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RHT Rajan Menon Foundation presents Gentle Bones Charity Concert on 22 July 2022

SINGAPORE, May 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Local singer-songwriter Gentle Bones will return to the stage for a good cause in collaboration with RHT Rajan Menon Foundation...

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B20 ESC Task Force continues to design constructive energy policies

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JAKARTA, Apr 23, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the 3rd ESC Task Force Online Meeting on Tuesday to discuss Policy Action that will be recommended at the upcoming G20, as noted in a release issued by PT Pertamina on Friday. The B20, or Business 20, is a G20 outreach group that represents the international business community.

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The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the '3rd Task Force Call Meeting' on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Antara/HO-Pertamina)

The B20 ESG Task Force, led by Pertamina, the largest Energy SOE (State-Owned Enterprise) in Indonesia, and Pertamina President Director & CEO Nicke Widyawati, the ESC Task Force Chair, continues to update policy design and policy action, calling for efforts to maintain energy, sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The ESC Task Force Online Meeting was attended by around 140 participants including ESC Task Force Deputy Chair, Agung Wicaksono, ESC Task Force Policy Manager, Oki Muraza, 8 ESC Task Force Co-Chairs, as well as members from 19 industries and 25 countries.

Widyawati invited members of the Task Force to discuss policy design and to explore actionable policy initiatives. "To date, we have received more than 300 comments and inputs that are very constructive and helpful for us to drafting policy. Through the active involvement of all participants, I am confident that this task force will provide relevant and actionable policy recommendations to the G20 leaders.".

She said that the meeting had gathered recommendations from the B20 Secretariat which would later be added to several new policy actions to be discussed in more depth to suit the focus and collective needs that represent the interests of the G20 Community as a whole.

"Let's work together to create and deliver the legacy of Indonesia's G20 presidency this year, both through policies and a series of side events on the real action of the task force, so that we can be fruitful and give the best to the G20," said Widyawati.

Widyawati also expressed hope that the main objective of the ESC Task Force, ensuring an inclusive process in developing policy recommendations and actions, will be achieved through meetings and discussions.

Task Force Policy Manager Oki Muraza explained that there are currently 12 main policy action inputs, from 14 policy actions discussed in the previous call meeting.

Task Force Deputy Chair Agung Wicaksono explained that the Task Force was striving to develop partnerships and collaborations, develop technology to carry out capacity building in various countries, and increase values to attract investment and financing access.

"To achieve these goals, we invite the realization of a corporate agreement and pilot project in the country, and we targeted to have it completed in September or October 2022," he said.

The B20 Secretariat offered green energy transition recommendations toward the G20 high-level meeting in Bali in November 2022. The recommendations included accelerating the transition to sustainable energy use, ensuring an adjustable and affordable transition, and welcoming global cooperation on enhancing energy security.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Sri Haryati (c) ANTARA 2022

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe B20 Energy, Sustainability & Climate (ESC) Task Force has continued designing constructive policies for energy transition efforts that will be recommended at the upcoming G20.

MetaHollywood to Build Largest Hollywood-Themed Metaverse

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MetaHollywood is building the largest online community within a Hollywood-themed metaverse following a joint venture between Animoca Brands and the Planet Hollywood Group. (Read More)

Society Pass spins-off Leflair into Leflair Group, appoints Group CEO; to become next Super Distributor Nexus in SEA’s Lifestyle Retail Ecosystem

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SINGAPORE, Apr 15, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Society Pass Inc (SoPa) (NASDAQ: SOPA), a leading Southeast Asian loyalty and ecommerce ecosystem, today announced the completion of restructuring Leflair's Vietnam operations with the spin-off of Leflair Group (LFGroup). Along with this restructuring, SoPa has appointed Loic Gautier as Chief Executive Officer of the new Leflair Group. Ngo Thi Cham, Vietnam Country Head of SoPa and current Managing Director of Leflair, will become Leflair Group's Chief Operating Officer and work alongside Loic in driving the business towards its next stage of growth.

As a result of this corporate restructuring, the Leflair Group is set to become Southeast Asia's next lifestyle retail super distributor nexus, evolving from a single discounted platform to a lifestyle retail ecosystem, providing shoppers with an integrated and unique shopping experience from online to offline. The Leflair Group will continue to pursue acquisition of companies in the e-commerce, lifestyle retail and online advertising verticals.

