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Dorsey Recognized as a 2020 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in its annual Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey, has recognized the Firm as a 2020 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is Americas only nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding homes for children in foster care.

For the 14th year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the top 100 adoption-friendly workplaces. Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by three criteria: financial reimbursement, paid leave and new in 2020 the percentage of employees eligible for those benefits. For more information on the Dave Thomas Foundation recognition click here.

In the United States, more than 420,000 children are in foster care, more than 120,000 of whom are available for adoption.

About Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Clients have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients’ legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world’s most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in banking & financial institutions, development & infrastructure, energy & natural resources, food, beverage & agribusiness, healthcare and technology, as well as major non-profit and government entities.

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Shanxi Shows Its New Charm of Cultural and Tourism Integration at China International Travel Mart 2020

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 16 November 2020 – The China International Travel Mart 2020 (CITM 2020), co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, will kick off at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from November 16th to 18th. With the theme of “Ancient Civilization of China · Beautiful Scenery of Shanxi”, Culture and Tourism Department of Shanxi Province will fully display Shanxi’s rich cultural tourism resources and products, such as “three world heritages” and three tourism sectors which are “the Yellow River, the Great Wall, and the Taihang Mountains”, showing its unique charm to the world.

 

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Shanxi gets its name for being located in the west of Taihang Mountains. Its unique natural geographical conditions gestate magnificent scenery of Shanxi. The Yellow River ranked as the second-longest river in China, flows through 4 cities and 19 counties in Shanxi Province, forming the Hukou Waterfall, Qiankun Bay, Laoniu Bay, and other spectacular scenery. The beautiful landscape along the Taihang Mountains, represented by Hengshan Mountain, Taihang Grand Canyon, and Mount Wangmang, makes its four seasons as beautiful as paintings.


Shanxi Province, known as one of the cradles of Chinese civilization and one of the major provinces of Chinese culture, has left us numerous scenic spots, historical sites, and cultural treasures in the long history of thousands of years. The stories of Yao, Shun and Yu and their historical sites and remains have proven that it was the first place called “China”. Mount Wutai, the holy land of Buddhism, Pingyao Ancient City, and the Yungang Grottoes, one of the greatest ancient stone carving art treasure houses, are World Heritage Sites in Shanxi. The Great Wall, as the most recognizable cultural symbol of China, stretches 8,851 km (5500.3 mi), with 3,500 km (2175 mi) of that run across Shanxi Province. What’s more, intangible cultural heritages and food feasts throughout Shanxi make its cultural tourism brand image richer and livelier.


We do believe that the Culture and Tourism Department of Shanxi Province will bring Shanxi’s ancient Chinese civilizations and beautiful scenery to people from home and abroad with impressive results at the mart.

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Far East Hospitality announces local and regional expansion plans

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  • Venturing into new business segment with the addition of Oasia Resort Sentosa on Sentosa Island
  • Introducing a second Village hotel in Japan, and the first Quincy expansion in Australia 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 17 November 2020 – Far East Hospitality, one of the leading operators of hotels and serviced residences, today announced that it will forge ahead with its local and regional expansion plans with three properties — Oasia Resort Sentosa, Far East Village Hotel Yokohama, and Quincy Hotel Melbourne.

Oasia makes a splash into Sentosa Island

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A rendering of Oasia Resort Sentosa

Slated for opening in the second quarter of 2021, Oasia Resort Sentosa will be the fourth property on Sentosa island managed by Far East Hospitality. The homegrown company has signed a Hotel Management Agreement (HMA) with Far East Organization. Under the agreement, Far East Hospitality will be responsible for the hotel’s operations, and sales and marketing functions. This property also marks Far East Hospitality’s first foray into the resort and spa category.

 

“The progression into the resort and spa field is both a natural and calculated move,” said Arthur Kiong, Chief Executive of Far East Hospitality. “Each of our properties on Sentosa cater to different demographics. Village Hotel Sentosa for urban explorers and families. The Outpost Hotel for young couples who prefer exclusivity, and The Barracks Hotel for those who enjoy old world charm of the building’s architecture and service offerings. With Oasia Resort Sentosa, which targets the wellness conscious, it completes our suite of offerings on the island.”

The 191-key property consists of Suites, Wellness Premier Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms. Guests will have the opportunity to experience a wellness lifestyle encompassing not just a spa treatment, but healthy eating, fitness routines, mind-body practices, as well as connecting with nature. Wellness journals, self-care checklists, and access to a collection of guided meditation audio are amongst the many items that are made available for guests during their stay.

