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GF Securities and HKUST Entrepreneurship Center Successfully Hosted a Joint Public Lecture during the "One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition" GF Securities Co., Ltd. ("GF Securities" or "the Company"; HKSE: 1776; SZSE: 000776) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Center ("HKUST Entrepreneurship Center", and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, "HKUST") jointly held a public lecture yesterday on campus, aiming to promote the "HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition", and attracted numerous students and start-up-ers. Since 2011, the "One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition" ("he Competition") has been held for six consecutive years, with divisions extending to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Macau. Being the Platinum sponsor of the Hong Kong Division, GF Securities has fully participated and supported the event. In recent years, start-ups have sprung up all over the country. "The 7th HKUST Million Dollar International Entrepreneurship Competition" has attracted nearly 100 entries in Hong Kong division only, with total over 900 teams in all five divisions. As the Platinum sponsor, GF Securities, drawing from its professional expertise, gave a public lecture named "Startup Exit Strategy and a Brief Introduction to the Securities Market in China" for college students in Hong Kong. This will give young entrepreneurs a better understanding of capital markets and help equip them to manage successful start-ups. The public lecture was presented by Ms. Wang Chumei, Senior Vice President of GF Securities' Investment Banking Division. She made comparisons between the listing process in Hong Kong and China, capital withdrawal strategies for start-up companies and the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process. The lecture helped college students gain a better business prospective, and enabled them to plan better for future start-ups. The lecture was successful and met with enthusiastic responses. Ms. Wang stayed after the lecture to answer all of the questions and enquiries raised by students. GF Securities is one of the first full-service investment banks in China. The Company was successfully listed on the main boards of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. It is fully licensed to provide comprehensive coverage across: investment banking, wealth management, trading and institutional client services, and investment management. Balanced development of each business line has helped GF Securities to achieve top rankings throughout capital markets in China. The Company is devoted to serving high quality SMEs and high net-worth clients throughout Asia. The investment banking division has a large reserve of SME clients which have become leading enterprises across various industries. GF Securities possesses valuable experience and professional expertise in singling out value creating start-ups for cultivation. Furthermore, the Company's holdings include GF Xinde Investment Management Corporation Limited, GF Qianhe investment Corporation Limited and GF Holdings (Hong Kong) Corporation Limited etc. These subsidiaries are experienced at navigating capital markets and focus on equity investment through SMEs. Being a major sponsor of the competition, jointly with HKUST, GF Securities, will provide invaluable knowledge for students, and help the youth to achieve their aspirations. Placing a lot of emphasis on "corporate citizenship", GF Securities, while seizing opportunities for continual development, has strictly adhered to promoting public welfare as they grow. In 2011, GF Securities Co., Ltd., GF Fund Management Co., Ltd., GF Futures Co., Ltd. and GF Xinde Investment Management Co., Ltd. jointly set up the "GF Securities Social Charity Foundation" ("the Foundation") which includes various social responsibility initiatives, of which the micro-entrepreneurship program is an essential part. From 2015 to 2016, the Foundation organized various activities, such as "Micro-entrepreneurial Action for College Students" and "Seeking Entrepreneurial Heroes" in China. The Foundation has contributed a total of RMB8 million in support of entrepreneurial endeavors. Mr. Lin Zhihai, President of GF Securities and Chairman of GF Securities Social Charity Foundation, said, "In recent years, business connections between Hong Kong and the Mainland have been increasingly closer. Meanwhile, the capital market in Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of internationalization, and attracts many investors and entrepreneurs worldwide every year, providing a good platform for start-ups. GF Securities, as a provider of comprehensive capital market services focuses on serving China's high-quality SMEs and affluent individuals, is willing to actively encourage the youth in Hong Kong to start businesses and cultivate outstanding entrepreneurs. In 2017, GF Securities will continue to implement the unity of social and economic benefits. While striving to create value for shareholders and customers, the Company will actively participate in social charity events, and increase efforts to alleviate poverty. GF Securities goal is to be an internationally competitive investment bank with a widely recognized global brand. ". About GF Securities Co. Ltd Established in 1991, GF Securities is one of the first, full-service investment banks in China. The Company was successfully listed on the main boards of the Shenzhen stock Exchange (Stock code: 000776.SZ), and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock code: 1776.HK), in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Relying on excellent business performance, risk management and quality services, the company achieves sustained and steady development, and is one of the most influential securities companies in China. The Company possesses industry-leading innovation capabilities and has built a diversified business portfolio serving various corporations, individuals, institutional investors, financial institutions and governments. