News In Brief

Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Dec 13 till Dec 19. Please check back throughout the week for more updates.

Fintel’s Short Interest Data For The Week Of Dec 12

New York, Dec 13:  Fintel.io, a provider of advanced research tools for data-driven investors, has developed a mathematical model that provides investors and traders with data that identifies the most-shorted stocks by ranking companies on a number of factors such as relative short interest, borrow fee rates, trading volume, and others. 
The Australian Short Interest Leaderboard provides a leaderboard ranking of companies with the highest short interest so traders can easily identify companies with the highest negative sentiment by institutional investors. The leaderboard is also useful for identifying potential short squeeze opportunities.

Below are the list of most-shorted Australian companies as of December 12, 2021 at 8:00pm ET:

Short Squeeze Scores scoring model ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 being most likely, relative to its peers.
The Australian Short Squeeze Leaderboard also compiles data like Short Interest % Float, Change in Volume, Change in Price, and Borrow Fee Rate into an easy-to-use leaderboard for investors to reference when making decisions. 

Ni Hsin Launches BB2GO EV Bikes For F&B Business

From left: Khoo Chee Kong, Managing Director of BlackBixon2Go Sdn. Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Non-Executive Chairman of BlackBixon2Go Sdn. Bhd, Sofiyan Yahya, Chairman of Ni Hsin Group Bhd, Tan Sri Noh Omar, Minister of Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, Datuk Seri Rosman Mohamed, Independent Director of Ni Hsin Group Berhad and Datuk Mohammad Radhi Abdul Razak, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives. Image Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur,  Dec 13: NI HSIN Group Bhd’s subsidiary BlackBixon2Go Sdn Bhd has launched the BB2GO EV Coffee Bike for use in the sale of BlackBixon coffee.
These electric bikes are powered by a battery system specially configured to also provide the power for the coffee-making machine and is an extension of Ni Hsin’s cafe at anywhere concept under its food and beverage business.
The bikes are equipped with GPS for easy tracking of orders and locations of BB2GO EV Coffee Bikes by coffee lovers using the BB2GO app.
BlackBixon2Go also signed an MoU with Acasia Communications Sdn Bhd to digitalise the new business concept through its connectivity and cloud services, supporting the BB2GO app.
Acasia, an affiliate of Telekom Malaysia Group, is a collaboration among seven leading telecommunications providers offering a comprehensive suite of connectivity services and digital infrastructure in the ASEAN region.

Micron Releases 2021 Annual Report 

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 13: Micron Technology, Inc. has released its fourth annual diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) report, highlighting significant accomplishments and efforts across six DEI commitments that Micron introduced in last year’s report.
The commitments hold the company accountable for diversifying Micron’s workforce, driving equitable pay and benefits, strengthening the culture of inclusion and creating an equal voice for all.
Additionally, the company publicly disclosed its consolidated Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) data for the first time.
“We’re proud to have achieved nearly every goal we set and to have made significant progress across all our DEI commitments,” Micron Chief People Officer April Arnzen said.
“This work is critically important to our company and stems from our firm belief that DEI spurs innovation, advances our corporate mission, drives market competitiveness and is the right thing to do for all.”

Monty Mobile In Partnership With Unico 

Melbourne, Dec 14: Monty Mobile has signed a reseller agreement with Unico to sell and implement the uPair Entitlement Server into the  Middle East and African markets.
Monty Mobile will be supported by Unico in deploying uPair, an end-to-end world  class Entitlement Server for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) which aims to drive down costs and address an  underserved market in the region.
uPair enables fast end-user activation of primary and secondary eSIM services without the need for on-premises  deployment.
It allows users to connect multiple SIM and eSIM enabled devices to one number and service – including  Google, Samsung, and Apple products.
uPair leverages RESTful and TMF interfaces along with a range of additional  functions providing support for the comprehensive lifecycle management of connected mobile and wearable devices.
Monty Mobile and Unico will support MNOs with device manufacturer certifications and training to ensure world class  customer service.
This alliance will drive the creation of advanced solutions in the smart connectivity space and  establish a complete world class eSIM solution within ME & Africa.  

