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World-famous Contemporary Artist Mr Doodle Jets in to City of Dreams
Following the successful launch of the 'Mr Doodle First Exhibition in Macao' in early August, Melco Resorts & Entertainment welcomed the highly anticipated, world-famous contemporary artist to the City of Dreams for his first-ever live creation in Macao, unveiling his latest world premiere art creation. Today, at City of Dreams, in celebration of "Mr Doodle First Exhibition in Macao", Mr Doodle jetted into the flagship integrated resort of Melco to provide an exclusive demonstration of his unique creative process, showcasing his artistic talents by doodling a giant 2.5-meter by 1-meter sculpture with City of Dreams logo in front of a live audience exclusively for Melco. Mr Doodle also hosted a ceremony unveiling his latest world premiere art creation with Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office; Mr. Cheang Kai Meng, Vice President of Cultural Affairs Bureau; Ms. Cheong Man Fai, Head of the Department, Education and Youth Development Bureau; Mr. Clarence Chung, Board Director of Melco Resorts & Entertainment; Mr. David Sisk, Chief Operating Officer – Macau Resorts, Melco Resorts and Entertainment and Mr. Patrick Fan, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Forward Fashion Group. The latest world premiere art installation - "Mr Doodle | Mickey Mouse" Sculpture, stands at 30cm in height and adds a playful and artistic twist to the beloved Disney character, Mickey Mouse. The art piece captures the iconic character in his most classic pose with hands tucked behind his back, toes pointed, and standing tall with pride. Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide, each highly sought-after piece has been meticulously crafted from premium resin while the main body of the sculpture features a recurring arrangement of doodles created using Mr Doodle's relief technique. Co-organized by Melco Resorts & Entertainment and Artelli, with the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the support of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, "Mr Doodle First Exhibition in Macao" will be on display at City of Dreams until October 15. The exhibition features 24 original art pieces and four large-scale art installations created exclusively for City of Dreams. It is curated by Pearl Lam Galleries, Artelli and ARTOX GROUP and holds the distinction of being the Special Exhibition of "Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2023". Mr. David Sisk, Chief Operating Officer – Macau Resorts, Melco Resorts and Entertainment said, 'Melco is excited to welcome world-acclaimed artist Mr Doodle for his visit to the city showcasing his first-ever live creation performance exclusively at City of Dreams. In alignment with Melco's commitment to diversification and fully supporting the Macao SAR government's initiative on promoting the cultural exchange and artistic learning, we are honored to dedicate more incredibly diverse art and cultural activities for all Macao visitors and locals." Born in England, Mr Doodle is one of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, known for creating distinctive artworks characterized by intricate black and white lines and patterns that infuse everyday objects with a lively touch, his works have been exhibited in major galleries around the globe. In addition to the new live art creation, the exhibition also features four specially created art installations that are accessible to guests around-the-clock throughout the flagship integrated resort. These installations include "Doodle Love Wall", a large wall at City of Dreams Level 1 covered in Mr Doodle's signature patterns, boldly outlined figures, and symbols and motifs representing love; the "Doodle Showroom", an expansive 52-meters by 20-meters façade outside The Showroom adorned with Mr Doodle's signature 'doodling spaghetti'; the "Doodle Hall", a breathtaking immersive artwork covering the floors, walls and pillars of the Main Portal of City of Dreams with Mr Doodle's lively interlocking designs, alongside a giant LED video wall showcasing Mr Doodle's creative journey and the attractions of his first exhibition in Macao; and the "Doodle Cube", a multimedia art installation in the lobby of Morpheus that animates the diamond-shaped geometric structures, fluid curves, and free-flowing forms found in the hotel's architecture. Meanwhile, Mr Doodle's 24 original artworks at Artelli, the Pioneering Multi-dimensional Art Space, at The Showroom, are available for art tour by online reservation. Morpheus Lounge has also launched the Mr Doodle Afternoon Tea Experience, allowing guests to view the "Doodle Cube" while experiencing a unique and artistic afternoon tea for a complete immersive artistic journey exclusively at City of Dreams.
Kenanga Futures Unveils "Grow Your Futures" Campaign to Boost Retail Participation on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives
Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd ("Kenanga Futures") proudly announces its latest nationwide initiative, the "Grow Your Futures" Campaign. Geared towards building a smart derivatives trading community, this Campaign marks a stride forward in cultivating a network of savvy and well-informed traders. With a commitment to democratise access to the world of Futures, the Campaign which began on 4 September, is predicated on lowering barriers to entry through reduction in account opening fee (from RM3,000 to a nominal RM10), attractive prizes worth up to RM10,000, one-on-one coaching sessions, as well a commission-free trades. "Our emphasis on inclusive retail participation underscores our Campaign's commitment towards nurturing financial empowerment. It is an invitation to newcomers and novice Futures traders, providing them the opportunity to unlock the potential of this vehicle for portfolio diversification and risk management. It is a powerful avenue for hedging equity portfolios, as well as taking a position on the daily market fluctuations," says Azila Abdul Aziz, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director and Head of Listed Derivatives of Kenanga Futures. "Our steadfast belief is rooted in the transformational power of knowledge, because we understand that informed traders make confident decisions. Equipping our clients with tools, resources and educational support necessary for their journey, has been a cornerstone of our approach at Kenanga Futures," added Azila. As part of this campaign, account opening fee is reduced to a nominal RM10 from the standard RM3,000. Participants who trade a minimum of 10 Bursa Malaysia Derivatives contracts stand a chance to win the grand prize of a Blueshark R1 Smart Electric Scooter valued at RM10,000. Complementing this reward, participants are also in the running to win other prizes, including the Ultra-Light Series 4 Electric Scooter worth RM1,200, and e-Touch n'Go credit worth RM500. Taking this further, the first 50 participants who open a trading account with Kenanga Futures will benefit from a complimentary one-to-one coaching session, as well as 20 commission-free trades across any of the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives products highlighted below. The 12 Bursa Malaysia Derivatives products covered by this Campaign range from Crude Palm Oil Futures ("FCPO") and FBM KLCI Futures ("FKLI") to Options on FKLI, Gold Futures, Mini FBM 70 Index Futures, Options on FCPO, KLIBOR Futures, USD Crude Palm Oil Futures, RBD Palm Olein, East Malaysia Crude Palm Oil Futures, and 5-Year MGS Futures. The FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index Futures is also part of the line-up – a unique offering that provides leveraged exposure to companies recognised for their Environmental, Social and Governance practices. "We commend Kenanga Futures for their 'Grow Your Futures' Campaign' that aligns with our shared vision of fostering informed trading and investment strategies. Such initiatives promote investor awareness and market engagement, which contribute positively to the market's growth and dynamism," said Mohd Saleem Kader Bakas, Director of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives. Recent trends underscore an increasing appetite for derivatives trading, as evidenced by the total of 19.1 million contracts traded in the BMD market for 2022, surpassing the previous record of 18.4 million contracts in 2021 by 3.7%. This demonstrates the market's dynamic nature and its potential for substantial gains. In line with this surging interest, the "Grow Your Futures" Campaign presents an opportune path for traders. With its diverse and accessible product range, along with its educational initiatives, the Campaign seamlessly aligns with these evolving market dynamics, offering traders a promising avenue to capitalise on the changing landscape. For more information about Kenanga Futures and the "Grow Your Futures" Campaign, please visit http://www.kenangafutures.com.my
Metalloinvest Opens Its Green Metallurgy Enterprises to Tourists
Metalloinvest, a pioneer of green metallurgy in Russia, has opened its enterprises for industrial tourism. This endeavour holds significant appeal for industry professionals with a keen interest in cutting-edge technologies, alongside students and families with schoolchildren. More than 5,000 people have already visited the Company's facilities. The Company began operating guided tours this summer at its largest facility, Lebedinsky GOK, in the Belgorod region, where tourists can see the world's largest open-pit iron ore mine from an observation deck. With a width of 5 km, the pit earned its place in the Guinness Book of Records several years ago. Tours also include visits to the beneficiation plant and the direct iron reduction plant – the latter employs a technology that underpins the future development of green metallurgy. Since 2001, Lebedinsky GOK has been producing hot briquetted iron (HBI) – a form of direct reduced iron in the shape of convenient-to-transport briquettes. HBI is a sustainable raw material capable of cutting carbon dioxide emissions from steel production by up to 50%. Given steel companies' current drive to curtail carbon emissions and mitigate global warming, HBI is experiencing a well-deserved surge in demand, both within Russia and in export markets. Metalloinvest's other mining unit, Mikhailovsky GOK, located in the Kursk region, initiated industrial tourism as early as 2021. Its offering includes opportunities to take photographs with a giant mining truck and to eat meals at the miners' canteen. The steelmaking division of Metalloinvest, OEMK, began welcoming tourists earlier this year. OEMK adopted direct iron reduction technology to produce steel as far back as the 1980s, bypassing the use of traditional blast furnaces. With the industry's growing emphasis on curbing carbon emissions, the direct reduction of iron is now gaining traction as a sought-after technology for steel production. The world's largest steelmakers are turning to it when designing their new production facilities.
