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Chinachem Group to hold Third Biennial Conference on Sustainable Development

Three prime commercial properties to undergo green redevelopment

Total investment budget over HK$ 2.8 billion

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinachem Group's third Biennial Conference on Sustainable Development ("the Conference") will be held on 10 October 2014. Mr Sunny Yeung, CEO of Chinachem Group, revealed at a press conference that three prime commercial properties belonging to Chinachem Group will undergo green redevelopment with a total investment budget of over HK$ 2.8 billion, total Construction Floor Area (CFA) 640,000 ft2.

The Conference, with the theme of "The Future of Sustainability: From Planning to Implementation", aims to address current environmental issues, outline feasible solutions, share a vision for the future with the built environment as a key focus, and then finally provide in-depth analysis and views into how professionals can stay ahead of the curve on a practical level.

The Conference will be split into 3 sessions. Industry experts will present their views, then come together to participate in a panel discussion at the end of the session where panel moderators will look to arrive at some meaningful conclusions to session's theme. Mr Wong Kam-sing, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government, is the Guest of Honour who will open the conference by discussing the future of sustainability and where Hong Kong stands. The first session, "Sustainability -- The real impact on humanity" looks to discuss how current issues impact people and what progress society has really made in long-discussed areas such as climate change, healthy living and limited resources. The second session "Transforming the Built Environment -- Plans for the future" brings professionals from urban planning, real estate, engineering, architecture and related industries together to share their thoughts on the future. Finally, the third session "Implementing our Visions -- How do we do it?" aims to discuss the "how" in sustainable development, and look to highlight practical, innovative ways to move forward.

Mr Sunny Yeung said: "We hope that through meaningful exchange from experts from academic, policy research, architecture, engineering, urban planning, retail and other related fields, the conference will serve as a platform to bring us further understanding in the area of sustainable development."

Currently, three of Chinachem Group's commercial properties -- Asian House, Chinachem Central I & II, have already received Pre-certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification System developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a total investment budget of HK$ 2.8035 billion, redevelopment of Asian House is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, and both Chinachem Central I & II will be completed by the end of 2016.

Mr Sunny Yeung said: "The three projects are based in prime locations and are core rental properties to Chinachem. Due to singular ownership over the projects, there is a higher level of energy efficiency.  All three projects are green buildings. We believe the focal point of each project is not the amount invested, but our priority is sustainable development practices. This is Chinachem Group's responsibility to society."

Mr Sunny Yeung also said: "Before the implementation of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, Chinachem Group studied energy use of existing properties in 2010. We employed a consultant to conduct analysis on energy use and carbon emissions for L'Hotel Nina et Convention Centre to develop a long-term energy saving plan. The introduction of energy-efficient hotel operations and management reduced electricity consumption by 3% in the summer between 2012 and 2013. L'hotel Island South reduced electricity consumption by 4.5% between 2011 and 2013. Chinachem Group has also organized large-scale events that address environmental impact, such as the Chinachem Walkathon, which will be held on 9 November 2014 this year, in order to achieve carbon reduction and environmental protection goals".

 

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Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One in five children in America struggles with hunger. Hunger not only impacts a child's health but also results in poorer academic performance and can ultimately have a lifelong effect on future development and success.

Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger
Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger

That is why from August 15th to October 15th. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the quick-casual fresh Mexican chain, is donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of its new line of Baja Fresh No Kid Hungry gift cards to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign. Givex is contributing the technology for the gift program.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects those in need with long-term help and resources such as school breakfast programs and educating families on shopping and cooking on a limited budget.

The Baja Fresh No Kid Hungry gift cards are powered by Givex, a global technology company and Baja Fresh's gift card program provider since 2005. Charitable contribution programs are one of Givex's many services.

"Helping end childhood hunger in America is a cause that resonates strongly with us," says Charles Rink President and CEO, Baja Fresh. "Our No Kid Hungry gift cards provide a convenient way for our guests to contribute to Share our Strength's programs and raise awareness in our communities. Our partnership with Givex allows for a seamless process for our operators to participate in supporting Share our Strength."

