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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from May 16 till the end of the week. Please check back throughout the week for more updates.

 GSK Australia Continues Bridging Skills Gap

GSK Australia continues bridging the skills gap between academics and industry with a new cohort of Graduate Researchers.

Sydney, May 16: GSK Australia is delighted to announce the second year of its Graduate Researcher Program.
The 2022 program welcomes a new cohort of six PhD graduates who are working across GSK projects, following the success of the inaugural program last year.
All six Graduate Researchers from 2021 have now been employed in the industry or received industry placements after the completion of their program.
The GSK Australia Graduate Researcher Program, supported by the REDI initiative and MTPConnect, looks to bridge the skills gap between academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
Over the course of a 12-month placement, the Graduate Researchers will gain hands-on experience in the medicines and vaccines industry.
The program has been developed in partnership with industry growth centre MTPConnect, as part of its $32 million Researcher Exchange and Development Within Industry (REDI) initiative – funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, and designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of scientific, academic research expertise with that of the pharmaceutical industry.

Yew Lee Launches Prospectus 

Yew Lee Pacific Group Berhad Launches Prospectus for ACE Market IPO. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, May 17 : Yew Lee Pacific Group Berhad (YLPG), an established manufacturer principally involved in the manufacturing of industrial brushes as well as the trading of machinery parts and industrial hardware, launched the Company’s prospectus today for an initial public offering leading to a listing on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
The Company’s IPO involves the issue of 133.10 million new shares to be issued at RM0.28 sen per share and an offer for sale of 26.62 million existing shares by way of the private placement to selected investors. 
“The launch of this Prospectus is an important milestone for us as it marks the fruits of our labour from when we first started operations in 200,” YLPG managing director Ang Lee Leong.
“As an established producer of industrial brushes, we embarked on this IPO to raise funding for our growth plans and elevate our profile in the industry.”
M&A Securities is the Principal Adviser, Sponsor, Underwriter and Placement Agent for YLPG’s IPO while Eco Asia Capital Advisory Sdn Bhd is the Financial Adviser.

Californians Into Crypto

REVEALED: The states most interested in cryptocurrency. Image supplied.

New York, May 17: A new study has revealed that California is more interested in cryptocurrency than any other state in America.
The research, conducted by trading experts Safe Trade Binary Options, analysed Google Trends data over the past 12 months for six different search terms related to cryptocurrency and compared this across every state in America.
An average score out of 100 was then used to establish the states most interested in cryptocurrency.
“According to a recent poll, one in five American adults have used cryptocurrency in some form,” a spokesperson for Safe Trade Binary Options commented on the findings of the study.
“Interestingly, New York ranks in twelfth place, despite being widely considered the finance capital of the world.”

Watsons And DOC2US Ink Deal 

Watsons and DOC2U Ink Regional Partnership Agreement. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, May 18: Malaysia’s first e-prescription service provider DOC2US has announced a strategic partnership with Watsons Malaysia to provide virtual health services through a comprehensive systems handshake.
The collaboration is expected to usher in further seamless integration between pharmacies and medical practitioners across the region.
Through DOC2US’ digitally signed e-prescription system, pharmacies like Watsons will be able to dispense prescription medicine prescribed electronically by certified and licensed doctors of DOC2US. While their roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined, health screenings are conventionally done not only in clinics and hospitals but also in labs and pharmacies these days.
Pharmacies play an important part in primary level care to provide health screening for follow-ups and disease monitoring purposes while the diagnostic part is performed by well-trained medical doctors.

Perfect Corp Brings Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun  

Perfect Corp. Brings Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick to Life through an Interactive AR Virtual Try-On Experience.

New York, May 18: Perfect Corp., the leading AI & AR beauty and fashion tech solutions provider and developer of the YouCam Suite of Apps, today launched a Top Gun: Maverick interactive augmented reality (AR) movie experience in the award-winning AR try-on app, YouCam Makeup, and photo editing app, YouCam Perfect.
The Top Gun: Maverick virtual movie campaign features exclusive Top Gun-themed looks and animated effects that bring the iconic elements from the film to life, like stepping onto the flight deck at dawn, and a chance to get into the pilot mode with Tom Cruise’s classic Maverick aviators, powered by Perfect Corp.’s AI virtual eyewear try-on technology.
The interactive AR filters and effects are available now, leading up to the launch of Top Gun: Maverick, coming to theatres across the globe on May 27.
Fans can experience the exclusive Top Gun: Maverick AR virtual effects by downloading the free YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect apps today and share their best Top Gun: Maverick selfies by tagging @YouCamApps and @TopGunMovie 
YouCam Makeup app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play Store.

BOM Introduces Push Notifications

Sydney, May 19: The Bureau of Meteorology has introduced push notifications on its BOM Weather app to provide more targeted advice to communities during severe weather. 
The push notifications will include six types of weather warnings; tropical cyclone, fire weather, flood, tsunami, severe thunderstorms and severe weather.
Decision Support Services General Manager Sandy Whight said the new push notifications are another way the Bureau equips Australians with the information they need to make informed decisions.
“We’re constantly looking to improve our services wherever possible, and we know people already use the BOM Weather app to get valuable information about rain, wind, temperature, and warnings quickly and easily,” she said.
“People can now turn on push notifications for their set location and the BOM Weather app will proactively alert them when warnings are issued for those areas.