Ray Liang, CFO of SoPa Group, commented, "After the IPO of SoPa last year, we have been working on a new strategy for Leflair, in order to maximize its potential as a destination for lifestyle shopping in Southeast Asia. To facilitate this, we are happy to welcome back Loic Gautier as Group CEO, joining our executive team and becoming the driving force of Leflair Group in the future. At SoPa, hiring key talent is among our top priorities, and we always welcome Leflair's old talents to return, and work with the team to carry Leflair to new heights. Having Loic return as the CEO of Leflair Group ensures continuous and sustainable growth for Leflair in the years to come. The new recruitment also enables us to carry out larger plans for Leflair, evolving from a single online platform to become a true ecosystem for lifestyle shopping."

Since its IPO on the Nasdaq last year, SoPa has focused on M&A activities to expand the ecosystem with other online platforms across 6 verticals: lifestyle, F&B, travel, digital media, and B2B software and loyalty technology in the top three V.I.P countries of Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines. Through these business lines, SoPa improves the interconnectedness and support within its ecosystem, fulfilling its mission to connect millions of registered consumers with thousands of registered merchants across Southeast Asia.

With this appointment, Loic will be responsible for managing Leflair Group's growth and expansion strategy, introducing the Leflair platform to other Southeast Asian countries, as well as managing future acquisitions to expand group activity into other smaller segments within the lifestyle retail industry.

As CEO of the new Leflair Group, Loic said, "It's an honor to receive SoPa's trust. With this spin-off, Leflair now has a new medium to maximize its full growth potential. By pivoting from a single platform to an integrated lifestyle retail ecosystem, we seek to connect all players within the lifestyle retail value chain, from brand distributors, to offline stores, ecommerce platforms and delivery companies. The new vision makes Leflair a pioneer in redefining the lifestyle and ecommerce retail market across Southeast Asia."

According to Loic, Leflair Group is working on ambitious plans for the period ahead, aiming for extensive funding rounds and a roadmap to IPO in the near future. To learn more, please visit websites www.thesocietypass.com and www.leflair.com.

About Society Pass

Society Pass is a leading loyalty and data marketing ecosystem that operates multiple e-commerce and lifestyle platforms across its key markets. Its business model focuses on collecting user data through the expected circulation of its universal loyalty points. It seamlessly connects consumers and merchants across multiple product and service categories fostering organic loyalty. Since its inception, SoPa has amassed over 1.6 million registered consumers and over 5,500 registered merchants/brands on its platform. It has invested 2+ years building proprietary IT architecture with cutting edge components to effectively scale and support its Platform's consumers, merchants, and acquisitions.

SoPa provides merchants with SoPa.asia, an online commerce platform for users; #HOTTAB Biz, an order management app for business partners on SoPa.asia; and #HOTTAB POS, a specialized POS technology solution and comprehensive system for payment, loyal customer management, user's profile analytics, and financial support packages for small and medium-sized enterprises. These tools attract and retain customers with personalized interaction based on analytics and high profit margins. SoPa operates Leflair.com, Vietnam's leading lifestyle e-commerce platform, Pushkart.ph, a popular grocery delivery company in Philippines, and Handycart.vn, a leading online restaurant delivery service in Vietnam. Please visit http://thesocietypass.com.

About Leflair

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Leflair is Vietnam's leading lifestyle e-commerce platform for Fashion, Beauty and Home Furnishing products. Launched in December 2015, Leflair was selling more than 2,500 brands via its flash-sales model. SoPa acquired Leflair's assets in February 2021, relaunching the platform in September 2021, and spinning-off the Leflair Group in April 2022. For more information, please visit https://leflair.com.

Media Contact
Precious Communications for SoPa
sopa@preciouscomms.com
+65 6303 0567


Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSociety Pass Inc (Nasdaq: SOPA) today announced the completion of restructuring of Leflair Vietnam's operations into a separate entity - Leflair Inc ("Leflair Group"). Along with this corporate restructuring, SoPa appointed Loic Gautier to become the new Group Chief Executive Officer of Leflair Group.

Crypto-Upvotes Is Expanding Its Business by Entering the Asian Market

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SYDNEY, Apr 13, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Crypto marketing agency Crypto-Upvotes is starting to conquer the Asian market by offering advertisements for crypto projects on billboards in Greater China region. The company will also offer promotions on local social networks such as Wechat & Tiktok. The company is expected to offer similar services in Japan and Korea in a month after the full launch in Greater China.

"The popularity of cryptocurrencies in Greater China region is growing every day, and the Asian market has not yet reached its potential. Cryptocurrencies in this region are only at the stage of development and implementation into normal life", says Crypto-Upvotes CEO Daniel Lazovsky.

The decision to expand into the Asian market was made after the successful expansion of Western markets. Until 2022, the company was engaged in advertising and promotion in the United States and Europe. In particular, at the end of last summer Crypto-Upvotes started advertising cryptocurrency projects on billboards across the United States. The first billboards appeared in downtown New York City. To date, the company offers placement on more than 300,000 billboards across the U.S.