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operates 264 brokerage branches, providing extensive national coverage to 31 provinces, cities, and autonomous regions throughout China. For two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, GF Securities ranked second on "Hurun's Top Brands List" amongst Chinese securities companies. The Company is actively committed to social responsibility and caring, focusing on education and poverty through "GF Securities Social Charity Foundation", and as a result has enjoyed a strong reputation and an influential brand. L.R. Capital Announced its Pre-IPO Investment of RMB500 Million in Xinte Energy, a Subsidiary of TBEA


Quantum entanglement, one of the most intriguing features of multi-particle quantum system, has become a fundamental building block in both quantum information processing and quantum computation. If two particles are entangled, no matter how far away they are separated, quantum mechanics predicts that measurement of one particle leads to instantaneous wave-function collapse of the other particle. Such "spooky action at a distance" seems contradictory to our common belief and, in 1935, Einstein attempted to use entanglement to criticize quantum mechanics -- that the quantum description of physical reality is incomplete. Einstein believed that no information could travel faster than light, and suggested that there might be some local hidden variable theories that could explain the world in a deterministic way, if and only if they obey realism and locality. In 1964, J. S. Bell showed that the debate can be experimentally resolved by testing an inequality; by measuring correlations between entangled parties, the result calculated from local hidden variable theories should be constrained by the Bell inequality, which on the other hand can be violated in the prediction of quantum mechanics. Making use of a specifically-developed slow light technique to reduce the velocity of light dramatically, researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology implemented a Bell Test and were able to generate frequency-bin entangled narrowband biphotons from spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in cold atoms with a double-path configuration, where the phase difference between the two spatial paths can be controlled independently and nonlocally. Their findings were published in the journal Optica on April 15, 2017 (doi: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.000388). "We tested the CHSH Bell inequality and registered |?|=2.52±0.48|S|=2.52±0.48, which violates the Bell inequality |?|?2," said Shengwang Du, professor of Physics at HKUST and the leader of the research team. "We have unambiguously demonstrated the generation of frequency-bin entangled narrowband (about 1 MHz) biphotons, which can efficiently interact with stationary atomic quantum nodes in an atom-photon quantum network. Because of their narrow bandwidth, these biphotons can be stored and retrieved from a quantum memory with high efficiency." "Our result, for the first time, tests the Bell inequality in a nonlocal temporal correlation of frequency-bin entangled narrowband biphotons with time-resolved detection," said Xianxin Guo, a co-author of the paper. "This will have applications in quantum information processing involving time-frequency entanglement." The study revealed the temporal details that agree well with theory calculation based on quantum mechanics, and implies the possibility of encoding and decoding qubit information in the time domain. "Our narrowband frequency-bin entangled biphoton source in this work can be ideally implemented to produce pure heralded single photons in a two-color qubit state with a tunable phase, making use of entanglement, linear optics, and time-resolved detection," said Guo.


Quantum entanglement, one of the most intriguing features of multi-particle quantum systems, has become a fundamental building block in both quantum information processing and quantum computation. If two particles are entangled, no matter how far away they are separated, quantum mechanics predicts that measurement of one particle leads to instantaneous wave-function collapse of the other particle. Such "spooky action at a distance" is non-intuitive, and in 1935, Einstein attempted to use entanglement to criticize quantum mechanics to suggest that the quantum description of physical reality is incomplete. Einstein believed that no information could travel faster than light, and suggested that there might be some local hidden variable theories that could explain the world in a deterministic way, if and only if they obey realism and locality. In 1964, J. S. Bell showed that the debate can be experimentally resolved by testing an inequality; by measuring correlations between entangled parties, the result calculated from local hidden variable theories should be constrained by the Bell inequality, which, on the other hand, can be violated in the predictions of quantum mechanics. By reducing the velocity of light dramatically, researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology implemented a Bell Test and were able to generate frequency-bin entangled narrowband biphotons from spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in cold atoms with a double-path configuration, where the phase difference between the two spatial paths can be controlled independently and nonlocally. Their findings were published in the journal Optica on April 15, 2017. "We tested the CHSH Bell