To see a list of participating Baja Fresh locations, please visit:

http://www.bajafresh.com/pdf/homepage-promos/nokidhungrypromotionbajafresh2.pdf

About Baja Fresh

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill serves bold, fresh Mexican flavors for lunch, dinner, dine-in or take-out all in a spacious and contemporary environment. All entrées are made with never frozen, all natural, hormone free, fire-grilled, chicken, steak and slow roasted pork carnitas. Don't forget the handmade guacamole and salsa bar hosting 6 salsas made fresh everyday, all day. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Baja Fresh operates or franchises 205 restaurants in 26 states as well as Dubai and Singapore. To learn more about Baja Fresh visit www.bajafresh.com.

About Givex

Givex is a technology company offering clients a global reach with cost-effective gift card, omni-channel loyalty, analytics, stored value tickets, and cloud-based POS systems. Our core distinction is taking on the tough task of managing all aspects of the transaction to ensure companies can deliver maximum customer satisfaction. Givex products and services give you insight into your data to enable you to better drive sales growth, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning.

About Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® Campaign

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Image with caption: "Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger (CNW Group/Givex)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140825_C7788_PHOTO_EN_42528.jpg

For further information:

For more information or media inquiries, please contact

Bryan Wang
Director of Marketing
Givex
Phone: 416.350.9660 x 309
Toll free: 1.877.478.7733
Fax: 416.350.9661
Email: bryan.wang@givex.com

Website: http://www.givex.com

Photo - http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140825/8521404737

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Nominations Open for The 2014 Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations are now open for The 2014 Yahoo Internet for Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement across Asia Pacific. 

Now in its third [ES1] year, the award is conducted in partnership between Yahoo and PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior professionals involved in public affairs, corporate communications, policy-making and regulation.

Entries should be lodged by September 26 (or by October 5 subject to prior notification under late entry terms) and entry packs can be downloaded from http://www.publicaffairsasia.com/goldstandard

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, government, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes.

In 2013, the award was presented to The Internet Society for their project Wireless for Communities (W4C), a
community based approach tobringingthe internet to rural India. The Health Promotion Board of Singapore secured a highly commended award for its "I Quit" Club initiative which encouraged Singaporeans to stop smoking. In 2012, the award was won by Sonokids Australia which was honoured in recognition of the "All Abilities ePlayground project" which is directed at increasing internet access to young children with disabilities.

Commenting, Nick O'Donnell, Yahoo's Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, said: "We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard Award. Since our founding in 1994, we have been committed to being a socially responsible corporate partner in the communities in which we live and work around the world.  Just as we challenge our own employees to 'make good a daily habit', this award recognises other individuals to harness the power of the Internet for good."

Mark O'Brien, PublicAffairsAsia's Vice President, added: "Community groups, NGOs and other organizations are harnessing the power of the internet to deliver impact in areas ranging from the environment, healthcare to building stronger local communities. We are proud to be working with Yahoo to recognise achievement in this important area."

Yahoo has embraced a number of social causes globally including Earth Day, Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yahoo, Inc. helped raise more than US$7 million through donate buttons placed across its network.  Yahoo also deployed a disaster response donation drive after Typhoon Haiyanin 2013 that raised another $230K towards aid in the Philippines. 

The Yahoo Employee Foundation is a 100% Yahoo employee funded and managed organization that awards grants to causes championed by individual Yahoo employees.  An average of $2M per year in grants have been awardedto non-profit organisations over the past four years.These grants support clean water initiatives, victims of domestic violence, sustainable farming, and many more.

As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more than half a billion users across the world every month, Yahoo believes that the Internet is more than just a medium that brings down communication barriers; it can also foster positive change.

The 2014 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a panel of senior government affairs practitioners, corporate communications professionals, business leaders and government figures led by Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government Affairs for HP.

Awards Criteria:

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes. There is no entry fee for this category.

  • Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address planning, execution and outcomes [where appropriate] on an equal 33%, 33%, 33% basis.
  • Nominated programmes must have been launched, or have shown significant activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
  • Please note that supporting materials are NOT PERMITTED. Any reference to supporting evidence should be included as hyperlinks in the external links section of the entry form. Entrants can include photos or links to videos in the main body of the entry form.

About the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards

The Gold Standard Awards are operated by PublicAffairsAsia magazine and network and are the industry-leading programme for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations professionals operating Asia Pacific. Founded in 2008, the awards have attracted over 800 entries from a wide range of corporations, NGOs, industry group, specialist consultancies and governmental agencies. For more, visit www.publicaffairsasia.com/goldstandard

About Yahoo!

