News Article | March 2, 2017
The 13th Entertainment Expo, Hong Kong will kick off on 13 March and continue through 25 April. Under the theme "Get into the Scene", the expo features 10 spectacular events for film, television, music and digital entertainment, including three founding events and seven core events. The three founding events are: the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony (HKFA). The seven core events are: the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), the Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF), the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award, ifva (Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia Festival), the Asian VFX and Digital Cinema Summit, the Digital Entertainment Summit and TV World International Forum. A wide range of activities will be held during the expo. Apart from trade exhibitions, financing platforms and industry forums for professionals, the public can also take part in the film and music festivals and award presentation ceremonies that recognise the outstanding accomplishments of the industry. In addition to diversifying its content, the expo's scale is also expanding. Thanks to the contributions of the various event organisers over the years, the expo has promoted the steady development of Hong Kong's entertainment industry and become an annual signature event. Last year's expo alone attracted more than 130,000 participants. Special guests at today's pre-event press conference included Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC); Terry Lai, Chairman, HKTDC Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee; Leon Lai, Hong Kong Entertainment Ambassador; and representatives from supporting organisations. - Leon Lai's tongue-twister challenge - For this year's 30-second promotional video, Ambassador Leon Lai introduced all 10 events of the Entertainment Expo as a tongue-twister. The video became an instant online sensation being liked and shared thousands of times. To encourage citywide participation in the events, the Entertainment Expo Mobile showroom will begin visiting six locations across Hong Kong; in Central, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tai Wai and Sha Tin from tomorrow until Sunday (3 to 5 March). Tongue-twister and other games as well as gifts will be on offer, to share the excitement of this annual entertainment extravaganza with the public. - Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) - FILMART is one of the founding events of the Entertainment Expo. It has now become an important film market for the international entertainment industry. This year's FILMART will be held from 13 to 16 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and will feature some 800 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions. Apart from major film companies in Hong Kong, many overseas exhibitors will be setting up pavilions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, India and Vietnam. Companies from Turkey, Mongolia, Indonesia and Poland will be making their debut at FILMART to promote local entertainment products. Exhibitors from the Chinese mainland have also surged this year and the scale of their exhibition will be the largest to date. The governments of Ningbo and Fujian will set up regional pavilions for the first time. In addition, more than 200 exhibitors from 15 Belt and Road countries will take part in FILMART to open up global opportunities. These exhibitors include those from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Indonesia, Cambodia, Turkey and Mongolia. Promoting digital entertainment is one of FILMART's highlights. The Hong Kong Animation & Digital Entertainment pavilion, sponsored by CreateHK, will gather more than 30 local digital entertainment companies to showcase their latest services, including digital production and special effects, post production, mobile apps, smartphone games and multimedia design, such as 360-degree photography and virtual reality (VR). A VR-infused, brand new Digital Entertainment Experiential Zone will be set up to give visitors an immersive experience. Another focus of this year's FILMART is documentaries. Visitors can find the documentary works of some 100 exhibitors from more than 20 countries and regions and take part in the "Opportunity for Documentaries in Asia" seminar on day three, where Ruby Yang, winner of the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject and many international accolades, will examine industry-related topics. This year's FILMART features a star-studded line-up of speakers, inviting leading industry representatives from the film, digital entertainment, post production, animation and other sectors to share their views and insights. Speakers include Genki Kawamura, producer of Your Name, Confessions and If Cats Disappeared from the World; and a representative from Digitalidea, the post production company behind such hits as Train To Busan and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Multiple networking events, thematic seminars, press conferences and screenings - including some 40 world and international premieres - will be held during FILMART for industry professionals to exchange market intelligence. There will be screenings of documentaries as well, including Ruby Yang's My Voice, My Life and In Search of Perfect Consonance, and director Zhou Hao's The Chinese Mayor, which won Best Documentary at the 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. - TV World 2017 International Forum - TV World, entering its 11th year, is another of the Entertainment Expo's core events and a highlight of FILMART. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to take part in the international forum. The forum has invited heavyweight television industry experts to examine "Is the Internet a Challenge or Opportunity for the Show Business?", sharing their views on the TV industry's challenges and opportunities in the Internet age. - Hong Kong-Asia Financing Forum (HAF) - Held concurrently with FILMART, the HAF is a leading film-financing platform in Asia. The three-day event (13 to 15 March) will provide Asian filmmakers with opportunities to explore co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, distributors and buyers from around the world. This year, 25 outstanding works from 14 countries and regions have been shortlisted for the HAF 2017 Projects, including works from Southeast Asia and India that examine such topics as homosexuality, human trafficking and the exploitation of female workers. The HAF is also launching the WIP Lab (Work in Progress Laboratory) this year to help film directors and producers secure post-production funds, meet distribution agents and film festival programmers. - Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) - The HKIFF is an annual must-attend event for film fans. This year's HKIFF will be held from 11 to 25 April. The festival has once again invited celebrity Louis Koo to be its Ambassador. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of film director Edward Yang, a special programme titled "Edward Yang, 10-year Commemoration" will be organised for fans to revisit all seven of Yang's classics, including the recently restored Taipei Story (1985) and A Brighter Summer Day (1991). - Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony (HKFA) - The HKFA is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year. The ceremony will be held on 9 April at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. It will give out 19 awards to local film professionals in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments. Louis Koo will be the emcee for the night; he will be performing the role for the first time. - Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia (ifva) - Entering its 22nd edition, the ifva is a cradle and enabler for independent short film and media arts creators in Hong Kong and Asia. The festival will be held from 9 to 19 March and will be screening outstanding works from the ifva competition. Other events include the "CINEMA 2.0: The Phantom Machine" media art exhibition and multiple free programmes, such as the "All About Us 2016/17" Student Creative Film Showcase and sharing by Shen Ko-shang. - Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF) - For the music industry, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Limited ("IFPI Hong Kong Group") will organise the seventh HKAMF on 17 March to