inequality and registered |S|=2.52±0.48|S|=2.52±0.48, which violates the Bell inequality |S|≤2," said Shengwang Du, professor of Physics at HKUST and the leader of the research team. "We have unambiguously demonstrated the generation of frequency-bin entangled narrowband (about 1 MHz) biphotons, which can efficiently interact with stationary atomic quantum nodes in an atom-photon quantum network. Because of their narrow bandwidth, these biphotons can be stored and retrieved from a quantum memory with high efficiency." "Our result, for the first time, tests the Bell inequality in a nonlocal temporal correlation of frequency-bin entangled narrowband biphotons with time-resolved detection," said Xianxin Guo, a co-author of the paper. "This will have applications in quantum information processing involving time-frequency entanglement." The study revealed temporal details that agree well with theory calculations based on quantum mechanics, and implies the possibility of encoding and decoding qubit information in the time domain. "Our narrowband frequency-bin entangled biphoton source in this work can be ideally implemented to produce pure heralded single photons in a two-color qubit state with a tunable phase, making use of entanglement, linear optics, and time-resolved detection," said Guo. More information: Xianxin Guo et al, Testing the Bell inequality on frequency-bin entangled photon pairs using time-resolved detection, Optica (2017). DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.000388


News Article | February 28, 2017
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HONG KONG, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HKBN Ltd. ("HKBN" or the "Group"; SEHK stock code: 1310) announced today that with effect from 1 March 2017, Ni Quiaque Lai ("NiQ") will be named Chief Operating Officer ("COO"). Formerly the Group's Chief Talent & Financial Officer ("CT&FO"), NiQ, in this expanded new role, will lead the Group's sales and marketing operations for the residential market whilst he retains executive oversight of his previous CT&FO responsibilities in finance, legal as well as Talent engagement. NiQ's appointment leverages a multifunctional perspective to consolidate greater synergy between HKBN's various teams to drive sustainable growth for the Group's business and operations. Whilst NiQ will retain executive oversight in the respective areas of finance, Talent engagement and legal, Andrew Wong, Financial Controller, CY Chan, Associate Director -- Talent Management & Organization Development and Co-Owner, and Amy Tam, Head of Legal & Company Secretary and Co-Owner, will step up to take on more operational management responsibilities in their respective areas. As COO, NiQ will report directly to CEO and Co-Owner William Yeung. William Yeung said, "NiQ's strong leadership and deep understanding across many different aspects of our business means he is well positioned to unify our strengths and steer HKBN's growth via improved strategic thinking, efficiency and agility among teams." The Group also announces that its Chief Marketing Officer, Selina Chong, has decided to step down from her role with effect from 19 March 2017 to focus on new opportunities beyond HKBN. In her five years with the Group, Selina successfully strengthened the HKBN brand, making it a highly compelling choice for broadband, mobile, and OTT services as well as enterprise solutions. The Group thanks Selina for her tremendous contributions and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. HKBN Ltd. (SEHK Stock Code: 1310, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") is an investment holding company. The Group is Hong Kong's largest provider of residential high speed fibre broadband (symmetrical 100Mbps to 1,000Mbps) services by number of subscriptions, and a fast growing enterprise solutions provider. The Group offers a full range of telecommunications solutions for both the residential and enterprise markets, encompassing broadband and Wi-Fi network services, cloud solutions, data connectivity, data facilities, system integration, mobile services, entertainment and voice communications. HKBN owns an extensive fibre network in Hong Kong, which covers over 2.2 million residential homes passed, representing approximately 81% of Hong Kong's total residential units, and 2,300 commercial buildings. HKBN embraces "Make our Hong Kong a Better Place to Live" as its core purpose, and takes great pride in developing its Talents into a competitive advantage. The Group is managed by about 340 Co-Owners who have invested their own savings to buy HKBN shares, representing the majority of supervisory and management level Talents in the Group. NiQ Lai, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner, joined 2004. NiQ has over 24 years of experience in telecom, research and finance industries. Prior to joining the Group, NiQ was Director and Head of Asia Telecom Research at Credit Suisse. In 2016, NiQ was chosen Best CFO in Hong Kong in the FinanceAsia Survey. As one of the pioneers shaping HKBN's unique Talent culture into a competitive advantage, he was named a Champion of Human Resources by The Hong Kong HRM Awards in 2009. In his youth, NiQ aspired to be a professional tennis player but a lack of sporting talent diverted him into the corporate track instead. NiQ holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia, and an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from Kellogg-HKUST, Hong Kong. NiQ is a Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CPA Australia. Andrew Wong, Financial Controller, joined 2006. Andrew joined the Group as Manager in 2006 and is now responsible for overall finance functions. During his 10 years with the Group, Andrew has been a key team member responsible for different capital projects such