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XIANGYANG, China, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Five years have passed since Xiangyang, a city in central China's Hubei Province, stepped up its urban renovation. The local government has invested over 140 billion yuan (21.3 billion U.S. dollars) in city construction, most of which aimed to improve the living standards of its people. More parks and greenbelts, transportation facilities and cultural landmarks have since been built, bringing a more convenient, healthy and cultured life to all who are living in it.

The 1.13-billion-yuan Panggong suspension bridge, the city's first cooperative project between the government and social capital, spans 2.7 km and will improve the city's traffic efficiency upon completion.


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia shared the experience in facilitating Malaysian SMEs during the 24th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministerial Meeting. The meeting takes place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 10-15 September, with the theme "Strengthening MSMEs Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age". Twenty one Ministers of APEC member economies participated in the meeting. Malaysian delegation is led by YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia.

During the meeting, YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong presented a paper on "Riding the Wave of Change: Growing Beyond Borders", which covers the emergence of megatrends, its direct and far-reaching impact on SMEs, as well as challenges that should be overcome by SMEs.


Using New NikeConnect Technology, Retail Jerseys Will Unlock Exclusive Experiences and Customized Content for Fans' Favorite Teams and Players

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Ushering in a radical evolution of the fan experience, NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) and the NBA today unveiled three new innovations: the Nike NBA Connected Jersey, the first NBA jersey that gives the wearer an all-access pass into the world of their favorite team and players; Statement Edition uniforms; and the Nike Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket, the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime. The official announcements took place at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams.


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) recently bestowed three awards for its excellence in corporate governance and stewardship at the 'Institutional Investor Awards for Corporates', held in Singapore.

The company emerged winner in the Best Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category and named as first runner-up for two other categories namely the Most Organised Investor Relations and the Strongest Adherence to Corporate Governance.


SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to "bbb" from "bbb-" of Beneficial Insurance Limited (BIL)(New Zealand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect BIL's adequate balance sheet strength, strong operating performance and low product risk profile.


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- AmBank Group has clinched the Best FX Bank for Corporates and Financial Institutions for the sixth consecutive year at the 11th Annual Alpha Southeast Asia Best Financial Institution Awards and Seventh Corporate Awards 2017 held on 14 September 2017 in Singapore.

Commenting on the award win, Dato' Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group said, "We are very honoured to receive this award for the sixth time. It is truly gratifying to be recognised for the positive role that we play in the capital markets as well as our contributions to its development. We are very proud of these achievements and will continue in our commitment to provide innovative financial solutions for the benefit of our clients."


SINGAPORE, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- SolarWinds, the worldwide leader in network management software, today announced SolarWinds® Network Insight™ for Cisco® Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA). SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA provides comprehensive monitoring -well beyond hardware health and performance-and the ability to manage access control lists (ACLs). Having the ability to see into the performance of next-generation firewalls is essential to successfully managing a hybrid IT environment. SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA is available in the latest versions of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, both part of the SolarWinds Orion® Platform.

"Devices like Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance have complex states that cannot be understood simply by looking at tables of statistics," said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. "Leveraging SolarWinds' deep knowledge of networking for hybrid IT environments, we've created Network Insight for Cisco ASA to visualise the critical functions of this device and make it easier to resolve problems and mitigate threats quickly. Network Insight for Cisco ASA empowers IT pros to deliver secure and reliable connectivity for their business."