Hong Kong Survey Reveals Over Half of Middle-Aged and Elderly Unvaccinated Due to Low Pneumococcal Vaccination Awareness
Recent findings from a comprehensive survey conducted in Hong Kong have revealed an alarming lack of awareness about the pneumococcal vaccine, leaving more than half of the city's middle-aged and elderly population unprotected against this potentially deadly infection. Despite the established effectiveness of vaccination as a preventative measure against pneumococcal disease, the city's current vaccination rate is unsatisfactory. As the next generation of pneumococcal vaccines with broader serotype coverage becomes accessible in Hong Kong, international vaccination guidelines, including those from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have been updated to encompass the latest immunization recommendations. Hong Kong's medical and social welfare communities have come together to issue a joint appeal, urging the public to recognize the serious threat posed by pneumococcal disease. The appeal emphasizes the importance of preventive measures, particularly among high-risk individuals. Alarming low pneumococcal vaccination rate among high-risk elderly in Hong Kong "Pneumonia, predominantly triggered by pneumococcal disease, ranks as the second leading cause of death in Hong Kong," emphasized Dr Stanley Tam Kui-fu, President of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society. "With pandemic prevention measures relaxing, we're seeing a resurgence of serious illnesses linked to pneumococcal infections back to pre-epidemic levels. The elderly, particularly those grappling with chronic diseases, are at a significant risk. Their likelihood of hospitalization due to pneumococcal pneumonia is more than ten times higher compared to those in the 18-49 age group." Mr. Chow Chun-man, Vice President of Hong Kong Respiratory Nursing College, concurred, noting that older adults are particularly susceptible to severe complications from pneumococcal disease. "Many elderly patients hospitalized due to pneumococcal infections require intensive care and mechanical ventilation, with many suffering from significant sequelae, including reduced lung function, even after discharge," he remarked. To address the less-than-ideal vaccination rate — currently only 40% of the elderly population have been vaccinated — The Hong Kong Alliance of Patients' Organizations partnered with the School of Nursing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to conduct a territory-wide survey through 90 trained elderly health ambassadors, inviting individuals aged 50 and above to answer questions about their knowledge of pneumococcus and their attitudes towards vaccination. This extensive outreach has successfully garnered over 2,000 completed surveys, providing a wealth of insightful data with highlights as follows: 1. General public's knowledge of pneumococcal infection is limited, leading to oversight of the severe consequences it can bring. Few people pay attention to symptoms such as ear pain, mental confusion, and neck stiffness that may appear during pneumococcal infection, most focus only on symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Additionally, few people know that pneumococcus can also cause severe diseases such as meningitis and septicemia. 2. The ratio of total vaccinated population is low, mainly due to a lack of knowledge about the vaccine. Although the majority of people know that vaccination is an effective way to prevent pneumococcal infection, about half of the respondents have not been vaccinated. The primary reason for not getting vaccinated is "not knowing /do not have adequate knowledge about the pneumococcal vaccine". In addition, "lack of sufficient vaccine information" and "fear of vaccine side effects" are common reasons for not getting vaccinated. On the hand, about half of the people do not know where to get the pneumococcal vaccination, and they are unaware that individuals aged 65 or above are eligible to receive subsided or even free government vaccination services. 3. A single-dose pneumococcal vaccine providing sufficient protection could be a game-changer in terms of encouraging prompt vaccination More than 80% of respondents stated that if only one dose of vaccine is required to provide sufficient protection, it would increase their willingness to get vaccinated. Long-lasting protection, availability of free vaccination, and high safety profile of the vaccine are the most important considerations for pneumococcal vaccination. Professor Angela Leung Yee-man, Professor of School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who led this research, said: "The survey results show that in addition to strengthening disease education, information about vaccines needs to be more targeted and easier to understand to increase the vaccination rate among the elderly." CDC updates national guidelines for pneumococcal vaccination following Introduction of new-generation vaccines The HKSAR Government currently offers 13-valent and 23-valent pneumococcal vaccines. The former, a conjugate vaccine, provides long-lasting protection but only covers 13 serotypes. The latter, a polysaccharide vaccine, covers more serotypes but has a shorter duration of protection. In recent years, there have been breakthrough developments in pneumococcal vaccines with the emergence and subsequent registration of 15-valent and 20-valent pneumococcal vaccines by the Department of Health in Hong Kong. Professor Ivan Hung Fan-ngai, Chair Professor and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases of HKU Medical Faculty, pointed out that, both the aforementioned new vaccines are conjugate vaccines, offering durable protection, and cover a broader range of serotypes than the conventional 13-valent conjugate vaccine. Taking the 20-valent pneumococcal vaccine as an example, its coverage rate is 13.4% higher than that of the 13-valent vaccine, and at the same time covers the more popular serotypes overseas. He indicated that vaccines with broad serotype coverage are particularly important for Hong Kong as it is an open city with a mobile population that is susceptible to exposure to other serotypes of pneumococcus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its national guidelines for pneumococcal vaccination. The new guidelines reflect the most recent scientific insights and recommendations, ensuring the best possible protection against pneumococcal disease for the general population. The updated guidelines indicate that individuals aged 65 and above, or those aged 19-64 with chronic illnesses who have never been vaccinated against pneumococcal disease: should receive a dose of the 15-valent vaccine, followed by a dose of the 23-valent vaccine a year later; OR after receiving a dose of 20-valent vaccine, no additional pneumococcal vaccination is required. "New-generation vaccines cover a wider range of serotypes. It is important for the HKSAR Government to promptly update vaccination recommendations and provide subsidy for the elderly to get the latest vaccines free of charge, giving the high-risk individuals in our city a higher level of protection." Professor Ivan Hung remarked. Introduction of new-generation pneumococcal vaccine and simplified vaccination policy to boost uptake among Hong Kong elderly The HKSAR Government currently provides a pneumococcal vaccine subsidy scheme for individuals aged 65 and above. However, the type and dose of vaccine administered are decided based on the individual's medical history, and are divided into high-risk and low-risk groups, each with different vaccination arrangements and doses. Ms Iris Chang, President of the Hong Kong Academy of Pharmacy, believes that the complexity of the current vaccine measures can be confusing for the public and burdensome for healthcare professionals to explain, thus potentially deterring elderly individuals from getting vaccinated. She recommends that the government swiftly introduce the new-generation pneumococcal vaccine to expand serotype coverage, enhance herd immunity, and simplify the vaccination policy to encourage more elderly to get vaccinated. Mr Yuen Siu-lam, President of the Hong Kong Alliance of Patients' Organizations, also urges the government to strengthen public education on pneumococcal disease and enhance preventive measures. This includes lowering the threshold for vaccine subsidies, such as considering all individuals aged 65 and above, regardless of their risk level, for free pneumococcal vaccination. Moreover, as chronic diseases can increase the chance of severe illness and hospitalization, it is also recommended that patients aged 50-64 with chronic disease be provided with subsidies to allow more high-risk individuals to be protected by the vaccine.
