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DFS Lab Announces Open Applications for Fintech Hackathon Focused on the Mojaloop Software

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Five-day design sprint and hackathon will take place January 11 to 15 

SEATTLE, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DFS Lab, a digital commerce investor and accelerator that partners with early-stage startups in Sub-Saharan Africa, announced it will host a virtual hackathon from January 11 to 15. The hackathon, supported by the Gates Foundation, will offer participants an in-depth look at Mojaloop, an open-source software for financial services companies, government regulators, and others taking on the challenges of interoperability and financial inclusion. Interested applicants can apply on the DFS Lab website here.

“We're excited to host this hackathon and have the opportunity to work with some of the region's most exciting fintech founders,” said Jake Kendall, Executive Director of DFS Lab. “The problems the Mojaloop Foundation are looking to solve could not be more important. By helping organizations build interoperable payment systems, we can bring more underserved communities into the digital economy, increasing opportunities and financial inclusion.”

“We saw exciting use cases developed during the first DFS Lab Mojaloop hackathon in 2019 that solved real business challenges and we are confident that the next cohort of tech companies will contribute in big ways to the future of interoperability,” Stephen Deng, Partner at DFS Lab.

Mojaloop was created by the Gates Foundation's Level One Project, which is aimed at leveling the economic playing field by crowding in expertise and resources to build inclusive payment models to benefit the world's poor.

About DFS Lab
DFS Lab is an early-stage investor and accelerator that supports entrepreneurs to refine, grow, and launch ground-breaking digital commerce ventures in developing countries. DFS Lab provides the highest level of mentorship and strategic advice to start-ups. This support helps to build business models that transform the lives of the poorest, profitably, and at scale.

About Mojaloop 
Mojaloop (building off the Swahili word “Moja,” which means “one”) was created in partnership with fintech developers Ripple, Dwolla, ModusBox, Crosslake Technologies, and Software Group, using cutting-edge technology for settling funds among multiple providers across their systems. It is the first model that can help extend interoperability from mobile money providers to any bank, merchant, or government institution in a customer's economy in a way that specifically meets the needs of the poor. It is managed by the Mojaloop Foundation.

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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

Email:[email protected]

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NHK WORLD-JAPAN to explore Mega-Tsunami

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10 years after: First-hand footage, insights, eyewitness reports

 

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the 24-hour international English-language TV channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, will show an exclusive 2-part series on the devastating tsunami which shocked the world.

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On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm, an M9 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan triggered a huge tsunami, flooding 650 km of coastline, destroying many cities and towns and claiming the lives of over 18,000 victims. With footage filmed at the centre of the disaster, the documentary “3/11 – The Tsunami” will give a first-hand look into people’s experiences on that day and the hardships they were faced in the aftermath.

 

The footage filmed in 2011 and 2012 by NHK and eyewitnesses in the disaster-hit areas have been collected and edited together in chronological order to convey the impact of this unprecedented disaster, which crushed buildings and cars and led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

 

Episode 1 focuses on the first three days while episode 2 covers the first year after the disaster. The series also serves as a valuable lesson: In the event of a powerful tsunami, what action can be taken to survive?

 

“3/11 – The Tsunami” on NHK WORLD-JAPAN

Episode 1: The First 3 Days

January 9th 1:10 / 7:10 / 13:10 / 19:10 / January 15th 20:00 (UTC)

Episode 2: The First Year

January 16th 1:10 / 7:10 / 13:10 / 19:10 / January 22nd 20:00 (UTC)

 

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/worldprime/20210109/3016087/

About NHK WORLD-JAPAN

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s sole public broadcaster, operating the nation’s largest domestic and international television network. In Japan, NHK broadcasts six TV channels including 4K and 8K along with three radio stations. NHK also transmits two international television channels, NHK WORLD-JAPAN (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese, HD, 24/7), as well as international radio services in 18 languages.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN reaches over 380 million households in 160 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. Online live streaming and VOD (video-on-demand) services through the free mobile app and the website give viewers access to NHK WORLD-JAPAN anywhere and anytime. You can also connect with our programs through Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Presenting an extensive range of Asia-centred programming, NHK WORLD-JAPAN is your window to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. For more details, visit https://nhk.jp/world

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CIFI’s contracted sales grew significantly by 36% YoY to record high of RMB30.98 billion in December 2020

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Full year contracted sales reached RMB231 billion, up approx. 15% YoY ; Achieved about 100.4% of full year sales target (RMB230 billion)