as the management buyout in 2012, the initial public offering in 2015, acquisition of New World Telecom in 2016 and several major refinancing projects between 2013 and 2016. Prior to joining HKBN, Andrew spent five years with KPMG in Hong Kong specializing in the telecommunications industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Law from the University of Manchester in the UK and an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. CY Chan, Associate Director -- Talent Management & Organization Development and Co-Owner, joined 2011. CY oversees HKBN's Talent management, organization development and performance improvement strategy and initiatives. He has over 15 years of experience in organizational change, HR and business development. As a business consultant and HR practitioner across different industries, CY has worked for Wilson Learning China, Dun & Bradstreet and Hutchison Global Communications, and was involved in large sized consultancy projects like partnership projects for MTR Corporation, raising commercial awareness of NGOs for the Social Welfare Department and leadership development programmes for over 60 organizations across the South China region. Believing that success starts with a clear purpose, he enjoys sharing his experience and hopes that he can be a catalyst for the career and life success of others. CY holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic HRM from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master of Social Science Degree in Applied Psychology from City University of Hong Kong. Amy Tam, Head of Legal & Company Secretary and Co-Owner, joined 2015. With over 20 years of experience in the legal field, Amy oversees the legal and regulatory aspects of the Group. Prior to joining HKBN, she worked in both private practice and as a Senior Legal Advisor for MTR Corporation Limited. Amy was admitted as a solicitor and practicing lawyer of Hong Kong by the High Court of Hong Kong in July 1991 and has been a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong since July 1991. In 1992, she was also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Amy's expertise covers general commercial work, property management, compliance and corporate governance, China business and general litigation. She believes that by committing to a high standard of corporate governance practices, the integrity of the Group's operations is safeguarded and stakeholder trust is also maintained.


HONG KONG, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 28th, the event Nobel Laureates Series: 5th Social Caring Pledge Scheme Award Presentation Ceremony & Responsible Investment Forum was held at InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong. In the presence of over 150 members from political, academic, and business communities who promote awareness of social betterment, the hosting organisation presented 47 awards, which included the Asian Social Caring Leadership Award, the Social Caring Youth Leadership Award, the Outstanding Social Caring Organization Award, and the Social Caring Investment Excellence Award. In accordance with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), responsible investment was rightfully named as the theme for the forum. The principle goal of the forum was to encourage personal and corporate investors to integrate elements of sustainable investment, investors' responsibility, and community investment into monetary decisions. The hosts were honoured to have invited Jasper Tsang Yok-sing GBM, GBS, JP, Ombudsman Connie Lau Yin-hing JP, and HKFTU President and National People's Congress member Lam Shuk-yee SBS as officiating guests, and to have welcomed them as Honorary Directors. In attendance at the ceremony were HKEX Non-Executive Director Jason Lee Kwan-ho, Board Director and Egive-for-you Founder Dr. Cho Kwai-chee, and Head of Asia of Principles of Responsible Investment Association Jessica Robinson. In addition, awardees included HKUST President Tony F. Chan, Founder of Sasa International Holdings Limited Eleanor Kwok, Law Kwai-chun Pang Siu-hin of Hin Sang Group (International) Holding Company Limited, Brand Manager of Renley Watch Manufacturing Company Limited Gary Lau Sun-tao. Dr. Dominic Lam Man-kit, Vincent Huen Wai-kei, and Dr. Richard Lee Man-fai also attended the event to show support. Dr. Ma Kai-cheung Ph.D., SBS, BBS, an honorary director of Social Enterprise Research Institute (SERI), was present to give the opening speech. During the opening speech, Dr. Ma mentioned that, as a successful entrepreneur, one's responsibilities go beyond profit-making, and extend to caring for society and having a spirit of giving. Dr. Ma noted that continual contribution to the prosperous development of Hong Kong and mainland China is also a crucial part of entrepreneurial responsibility. Under the speech title "Social Value VS Economic Costs", Jasper Tsang Yok-sing GBM, GBS, JP emphasised the value of social caring and responsible investment, and their relation to overall economic costs. Tsang also mentioned that SERI deserves praise and encouragement for encouraging personal and corporate investors to integrate elements of investor responsibility and community investment into investment decisions, and for promoting sustainable investment. In the speech given by HKFTU President and NPC member Lam Shuk-yee SBS titled "The Developing Trends in Corporate Responsibility and Labour Rights", Lam mentioned that corporate employee care is recognised as a social responsibility and as a right of labour workers, and that healthy employer-employee relations begin with care and consideration. As an Asian Social Caring Leadership Award recipient, HKUST President Tony F Chan mentioned that he felt tremendous honour, and that the award belongs to the staff and students of HKUST. In