Tanoto Foundation gives S$1m to Singapore National Eye Centre to Combat Age Related Macular Degeneration
Tanoto Foundation today announced a donation of S$1 million to the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) to support a three-year research programme into gene therapy to combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic, irreversible eye condition that affects 200 million people worldwide. Due to ageing population and longer life spans, this number is set to increase to 240 million by 2030. AMD can result in loss of vision because of damage to the macula, or central part of the retina, and is a major cause of blindness in those over 50 years old. The condition is more prevalent in countries with ageing populations, such as Singapore, where around one in four citizens will be over 65 years old by 2030. There are two forms of AMD, early and late. The early form of AMD is not immediately sight threatening but the late neovascular form of AMD (nAMD), where there is abnormal growth of blood vessels that can result in bleeding or swelling, is responsible for 90% of blindness in AMD cases. In Singapore, the prevalence of AMD is estimated to be about 5.1% (five out of every 100 individuals) for early AMD and one in every 200 individuals for nAMD, above the age of 40. The research programme, which will be funded by Tanoto Foundation and led by scientists from the SNEC and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), will focus on the development of new gene therapies to address AMD. Gene therapy is broadly defined as a therapeutic technique to modify a patient's genes to treat or cure disease. This can work by replacing or inactivating defective genes. Imelda Tanoto, Member of the Board of Trustees, Tanoto Foundation, said: "We recognise that in old age, vision, which impacts mobility significantly, affects the quality of life. With a long standing commitment to support medical research especially in Asia-prevalent diseases, we also leverage Singapore's quality healthcare and research ecosystem to build meaningful partnerships and pilot medical innovations that are scalable to the region. Our partnership with SNEC to advance gene therapy research is a great example." Since 2009, the Tanoto Foundation has contributed more than S$20 million towards research and advocacy for various treatments for major health issues, such as cardiology, oncology and diabetes. Professor Aung Tin, CEO, SNEC, said: "We are grateful for the support from Tanoto Foundation in advancing research into the use of gene therapy to address AMD. This condition is a major cause of vision loss, resulting in significant economic and healthcare costs. The number of individuals affected by AMD is fast rising, partly due to our ageing population. The support from Tanoto Foundation will help us devise promising new gene therapies, which can potentially reduce the required number of treatments per year for nAMD patients and can help improve their quality of life." Current treatments are in the form of regular, often lifelong injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents into the eye, administered on average about every two to three months. The overall healthcare burden in the United States for AMD is estimated to be US$4.6 billion. This burden is also comparable to other first world nations such as Singapore. By introducing a new gene into the body to trigger its own cells to produce therapeutic agents, this gene therapy research programme can potentially significantly reduce the number of injections a patient may require to combat AMD as this treatment will be long-lasting. If the research is proven to be successful, it can potentially be extended to other retina diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vessel occlusion. The research team comprises clinicians and scientists from SNEC/SERI, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore and the Centre for Vision Research at Duke-NUS Medical School. This clinician-scientist collaboration is a testament to the ongoing strong collaborative efforts to translate novel therapies from bench to bedside.
Amari Johor Bahru Wins Best Halal Destination Award At The Majestic Johor Tourism Awards 2023
Amari Johor Bahru, a 5-star hotel situated in the heart of Johor Bahru accepted the Best Halal Destination Award at the recent Majestic Johor Tourism Awards 2023. The annual event took place at Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri, on August 27, 2023, highlighting over 40 award categories encompassing the vibrant local tourism scene. Ms. Pauline Chua, the General Manager of Amari Johor Bahru was present at the ceremony to receive the acknowledgement. “We are pleased upon attaining this award and it reflects on the effort Amari Johor Bahru has put in order to be an inclusive hub not only limited to food services but also other facilities like the designated prayer rooms that we provide at the hotel. As a key player in the Johor tourism industry, I believe that our hotel has become a prominent contributor to its development in making halal tourism effortless and we will be continuing these pivotal initiatives.” Ms. Chua remarked on Amari Johor Bahru’s role in providing a Muslim-friendly destination. Catering to the needs of Muslim guests, the city hotel's all-day-dining restaurant, Amaya Food Gallery offers a variety of Muslim-friendly menu options. Despite the hotel's specialisation in Thai food, the chefs assimilate the authentic Thai dishes with halal options, ensuring that Muslim guests could relish the genuine flavour of Thailand while adhering to their religious obligations. In addition to this award, Amari Johor Bahru has also been accredited the Muslim-Friendly Accommodation Recognition (MFAR) by the Islamic Tourism Centre of Malaysia (ITC). Notably, Amari Johor Bahru holds a halal certificate in its efforts to be inclusive in the city centre. Those seeking venues for Muslim-friendly events, from weddings to corporate gatherings, will find the hotel's offerings to be in line with halal standards. Just recently, the hotel introduced new wedding packages that include halal menu options to be served at the reception. The respective bundles were curated to be hosted at Amari Johor Bahru’s function rooms.
Hong Kong Life Supports Stage Play "Tuesdays with Morrie"
Hong Kong Life is always committed to promoting physical and mental health to the public and customers and driving the long-term development of local art culture by supporting different types of artistic creations. Hong Kong Life is honored to be one of the sponsors of the stage play "Tuesdays with Morrie", which is adapted from the world-renowned book "Tuesdays with Morrie". By supporting this stage play, Hong Kong Life aims to inspire audiences to contemplate the true meaning of life and cherish the people and things around us. The play, based on real people and real events documented in Mitch Albom's bestselling book, takes viewers stepping on a life transformation journey. As one of the sponsors, Hong Kong Life aims to infuse positive energy into the society and introduce the colorful world of stage plays to the public. In the coming months, Hong Kong Life will launch various promotions and engaging activities to complement the play's promotion. Stay tuned for the latest information by following Hong Kong Life's official Facebook page. The stage play "Tuesdays with Morrie", which is produced by HK Arts, Culture & Creativity Limited (藝文創), has officially unveiled at a press conference on 22 August, 2023. Attendees included Mr. Maurice Lee (李偉民), the Producer, Mr. Dominic Cheung (張可堅), experienced theater worker and director, and Mr. Alex Fong (方力申), renowned artist, venturing into stage performance for the first time. "Tuesdays with Morrie" will grace the stage at the Rita Tong Liu Drama Theater, located in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, from 3 to 12 November 2023. Tickets will be available for sale through the HK Ticketing starting from 5 September 2023. The story of "Tuesdays with Morrie" comes from real people and real events. The original book, authored by Mitch Albom, narrates his poignant encounters with the terminally ill professor Morrie Schwartz. Since its publication in 2006, the book has captivated millions of readers worldwide, sold nearly 20 million copies in over 31 languages, adapted to film, television dramas, and stage plays. The Cantonese version of the play was translated by the late talented Mr. Rupert Chan (陳鈞潤). Mr. Jonathan Ko, Chief Marketing Officer of Hong Kong Life, said, "Hong Kong Life is thrilled to support the stage play 'Tuesdays with Morrie' as part of our ongoing dedication to fostering physical and mental wellness and nurturing the local art development. The play's thought-provoking storyline and exceptional performances of the artists promise to leave a lasting impression to the audiences, encourage self-reflection and appreciation of the meaning of life."
