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2017 GREE-Tour of Guangxi Kicks off in Beihai

BEIJING, Oct. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 19, 2017 GREE-Tour of Guangxi kicked off at the Beach Park, Beihai City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Eighteen top cycling teams worldwide including Team Sky (U.K.), Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team (Bahrain) and BMC Racing Team (U.S.) ushered in their last battle of UCI World Tour. Gaviria from Belgium Quick-Step Floors cycling team wins the first stage of the Tour of Guangxi. GREE "UCI World Tour ·Tour of Guangxi", the world's top class cycling race, is authorized by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and organized by the People's Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Dalian Wanda Group. The Tour of Guangxi comprises six stages with a total length of 940km, stretching across five cities of Beihai, Qinzhou, Nanning, Liuzhou and Guilin. Huang Weijing, Vice-Chairman of the People's Government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yang Hengming, President of Wanda Sports Group, and Tom Van Damme, Chairman of UCI Bicycle Council, local government officials and representatives of sponsors, presented at the opening ceremony and participated in the "Honorable Cycling". Vice Chairman Huang Weijing noted in his speech that Tour of Guangxi is the top level sports event ever held in Guangxi. "It is of great significance for enriching people's sports lifestyle, promoting public health, presenting Guangxi's natural and urban scenes as well as extending cooperation opportunities of Guangxi. I Hope the Tour of Guangxi can present to the world a top-level and fantastic global cycling event, equipped with high standard such as celebrity presence, top-class racing track, exciting game and beautiful landscape. The event will surely leave an impressive mark in cycling history and bridge a new platform for delivering and enhancing amity, as well as expanding communication and cooperation with the world," he said. "It is very important for the cycling development worldwide that UCI World Tour has been brought to Guangxi, the UCI appreciates the adequate preparation made by the People's Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Wanda Group", said Tom Van Damme. Wanda Sports President Yang Hengming noted that "UCI World Tour · Tour of Guangxi" is of great significance for the development of cycling sports in China, and that Wanda and the People's Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will make joint efforts together with UCI to build "UCI World Tour · Tour of Guangxi" an internationally renowned cycling race brand. At the opening ceremony, the champion cup and four-color honorable jersey also made their appearance. 126 top cyclists attended 2017 GREE-Tour of Guangxi, including Michael Matthews, the best sprinter of Tour de France this year, Mikel Landa, the best climber of 2017 Giro d'Italia, Fernando Gaviria, the new best sprinter of Giro d'Italia, Caleb Ewan, the main sprinter of ORICA-Scott. It is worth mentioning that, as the only local cyclist, Chinese cyclist Wang Meiyin also attended "UCI World Tour · Tour of Guangxi" for Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team. The opening race of 2017 GREE-Tour of Guangxi in Beihai Stage is criterium with a total length of 107.4km. This stage is set with two climbing points and 3 sprinting points; it starts from and ends at Beach Park, and gets across such famous scenic spots in Beihai as Beihai EXPO, Gaode Bridge and Guantou Hill Park. Such TVs and Internet media as CCTV Sports, GXTV, Travel Channel, Tencent and Toutiao will broadcast the race. Audiences can also appreciate the beautiful scenery of the semitropical coastal city while enjoying the world-class cycling race. Beihai is a famous historic and cultural city in Guangxi, and houses such national tourist attractions as Silver Beach, Weizhou Island, Beihai Old Street, Xingdao Lake, and Shankou Mangrove Forest. Moreover, Beihai is also built with deep water ports, all-weather airports, as well as convenient high speed railways and expressways, offering convenient traffic and pleasant environment for living and travel. Beihai, the start point of 2017 GREE-Tour of Guangxi, has been rated as Top 10 Livable Cities in China for consecutive years.