Yahoo is focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company's blog (yahoo.tumblr.com).

Contact: For further information contact Mark O'Brien on +66-801-458697 or email markobrien@publicaffairsasia.com

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Honeywell Promotes Science and Technology Education in Partnership with Government Schools

More than 1,200 students and 12 teachers will benefit from experiential learning science kits program; Honeywell Engineers volunteer to promote technology careers to students

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it is helping more than 1,200 local students learn about science and technology through a partnership with local schools in Batam and Bintan in Riau Islands province.

Under the Honeywell Science Kits program, four schools will receive science kits supporting the national curriculum. These comprehensive tools will allow students to experience science and technology concepts in an innovative way. As part of the program, 12 teachers from these four schools will be trained with hands-on teaching techniques, enabling them to better engage their students in the classroom. In addition to that, 12 engineers from local Honeywell facility are volunteering to promote technology careers at these local schools.

The program is part of Honeywell's ongoing commitment to promote science and technology education in Indonesia which includes sponsoring middle school math and science teachers to attend its international programs such as Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy and Green Boot Camp to learn advanced teaching techniques. This new science kits program is sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's global citizenship initiative.

"Honeywell provides students and teachers opportunities in science and technology education in Indonesia, through a series of unique programs designed to inspire the next generation of innovators," said Alex Pollack, President of Honeywell Indonesia. "This exciting program affords students an opportunity to learn concepts in a more engaging manner and gain valuable access to information about potential careers in science and engineering from Honeywell's top engineers."

According to National Science Foundation, 80 percent of the jobs in the next 10 years will require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and capabilities. "We aim to provide the best education to our students and these advanced teaching techniques will be highly beneficial both for our students as well as our teachers. We welcome such initiatives and are delighted to have Honeywell engineers volunteer to encourage our students," said Zurnalis, Principal of SMPN 9, Batam.

Honeywell Science Kits program is being run in partnership with SMP II Lukman Hakim and SMP Negeri 9 in Batam as well as in SMP Negeri 11 and SMPN 13 in Bintan.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

About Honeywell, Indonesia

Honeywell's products and systems have been distributed and installed in Indonesia since 1974. In 1992, Honeywell established our Indonesian representative office, which maintains a network of local distribution companies. Today, three of Honeywell's businesses, Automation and Control Solutions, Aerospace, and Performance Materials and Technologies, employ over 1,500 employees in cities across the country, including Jakarta, Surabaya, Purwakarta, Batam and Bintan.

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions

Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.

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Crown Relocations Launches A Gift Box Program In Partnership With The Salvation Army

HONG KONG, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Relocations is delighted to announce a Gift Box donation program in conjunction with its long-term charity partner, The Salvation Army Hong Kong.

Crown Chairman Jim Thompson's long-term support of charitable activities, together with Crown Relocations' extensive global experience of relocating customers and moving their belongings, is the inspiration behind the campaign. Not only will it enable Crown customers to donate goods that they don't need anymore, disposing of them in a straightforward manner, it will also directly benefit the local community. This campaign is both a practical demonstration of Crown's environmental policy and a way of supporting low-income families and individuals in need.

The program works in such a way that every Crown customer who is leaving Hong Kong or relocating domestically will receive a special "GIFT" sticker. They can then place this sticker on the top of a Crown moving box that they have filled with items to be donated. Crown will deliver the "GIFT" boxes to The Salvation Army, who will sort the goods and transfer them to stores in Hong Kong and Macau. Here, the donated goods will be distributed to people in need, including the home-alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and social security assistance recipients.

Marta Drzewakowska, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Crown Relocations Hong Kong commented, "We would like to contribute to the improvement of the living standards of people in need, but so often we do not know how to start, to whom to turn. That's where Crown can help. Among our belongings there may be items that we haven't used for years, for example toys or books that have been stored away and forgotten, but which could be a great source of education and joy to children whose families are less fortunate."

Visit Crown Relocations on the Web at www.crownrelo.com/hongkong 

Crown Relocations

Crown Relocations provides transportation, destination and immigration services, as well as employee and family support, to assist people relocating internationally or domestically.  Relocation presents challenges to all concerned. Crown's people understand the excitement and anxiety of relocating, whether it's the corporate challenge of managing globally mobile employees, or an individual move for a family.

