Hong Kong – Hong Kong film talents across different generations spotlighted in Chicago (with photos)

Hong Kong film talents across different generations spotlighted in Chicago (with photos)


     Several Hong Kong film talents across different generations were recognised for their outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry at the awards presentation ceremony of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) Season 17 in Chicago on September 16 (Chicago time).
     The ceremony was part of the APUC’s Hong Kong Cinema Showcase sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY). Five Hong Kong productions, Stand Up Story, In Broad Daylight, Ready o/r Rot, Over My Dead Body and Wish Comes True, are featured this season.
     Seasoned actor Ben Yuen was presented the Pinnacle Career Achievement Award. His co-actor in Stand Up Story, Ng Siu-hin, shared the Bright Star Award with another emerging talent Rachel Leung, who appeared in three of the five Hong Kong Cinema Showcase films. Also attending the ceremony were the director of In Broad Daylight, Lawrence Kan, and Over My Dead Body actor Wong You-nam.
     Addressing the ceremony, the Director of the HKETONY, Ms Maisie Ho, said the HKETONY’s long-term support for the APUC has echoed with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government’s vision to strengthen the city’s role as an East-meets-West centre for cultural exchange.
     “Our Film Development Fund, with an injection of close to US$200 million, supports Hong Kong’s film industry along four strategic directions, namely, nurturing talent, enhancing local production, expanding markets and building audience. To date, the Fund has approved over 100 projects, which helped to unleash the potentials and powers of many emerging directors and producers of Hong Kong,” she said.
     “We also actively identify and nurture new talents such as scriptwriters and directors through training programmes such as the Scriptwriting Incubation Programme and the Director’s Succession Scheme, provide financing for small and medium-size film productions, and offer funding support for the industry to participate in overseas film festivals.”
     Ms Ho also thanked the organiser of the APUC which has been collaborating with the HKETONY since 2016 in presenting quality Hong Kong productions and showcasing exception film talents to the Chicago audience.
     During her stay in Chicago, Ms Ho also met with the president and board members of the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest.

Hosts across Maricopa County are getting pumped for The Big Game

Key Takeaways

– The Big Game brings big economic potential to the greater Phoenix area.

– Fans that are booking last minute travel can still find affordable listings that offer great value for their money.

– A dedicated Airbnb Safety team will provide exclusive support to Maricopa County Hosts and guests the week up to and during the Big Game.


As a single mother, hosting on Airbnb has provided me more freedom and flexibility to care for my daughter and be more present in her life. Hosting has also provided substantial financial benefits as I was just able to go on a vacation for the first time in years!

Adina (Phoenix, AZ)

Whether cheering on Philadelphia or Kansas City, guests are coming to the greater Phoenix area from around the world for the Big Game, and local Hosts are preparing to open their doors to help welcome these fans to their community. In fact, from Q2 to Q3 of 2022, searches for accommodations on Airbnb in the area during the February game weekend increased by over 90 percent, indicating that the event will likely be a significant boon both for those with space to share as well as local small businesses who will benefit from guest spending.

Since our founding, Airbnbhas helped cities use existing space to scale accommodations and absorb the influx of visitors around big events, all while creating important economic opportunities for Hosts and local small businesses. This includes extending those opportunities to neighborhoods outside of city centers that have not traditionally benefited from the tourism economy, such as the community west of Phoenix where the State Farm Stadium is located. When Los Angeles was home to the Big Game in February 2022, local Hosts collectively earned nearly $4 million from welcoming more than 9,000 guest arrivals and there were hundreds of millions in economic activity generated citywide.

With the recent introduction of Airbnb Setup, the all-new, super easy way to Airbnb a home, those interested in becoming a Host can access:

  • One-to-one guidance from a Superhost
  • The opportunity to have an experienced guest for your first booking
  • Specialized support from Airbnb Community Support agents in over 42 languages.

For those interested in joining local Hosts to unlock the economic benefits of the upcoming Big Game, visit airbnb.com/host.

Affordable accommodation options for guests

Fans traveling to the area for the Big Game can still find affordable options on Airbnb, with listings currently available in Maricopa Countyfor $500 and under and $400 and under1.