Alibaba Brings Back LiveNOW

Kuala Lumpur, May 19: Alibaba Group has announced the return of its  LiveNOW Training Programme, a corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) initiative dedicated to the Malaysian community. An extension of the inaugural LiveNOW programme in 2020, the 2022 edition will be remodelled to upskill and reskill more Malaysians, including the B40 group and other underserved communities, and help them unlock potential opportunities in the interactive e-commerce world.
Designed for individuals who are interested in exploring a career as a KOL live-streamer or online video producer, LiveNOW 2022 is also relevant for business owners, especially micro-entrepreneurs, who are keen to host their own Livestream or produce their own e-commerce videos to deepen consumer engagement.
Fully sponsored by Alibaba, the training will be conducted in three languages across three  Saturdays – 25 June for English, 2 July for Bahasa Malaysia, and 9 July for Mandarin.
All training sessions will be held online to accommodate more participants across the country.
Online registration for the Alibaba LiveNOW Training Programme 2022 ( is now open for all Malaysians aged 18 years and above. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
For more details about the training content, a replay of an introductory webinar held today is available on TV3’s YouTube channel.

Astro Go Shop Ushers In The Harvest Festival

Astro Go Shop ushers in the Harvest festival with discounts up to 40% off and FREE SHIPPING to East Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, May 20: Go Shop, Malaysia’s leading home shopping and eCommerce platform, ushers in the Harvest festival with its Kaamatan and Gawai campaign to offer discounts of up to 40 per cent off and free shipping to East Malaysia till 5 June as part of the Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai festivities this year. Customers can also enjoy RM15 off by using the codes GOSHOP15 with a minimum spend of RM180 and GOSHOP35 to enjoy RM35 off with a minimum spend of RM300.
In addition, customers can discover the newest and latest fashion and beauty brands on Go Shop through the Fashion & Beauty Spotlight campaign from 21 – 29 May with free shipping and discounts up to RM50 off. The campaign will feature popular fashion brands such as Hush Puppies and Hilly, to popular skincare brands like Crabtree & Evelyn and Melvita.
Catch the Fashion & Beauty Spotlight programme every Saturday and Sunday in Bahasa Malaysia on Go Shop BAARU (Astro CH111) at 11 am, or on Astro CH303 in Mandarin at 9 am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.
Check out more exciting deals and offers via Go Shop on Astro – Go Shop RUUMA CH118, Go Shop GAAYA CH120, CH111 in Bahasa Malaysia and CH303 in Mandarin.
For more information, go to or download the Go Shop app from Google Play and App Store.

Uzbekistan To Host AFC Women’s Club Championship 

Kuala Lumpur, May 20: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed the first of two host Member Associations (MAs) for the biggest-ever edition of the AFC Women’s Club Championship™ – Pilot Tournament, which will be held from August 15 to 28.
The Uzbekistan Football Association (UFA) will host the tournament for the clubs in the West, which is scheduled for August 20 to 26, while the host and match dates for the East will be determined in due course in the first edition to be held across the two AFC regions.
The confirmation of the full line-up of participating clubs for both regions is in the final stages with as many as seven participating clubs from India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, and Uzbekistan (West) as well as Chinese Taipei, Myanmar, and Thailand (East) expected to compete for supremacy, three more than the previous two pilot editions in 2019 and 2021.
The coveted Final between the West and East winners is poised to take place in conjunction with the AFC Cup 2022 Final scheduled for October 22.

Singapore Develops Maritime Drone Delivery Infrastructure 

The MoU is a significant step forward for the development of large-scale drone delivery operations in Singapore.

Singapore, May 20: Skyports, the world’s leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure developer and drone delivery services operator, and Jurong Port, the operator of Singapore’s only multi-purpose cargo port, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the development of ship-to-shore infrastructure at Jurong Port. 
The MoU is a significant milestone for the development of large-scale drone delivery operations in Singapore and expands on Skyports’ ongoing work in the country’s bustling maritime sector. The MoU will draw on Skyports’ global experience of building take-off and landing infrastructure for cargo drone deliveries to explore how drone delivery technology can be integrated into the existing logistics and cargo operations of Singapore’s Jurong Port.
Over the next year, Skyports and Jurong Port will commence joint studies to determine the feasibility and development of plans for cargo drone delivery operations and related infrastructure at Jurong Port.
The trials will be carried out simultaneously with ongoing port operations.
At the same time, Skyports will lead in the engagements with relevant public sector organisations, regulators, and private entities to further the development of critical regulatory frameworks for the deployment of large-scale cargo drone delivery services.
Jurong Port is a provider of best-in-class multipurpose port services, having served Singapore for more than 50 years as the main point of entry.
The company handles bulk, break-bulk and containerised cargo, and manages tens of thousands of vessel calls annually in Singapore’s sole multi-purpose port.

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