promote the music culture. Superstars from seven Asian countries/regions - Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore - have been invited to perform at the event and promote cultural interaction. Participating artists include Korea's B1A4, Japan's Love Psychedelico, Taiwan's Nick Chou and Hong Kong's Hacken Lee. Emerging talents from the above seven countries/regions plus Thailand will also compete for the HKAMF 2017 Asian Super Nova Awards, where Jocelyn Chan will be representing Hong Kong. In addition, a business forum will be held concurrently with the HKAMF. The theme this year is "The Collaboration between Chinese mainland's New Media Platforms and the Music Industry of Hong Kong". Record label and agency representatives, concert producers and media representatives will converge to discuss business opportunities and foster the growth of the music industry in Asia. - IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Also for the music industry, the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award will be held in April. The award honours the achievements of singers, composers and record companies in the past year. The ceremony will be broadcast via local TV, radio and the internet to Chinese communities around the world. The IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award is the only award in Hong Kong based on audited sales. Awards include the Best Sales Local Male Vocalist, Best Sales Local Female Vocalist, Best Sales Cantonese Release and Best Sales Mandarin Release. - The 10th Asian VFX and Digital Cinema Summit - For digital entertainment, the 10th Asian VFX and Digital Cinema Summit will take place on 14 March. Speakers from Hong Kong, Asia and the world will share their experience in post-production. The summit will also explore the latest 4K/3D VR/ HDR/HFR/3D technologies, including post production workflow, special effects and trending production technologies. - Digital Entertainment Summit - The seventh Digital Entertainment Summit, jointly presented by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, will be held on 15 March. The theme this year is "The Past and Future of Cinematic Content and Visual Effects". Speakers will share the latest developments in the digital entertainment industry. Entertainment Expo website: http://www.eexpohk.com Promotional video of the 13th Entertainment Expo: http://bit.ly/2l03FzU Photo Download: http://bit.ly/2mIrL0y Media Enquiry Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) http://www.hktdc.com/hkfilmart TV World 2017 International Forum http://www.hktdc.com/hkfilmart Ms Agnes Wat Tel: +852 2584 4554 Email: Mr Sam Ho Tel: +852 2584 4569 Email: Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) http://www.hkiff.org.hk Ms Polly Mak Tel: +852 2102 7380 Email: Ms Lizzie Zhang Tel: +852 2102 7381 Email: The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony (HKFA) http://www.hkfaa.com Ms Bonnie Wong Tel: +852 9266 7569 Email: Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) http://www.haf.org.hk Ms Ingrid Y. Lim Tel: +852 2102 7392 Email: Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF) http://www.hkamf.org IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award http://www.ifpihk.org Mr Ricky Fung, Tim-chee, BBS Tel: +852 2861 4313 Email: The 22nd ifva Festival http://www.ifva.com Ms Samantha Szeto Tel: +852 2824 5329 Email: The 10th Asian VFX and Digital Cinema Summit 2017 http://www.amp4.com.hk Ms Anna Kan Tel: +852 2570 9016 Email: Mr Cheung Ka Lik Tel: +852 9124 0808 Email: The 7th Digital Entertainment Summit http://www.hktdc.com/hkfilmart/des Mr Gabriel Pang Tel: +852 2578 8978 Email: Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification. To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc (Photo:) Taking part in today's Entertainment Expo Hong Kong press conference (front row, from left): Margaret Fong, Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Leon Lai, Hong Kong Entertainment Ambassador; Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government; Terry Lai, Chairman, HKTDC Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee; and (back row) representatives from the 10 events About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:
News Article | February 23, 2017
The 27th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opened to the public free of charge today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day event continues through 26 February and gathers more than 860 organisations from 22 countries and regions, including educational institutions, consulting firms, government departments as well as private enterprises to showcase a wealth of information on further studies, continuous education and job opportunities. Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, officiated the opening ceremony this morning. He said the annual expo has established itself as a premier event providing the public with comprehensive and updated information on further studies, training and career openings. He added that the event also echoes government policy of providing diversified and flexible pathways for students. Speaking one day after the government unveiled its 2017/18 Budget, Mr Ng said, "Government investment in education ranks the highest among all policy areas; for every five dollars we spend, we spend one on education." He also pledged to launch various measures for students and job seekers to help pave the way for their future. Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC, noted that the expo continues to feature education and career theme days, providing students and job seekers with valuable information on further education and employment trends. She added that various seminars and activities are organised to evaluate job prospects in different industries and help young people to identify careers that best suit their talent and interests. - Brand new career theme days cater to industry needs - Responding to human resources needs of different industries, the expo features four career theme days spotlighting employment demand and trends of various sectors. The Tech & Innovation theme day (23 February) explores the trends in digital technology and research and development, areas that the government has been actively promoting in recent years. In addition to expert insights from industry representatives about the application of innovation technology in the commercial sector and aviation industry, the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) is showcasing some of the latest innovative projects jointly developed by its teachers and students. These include a smart drying rack that combines automatic sensors and a mobile app. Visitors can also get hands-on experience of the latest interactive technology such as controlling robots via smart devices and testing their skills in virtual reality (VR) games. A series of seminars highlighting opportunities in the creative sectors such as digital games, film, performing arts, fine arts, design, architecture and media are organised under the Arts theme day (24 February). With various large-scale infrastructure projects underway in Hong Kong, the industry is constantly seeking new talent. As such, the ever-popular Electrical & Mechanical theme day (25 February) returns to the expo. Formed by the Electrical Mechanical Services Department along with 18 related organisatons that include CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd, MTR Corporation Ltd and the Water Supplies Department, The Hong Kong E&M Trade Promotion Working Group explores industry prospects, provides information on training programmes and offers job opportunities on-site. Organised with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the events on the Startup theme day (26 February) target young people who want to start their own businesses. Representatives from online stores, cafes and other businesses will share their stories and explore startup opportunities and challenges with visitors. Among them, founders of Y Cocktail & Mocktail and local artisanal beer brewery Mak's Beer will talk about their entrepreneurial journeys tomorrow (24 February). - 2,300 vacancies via on-site recruitment - Various government departments and public and private sector organisations are accepting on-the-spot job applications with over 2,300 job vacancies are expected to be offered, including those in the Police Force, Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Airport