A second hotel in Japan

 

Four months after opening Far East Village Hotel Ariake — Far East Hospitality’s first venture into Japan, the company is expanding further with a management contract for a second Village property in Yokohama. Far East Village Hotel Yokohama is set to open in the second quarter of 2021. The 277-key property will be managed by Far East Hospitality under a HMA with Far East Organization.

Situated in the heart of downtown Yokohama, the property targets business travellers. It is a five-minute drive to the central business district and a three-minute walk to Sakuragicho and Kannai stations. Guests will also be able to Eat, Play, and Explore like a local at cultural enclaves such as Chinatown and the Red Brick Warehouse, and attractions such as the Cup Noodle Museum and Cosmoworld.

“Tourism in Japan has picked up gradually since the easing of travel curbs and the resumption of reciprocal ‘green lanes’ for business and official travel. We are also hopeful that launching the property will also give us the opportunity to capture the domestic market,” said Mr Kiong.

 

Quincy debuts in Australia, Melbourne

 

Quincy Melbourne is set to open in Q1 2021

From thoughtful spatial design to playful interiors and wondrous experiences — these are some of the finer things that guests can expect when Quincy Hotel Melbourne opens in the first quarter of 2021. The HMA is signed with InterGlobe through Far East Hospitality’s joint venture company, Toga Far East Hotels in Australia, marking the Quincy brand’s first expansion abroad.

Quincy’s quirky and anticipatory approach to service fits into Melbourne’s upbeat and experiential city lifestyle. Located at the top of Flinders Lane — a vibrant street in Melbourne’s central business district — the hotel targets at social urbanites with a penchant for experiential travel and the finer things in life. Guests will be able to enjoy South East Asian cuisine at its signature restaurant as well as access to its club levels and lounge. The hotel also boasts a rooftop pool with views of Melbourne CBD and the nearby lifestyle precinct.

Additional quotes from HMA partners can be found in ANNEX A.

ANNEX A: Quote sheet

 

Far East Hospitality is a 70-30 joint venture between Far East Orchard Limited and The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Commenting on the expansion plans, Far East Orchard’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Tang said, “Hospitality business has been the core contributor to Far East Orchard’s earnings, and it is a vital part of our strategy to build a lodging platform and grow recurring income. Most recently, we crossed a significant milestone with the opening of our 100th hotel — Adina Melbourne Southbank, managed by Toga Far East Hotels. Through Far East Hospitality, we intend to continue growing our recurring income base with HMAs in key cities across the Asia-Pacific region; cities with strong long term fundamentals for the tourism industry, domestic travel and other demand drivers.”

On bringing the Quincy brand to Melbourne, Toga Far East Hotels’ Chief Executive Officer, Antony Ritch said, “We are thrilled to introduce Far East Hospitality’s colourful Quincy brand into Australia early next year. With Quincy we are bringing the sights, sounds and most importantly flavours of South East Asia to Australia.

About Far East Hospitality

Far East Hospitality Holdings Pte Ltd (Far East Hospitality) is an international hospitality owner and operator with a diverse portfolio of 9 unique and complementary brands of hotels, serviced residences and apartment hotels, including Oasia, Quincy, Rendezvous, Village, Far East Collection, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and TFE Hotels Collection.

Far East Hospitality owns more than 10 hospitality assets and operates a combined portfolio of more than  16,500 rooms under its management across 100 hotels and serviced residences in eight countries — Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore, with more in its development pipeline. In 2020, the group ranked amongst the top 100 hotel companies by HotelsMag.

Far East Hospitality is a 70-30 joint venture formed in 2013 between Far East Orchard Limited (a listed company under Far East Organization) and The Straits Trading Company Limited. In the same year, Far East Hospitality, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Far East Hospitality Investments (Australia) Pte Ltd, completed a 50-50 joint venture with Australia’s Toga Group to form Toga Far East Hotels (TFE Hotels).

For more information, visit https://www.FarEastHospitality.com/.

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va-Q-tec signs extensive heads of terms agreement on provision of thermal containers for global CoVid-19 vaccine distribution with top international pharmaceuticals producer

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  • One of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers secures capacities from va-Q-tec for thermal containers for international, temperature-controlled vaccine distribution.
  • Order to be executed from first quarter of 2021 subject to expected vaccine approval.
  • va-Q-tec is thereby probably the world’s first provider of temperature-controlled thermal containers with a confirmed partnership for global logistics for CoVid-19 vaccines in this volume.
  • Further talks between va-Q-tec and other vaccine manufacturers being held in parallel.
  • va-Q-tec’s high-tech passive transport containers provide key technology required for temperature-controlled vaccine distribution, reliably maintaining constant temperatures in various ranges between -70 °C and 25 °C — including over several days.

