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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 August 8 till the end of the week.

Kenanga Futures Cashback Festival Campaign

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director and Head of Listed Derivatives of Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd Azila Abdul Aziz. Imaged.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 8: Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd is back with another nationwide Campaign, “Eight Eight Cashback Festival”, aimed at rewarding new and existing clients with a cashback reward of up to 28 per cent for those who trade CME Group (“CME”) micro products from Aug 8 to  Oct 31.
The Campaign mechanism involves participants trading into seven (7) CME Group products namely, Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures, Micro E-mini Nasdaq 100 Futures, Micro E-mini Dow Futures, Micro E-mini Russell 200 Futures, Micro WTI Crude Oil Futures, Micro Silver Futures and E-micro Gold Futures.
The Micro E-mini products provide clients access to the four leading U.S. stock indexes through bite-size contracts.
Owing to the fact that the contracts are only a tenth of the size of a standard contract, they also play a vital role in making futures more accessible, allowing traders to buy small fractions of individual stocks which enables them to manage their risks and portfolio appropriately as market conditions change.
Eligible participants will be rewarded with a cashback reward based on the total gross brokerage generated during the Campaign period.
Participants who trade a total gross brokerage between USD100 to USD300 will earn eight per cent cashback, while those who trade between USD301 and USD800 or more than USD800 will earn – 18 per cent and 28 per cent cashback respectively.

Astro Go Shop Celebrates National Day

Astro Go Shop celebrates National Day with ‘Go Gemilang Sale’
Astro Go Shop celebrates National Day with the ‘Go Gemilang Sale.’

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 8: Celebrate Malaysia’s National Day with Go Shop, with discount vouchers of up to RM112 off through the ‘Go Gemilang Sale’ from 8 August till 18 September 2022. Customers can use the codes GEM16, GEM31 and GEM65, to get RM16, RM31 and RM65 off* respectively. In addition, customers can also enjoy free shipping nationwide, including Sabah and Sarawak, with no minimum spend required from  Aug 31 to Sept 4 and Sept 16 to Sept 18. 
Discover more exciting deals and offers via Go Shop on Astro – Go Shop RUUMA (CH118), Go Shop GAAYA (CH120), Go Shop BAARU (CH111) in Bahasa Malaysia and CH303 in Mandarin. For more information, go to www.goshop.com.my or download the Go Shop app from Google Play and App Store.

FedEx Recognised For Diversity Initiatives

Lily Tay, MD Customer Experience Operations, SEA of FedEx Malaysia, received the ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy’ award on stage, together with the representatives of the Malaysian Gender Pillar and the FedEx management team. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 8: FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, was recently recognized in the ‘Best Women Leadership Programme’, ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and ‘Best Executive Coaching Programme’ categories at the Employee Experience Awards (EXA), organized by Human Resources Online. 
This is the second consecutive year that Human Resources Online honoured organizations that have displayed best practices in the industry. 
This year’s awards were given across 33 categories, under three Employee Experience (EX) pillars: leadership, learning, and employee engagement.
FedEx received the Gold award in the ‘Best Women Leadership Programme’ category. This award is given to organizations that support and nurture women in the workplace. FedEx is a strong advocate of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) and has been actively progressing on this front. As a testament to its efforts, FedEx Malaysia today has over 50 per cent female representation across all managerial and professional positions.  