Cloud Comrade Gets Another Recognition

Singapore, Dec 14: Cloud Comrade has been awarded the SAP Recognized Expertise designation in SAP HANA in Singapore.
The designation was granted based on the company’s demonstrated expertise and skills in SAP HANA in Singapore and the successful completion of SAP Recognized Expertise requirements in the SAPPartnerEdge program.
“We are proud to be awarded this SAP Recognized Expertise designation,’  Andy Waroma, Co-Founder & Co-Managing Director, Cloud Comrade said.
“Achieved after rigorous training and fulfillment of stringent requirements, the recognition shows our expertise and depth of experience in SAP HANA.
The designation will go a long way in assuring current and prospective customers of our expertise and give them confidence to work with us as collaborative partners to deliver their desired outcomes. We thank all our customers who have been working with us to migrate their SAP workloads onto a cloud platform.”

Top Glove Recognised As Leading Employer 

Shah Alam, Dec 14: Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, has once again been acknowledged as Malaysia’s leading employer among local graduates by taking home top honours in three leading graduates’ choice awards this year 2021.
For the GRADUAN Brand Awards 2021 that took place on Dec 10, the glove maker was named Malaysia’s Most Preferred Employer under the Manufacturing category.
It also attained an overall ranking of Top four amongst Malaysia’s Most Preferred Employers of the Year, marking an improvement from its sixth place ranking in 2019.
At Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards 2021 (M100), held on Nov 17, Top Glove emerged as the champion in the Engineering and Heavy Industry category for the fifth year running.
The M100 ranking is based on student and fresh graduate votes from universities across Malaysia gathered in the annual M100 survey, the largest and longest running study on graduate recruitment trends in Malaysia. 

RinggitPlus And Saito Sign MOU

RinngitPlus signs MOU with Saito University College. Image Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 14: Saito University College in collaboration with RinggitPlus is introducing a Digital Financial Literacy module to its students to be financially prepared when they enter the workforce.
Said to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a virtual signing ceremony, recently
The Financial Literacy Module fits perfectly for Saito College University whose vision is to enable students to make a positive change to their lives and to the community around them. Meanwhile for RinggitPlus, the Financial Literacy Module is yet another step to help more Malaysians make better financial decisions.
RinggitPlus co-founder and director, Hann Liew said as a strong financial literacy advocate in Malaysia, RinggitPlus has been identifying various ways to educate more Malaysians and spread awareness on the importance of financial literacy.
The Financial Literacy Module consists of 10 topics with a total of 30 hours of guided learning, covering the key aspects of personal financial management including Effective Financial Planning, Smart Budgeting, Debt Management, Emergency Saving, Investment Strategy, Risk Management and Retirement Planning.
At the end of the course, students who pass the final examination will not only receive credits for their undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, but also the opportunity to apply for an internship with RinggitPlus/Jirnexu Sdn Bhd or its affiliated companies to further expand their knowledge and experience by working in a Fintech institution.

Kincentric Regional Best Employers 2021 Announced

Singapore, Dec 14:  DBS and Olam International Limited have been named as Regional Best Employers in 2021 for the Asia Pacific region, according to Kincentric’s premium assessment that identifies organisations who demonstrate outstanding people practices and workplace excellence.
DHL Express (Middle East), The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and Intact Financial Corporation (North America) and Marriott Vacations Worldwide (Europe) are among the other regional Kincentric Best Employers, after getting recognized in multiple markets.
Among the Regional Best Employers in APAC, DBS has been recognised as a Best Employer across China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA.
Olam International Limited has been identified as a Best Employer across Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and China. 
Kincentric Best Employers assessment looks at organisational excellence across critical people factors – employee engagement, organisational agility, engaging leadership and talent focus – leveraging the most objective measure possible – employee opinion.
It identifies firms that demonstrate excellence in the workplace, by creating differentiated employee experiences and agile, inclusive cultures leading to stronger, more sustainable business results.