recognition of the schoolwide social service program, HKU Connect, and of educational platform SIGHT, Chan highlighted their achievements. The achievement include hosting underwater robotics competitions and designing feasible plans for improving medical sanitation in the world's developing regions. Chan praised them for servicing communities while making technological advancements. Representing Hin Sang Group (International) Holding Company Limited, Pang Siu-hin announced his gratitude as he accepted the Outstanding Social Caring Organization Award. Pang mentioned that Hin Sang Group pushed forward a series of volunteer services that pinpointed the needs of children of various age groups. Pang also noted that the group is proud to serve, to protect, and to care for the joys in family life. Gary Lau Sun-tao, Brand Manager of Renley Watch Manufacturing Company Limited, was honoured with the Social Caring Youth Leadership Award. During his acceptance speech, Lau claimed that in assembling young industrialists, not only can community members expand social circles, but individuals can also exchange information and experiences. Besides hosting his own friendly gatherings, Lau also attends activities hosted by major manufacturers' associations and by youth organisations, with the intention of building elite, meaningful social networks. To assist in the implementation of corporate performance pledges, SERI also hosted the Responsible Investment Forum at the biannual ceremony. Responsible Investment includes three components -- Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. In the implementation of said components, one aims to build an economically efficient and sustainable development structure that benefits the environment and the general society. Responsibilities include ensuring social and environmental protection, promoting human rights, maintaining labour standards, tackling corruption, and caring for customers. Speakers in attendance at the forum included the Head of Asia of Principles of Responsible Investment Association, Jessica Robinson, the Head of Sustainable Development at CLP Group, Jeanne Ng Chi-yun, Ascent Partners Director Hauman Yeung, and SERI Honorary Chairman Dr. Peter Liao Sheung-kwan. In endorsement of the principles advocated in UN Global Compact, and in encouragement of social caring and sustainable development, the Social Caring Pledge Scheme promotes Asian enterprises for their contributions to environmental and social protection, human rights, labour standards, anti-corruption, and customer care. In recognition, the Social Caring Pledge Scheme honours leaders and enterprises with four distinct awards - Asian Social Caring Leadership Award, Social Caring Youth Leadership Award, Outstanding Social Caring Organization Award, and the Social Caring Investment Excellence Award. The 5th Social Caring Pledge Scheme is hosted by the Social Enterprise Research Institute (SERI), and it receives wide support from various sectors. The Pledge Scheme is signed and recognised by Nobel Laureates Professor Harald Zur Hausen and Professor Kurt Wuthrich, and is also supported by Gustavo Berlanga, President of UN Global Compact and SERI Honorary President. Since its inception, the Pledge Scheme welcomed participation from over 300 enterprises. Widely supported by members of the political community and the business sector, the Pledge Scheme award presentation ceremony is surely an industry-wide, well-received biannual occasion.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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K. Wah Group (the "Group") held its spring cocktail reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong today to express gratitude to business partners and the community for their long-term support and also to celebrate the advent of the Chinese New Year, as well as the stellar performance of its four major businesses in the past year. The reception was graced by the presence of top government officials and business leaders in Hong Kong and from Mainland China and Macau. It had The Hon Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Ms Yin Xiaojing, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR; Mr Hu Jianzhong, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR; Mr Godfrey Leung, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR; Professor Sophia Chan, Under Secretary for Food and Health of the HKSAR; and Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR as the officiating guests, who hosted a toasting ceremony together with Dr Lui Che-woo, Chairman of K. Wah Group; Mrs CW Lui, and other management of the Group. Other distinguished guests included The Hon Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR; The Hon Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, Hong Kong's Delegate of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the PRC; Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Mr Peter Lam, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Mr Chan Wing Kee, Member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Prof Tony F Chan, President of HKUST; Prof Aron Harilela, Chairman and CEO of Harilela Hotels Limited and Mr Edward Ho, Chairman of Opera Hong Kong, etc. Dr Lui Che-woo, Chairman of K. Wah Group, said in his speech, "Notwithstanding challenges in the business environment in the Year of Monkey, the four principal business divisions of K. Wah Group - property development, entertainment & leisure, construction materials and hospitality - continued to deliver solid results on all fronts thanks to the unfailing support of all stakeholders and partners, as well as the concerted effort of our 33,000-strong workforce. Our achievements have not come by easily: they have been built on the practical, collective efforts of our workforce. In this regard, I