On November 12, 2017, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China signed a free trade and investment pact to strengthen economic cooperation between the two regions and stimulate economic development. The two agreements, the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement (AHKIA), were signed at the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila and will come into force on January 1, 2019. Chris Devonshire-Ellis of Dezan Shira & Associates comments: “This FTA brings Hong Kong into parity with mainland China which has had an FTA with ASEAN for several years. Hong Kong’s unique mix of China and Asian focused financial services and regional service support are a great mix with ASEAN’s overall reach and this agreement provides a much needed boost to Hong Kong’s overall attractiveness as an investment destination for Asia.” Strong trade links between Hong Kong and ASEAN Hong ... » Learn More about ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement Signed – ASEAN Business News
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Covid-19 is truly the bane of our lives — our favourite National Steps Challenge Season 6 is cancelled. Since the National Steps Challenge won’t make a comeback this year, the Health Promotion Board has come up Live Healthy and Lumihealth, two fitness programmes to help Singaporeans tackle our WFH weight gain . Let’s dive in to see if we can score a free Fitbit or HPB vouchers this time round. HPB’s “free” Fitbit programme: Live Healthy SG The HPB has collaborated with Fitbit to come up with Live Healthy SG , which is sort of like the National Steps Challenge but with a Fitbit instead of a no-brand steps tracker. Participants will need to commit to one year of Fitbit Premium in order to get a free Fitbit. When paired with a Fitbit, Fitbit Premium acts like a sort of personal trainer on your wrist. You get access to personalised health/fitness insights and fitness programmes customised to you. Supposedly, these let you achieve better outcomes in the ... » Learn More about HPB x Fitbit’s Live Healthy SG: Is it worth signing up for a ‘free’ Fitbit?
Haven’t you heard? The National Steps Challenge Season 6 is about to begin, on Oct 1, 2021! This will run through March 31, 2022. Now heartland uncles and aunties will have something to do in between episodes of Vincenzo! If you have no clue what this whole “HPB step challenge” thingy is, but are intrigued by rumours of a free wearable steps tracker and shopping vouchers just for walking around , you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to tell you all about the HPB Steps Challenge, what free stuff you can get, and how to sign your lazy ass up. This article is NOT sponsored by the Health Promotion Board. Don’t anyhow say me. I’m just very committed to getting freebies from the government. Tell me all about National Steps Challenge Season 6! In case you’ve been living under a rock this whole time, the Health Promotion Board’s National Steps Challenge is one of the easiest and fastest ways to earn government-sponsored freebies. It’s free for all members of ... » Learn More about National Steps Challenge Season 6 – guide to registration, steps tracker collection & rewards
LICENSED auctioneers nationwide are urging the Federal Government to review and improve the e-Lelong system which has taken a toll on their livelihoods. Muzakir Mansor, an action committee member representing state auctioneers, said their livihoods had been severely affected by the implementation of the e-Lelong system following the discontinuation of their duties to help conduct public auctions. “We do not oppose the e-Lelong system as we just want to be part of it. “We hope the Federal Government will heed our plight and improve the existing system by involving us in it,” he said in a press conference at Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Lebuh Farquhar, Penang, yesterday. Muzakir, who is also Penang Auctioneers Association chairman, was there to hand over a memorandum to Mohd Abdul Rahman Ismail, who received it on behalf of the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak. Mohd Abdul is Ahmad Fuzi’s private secretary. The e-Lelong system, the first in Malaysia, was ... » Learn More about ‘Let us be part of e-Lelong’
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg On Sep. 15, Gardens by the Bay launched its Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 that will run until Oct. 3, 2021. It features a total of nine lantern sets and community displays across the outdoor garden and Flower Dome. Outdoor Gardens displays Located at the Golden Garden near the main entrance are the Sky Lanterns and Rabbit Trails. Measuring 32m wide and 19m tall, the Sky Lanterns is the largest lantern set this year with 70 lanterns floating up the Supertrees. It represents this year's theme, blessings, and is inspired by the eponymous Chinese lanterns that are traditionally released to the sky for good blessings. Rabbit Trails is a series of eight rabbit-shaped lanterns that lead the way to the Flower Dome, where there are more rabbits. Korean period drama lovers should check out the Korean Genre Painting at The Rose near the Floral Clock outside the Flower Dome. It ... » Learn More about Mid-Autumn lantern sets & displays at Gardens by the Bay from now till Oct. 3, 2021
Md Rozi Darus was only seven years old when he lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. It happened along a dusty kampung road near Sik, Kedah, and there was nothing he could do to avoid it. Md Rozi, now 51, recalled the screeching of the motorcycle tyres and his screams of pain that fateful day. “Sometimes that’s just your lot in life,” he said. Not one to give up or wallow in self pity, he learned to move around using a cane in his younger years. Despite his limited mobility, he continued to provide for his family of six by cultivating a small farm in Kedah. Over the last decade, he has been using a wheelchair. “It comes in handy as I perform odd jobs in my kampung when I’m not tending to my chickens and ducks,” he explained. With frequent use and wear-and-tear over the years, Md Rozi realised that he needed a new wheelchair but did not have the means to get one. However, he soon found out that a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Sosio ... » Learn More about Foundation delivers hope
Maddie Ziegler and Eddie Benjamin practise laser focus, work ethic and gratitude at every opportunity. I tallied their use of the word "grateful", which came up no less than 30 times in our hour-long interview, but not in the woo-woo tonality often linked to Californians and Instagram stars. In the pursuit of their wildest dreams, they make a point of not forgetting to do "kid stuff" along the way. "It's a thing, because we're always working. We're like, let's go and do some kid s*** today. I bought this electric bike and we've been riding around the neighbourhood - in a safe manner." says singer-songwriter Benjamin, 19 with his signature gap-tooth grin. Work for the pair spans every aspect of the creative arts. Ziegler, 18, is arguably the most recognisable dancer in the world. She starred in the hugely popular reality TV show Dance Moms between 2011 to 2016 and cemented herself in pop culture history with a bounce-off-the-wall performance in Australian singer-songwriter Sia ... » Learn More about Creative power couple in the spotlight
Imagine this: You've had a great meal. You pay for it contactlessly, through your smart watch. You've paid on credit, and when the bill arrives and you make payment, it's done with a few quick taps on your smartphone, without a single sheet of paper needing to be printed. That's what the future looks like — for now at least — with Singapore's new digital banks in the picture. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has awarded four licenses so far, and more may follow in future. Hold on, you might be asking. That doesn't seem too different from what we have now, in 2020. So what's the big deal with digital banks, and what benefits might they bring, and what risks should we watch out for? We try to answer these questions. What is a digital bank? Existing banks in Singapore do already have comprehensive digital services, and many of its younger (or more tech-savvy) customers already do most of their banking online. But one of the requirements for these ... » Learn More about Fully-digital banks will launch in S’pore soon. Here are their potential risks & benefits.