Top Glove Named Best Company

Shah Alam, Dec 14: Top Glove has clinched top honours for Best Company for IR, Best Chief Financial Officer, and Best Quality of Annual Reports in the large market cap sub category at the 11th annual MIRA Investor Relations Awards 2021.
Announced today, the Awards, themed ‘Reinvigorating Investor Relations in the New Normal’, is organised by Malaysian Investor Relations Association, or MIRA for short, which is the sole non profit organisation for investor relations established under Bursa Malaysia.
“Our aim is to differentiate ourselves through our level of commitment and service to our shareholders and other stakeholders, so winning these awards is a proud result of the dedication and commitment from the Company’s 22,000 strong workforce,” Top Glove Executive Director Lim Cheong Guan, who was named Best Chief Financial Officer for Investor Relations, under the large market cap sub category said.
“We reaffirm our responsibility to maintaining best practices in all aspects of Investor Relations, corporate management and governance.”
Lim, a five time winner of the Best CFO for IR award, also noted that as the global business environment evolves at an intense pace, investors are requesting updated information from companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices. 

Sun Life Malaysia Donates To NKF

Sun Life Malaysia donates to NKF. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 14: It’s the season of giving once again and this year, the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF Malaysia) received a generous donation from Sun Life Malaysia, a leading life insurance and family Takaful company.
Some 200 Diabetes Awareness Care Packs consisting of nutritional snacks − oat, granola, chia seeds and nuts and also a fun comic book on diabetes prevention were donated to NKF Malaysia’s patients.
Held in conjunction with World Diabetes Day, this donation is aimed at raising awareness on diabetes prevention and care and helping people who are affected with diabetes avoid further complications through practicing an active and healthier lifestyle.
Sun Life Malaysia has been strongly committed to fight diabetes through various partnerships with community groups and organisations such as NKF Malaysia.
“Our patients are blessed with this donation and we hope that these nutritional packs will encourage our patients to eat healthiest donation from Sun Life Malaysia as this gesture rings true to our beliefs of leading healthier lives,” NKF Malaysia CEO Chua Hong Wee said.

Malaysian Obstacle Warriors Slays Course

Obstacle Warrior 2021 National Championships. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 14: Malaysians from across the nation put their strength to test to get one step closer to becoming a Malaysian obstacle warrior champion at the Obstacle Warrior 2021 National Championships.
The first round of the Obstacle Warrior National League and national championships’ qualifiers saw a performance of human strength and agility as contestants navigated their way through larger-than-life obstacles which proved very challenging.
With only a short window for each participant to complete the course, this clearly was not a brain versus brawn situation as contestants had to use both mental and physical abilities to finish in the shortest possible time. 
Designed and developed in accordance with the international standard obstacle course, Escape Petaling Jaya showcased 18 different obstacles with various difficulty levels.
The recent event launch press conference was attended by Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, who witnessed the practice round of the Obstacle Warrior 2021 National Championships Malaysia.

Malaysian Youths Hopeful For The Future

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 15: Although on the fence about the COVID-19  pandemic’s management in the country, Malaysian youths remain largely optimistic  about the future.
This is also despite persistent economic concerns borne from the  current crisis, as many appreciate basic state provisions such as healthcare and  education, as their future life plans remain undeterred – based on highlights from the  ASEAN Youth Survey 2021 edition by Redhill.
Now in its third year, Redhill’s ASEAN Youth Survey analyses the roles of Southeast  Asia’s youths as key drivers of economic, cultural, and socio-political change.
The  study attempts to take a snapshot view of their aspirations and concerns on  governance, the economy, education, healthcare, life choices and online activity – through the eyes of nearly 3,000 people aged 18-35 across seven ASEAN nations.
Redhill’s ASEAN Youth Survey 2021 report will be released on December 27 and can be downloaded at www.aseanyouthsurvey.com.

Cohesity Launches Security Advisor

Kuala Lumpur Dec 15: Cohesity today introduced Security Advisor, an addition to the company’s Threat Defense architecture that gives customers an easy way to improve their security posture in an era of rapidly sophisticated and damaging cyberattacks.
The new feature helps reduce human errors and achieve a higher level of cyber resilience in customer environments that are managed through the Cohesity Helios data platform.
Security Advisor scans the customer’s Cohesity environment, including an array of security configurations, and considers a host of factors such as access control, audit logs, and encryption framework that are critical to protecting the security posture of the data cluster.
Customers then receive a score that tells them how they are performing against Cohesity’s best practice recommendations.
Additionally, customers are provided with recommendations on how to address potential risks and help keep their platform and the data secure from bad actors – both internal and external – which can limit their exposure to cyber extortion.  

