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Herbalife Nutrition Affirms Support for UN Sustainable Development Goals as the Corporate Partner for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

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As a company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier, premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, has been named a corporate partner for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2018, affirming its support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) for the third year running.

Organized by Global Initiatives and the United Nations Development Programme at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from October 11 to 12, the Forum will feature Herbalife Nutrition’s Head of Government Affairs, Tod Gimbel, in two panel discussions. In the first panel discussion on food and nutrition, Gimbel will be sharing about the company’s contributions towards the UNSDGs via its network of Nutrition Clubs around the world. In the second panel discussion on the role of public-private partnerships, he will share about the partnerships that Herbalife Nutrition has forged, to help the health and nutrition industry move forward in achieving the UNSDGs.

“Our unique business model, focusing on health-and-nutrition-centered grassroots engagement through our network of Nutrition Clubs, has enabled consumers in Asia Pacific and around the world to benefit from the power of positive nutrition, as well as nutrition education. This not only contributes to the UNSDG of Improving Global Health and Well-Being, it also provides work and opportunity to people from all over the world,” said Stephen Conchie, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific.

With over 90,000 Nutrition Clubs in operation around the world, each locally-run Nutrition Club serves as a social enterprise, enabling easy access to health and nutrition products through the provision of individual serving portions at affordable prices to local consumers. Featuring a warm and friendly environment where members come together to share general health, wellness and nutrition information in a social atmosphere, Nutrition Club members are also trained to provide consumers with nutrition coaching to help them lead healthier and happier lives through a combination of positive nutrition and healthy active lifestyles.

“As we gather speed to collectively tackle the key global health issues including rising obesity rates and rapidly aging populations, public-private partnerships will become increasingly important in the drive towards a healthier Asia Pacific region. On this note, Herbalife Nutrition is also partnering with health ministries and other stakeholders around the region to collectively boost public awareness of modern-day health issues, while instilling positive lifestyle habits to transform consumer lifestyles for the better,” said Tod Gimbel, Vice President, Government Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific.


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ZEE5 and Dialog Announce a Strategic Partnership to Bring the Largest Bouquet of Premium Regional Content to Sri Lanka

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ZEE5s extensive bouquet of 1,00,000 hours of premium Indian content will now be available through the Dialog ViU app

ZEE5, the largest digital entertainment platform for language content, announced its very first international partnership in the SAARC region with Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider. The partnership will provide Dialog ViU app users with over 1,00,000 hours of premium regional content. Dialog ViU customers will be able to subscribe at a charge of LKR 350 per month to access one of the region’s best content libraries.

Dialog customers will be able to access ZEE5 Originals like Karenjit KaurZero Kms as well as recent crime thrillers Rangbaaz and Abhay, scintillating Bollywood hits like Veere Di Wedding and Toilet; an extensive Tamil content library including top shows like Sembaruthi, Poove Poochoodava and Yaaradi Nee Mohini, ZEE5 Tamil Originals including KallachirippuAmerica Mapillai and D7 as well as recent blockbusters like Mersal.

Speaking about the association, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – ZEE5 Global said, We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Dialog Axiata for our launch in Sri Lanka. With over 1,00,000 hours of content across multiple genres and 12 languages, Dialogs subscribers now have access to the largest library of Indian content thats available in one single destination. Sri Lanka is rapidly developing into an exciting market for entertainment content, and we look forward to jointly exploring this opportunity with Dialog Axiata.

Commenting on the partnership, Mangala Hettiarachchi, Senior General Manager  Global and Content Services, Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are extremely proud to have partnered with ZEE5 so soon into their international launch. This affiliation strengthens the content portfolio offered by Dialog ViU by opening one of the regions best content libraries to our customers. Dialog customers can now watch the best content on the best video network in Sri Lankaat any time, from anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen without commercials.

ZEE5 offers over 1,00,000 hours of Indian TV shows, movies, videos, etc. across 12 languages to South Asians across the globe. ZEE5 is available on Google Play Store, iOS App Store and on Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs and Amazon Fire TV.

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Excitech to Deliver Common Data Environment to Heathrow Airport Limited

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Excitech, the UK leader in technology and services for the construction sector, has been awarded a 7-year framework agreement to lead a consortium comprising GroupBC and Autodesk technologies to deliver Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution.

The CDE is at the heart of Heathrow’s Information Management strategy.  It will be its primary common information repository and allow for specific controls to be put in place to share information in a controlled manner with suppliers and across Heathrow Departments. It will provide world-class information and asset management in line with emerging industry-standards, ensuring the efficient whole-life management of Heathrow’s critical assets.

David Hughes, Excitech’s managing director said, “Having worked on the Terminal 5 construction project we are excited to be involved in this latest strategic project at Heathrow.  The Autodesk and GroupBC technologies being deployed are market-leading and will enable Heathrow to trust the data they hold and have the confidence to make decisions based on ‘one version of the truth.”

The project is already underway and is expected to be complete by December 2020.  It will see the deployment of Autodesk’s BIM 360 visualisation and design tools integrated and underpinned with management and governance from GroupBC’s Enterprise CDE.

Jo Ellman Brown, PMO Director at Heathrow said, “We are aiming to be the first airport operator in the world who can leverage value from our digital assets, allowing our people to work in a safe environment, design and plan in a collaborative way, and operate a fully integrated asset system.  With a long-established relationship with Excitech, we’re delighted they were the successful bidder on this project.  We anticipate that the solution they have proposed will significantly improve the management of our critical assets.”

As well as enabling Heathrow to have accurate and up to date information readily available in the CDE, the new solution will result in fewer surveys and reduced costs as a result of earlier and greater collaboration across all parties.  In addition, maintenance costs will reduce through better, earlier clash detection and more accurate maintenance information being readily available.