Airbnb Big Game Support Team

Airbnb is also launching a designated specialized customer support team to provide exclusive support for Maricopa County Hosts and guests the week leading up to and during the Big Game. This teams main focus will be addressing any issues big or small that arise during reservations over the next week in the region, promoting safety and security for Hosts, guests and neighbors.

Malicious scams are even more common during major events, where consumers are hunting for affordable deals. Third-party scams include bad actors attempting to entice travelers to book on third-party websites that are unrelated to Airbnb. Guests can avoid falling prey to these scams by communicating and paying on our trusted platform. When looking for listings, travelers should always start directly on Airbnb.com or the Airbnb app.

If anyone believes theyve encountered a web page designed to look like Airbnb, they can let us know by reporting the websites URL at https://www.airbnb.com/report-phishing. If a traveler is unsure whether they booked their reservation through Airbnb, they can check that with us, and report any message that indicates a potential scam.

In addition to this important information to help travelers protect themselves against scams, Airbnb is offering the following guidance to all guests searching for or with a reservation in Maricopa County:

  • Search and Book with Confidence: Guests can get exactly what theyre looking for by taking advantage of our many search filters, such as price, home type, and amenities. They should be sure to read the Hosts profile and listing description thoroughlypaying special attention to the amenities, house rules or trip requirements, and the cancellation policy.
  • Read the Ratings and Reviews: Guests can look through feedback from past guests to help find the right fit for them. Theyll see ratings on several quality dimensions, like cleanliness and accuracy, and detailed reviews with authentic feedback about the experience. Guests can only leave a review after theyve stayed with that specific Host, so they know the feedback theyre seeing is based on actual experiences.
  • Get Questions Answered: Our secure messaging tool is an easy way to ask a potential Host any questions about their home or experience before booking. After booking, guests can also message their Hosts to coordinate check-in and stay in touch throughout their trip something that will be particularly important in the Phoenix area as fans descend on the city for the game. For example, the Host can provide guidance on the right public transportation to get from their listing to State Farm Stadium. Additionally, with the game and most related events taking place in the evening, guests should be sure to let Hosts know if theyre going to be arriving back at the listing on the later side.
  • Do a Safety Check: Once guests arrive at the home, they should make sure to know where all relevant emergency equipment and safety information is located. If its not clear where to find something like the first aid kit, fire extinguisher or a CO/smoke alarm, guests should not hesitate to ask their Host. Its always better to be prepared.
  • Respect Neighbors: Guests booking an Airbnb listing are not just entering that home theyre joining a community. Whether theyre on vacation at a single-family home or a condo, guests will be surrounded by neighbors who will be maintaining normal work schedules and may have young kids. Its important to be mindful of noise and respectful of their spaces.
  • If Anything Isnt Right, Reach Out: If a guest arrives at a home and somethings not quite right, they should reach out to us. Our Big Game Support Team that will be exclusively focused on servicing the Phoenix area next week will be standing by 24/7 to help with things like rebooking assistance and refunds or reimbursements. Included among this specialized team are dedicated Airbnb Safety Team members, who are specially trained to support our Hosts and guests in the rare instance of a safety issue. And Airbnb booking guests always have access to our AirCover protections, free to all guests and covering every booking made on our platform.
  1. All bookings included in this press release are intended to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not endorse or promote these listings or any other accommodations or experiences on the platform.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

Across the globe, Apple and its teams find new ways to give

The companys Employee Giving program has raised over $880 million, with more than 2 million volunteer hours logged


Since January, Apple Store team member Maranda Barhorst has volunteered her time remotely reading audiobooks for children at Ronald McDonald House in Washington, D.C.; helping a doula in Tennessee create materials for her nonprofit that aims to reduce maternal mortality rates; and designing cards that highlight Black professionals to inspire students in Chicago. Thats in addition to volunteering in person with Big Brothers Big Sisters in her hometown of Cincinnati. And the years not over yet.

I never needed for anything growing up, but it wasnt easy either, says Barhorst, a manager at Cincinnatis Apple Kenwood Towne Centre who is part of Apples Global Volunteer Program. So any opportunity to make it a little bit easier for someone else is something that speaks to my soul if I can, then I should. Because helping someone be courageous or feel included can change the future, and its important to be one of those ripples in the pond.