Authority, Aviation Security Company Ltd and Centaline Property Agency Ltd. Job seekers should bring their resumes for on-the-spot job application. To prepare students for employment, the Youth Zone offers information on internships and employment opportunities. Besides, representatives from the Labour Department are on hand to provide information on mainland jobs and overseas working holiday programmes, as well as the Youth Employment and Training Programme, which is designed to support local youth employment. - A one-stop career information hub - The expo's education theme days spotlight the Chinese mainland (23 February), Japan (24 February), Europe (25 February) and Australia and New Zealand (26 February). Representatives from these countries will provide the latest updates on overseas study opportunities. Visitors can learn about admission procedures, entry requirements and campus life by attending thematic activities and seminars. Due to keen interest in studying in Japan, the inaugural Japan theme day offers information on admission requirements of Japanese educational institutions and government scholarships. Regarding the Chinese mainland, the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions covers 90 mainland higher education institutions, including Tsinghua University and Peking University. Representatives from the Office of the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre are ready to talk about trends and opportunities for further studies on the mainland. The newly launched "International Exchange Village" gathers various Consulate General (CG) offices and officially recognised bodies. Together, they provide visitors with a range of information and offer consultations on studying and working abroad. Participating CG offices include Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and South Africa, as well as countries along the "Belt and Road" such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Iran and the Philippines. Students can explore education and exchange opportunities in these countries. Other organisations such as VTC, Hang Seng Management College, The Open University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University are available to discuss their respective curricula. Education programmes on arts and creative industries are also available via the Arts Education Section of Education Bureau, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Baron School of Music, offering students more channels to pursue their studies. - Celebrity sharing on job experiences - About 100 activities are organised throughout the expo, featuring further education and industry trends. Renowned speakers include Chairman of Hong Kong's Commission on Youth Lau Ming-wai (23 February) discussing the challenges of finding the right career path; media veteran Stephen Chan (24 February) and chairman of a digital game company Sze Yan-ngai (24 February) explaining technology, media, arts and giving advice on ways to turn personal interests into careers; and Hong Kong Jockey Club apprentice jockey Kei Chiong (25 February) will share her experience of chasing her dream to become a jockey. Other seminar highlights include practical tips on taking IELTS examinations as well as the Chinese skills in preparation for the Diploma of Secondary Education hosted by Dr Au Yeung Wai-hoo ("Ben Sir"), Senior Lecturer at the Chinese Language and Literature Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Yan Yuk-ki, author and consultant for the 5 Stars Chinese Compositions Series. A series of seminars on working holidays are also organised to present the application requirements and types of work available in Japan, Germany, France and other countries and regions. Date Career Theme Days Education Theme Days Thu 2/23 Tech & Innovation (New) Chinese mainland Fri 2/24 Arts (New) Japan (New) Sat 2/25 Electrical and Mechanical Europe Sun 2/26 Startup (New) Australia and New Zealand Fair website: http://www.hktdc.com/hkeducationexpo/ Event schedule: http://bit.ly/2lIz3TY Photo download: http://bit.ly/2lypzbX Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification. To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc. (Photo 1:) The 27th Education & Careers Expo opens today. Guests attending the opening ceremony include: (from left) Rachael McGuckian, Consul (Trade Commissioner), New Zealand Consulate-General, Hong Kong & Macao; Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC; Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education, HKSAR Government; Eric Berti, Consul-General, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao; Carmen Cano De Lasala, Head of Office, European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao; Ronald Chung Chi-kit, Deputy Executive Director, Vocational Training Council. (Photo 2:) Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC (second left) and Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education, HKSAR Government (left) visit the booth of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:
News Article | May 16, 2017
HONG KONG, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Youth Square is a project commissioned by the HKSAR Government's Home Affairs Bureau, and aims to facilitate the youth to fully develop their potential. This year, Youth Square "Garden of the Artisans" Arts Festival is presenting a series of art and cultural exchange events. One of the highlights is co-organising with different youth talents from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Shanghai to organise a series of music and dance performances between May and September 2017 so as to foster their mutual understanding and friendship through the process of rehearsal and performance. The opening show was co-organised by Youth Square and Shenzhen Youth Federation, "Shenzhen x Hong Kong Art & Culture Exchange Festival - HK Stop" and debuted on 13 May 2017 in Youth Square located in Chai Wan. The event was honoured to be supported by the convenor and Artistic Director Ms Xu Xia, and invited various elite performers from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, including Ms Grace Chiang of Diocesan Girls' School Choir, Ms Dorothy Hui of Diocesan Girls' School Orchestra, Ms Hu Manxue of Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Children's Choir, Mr Luo Zhenhua of Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra, and Mr Gian Paolo Peloso, Conductor special invited by Musicus Society. They performed together with the four music groups from Hong Kong and Shenzhen secondary schools to unleash their music talent on the stage of Youth Square. "Shenzhen x Hong Kong Art & Culture Exchange Festival - HK Stop" Opening Ceremony was honoured to invite various officials and guests from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and officiating guests include Mr Chen Lin, Director-General of Department of Youth Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Mr Vincent Fung, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Xu Youjun, Vice Chairman of Shenzhen Municipal CPPCC, Mr Pan Jiadong, Officer of Shenzhen CPPCC Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr Liu Guangyang, Chairman of Shenzhen Youth Federation, Ms Leonie Ki, CPPCC Member, Executive Director of New World Development Co. Ltd. and Vice-Chairman of Musicus Society, Ms Doris Luey, Executive Director of Youth Square, Ms Xu Xia, Convenor and Artistic Director, Ms Chui-Inn Lee, President of Musicus Society and Mrs Janice Choi, MH, Chairman of Musicus Society to inaugurate the arts festival. Mr Vincent Fung, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs said, "In this special day on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Youth Square is glad to be supported by various organisations, and co-organise this event with Shenzhen Youth Federation to create an opportunity for youth from Hong Kong and Shenzhen to interact through music. The music elites can understand each other through communications, and to create a valuable friendship through music." Two renowned choirs joint concert for the first time in Hong Kong The opening ceremony commenced on 13 May with "The Same Song" concert choir, performed by Hong Kong Diocesan Girls' School Choir and Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Girls Choir. Both groups have won numerous awards in different global choir competitions, and being the best groups in class. They are invited to