"We're taking a really innovative approach", claims Daniel Lazovsky. "While the overwhelming majority of the advertising for cryptocurrency projects is online, we offer offline promotion. It may sound clumsy, but it works!" According to the CEO, this approach provides a comprehensive promotion. A person sees an advertisement for a cryptocurrency project online, then gets behind the wheel - and observes it on a billboard.

Billboard advertisements are a very popular form of advertising in Greater China region. Therefore, in all major cities, billboards can be seen literally on the walls of every house. The marketing team assumes that such a way of advertising cryptocurrency projects will fit organically into the overall picture of the local advertising market and bring the expected effect.

As for online activities, the company pays special attention to WeChat, the main communication software used by local Internet users. It is the local equivalent of WhatsApp. WeChat is known for having various groups about cryptocurrencies. The company will leverage this opportunity by creating new groups for its customers.

Also, many people in Greater China region like to use Tiktok, which is equivalent to YouTube in other countries. There are many Internet celebrities on Tiktok. The marketing team is considering involving different well-known personalities to create influencer marketing campaigns for its customers.

Crypto-Upvotes have been in the cryptocurrency world since 2014. In addition to billboard advertising spots, it offers crypto copywriting services, placing a crypto project on CoinMarketCap, CoinGecko, and other services to extend cryptocurrency business globally. It has contracts with major advertising agencies in the USA and Europe. In a month, Crypto-Upvotes is planning to enter the media markets of Japan and Korea to provide comprehensive solutions to promote various crypto projects.

Social Links
Website: https://Crypto-Upvotes.com
TG: https://t.me/marketing_crypto
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crypto_upvotes
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crypto_upvotes

Media contacts
Crypto Marketing Agency Crypto-Upvotes
Daniel Lazovsky, CEO
founder@Crypto-Upvotes.com

SOURCE: Crypto-Upvotes

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comCrypto marketing agency Crypto-Upvotes is starting to conquer the Asian market by offering advertisements for crypto projects on billboards in Greater China region. The company will also offer promotions on local social networks such as Wechat & Tiktok. The company is expected to offer similar services in Japan and Korea in a month after the full launch in Greater China.

HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 now open for nomination

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HONG KONG, Apr 12, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is pleased to announce that public nomination is now open for the HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 (the 'Awards'). This will be the eighth consecutive year of the Awards at which remarkable practices of good IR and corporate governance are recognized among Hong Kong listed companies.

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Professor Louis Cheng, Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance and the Director of Research Centre for ESG, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Judging Panel (left) and Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA (right).

Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA, said, "It has been another challenging year for business operators in most industries. IR professionals' role is increasingly important in keeping investors and the public abreast of the latest update of listed companies and their industries. Under the new normal, new forms of communication channels are supported by advanced technologies, to facilitate instant and transparent exchange of information. We are glad that the IR community was able to turn challenges into opportunities and we look forward to recognizing more listed companies with best practices at this year's Awards."

Last year, 167 award entries were received from listed companies, over 890 eligible voters and over 360 voting institutions participated in the voting, casting a total of more than 7,900 votes. 47 winners from various categories were recognized at the Awards. Among the winners, China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited (stock code: 00291), Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (stock code: 00778), and Xtep International Holdings Limited (stock code: 01368) were awarded Overall Best IR Company by company size - Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap - respectively.

The HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 is once again honoured to have Professor Louis Cheng, Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance and the Director of Research Centre for ESG at, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, as the Chairman of the Judging Panel. Being an advocate of IR best practice among Hong Kong listed companies, Professor Cheng has in recent years been researching on how ESG impacts investors' decisions. Observing its increasing importance, ESG-related awards have been added to the HKIRA IR Award categories since 2020. With ESG investing becoming increasingly mainstream in the professional investment community and ESG ratings often being used by investors, Professor Cheng has also been looking into the topic of score divergence (i.e. disagreement) among commercial ESG raters, and how such divergence affects or benefits investors.

Public nomination for the HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 is now open to Hong Kong-listed companies. Nominated individuals and companies will be placed on the online voting list upon confirmation of their participation. The investment community, including buy-side and sell-side analysts, and fund managers, are eligible to vote. Nominees with the highest votes (weighted) in each award category become the award winners. They then undergo a final assessment by the judging panel for the Most Progress in IR, the Overall Best IR Company Awards and the Grand ESG Award. Facilitating a fair and balanced evaluation, the judging panel comprises academics, representatives from professional associations and the investment community.

The HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 scheme has a total of 15 award categories honouring best IR practices of individuals and companies. Among these awards, 12 categories are open for nomination and voting, while the other 3 awards are selected by the judging panel. The award winners are to be announced at a ceremony to be held in Hong Kong in September 2022. For more information, please visit www.hkira.com/awards.

