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Business of Design Week “BODW CityProg” 200+ Design & Creative Happenings

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Finding Clarity in Post-pandemic World with Vision to Design for Society

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 2 December 2020 – The global pandemic has upended our everyday lives like never before. The optometric term “20/20 vision” denotes normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet. In this age of uncertainties, having such a clear vision becomes ever more important in helping us grasp opportunities and uphold hopes amidst the unprecedented crisis. Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), BODW CityProg (CityProg) comes to its third edition this year with the theme “20/20 Vision of Post-pandemic World”. We present more than 200 design and creative happenings to inspire you to search for your unique 20/20 vision and a spirit of designing for society.

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As in previous years, CityProg spans across November and December. Its 9-day peak period from 28 November to 6 December will coincide with Business of Design Week (BODW) and other concurrent events to ignite an outburst of creativity throughout the city. Carrying on the 3 platforms distinctly curated for different types of creative partners, this year CityProg continues to connect local creativity and design initiatives with incredible local talents to bring to the public 17 one to three-day Anchor Site Festivals, 5 Design EduVation programmes targeting different age groups and more than 50 Satellite Events. They add up to more than 200 activities of various scales and unfold in 4 types of “post-pandemic 20/20 vision”: Made in Hong Kong, Wellness and Sustainability, Placemaking and Business as Force for Social Good. All of these visions aim to foster the design thinking and creative problem-solving spirit to boost the city’s resilience and agility as the post-pandemic era ushers in.

In addition, organised by Hong Kong Design Centre and initiated in 2018, 3-year creative tourism project Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) comes to its final year with the theme “transFORM” to forge ahead into the future with creativity.

Creative Tourism Project “Design District Hong Kong #ddHK”

Presents “Colour Fantasy” Chinese Garden Gala in Victoria Park

to “transFORM” Signature Urban Park Through Design and Placemaking

and Lead You to Explore Wan Chai’s History and New Possibilities for Public Spaces

 

As all walks of life are planning ahead for the post-pandemic era, #ddHK is also proactively harnessing design and creativity to present a novel Chinese garden gala “Colour Fantasy” in Victoria Park, a signature urban oasis in Hong Kong. With elements such as mountains, rocks, ponds, windows, paving, bridges and streams, it “transFORMs” the park into a reinvigorating public space for the post-pandemic world where users can relax and recharge themselves.

Victoria Park was originally a typhoon shelter. More than a century ago, with the wish to drive away a plague, people living in Tai Hang performed the “fire dragon dance” and sank the “dragon head” into the typhoon shelter afterwards to symbolise its return to the heaven. In the mid-50s, Victoria Park was built on the land reclaimed from the typhoon shelter. “Colour Fantasy” presents 7 sets of design installations. All of them incorporated elements from the Tai Hang fire dragon dance ritual in the form of design. They are scattered in different corners as if the fire dragon overlays on the entire plan of the park, blessing Hong Kong during the ongoing pandemic.

As the pandemic lingers on, everyone wants to take a breather from the urban hustle and bustle and the stressful fight against the crisis. Green parks which are essential to any city are ideal buffer zones for us. With boundless creativity and imaginations, #ddHK turns Victoria Park into Hong Kong’s back garden by curating a series of sense-opening experiences to help citizens return to the great outdoors, immerse in nature and tend to their well-being. Observing social distancing rules, they will also rediscover the park’s potentials in the new normal and get inspired to reimagine future public spaces. Having explored Victoria Park, they can follow the “Colour Wan Chai” map to discover the urban palette of Wan Chai through dining, shopping and sightseeing, indulging themselves in uniquely coloured cityscapes.

For further details about CityProg & #ddHK, visit our official website and follow us on social media to explore our city’s design surprises anywhere, anytime!

About CityProg:

BODW CityProg website:

www.bodwcityprog.com   

Official Facebook Page:

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Official Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/bodw.cityprog  

 

 

About #ddHK:

#ddHK website:

www.designdistrict.hk

Official Facebook Page:

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Official Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/designdistricthk_ddhk/

About BODW CityProg

BODW CityProg (CityProg) is a citywide creative business and community activation programme that features 3 distinct platforms: “Anchor Site Festivals”, “Design EduVation”, and “Satellite Events & Offer”. The programme activates local creative neighbourhoods by connecting creative units, business and community organisations through co-creation, exchange, matching and partnership. As new alliances and ideas start to flourish, CityProg engages people of all ages with exciting happenings, enhances public spaces, and encourages creativity and design to take wing in the community, fostering the development of local creative ecosystems.


As a community extension of Business of Design Week (BODW), CityProg spans all year round with its peak in November and December. It was debuted in 2018 by Hong Kong Design Centre, with Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the Lead Sponsor.


About Design District Hong Kong

Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) is fantasised as a curated open-air design district gallery coupled with festivals to boost tourist attractions in Wan Chai and Sham Shui Po by a series of creative design and street events; through which the inhabitants, cultural and creative communities, local designers and artists familiarise visitors with an “dei dou” (Cantonese) / “di dao” (Putonghwa) authentic experience of Hong Kong with their original design concepts, traditional craftsmanship, distinct architecture, district characteristics and unique stories presented by a cluster of creative modes.