perform together on stage for the first time in Hong Kong representing youth choirs in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. During the night, both groups performed their refreshing masterpiece, including classics like "Welcome the Sun", "Spark (To Music)", "Wai Saluo" and "Closer to you". Ms Grace Chiang of Diocesan Girls' School led the choir to competitions all around the world and won a lot of prizes. Ms Hu Manxue is the current conductor of Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Children's Choir. Both teachers believed that both groups are very blessed to perform on stage together for the first time in Hong Kong. This was an invaluable experience to them to learn from each other. The two teams finally sang together at the last song representing Hong Kong - "Pearl of the Orient". "The Golden Age" Orchestra Performance on 14 May was performed by Diocesan Girls' School Symphony Orchestra and Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra. Mr Gian Paolo Peloso (Italy), Conductor special invited by Musicus Society also led the orchestra to perform "Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture". Before the show began, Mrs Lau Kun Lai-kuen, Stella, JP, Principal of Diocesan Girls' School and Ms Dorothy Hui, Diocesan Girls' School Orchestra exchanged souvenirs with Ms Long Ping, Principal of Shenzhen Experimental School and Mr Luo Zhenhua, Conductor of Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra on behalf of Hong Kong and Shenzhen respectively. It is expected that there will be more opportunities for cultural cooperation and exchanges between Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the future. Youth Square "Garden of the Artisans" Festival will continue delivering a wave of music and dance activities. In August, Youth Square will co-organise with Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Guangzhou Opera House to hold a Guangdong and Hong Kong Youth Dance Exchange Program. In addition, Hong Kong music elites will perform A Cappella vocal music with local youth musicians in Shanghai during September. The youth will unleash their talents through the cooperation. Please visit Youth Square website for further details. Youth Square "Garden of the Artisans" Arts Festival presents "Shenzhen x Hong Kong Art & Culture Exchange Festival - HK Stop" Opening Ceremony and "The Same Song" concert choir was successfully held on 13 May at Youth Square, Chai Wan. Hong Kong Diocesan Girls' School Choir and Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Girls Choir performed their refreshing masterpieces and sang "Pearl of the Orient" together for the first time in Hong Kong. "The Golden Age" Orchestra Performance on 14 May was performed by Hong Kong Diocesan Girls' School Symphony Orchestra and Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra, featuring Italian conductor special invited by Musicus Society, Mr Gian Paolo Peloso, performed various surging masterpieces to the audience. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and to strengthen the communication between the youth of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Youth Square co-operated with Shenzhen Youth Federation and related departments to hold "Shenzhen x Hong Kong Art & Culture Exchange Festival" during May to July 2017 under the guidance of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., Shenzhen Municipal CPPCC, Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department. With the theme of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and interactions between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the event fully delivers the positive and dynamic image of the youth from Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and fosters the communication and cooperation through the culture, art, economic and social aspects. Shenzhen is the closest city to Hong Kong, and the youth from the two places are frequently interacting with each other. The art festival focused on cultural exchange and invited the most representative students, youth delegates and groups in Shenzhen and Hong Kong to be the guest performers which brought nine quality performances to Shenzhen and Hong Kong citizens. Despite the performances from Diocesan Girls' School Choir and Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Children's Choir during the opening ceremony, other Hong Kong performance groups include: The Learners Chorus, Musicus Society, Diocesan Girls' School Wind Orchestra, VTC Symphony Orchestra, and Youth violinist Mr John Sit; Shenzhen performance groups include: Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra by Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Chorus "Caisangzi" of Shenzhen University, Shenzhen Ukulele Association and youth pianist Ms Cai Huiping. The most exciting day of the Shenzhen x Hong Kong Art & Culture Exchange Festival will be 18 June as our Ambassador World-class cellist Mr Trey Lee will be in joint performance with Youth Symphony Orchestra by Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and Shenzhen Experimental School Symphony Orchestra presenting classical music to youth and citizens of both cities. The Season of Art spreads across two months with a thousand performers is expected to reach a total of 200,000 youth of the cities. New World Facilities Management Company Limited is a non-profit making company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New World Group (HK Stock Code: 00017). Embracing the mission of youth development and supporting youth to contribute to society, we strive to develop Youth Square as the platform for youth to exchange knowledge and experience and to develop and discover their potential. The Youth Square, which came into full operation in 2010, is a youth development project of the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government, with an aim to be the hub of diversified youth development activities for youth to develop their potential. Youth Square facilities include the 643-seat Y Theatre, Y Studio, multi-function areas and the Y Loft which has 148 guest rooms. Youth Square has been conducting over 100 themed events under "Music & Dance", "Arts & Culture" and "Community Engagement". Youth Square has been holding over 7,500 youth events and served for more than 1.6 million participants since 2010. In addition, with participants came from more than 60 countries or regions, Y Loft has been providing accommodations for more than 70,000 youths who participated in various exchange programmes in Hong Kong. Youth Square is located in Chai Wan and is managed and operated by New World Facilities Management Company Limited on a non-profit making basis. 6G model is Youth Square's guiding principle. 6G refers to Groom, Grow, Glow, Green, Global Vision and Give Back. Musicus Society is a registered charity founded in 2010 under the vision of cellist Trey Lee, which aims to promote music and its education through cross-cultural collaboration. The Society's core activities include cross-cultural collaborations between local and overseas artists, commissioning of new music based on Chinese culture, and support of music education for students of all social backgrounds to foster future cultural ambassadors from Hong Kong. Website: www.MusicusSociety.org
News Article | May 17, 2017