Summer Fun at 7-Eleven with A Touch of Kyoto Style Doraemon Teams Up with Iconic Kyoto Brand SOU•SOU for the First Time Ever
The allure of Japanese design is captivating more and more Hongkongers as they seek minimalist yet distinctive pieces to elevate their living spaces. This summer, 7-Eleven is launching an all-new Japanese-inspired homeware collection to add "A Touch of Kyoto Style" to your home. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration, 7-Eleven has teamed up with the beloved Japanese cartoon character Doraemon and the renowned Kyoto-based brand SOU*SOU. The result? An enchanting crossover that blends SOU*SOU's exquisite prints with the charm of Doraemon, stylishly captured in a series of 8 "A Touch of Kyoto Style" SOU GOOD glasses. These SOU GOOD Japanese Style Glasses come in two super cute designs: the SOU GOOD Roly Poly Glass with Lid and the SOU GOOD Dome Glass with Lid. Crafted from crystal-clear borosilicate glass, these glasses showcase a refined Japanese aesthetic, perfect for the summer season. The entire print collection has been lovingly created by Japanese designers from SOU*SOU. Among the standout designs is the whimsical "Number Games" glass, where Doraemon's mischievous charm blends seamlessly with SOU*SOU's iconic numeric patterns in vibrant summer hues. First up is the "Suzushiroso" design, featuring calming shades of blue reminiscent of Doraemon himself. Then there's the "Serenity" design, an elegant nod to the artistry of an Easter egg. And lastly, the "Playful Patterns" design offers a contemporary and vibrant twist on traditional Kyoto motifs. Delicately detailed and full of colour, these prints effortlessly blend simplicity and playfulness and will surely put a smile on your face. SOU GOOD Roly Poly Glass with Lid Series (four designs) - These glasses epitomise relaxation. With their unique rounded base design, their gentle sway transports you into the world of Doraemon, where all your worries fade away. Crafted from lightweight yet durable borosilicate glass, they're as clear as a summer day and versatile enough to handle both icy cool refreshments and piping hot brews. Think homemade layered iced coffees or a rainbow of fruit-infused teas. And for those who enjoy a tipple or two, these glasses are perfect for swirling wine, letting it breathe and evolve with each delicate swirl. The multi-purpose lid not only keeps dust at bay but can also be placed at the base of the glass to stabilise it. It also doubles as a handy snack holder for nibbles. What's more, the lids are adorned with different Doraemon designs – a charming additional detail. SOU GOOD Dome Glass with Lid Series (four designs) – Brace yourself for a 3D spectacle, as Doraemon's charming face graces the lids, adding extra excitement to every sip. Place the lids beneath the glass, and you'll find Doraemon playfully peeking out as you enjoy your drink, creating a charmingly whimsical effect sure to delight you and your guests. The lids can be mixed and matched with different designs, so collect all four for limitless combinations! These glasses aren't just for drinks – they're versatile companions for your desk, elegantly storing everything from stationery to makeup brushes or even succulent plants. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination! The 8 "A Touch of Kyoto Style" SOU GOOD Japanese Style Glasses will be exclusively available at 7-Eleven starting from 7am on 30 August. Calling all Doraemon and SOU*SOU fans – get ready to infuse your home with some Japanese-inspired style today!
Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games Invites Helbert Remoroza Climaco to Share How This Event Turned His Archery Dream into Reality
The Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games concluded successfully on August 8th, which involved athletes from 113 different countries and regions, with a total of 6,500 athletes competing in 18 different sports. It recently invited Helbert Remoroza Climaco, an archery player from the Philippines, to share his stirring life story and how this event turned his archery dream into reality. "14 years ago, I dreamed of becoming an archery player - a boy with a deep passion but with few resources to start with. Looking back, when I was 4 years old, I can still remember vividly that I used to make a bow out of a broom stick and a nylon rubber band as a string. Little did I know that becoming an archery player is way from what I was thinking. It's not an overnight success or as easy as 1, 2, 3," he said. Just a little bit of knowledge about how poor his life was, he experienced harvesting rice at the early age of 12. He also helped prepare the farm for planting rice and corn and carried sacks of rice from the middle of the rice field to a nearby road under the sun's heat. He was in grade 7 in high school when he saw that there was an archery sport offered in school. In grade 8, he started joining this sport at the school where he was enrolled. Since his parents couldn't afford to buy equipment for him, he used to borrow from school. The bow that he used for years, from grade 8 to grade 10, was a wooden bow. Then in 11 grade, someone from another school allowed him to borrow a bow, which was better than the one he had used before. That bow was a big help for him to compete in Palarong Bicol or the Regional Meet as they called it. Regional Athletic Meet is the only highest level he achieved for two consecutive years in high school, from grade 10 to grade 11 (2016-2017). Then, he stopped shooting archery, and the 2017 Palarong Bicol was the last time that he shot. From 2017 to 2020, he trained archers for his former and other high schools for free. After the pandemic in February 2021, he joined a virtual 18-metre archery tournament organised by World Archery Philippines (WAP), a dry-run for the upcoming Indoor Archery World Series Online organised by World Archery (WA). One week later, he registered for that event and was the only archer from the Bicol Region to participate in this World Ranking Event. He also competed in the 3rd Japan Remote Archery Festival, organised by the All Japan Archery Federation (AJAF), one day apart from the World Archery Event. After those competitions, he encouraged other archers in nearby provinces and cities in the Bicol Region to return to archery, who had stopped shooting because of the pandemic. "I realised that I had never been to the Palarong Pambansa (National Games), but I now had the opportunity to represent the Philippines in international competitions due to the virtual format. The pandemic brought us negative effects, but, it also gave me an opportunity in archery that I had never achieved before," he added. When he heard about the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, he felt nervous and excited because it came to his mind as he had previously only watched it on YouTube and the World Archery Facebook Page; now, he has the chance to participate. However, it was too slim a chance for him to compete at the FISU Games because it required a significant amount. "I'm so blessed because the Official Website and Social Media Team of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games assisted me in finding a sponsor for my participation. I am genuinely grateful to the anonymous person who made my dreams come true. My family is overjoyed by this. Then, I travelled alone to Chengdu and competed at the FISU Games without a coach or teammates," he said gratefully, "I want to express my gratitude to the Official Website and Social Media Team of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games because they picked me in the airport. While on the bus from the airport to FISU Games Village, I didn't notice my eyes tearing up. Until then, I couldn't believe I was in Chengdu and the dream I had been praying for was now a reality." On the field, although he was the only archer from the Philippines, he never felt alone because Team Switzerland and Team Australia helped him a lot. The coaches of both delegations guided him during his first match, where he won against a higher-ranked Slovakian archer. "The Chengdu 2021 FISU Games is very memorable - I had the chance to meet other top-ranked archers from around the world, including one of my South Korean idols who also won an individual title, and I made new friends," he noted. "I'm incredibly blessed and happy. Thank you to the anonymous person who sponsored my participation. To the Chengdu 2021 Official Website and Social Media Team - Thank you so much for everything you've done for me from the very start! Thank you to all the people who helped me. Lastly, to my family for the unending support and love that you gave to me." In the future, He plans to be a teacher rather than a seafarer to pursue my dreams in archery. He was setting his sights on the Rhine-Rhur 2025 FISU World University Games if he could participate. Also, he is planning to continue to train archers for free, to inspire them and to motivate them to keep going, no matter what happens."I firmly believe that as I reflect on my journey in archery, the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games will forever stand as one of the most significant and cherished moments of my career."