must express sincere gratitude to all of you for your trust and support, and may I add that I am most proud of the brilliant management team and staff at K. Wah. In today's business community, we get to hear a lot about "corporate responsibility". In my humble view, the fundamental responsibility of a corporation is to make contributions to the society, create job opportunities and maintain stability in business, running it properly and then seeking expansion as appropriate, and making itself accountable to the community, partners, customers and staff." Four major businesses reach new milestones In coming year, the Group's four major businesses will continue to grow steadily sustaining the good results from the past years. With a total investment up to HK$100 billion, the major developments of Phases 3 and 4 of Galaxy MacauTM under Galaxy Entertainment Group ("GEG") had gradually begun. With the Hengqin project soon to kick off in its planning, GEG will continue to reinforce its leadership as an integrated leisure and entertainment resort with the most diverse offerings in Macau and strive to realise its goal to become globally recognised as "Asia's leading gaming and entertainment enterprise". On the property business front, K. Wah International Holdings Limited ("KWIH") secured a second land parcel in the Kai Tak Development Area and a prime land parcel in Nanjing last December. In addition, KWIH participated in a new joint venture project in Nanjing last month, and with the closing of HK$8 billion club deal loan with 15 banks, enabling it to enhance its strengths and expand its business footprint. It will continue to launch a number of major projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Dongguan, so as to achieve continuous asset turnover this year. As for its hotel business, the Group will launch a new serviced apartment project on Hong Kong Island this year. Progress will also be made in the US with four new hotels in Times Square of New York City, the heart of Washington DC, Seattle and San Francisco respectively and are scheduled to open this year and in 2018. Furthermore, K. Wah Construction Materials Limited ("KWCM") is undertaking asphalt resurfacing work for the airport's north runway, a vivid example of its active involvement in major local infrastructure projects. Its cement factory in Pu'er, Yunnan with an annual production capacity of up to 2 million tonnes commenced operation last year and the overall KWCM's production capacity of cement is now up to 12 million tonnes per year. KWCM has over 70% market share in Southwest region and is one of the largest ground granulated blast-furnace slag producers in China, with an annual production volume of over 1.3 million tonnes. Giving back to society and helping to foster social harmony and unity Apart from growing its businesses, K. Wah Group continued to uphold its belief of "giving back to the society from which it benefits". With that belief at heart, it shouldered responsibility for society and the world and made contributions to education and other aspects of humanity. Last year, the LUI Che Woo Prize - Prize for World Civilisation was inaugurated and the first prizes were presented, recognising outstanding achievements of individuals who have contributed to civilisation and bringing together all sectors in society to promote the love for "truth, kindness and beauty", contributing to build a harmonious society. Advocating harmony and innovation and supporting arts for all The cocktail reception featured a series of magnificent performances, leading off with a traditional-and-hip-hop mix lion dance which married modern pop dance moves with the traditional lion dance, a perfect mirror of the Group's management culture that blends the East and West and its innovative spirit. Following immediately after was an original Chinese opera performance titled The Master by the members of the Cha Duk Chang Children's Cantonese Opera Association. The young performers presented a scene themed The Family from the title, the story of three children in the present time, who lost themselves in electronic games and neglected their family, returning to ancient times and re-learning the basics of life. The performance, which took the fun-filled evening to another climax, highlighted the importance of the family," a vivid echo of Dr Lui's wish to promote the building of harmonious homes. On top of the God of Wealth giving out red packets, at the reception, creative interactive booths were set up by the four major business arms of the Group. KWIH used virtual reality (VR) technology to let guests visiting its flagship property projects in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Dongguan by themselves, whereas KWCM highlighted its business nature by featuring a special flooring made by recycled glass pavers and it also had a paper-cutting expert at the booth to create different artworks for guests. The hotel business segment invited guests to savour the whisky macaron collection debuted in Hong Kong by InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, while GEG had a lucky draw and enrich guests with attractive prizes. All these activities made the event fun and colourful. Officiating Guests 1. The Hon Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference 2. Ms Yin Xiaojing, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR 3. Mr Hu Jianzhong, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR 4. Mr Godfrey Leung, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, the Government of the HKSAR 5. Professor Sophia Chan, Under Secretary for Food and Health, the Government of the HKSAR 6. Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, the Government of the HKSAR 7. Dr & Mrs Lui Che-woo, Chairman of K. Wah Group 8. Mr Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of K. Wah Group 9. Ms Paddy Lui, Executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings & Galaxy Entertainment Group 10. Mr Alexander Lui, Executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings 11. Mr Joseph Chee, Executive Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group & Managing Director of K. Wah Construction Materials 12. Dr William Yip, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings & Galaxy Entertainment Group 13. Dr Robin Chan, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings 14. Dr Moses Cheng, Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings & Member, Board of Governors of LUI Che Woo Prize Limited 15. Mr Wong Kwai Lam, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings 16. Mr Au Man Chu, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings 17. Dr Charles Cheung, Non-executive Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group 18. Professor Patrick Wong, Independent Non-executive Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group 19. Ms Eileen Lui, Group Director - Human Resources and Administration of Galaxy Entertainment Group 20. Dr Jorge Neto Valente, Group Advisor of Galaxy Entertainment Group 21. Mr Philip Cheng, Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group 22. Mr Michael Mecca, President of Galaxy Entertainment Group 23. Mr Robert Drake, Group Chief Financial Officer of Galaxy Entertainment Group 24. Professor Lap-chee Tsui, Member, Board of Governors, LUI Che Woo Prize Limited 25. Professor Frederick Ma, Member, Board of Governors, LUI Che Woo Prize Limited Please refer to the video for more detail: Youkyu - http://bit.ly/2lDmTK8 Youtu - https://youtu.be/3uVGECN43SE About K. Wah Group K. Wah Group was founded in 1955 by Dr Lui Che-woo, who transformed the company into a multinational corporation. Core businesses include property development and investment, entertainment and leisure resorts, hospitality and construction materials. The Group has a business presence in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and major cities in the US. The Group includes two Hong Kong-listed flagships: K. Wah International Holdings Limited ("KWIH"; HKSE:0173) and Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited ("GEG"; HKSE:0027 and a member of the Hang Seng Index). Other major subsidiaries include Stanford Hotels International and K. Wah Construction Materials Limited and, in the US, Stanford Hotels Corporation and Cresleigh Homes. To date, the Group has over 200 subsidiaries and more than 33,000 staff worldwide. Website: http://www.kwah.com/. Photo 3 caption: (Front Row From Left to Right) Mr Joseph Chee, Executive Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group & Managing Director of K. Wah Construction Materials, Professor Sophia Chan, Under Secretary for Food and Health, the Government of the HKSAR, Ms Paddy Lui, Executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings & Galaxy Entertainment Group, Ms Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, the Government of the HKSAR, Mr Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of K. Wah Group, Ms Yin Xiaojing, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Dr & Mrs Lui Che-woo, Chairman of K. Wah Group, Mr Hu Jianzhong, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR, Mr Alexander Lui, Executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings, Mr Godfrey Leung, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, the Government of the HKSAR, Ms Eileen Lui, Group Director - Human Resources and Administration of Galaxy Entertainment Group (Back Row, Left to Right) Mr Robert Drake, Group Chief Financial Officer of Galaxy Entertainment Group, Mr Wong Kwai Lam, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings, Dr Jorge Neto Valente, Group Advisor of Galaxy Entertainment Group, Dr Charles Cheung, Non-executive Director of Galaxy Entertainment Group, Dr Robin Chan, Independent Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings, Professor Lap-chee Tsui, Member, Board of Governors, LUI Che Woo Prize Limited, Professor Frederick Ma, Member, Board of Governors, LUI Che Woo Prize Limited, Dr Moses Cheng, Non-executive Director of K. Wah International Holdings & Member, Board of Governors of LUI Che Woo Prize Limited, Dr William Yip, Independent Non-executive Director of K. 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Shao B.,Microsoft | Wang H.,Microsoft | Li Y.,HKUST
Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data | Year: 2013

Computations performed by graph algorithms are data driven, and require a high degree of random data access. Despite the great progresses made in disk technology, it still cannot provide the level of efficient random access required by graph computation. On the other hand, memory-based approaches usually do not scale due to the capacity limit of single machines. In this paper, we introduce Trinity, a general purpose graph engine over a distributed memory cloud. Through optimized memory management and network communication, Trinity supports fast graph exploration as well as efficient parallel computing. In particular, Trinity leverages graph access patterns in both online and offline computation to optimize memory and communication for best performance. These enable Trinity to support efficient online query processing and offline analytics on large graphs with just a few commodity machines. Furthermore, Trinity provides a high level specification language called TSL for users to declare data schema and communication protocols, which brings great ease-of-use for general purpose graph management and computing. Our experiments show Trinity's performance in both low latency graph queries as well as high throughput graph analytics on web-scale, billion-node graphs. Copyright © 2013 ACM.