MR D.I.Y., MR. DOLLAR, MR. TOY Mark Milestone 

As part of its commitment to ensuring Malaysians stay safe, MR D.I.Y. Group is offering medical face masks at just RM8 for a box of 50 pcs, in conjunction with its 1000 Stores Celebration. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 8: Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer, MR D.I.Y. Group Berhad now has 1,000 stores nationwide! The retailer is celebrating the milestone by offering Malaysians great deals on its wide range of products across its three brands at ‘Always Low Prices.’
MR D.I.Y. Group’s journey to becoming a Malaysian retail icon began 17 years ago with the opening of a traditional hardware store in Kuala Lumpur’s famed shopping district. Over the years, the Group’s commitment to delivering value and quality made it a popular choice for discerning shoppers, leading to its steady expansion both in terms of its presence and range of products.
Fast forward to 2022, the retailer now carries more than 18,000 product items [SKUs] in its stores and online on its e-commerce platform.
It has also expanded its stable of brands, which today include MR. D.I.Y, MR. DOLLAR, and MR. TOY is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Malaysians by ensuring they have easy access to their everyday essentials.
In addition to reaching this 1000-store milestone, MR D.I.Y. Group has also commandeered a number of major accolades over its 17-year journey, including being inducted into the FTSE4Good Index, being recognised as Malaysia’s Brand of the Year for four consecutive years, the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for the Home Improvement Retail/Company of the Year Award 2020 & 2021, Deloitte Malaysia Best Managed Companies Awards 2021 and Putra Brand Awards – Gold Award 2021 in Retail Category.

Join the AFC Champions League 2022 Fan Quiz

Get the chance to witness Asia’s top two clubs battle for the coveted crown in the AFC Champions League 2022 Final.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 9: With the AFC Champions League 2022 action set to return on August 18, the Continent’s passionate fans will be given the unique opportunity to showcase their passion and test their knowledge of Asia’s premier club competition. 
The AFC Champions League 2022 Fan Quiz will see the winner and companion travel to the second leg of the two-legged Final to be held in the East on February 26, 2023, where the Champions of Asia will be determined.
The price is inclusive of two return flights, accommodation, and two tickets to the AFC Champions League 2022 Final.
A similar campaign will commence when the AFC Champions League Knockout Stage resumes in the West region in February next year.
From August 9 to 28, fans can register on the official AFC website and take the quiz, which is available in multiple languages including English, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Bahasa Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Farsi.
Fans can access the quiz at the-AFC.com/win. 
The winner will be notified by the AFC via e-mail. Terms & Conditions apply.

Chubb Collaborates With Local Artist

Crouch and Liang with the mural. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 10: Chubb unveiled a mural today depicting an inspirational work of art by renowned Malaysian artist, Poesy Liang. 
This collaboration is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by Chubb to bring joy, inspiration, and hope to the community through art.
Located at 175 Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, the 105-ft by 36-ft mural took approximately 10 days to complete.
The mural was painted around the theme of ‘Rooftop Cats – Victory’, featuring playful felines with big dreams scaling whimsical roofscapes, striving to reach for the colourful sky that is full of wonders. Chubb supported the initiative by commissioning the mural.
“It is a true honour to partner with Poesy in creating this constructive public mural as part of our CSR initiative,” Country President of Chubb in Malaysia, Steve Crouch said.
“This collaboration is in line with our philanthropic mission of empowering people in places where we operate. I believe the outcome of this collaboration will help promote the mural-tourism of this historical city, which can be beneficial for its social and economic status.”

Six Malaysian Students Win Challenge

Six Young Malaysian Students Win Entrepreneurship Challenge. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 10: FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, together with Junior Achievement (JA), announced the six Malaysian students who won the 2022 FedEx Express / JA International Trade Challenge (FedEx Express / JA ITC) Malaysian Finals.
The students will now advance to compete at the FedEx Express / JA ITC Asia Pacific Regional Finals, scheduled for August 2022.
FedEx Express Malaysia and JA have been hosting the FedEx Express / JA ITC since 2008, and to date, the competition has impacted more than 7,000 students in Malaysia.
The FedEx Express / JA ITC aims to nurture students with relevant knowledge and experience as well as to equip them with business and project management skills that are beneficial for their entrepreneurial growth.
For the second consecutive year, the 2022 FedEx Express / JA ITC was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and received the participation of more than 650 secondary school students from 21 schools across Malaysia.
A total of six virtual workshops took place throughout the month of April, supported by FedEx employees as volunteers who facilitated the students throughout the workshop and competition and guided them on how to present their business ideas and plans.