Dive into iShopChangi Tax AbsorbMania: Present Your Receipts & Reclaim Your Taxes in Singapore
Put your shopping shoes on and step into a world of excitement, where shopping becomes a skilful Great Whirlpool game with a chance to win captivating prizes totalling up to S$30,000. Indulge in your shopping spree, where a receipt entitles you to redeem a once-off exclusive iShopChangi tax redemption worth up to S$30*. From luxury beauty products to the latest tech releases, iShopChangi brings forth the ultimate shopping experience, the Tax AbsorbMania. Showcasing a series of pop-up stores throughout Singapore, running for five-days each, experience GST-absorbed shopping and event-exclusive deals of more than 60% in savings from favourite brands such as Estée Lauder, Chloé, Apple and more. Both travellers and non-travellers, can wave goodbye to those tax woes and prepare for a shopping spree, sans the guilt! Easily Enjoy a Tax Redemption* Making the most of Tax AbsorbMania at iShopChangi’s pop-up store and reducing the cost of your online purchases with the delight of tax redemption is a breeze. Simply present any locally-issued receipt(s) with the Goods & Services Tax (GST) value when you visit any of the pop-up stores physically. If you're new, ensure you register for an account with iShopChangi. Once done, you'll receive a special iShopChangi promotion code on-site (based on your receipt spend) that will allow you to immediately offset your online purchases by up to S$30*. Remember, a visit to the physical store is a must to secure your tax redemption promo codes! *Up to S$30 only. Terms & Conditions apply. The promotional codes pertaining to the “Tax redemption” and shared at the event are applicable to both travellers and non-travellers and valid from 30 August 2023 to 3 September 2023 only. The Great Whirlpool Game All geared up for some game-time thrill? Have a go at The Great Whirlpool Game and receive one of many prizes, which total up to a whopping S$30,000 - crowned by the ultimate grand prize - iPhone 14 128GB (worth more than S$1,000). There are also prizes from notable brands - Mt.Sapola, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, MAC Cosmetics, along with Changi Pay and iShopChangi vouchers, up for grabs, every catch promises a dash of delight. Candy Floss Delight End off your shopping spree with an added touch of delight by treating yourself to a delectable candy floss creation. With a vibrant candy floss machine at your service, craft custom-designed candy flosses. Simply select your desired candy floss design, insert the candy floss stick, and within a mere 60 seconds, you'll be able to enjoy your uniquely crafted candy floss. In-store Shopping Fiesta Revel in the in-store Shopping Fiesta and immerse yourself in an exclusive showcase of iShopChangi's top-tier offerings. Experience firsthand the culmination of top-notch quality of products from well-known brands and unrivalled savings as prices are lowered for a limited period. Ready to jump on the opportunity to explore bestsellers in-store, where event-exclusive savings await you? Peruse the remarkable range, make your selection, and enhance your experience by scanning the in-store product QR codes. Cart out online using the specially provided promo codes and unlock even more substantial savings reserved solely during each exclusive five-day event. Beauty Buffet Indulge in the ultimate beauty banquet and discover a diverse range of beauty products and beloved Beauty Sets from both local and international brands. Grab special bundles and deals to maximise your savings while enjoying attractive gift-with-purchase offers! Dive into luxurious offerings such as the IDS Skincare Summer Refresh Revival Set at a tantalising S$124, 13% off its original price and the Clinique Blockbuster Set, a steal at just S$127, 64% off its original price. And don't forget to empower yourself with the Estée Lauder Blockbuster Set for a mere S$252, slashed down by 50% from its original price. To give you a flavour of how exciting these in-store beauty bundles are, the Estée Lauder Blockbuster Set, for instance, contains the following: 1 x Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex 75ml 1 x Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex 7ml 1 x Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme 5ml 1 x Micro Essence Treatment Lotion 15ml 1 x Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam 30ml 1 x Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara 1 x Pure Envy Lip Balm 1 x Cream & Tan Cosmetic Bag Style Edit Elegance finds its match in iShopChangi’s curated fashion collection that offers a seamless blend of stylish handbags and home fragrances. Treasure the Gnome & Bow Gulliver Zip Coin Pouch Card Holder, now at S$102, down by 20%, and the radiant collections from Chow Tai Fook such as the 999 Pure Gold Alphabet Charms and 999 Pure Gold Pendant - Otter R33083 (a Singapore exclusive), offering a sweet 5% off with a minimum spend of S$399. Also, enhance your home living with top picks like the Mt. Sapola Aroma Nebuliser, Home Scent Rose Geranium 200ml Duo Set, and Home Scent Lemongrass 450ml Duo Set, all going at slashed prices. Tech & Gadgets Calling all tech trailblazers! Unlock phenomenal savings with discounts of up to 60% on a range of technology assortment - encompassing everything from mobile and smart devices to computers, peripherals, cameras, and drones — all available at competitive prices. Elevate your audio game with the dazzling Samsung Galaxy Buds2, priced at S$95, a massive 52% off its original price. Take it a step further and blast your favourite tunes through the Nakamichi Soundbox Lite for just S$63.89 after shaking off 35% from the usual price. Take ultra-clear pictures in any situation as you treat yourself to a new mobile phone experience with the OPPO Reno10 Pro+, going at S$1063.89 after a 7% discount. Unveil your inner radiance like never before with Ya-Man Photo Plus Prestige S, which you can take home for just S$772.15 after a 41% discount. Drinkers Party Celebrate with a toast to a captivating selection of Wines & Spirits, offering an extensive range that includes premium bestsellers, limited-edition picks, and everyday favourites. Discover competitive prices that cater to every palate. Savour the aged perfection of Yamazaki 18 Years Japanese Whisky, down 8% at S$2,650, or toast to the good times with The Choya Royal Honey 700ml, set to retail at only S$40.75 after a 25% discount. $50 and Under Hotshots Discover an exclusive trove of adored must-haves from beauty, wellness to tech bundles, each flaunting a price of S$50 or less. Shake off 31% from the original price of Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence Of Chicken, and take a pack home at just S$49.90. Treat your skin to what it deserves with the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask EX 70ml + 75ml Set, priced at S$50 after a stunning 56% off. Travel Favourites Jetting off or touching down at Changi Airport? Turn your transit into a treat with iShopChangi. Sip in style with the Johnnie Walker Black Label 1000ml at a cool S$52.70, or refresh with the Roku Gin Select Edition 1000ml for just S$52.30. Check out other beauty favourites amongst travellers such as Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Daily Routine and fragrances from brands such as Byredo, Chloe, Gucci and more. From the Penhaligon's Portraits Scent Library 10x2ml to the Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Daily Routine 6 Items, find the ultimate travel companion to keep your skin hydrated and enveloped in wondrous scents. Simply plan ahead and make your purchases between 30 days and 12 hours pre-flight. Your shopping haul awaits at our Collection Centres in every departure hall. And, because iShopChangi loves making travel sweeter, stack up a cart worth S$59 and your purchases can be whisked right to your doorstep in Singapore. Unbox More Surprises with iShopChangi The celebration is always in full swing on iShopChangi and new users can get in on the action too. As you immerse in iShopChangi’s offerings, consider checking out with Changi Pay. New to it? Here’s a sweet deal: for first-timers who spend a minimum of S$50, a delightful discount of S$10 awaits you. Moreover, by entering the code <ISCNEW20> at checkout, you can receive S$20 off your first purchase of S$79 or more. Participating brands under the following store experiences: BEAUTY BUFFET: Crystal Tomato, IDS Skincare, SK-II, The Estée Lauder Companies, ést.lab, HEURE, IREN Shizen, RE:ERTH, BSKIN STYLE EDIT: Gnome & Bow, Chow Tai Fook, Mt.Sapola TECH & GADGETS: Apple, Samsung, Oppo, OGAWA, OSIM, Bose, Sony, Fitbit, Ya-Man, Nintendo, Polaroid, Nakamichi, Rakuten Kobo DRINKERS’ PARTY: Hibiki, Yamazaki, The Macallan, The Dalmore, Jack Daniel's, Glenfiddich, Dassai, Bottega, Penfolds, Choya TRAVEL FAVOURITES: Lotte Duty Free, The Shilla Duty Free S$50 & UNDER HOTSHOTS: ANKER, Bobbi Brown, Chow Tai Fook, Estée Lauder, Holistic Way, IDS Skincare, Kinohimitsu, Lab Series, Laneige, Lao Xie Zhen, LARQ, M.A.C, New Moon, Nintendo, Origins, Sony THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL GAME: Changi Pay, Mt.Sapola, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, MAC Cosmetics, Kinohimitsu, Polaroid, Nikka, Baidu, ANKER iShopChangi iShopChangi was launched in 2013 as an extension of Changi Airport’s promise to deliver greater comfort and convenience to travellers in its suite of airport retail offerings. Passengers can browse and purchase tax- and duty-free products across all terminals between 30 days to 12 hours piShopChangi was launched in 2013 as an extension of Changi Airport’s promise to deliver greater comfort and convenience to travellers in its suite of airport retail offerings. Passengers can browse and purchase tax- and duty-free products across all terminals between 30 days to 12 hours pre-flight on the e-store – and choose to collect their items at Collection Centres within departure, upon arrival or have them delivered free in Singapore. Providing easy access to over 30,000 products across 900 brands and exclusives such as Changi First product launches, the site has since received global recognition with its award for Best Website – Retail Customer Facing at The Moodies: the Airport and Travel Retail Digital Media Awards 2018. In early 2020, the e-commerce store started to retail a selection tax- and duty-absorbed products to Singapore-based residents without the need to fly.re-flight on the e-store – and choose to collect their items at Collection Centres within departure, upon arrival or have them delivered free in Singapore. Providing easy access to over 30,000 products across 900 brands and exclusives such as Changi First product launches, the site has since received global recognition with its award for Best Website – Retail Customer Facing at The Moodies: the Airport and Travel Retail Digital Media Awards 2018. In early 2020, the e-commerce store started to retail a selection tax- and duty-absorbed products to Singapore-based residents without the need to fly.