RACV Safety Tips For The Holidays

Melbourne, Dec 15: With just over a week until Christmas, RACV is urging Victorians to prepare for the holiday season by keeping safety top of mind at home, on the road and during holidays at our favourite destinations.
After a challenging year, Victorians have a lot to celebrate with family and friends over the festive season and RACV is expecting an uptick in travel both on public holidays and throughout December and January.
RACV Policy Lead – Safety, Elvira Lazar, said keeping some simple tips top of mind will help ensure everyone’s safety.
“Before you get in your car, make sure you do a safety check of your vehicle. Check your fluid levels under your bonnet, including oil, coolant and even the windscreen washer level. Be sure to check your tyre pressure as well and that your roadside assistance is up to date.
“When planning your journey, especially if you’re going regional, plan your drive along safer main roads. Schedule stops on these longer trips as this not only gives you a break from driving it also means you are not rushing.

Coway Run 2021 Created History With Every Stride

Coway Run 2021. Image Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 15: Coway Run 2021: Run for Your Region made history as they dashed their way into the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Most Number of Virtual Run Tickets Sold in a Day.’
Almost 10,000 Coway Run 2021 tickets were snapped up within 24 hours of its launch and marked a triumphant moment in Coway Run’s history!
This achievement further solidified the importance of Coway Run to Malaysians, who look forward to participating in this event annually.
Be it physically or virtually, Coway Run has found a place in many runners’ hearts.
Organised by Coway Malaysia, Coway Run 2021 is an inter-regional virtual run that strives to promote fun, healthy living and community spirit.
The run, which kicked off on Sept 23 got participants off their couches at home to run anytime and anywhere to log in those kilometres and inspired by the overwhelming enthusiasm shown by participants, the planned month-long run was extended to Oct 31.

New Report Highlights The Role Of Fintech 

Mambu logo. Supplied.
Mambu logo. Supplied.

Singapore, Dec 16: Fast-paced fintech innovation in Asia Pacific is having a measurable, positive impact on access to financial services in the region, according to a new report from findexable, powered by Mambu, titled ‘Asia Pacific Fintech Rankings: Bridging Divides’.
The report, which provides an APAC-centric deep-dive into the Global Fintech Rankings released mid-2021, highlights the vital role fintech innovation has in closing the gaps between the ‘banked’, ‘underserved’ and ‘unbanked’, particularly in countries which may have low levels of formal financial inclusion, but high levels of smartphone ownership and internet penetration.
The report, which includes in-depth looks at Vietnam and Indonesia, and commentary from a number of Asia Pacific fintech leaders, identifies the countries and cities leading the fintech charge in the region, including Jakarta, which jumped 27 places in the city rankings this year, and New Zealand, which rose 15 places in the country rankings to sit inside the top 10 for the first time. 
Also unpacked in the report are some of the new financial technologies – particularly in the payments space – that are changing the way that people across the Asia Pacific region manage their money, where cash has been relegated from its long-held position of king.
The report is available to download here.

Igloo Extends Footprint In Malaysia With Pine Labs

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 16: Regional insurtech firm Igloo has announced a new partnership with digital payments service provider, Pine Labs, marking the extension of its regional footprint in Malaysia.
Pine Labs is currently used by over 246,000 merchants in 3700 cities and towns across India and Malaysia.
Through the partnership, Pine Labs will offer shoppers hassle-free and easy mobile phone protection solutions under the IglooCare Program.
Mobile Phone 360 and Phone Screen Protection are currently available on Pine Labs’ platform.
The protection covers both repair and replacement of the gadget by up to 100 per cent of the gadget retail price, offered through Igloo’s dedicated nationwide IglooCare repair and service network in Malaysia.

