YINCHUAN, China, Sept 26  World Cyber Arena (WCA) 2014, a new event for world cyber gamers, will be held in Yinchuan, capital city of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Oct. 2.

The four-day games that attracts over 3,300 gamers from 29 countries and regions features seven events, including DOTA 2 and Warcraft III.

The WCA 2014 will provide a total of 20 million RMB (3.26 million U.S. dollars) as prize money for the seven events, according to the organizing committee on Thursday.

The WCA, jointly held by Yinchuan municipal government and Yinchuan International Game Investment Co.Ltd, will share the same competition system with the World Cyber Games (WCG), the largest global electronic sport tournament.

In February, 2014, The WCG committee announced to cease operating all tournaments and events this year.

SEOUL, Sept 26 Shares of local entertainment platforms nosedived this week soon after Samsung Electronics announced a new free music streaming service to go with its flagship smart devices, but an analyst report said Friday such impact will be fleeting.

The world's No. 1 maker of smartphones said Wednesday it will introduce "Milk" to go with its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4. The application also works on previous Galaxy models as well.

Soon after the announcement, investors offloaded shares in music distributors listed on the secondary bourse, in fear that the tech giant will eventually eat into their market shares.

Loen Entertainment Inc., which operates the country's largest music retail platform Melon that commands 24 million users with 3.1 million songs, crashed 14.96 percent on Thursday, virtually to the daily permissible limit of 15 percent.

KT Music Corp., operator of Genie, plunged 14.97 percent, and Neowiz Internet Corp., which owns the Bugs platform, also fell sharply by 6.67 percent to 15,400 won.

Analysts said, however, the trend will continue only for a limited time, and that the plunge is exaggerated, as Samsung's Milk is fairly different from existing platforms in characteristics.

Milk provides some 3.6 million songs free of charge on a streaming basis for users and does not require a separate account.

But unlike with existing music distributors, users cannot add a specific item to their playlist and instead must subscribe to a number of stations that recommend songs. Users can skip through the random recommended songs until they find a song they like.

Downloads are available for purchase.

The stations come in different varieties. For example, if a user selects "Idol," the category divides into girl groups, boy groups, entertainment agencies such as SM Town and JYP Nation, and specific singers.

"Radio-style streaming service limits users' choice for songs," said Jung Soo-hyun, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities Co. "Users still have to turn to other services to listen to the music they prefer."

"Also, the price burden for charged music services is not that high. Given mobile carriers' promotions, an average amount of 4,858 won (US$4.66) per month will allow users to enjoy unlimited downloads or streaming," Jung added.

Local platforms can run both on smart devices and personal computers, but Samsung Milk runs only on Galaxy products, limiting its use.

Milk was launched in cooperation with Soribada Inc., while the U.S. version is powered by Slacker Radio.

Samsung launched Milk first in the U.S. in March. It said the U.S. edition marked more than 4 million downloads over the past six months.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 Several high-impact South Korean and Japanese companies have indicated strong interests to expand and explore investment opportunities here ahead of Malaysian trade and investment missions to both countries next week.

The interests are centred on chemical, electrical and electronics, automotive, medical devices and renewable energy industries, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Azman Mahmud said.

Expressing his confidence that the trade missions would produce one of the biggest outcomes this year, he said the companies were considering business expansion, new investments and regional operation.

Mida aims to attract more cutting-edge green technology, biotech, advanced electronics, and hi-tech companies from both countries, he told a media briefing here today.

The five-day trade mission will be led by International Trade and Industry? Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Besides Azman, Matrade Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr. Wong Lai Sum, and senior executives from state and regional economic corridors and Malaysian companies will also be joining the 47-strong delegation.

Three seminars on business opportunities in Malaysia and individual business meetings will also be held in Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka during the visit.

Mustapa will also have separate meetings with Korean and Japanese leaders and head of agencies.

Japan's investment in Malaysia from 2009 to May 2014 totalled RM36.4 billion with 41,460 jobs created while that of South Korea amounted to RM13 billion with 9,276 jobs created. (BERNAMA MCOT online news)

BANGKOK, Sept 24 The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) has proposed an extension of Thailand’s long New Year holiday, one of the tourism stimulus measures for the Tourism and Sports Ministry to forward to the Cabinet for consideration, said Piyaman Tejapaibul, TCT chairperson.

GUANGZHOU, Sept 25 South China's Guangdong Province plans to publish information about prison inmates online in a bid to make prison management more transparent, local authorities said Wednesday.

SURAT THANI, Sept 24 Pol Gen Aek Angsananont, deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, went to Ko Tao today, 10 days after the murder of two British tourists there.

BANGKOK, Sept 24 Thailand's acting national police chief Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit expressed confidence that the killers of two Britons on Ko Tao last week will be arrested 'soon,' while revealing that some suspects might be hiding in Bangkok.

NAYPYIDAW, Sept 24  The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force Prajin Juntong is attending the 11th ASEAN Air Chiefs Conference (AACC) on his trip to Myanmar today through Friday.

BANGKOK, Sept 23  Academics have suggested that Thailand maintain precautionary measures against the outbreak of Ebola until next year, after the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted its spread would continue for another 6-9 months and not be limited to Africa, with more than 500,000 people expected to be infected with the virus.

Thailand's response measures against Ebola will be extended until February or June next year, according to Dr Prasert Thongcharoen, advisor to the Department of Disease Control under the Ministry of Public Health.

Dr Prasert said concerned authorities were ordered to intensify screening procedures among passengers arriving from Ebola affected countries at Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai airports and urged the appropriate authorities to provide overall information regarding Ebola to the public so they can monitor and control its spread.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:34

Japan is ready to boost trade with Thailand

BANGKOK, Sept 22 A top Japanese trade official is seeking Thailand's support for trade negotiations under the framework of the ASEAN Plus 6 and JTEPA groups.

Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said Japan's First Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Daishiro Yamagiwa met her and said that Thailand's support for resuming trade negotiations under the ASEAN Plus 6 framework would boost trade among the countries in the grouping.

Mr Yamagiwa emphasized facilitating products and product origins. and Ms Apiradi said that Thailand was ready to support such negotiation.

The Japanese vice minister also persuaded Thailand to resume Thai-Japanese trade negotiations under the framework of the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA).

Negotiations have been suspended for about five years due to unreadiness in both countries, especially their internal political problems.

Ms Apiradi said that resuming trade negotiations could boost Thai-Japanese trade.

The Japanese vice minister expressed concern regarding the status of the present Thai government.

Ms Apiradi said that although her government was not elected, it obeyed laws and had clear guidelines to promote investment.

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