DrGo launches innovative DrGo Me+ personalised nutritional supplement pack
DrGo, HKT's one-stop telemedicine platform, announced the launch of DrGo Me+, an innovative personalised nutritional supplement pack. Based on advice from professional nutritionist and pharmaceutical body, DrGo Me+ puts together customised nutritional supplements in handy daily packets and delivers them directly to the user's doorstep. DrGo Me+ revolutionises the concept of bespoke healthcare, providing users with a more convenient and tailored approach to a healthy lifestyle. "My Personalised Supplement Pack": Professional nutritional care tailored to personal needs Driven by its commitment to leveraging advanced technology for effortless personal health management, DrGo has presented an innovative solution for personalised nutrition supplementation through DrGo Me+. By simply accessing the DrGo Me+ platform, users are guided through a survey1 designed by a nutritionist and validated by the Hong Kong Pharmaceutical Care Foundation, aiming to provide insights about their lifestyle, dietary habits, and health goals. Upon completion of the survey, DrGo will instantly generate a curated list of recommended supplements tailored for the user, with information on the health benefits of each type of supplement. Daily personalised pack of supplements, meeting user's daily nutritional supplement needs DrGo Me+ packages the supplements into personalised daily packs according to daily requirements before dispatching them to the user's designated location in Hong Kong. With just one pack a day or to take as needed, users can effortlessly meet their nutritional supplement needs, sparing them from the hassle of storing and carrying multiple bottles while helping to reduce the chance of missing doses, hence help to reap the most benefits from the supplements. DrGo Me+ offers monthly subscription plans spanning 30 or 90 days that can be cancelled or modified2. With an average price of HK$282, users can enjoy a 30-day plan of up to four supplements that cater to their health needs along with delivery, ensuring that their health regimen will not be interrupted. Teresa Ng, Chief Commercial Officer of DrGo, said, "The consumption of health supplements as a means to enhance one's wellbeing has become a growing trend. Even the younger members of the workforce are seeking nutritional supplements to improve their physical health and augment their work performance. Yet the market is overflowing with a bewildering variety of such products, often making it difficult for consumers to find products that genuinely cater to their health needs. They may also realise, only after consumption, that the product has fallen short of their expectations. Professional guidance is rarely sought prior to making such purchases. DrGo Me+ aims to address these challenges by empowering users with an understanding of their personal nutritional needs with professional guidance. From the comfort of their homes, users can access nutritional supplements tailored to their personal health needs conveniently and efficiently." Terry Chiu, Council Member of the Hong Kong Health Foods Association and collaborating partner of DrGo, said, "A survey3 conducted by the Hong Kong Health Foods Association in October 2020 revealed that about 90% of respondents are in the habit of purchasing health products. Notably, nearly 40% of those polled indicated that they had purchased more health products since the onset of the pandemic, with the intention of bolstering their immunity. These findings underscore the public's eager pursuit of health products that are of high quality and effective." S.C. Chiang, Director from the Hong Kong Pharmaceutical Care Foundation emphasised the crucial importance of expert advice in maximising benefits derived from nutritional supplements. "Distinct health challenges, such as sleep irregularities, psychological stress, skin conditions as well as gastrointestinal and immune health, can be addressed through the intake of specific nutrients. However, an individual's nutritional state is shaped by various factors, including dietary habits and lifestyle. This means that the supplementary nutrients and dosage required differ markedly from person to person. A bespoke nutritional plan, therefore, is more effective in meeting individual needs. In fact, the medical community consistently advises that the public consults with professionals prior to taking health products to help prevent excessive intake, which could lead to failure to deliver the expected health benefits and trigger adverse reactions." To experience personalised nutritional supplement packs from DrGo Me+, please visit our website at www.drgohealthstore.com.hk/meplus-supplement/. To register with DrGo, please download the DrGo app at https://drgohkt.page.link/download_app. For more details, please call DrGo's service hotline at +852 2380 2323 or visit DrGo's website at www.drgo.com.hk. ### Remarks: 1 The survey and suggestions of supplements were designed by nutritionist Mandy Wong and endorsed by the Hong Kong Pharmaceutical Care Foundation. 2 A user's subscription of personalised pack will be automatically renewed every 30 / 90 days (depending on whether the user has subscribed to a 30-day or 90-day plan). A user may cancel or modify the automatic renewals at least 3 days prior to the expiry date of the 30-day / 90-day plan. 3 The survey was conducted by the Hong Kong Health Foods Association from 5 to 18 October 2020, during the 2020 epidemic period, on Hong Kong people's health supplement consumption habits, with 570 individuals successfully interviewed and a 92% response rate.
John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises Highlights Importance of ‘Transformative Learning’ for Family Businesses
The Kellogg School of Management's John L. Ward Center ('the Ward Center') for Family Enterprises has highlighted the value of 'transformative learning' as a means of supporting long term succession planning for family businesses and managing the transition between generations. At the Global Family Business Summit, held today in Singapore by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, one of the leading research and teaching universities in the U.S., experts from the Ward Center shared research on family business trends and outlined specific learning approaches to help family businesses protect and enhance the value of their operations and build capacity over time. As part of its commitment to continuously developing its teaching capacity, the Ward Center collaborates with external partners, such as Tanoto Foundation, who share insights gleaned from decades of business which in turn contribute to the research carried out by the Center. Francesca Cornelli, dean of the Kellogg School of Management, said: "When family businesses grow, they face challenges which are different than other types of businesses. Families have to adapt to expansions and new challenges, sometimes in a short time span. It is therefore important to consider new approaches to build capacity and ensure an effective transition between generations". "The Ward Center's educational programming and groundbreaking research is an asset to family businesses across Asia and around the world, and I'm thrilled we were able to convene so many prominent family business leaders in Singapore for these important conversations," she added. Dr. Matt Allen, Executive Director of the Ward Center for Family Enterprises, said: "In many cases, the next generation of family businesses will have witnessed their companies evolve from a nascent stage to a vast and intricate present. This is why we have introduced what we call 'transformative learning', in which we use innovative teaching methodologies to help students and their families to rethink how they can work together for the future of their businesses". The Global Family Business Summit takes place against a backdrop of the steady growth in family businesses, both globally and in Asia. Research from PwC published last March showed that 71% of family businesses reported growth in their last financial year, while the number of family offices based in Singapore has increased exponentially in recent years. Dr. J. Satrijo Tanudjojo, Global CEO of Tanoto Foundation, said: "This dramatic growth in family businesses highlights the need for continuing scholarship and research in this area. There's an increasing need for education focused on family business strategies, governance, and succession to ensure the sustainable expansion of family businesses for future generations". In 2021, Tanoto Foundation made a donation of USD10 million to Northwestern University, renaming the Kellogg School of Management's Center for Family Enterprises to the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises, in honour of Clinical Professor Emeritus John L. Ward, who served as co-director of the center for nearly two decades and was one of the first scholars to put science behind the field of family enterprise.