Creative Lab Launches Blockbuster Sale Campaign

Creative Lab Launches Blockbuster Sale Campaign. Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 16: Niro Ceramic Creative Lab Sdn Bhd (Creative Lab), an innovative retail home design service provider, launched its Blockbuster Sale Campaign nationwide, inviting homeowners to embark on a journey to rejuvenate their living spaces for the new year and stand a chance to walk home with prizes worth a total of RM50,000.
With a selection of attractive prizes which include 50” Smart TV, iPhone 13 and a grand prize of a holiday package 3D2N to Langkawi, customers of Creative Lab can participate in the campaign starting from December 2 till 29.
To stand a chance to win, customers are required to follow three simple steps:

  1. Purchase Creative Lab products from December 2 until 29  *minimum of RM3,000 for weekly prizes & minimum of RM6,000 for grand prize
  2. Fill in and submit Google form provided by Sales Designer
  3. Wait for winners’ announcement on Creative Lab Official Facebook Page

Uniphore Collaborates With Cisco For Better CX

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 16:  Uniphore, the leader in Conversational Automation, announced today that it has joined Cisco SolutionsPlus, an industry-leading partner program that helps enterprise buyers design and implement complete end-to-end customer solutions. 
Through Cisco’s SolutionsPlus Program, Cisco’s customers and channel partners can purchase Uniphore’s conversational automation products to enable more efficient, frictionless and secure conversations between customer service agents and customers.
“Cisco has been delivering solutions for enterprise business challenges for decades and we’re really pleased to be part of their ecosystem,” Umesh Sachdev, CEO and Co-founder, Uniphore said.
“Being a part of Cisco’s SolutionsPlus Program further validates the value our conversational automation platform brings to businesses in a wide range of industries.”
For Cisco partners, this means they can resell and upsell, bringing additional customer experience innovation and value to their customers.

Singapore’s 1982 Ventures Raises US$12.5M

From left: Scott Krivokopich and Herston Elton Powers, Managing Partners of 1982 Ventures, Southeast Asia’s leading seed fund which is focused on fintech. (1982 Ventures). Supplied

Singapore, Dec 16: 1982 Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm in Southeast Asia, has announced the initial close of its first seed stage venture fund with US$12.5 million in committed capital.
The fund is targeting to raise a total corpus of US$15 million.
Established in early 2020, 1982 Ventures is a Southeast Asia focused venture capital fund that invests in seed stage fintech startups in Southeast Asia.
The fund was recently identified as the most active Southeast Asia based fintech investor of 2021 (UOB).
The firm’s portfolio has made a return of over 3x, with early and first round investments in Indonesian open banking player Brick, Vietnamese retail investment platform Infina (YC S21), home financing proptech Homebase (YC W21), Singaporean automated financial data platform Bluesheets and Southeast Asia’s first earned wage access platform Wagely.

Hong Kong Export Growth Set To Slow

HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan and Assistant Principal Economist (Greater China) Alice Tsang announced the HKTDC Export Index for the fourth quarter of 2021 and gave the HKTDC’s prediction for export growth in 2022 at a press conference today. Supplied.

Hong Kong, Dec 16: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) forecasts that Hong Kong exports will grow by eight per cent in value in 2022, down from the 25 per cent expansion experienced in 2021.
An uneven recovery, lingering threats from the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chain disruptions and logistics bottlenecks, as well as rising concerns over inflation, are expected to restrain growth, HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan said.
In the most recent HKTDC Export Index survey, more local exporters (87 per cent, up 20.4 percentage points from the previous quarter) said the pandemic had negatively affected their business.
Soaring transport costs (60.2 per cent), disruptions to logistics and distribution (53.2 per cent) as well as difficulties in sourcing raw materials/parts and components (41.4 per cent, up 16.8 percentage points) were cited as major impacts.
More than 70 per cent of Hong Kong exporters said they expect 2022 sales will decrease (42.6 percent) or just be on par (29.1 per cent) with sales this year.

Shenzhen Launches Global Investment Conference

Image supplied.