Huang C.,HKUST | Mok P.K.T.,HKUST
Digest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference | Year: 2013

Multi-phase converters have become a topic of great interest due to the high output power capacity and output ripple cancellation effect. They are even more beneficial to nowadays high-frequency fully integrated converters with output capacitor integrated on-chip. As one of the dominant chip area consumers, reducing the size of the on-chip decoupling capacitors directly leads to cost down. It is reported that a 5× capacitor area reduction can be achieved with a four-phase converter compared to a single-phase one [1]. However, the penalty is obvious. Every extra phase comes with an inductor, which is also counted as cost and becomes more dominant with increase in the number of phases. © 2013 IEEE.


Rong S.,HKUST | Luong H.C.,HKUST
Digest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference | Year: 2011

Extensive research has been focused on generating LO signals for software-defined radios (SDRs) with ultra-wide tuning range over several frequency decades and sufficiently high spectrum purity to support diverse wireless standards [1-5]. This work presents an integrated frequency synthesizer (FS) that is able to cover not only all the wireless standards from 47MHz to 10GHz including 14-band MB-OFDM UWB but also the 802.15.3c standard from 57 to 66GHz. © 2011 IEEE.


News Article | September 28, 2016
Site: www.materialstoday.com

A nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon thin film acts as a high capacity, binder-free supercapacitor with a long cycling stability, according to research published in the journal Applied Materials Today. [P Hu et al., Appl. Mater. Today (2016) 5, 1-8; DOI: 10.1016/j.apmt.2016.08.001] Pan Hu and Xinsheng Peng of Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou and Donghui Meng, Guohua Ren, Rongxin Yan of Beijing Institute of Spacecraft Environment Engineering, China, explain how they could convert gelatin/copper hydroxide nanostrands into a composite film of gelatin/HKUST-1, which they could then carbonize to generate the free-standing composite films. These films have a high specific energy of 28.1 Watt hours per kilogram and a specific capacity of 316 Farads per gram at a current density of 0.5 Amps per gram. They also have a capacitance retention of almost 93% and degrade by a mere 0.00064% after 11000 charge-discharge cycles, the team reports. Porous carbons, with their high surface area to volume ratio have been the focus of much research for their potential applications in electronics, separation science and beyond. They can be generated by chemical vapour decomposition, laser ablation, chemical or physical activation, carbonization of polymer aerogels, carbide-derived carbon, as well as template procedures. Often, their production then requires an additional step to dope them with nitrogen. Simpler approaches to functional porous carbons, for development as electrodes or supercapacitors are keenly sought and as such Hu and colleagues have sidestepped the problem of low doping levels seen with earlier approaches. Instead of using post-treatment with ammonia gas, the team has demonstrated how starting with a nitrogen-rich carbon compound and the carbonizing the processed material gives them much higher nitrogen content and so potentially more powerful electrical phenomena in the resulting doped material. They previously suggested gelatin as a low-cost, abundant fibrous material having a high nitrogen content, by virtue of it being a protein, as a precursor for a doped mesoporous carbon. Early studies required harsh conditions to generate the mesoporous material, but this leads to powders that then require a non-electrochemical binder to hold the particles together in a solid block before use. The presence of the binder inhibits activity, so a binder-free approach would be better. The team's room temperature method generates active thin films rather than powders and so requires no binder to aggregate particles into a usable component for their supercapacitor. The team concedes that their thin films are no more electrochemically active than other carbon-based materials, it is their method that sets apart the products and opens the door to a cool and efficient fabrication of supercapacitor films. David Bradley blogs at Sciencebase Science Blog and tweets @sciencebase, he is author of the popular science book "Deceived Wisdom".

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