HNA Group Completes Nationwide Recruiting Drive Across Top Universities in the United States

Leading Chinese company looks to United States and other Western countries for leaders of the future through its International Talent Program (ITP) PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics, and financial services, today announced it had completed the United States leg of its International Talent Program (ITP) Global Recruitment Drive. The HNA International Talent Program recruitment team have been touring the United States for the last two months, having visited Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Chicago, Stanford and many more schools. The US tour was subsequent to a series of extensive outreach sessions held at top universities across the UK, Australia, Mainland China and Hong Kong this year. HNA ITP Alum Jared Mazzanti talks to students at UCLA about the program The International Talent Program (ITP) was initiated to help HNA Group attract young graduates and professionals who possess an international outlook and high potential. The strategy of actively going abroad to find top talent helps HNA, a company which has grown at an astonishing pace in recent years, adapt to the many new markets in which it operates. Initiatives such are this are part of a worldwide trend, with Chinese companies increasingly seeing the value and necessity of bringing in employees from different cultures to help their businesses prosper overseas. The ITP offers graduates impressive opportunities for personal and professional development. The program puts the young professionals into a rigorous training program on rotation, through which they can experience different divisions within HNA Group, gaining professionally accredited qualifications and receiving guidance through a structured mentorship program. Jared Mazzanti, a US national who joined HNA through the ITP initiative and is currently on rotation in HNA Group's Human Resource Department, said: "Everyone has their own set of personal and professional goals, and ITP can help you achieve those goals. HNA will provide you with new and exciting challenges that you have probably never imagined, and you should be prepared to consider the opportunities that arise. Moreover, working in HNA's offices in China will expose you to new situations you would be unlikely to see in your home country, giving you the tools to think outside of the box and approach problems in new ways." With the rise of China as an economic power, more and more students from the West are starting to see the value of starting their careers in the East. The ITP at HNA is the perfect opportunity for them to gain world class experience in a fast-paced environment at a rapidly growing global Chinese company. The global tour will continue with a session at Cambridge in the UK on October 20th, and the drive will conclude with further sessions in Singapore (NUS 10/23, Nanyang Technology 10/25) and Taiwan (NTU 10/27). Those interested in the ITP can check the website to find out the application requirements and further information. http://hnaitp.zhaopin.com/ About HNA Group HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in southern China into a global company with approximately $145 billion of assets, over $90 billion in annual revenues, and an international workforce of 410,000 employees, primarily across America, Europe and Asia. HNA's tourism business is a fast-growing, vertically-integrated global player with market-leading positions in aviation, hotels and travel services. HNA operates and invests in nearly 3,200 hotels with over 380,000 rooms across major markets, and has 1,250 aircraft carrying nearly 100 million passengers to 270 cities worldwide. HNA's Logistics business is a leader in logistics and supply chain management with capabilities in shipping and equipment manufacturing, maritime transportation, third-party payment platforms and project finance. In financial services, HNA is China's largest non-bank leasing company, and a leading provider of a diverse set of businesses in equipment leasing, insurance, asset management, investment banking and credit services. Media Contact: Sam Martin sim.ma@hnacapital.com +1 (917) 292-3670  View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hna-group-completes-nationwide-recruiting-drive-across-top-universities-in-the-united-states-300540579.html

DVDFab Introduces the 4K Ultra HD Copy Software Used for HD Blu-ray and DVD Products