Strategic Public Relations Group is once again proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner and the Diamond Sponsor for the HKIRA IR Awards this year. Please find key dates relating to the Awards with its categories and criteria for selection listed in the Appendix.

About HKIRA
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a non-profit professional association comprising investor relations practitioners and corporate officers responsible for communication between corporate management and the investment community. HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, advances the best IR practices and meets the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession.

HKIRA is dedicated to advancing the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of its members. To date, HKIRA has over 1000 members most of whom are working for companies primarily listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. About 68% of the Hang Seng Index Constituent Stock companies are currently members of HKIRA. HKIRA's members are from a wide spectrum of professions including IR, finance, accounting, company secretarial to corporate investment and hold positions at different corporate levels, including top executives responsible for IR and management of listed companies. For more information about HKIRA details, please visit our website http://www.hkira.com.

About the IR Awards
The HKIRA Investor Relations Awards (the "IR Awards") is an annual campaign that aims to encourage, recognize and reward the excellence in investor relations practices by individuals and companies listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Since the launch in 2015, each year the Awards seeks out and highlights the incredible achievements of individuals and companies with high standards in investor relations through their role modelling to the investment community.

The Awards ceremony, consisting of a conference in the morning and presentation in the afternoon, is a spectacular gathering of IR specialists and industry professionals that applauds and publicizes the year's achievements in investor relations. For details of the Awards and online nominations, please visit http://www.hkira.com/awards.

Appendix
Key Dates
Nomination period: 12 April to 17 May
Online voting period: 23 May to 29 June
Judging Panel Meeting: July 2022
Award Presentation: September 2022

Award Categories
Award Categories / Recognition / Selection Method
Best IR Company / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR Team / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (E) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (S) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (G) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Meeting / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Presentation Material / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Annual Report / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR Company for an IPO* / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by Chairman/CEO / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by CFO / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IRO (Investor Relations Officer) / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Most Progress in IR / Demonstration of the most progress in IR in the above areas during 2021 / Selected by Judging Panel
Overall Best IR Company Awards / Outstanding and all-round excellence in the above areas / Selected by Judging Panel
Grand ESG Award / Overall excellence in all the three areas across ESG / Selected by Judging Panel

* Companies which were listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2020 and 2021 are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Remarks: All awards will be further categorised by company market capitalisation into Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap, except Best IR Company for an IPO and Most Progress in IR Awards.

Judging Panel (Arranged in alphabetical order of last name)
Name Title Firms / Organizations
Professor Louis Cheng (Chairman of Judging Panel) / Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance, Director of the Research Centre for ESG, Director of the Research Institute for Business / The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Mrs Amy Donati / Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer / EDICO Holdings Limited
Ms Ashley Khoo, CFA, CPA / Past President and Board Director / CFA Society Hong Kong
Mr Andrew Look / Independent Non-Executive Director / CITIC Resources Holdings Limited
Ms Victoria Mio, CFA, FRM / Head of Equity Research, Asia Pacific / Fidelity International
Dr Maurice Ngai / General Committee and the Chairman of Membership Services of the Sub-Committees / Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies
Mr Wilfred Yiu / Managing Director and Co-Head of Markets / Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited


Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comHong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is pleased to announce that public nomination is now open for the HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 (the 'Awards').

Indonesia Continues to Lead the Way in Site Blocking

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JAKARTA / SINGAPORE, Apr 11, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has been tracking traffic to sites that have been blocked in Indonesia, as well as overall traffic to pirate sites and legitimate sites. The Indonesian government started blocking illegal sites in the middle of 2019 and by April this year the total number of sites blocked in Indonesia had topped 3,500. CAP's latest data also showed traffic to all pirate sites in Indonesia was down by 75% as of January this year compared to when tracking first started in September 2019. Encouragingly traffic to legitimate sites in Indonesia had also tripled over the same period.

The effectiveness of the blocking is backed up by the most recent YouGov consumer surveys undertaken by CAP in which more than 50% of Indonesian consumers say that they have stopped or rarely access pirate services as a result of blocking. Perhaps more importantly, 76% of Indonesian consumers say they are accessing more legal content and pirating less, and 26% say they have subscribed to legitimate sources as a result of illegal streaming sites being blocked. Blocking as an educational tool may also be evident in 95% of Indonesian consumers agreeing that online piracy does have negative consequences - the highest in the region.

Local movie producer Edwin Nazir, the Chairman of Asosiasi Produser Film Indonesia (APROFI) was greatly encouraged by the ongoing blocking efforts and the positive traffic data. "It is through collective consciousness and continuous effort that we can stand against piracy and bring the Indonesian film industry forward," said Nazir.

