a Good Cause”

Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia

New taxes on sugary drinks won’t alone solve obesity issues in Asia. By Janine from Mililani, Hawaii/Wikimedia, CC BY-NDFacing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes. … Continue reading “Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia”

Inspired by Viral Thailand Shop, Chennai Store Uses Banana Leaves to Package Veggies!

Ever walked into a store and pondered about the real value of the products, where they are coming from or if the packaging is safe for the environment? If yes, then that’s the first step towards a secured future. If no, then you need to start now! If you live in Chennai, here’s your chance … Continue reading “Inspired by Viral Thailand Shop, Chennai Store Uses Banana Leaves to Package Veggies!”

Les pongistes Azzala et Belache retenus dans l’équipe africaine

Les pongistes algériens Abderrahmane Azzala et Melissa Belache ont été retenus, par la Fédération africaine de tennis de table (ATTF), dans les sélections africaines (garçons et filles), pour la World Cadette Challenge (WCC) 2019, qui aura lieu en Thaïlande en novembre prochain, rapporte le site ITTF-Africa Media. Outre Melissa Belache, l’équipe féminine africaine comprendra également … Continue reading “Les pongistes Azzala et Belache retenus dans l’équipe africaine”

Les inventeurs marocains brillent à Genève

Quelques jours après que de jeunes matheux marocains eurent récolté une belle moisson de médailles d’or en brillant aux Olympiades africaines des mathématiques qui se sont déroulées du 31 mars au 7 avril 2019 dans la capitale sud-africaine Cape Town, le Maroc s’est à nouveau illustré à Genève en décrochant deux médailles d’or et une … Continue reading “Les inventeurs marocains brillent à Genève”

NCH Looks Forward to Another 100 Years With 100 CSRs on Its Centennial Year

Apr 18, 2019 Picture:  April 18, 2019 10:59 AM Hong Kong Time – MANILA, Philippines–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NCH Asia is proud to share its contribution to “NCH Cares”-one of the biggest worldwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects of NCH Corporation in its history. NCH Corporation, a manufacturer of product and equipment maintenance solutions was founded in 1919 … Continue reading “NCH Looks Forward to Another 100 Years With 100 CSRs on Its Centennial Year”

Zero Fucks Given. Sanctioned North Korea Makes Due by Cyber-Robbing World Banks

The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s equivalent to the CIA, has trained up the world’s greatest bank-robbing crews. In just the past few years, RGB hackers have struck more than 100 banks and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, pilfering more than $650 million. That we know of. It was among the greatest heists against a United … Continue reading “Zero Fucks Given. Sanctioned North Korea Makes Due by Cyber-Robbing World Banks”

Food for Elders Pavilion Showcases Tasty & Functional Food at ELDEX Asia 2019

Apr 18, 2019 Singapore, 14 March 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Enterprise Singapore, the trade and enterprise development government agency, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting close to ten Singapore-based food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural ELDEX ASIA exhibition and conference … Continue reading “Food for Elders Pavilion Showcases Tasty & Functional Food at ELDEX Asia 2019”

Cosmoprof Asia 2019 Leader For Quality B2B Activities In Asia-Pacific

Apr 17, 2019 Picture:  HONG KONG, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cosmoprof Asia, the leading b2b international beauty trade show in Asia, turns 24 this November. The success of the “One Fair, Two Venues” formula is well reflected in the results of the last edition: 5% growth in number of exhibitors to 3,030 companies from … Continue reading “Cosmoprof Asia 2019 Leader For Quality B2B Activities In Asia-Pacific”

Asian Energy Company Bangchak Invests in Enevate’s Fast-Charging EV Battery Technology

Apr 16, 2019 Enevate aims to make EV charging as fast and easy as pumping gas/petrol April 16, 2019 08:00 PM Hong Kong Time – IRVINE, Calif. & BANGKOK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California-based Enevate Corp., whose innovative battery technology is addressing extreme-fast charge times for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, announced that Thai energy giant Bangchak, through its Bangchak … Continue reading “Asian Energy Company Bangchak Invests in Enevate’s Fast-Charging EV Battery Technology”

ESR and UOB Enter into JPY20 Billion Loan Facility Agreement to Acquire Prime Tokyo Bay Land

Apr 16, 2019 SINGAPORE, TOKYO & HONG KONG, Apr 16, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) and ESR announced today that UOB Tokyo Branch and ESR Sachiura TMKs have signed a non-recourse JPY20 billion (US$179 million) financing facility agreement for ESR’s land acquisition in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. ESR Sachiura TMKs … Continue reading “ESR and UOB Enter into JPY20 Billion Loan Facility Agreement to Acquire Prime Tokyo Bay Land”

Luring Vietnamese MICE Travelers

Apr 12, 2019 Picture:  The impressive 110% growth rate of Vietnamese MICE travelers has tempted TCEB, led by Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, to organize road show in Vietnam. Starting in Hanoi, TCEB offers “Fly and Meet Double Bonus Redefined” reward campaign to encourage travel agents in Vietnam to bring MI travelers … Continue reading “Luring Vietnamese MICE Travelers”