HONG KONG, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen hundred policy-makers, academics and industry leaders from more than 55 countries will gather in Hong Kong next month for the city's biggest ever conference on sustainable building and urban development, an event that will focus on sustainable liveable neighbourhoods against a backdrop of expanding megacities in Asia and other parts of the world, the conference organisers said today. The World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong (WSBE17 Hong Kong), running from 5 to 7 June and co-organised by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), forms part of the HKSAR's 20th Anniversary celebrations. Entitled "Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action," the event will see presentations of ground-breaking research, business cases, as well as top findings from the regional conferences that took place in 20 cities worldwide during 2016. While celebrating 20 years since the Handover, this event looks forward to the next 20 years, not just in Hong Kong but across Asia and with a global context. In Asia, the rapid urbanisation underscores the importance of sustainable built environments on various scales, particularly the rising trend of green and liveable neighbourhoods. For these, diverse considerations in terms of smart urban planning, building design, eco-friendly construction materials, connectivity, quality of life, and other sustainable infrastructure features are entailed. Since 1997, the urban population in Mainland China has grown by around 400 million and now accounts for almost 60% of its population, up from about a third. The Pearl River Delta which includes Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zuhai and Macau already has a combined population of almost 70 million. And it's not just China. High-density urban environments are also seen elsewhere in Asia, such as in Tokyo, Jakarta and New Delhi. Being the strategic gateway to China and the commercial epicenter of the world, Hong Kong is a perfect platform for experts from all regions to share their insights on this drastic urbanisation. Against this backdrop, the business implications of the Paris Climate Agreement and universal Sustainable Development Goals advocated by the United Nations are high up on the conference agenda. International climate change authority Christiana FIGUERES, Vice-Chair, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, and representatives of the UN Environment will facilitate dialogue with policy-makers to collaborate on business actions for a decarbonised economy. As well, there will be more than 450 world-class speakers delivering over 100 sessions discussing different industry practices and business case studies for actions towards a sustainable built environment. Ir Conrad WONG, Chairman of the WSBE17 Hong Kong Organising Committee, said: "As a hub of global business, Hong Kong is an ideal location to invigorate business dialogue to address the urban environmental challenges around the world. The Conference is made up of hundreds of submissions from industry experts, academia, as well as commercial institutions as visionary business leaders see the opportunity to capitalise on sustainable building concepts. We expected that WSBE17 Hong Kong will create impactful action with the support of both the public and commercial sector. Pressing environmental issues also entail to vast business opportunities for the green building industry." Cities around the world are committed to achieving their own carbon reduction targets set for 2030 or 2050, and are drawing up detailed technical plans for sustainable city development. Government and institutional representatives from Mainland China, Singapore, Germany, Sweden as well as Hong Kong will share visions of their future cities. "We are honoured that Hong Kong is the host city of this year's conference to lead global action against climate change. The conference theme 'Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action' suggests that the development of sustainable buildings has evolved from innovative designs of individual buildings to holistic urban planning that integrates different types of architectures, in order to put sustainable development concept into real actions," said Mr Eric MA, Secretary for Development, Government of the HKSAR. "The Government is promoting 'Smart City' concept at full strength with Kowloon East as a pilot area for developing a smart, low-carbon, sustainable and liveable community by the adoption of technologies in green city planning. We look forward to sharing views with the local and overseas experts during the conference for ushering in a new era of global sustainable built environment," Mr Ma continued. The Hong Kong government's "Hong Kong's 2030+" urban development study is now in progress. It represents the government's vision, policy and strategy for the development of the city beyond 2030 that promotes low-carbon smart economy and living. Meanwhile, China pledged to peak its carbon dioxide emissions between 2025 and 2030 as a part of its commitment to the Paris agreement, and is already on track to beat this goal. Conference to focus on innovative and practical solutions With a focus on delivering practical solutions, the event will put a spotlight on innovation in climate responsive architecture. World-renowned climate engineering companies and research institutes will discuss topics such as how they adopt sophisticated analytic tools and smart technologies to modify a building or urban environment in response to changes in the surrounding environment. "Over the years, we have incubated different zero-carbon building concepts around the Hong Kong cityscape. And we know that, in a compact and highly urbanised city like Hong Kong, indoor activities account for 90% of electricity consumption. This brings both challenges and opportunities for sustainable city development. Innovative building and design concepts have great potential resolve urban challenges by enhancing resource management and energy use efficiency," said Mr CHAN Ka-kui, Chairman of Construction Industry Council. WSBE17 Hong Kong is funded by the CIC. "BEAM Plus certified green buildings in Hong Kong saved over 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to 14 million trees planted. Buildings are designed to provide better living and environment for the people. A series of community activities will take place during the conference aiming to promote low-carbon lifestyle and behavioural change. We believe smarter building designs and greener building management together with the concerted efforts of the community will keep us on track in reducing carbon emission per capita by a maximum of 36% to 3.8 tonnes by 2030 from the level in 2005," said Sr Bay WONG, Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council. The reduction target was set by the Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2030+ and published in January 2017. BEAM Plus is a locally developed green building assessment scheme established in 2010, tailor-made for the high-rise, high density built environment of sub-tropical climate in Hong Kong. Note: Please click here to see the full agenda of the conference and register for a media pass. The Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) series began in 2000 and is now the pre-eminent international conference series on sustainable building and construction. The series operates on a three-year cycle with planning in year one, regional conferences in year two and a global conference in year three. Albeit strong competition, Hong Kong won the hosting right of the 2015-2017 cycle global conference, which will conclude the conference cycle by embracing all the top findings from the 20 regional conferences held in 2016. With the theme of "Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action", WSBE17 Hong Kong will bring together 1,800 green building advocates, policy-makers, academics, and industry practitioners from 55 countries. The three-day event includes Keynotes, Plenary Session on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Roundtable and over 100 parallel sessions, with an exhibition alongside. The Construction Industry Council (CIC) was formed in 2007 under the Construction Industry Council Ordinance (Cap. 587). The CIC consists of a chairman and 24 members representing various sectors of the industry including employers, professionals, academics, contractors, workers, independent persons and Government officials. The main functions of the CIC are to forge consensus on long-term strategic issues, convey the industry's needs and aspirations to the Government, provide professional training and registration services, and serve as a communication channel between the Government and the construction industry. The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) is a nonprofit, member led organisation established in 2009 with the vision to help save the planet and improve the wellbeing of the people of Hong Kong by transforming the city into a greener built environment. The Founding Members of the HKGBC include the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Business Environment Council (BEC), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC). Its mission is to lead market transformation by advocating green policies to the Government; introducing green building practices to all stakeholders; setting design, construction and management standards for the building profession; and promoting green living to the people of Hong Kong.