Matthew Cheetham, General Manager of CAP, noted, "Indonesia is leading the way when it comes to regulatory site blocking in the Asia Pacific region, if not the world, and the Indonesian government is to be congratulated for the strong stance they have taken in this area. Local industry is clearly benefitting from the actions, as are consumers who are not only being directed towards legitimate content, but in being blocked from accessing pirate sites, they are also protected from the serious risks that previous CAP studies shows are inherent in accessing pirate sites."

CAP's most recent YouGov consumer surveys show that while piracy continues to be a major concern around the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, where 61% of consumers admit to accessing pirate services in each country, site blocking, and in particular government regulatory blocking, is having a noticeable effect in stopping consumers accessing pirated content online.

About the Asia Video Industry Association

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy through its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

For media enquiries and additional background please contact:
Charmaine Kwan
Head of Marketing and Communications
Email: charmaine@avia.org
Website: www.avia.org

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has been tracking traffic to sites that have been blocked in Indonesia, as well as overall traffic to pirate sites and legitimate sites.
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Cyber Yachts Presents the World’s Most Expensive NFT

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MIAMI, FL, Apr 9, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Cyber Yachts, the world's first metaverse yacht company, a division of Monsoon Blockchain Corporation, is announcing the world's most expensive NFT - a 120 meter (394 foot) mega yacht named "Indah," priced at $400,000,000 USD (Indah can be purchased in Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Latinum (LTNM)). In addition to the NFT, the buyer will also receive the real-world, fully constructed 394 foot mega yacht based on the same design, built by one of the world's most respected luxury yacht shipbuilders.

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The project is a collaboration between Cyber Yachts and internationally renowned yacht designer Lukasz Opalinski of Opalinski Design House. Opalinski's clients include Italian shipbuilding company Benetti and Netherlands-based yacht builder, Oceanco. Mentored by distinguished mega yacht captain and naval expert John Henson, Opalinski won the New Designer of The Year award in 2005 and 2006 from London's famed New Designers Show. Opalinski's yacht design presentation for "Project Magnitude" garnered 9.5 million views on YouTube.

"Passion for "being on the water" is what drives my emotions into the creation of extraordinary vessels, that are designed to set new industry standards and bring new dimensions to the yachting experience. Form and function exist in simultaneous harmony," stated Opalinski.

The Indah, which means "beautiful one" in Indonesian, features a revolutionary, patented design concept, where the transom bulkheads (the sides of the boat at the stern) rotate outwards, revealing additional deck space that nearly doubles the size of the conventional swim platform, creating a sprawling beach club effect as the platform lowers to meet the water.

The mega yacht can accommodate a total of 24 guests across 12 cabins, and can fly across the water at a top speed of 24 knots, with a range of 7,000 nautical miles. Other features include a helicopter landing pad, a massive 5,500 GT interior, casino room, gym, sauna, private owner's suite with dedicated aft deck balcony, and a foredeck hot tub with sunbeds and retractable sunshade.

Cyber Yachts was founded in partnership with three time Grammy-nominated recording artist Quavo of the platinum selling group Migos. Quavo recently joined Justin Bieber's star-studded Justice Tour, and is now a featured character in the popular game NBA 2k22.

Cyber Yachts is building a luxury event and online gaming metaverse of yachts, celebrities, rockstars, island hopping, and a vast ocean of destination playgrounds. At the heart of the experience will be the SuperYacht, each unique and designed specially for its own mega rockstar, celebrity, or luxury brands captain. Cyber Yachts intends to offer users, through tickets and VIP passes, experiential curated events, performances, gaming quests, luxury digital goods and social fun.

For more information about Cyber Yachts, please visit cyberyachts.com

Market research firms have projected the global yacht market to hit $8.5 billion in 2021, up from $8.15 billion in 2020, and it is estimated to reach $12.16 billion by 2028. During the pandemic, the number of billionaires in the world climbed from 2,095 to 2,755 and their cumulative wealth increased by 60 percent, or $5 trillion.

The metaverse has been gaining significant popularity and value in the past year, with a major increase of companies and celebrities buying plots of virtual "land" in The Sandbox and Decentraland, allowing them to digitally market, raise awareness and extend their brands. Several major global investment banks have predicted that the metaverse could be an $8 trillion market opportunity.

Cyber Yachts is positioning itself well in a lucrative NFT market. Another major bank recently increased its market-cap forecast for the NFT market to $80 billion by 2050, with double digit growth for the next five years. One major NFT company recently raised $450 million from leading venture capital firms, valuing the company at $4 billion. This marked one of the largest seed rounds for any NFT collection to date.