China, Dec 16: Shenzhen this week hosted the 2021 Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference to attract and focus on greater international investment.
The conference highlighted the development directions of Shenzhen’s strategic emerging industries and those of the future as well as key industries and projects in each district while gathering global investors and quality resources to further develop Shenzhen as a premier choice for global investment.
The 2021 Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference was hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government and was jointly organised by the Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality, Information Office of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, and Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.
Themed “New Era, New Journey — Invest in Shenzhen, Build a Winning Future” was held on Dec 15 at Wuzhou Guest House, Shenzhen, showcasing to global investors the economic vitality, innovative impetus, city charm and investment potential.

Australian Red Cross And NAATI Collaborate

Sydney, Dec 17: The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) has partnered with Australian Red Cross to deliver a pilot program supporting people who have recently resettled in Australia from Afghanistan to gain a NAATI credential as an interpreter or community language aide.
This pilot has been launched in response to increased demand for interpreters and bilingual workers among newly arrived migrants to Australia. 
It is intended that this pilot will support new arrivals to connect with employment and training in the language services sector.
The pilot, delivered by AMES and Australian Red Cross, aims to work with recently arrived people from Afghanistan who are receiving support through the Humanitarian Settlement Program, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, to continue their careers as interpreters. 
Eligible applicants will be able to access interpreter training, and discounted or fully sponsored NAATI credentials, to become an interpreter or community language aide. 
Those supported under the program will also benefit from mentoring and connection with employers.

 Carsome Launches “Make it Carsome” Film

Carsome Launches “Make it Carsome” Regional Brand Film.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 16:, Carsome has launched its first-ever regional brand film “Make It Carsome” across Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, as it showcases the transparency behind its precision in execution when customers buy a Carsome Certified car that feels like a “new car.”
The brand film aims to humanise the hassle-free process in Carsome’s mobility solutions, with coordinated input from its Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand teams. 
Carsome Chief Brand Officer Derek Tan said that this is an exciting time at Carsome, as the company takes on the challenge to establish Carsome as the top-of-mind brand in the used car industry.
“With this brand film, we want to break the clutter to authentically deliver the key brand message of delivering peace of mind through our Make It Carsome brand manifesto in the region, all for the people who want to move forward in mobility solutions,” explained Tan.
The “Make It Carsome” film features what goes on behind the hassle-free experience when one buys a Carsome Certified car.
It highlights the wide selection of over 1,000 used cars on the platform, the quality assurance with Carsome’s 175-point inspection ensuring the cars are free from major accident, frame, fire, or flood damage.  

Spritzer Celebrates Sustainability This Christmas

Spritzer Malaysia’s green Xmas celebration.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 17: Spritzer Malaysia has announced the raising of its first-ever Sustainable Christmas Tree in Taiping, Perak as the central attraction of the Spritzer EcoPark Christmas 2021 Event.
Families and friends can take memorable photos of themselves with this 10-feet high tree built from Spritzer Sparkling bottles with lights draped around it for a feel of the holiday season while enjoying a number of events lined up from Dec 17 to  Jan 2 at the Spritzer EcoPark, Taiping.
Visitors can admire the Recycle Art Tunnel made from thousands of Spritzer Natural Mineral Water bottles and also take Instagram – worthy photos of themselves as they bid 2021 farewell and look forward to another year of hope and new beginnings.
Other activities organised include mini golf games with a special LED golf ball package on selected days, Christmas-themed DIY crafts, including special handmade gift boxes held at set times. Visitors can refresh themselves with the special edition of Spritzer Sparkling’s Tropical Fizz flavoured drinks and enjoy Christmas-decorated lollipops. 
The event will run with all standard operating procedures adhered to including MySejahtera check-ins, social distancing, mask on and sanitisers will be provided at various locations at the event. 

Kieren Perkins To Lead Australian Sport

Sydney, Dec 17: The Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Josephine Sukkar AM welcomes the appointment of Kieren Perkins OAM as its new Chief Executive Officer. 
The role will see Perkins oversee high performance and participation sport as the nation embarks on the green and gold runway towards Brisbane 2032. 
Perkins is best known as one of Australia’s greatest ever swimmers and brings a wealth of corporate and sports administration experience to the role. 
Most recently, Perkins served as the President of Swimming Australia and has previously been a Commissioner of the Australian Sports Commission (2001-2007). 
“The ASC is delighted to welcome someone of the calibre of Kieren Perkins to this important role leading Australian sport,” said Sukkar. 