News Article | May 26, 2017
Mothers should be Role Models for their Children by Following "The Ten-Minute Rule" for Perfectly Clean Teeth by Chewing Sugar-Free Gums After Each Meal HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2017) - According to an oral health survey conducted in 2011 by the Department of Health of HKSAR government, almost all of the adults surveyed (96.1%) have experienced tooth decay at some point. Tooth decay is a common affliction caused by improper oral healthcare especially after meals. During the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, many would love to enjoy different kinds of rice dumplings, in particular, females with a sweet tooth might add cane sugar to enrich the flavors which might increase their risk of tooth decay. According to Professor Edward Chin-Man Lo, Chair Professor of Dental Public Health in Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, females should pay attention to their oral hygiene at different life stages, especially during pregnancy and being a mother at home. The impact of poor oral health on mothers and mothers-to-be can be more than just a simple case of tooth decay. Oral hygiene not only affects the women themselves, but also the health of their unborn babies, infants and children. It is recommended for mothers to follow the "four dental hacks to perfect clean teeth" to keep the dentist at bay for themselves as well as for their children. Pregnant Women: Poor Oral Health Might Increase Risk in Preterm Birth and Underweight Infant Women experience dramatic biological changes and changes in their daily routines during pregnancy, and these can increase the propensity for oral disease. Professor Lo explained, "Changes in female hormones during pregnancy can cause inflamed gums and this inflammation makes pregnant women more susceptible to the bacteria in plaque. This phenomenon is called 'Pregnancy-Associated Gingivitis'. In addition to biological changes, pregnancy also changes a woman's dietary habits. With increased frequency of food intake, the chances of tooth decay and other oral problems are also proportionately higher if proper oral healthcare after each meal is neglected." Poor oral health of pregnant women does not only affect the adult, but can also have an impact on the fetuses. Professor Lo added, "Studies have pointed out that periodontal disease in pregnant women can be a risky affair, which can increase the risk of preterm birth and underweight newborn." Newbie Mother: Living Habits can Directly Impact Oral Health of Infants New mothers are another group that tend to overlook their own oral health. The pressure of being a new mother and the exhaustion from taking care of their infants can cause mothers to neglect their own oral health, resulting in tooth decay and periodontal disease. Given the intimate relationship between mothers and their babies, especially in the first three years, the mothers' oral hygiene habits can have a direct impact on the health condition of their infants. Professor Lo said, "Very often, mothers share their food or feed their children after having chewed on the food. The bacteria for tooth decay can be passed to the kids through these actions. As a result, the oral health of the mothers can have an effect on the health of their children as well." Follow "The Ten-Minute Rule" by Chewing Sugar-Free Gums for Perfect Clean Teeth after Each Meal Professor Lo reiterated that oral health is fundamental to the general health and wellbeing of a person. In particular, mothers should not only set a good example for their kids, but also check their oral conditions that might affect the oral health of kids. They should follow the "four dental hacks to perfect clean teeth", including go for regular dental check-ups, use fluoride toothpaste for tooth brushing in the morning and before bedtime, use dental floss or mouthwash containing fluoride daily as well as chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking. Professor Lo also explained that saliva is a natural weapon to neutralize the acid in the mouth and chewing sugar-free gums will increase the secretion of saliva by 10 times (when comparing to resting state). There are three main benefits of increasing saliva secretion, including lower the acidity in the mouth, replenish the lost mineral ions on the tooth surfaces that are damaged by plaque acid and help to remove the residue sweet food on the teeth. To all mother and kids, chewing two pieces of sugar-free gums for five to ten minutes after each meal helps to stimulate the secretion of saliva and neutralize the acid in the mouth. By doing so, not only it helps curb the formation of plaque and other acidic substances, it can also clear the food residue in the gaps of the teeth and reduce stickiness on the tooth surfaces. To maximize the effectiveness, all of the mothers should stick with "The Ten-Minute Rule" by chewing sugar-free gums within ten minutes after each meal or after drinking which can effectively prevent acid to damage tooth surfaces. 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News Article | May 25, 2017
HONG KONG, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Apart from promoting the three main themes "Music & Dance", "Arts & Culture" and "Community Engagement", Youth Square has also been devoted to enhancing youth's understanding towards Chinese culture, such as organising exchange camps, Dunhuang exhibition and learning trips, etc. 2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, Youth Square has launched the"CULTURE @MAZE Creating and Sharing-China - A Spiritual Land for All Chinese" photo exhibition co-presented with Nationality Pictorial Press. Nearly 130 precious photos will be exhibited to reveal the richness and uniqueness of lifestyle and culture of Chinese ethnic minorities, so as to enhance the youth's understanding of the country and recognition to their national identity. The opening ceremony was held on 23 May 2017 and it was honoured to have various official guests to inaugurate the photo exhibition, they have opened the scroll with photos of different ethnic minorities in China, which represents the official launch of the photo exhibition. The officiating guests were: Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs Bureau, Mr Wang Feng Yu, Department of Youth Affairs, Liaison Office of The Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Ms Doris Luey, Executive Director of Youth Square, Ms Wu Cuiying, Director General of the Department of Culture and Publicity for The State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People's Republic of China, Ms Yu Hui, Deputy Chief Editor of Nationality Pictorial Press, Mr Chen Junyuan, Representative of the Association for the Promotion of Chinese Ethnic Unity, Ms Xie Suqi, and President of Guangzhou Baiyun Overseas Friendship Association. The launch was also supported by Mr Lau Siu Ming, Vice President, Hong Kong Dance Federation, Mr Ambrose Cheung Wing Sum, Chairman of the Sham Shui Po District Council, representative of Education Bureau and university professor. Under Secretary for Home Affairs Bureau Ms Florence