Media Contact
Wei Ming, Director of Communications, Cyber Yachts
E: wei.ming@monsoonblockchaincorporation.com
U: https://cyberyachts.com/
T: +1 800-528-0985

SOURCE: Monsoon Blockchain Corporation

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comCyber Yachts, the world's first metaverse yacht company, a division of Monsoon Blockchain Corporation, is announcing the world's most expensive NFT - a 120 meter (394 foot) mega yacht named "Indah," priced at $400,000,000 USD (Indah can be purchased in Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Latinum (LTNM)).

Iskra, the Stealth Web3 Game Community Platform Scores $34 million USD Led by a Korean Online Giant

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SINGAPORE, Apr 7, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Iskra announced that it secured an investment of up to $34 million USD led by Krust Universe, an investment arm of Kakao, a Korean tech giant. Along with Krust Universe, the list of investors read like who's who of the tech and gaming industry; WeMade, MetaBora, Neowiz, NHN Bigfoot, Fast Ventures, Liberty Investment, and Kakao Ventures.

Iskra aims to be the Future of Play, addressing category growing pains, as well as providing exciting opportunities and new game experiences for players, game developers and investors alike.

While Iskra is a new name, a look at the company's management team lineup reveals an all-star cast of blockchain and online game industry veterans with multiple exits between them from companies such as Dayli Financial Group and Tencent Holdings.

"We believe Iskra is pioneering the way to become the next-generation blockchain gaming publishing platform with unique features for game developers, users and other participants. We chose to invest in Iskra because we identify strong synergy between their ecosystem and ours. Together, we will take the blockchain and Web3 gaming industry to the next level," Henry Chang, CEO of WeMade.

Leading this round, Junghoon Kim, Chief Investment Officer at Krust Universe explained, "Iskra is a seasoned team that can combine the best of blockchain and games. During our incubation, the team successfully built a model that incentivizes various stakeholders in the community." The company further added, "Iskra is well aligned with the 2.0 strategy of Klaytn, a Krust portfolio, in which Klaytn becomes a blockchain of choice for gamefi and metaverse."

Up to now, Iskra has been focusing its resources on the company's Web3 game community platform development as well as acquiring the best next-gen blockchain game content the country has to offer. Most of the initial content that will be announced with the platform are from the same group of investors.

"We are excited that Krust, WeMade, and the rest of our investors trust my team and I to execute on our vision of a community-forward system that aligns interests by rewarding its stakeholders based on participation, while integrating sustainable tokenomic solutions for game developers to the platform. This investment will not only bring capital, but also their domain expertise and network to help expand the reach of Iskra's platform," commented Eugene Lee, CEO/Founder of Iskra.

About Krust

Krust incubates innovative startups that are building the next generation of groundbreaking technology applications. By enabling their growth and supporting their global expansion, we aim to contribute to the innovation of humanity.

About WeMade

WeMade Games is dedicated to serving gamers with a portfolio of entertaining, high quality PC and Mobile games. Established in 2000, WeMade Entertainment Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ: 112040) is an international game developer publisher that has grown from a handful of passionate game pioneers to a group of over 1,000 game enthusiasts.

About Iskra Pte Ltd

Iskra (https://www.iskra.world/) is the Future of Play. The Company is backed by some of the biggest technology and game companies from Korea. Iskra plans to deploy a $200M game fund to launch next-gen Web3 experiences via its Web3 game community platform. Iskra's community-forward system aligns the interests of the community by rewarding its stakeholders based on their participation, while integrating sustainable tokenomic solutions for game developers that join its platform. The Company seeks to bridge the gap in web3 adoption between early adopters and the mainstream by combining enjoyment, sustainability and the latest in blockchain technology.

Media Contact
Ben Colayco, Global Managing Director
E: media@iskra.world
Headquarters: Iskra Pte. Ltd., 24 Raffles Place, #17-04 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621

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Singapore, Apr 5, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - 2022 continues to be a challenging year for APAC's HR leaders as companies return to the workplace, refresh talent strategies, and reimagine the future workforce to optimise business impact. HR Tech Festival 2022, organized by HRM Asia, returns May 10-13 to celebrate its 21st anniversary in a hybrid event format with a week-long of activities and programmes curated for the region's HR community, global influencers, and industry experts to learn, collaborate, and inspire.

With the theme of Return. Refresh. Reimagine, HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 will be presented in a hybrid format that is designed to provide an immersive and customisable event experience for attendees' needs and preferences. The 4-day event will bring together 4,000 attendees, 200 global and regional speakers and 30 international innovative brands.