As a company with people working all over the world, Crown is an enthusiastic champion of the benefits of relocation.  Our expert move managers are advocates for their cities and are determined to make every relocation a success.  Although we have a presence in almost 60 countries, 'being there' means more to us than simply being on the ground. During every relocation, Crown provides support, guidance, care and the personal attention needed to lessen disruption.

Crown Relocations is part of the Crown Worldwide Group, established in 1965 and headquartered in Hong Kong.

AMERICAS:
Sheryl Cherry
Crown Relocations
5252 Argosy Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
USA
+ 1 714 898 0961
scherry@crownww.com

ASIA-PACIFIC:
Susanne Osterholm
Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.
Suite 2001, MassMutual Tower
38 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong
+ 852 2528 6111
sosterholm@crownww.com

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA:
Marco Dilenge
Crown Worldwide GmbH
Am Seedamm 44
60489 Frankfurt
Germany 
+ 49 69 1539 4000
mdilenge@crownww.com

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Interush Launches iRush Help ‘Yunnan China 2014’ in the Aftermath of Devastating Quake

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Yunnan in China on August 3rd, thousands of lives were severely impacted. The intense quake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks that emanated from the epicenter in Longtoushan Township, claiming hundreds of lives, injuring more than a thousand people and leaving survivors without food, shelter, transportation, and other basic necessities. Approximately 210,000 households and a million residents were reportedly affected.

In response to the tragedy, Interush has launched the iRush Help "Yunnan China 2014" program to quickly address the crisis and provide immediate aid to the survivors. The program also aims to raise awareness and emphasize the need to get involved.

"The loss and devastation that resulted from the Yunnan earthquake is deeply troubling, and we will do what we can to better the rehabilitation and transition of the affected individuals and families," said Martin Matthews, Chairman and CEO of Interush, Inc. "Every ounce of help is significant, so we must work together to make the biggest impact."

Interush Affiliates and all those concerned may now send in their donations. To double the effect of financial assistance provided, Interush will match donations from Interush Affiliates until September 30, 2014.

"Yunnan China 2014" proceeds will go to ONE FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that is continuously active in and dedicated to assisting those in need.  The charitable group was founded by film actor and Chinese Red Cross ambassador Jet Li in 2007, and also takes part in other disaster relief initiatives and children's welfare.

As a token of appreciation and to further increase awareness, Interush will also give out iRush Help Shirts to the first 1,000 affiliates worldwide who send donations by September 30, 2014.

For more information and to make a donation please visit: www.iRushHelp.org

For more information about Interush, please visit: www.Interush.com.

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Interush Responds to Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Tragedy with iRush Help ‘Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014’

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unfortunate tragedy that left the city in deep crisis, massive gas explosions hit the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on July 31st. The explosions incurred enormous damage both to the lives of city dwellers and the area's infrastructure, claiming approximately 30 lives, injuring hundreds, and negatively impacting an estimated 84,000. The city continues to be in a state of rehabilitation, and the Taiwan public has responded with a tremendous outpouring of generosity.

To contribute to the continuous recovery of the city, iRush Help has formed the "Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014" program. iRush Help was originally created to provide an avenue where concerned individuals can "rush to help" survivors of natural disasters, and new programs are created when tragedies of great magnitude arise.

Interush Affiliates and concerned individuals may now send in their donations. To increase the impact of the program on those in need, Interush will match donations from Interush Affiliates until September 30, 2014.

"Taiwan desperately needs aid at this time and iRush Help is open to those who would like to help," said Martin Matthews, Chairman and CEO of Interush, Inc. "We all must work to spread awareness and increase involvement, so that Kaohsiung may be able to rebuild the lives of the survivors in the aftermath of this tragedy."

"Kaohsiung Taiwan 2014" proceeds will be transferred to the Social Affairs Bureau, an organization of the Kaohsiung City Government that runs welfare programs for children, teens, women and seniors, as well as social assistance and community development programs. As of August 4, the bureau has received 9,000 donations from a variety of large groups, including major corporations, governmental organizations, religious groups and concerned entertainers.

To express gratitude and appreciation to those who provide assistance, Interush will also give out iRush Help Shirts to the first 1,000 affiliates worldwide who send donations by September 30, 2014.

For more information and to make a donation please visit: www.iRushHelp.org

For more information about Interush, please visit: www.Interush.com.

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