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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 Jan 31 till Feb 6. Please check back throughout the week for more updates.

Talent Program Opens For Women Coaches

Sydney, Jan 31: Supporting, retaining and progressing women in high performance coaching and executive roles is the aim of the 2022 Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Talent Program, launched by the Australian Government today.
Applications are open from now until February 14 for this year’s AIS Talent Program, which is among a suite of Australian Government-funded programs designed to increase the presence and influence of women leaders in sport.
Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the AIS Talent Program is about identifying talented and accomplished women leaders and ensuring they have every opportunity to maximise their full potential and be key decision-makers in Australian sport.
The AIS Talent program is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Office for Women, in conjunction with the AIS and Sport Australia.
The $3.4 million in funding over four years also supports the long-running Women Leaders in Sport grants program and the AIS Accelerate program, which focuses on elite women athletes pursuing ongoing careers in the sporting industry.

AFC President Sends Best Wishes 

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 2: Ahead of Thursday’s FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 kick off, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has sent his best wishes to host side Al Jazira Club from the United Arab Emirates and reigning AFC Champions League title holders, Al Hilal SFC – who will be representing Asia in the UAE where the global club showpiece will be held for the fifth time.
The 2020–21 UAE Pro League winners, Al Jazira Club will kick start the tournament when they face OFC representative club, AS Pirae from Tahiti, in the first round at the Mohammad Zayed Stadium at 8:30pm (local time), with the eventual winners advancing to face Al Hilal SFC in the second round on Sunday, February 6 at the same kick-off time and venue.
“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to wish our Asian teams Al Jazira Club and Al Hilal SFC the very best of success on their respective campaigns and our best wishes must also go to our match officials as well as the United Arab Emirates Football Association and the Local Organising Committee,” he said.
“The football world continues to put its faith in our great Continent and no other Confederation has been entrusted to stage more editions of the FIFA Club World Cup than the AFC and its Members so I am confident that the UAE will organise another exceptional tournament.
“Our Vision is to ensure Asian football succeeds on the world stage and our teams and match officials are widely recognised for their impressive records at the FIFA Club World Cup and I am confident that they will continue to do us proud in a year where the focus is firmly on Asia.”

Top Glove Notches Another First

Shah Alam, Feb 2: Top Glove has clinched another award – its first ever inclusion with an Industry Mover distinction in The Sustainability Yearbook 2022 by S&P Global.
The company is one of 53 Industry Movers in the 2022 Yearbook.
The annual Yearbook is one of the world’s most comprehensive publications providing in depth analysis on corporate sustainability.
It is based on companies across various industries assessed in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessments, “CSA”, which is the basis for the S&P Global ESG Score.
The ESG Score is also the basis for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, “DJSI.” 

Fave Appoints New Country Manager for Malaysia

Gary Yeoh. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 3: Fave, Southeast Asia’s smart payments app, appointed Gary Yeoh as country manager in Malaysia, aimed at spurring growth within the country.
Yeoh has a broad spectrum of experience across various industries.  
“I am thrilled to be part of the Fave team that is committed to offer customers savings and flexible payments through the array of the services while helping merchants grow,” said Yeoh.
“As we are onboarding more and more merchants, Fave will be able to create a better spending environment for all consumers. 
“With BNPL spearheading growth in the country, I believe it will replace traditional payment methods with its flexibility and convenience,” he added.

Change Definition Of ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Now

Sydney, Feb 3: Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is calling on Health Minister Greg Hunt to step up and immediately change Australia’s official definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ from two doses to three.
CHA Manager of Health Policy Alex Lynch said the federal government could and should make the call now.
“It’s just misleading for states to be reporting a ‘fully vaccinated’ rate of 95 per cent-plus when that refers to double dosing which we know is inadequate,”  Lynch said.
“We now know that COVID-19 vaccinations are losing effectiveness just months after the second dose is received.
A truly fully vaccinated community, with three doses for all who are eligible, will help alleviate pressure on our hospitals and start getting us back to normal,” he said. 

MR D.I.Y. Partners With Seven Financial Institutions

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 3: Malaysians can now rejoice as more cashback and discounts come their way this festive season from Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer, MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad (MR D.I.Y). The retailer is partnering with three banks and four e-wallet providers to offer Mega Cashback across its MR. D.I.Y., MR. TOY, and MR. DOLLAR stores from 15 January to 28 February 2022. 
The  three banks and four e-wallet platforms are HSBC, Public Bank, MAE by Maybank, as well as Touch ‘n Go eWallet, ShopeePay, GrabPay and Boost. 
Alex Goh, Head of Marketing, MR. D.I.Y. Group said the retailer wants to  help customers stretch their ringgit further this Chinese New Year.
He added that this ‘Mega Cashback’ programme is also timely to those wanting to stock up on personal protective essentials at discounted prices.
Information on ‘Mega Cashback’ can be found here.

SPARK Programme Ends Successfully 

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 3: The SPARK Leadership Programme held online last Dec had 60 campers – majority of which from B40  communities – embarking on a five days leadership development programme.
Stepping into  the 7th year, with the theme ‘Space Exploration,’ SPARK 2021 serves to provide an  opportunity for, and inspire future leaders amongst Malaysian youth.
Fully sponsored by ECM Libra Foundation with the support of Leaderonomics Community,  SPARK Leadership Programme redefined the online camp experience by incorporating  experienced facilitators, online platforms such as Google Meets and WhatsApp and engaging  sessions and simulations under an interactive theme for heightened engagement. From virtual group missions, breakout rooms, live sessions, virtual simulations, and even an  online SPARK Carnival, the variety of online activities that comprised SPARK 2021 engaged  campers on a range of competencies this year.
With campers representing each state in  Malaysia, the camp also served as a melting pot of cultures and a testament to the unity in  diversity of Malaysian youth. 

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