Gareth Huntley: MISSING in Malaysia Jungle

31st May 2014, Singapore – News had spread like wildfire about a British man who went missing who trekking into a jungle at Tioman Island, Malaysia. Gareth Huntley from London was at the tropical island as a volunteer for a project to protect the endangered sea turtles that visits the shores of Malaysia.

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Gareth Huntley, 34, British National, Missing since 27th May 2014.
Before Gareth went missing, he told his fellow volunteers that he will be trekking to a waterfall and will be back by “2pm” however, Gareth was never seen again since Tuesday 27th May 2014. UK Foreign Office confirmed that a report had been made regarding the missing British man.

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The waterfall that Gareth Huntley supposedly trekked to.
It is also reported that several applications had been made to the Malaysian Authorities to authorized a full scale search & rescue operation but as of today, Malaysia authorities had not approved the search. The local islanders and the volunteers had been conducting the search for Gareth since he went missing.

Please help forward this to as many people as possible who might have seen him, rescued him etc.

Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo to Kick off the World Cup in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, CHINA–Media OutReach–May 20, 2014–One of the most influential players in sports today, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to tackle his way through football grounds before arriving at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong today. With one more month to go until the World Cup, and with the completion of the revamp of ‘The Champions’ zone at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Cristiano Ronaldo will be kicking off the 2014 World Cup fever with football fans and fellow ‘Champions’.

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With his passion for football, immense physical strength and lightning speed, Cristiano Ronaldo is a player with great talent. He started his career in 2001 and quickly came to the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson where he eventually signed with Manchester United in 2003. Now, the first ever Portuguese footballer to have won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award twice plays as a forward for Real Madrid in Spain and captains the Portugal national team in a bid to win the championship title in the World Cup.

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‘With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming up soon, we are honored to welcome Ronaldo as our second football star to be part of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

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In conjunction with the upcoming big event, we are excited to unveil our revamped ‘The Champions” area, where fans can now meet with their favorite sports heroes through an extended new setting,’ says Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

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To celebrate the occasion, guests who visit the attraction wearing a number ‘7’ football jersey starting today until July 13, 2014, will enjoy a 25% discount on their regular-priced admission ticket* and also a 7% discount on all Madame Tussauds Hong Kong branded souvenirs.

Cristiano Ronaldo will take up permanent residence at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong in the newly renovated ‘The Champions’ area, joining other sports stars such as David Beckham and Maria Sharapova.

*maximum purchase of two tickets per person

 

Appointment of New CEO and Creation of Executive Chairmanship Mark the Beginning of a New Era for the Group

– Targeting 1,000MW of installed capacity by 2016
– Further international expansion planned after successful Myanmar launch
– Renaming of Navigat Group as MAXpower Group

Singapore/Jakarta, Indonesia — Media OutReach 15 May 2014 —Navigat Group (“Navigat” or “the Group”), the South East Asian gas-to-power specialist, today announces the promotions of Arno Hendriks to Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and of Willi Goldschmidt to Executive Chairman, a newly created role. These appointments take effect immediately, broadening the board of directors. Arno and Willi will lead the Group into the next phase in its development. As CEO, Arno will head the entire Group, with a focus on building it into a leading distributed power company in the region. Willi, as Executive Chairman, will continue to drive the high-level development of Navigat and ensure its businesses in Indonesia achieve their long-term potential.

 

With effect from 15May 2014, the Group will also change its name to MAXpower Group Pte Ltd. (“MAXpower Group”) to better reflect its future potential as an increasingly important distributed power plant developer in the South East Asian electricity market.

 

Arno Hendriks is currently Chief Financial Officer of the Group, a role he has held since joining in May 2010. During this time he led transformational financing deals and secured USD104 million equity investment from high profile investors, including Standard Chartered Bank (‘SCB’)* and  seasoned Indonesian investors**. He raised USD270 million in debt finance in 2013, from co-lead arrangers SCB and OCBC. In addition to financing the Group’s expansion and leading a 45 strong accounting and analyst team, Arno has also played a key role in the international development of the Group into Myanmar and Thailand and the build-out of MAXpower’s distributed power business across the region. 

 

Willi Goldschmidt, co-founder and CEO of the Group and subsidiaries MAXpower and Navigat Energy since their formation, will become Executive Chairman. Under his leadership, Navigat Energy installed its first GE Jenbacher (‘GEJ’) engine in Indonesia in 2004 and rapidly grew to become the leading distributor of GEJ engines in the region. In 2012 Navigat Energy was named GEJ’s largest customer worldwide. MAXpower was launched in 2009 as a developer, owner and operator of gas-fired power plants in South East Asia, enabling the Group to build on its existing relationship with GEJ while dramatically increasing revenues and profit margins. To date, MAXpower has delivered 335MW of clean, scalable and affordable gas-fired power to some of the most remote and undersupplied parts of Indonesia and Myanmar. Led by Willi, the Group’s revenue grew to c.US$ 200 million in 2013, demonstrating its fast ascension in the South East Asia distributed power industry.