Joanna Bush, Managing Director, HRM Asia, says, "HR Tech Festival Asia is celebrating 21 years as Asia's leading HR tech event, and we are looking forward to bringing Asia's HR community back together in 2022. HR Tech Festival Asia 2022, which will return both in-person and online, will present a week-long offering of exciting programmes and activities that will allow you to personalise your own unique festival experience."

"With 2022 shaping up to be a complex but interesting year for HR, we invite you to join the biggest gathering of the region's HR community, global influencers, and industry experts to learn, collaborate, and inspire, as we continue to shape the world of work together."

It's time for a reunion like no other at the first in-person HR event in Singapore

On 10 May, step out from the virtual to real life to re-establish your connections with the HR community in-person at HR Tech Festival Live, a one-day in-person event under the week-long HR Tech Festival Asia 2022.

Kicking off the highly anticipated in-person event at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre is Mr Zaqy Mohamed, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Defence, Singapore, who is the Guest of Honour with his opening remarks at 10am (SGT).

Attendees can then expect to be refreshed with high-energy, engaging presentations on cutting-edge ideas, and illuminating sessions on key HR topics such as:

- The Future of Human Development - Understanding ASEAN's vision and innovation for a changing world.
- Humanising Transformation - Enabling sustainable growth for people and workers.
- Weathering the Talent Management Storm from Inside Out - A strategic response to the changing talent landscape.
- Leadership Staying Power: Preparing for the future.
- Skills are the New Currency in the New World of Talent Management - How you can prepare your organisation and people for this.
- Modern Work: A Fresh New Look at the Future - Providing a new perspective into the future of work.

Featured speakers at HR Tech Festival Live include:

- Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer, Circles.Life, Co-Founder & Chief People Officer, Thrive HR Exchange
- Low Peck Kem, Chief Human Resources Officer & Advisor (Workforce Development), Singapore Public Service Division
- Sara Tiew, Head of Workforce Transformation and Analytics, UOB & World Economic Forum Future of Work Fellow
- Grace Huang, Head of People & Organisation, Siemens
- Rashmi Mishra Sharma, Head of People & Capability Building, GovTech Singapore, and Consultant at Harvard Business School - Corporate Learning
- Dr Bob Aubrey, Founder & Chair of the Advisory Board, ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO)
- Eddie Lee, HR Technology Strategist, Future of Talent Economy (FOTE) Network

HR Tech Festival Live will also be shining a spotlight on the best of HR in Asia with the HR Fest Awards 2022, which is celebrating the outstanding achievements of the region's top HR leaders, companies, and teams from across both the private and public sectors.

23 deserving finalists are vying for the top award in five exciting categories, including Best Workplace Culture and Engagement, Employer of Choice, HR Team of the Year, Best Use of Technology, and Best HR Leader. The winners will be announced live and in-person at the award presentation on May 10 at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre Singapore.

Connecting virtually, reimagining the future of HR collectively

For those who wish to be part of HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 remotely, HR Tech Festival Online, taking place from May 11-13, offers the ideal virtual platform to learn from global and regional HR experts, discover innovative solutions, and build virtual connections through a series of programmes and activities over the three event days. Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, will be giving the opening address at 9am (SGT) as the Guest of Honour.

Making a debut this year is the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO) Summit, which will examine how to improve human development at work. ASEAN's national HR Association, thought leaders, and the ASEAN professional community will come together virtually on May 11 to discuss, debate, and establish a balance of economic and human development to the most diverse region in the world.

Dr Bob Aubrey, Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board, AHDO, says, "COVID has been a game changer and the HR Community has shown unprecedented leadership in enabling organisational resilience that allows companies to adapt and innovate. To see where this goes next, you do not want to miss the AHDO Summit at HR Tech Festival Asia 2022, which highlights the new human development dimension in companies across the ASEAN region."

As organisations look to advance workplace gender equity, the Women in HR Technology Summit is a must-not-miss for HR leaders in Asia. Taking place virtually on May 11, the Asia-exclusive and popular half-day conference will take place alongside HR Tech Festival Online. Programme Chair Jeanne Achille, Founder and CEO of The Devon Group, will lead an esteemed line-up of female HR leaders such as Ruby Kolesky, Co-CEO and Heart of Product, Joyous and Lydia Wu, Head of Talent Analytics and Transformation, Panasonic, in offering insights into key technologies that can help drive gender equity in the workplace.

Attendees can also look forward to the HR Leaders' APAC Summit taking place virtually on May 11 and hear from luminaries such as Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst and CEO of the Josh Bersin Company; Mervyn Dinnen, Author and HR & Talent Acquisition Analyst; Gary Cookson, Director, EPIC HR; and Margaret Heffernan, Author and Professor of Practice, University of Bath, as they address the business challenges and critical priorities facing HR leaders today.