 

WÜRZBURG, GERMANY – Media OutReach – 19 November 2020 – va-Q-tec, a pioneer of highly efficient thermal containers and boxes for temperature-controlled logistics, announces the successful conclusion of a comprehensive agreement with one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers for the international distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. This probably makes the company the first in the thermal container sector to agree a confirmed partnership for large-scale global thermal transports in connection with the CoVod- 19 vaccine. va-Q-tec is aware of its great responsibility: in addition to the development and validation of the vaccine, which is currently taking place under intense pressure, secure worldwide distribution is considered a mammoth logistical and technical task. As part of the agreement, the customer is securing capacities for international, temperature-controlled vaccine distribution. Such capacities could become increasingly scarce, according to sector information.

 

As part of the related heads of terms agreement, it has been arranged with the partner that, subject to approval, the worldwide, large-volume distribution of its vaccines deploying va-Q-tec’s innovative transport solutions is to start in the first quarter of 2021. The order volume comprises several thousand high-performance transport containers. The parties intend to conclude a final agreement soon concerning the total volume of the partnership based on the heads of terms agreement. The approval of the active substance is a prerequisite for this agreement. At this stage, it is assumed that such approval will be granted.

 

The investments made so far realized in the expansion of va-Q-tec’s fleet create the necessary capacities for this order, as well as for possible follow-up orders. The fleet will be expanded significantly further over the coming months. As a consequence, the German company operates the world’s largest fleet of thermal containers, whose interiors maintain even low temperature ranges at a constant level of -20 °C and below over a period of several days. For this reason, va-Q-tec is in an ideal position to provide secure and reliable logistics for the valuable vaccine in the context of such a large-scale request, and has already many years of experience with international transports below -60 °C.

The company offers a unique, coordinated portfolio of different high-performance thermal container and box solutions that enable it to handle such a complex, international logistic task. In addition to large-volume international shipments, all types of transport can be realized utilizing the same proven technology, including on the last mile to the end customer or patient.

 

The company offers a fleet of several 1000 high-tech rental containers within its network of 40 international stations. Reliable availability for increased global demand or transportation to countries with challenging logistics infrastructures is also ensured by a container variant that is available for purchase: with the va-Q-pal SI, a cost-efficient and sustainable pallet container has been specially developed that reliably maintains required temperatures for many days. It can be re-qualified several times, enabling it to be reutilized at its original performance level. For this purpose, before being reutilized, the entire insulation can be checked easily for full functionality.

 

Above and beyond the agreement that has been reached, va-Q-tec is in advanced negotiations aimed at comparable partnerships with further international vaccine manufacturers. Coronavirus vaccines are already being moved in the company’s thermal transport solutions, some of them are being pre- produced and distributed in large volumes on a pre-approval basis in order to supply the population with the vaccines immediately after official approval. In many such cases, little data is available on stability during transport and storage. Consequently, va-Q-tec transports the same coronavirus vaccines on an intercontinental basis at -70 °C, as well as on a local microdistribution basis at +2 to 8°C. This is in the same boxes and containers easily possible thanks to the company’s unique technology.

 

Dr. Joachim Kuhn, CEO and founder of va-Q-tec, adds: “First-class scientists have developed a vaccine within a very short time, and we are now helping to distribute the vaccine with our secure transport solutions. The present agreement is the most extensive in our twenty-year corporate history, and perhaps one of the most extensive in the sector ever. With our unique technology, our broad portfolio and our years of experience with low and very low temperatures, we can optimally support the global distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Thanks to the extensive expansion of our container and box fleet as well as our worldwide network, we offer ideal prerequisites for tackling this enormous logistics challenge. We are proud to be able to make our contribution to the major common goal of the global battle against the CoVid-19 pandemic.”

About va-Q-tec

va-Q-tec is a pioneer in highly efficient products and solutions in the area of thermal insulation and TempChain logistics. The company develops, produces and markets highly efficient and consequently thin vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) as well as phase change materials (PCMs) for reliable and energy-efficient temperature controlling. In addition, va-Q-tec produces passive thermal packaging systems (containers and boxes) through optimally integrating VIPs and PCMs, which can maintain constant temperatures, depending on type, for up to 200 hours without external energy input. In order to implement temperature- sensitive logistics chains, va-Q-tec — within a global partner network — operates a fleet of rental containers and boxes meeting demanding thermal protection standards. Along with Healthcare & Logistics as the main market, va-Q-tec addresses the following further markets: Appliances & Food, Technics & Industry, Building, and Mobility. The high-growth company, which was founded in 2001, is based in Würzburg, Germany.

Further information: www.va-q-tec.com

Twitter: [View Image]@vaQtec

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/va-Q-tec

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