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Montgomery Asia partners with Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) to launch the inaugural International Café & Beverage Show (ICBS) in Malaysia!

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Participants can look forward to barista brew-offs and business opportunities with ICBS, as part of the new 3-year partnership with MSCA

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 November 2020 – Montgomery Asia, a global exhibitions company with 125 years of experience, is excited to set foot in Malaysia with the launch of the inaugural International Café & Beverage Show (ICBS).

 

Taking place from 10 to 12 June 2021, the three-day event will showcase a myriad of artisanal food, beverage and café products from esteemed businesses and brands, both from Malaysia and the greater region of Southeast Asia. As part of the partnership, Montgomery Asia will be hosting the next three years of the internationally-recognised Malaysia National Coffee Championship (MNCC), first organised by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) in 2014.

“We are excited to bring the International Café & Beverage show to Kuala Lumpur next June. Stepping foot once again into this exciting market and working closely with the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) to bring the whole coffee industry together to play our part in driving this fast growing industry forward.” enthused Mr Christopher McCuin, Managing Director, Montgomery Asia. “Our 125+ years of experience and focus on the global fine food & drink industry will help us deliver a spectacular business experience for all involved. ICBS plays a first step in a strong growth plan across the entire ASEAN region.”

 

Headlining Coffee-Brewing Championships

 

MNCC 2021, the major headlining event of ICBS, will bring back iconic annual events such as the Malaysia Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, and Latte Art Championship.

 

At the Malaysia Barista Championship, baristas compete in a brew-off to showcase their service and personalities. The Malaysia Brewers Cup highlights the craft of filtered coffee, challenging the baristas’ ability to extract outstanding flavours while brewing coffee by hand. Lastly, the Malaysia Latte Art Championship will see baristas present their art according to planned routines which will be judged on consistency and aesthetics.

 

For brewers and baristas seeking to compete on the world stage, winners of each event category will stand a chance to represent Malaysia at the World Coffee Championships, sanctioned by World Coffee Events (WCE). The stage, which is hosted by a different country yearly, will see competitors, judges and volunteers from across the country taking part.

 

“We are pleased to partner with Montgomery Asia and we look forward to working with them over the next three years to deliver yet another successful run of our iconic Malaysia National Coffee Championship (MNCC) to our valued partners and stakeholders,”  said Ms Yip Leong Sum, President, Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA).

 

Exhibits and Opportunities to Network at ICBS

 

Coffee enthusiasts as well as F&B professionals can look forward to an exciting roster of exhibitors, including suppliers of coffee beans, general beverages, café food items, the latest machinery and equipment, and innovative packaging designs.

 

ICBS is supported by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), with Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association as the Official Strategic Partner. Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB, said, “We are delighted to welcome the International Cafe and Beverage Show 2021 to Malaysia.  It is encouraging to see a premier international organiser like Montgomery Asia, select Malaysia as a key entry point for their regional expansion. ICBS, with its business lifestyle theme coupled with this partnership, promises to be a must attend event for the whole coffee and café community in Malaysia.”

 

“MyCEB lends its full support to this exciting new exhibition and we wish ICBS and The Malaysia National Coffee Championships every success for June 2021 ahead. Let’s Meet In Malaysia, BE Greater Together.”

 

Ms Yip Leong Sum added, “We are confident that Montgomery Asia will curate an overall memorable event that serves as a platform to bring the coffee industry together to brew new business opportunities in the growing market sector.”

 

About International Café & Beverage Show (ICBS)

With a focus on speciality coffee, café lifestyle, services and equipment, ICBS will offer an international standard exhibition in a rapidly developing sector of the lifestyle economy.

ICBS is the marketplace for café owners, managers, and other sections of the F&B community to network and source high quality products. The show will also provide suppliers with branding and sponsorship opportunities within a highly specialised and relevant community.

About Montgomery Asia

Established in 2016, Montgomery Asia is a fully-owned subsidiary of UK-based Montgomery Group, one of the most widely respected exhibition companies in the world since 1895.

 

Montgomery Asia focuses on the growing Asian market, striving to bring the group’s flagship events to the region as well as developing new trade shows that meet the needs of the Asian market, in a safe, controlled manner during these difficult times.


About Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA)

Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA), the national association representing the specialty coffee industry in Malaysia was formed with the vision to build and further develop the country’s coffee frontier.

 

Comprising members from the entire value chain of the coffee industry such as coffee farmers, café owners, roasters, academies, equipment suppliers, coffee related products distributors and manufacturers as well as baristas, MSCA aims to represent as one united voice by the industry for the industry.

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Northern Star Investment Corp. II Announces Pricing of Upsized $350,000,000 Initial Public Offering

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Northern Star Investment Corp. II (the Company) announced today that it priced its upsized initial public offering of 35,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and will begin trading tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, 2021, under the ticker symbol NSTB.U. Each unit consists of one share of the Companys Class A common stock and one-fifth of one redeemable warrant, each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share, subject to adjustment. Only whole warrants are exercisable and will trade. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, shares of the Class A common stock and redeemable warrants are expected to be listed on the NYSE under the symbols NSTB and NSTB WS, respectively.

Northern Star Investment Corp. II is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While the Company may pursue an initial target business in any stage of its corporate evolution or in any industry or sector, it initially intends to focus its search on target businesses primarily in the beauty, wellness, self-care, fashion, e-commerce, subscription and digital-media sectors. The Company is led by Joanna Coles, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, and Jonathan Ledecky, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as the sole book running manager for the offering. The Company has granted the underwriter a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 5,250,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any.