Jeuneora Becomes B-Corp Certified

Sydney, Aug 10: New Zealand beauty and wellness company Jeuneora has joined a celebrated line-up of businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability to balance profit and purpose; with the Christchurch-based company this month achieving B Corp Certification with an impressive B Impact Score of 97 points.
B Corp Certification is administered by B Lab, a global non-profit network that creates definitive standards for businesses to measure their entire social and environmental output.
The global movement aims to work toward a better economic system in which businesses contribute to an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.
To certify, a business must be awarded a B Impact Score of at least 80 points, measured across five ‘Impact Areas’ – Workers, Customers, Governance, Environment, and Community.
Founded in 2016 by Monique Kaminski, Jeuneora offers a range of 100 per cent natural marine collagen and plant-based beauty and wellness supplements and cruelty-free skincare. The business has been committed to sustainability from its inception, and Monique says that the certification is a welcome reflection of this commitment.

Hive, LockBit & BlackCat Ransomware Attacks Same Network

John Shier. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 10:  Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced in the Sophos X-Ops Active Adversary whitepaper, “Multiple Attackers: A Clear and Present Danger,” that Hive, LockBit and BlackCat, three prominent ransomware gangs, consecutively attacked the same network. The first two attacks took place within two hours, and the third attack took place two weeks later. Each ransomware gang left its own ransom demand, and some of the files were triple encrypted.
“It’s bad enough to get one ransomware note, let alone three,” John Shier, senior security advisor at Sophos said.
“Multiple attackers create a whole new level of complexity for recovery, particularly when network files are triple encrypted. Cybersecurity that includes prevention, detection and response are critical for organizations of any size and type—no business is immune.”
The whitepaper further outlines additional cases of overlapping cyberattacks, including cryptominers, remote access trojans (RATs) and bots. In the past, when multiple attackers have targeted the same system, the attacks usually occurred across many months or multiple years.
The attacks described in Sophos’ whitepaper took place within days or weeks of each other—and, in one case, simultaneously—often with the different attackers accessing a target’s network through the same vulnerable entry point.

Peter Dutton Speaks About That Viral Photo

Credit to 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed & Erin.

Listen to Hughesy, Ed & Erin from 6-9 am weekdays on 104.1 2Day FM or via LiSTNR.

Sydney, August 11: Today on Sydney’s 104.1 2Day FM’s breakfast show, Hughesy, Ed & Erin, Opposition leader Peter Dutton joined the show to talk about that viral dagwood dog photo from his visit to Brisbane Ekka!
Hughesy confronted Peter Dutton over how he eats a dagwood dog!
“With the cameras there, I mean you can’t eat it from the side because the sauce drips off like Bill Shorten, so it leaves one angle and it’s not a great one.”
“I went to the showbag stand and bought a Milky Way show bag along with a Bertie Beetle bag as well and next thing I’m accused of trying to portray an image of Kevin Rudd when he was known as Milky Bar Kid.”
“Most of my mates actually were pretty rapid-fire texting me like, ‘WTF’, but anyway, what do you do.”

Frost & Sullivan Accords MR D.I.Y. An Award 

MR D.I.Y. was accorded the 2022 Company of the Year – Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Award in
Malaysia Home Improvement Retail Industry. This is its third award from Frost & Sullivan and its 2nd as Company of the Year.  Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 11:  Not once, not twice, but thrice! MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad or (MR D.I.Y.) has done it again. Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer has been named Frost & Sullivan’s 2022 Company of the Year in the Malaysia Home Improvement Retail Industry. 
A research & consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan takes a meticulous and stringent approach when selecting the nominees in each award category, making a detailed evaluation across two key dimensions – visionary innovation & performance, and customer impact. 
The firm’s Company of the Year Award is its top honour that recognises visionary innovation, market-leading performance, and unmatched customer care through its Best Practices Award analysis. 
MR D.I.Y. has commandeered a number of major accolades over its 17-year history,  including being inducted into the FTSE4Good Index, being recognised as Malaysia’s Brand of the Year for four consecutive years, being listed in the Deloitte Malaysia Best Managed Companies Awards 2021 and the Putra Brand Awards – Gold Award 2021 in Retail Category.
For more information about MR D.I.Y., visit mrdiy.com, e-commerce platform, mrdiy.com.my, Facebook, and Instagram.

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