Since its inception 11 years ago, Apples Employee Giving program has raised over $880 million dollars for almost 44,000 organizations globally. That includes the work of more than 76,000 employees who have logged more than 2.1 million volunteer hours. For every hour an Apple employee volunteers or dollar they donate, Apple matches with a monetary donation to the same organization. In addition to volunteer activities and contributions made through the Employee Giving program, Apple also contributes millions of dollars to nonprofits through corporate grants.

This year, in communities around the world, Apple and its team members contributed to local organizations and global causes in extraordinary ways. From weekly volunteer engagements to local grants in support of food banks, and from professional mentoring to environmental cleanup events, the Apple community showed up for the people and places it calls home.

Earlier this year, for example, Apple launched a two-to-one matching program for all employee donations to organizations helping support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The company also contributed directly to groups on the ground, including World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit founded by chef Jos Andrs that provides meals for people in crisis. Since February 25, the day after the invasion, WCK has served more than 177 million meals across eight countries in the region.

Across Europe, Apple employees are incredibly active in their communities, including in Cork, Ireland. Among other engagements, teams there have volunteered for the last five years at the Field of Dreams, a three-acre horticultural site operated by Down Syndrome Ireland. In 2022, volunteer engagement is up more than 250 percent year over year, with 850 volunteers completing more than 2,000 hours with the organization. That has a lot to do with the efforts of Apples Brian OLeary, who helps to coordinate Apple events at the Field of Dreams.

During the pandemic, the site became a little unkempt the weeds dont stop growing, says Debbie Kelleher, the Field of Dreams care coordinator. But Brian came out after the restrictions were lifted and said that the Apple teams were very keen to help out more regularly. We now have Apple volunteers here almost every Friday we call them Apple Fridays.

When people volunteer at the Field of Dreams, they walk away feeling theyve made an impact, and thats what makes us all come back, says OLeary, who is already planning next years visits. This organization is making a real difference in the lives of the people its serving, and to play even a small role in that means a great deal.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Apple continues its 16-year partnership with the Global Fund through the (PRODUCT)RED campaign, which has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars to help in the fight to end AIDS. Those efforts support dozens of organizations across the region, including the Zanzibar Association for People with HIV/AIDS (ZAPHA+), which has cared for thousands of children living with HIV through counseling and support groups.

That includes Miriam, who joined ZAPHA+ after she found out she was HIV positive as a teenager. The organization inspired her to become a community health worker, and she is now married with a child who is HIV negative thanks to antiretroviral treatment.

Among its community engagements in Australia, this year Apple expanded its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to the country. The initiative supports a variety of organizations advancing equity in the countrys Indigenous community, including ID. Know Yourself. Founded by Isaiah Dawe in 2019, the nonprofit helps support and mentor young members of the Aboriginal community who are in foster or out-of-home care.

I always say our purpose is founded by wounds, because I have grown up exactly like the kids we work with and there are more than 20,000 Aboriginal kids in out-of-home care in Australia, says Dawe, a Butchulla and Gawara Salt Water man who was in the Australian foster care system from infancy to when he turned 18. At ID. Know Yourself, we create love, hope, and belonging so that every child can have self-determination and fulfillment in their life. Weve been working with Apple for a few years now, and its amazing to see our kids express themselves in creative sessions that draw on their Aboriginal heritage and culture they feel empowered because theyre connecting with their past and learning skills they need for their future.

Across the globe, Today at Apple expanded its Creative Studios program, which partners with community organizations, mentors, and Apple Store teams to offer career-building creative experiences. In Tokyo, members of Sankakusha a nonprofit that helps young adults struggling with isolation were connected with professionals in the fields of photography and videography for a five-week course that culminated with each participant presenting their creative work.

It was incredible to see the transformation that happened through the power of creativity its not something we could have done by ourselves in such a short time, says Sankakushas founder, Yusuke Arai. The commitment of the mentors and the skills they taught enabled our youth to express themselves and find their voice. Some of our members became more confident than we could have imagined; after the program finished, a few found full-time jobs and another went back to school.