Go For Better This Festive Season With Fave! 

Go for better this festive season with Fave! Supplied.
Go for better this festive season with Fave! Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 17: With Christmas and Year End just around the corner, it is the gift-giving season! Traditionally a time when people spend quality time with loved ones and given the year we’ve all had during this unprecedented year, take this opportunity and embrace our loved ones with open-handedness and gift unstintingly with Fave PayLater.
Fave has launched its PayLater ‘Go for better’ campaign this festive season. 
By splitting and stretching your bills in the next three months with zero interest and a series of cashbacks, Fave PayLater will enable you a greater financial flexibility to give better to your loved ones and friends 
Enjoy a stress-free festive season with Fave PayLater. 

AFC Launches New ‘Emotions in Football Project’

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 17: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has launched an ‘Emotions in Football Project’, a new initiative that focuses on managing the emotions of coaches and footballers with the aim of improving performances on the pitch and to safeguard their personal well-being.
The new project will focus on two aspects – Grassroots and Elite Football – and the concept was presented to the AFC Member Associations (MAs) in a special online session that was attended by 98 participants.
The AFC Emotions in Football Working Group, of which former Liverpool, Lyon and France coach Gérard Houllier was an original member before his passing last year, will contribute to the implementation of the AFC project with the help of MA Technical Directors and Coach Educators.
“Technical knowledge is important but in this modern era, coaches and footballers need to better understand their emotions and explore constructive ways to establish a more conducive and holistic environment as part of efforts to strengthen the larger football development structure,” AFC General Secretary Datuk Windsor John said.

FastJobs Malaysia Bags Two Awards 

(From L-R) Joelle Pang, General Manager, FastJobs Malaysia, Ping Hao Choo, Marketing and Partnerships Lead, FastJobs Malaysia, and Delon Chan, Marketing and Partnerships, FastJobs Malaysia. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 17: FastJobs Malaysia, a tech-driven job platform that provides equal access to gainful employment to Malaysians was recognised at the recent HR Vendors of the Year (VOTY) Awards 2021, held at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on Dec 15.
FastJobs Malaysia won silver in two categories: Best New Recruitment Firm, and Best Recruitment Portal.
These achievements will continue to empower the HR tech enabler  to continue its efforts in enabling the future of hiring, in line with its growing legacy as a  technology innovator and trendsetter within the talent solutions industry.
“FastJobs Malaysia takes great pride in providing first-in-class recruitment solutions for our clients and our candidates, which was made possible by none other than our biggest and most valuable resource, the young and  agile team at FastJobs; each of whom have played an active role in ensuring we scale to  greater heights with dedicated service to our clients,” FastJobs Malaysia’s General Manager Joelle Pang said.
The tech-driven job platform which was established in 2017 strategically combines technology and industry insights to provide seamless hiring for both Malaysian employers and jobseekers. 

Alibaba Announces Carbon Neutrality Goal 

China, Dec 17: Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA and HKEX: 9988, “Alibaba” or “Alibaba Group”) today announced a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030 and introduced a Scope 3+ target, a pioneering initiative aiming to facilitate 1.5 gigatons of decarbonisation across its business ecosystem by 2035.
Details about its goals, including thinking and definition of the newly introduced concept of Scope 3+, are shared in the inaugural Alibaba Carbon Neutrality Action Report. Alibaba aims to provide updates annually with progress verified by accredited auditors.
“We aspire to be a force for positive, innovative change in society. Our ESG strategy is predicated on our mission to be a good company that will live for 102 years and it is the vital foundation for Alibaba’s future development,” Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group said.
“We will leverage our unique influence as a platform operator to mobilise actions and behavioural changes among consumers, merchants and partners in China and around the world with our newly proposed Scope 3+ target of reducing 1.5 gigatons of carbon emissions by 2035.”
Meanwhile, Alibaba aims to continue to improve information and data disclosure and reporting mechanisms, starting next, Alibaba will aim to release its ESG report annually, in which concrete and specific annual progress will be included.

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