Hui said, "Chinese culture is broad and profound, Youth Square and Nationality Pictorial Press brought precious Chinese cultural photos to Hong Kong youth coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR in this beautiful year. The photo exhibition is expected to encourage the youth to admire the alluring mountains and rivers in China, and broaden their horizons." Director General of the Department of Culture and Publicity for The State Ethnic Affairs Commission of the People's Republic of China Ms Wu Cuiying stated that the photo exhibition reveals the spirit of the homeland of Chinese culture. "We hope Hong Kong people can understand more about the culture of the ethnicities in their motherland, to think and join with all ethnic groups to become a more cohesive community." "China - A Spiritual Land for All Chinese," photo exhibition will be exhibited between 23 May and 30 June featuring the culture and life of Chinese ethnic groups. Photos are categorised into four aspects, namely "Life - The Taste of Home", "Labor - Make a Living", "Live - Ceremonies and Rituals" and "Communication and Exchanges - Homeland", to showcase the fascinating, diversified and unique culture of Chinese ethnic groups. The exhibition is now open to public at 1/F Youth Square. "CULTURE @MAZE Creating and Sharing-China - A Spiritual Land for All Chinese" Photo Exhibition New World Facilities Management Company Limited is a non-profit making company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New World Group (HK Stock Code: 00017). Embracing the mission of youth development and supporting youth to contribute to society, we strive to develop Youth Square as the platform for youth to exchange knowledge and experience and to develop and discover their potential. The Youth Square, which came into full operation in 2010, is a youth development project of the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government, with an aim to be the hub of diversified youth development activities for youth to develop their potential. Youth Square facilities include the 643-seat Y Theatre, Y Studio, multi-function areas and the Y Loft which has 148 guest rooms. Youth Square has been conducting over 100 themed events under "Music & Dance", "Arts & Culture" and "Community Engagement". Youth Square has been holding over 7,500 youth events and served for more than 1.6 million participants since 2010. In addition, with participants came from more than 60 countries or regions, Y Loft has been providing accommodations for more than 70,000 youths who participated in various exchange programmes in Hong Kong. Youth Square is located in Chai Wan and is managed and operated by New World Facilities Management Company Limited on a non-profit making basis. 6G model is Youth Square's guiding principle. 6G refers to Groom, Grow, Glow, Green, Global Vision and Give Back.
News Article | May 5, 2017
The inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) Innovation & Impact Summit, co-hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and THE, will run from 31 May to 2 June 2017 at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong. A key celebratory event of PolyU's 80th anniversary, the Summit will feature keynote speeches and a series of thought-provoking panel discussions under the theme of "Powering Universities' Economic and Social Impact through Innovative Research and Teaching". The Summit will commence with a PolyU Showcase on 31 May, highlighting the four areas that PolyU innovations have been creating impacts to the economy and society, while uplifting university-industry partnership. The feature contents in the four sessions are: There will be presentations of how PolyU ventured into space, and how we developed optical fibre sensing system for railway monitoring and technologies in enhancing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. 2. Sustainable urban development PolyU will share how we develop and implement new technologies and solutions for sustainable urban development and smart cities, and will open up discussions of the role of higher education institutions in changing and sustaining the landscapes of urban development. The Showcase will feature the application of human-centered innovation in genetics research in healthcare, advanced solutions to the development of the garment industry, and how research on Asian head and face shapes changes the world's perception of sizing, benefiting a host of industries that create products such as sunglasses, helmets and more. Pioneering teaching innovations in global hotel and tourism management will be highlighted and there will be Chinese wine appreciation at Vinoteca Lab. Visits: state-of-the-art facilities in School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam and other facilities in Hotel ICON. In the two-day Summit (1-2 June), a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions will cover a wide spectrum of topics, including: • Calculating the economic and social impact of higher education These discussions will serve to inspire participating universities and organisations on how to address the global shifts in the economic, social and environmental landscape through creating and enhancing impact with higher education, research and innovations. World-class speakers include high-profile innovators, entrepreneurs and policy-makers will join, including Charles Chen Yidan, founder of Yidan Prize and core founder of Tencent Holdings Limited; Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners; Candace Johnson, Founder/Co-Founder SES, Loral-Teleport Europe, Europe Online, VATM, GTWN, OWNSAT, Success Europe; Greg Simon, Former executive director, White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force and Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR government. Other influential higher education figures to address the Summit include leaders of renowned institutions from, to name just a few, Australia, England, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Spain, the United States. It will be an incredible fusion of East and West. For registration, details of the PolyU Showcase and the Summit, as well as the full list of speakers, please visit the official website: https://goo.gl/kedVru
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News Article | March 3, 2017