In Shanghai, Apple Store team member Elyn Tang has volunteered throughout the year with organizations that clean up local rivers and help families who have children with disabilities. She also participated in an event with Rainbow Volunteer Club, a group that helps connect teenage girls living in rural areas of the country with mentors. In March, Tang worked with the organization and wrote a letter of support to a young girl, not knowing who would receive it, and not expecting a reply. But in June, she received an email that touched her heart.

The girl who wrote back told me that my letter made her feel like she wasnt alone, says Tang, who is raising a young daughter of her own. She said she had always wanted to become a teacher, yet had been at a loss and didnt know how to make it happen. My letter inspired her to work hard to make that dream come true. I feel like my words helped to empower her, and that brings me a sense of peace.

Around the world, Apple supports the work of food banks and other organizations that address food disparity through its Strengthen Local Communities grant program and other programming. And employees regularly team up with local organizations to help provide food, shelter, and other services to those in need.

In India, the organization Rise Against Hunger hosted multiple meal-packaging events at Apple campuses in Bengaluru and Hyderabad that collectively put together over 30,000 meals.

Its important for me to participate in social welfare activities because I feel that everyone should give back to their community if they can, says Apple team member Vinod Nitturi, who volunteered at the Hyderabad event. I have been blessed, and so if I can help someone who is struggling, I will do whatever is in my power to make that possible.

As part of its work to advance environmental justice and advocate for communities most impacted by climate change and environmental disparities, Apple this year provided grants to environmental justice organizations, including the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, the Native Conservancy, and UPROSE. And for Earth Day, more than 1,300 Apple team members participated in dozens of cleanups and environmentally focused events across the globe.

Like many of her colleagues around the world, Apple Store team member Sandra Maranho is incredibly passionate about contributing her time to environmental causes. But she also volunteers with organizations that raise awareness around prostate cancer, help those living on the streets, and support young people in her community in Rio de Janeiro.

Volunteering is very fulfilling that feeling of paying back to others what has been given to me is priceless, says Maranho, an Expert at Apple VillageMall. Its one of the best things about working at Apple; it gives me time so that I can contribute to my community. Theres a phrase thats part of our credo about making the world a better place, and this is something that guides me. I want the Earth to be as beautiful as it is today for when my children grow up, and we can all do our part to make that possible.

NYKS to reach out to the Youth across the country on the new transformational Agnipath Scheme

National Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) will reach out to the youth across the country in a mission mode to highlight the salient features of the new transformative reform ‘Agnipath Scheme’ and to popularize it among the youth.

A meeting in this regard was held by Secretary, Youth Affairs Shri Sanjay Kumar with the Regional Directors, State Directors, Deputy Directors and District Youth Officers of NYKS on 16th June, 2022 virtually to take necessary steps for outreach of the scheme. 

The salient features of the scheme and its benefits along with other details were underlined during the meeting. It was emphasised that NYKS, besides its field officials, will rope in all the grassroot level youth belonging to the Youth Clubs or otherwise and all other stakeholders to disseminate information about this transformational scheme, and amplify the message among large number of people particularly among the youth between the age group of 17.5 years to 21 years i.e. potential applicants.

To achieve this goal of reaching out to maximum number of citizens and as a part of strategy, extensive use will be made of personal and peer contact, bulk messaging through Telephone/Whatsapp and usage of social media platforms, Door to Door contact and by using the platforms of ongoing programmes of NYKS.

The grassroot machinery of NYKS has been asked to mobilize maximum youth volunteers to facilitate this outreach programme.



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Communities Across Canada Came Together to Raise More Than $5.7 million in support of McHappy Day®

– With a portion of proceeds from all food and beverage items sold going directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities ® (RMHC ®) and other local children’s charities, Canadians proved doing good can be delicious

– Extended by popular demand, Canadians can still purchase exclusive McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection featuring nostalgic McDonaldland® characters to support RMHC


Canadians from coast to coast to coast united to celebrate the 28th annual McHappy Day®, McDonald’s Canada’s annual fundraising event aimed at raising donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and other local children’s charities.