International Charity World Vision Partners Local Social Service Agencies to Support Vulnerable Children in Singapore
World Vision Singapore has announced that it is extending its outreach to vulnerable children with special learning needs in Singapore through its One Life Fund. As an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to enabling vulnerable children around the world to live life in its fullness, World Vision Singapore established the One Life Fund to support vulnerable children in Singapore. Since 2023, the One Life Fund has enabled children in out-of-home care with special learning needs to have access to specialised learning support. Working hand in hand with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home (CSLMCH), World Vision has identified the first cohort of 15 children. These children are diagnosed with dyslexia and exhibit a range of learning and developmental delays. Many of them are also burdened with the scars of past trauma from a history of domestic abuse or other family circumstances. The impact of the trauma further impairs their learning. These children thus require specialised learning support to cope with the demands of formal education in a manner that is sensitive to their learning and behavioural difficulties. In this unique tripartite partnership, World Vision Singapore, DAS, and CSLMCH have jointly looked into arrangements and resources that are needed for these children to attend literacy sessions on-site at the children's home in very small groups. The benefit from the on-site teaching arrangement is that CSLMCH's case workers can be present to support educational therapists from DAS by calming the children when they display disruptive behaviour during the lessons. "At World Vision, our vision is to enable every child to live life in all its fullness, where they are given the opportunity to develop their potential. By combining the expertise and resources of Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home, and World Vision Singapore in this partnership, children with special learning needs are able to receive robust and targeted educational intervention within the safe environment of the children's home. Lessons conducted in a familiar and conducive environment also help these children learn more effectively, lowering the risk of external behavioural triggers. World Vision has begun providing support for 15 children at CSLMCH. We aim to extend our support to 35 more children in out-of-home care with special learning needs. Our aspiration is to be able to do even more to address the needs of vulnerable children in Singapore in the future," said Benjamin Tan, CEO of World Vision Singapore. According to DAS, every year, one-third of the students assessed by DAS will not be diagnosed with dyslexia, but they struggle to learn because of overlapping learning difficulties. Lee Siang, CEO of Dyslexia Association of Singapore, said, "Students with overlapping difficulties have increasingly come to our attention as they do not qualify for a diagnosis of dyslexia and are not able to access programmes and funding support to remediate their learning difficulties. It is our belief that every child with literacy challenges regardless of their background and circumstances should have access to specialist intervention and resources to bridge their learning gaps and unleash their potential. This collaboration with Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home and World Vision Singapore has thus enabled these children to receive the necessary remediation to overcome their literacy challenges. It also provides opportunities to expand DAS's repertoire of strategies to better support these students in their educational journey." "We have quite a number of children with special learning needs who require the specialised learning support that is provided by DAS and funded by World Vision Singapore's One Life Fund. Many of these children are still going through a journey of healing from past traumas. The provision of appropriate educational interventions supports them in this restorative process. The educational therapists' enthusiasm, emotional support and stimulating interactions have been important motivators for learning. Children who have begun receiving the support now show an interest in reading and writing and also demonstrate better reading fluency," shared Low Kee Hong, Executive Director of Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home. James, who is 12 years old this year, is part of the first cohort of 15 children who have benefitted from this tripartite partnership. He has been residing in CSLMCH since 2021. His parents were unable to care for him, and he experienced multiple disruptions under his relatives' care. Apart from being diagnosed with dyslexia, he presents moderate receptive and moderate-severe expressive developmental language disorder. This makes it hard for him to learn in regular classes. He also exhibited self-harm behaviour. His family background and negative early childhood experiences may have also affected his academic performance. With the support from World Vision Singapore's One Life Fund, James is now able to receive dyslexia-specific remediation in the children's home to improve his reading and spelling abilities. Since he began in May this year, he has gained more confidence in expressing himself in English and now enjoys engaging in social interactions. He has also shown a growing interest in basic reading activities independently. "Education is the bedrock of a child's development to a brighter future. World Vision remains committed to removing barriers so that vulnerable children can fulfil their potential. We want to help pave a future where children are protected, cared for, and given the opportunities to become all they can be," added Benjamin Tan. World Vision Singapore's One Life Fund covers the fees of learning support programmes for children in out-of-home care with special learning needs, and, where needed, the cost of learning needs assessment prior to enrolment and related transport costs for children in residential care. Members of the public in Singapore can visit World Vision Singapore's website or Giving.SG to contribute to the One Life Fund: https://www.worldvision.org.sg/en/ways-to-give/sector-funding/one-life-fund-support-children-out-home-care-singapore https://www.giving.sg/world-vision-singapore/supportchildreninoutofhomecare ###  Name changed to protect the child's identity.  Moderate receptive and moderate-severe expressive developmental language disorder means that the child's reading and writing age is below his biological age.