The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained, when available, from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Telephone: 1-800-831-9146.

Registration statements relating to these securities have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and became effective on January 25, 2021. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements, including with respect to the proposed initial public offering and the anticipated use of net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Companys registration statement and preliminary prospectus for the offering filed with the SEC. Copies are available on the SECs website, www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

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HHR: CA’s $2.6B Federal Rent Relief; Eviction Moratorium Extension ‘A Step in the Right Direction’

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Housing justice advocates from Housing Is A Human Right (HHR) are calling California Governor Gavin Newsom and the legislative leaderships extension of the states eviction moratoriumnow in place through June 30, 2021and their intention to quickly and equitably deploy $2.6 billion in federal COVID stimulus money for renter and landlord relief a step in the right direction. However, advocates note the unprecedented scale and enormity of the problems still facing tenants and landlords as a result of the pandemic and are urging even more action.

In a joint press statement released earlier today by Governor Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announcing the extension of the eviction moratorium, the trio stated, We are also moving forward as quickly as possible to deploy Californias share of the latest federal stimulus bill “ ensuring that up to $2.6 billion in renter aid is administered quickly, equitably and accountably.

Todays announcement by Governor Newsom, Assembly Speaker Rendon and Senate Pro Tempore Atkins is a welcome step in the right direction and we thank them for taking swift action that will bring relief to millions of tenants and landlords alike. However, until the coronavirus pandemic is under control, an additional $2.4 billion should be allocated from the state and distributed equitably with or without landlord participation to prevent evictions, said Susie Shannon, policy director for Housing Is A Human Right.

Last week, the states Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) issued a report asserting that the cumulative rent debt owed by California renters due to the COVID-19 pandemic was $400 million. HHR and its parent organization, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), were both deeply skeptical of the estimate, believing it to be woefully low.

Two weeks ago, Housing Is A Human Right advocates called on Newsom and the California Legislature to quickly create a $5 billion Renters and Small Landlords Survival Fund as a means to shortstop what many see as a looming eviction crisis prompted by the devastating economic havoc the coronavirus pandemic has caused throughout California over the past year.

As part of that effort, the groups ran a series of ˜The COVID Eviction Emergency Is Here advocacy ads in four newspapers across the state: the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Union-Tribune.

California also has a welcome, if unexpected, 2021 state budget surplus of at least $15 billion (and which one budget watchdog previously predicted could be as large as $26 billion), according to Bloomberg. Housing advocates are urging Governor Newsom and state budget officials to direct a significant portion of that surplus, together with the $2.6 billion stimulus package from Washington, toward tenant and landlord relief.

California is currently home to 17 million renters, making up roughly 43 percent of the states population. And while eviction bans and moratoriums (several of which have been extended one or more times) that have been put in place on a national, state and local level have helped keep many struggling renters in their homes, whats needed is truly meaningful financial assistance for both renters and the small landlords who house them. Well-intended one-time $600 payments from the state or federal government will simply not allow tenants to cover their missedand growingback rent obligations nor make landlords, who have also faced significant economic hardship as a result of the pandemic, whole.

According to several news sources, the U.S. Treasury has a Jan. 26 deadline to distribute $26 billion in federal rent relief funds to state and local governments. California is expecting $2.6 billion of those funds.

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications for AHF, +1.323.791.5526, [email protected]

 

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Panopto Opens New Office in Singapore

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Panopto, the leading video management system provider for higher education and large enterprises, has opened a commercial office in Singapore in response to significant growth in demand in Asia. This increased presence complements the companys existing office in Hong Kong and builds upon Panoptos Singapore-based data centre, which hosts Panoptos Asia-Pacific Cloud.

Panopto has been a trusted partner for prominent enterprises such as SK Telecom and higher education institutions such as Singapore University of Social Sciences, as well as Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Panopto is widely recognized as the video management system that is easiest to use among businesses and universities. It is an integrated solution for creating, sharing, searching, and viewing video. Fortune 1000 companies use Panopto to deliver online training, manage meeting recordings, broadcast corporate events, improve employee onboarding, and create secure video libraries. Within universities, Panopto is the leading solution for centralizing and managing video content, recording lectures, flipping the classroom, streaming campus events, and integrating video with learning management systems.

Its appropriate to ring in the new year in Asia with a new office in Singapore, said Elle Hosek, General Manager, Panopto Asia. Panopto has seen dramatic growth in the use of video by higher education and large enterprise institutions, and our scalable solution is used by customers in over 14 countries throughout Asia. Panopto has been servicing customers in Asia on its Singapore-based cloud since 2018, and were excited to expand our presence.

With Panoptos direct presence in Singapore, we will benefit from even more timely access to the latest technology developments and support from their local team. High-quality video recordings of our classroom teaching integrated seamlessly into our Universitys online learning platform is crucial. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Panopto,” said Lee Chye Seng, Director of Learning Systems and Applications at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

About Panopto

Panopto helps businesses and universities create secure, searchable video libraries of their institutional knowledge. Since 2007, the company has been a pioneer in video capture software, video management, and inside-video-search technology. Today, Panoptos video management system is the largest repository of expert learning videos in the world. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Pittsburgh, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney, Panopto has received industry recognition for its innovation, rapid growth, and company culture. For more information, visit www.panopto.com.

Maddie Nance

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