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The “Calligraphy, Tea Culture and Silk Road Photography” Sino-Singaporean cultural exchange event takes place in Singapore

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The Sino-Singaporean cultural exchange event, “Calligraphy, Tea Culture and Silk Road Photography”, was held at Reignwood Hamilton Scotts, one of central Singapore’s key Asian landmarks, on February 19, 2019, the same day as this year’s Chinese Lantern Festival. The event was co-hosted by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society, the Chinese Tourism Development Alliance and Reignwood Culture Foundation with the support of VOSS. Well-known Chinese and Singaporean luminaries in the fields of culture, finance and trade participated in the event in celebration of the traditional Chinese holiday.

Building a platform for cultural exchanges between China and Singapore

The Silk Road Cultural Exchange Center was established on the same day with the goal of building a platform for non-governmental cultural exchanges between China and SingaporeChina’s cultural counsellor in Singapore Que Xiaohua joined hands with Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong) co-president and Reignwood Group chairman Yan Bin to unveil the stone plaque in commemoration of the founding of the center.

Counsellor Que said, “Through showcasing traditional Chinese culture, such as the Chinese tea ceremony and traditional Chinese medicines, the event promotes cultural exchanges between China and countries targeted by the Belt and Road Initiative, of which Singapore is a key target, helping create a receptive environment for the implementation of the initiative.”

“We bring Chinese calligraphy and tea culture to Singapore, an attractive investment destination within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, as a means of promoting China as a country of beauty and one that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. The establishment of the Silk Road Cultural Exchange Center is expected to strengthen the friendship and promote cultural exchanges between the Chinese and Singaporean peoples,” stated the chairman, Mr. Yan. “As a Chinese businessman, I would like to make greater contributions to the ongoing promotion of cultural exchanges between the Chinese and Singaporean peoples and to the common economic development of both countries as well as to the formation of the Marine Silk Road.”

Investment drives trade development

Over the recent years, focusing on the key mission of their joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, on a practical level, China and Singapore have engaged in collaborative efforts across various fields with the ultimate goal of achieving mutually beneficial prosperity. According to available data, China has been Singapore’s largest trade partner for six consecutive years, while Singapore has been China’s largest new source of foreign investment, also for six consecutive years. The initiative, a new model of international economic cooperation, provides additional impetus to Chinese companies contemplating investment in the targeted countries. Investment drives trade development, while promoting development in those countries has become a new and important trend.

During the event, organizer Reignwood inked a strategic cooperation agreement for its VOSS natural mineral water project with Octopus Group, a leader in the trade of consumer packaged goods across Southeast Asia. The two parties plan to increase their investments with the aim of jointly expanding the SE Asian market for the mineral water.

In 2015, Reignwood acquired VOSS, an international bottled water brand that originated in Norway, and in 2016, put in motion a project to establish a plant in Zhuxi County, Hubei province, with total investment exceeding 1 billion yuan(approx. USD 150 million) and an annual production capacity of 250,000 tons. Through a combination of environmental protection, good manufacturing practices and education, the group has been supporting poverty alleviation efforts. Reignwood has been awarded the Poverty Alleviation Award of the Year by the 13th People’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for VOSS water’s clear taste and the success of the “VOSS water for poverty alleviation” campaign.

Cultural exchanges facilitate the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

The Silk Road Tour – Belt and Road Photography Exhibition, Tea Culture Exhibition and Calligraphy by Masters Exhibition were staged during the three-day event held from February 19 to February 21. Chinese artist Jiang Kun and Shaanxi Provincial Calligraphers Association secretary general Wang Gaimin, among other famous Chinese calligraphers, participated in a contest during which they demonstrated their calligraphy skills and capabilities in choosing the most meaningful characters to place on the New Year couplets that they had to create impromptu. New Year couplets are a collection of black or gold-colored Chinese characters written on strips of red paper that are then affixed to both sides of the front door of a home. The characters express happy and hopeful thoughts for the coming year. During the Tea Culture Exhibition, the 18-step tea art performance sponsored by VOSS water products, and an interactive activity, where participants drank water from a winding canal that had one wine cup floating on it as a supplication to reduce the likelihood of future misfortune. The performance helped showcase the unique mineral and floral flavors characteristic of Chinese tea, as well as the spiritual and aesthetic qualities that are associated with water in Chinese culture. Guests were given an opportunity to take part in a professionally curated display of Chinese culture with a focus on art appreciation, calligraphy and a healthy competitive spirit. In addition, leading luminaries in the world of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from China and Singapore were invited to participate in a TCM-based health regimen-themed seminar designed to raise awareness of the importance of personal health and wellbeing.

Exhibits displayed at the photography event included Belt and Road-themed works by world-renowned photographer Michael Yamashita, as well as the micro replica of the East Indiaman Gotheborg, a sunken ship that once carried goods along the ancient Maritime Silk Road. The Silk Road Tour – Belt and Road Photography Exhibition is now in its 18thedition. During the past two years, Reignwood Culture Foundation has twice held the exhibition in Singapore. The foundation had also made it part of Singapore Regional Business Forum 2016 hosted by the Singapore Business Federation, yielding the event much praise.

Good mountains and good water give birth to good tea, while the whole is about nature. Staying true to one’s authenticity and integrity is a fundamental part of one’s contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative. The Calligraphy, Tea Culture and Silk Road Photography event strengthened the friendship and promoted cultural exchanges between China and Singapore. Designed to stimulate trade development through investment, the event also helped build a framework for joint discussions, sharing of ideas as well as the development and implementation of mutually beneficial projects. The two countries look forward to many future opportunities for collaboration in line with the objectives of Belt and Road.

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