 

Arno Hendriks said: “As CEO, my plan is to set the bar even higher and to grow MAXpower Group into the leading gas-fired distributed power provider in South East Asia. My objective is to deliver 1,000MW of clean, scalable and affordable gas-fired power to our core markets of Indonesia and Myanmar by 2016, to seek new markets for expansion, and to develop large gas fired projects in the region.

 

“I have every confidence that we will achieve our ambitious targets thanks to the strong support of our financing partners, General Electric, our customers and our exceptionally skilled and hardworking staff which will grow from 650 today to 1,000 by 2015.

 

“The success of our business model and approach has been clearly proven. We build scalable power solutions for undersupplied areas in record times. By bringing electricity to the most remote communities of South East Asia MAXpower Group also makes a considerable contribution to the region’s economic and social development. Now all our efforts are focused on expanding our reach and scale.”

 

Willi Goldschmidt commented: “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved over the past ten years, having begun as an engine distributor and evolved into an international integrated power company that services multiple markets across South East Asia.

 

“I am passionate about this business, and about the impact it has made on some of the most remote communities of Indonesia where we have supported PLN’s efforts to bring the electrification rate to national levels.”

 

Commenting on Arno’s promotion to CEO, he added: “It is in full confidence that I cede the CEO role to Arno. He has been an exceptionally dynamic and result-focused executive over the past three years, and he is the right man to lead the Group into its next development phase.”

 

*USD25 million investment from Standard Chartered Private Equity in December 2013, and USD58 million investment from Standard Chartered IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund (“SCI Asia”) in January 2012

 

** Mahanusa Capital and Gunung Sewu Group invested US$21 million on 5 May 2014

About Arno Hendriks
Arno Hendriks, CEO, is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Arno served as the Group’s CFO for 4 years. Before joining the Group in May 2010, Arno served as a Managing partner of Asia Green Capital, a corporate finance company in Singapore. Prior to that, he spent four years as Managing Partner of a renewable energy/carbon company which he founded in 2004 with activities in Europe and South East Asia and four years as a Managing Director of a subsidiary of Petroplus International, a midstream oil and energy company. Arno started his career as an energy consultant and has over 20 years of international energy business experience, of which eight were in South East Asia. Arno holds a MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of management and a Master in Science degree from the University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.

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About The Navigat Group
The Navigat Group (or the “Company”) is SE Asia’s leading distributed power plant developer, owner and operator, with 335MW of installed capacity and operations in Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. It is also the second largest global distributor of General Electric (“GE”) Jenbacher power equipment, having sold over 1,000MW of units through its distribution licenses in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Navigat’s top holding company is incorporated in Singapore, and the Company is headquartered in Jakarta.

The Group’s main focus is the distributed gas to power market in SE Asia, and it typically pursues power projects of 5 – 100MW in size. Through its two major divisions, Navigat Energy (GE Jenbacher gas engine equipment sales and service) and MAXPower (IPP, BOOT and Rental projects), Navigat has the ability to pursue all distributed power opportunities along the value chain from equipment sales, to services, construction management, project development and asset ownership.
For more information: please visit Navigat /MAXPOWER website at www.maxpowergroup.com

 

Founder, Ex-CEO of Groupon HK Joins Paktor As Company Advisor, On Track to Reach 1M Users

– Key addition to help Paktor scale effectively and build significant business traction

SINGAPORE, 7 May 2014 — Paktor, Asia’s leading dating app with operations in Singapore, HK, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and more, announces Danny Yeung joins Paktor as a key company advisor, and that Paktor is on track to reach 1M users by Q2 2014.

“We’re extremely excited to have Danny onboard. Danny’s experience in scaling and building businesses in different industries has been tremendous, most notably having founded uBuyiBuy (acquired by Groupon) and building Groupon to be the #1 e-commerce platform in HK. Danny’s insight will be extremely helpful as we expand regionally, and execute on monetization strategies.” said Joseph Phua, Founder/CEO, Paktor.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this dynamic team and believe with Paktor’s growth and execution, they are the most well positioned company within the dating space to be the dominant player in the region.  We’ve all seen the success of Tinder, and Paktor is definitely making waves toward that. My experience will be helpful as Paktor navigates the landscape to execute on its initiatives and future fundraises.” commented Danny Yeung, Founder/ex-CEO, Groupon HK.

Paktor also announces that it is on track to reach 1M users in Asia by Q2 2014.  “Since we launched Paktor in July 2013, one of our milestones was to get to 1M users in 12 months; we are ecstatic to announce that we are on track to achieve this.  We have seen significant traction since the beginning of the year as we optimize all areas of our business.” said Joseph.

About Danny Yeung
Danny Yeung, a serial entrepreneur, founded his latest venture uBuyiBuy, which was subsequently acquired by Groupon after 6 months of operations. While at Groupon HK/TW, Danny led and scaled the business to revenues of over USD $100m annually, overseeing a staff of 350 and most importantly, being highly profitable.

Danny is a LP and Mentor for 500 Start-Up’s SEA fund in addition to being a General Member for AngelVest.

About Paktor
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Paktor is Asia’s leading dating app dedicated to helping Asian singles meet other singles. Paktor emphasizes anonymity, locality, and usability for our users. We find out who you’d like to meet nearby and connect you with them if they’re also interested.