#ddHK is a 3-year Creative Tourism Project with a number of self- guided routes to explore creative works to be updated from time to time in Wan Chai and Sham Shui Po. The entire project is organised in the form of community collaboration, social conversations and participative design, with traditional craftsmanship, localisation street activities and creations. To provide visitors and citizens with an experience that combines local history and culture with rich regional features Optimize the different scenic spots and buildings in the district.


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HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.

 

As many companies are not familiar with website technology, website optimization and SEO promotion are often ignored. In fact, SEO is one of the highest ROI of many online marketing channels and it is worthy of a long-term investment.

 

HKGSEO has performed SEO for more than 500 enterprises, with the SEO process bringing considerable traffic and sales to the companies. Leveraging on their years of experience, they now provide free website analysis (worth HK$2,000) for all content types. Here are some website analysis projects HKGSEO has engaged in:

 

CMS Web Content Management System

 

We recommend using the most popular CMS in the market to build a website. Well-known CMS such as WordPress, Wix, Shopline, and Shopify will make it easier to manage web content and make the website easier to crawl and index by search engines.

 

HKGSEO hence cautions against web design companies that use their own CMS. Generally speaking, these websites are not SEO friendly. For example, they might have undesirable attributes such as duplicate page titles, dynamic URLs, or category pages that cannot update new content, etc. These attributes are disadvantageous to implementing SEO plans, which ultimately leads to the redesigning of the entire website, resulting in a much higher cost.

 

SSL Website Security Certificate

 

If your website does not have an SSL certificate (HTTPS) installed, it will be marked as an insecure website by the browser, which will adversely affect the credibility and conversion rate. SSL should be installed immediately to protect customer information, especially for e-commerce websites. There are some free SSLs available on the market, such as Let’s Encrypt, with paid premium certificates recommendation by online shops.

 

Mobile Version of The Website

 

The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.

 

Website Loading Speed

 

According to research, more than 68% of viewers will leave a website when it takes more than 3 seconds to open. The main reason for the slow loading is the use of shared hosting or non-local hosting. Switching to local hosting, SSD or CDN can effectively improve the loading speed.

 

Website Content

 

Is the website content of high quality? Does it answer the questions of potential consumers? To build up the content, some corporate websites have piled up keywords, and some have published blog articles regularly. However the content of the articles is sometimes plagiarized from news media. Plagiarism makes search engines recognize the overall website quality as low, which will in turn affect the ranking.

 

Websites and online shops are platforms that promote businesses. An optimized website will reward twice the results with half the effort of both online and offline marketing campaigns combined.

 

Please log onto www.hkgseo.com, fill in the website, email and contact number, and our network promotion experts will reply within one working day and arrange a free SEO analysis and consultation.

 

About HKGSEO

HKGSEO focuses on website SEO services. It is founded and operated by former Google employees. The company is based in Hong Kong and has branches in Shenzhen, Singapore and Australia. It is committed to providing affordable, one-stop digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. Digital marketing solutions include: SEO, SEM, social media promotion and web design, etc.

 

Website (Chinese):www.hkgseo.com

Website (English):www.hkgdigital.com

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Jollibee Foods Corporation Recognized with Two Global Employer Excellence Awards

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Media OutReach – 8 January 2021 – Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) recently received two global citations recognizing the company’s excellence as a world-class employer. These international awards affirm JFC’s commitment to be a best-in-class workplace that values and takes good care of its people.

 

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A First for the Philippines. Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) is the only Filipino company to date that has been recognized by the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Awards. JFC was also cited in this year’s Forbes’ List of the World’s Best Employers.  Some brands under JFC include Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smashburger, and Tim Ho Wan.

Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award

Jollibee Foods Corporation, also known as Jollibee Group, is the first ever Philippine-based company to be recognized with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA), given to only 38 organizations worldwide whose cultures drive high engagement among its employees. Winners of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award put people at the heart of their business strategy, focusing on people’s strengths and coaching talents to reach their full potential, unleashing human motivation, creativity, and innovation as a result.

 

“This award is Gallup’s highest honor, presented only to organizations that meet rigorous standards of excellence. As an award winner, you rank among the most elite organizations around the globe,” said Gallup in its letter to the Jollibee Group.

 

Forbes’ List of the World’s Best Employers

In this year’s Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Employers, the Jollibee Group is one of only three Philippine-based companies that were cited.

 

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to survey 160,000 employees from 58 countries who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction with their employers’ Covid-19 responses and score their employers on image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility.

 

“We are honored to receive these global awards that reflect the kind of organization and strong culture of Jollibee Foods Corporation. We take pride in having professionals in our teams who are not only excellent in what they do, but also live the values that make the Jollibee Group what it is today,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong. “We know that a company is only as strong as the quality of its people, and it is our people who incessantly inspire us to be better.”