The prestigious and popular ASEAN Future of Work, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Manpower Singapore and the Regional Centre for the Future of Work, is also back for its third run virtually. Themed "Navigating Labour Market Recovery: A Balancing Act for Businesses, Workers and Governments", the half day conference features speakers from regional governments, unions, and the public sector, who will share insights on how they put people first in their strategies to recover from the pandemic.

Speakers such as Deanna Ong, Chief People Officer, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Jason Seng, Partner, People Advisory Services - Workforce Advisory, Ernst & Young Advisory will also discuss how different stakeholders can work together to balance varying needs and interests, as ASEAN adapts to post-COVID business models and ways of working.

Innovation and technologies to support organisations to refresh and reimagine HR strategies

HR Tech Marketplace, which is taking place from May 10-13, will present the biggest showcase of HR solutions and products from global and regional solution providers under one roof. These include ADP, AMS, Ceridian, Coursera for Business, Cornerstone, Globalization Partners, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, ServiceNow, Skillsoft, SumTotal, Top Employers Institute, and Workforce Singapore (WSG).

Technologies and products on offer cover the entire spectrum of HR and attendees can choose to engage in-person or virtually with the exhibitors for a consultation on how they can support their HR transformation needs or view a product demonstration. Attendees can also glimpse into the future where innovative solutions and upcoming technology may emerge as the new norm of the future through the Start-up Hub.

HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 is proud to partner with ASEAN Human Development Organisation and its regional HR association members and organisations to curate the event to meet the needs of the HR profession and contribute to the development of the profession.

HR Tech Festival Asia 2021 will take place on 10 May 2022 at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre and 11-13 May 2022 virtually. For more information, visit www.hrtechfestivalasia.com.

About HRM Asia

HRM Asia is a multi-platform network helping to build and celebrate the professional HR community in Asia-Pacific. Across our dedicated print magazine, digital content, and world-class events, we provide an array of thought-leading HR discussion and information to HR professionals of all ranks in Singapore and across the region.

HRM Asia is proudly owned by LRP Publications. LRP Publications is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specialising in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, and ergonomics, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Chua Yee Ling
Marketing Director
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yeeling@hrmasia.com.sg

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Marketing Manager
HRM Asia
margaret@hrmasia.com.sg

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com2022 continues to be a challenging year for APAC's HR leaders as companies return to the workplace, refresh talent strategies, and reimagine the future workforce to optimise business impact.

Brawijaya Student Start-up makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Apr 4, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - An agricultural start-up initiated by three students from Malang's Brawijaya University whose app, Chickin, has been downloaded by a thousand farmers across Indonesia, has made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. According to the founders, the application uses Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the productivity of farmers by up to 25 percent.

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Chickin, hatched at UB/U.Brawijaya by founders Ashab, Tubagus and Ahmad (Chicken.ID Website / Malang, Indonesia)

The app was developed by agrotechnology student Ashab Alkahfi, who is serving as the President of Chickin, Tubagus Syailendra from international relations, who is serving as CEO/Chief Executive Officer, and Ahmad Syaifullah from information systems, serving as the CTO/Chief Technology Officer.

"Based on initial research, we developed the app in Klaten, Central Java. We built poultry coops as farmers and began our poultry business where we found a number of challenges faced by local farmers. From there, we tried to solve these challenges by means of technology," Alkahfi explained.

The application allows farmers to control the micro-climate inside chicken coops from a distance. Through the technology, farmers can input data, including daily, sales, and production data, to enhance performance and make it more measurable and at the same time, minimize risks through preventive measures.

The app also offers a number of features for management of the poultry farm, including data and IoT configuration adaptable to climate, temperature and humidity, as well as recording the age of each poultry. Aside from partnering with 14 poultry farms, Chickin has established cooperation with 100 poultry suppliers in the food industry.

Alkahfi said he hopes the app will bring ease to farmers and have a positive impact on them, adding that the farming modernization technology was developed free of charge under Brawijaya University's Entrepreneur Incubator.

Chickin has seen 22-fold growth in the last 10 months and closed a funding round of Rp35 billion with three global investors. The company is targeting to increase revenue to Rp500 billion by the end of 2022.

So far, Chickin Indonesia is not only assiting one thousand farmers across the nation, but the company is committed to developing the technology to minimize the use of antibiotics for organic chicken through coop micro-climate control and providing training to poultry farmers free of charge to modernize Indonesian poultry farms.

For more information, Chickin Indonesia is online at https://chickin.id/.
Written by: Aria Cindyara, Editor: Rahmad Nasution (c) ANTARA 2022

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comAn agricultural start-up initiated by three students from Malang's Brawijaya University whose app, Chickin, has been downloaded by a thousand farmers across Indonesia has made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

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