BEIJING, Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 20, DVDFab, the industry leader in the field of DVD, Blu-ray and video backup solutions, introduces the world's 1st 4K Ultra HD copy software, a brand-new product which allows users to make home backup copies of any unprotected 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies their own. Introducing the DVDFab UHD Copy Thanks to the increasing availability of both home 4K UHD Blu-ray Players and 4K UHD TVs from major manufacturers, such as Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and more, the next generation 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles are becoming popular among Blu-ray lovers and even common consumers. In the meantime, many enthusiasts are expressing their strong desires on social networks and some 3rd party forums for the 4K Ultra HD contents. However, due the facts that both the 4K Ultra HD titles and blank BD XL discs are still quite expensive, backing up the 4K Ultra HD movies to regular BD-50 and BD-25 discs seems to be much more pragmatic and economical. Luckily, now DVDFab officially introduces the world's first Ultra HD copy software, the DVDFab UHD Copy. This 4K UHD backup tool allows users to copy the main movie title of an unprotected 4K Ultra HD movie off the original disc, shrink the content down to a smaller size, and then burn it onto blank BD-50 and BD-25 discs, or output to computer hard disk drive saved as ISO files or folders. Preserve the HDR10 and Dolby Vision Video Quality HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the most recent breakthroughs in the film and TV industries which bring the video image quality of Blu-ray movies up to the next level. However, from the technical perspective, HDR10 and Dolby Vision are two formats of the same thing, both are capable of boosting the brightness of highlights and allow for more natural color. The best video quality can only be achieved when the HDR10/Dolby Vision compatible displays are met with HDR10/Dolby Vision contents. This is also why this UHD copy software is empowered in the first place with the capacity of retaining the HDR10/Dolby Vision image quality of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, despite shrinking the huge contents from an average of 70GB down to a size smaller enough for a regular blank BD-50 or BD-25 disc to accommodate. CUDA and IQS Make the 4K Acceleration Possible Due to the massive data processing requirement, compressing even only the main movie title of a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray can take more than 20 hours. However, if computers are equipped with the video cards that are capable of 4K HEVC 10-bit decoding and encoding, such as the Pascal and GeForce GTX 10 Series and above from NVIDIA, and the HD series from the Kaby Lake processor series and above of Intel, then the compressing process can be decreased theoretically to around 1 hour, even less. This lightning fast processing ability can be attractive to consumers. As a matter of fact, optimizing the software to take the advantage of the latest hardware acceleration capability has been a practice with DVDFab for many years. The detailed information on this 4K UHD copy software is available at https://www.dvdfab.cn/uhd-copy.htm About Fengtao Software Fengtao Software Inc., a professional multimedia software provider, has been dedicated to working on DVD cloner, DVD copy, Blu-ray copy, DVD ripper, DVD/Blu-ray conversion, video converter, DVD creator, Blu-ray creator, Blu-ray media player, Cinavia removal solution, etc. for more than 11 years with its well-known DVDFab software. It has more than 80 million global users. More information is available at: https://www.dvdfab.cn Contacts: Fengtao Software Inc. Frank Chang, +86-10-84913343marketing@dvdfab.cnhttps://www.dvdfab.cnhttps://www.facebook.com/dvdfabsoftware  View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dvdfab-introduces-the-4k-ultra-hd-copy-software-used-for-hd-blu-ray-and-dvd-products-300540543.html

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Xi says China will only become more and more open

Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China will not close its door to the world, and it will only become more and more open. Xi made the remarks in a report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing. "Openness brings progress, while self-seclusion leaves one behind," Xi told more than 2,200 delegates. He stressed the importance of both "bringing in" and "going global," and called upon the country to pursue the Belt and Road Initiative as a priority. "With these efforts, we hope to make new ground in opening China further through links running eastward and westward, across land and over sea," he said. On foreign firms's investment in China, Xi said China will significantly ease market access, further open service sectors, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors. "We will implement the system of pre-establishment national treatment plus a negative list across the board," he said. All businesses registered in China will be treated equally, he said. Xi called for expanding foreign trade, developing new models and new forms of trade, and turning China into a trader of quality. As part of the efforts to improve the balance in opening China's different regions, China will open the western region wider, Xi said. He also called for developing new ways of making outbound investments, promoting international cooperation on production capacity, forming globally-oriented networks of trade, investment and financing, production, and services, and building up strengths for international economic cooperation and competition. On economic globalization, Xi called upon all countries to "stick together through thick and thin." He called for more efforts to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and make economic globalization "more open, inclusive, and balanced so that its benefits are shared by all." (Xinhua News Agency)

2017-10-20

B&R Initiative to gain new vigor after CPC congress: observer

China's Belt and Road Initiative is set to receive a boost following the upcoming National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said one observer. "It is a project based on mutual benefit," Smail Debeche, a political expert and professor at Algiers University in Algeria, said in an interview with Xinhua in the run-up to the 19th CPC National Congress, which is set to open on Oct. 18 in Beijing. Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along -- and beyond -- the ancient Silk Road trade routes. "I would say that the world has not known such a project for the last 200 or 300 years," said Debeche, noting that China has become a major force in terms of boosting the economic development of other countries. "I see that China has gone very far during the last decade, in terms of economic development, and in terms of contributing to maintaining the world's peace," he said. "It has even gone farther in terms of becoming a great model for its relationships with states as well as regional and international organizations." Following the CPC National Congress, the scholar predicts China will reinforce the peaceful and development nature of the Belt and Road project. Debeche, who is also head of the China-Algeria Friendship Association, said that China and Algeria have maintained good relations. He noted that Chinese firms have undertaken multiple mega-projects to develop the North African nation's infrastructure. "The bilateral relationship between the two nations is going to flourish even more over the next several years," Debeche said. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

2017-10-17