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 8 January 2021 – 

  • In December 2020, the Group achieved contracted sales of approx. RMB30.98 billion, representing a YoY increase of approx. 36% (compared to December 2019). Contracted GFA amounted to approx. 2,204,300 sq.m. and contracted ASP was approx. RMB14,100/sq.m. in December 2020.
  • For the full year of 2020, the Group achieved contracted sales of approx. RMB231 billion, representing a YoY increase of approx. 15%. Contracted GFA amounted to approx. 15,385,100 sq.m. and contracted ASP was approx. RMB15,000/sq.m. in 2020.
  • In 2020, the Group achieved approx. 100.4% of its 2020 full year contracted sales target of RMB230 billion
  • In 2020, breakdowns of the Group’s contracted sales were as follows:

By City

RMB (billion)

% of total

Hangzhou

19.14

8.3%

Wenzhou

13.80

6.0%

Beijing

13.52

5.9%

Hefei

13.41

5.8%

Chongqing

11.04

4.8%

Suzhou

10.57

4.6%

Changsha

9.76

4.2%

Tianjin

9.11

3.9%

Wuhan

9.09

3.9%

Qingdao

8.15

3.5%

Shanghai

7.4

3.2%

Chengdu

7.39

3.2%

Jinan

7.03

3.0%

Wuxi

6.91

3.0%

Ningbo

5.56

2.4%

Foshan

5.02

2.2%

Changzhou

4.62

2.0%

Nanjing

4.47

1.9%

Fuzhou

3.73

1.6%

Shenyang

3.61

1.6%

Dongguan

3.56

1.5%

Jiaxing

3.26

1.4%

Taiyuan

3.22

1.4%

Linyi

2.90

1.3%

Huizhou

2.73

1.2%

Yantai

2.63

1.1%

Yinchuan

2.62

1.1%

Luoyang

2.59

1.1%

Shenzhen

2.55

1.1%

Jinhua

2.45

1.1%

Nanchang

2.14

0.9%

Taizhou

1.98

0.9%

Nanning

1.66

0.7%

Hong Kong

1.59

0.7%

Jiangmen

1.46

0.6%

Zhengzhou

1.44

0.6%

Wuhu

1.24

0.5%

Zhoushan

1.11

0.5%

Jining

1.09

0.5%

Others

15.45

6.7%

By Region

RMB (billion)

% of total

Yangtze River Delta

101.19

43.8%

Pan Bohai Rim

52.93

22.9%

Central & Western Region

51.38

22.2%

Southern China Region

25.50

11.1%

Land Acquisition

  • In December 2020, the Group completed the following land acquisitions: 

City

Project

Group’s  Equity Interest

Intended Primary Use

Site Area

(sq.m.)

Total Planned GFA (Excluding Carpark) (sq.m.)

Group’s Attributable Consideration (RMB)

Average 

Land Cost (Excluding Carpark) 

(RMB/

sq.m.)

Changsha

Yue Lu District, Bin Jiang New City, Yu Bong Project

100%

Residential, Commercial

94,400

424,800

3,738,270,000

8,800

Huai’an

Economic Development Zone, An Lan Road East Project

100%

Residential, Commercial

176,400

435,100

874,800,000

2,011

Chengdu

Xin Jin District, Xin Jin TOD Project

66%

Residential, Commercial

237,100

552,600

878,440,000

2,408

Guiyang

U Dang District, Bei Ya Road Project

51%

Residential

147,000

558,300

896,390,000

3,148

Urumqi

Shui Mo Gou District, Convention Centre, 476 mu Project

51%

Residential, Commercial

318,100

638,900

1,013,780,000

3,111

Wenzhou

Ban Dao Qi Bu District, Dong Tou County West,  Zone B-09 Project

50%

Residential

147,500

427,900

1,125,000,000

5,259

 

Company News

  • In December, CIFI signed syndicated loan facility agreements with several banks and financial institutions in Hong Kong, with an aggregate amount of US$362 million, comprising: (i) US$145 million 3.5-year certain term loan; and (ii) HK$1,688 million (equivalent to approximately US$217 million) 3.5-year certain term loan. The syndicated loans were first led by China CITIC Bank International and Bank of Communications Hong Kong Branch. Participating banks also include CMB Wing Lung Bank, Tai Fung Bank, The Bank of East Asia and Chong Hing Bank.
  • In December, the major shareholder, Lin’s family, increased the equity stake in CIFI by two million shares. The average share price was HK$6.24 per share and the total consideration was HK$12.47 million. Up to now, the Lin’s family together with the chairman of the board, Mr. Lin Zhong, increased the equity stake in CIFI by 64.9 million shares in total during the year for a total consideration of HK$413 million, demonstrating the major shareholder’s full confidence in CIFI’s long term development and potential appreciation of its share price.

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