Win Metawin and Coca-Cola Unwrap the Magic of Mealtimes in A Heartwarming Film Celebrating Sibling Bonds
As the excitement brewed amongst Coca-Cola fans and Win Metawin admirers, the long-awaited day finally landed. Coca-Cola® and its ASEAN Brand Ambassador - the enigmatic Win Metawin, finally unveil the heartening online film as a part of their 'Recipe for Magic' collaboration. Released today, the film is available for viewers on the official Coca-Cola channels and Win's Instagram profile. The premise? Exploring the enchanting bonds created when loved ones gather for a meal, complemented by the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola®. Launched across Southeast Asia – from Singapore to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines – the Coca-Cola 'Recipe for Magic' journey is about more than just marketing. It brings to the forefront, the unifying power of shared meals and the authentic connections forged at the dining table, aptly personified by the charismatic Coca-Cola ASEAN brand ambassador, Win Metawin. This feel-good film casts the spotlight on the importance of family mealtimes in creating and sharing those 'pause-refresh-and-cherish' moments – even for an Asian star! The film articulately captures Win's journey in preparing his very own home-cooked pizza — from meandering through supermarket aisles in search of inspiration and soliciting cooking suggestions from his fans to the moment he surprises his siblings with a mouthwatering, hand-crafted pizza. The story culminates in a beautiful family gathering, over slices of pizza and glasses of Coca-Cola, where laughter and love are the main courses. Baron Magtanong, Regional Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Trademark, encapsulates the sentiments, "Our 'Recipe for Magic' campaign aims to bottle up those precious moments of connection. With Win's inherent warmth and energy, we're hopeful that the experience inspires others to explore their very own 'recipe for magic', turning mealtimes into priceless memories." When it came to deciding what to cook, Win Metawin shared that he was excited to take on board his fans' suggestions. Win nostalgically reminisces his strong bond with Coca-Cola and pizza, stating: "I have many fond memories that involve me and my siblings, hungrily waiting for a pizza delivery while sharing a Coke. So, fast forward to the 'Recipe for Magic' campaign, I jumped at the opportunity to recreate those personal moments of happiness. Given how Coca-Cola has been part of many of our family occasions throughout my life, this campaign was truly close to my heart." A cherished memory was indeed created as Win got a chance to work with his siblings on the film set sharing, "This was a priceless experience to have all my siblings on set, and in fact, created another unforgettable and treasured family moment etched in my memory, courtesy of Coca-Cola." The 'Recipe for Magic' campaign embodies 'Real Magic' – the Coca-Cola global brand philosophy entrenched in the belief that whether it's every day or a special occasion, moments can become magical and extraordinary experiences when they are enjoyed together. All it takes is combining the right ingredients – good company, delectable food, and an ice-cold, refreshing Coca-Cola drink. Catch Win on this magical journey with Coca-Cola. For updates and glimpses into more heartwarming moments, connect with us on our official pages: Facebook or at www.coca-cola.com
More than 3,500 Participants Recorded at 2023 Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF)
The annual signature event, Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF), concluded today at Cyberport. The three-day event (25-27 August 2023) featured 90 speakers and more than 3,500 attendees participated physically and online. DELF is one of the activities celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cyberport and an important part of the "Happy Hong Kong" Campaign which aims to provide a diverse local entertainment experience for the general public. This year's edition of DELF is themed "Power Up! When Entertainment Goes Beyond 3oundaries". DELF brought together international and local experts and artists to discuss the latest trends in the digital entertainment industry and provided insights on how digital entertainment experiences in arts, education, sports, and lifestyle are evolving in the era of Web3. The four experience zones featured in DELF, namelyArtainment, Edutainment, Sportainment, and LOHAS, including a catwalk fashion show powered by Cyberport's community startup Ubivox and Vivienne Tam, Heart Resonance, an AI-driven immersive art installation, painting experience of the HTC VIVE VR Solutions crossover with Hong Kong's renowned Aurora Painter Bernard Wong, a blockchain-based platform Moxy.io - eSPORTS FOR ALL, DroneSoccer, Sportopia and more, providing visitors with an amazing experience to immerse themselves in extraordinary digital entertainment creations from various fields. They showcased groundbreaking digital technologies from local technology companies in their respective areas and offered exclusive opportunities for the general public, industry professionals, and esports enthusiasts to experience real-life applications of innovative technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. There were also immersive experiences like VAR BOX - OverKill & NBA BOX - Three point contest, NEXXCREATE AIGC Zone, the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong: SIG playful Media 2023, Appreciator.io - Hong Kong's First Healing themed immersive ArtTech experience "The Catharsis" Cyberport Startup Alumni Association (CSAA) Generative AI Experience Zone, ABSG SportsTech Conference, and ER Marvel Snappers Assemble. Through various interactive showcases, DELF demonstrated the possibilities of Web3 and the profound impact of the digital entertainment industry. Cyberport also introduced the 'Play-to-Earn' programme, where visitors could redeem attractive prizes with points they earned after completing missions in various digital entertainment experiences. DELF offered the public the opportunity to experience a new realm of entertainment at Cyberport that crossed beyond the boundaries of reality and virtuality. Peter Yan, CEO of Cyberport, said, "Cyberport serves as a hub for digital technology innovation and aims to drive the growth of both the local and international digital entertainment industry. DELF is a global forum dedicated to fostering the development and innovation of the digital entertainment industry, offering valuable insights into the vibrancy of the industry. We are delighted with the success of DELF, which brings together industry leaders to explore how various sectors can harness the potential of Web3 and leverage the immense opportunities presented by artificial intelligence, thus enlightening the public on how digital entertainment has evolved in the Web3 era. We are very grateful for the Government's support in integrating DELF as part of the "Happy Hong Kong" campaign. We also recognise the special significance of this year's DELF as it coincides with Cyberport's 20th anniversary, promoting participation from different sectors of society and giving people the opportunity to experience the positive impact of technology on their lives." Web3 Living Lab grandly opened during DELF, providing a platform for enterprises to showcase their solutions and applications, and for community members to learn and collaborate. The Web3 Living Lab supports application and adoption of Web3 technologies, promotes business innovation, brings the Web3 community together for knowledge sharing and experimentation, and raises public awareness of Web3 development. Cyberport invites the general public and industry professionals to visit and understand more about the related developments. The 6th Hong Kong Projection Mapping Festival and the HKITDA AI Art Tech Concert were held on the same day. Featuring interactive exhibitions and workshops, the Hong Kong Projection Mapping Festival also offered visitors a hands-on experience in creating the projection installations, offering a unique visual experience in the imaginative and creative world of light and shadow. Through the integration of innovative AI technology, the "Sports and Art Taiment Carnival" presented a captivating spectacle that vividly illustrated the integration of sports and art with digital technology in the era of Web3. In addition, Cyberport has been co-organising the Elderly e-Sports Tournament & Experience Day with various organisations since 2018, as a means of promoting e-sports among the elderly, improving their physical and mental well-being, increasing their social engagement, and promoting interaction with younger generations. The Elderly eSport Tournament and Experience Day took place today, with the oldest participant aged 85. The winner of the Guangdong Mahjong Competition is Danny Tse. The DELF virtual platform will remain online until 20 September 2023. For more details on the event and the full list of speakers, please visit the DELF 2023 website: https://delf.cyberport.hk/
GUNDUM docks at THAILAND
BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD. and Bandai Namco Asia Co., Ltd. will hold GUNDAM docks at THAILAND (hosted by BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD. and Bandai Namco Asia Co., Ltd.), the first comprehensive Gundam event in Thailand, at centralwOrld outdoor square, global lifestyle destination in the heart of Bangkok, from Friday October 6 through Sunday October 29, 2023. Since the inaugural GUNDAM docks at Hong Kong in 2013, this comprehensive Gundam event has been held in Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and Inland China. GUNDAM docks at THAILAND will feature the 6 meters RX-78-2 GUNDAM and MS-06S ZAKU II statues, wide-ranging Gundam-related exhibits, a hands-on experience Gundam plastic model kit workshop, and exclusive items available for purchase at the event. During the event, special exclusive footage will be screened on a large display on the facade of centralwOrld. Delivering various Gundam-related information and exclusive experiences, the event will draw the attention of people in Thailand and broader Asian regions to the attractive aspects of Gundam. <Event overview> Facility: centralwOrld (outdoor square A, B) Address: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 Period: Friday October 6* - Sunday October 29 Open: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. * On Friday October 6, the opening ceremony is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. The event is scheduled to open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Admission fee: Free BANDAI SPIRITS CO., LTD.：https://www.bandaispirits.co.jp/ Bandai Namco Asia Co., Ltd.：https://www.bandainamcoasia.com/index.php/ * Descriptions contained in this press release are valid as of August 25, 2023. * They are subject to change without prior notice.
Breaking Through will be released in Thailand on September 7th 2023 by Thongkham Films
The Thailand distributor of Breaking Through, Thongkham Films Co., Ltd., released a poster of the movie today. Breaking Through is a Chinese sports film written and directed by Wang Fangfang, produced by Xu Zheng and starring Meng Meiqi and Xia Yu. The movie has been released in mainland China on February 25th 2022. The film is inspired by the breakthrough of China's Winter Olympics gold medal zero, telling the story of Winter Olympics athletes striving and striving for glory for their country. In order to achieve a breakthrough of zero, Qin Shan formed the Chinese Short-track speed skating national team represented by Yang Fan, and was appointed to resolve to overcome the humiliation when faced with danger. The two of them launched an attack on the gold medal, and the master apprentice relationship also faced fierce collisions and numerous tests. The movie will be released in Thailand on September 7th 2023 and in other Southeast Asian countries in September.