HONG KONG, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nineteen exemplary Hong Kong secondary school students have been acclaimed by the Student of the Year Awards, the most prestigious secondary school event in Hong Kong and organised by the South China Morning Post. The students received the honours at the awards presentation ceremony on Saturday (25 Feb), which was graced by the Guest of Honour, the Honourable Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Secretary for Justice, HKSAR. Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club for the fourth consecutive year, the Student of the Year Awards conferred the accolades on the students in recognition of their achievements in academic subjects, linguistics, sports, performing and visual arts, science and mathematics, as well as contribution to community service. The scope of the Awards was expanded this year with two new awards -- "Best Devotion to School" and "Best Improvement". The winning students went through several rounds of stringent group discussions, auditions, interviews and other forms of assessment adjudicated by a number of subject experts. Over 650 nominated students from Form 4-6 / Grade 10-12, recommended and endorsed by their principals and teachers from over 150 schools in Hong Kong, vied for the top Student of the Year Awards glories. In addition to the judging panels, the Awards also received guidance from the Advisory Board which consisted of the following Hong Kong leaders - the Hon. Bernard Charnwut Chan, Hong Kong Deputy of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China and Member of the Hong Kong Government's Executive Council; Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr. Lau Ming-wai, Chairman of Commission on Youth; Mr. Gary Liu, CEO of South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd and Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group. The Awards are also indebted to the support extended by the Education Bureau. "The South China Morning Post continues to be proud of the small part we play each year in discovering, encouraging, and celebrating Hong Kong's outstanding young talent, and the enviable future of this city," remarked Mr. Gary Liu, SCMP CEO, at the awards presentation ceremony. "I sincerely congratulate the winners and nominees of this year's Student of The Year awards. They have shown a drive to excel and a tenacity for success. But most importantly, they have shown us the 'humanity in achievement'." Mr. Liu encouraged students to be continuously mindful of making the world a better place through their achievements. Ms. Scarlette Leung, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, Communications and Membership, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, addressed the students at the ceremony, "The Student of the Year Awards are about much more than winning honours. They are about passion for excellence - about students improving both themselves and their community. Youth has always been a high priority for the Jockey Club and we have launched many initiatives to support their development. We want to help young people become stronger in mind and spirit, to better themselves, and to encourage them to contribute towards the betterment of the community. So to every young person I would say - explore your passion for excellence, engage with your potential, be mindful of the needs of others, and always seek to be the best that you can be." The Guest of Honour, the Hon. Rimsky Yuen shared his thoughts on education at the ceremony, "Knowledge and academic excellence are very important, but quality education is not just about the pursuit of knowledge or just about the attainment of academic excellence. Quality education is also about character building, integrity, intellectual honesty, a sense of justice and also a positive attitude towards life and towards others around us." Belinda Ng Tian-wing, a Grade 12 student at South Island School, was named Student of the Year -- Grand Prize and received a HK$25,000 scholarship. Winners of the Visual Arts, Linguists, Community Contributor, Sportsperson, Performing Arts, Scientist & Mathematician categories were each awarded a HK$10,000 scholarship. First and second runners-up were presented scholarships of various values. Each of the 10 winners in the Best Improvement and Best Devotion categories received a HK$5,000 scholarship. The winners of the Student of the Year Awards 2016 are: South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, the South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong's internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city's most affluent and influential readership. First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, mainland China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, the South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received over 200 awards in 2015-16 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capabilities. Other titles in the company include the Sunday Morning Post, STYLE, Destination Macau and The PEAK. 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News Article | February 15, 2017
JAYKAL LED Solutions (JAYKAL), a leading manufacturer of LED lighting products and a supplier of turnkey lighting solutions, has been awarded dual, five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with UNICOR after a lengthy and highly competitive bidding process. As a Category 1 IDIQ MATOC awardee, JAYKAL will supply cutting-edge LED fixture and lamp component kits to UNICOR facilities in the western United States for final assembly and eventual distribution to US federal installations around the world. These highly efficient, BAA compliant, commercial and industrial LED lighting products are already in use at dozens of federal properties. “As a previous Category 1 contract awardee, JAYKAL helped produce lighting products that save the United States government tens-of-millions of dollars in electricity annually,” says Brian Asher, JAYKAL’s Vice President of Energy Services. “JAYKAL’s newest Category 1 contract allows us to continue our tradition of domestic manufacturing excellence with UNICOR for another five years.” JAYKAL was also awarded a Category 2 IDIQ MATOC. As a Category 2 awardee, JAYKAL will provide lighting-related development, design, and installation services to the same federal agencies purchasing their BAA compliant LED luminaires. “Our Category 2 contract award is incredibly exciting,” says Brian Asher. “As the only company awarded a contract in both categories, JAYKAL is now uniquely positioned to help the United States government make meaningful facility and building level energy reductions in an expedient and cost effective manner. By engaging JAYKAL and leveraging UNICOR's interagency procurement capability, an inefficient and deteriorating lighting system that used to take years to replace will now only take months. Hassle-free interagency procurement and turnkey solutions designed and implemented by JAYKAL is a game-changer for the federal LED lighting market.” For more information about federal contracting opportunities with UNICOR and JAYKAL, please visit http://www.jaykalusa.com or call Brian Asher, Vice President of Energy Services, at 302-295-0015. JAYKAL LED Solutions is a vertically integrated manufacturer of innovative LED lighting products and a provider of energy services. JAYKAL prides itself on the quality of its products, the quality of its customer service and the surprising speed at which it can develop, certify for safety and quality and bring a new technology to market. JAYKAL maintains ownership of its intellectual property, warranty and service support and regional distribution capability at its corporate headquarters in Harbeson, Delaware. JAYKAL is a federally certified minority owned business enterprise and a SBA designated small disadvantaged business with field offices in Tampa, Florida and Hong Kong, HKSAR.