By purchasing their favourite food and beverage items in-restaurant, at the Drive-Thru, through the McDonald’s app, and through McDelivery® via Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes and DoorDash, to buying nostalgic swag from the McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection, Canadians stepped up to help raise more than $5.7 million to support families with sick children across Canada.

On Wednesday, McDonald’s celebrated its 28th McHappy Day in Canada, raising more than $5.7 million. Representatives from McDonald’s Canada and RMHC Canada are joined by the Ford Family, who spent 84 nights at a Ronald McDonald House while their son Tristan was being treated for Griscelli syndrome.

To help get Canadians into the McHappy Day spirit, two of Canada’s most notable landmarks, Niagara Falls and the CN Tower were lit up with McDonald’s red and yellow to commemorate the day!

“The results from McHappy Day are amazing, and we’re pleased to make a difference in the lives of wonderful families across our communities,” said Alyssa Buetikofer, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited. “Thank you to our incredible guests, franchisees, restaurant teams, crew and supplier partners for participating in McHappy Day, and helping to make a truly meaningful impact for so many.”

Across the country, one in four Canadians has either stayed at a Ronald McDonald House or knows someone who has, with the organization supporting up to 527 families every night. The money raised from McHappy Day, along with the continuous funds raised throughout the year, will help families with sick children across Canada stay together during treatment, so they can focus on what truly matters – their child’s health.

“My family and I are incredibly thankful for RMHC Alberta for supporting us for over 200 nights while our baby, Ezra, received urgent care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” said the Marfo Family from Lac La Biche, Alberta. “During this difficult time, RMHC allowed us to focus on our child’s health while they took care of everything else. Thank you to everyone across Canada who participated in McHappy Day to help families like ours and so many others.”

While in an average year, RMHC is able to support more than 26,000 families from over 3,400 Canadian communities, the need is still greater than ever. Yearly, up to 45,000 families in Canada¹ are left without the comfort and support of the RMHC House Program®. The funds raised on McHappy Day will help expand the services provided by RMHC, including building new houses for families in need, like in Winnipeg where a new house is set to open its doors to more than double its support for families across Manitoba and Northern Ontario this summer, increasing the number of beds from 14 to 40.

People across the country can continue supporting the good RMHC does all year-round in the following ways: 

  • Extended by popular demand, Canadians can purchase a piece from the limited-edition McDonald’s Canada x Peace Collective collection of tees, sweatshirts and more, featuring iconic McDonaldland® characters. A portion of the proceeds from every sale supports RMHC and families with sick children across Canada. Visit Peace-Collective.com.
  • Purchasing Happy Meals and RMHC Cookies, as well as donating through coin box and kiosk donations.
  • Guests can ’Round up for RMHC’ on any order at participating restaurants to support RMHC all year long.
  • Donating to a local Ronald McDonald House® or setting up a monthly donation any time at https://www.rmhccanada.ca/donate.


  • McHappy Day is McDonald’s Canada’s largest charity-driven program. Since its inception in 1977, McHappy Day has helped RMHC support more than 436,000 families across Canada. 
  • The 16 Ronald McDonald Houses and 17 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Canada give families a place to stay together when they have to travel for their sick child’s treatment. 
  • Every day, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, our independent franchisees, and guests, support Ronald McDonald House families by purchasing Happy Meals and RMHC Cookies, as well as through coin box and kiosk donations. 
  • To learn more about the services provided by RMHC, visit rmhccanada.ca.

About McDonald’s Canada 

In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. In both franchised and corporate-owned restaurants, nearly 100,000 people are employed from coast-to-coast, and more than 90 per cent of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent franchisees. Of the almost $1 billion spent on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada. For more information on McDonald’s Canada, visit mcdonalds.ca. 


About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® CANADA) 

In Canada, 65 per cent of families live outside a city with a children’s hospital and must travel for treatment if their child is seriously ill. In an average year, the RMHC network of programs in Canada helps to keep more than 26,000 families close to their sick child and the care they need. The 16 Ronald McDonald Houses provide out-of-town families with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 17 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals. For more information, please visit rmhccanada.ca. 


For more information: Corporate Relations, McDonald’s Canada


¹ Estimated need using Canadian Institute for Health Information Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and NACRS data. 2018.