 

“To all our teams across the world, thank you for your commitment and trust in the Jollibee Group.  We will continue to uphold the culture and values that have made us who we are and develop programs that will continuously uplift our teams,” Tanmantiong added.

 

The Jollibee Group has a dedicated People Agenda in its business strategy, characterized by a people-focused culture, strong talent pipeline, and highly engaged teams. The organization is defined by its values of customer focus, speed with excellence, humility to listen and learn, integrity, and spirit of family and fun. Despite challenging external factors, employees remained resilient and engaged with the Jollibee Group mission of serving great-tasting food, bringing the joy of eating to everyone.

 

In previous years, the Jollibee Group has also received global citations–named as Philippines’ most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years and honored as one of ‘Asia’s Fab 50 Companies’ by Forbes Asia Magazine.

 

Jollibee Group is one of the fastest-growing Asian restaurant companies in the world with 16 brands including Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smashburger and has a joint venture with the Tim Ho Wan Group to open Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan restaurants in Mainland China.

About Jollibee Group

Jollibee Group is one of the fastest-growing Asian restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 34 countries, with over 5,800 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau), United Kingdom, Italy, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and India. It has eight wholly-owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger), three franchised brands (Burger King and Panda Express in the Philippines, Dunkin’ Donuts in certain territories in China), 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24 brands.

 

Jollibee Group is a significant investor in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund and the ultimate holding entity of the Tim Ho Wan (THW) Brand and has a joint venture with the THW Group to open THW restaurants in Mainland China. It also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

 

Jollibee Group was named the Philippines’ most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia’s Fab 50 Companies and among the World’s Best Employers by Forbes. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.

 

Jollibee Group has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, in line with its mission of serving great tasting food and spreading the joy of eating to everyone.

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SunMirror AG Plans CHF 70 Million Raise to Fuel Growth

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– Fresh capital to develop existing portfolio of mining assets and roll-up new ones
– Renewed focus on tier-one jurisdictions, including its highly accretive Europe business
ZUG, SWITZERLAND – EQS Newswire – 8 January 2021 – The Board of Directors of SunMirror AG (“SunMirror”; XETRA Wien: ROR1; ISIN CH0396131929), the mining and exploration firm specialising in raw materials powering the technological future such as gold, lithium and other metals and minerals, has resolved a capital increase excluding the subscription rights of the existing shareholders.

SunMirror intends to carry out a capital increase in the volume of up to CHF 70,000,000 by issuing of up to 1,000,000 new shares at a price of CHF 70 per share. The new shares will be offered to select, institutional strategic investors for subscription in a private placement. SunMirror is already experiencing brisk demand from institutional investors. The company plans to use the funds from the capital increase to expand its portfolio and business activities in tier-one jurisdictions, such as Australia and highly accretive Europe. The capital increase, lead by Opus Capital Switzerland AG, is expected to be closed in February 2021 when the shares shall also be admitted to the regulated markets of the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange followed by inclusion into trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on Xetra. An introduction onto the London Stock Exchange is planned for the 2nd Quarter 2021.

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The creation of new authorized capital in the nominal amount of CHF 837,500 to CHF 1,000,000 was approved at SunMirror’s Annual General Meeting, held in Zug on 29 December 2020. The creation of new conditional capital of CHF 837,500 to CHF 1,000,000 was also approved. In addition, the Company decided to carry-forward the Balance Sheet result for the fiscal year (1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020) in full.

Strong tailwind from high iron ore and gold prices as indicator for sustainable demand

Dr Heinz Rudolf Kubli, Director of SunMirror AG, recently commented: ‘Battery technology is expected to evolve from the current lithium-ion battery (LIB) to next-generation high-capacity LIBs, all solid-state batteries, and lithium metal-based batteries, resulting in improvements in energy density, safety, and battery lifespan, as well as reduction in cost. We currently own or are planning to acquire prized sites in Australia that shall be developed with the potential to help enable this transformation. In addition, we would like to see SunMirror expand its strategic metal and mineral portfolio in Europe to provide traceable metals for an increasingly sustainability driven European batteries market for electric vehicles and others powering next-gen consumer and industrial technology products. Together, these markets continue to grow significantly. The outlook for the future metals and minerals SunMirror is aiming to market remains very attractive; Meanwhile, iron-ore prices are trading at record-highs, and gold is climbing again.’

About SunMirror AG

SunMirror is a natural-resources holding company with a strategic focus around gold and other critical resources – those metals and minerals powering demand for next-generation sustainable technology. The company’s shares (ISIN CH0396131929) are listed on the electronic Stock Exchange Xetra in Vienna (ticker: ROR1) and on the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. For more information please visit: www.sunmirror.com.

About Opus Group


Opus Capital Switzerland AG and Opus Capital Asset Management AG (‘Opus Group’) specializes in bringing-to-market tomorrow’s next-generation natural resources firms, today, by combining its strong industry expertise together with one of Switzerland’s leading independent financial services firms. For more information please visit: http://www.opus-capital.ch.

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