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

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.

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Canada – Expanding refugee access to third-country solutions: International leaders launch the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility

Across the globe, millions of people are displaced and in need of safety and protection. Only about 1% of refugees have access to resettlement each year, leaving millions of people in limbo and a significant talent pool often untapped. Labour complementary pathways provide an additional way, beyond resettlement, for displaced people to find durable solutions in third countries through labour migration programs. In so doing, they recognize refugees’ skills, experience and talent, in addition to their need for protection.

April 6, 2022—Ottawa—Across the globe, millions of people are displaced and in need of safety and protection. Only about 1% of refugees have access to resettlement each year, leaving millions of people in limbo and a significant talent pool often untapped. Labour complementary pathways provide an additional way, beyond resettlement, for displaced people to find durable solutions in third countries through labour migration programs. In so doing, they recognize refugees’ skills, experience and talent, in addition to their need for protection.

To see these successes on a larger scale, we need to make labour immigration avenues accessible to refugees. Today, the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility was launched and introduced Canada as its inaugural chair. The Task Force will build momentum for labour complementary pathways around the world. Leaders from Canada, Australia, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, the International Chamber of Commerce, Fragomen, Talent Beyond Boundaries, and RefugePoint held the first meeting of the Task Force to discuss the transformative potential of refugee labour mobility initiatives.

By working together with like-minded partners and countries, Canada will continue to be a global leader in attracting international talent to fill skilled labour shortages and drive post-pandemic economic recovery. Labour complementary pathways are intended to work alongside existing humanitarian resettlement programs, with the goal of expanding the number of pathways available for skilled refugees to immigrate abroad.

This initiative builds on Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP), a ground-breaking program that recognizes the skills and abilities of refugees by removing barriers and helping them and their families immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs.

The Task Force will engage with global stakeholders from governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society to increase the number of skilled refugees welcomed to Canada, while decreasing labour shortages where Canada needs it most.

The Task Force will organize activities throughout the year to identify opportunities to implement and increase labour pathway initiatives. In addition, it will work to better understand the policy and operational challenges associated with their implementation and to find practical solutions to overcome them. This will include immense collaboration to ensure pilot projects can develop into official programs. The success of this work will rely on participation from the many stakeholders who actively support the implementation of these pathways, and whose experience and lessons learned will be crucial to informing policy and program improvements.

The Task Force will also prepare a detailed report in 2024, which will document its work and successes and outline policy and operational considerations for the scaling and institutionalization of labour complementary pathways for refugees around the world.

Through this global collaboration, the Task Force will explore how these initiatives can support skilled refugees in need of protection, while also providing opportunities for them to make meaningful contributions to their new communities.

Understanding and facilitating the admission of skilled refugees through alternative and innovative pathways is not only a complement to our humanitarian commitments, it is a commitment to economic growth through supporting our communities and industries across the country that rely on immigration. Labour complementary pathways will increase the attraction and retention of newcomers in regions with acute economic, labour and demographic challenges. Together, the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility will further help bring the immeasurable contributions of immigrants to our communities and all sectors of the economy.

“Labour complementary pathways are win-win solutions: they provide refugees and their families with meaningful, additional pathways to protection, while supporting the growth of communities by meeting labour market needs. This initiative builds on Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, which is already helping to increase refugee labour mobility. As Chair of the Task Force for the next 2 years, Canada will work closely with a wide range of partners, including refugees with lived experience, to lay the foundation for implementing innovative solutions worldwide.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Skilled refugees make a significant contribution to the communities, labour markets and economies of receiving countries. This has been demonstrated in particular by Australia’s Skilled Refugee Labour Agreement Pilot. Australia is proud to be a member of the Task Force and is committed to working with the international community to foster global dialogue on labour complementary pathways for refugees and displaced people.”

– The Honourable Alex Hawke, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

“Far too often I meet refugees with enormous talent but limited opportunity. Labour complementary pathways are a way to change that. They provide the protection and safety refugees need, while also giving them the chance to make the most of their skills to improve not only their lives and those of their families, but also the countries and communities that welcome them.”

– Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

“At the International Organization for Migration (IOM), we recognize the potential of labour mobility pathways for leveraging the skills and talents of millions of displaced people—and at the same time providing safeguards for their protection. As an organization with decades-long experience in the field of migration governance, resettlement, labour migration and emergencies, IOM understands that crafting regular migration pathways that explicitly—and unusually—combine humanitarian and economic principles will be a challenging but hugely rewarding task. The Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility provides an excellent opportunity to identify collaborative solutions that put both the vulnerabilities and the strengths of migrants at the centre of all policy and program design.”

– Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General for Operations, International Organization for Migration 

“As the institutional representative of the global private sector, the International Chamber of Commerce enables businesses to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all, including displaced people whose livelihoods have been compromised. This initiative on labour mobility is a great example of how businesses worldwide can contribute to the delivery of durable solutions for the millions of displaced people across the globe.”

– John W. H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

“We are proud to be a member of the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility. We are currently helping refugees to enter Canada and other countries through routes that have already been created—benefiting both the refugees and employers needing skilled workers. I have no doubt that through the work of the Task Force, support for this wonderful initiative will grow as more countries and employers seek to play a role. It will make a positive difference to many people around the world, and Fragomen looks forward to working with fellow members of the Task Force to build on the important progress to date.”

– David Crawford, Managing Partner, Toronto Office, Fragomen

“Labour mobility and the idea of self-reliance for refugees are rooted in dignity. They flip the script on the perception of refugees from victims of war to people with strengths, skills and unique abilities to contribute to their communities. After interviewing for a job through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, one candidate said to RefugePoint’s team, ‘this was the best day of my life as a refugee because I felt seen for who I am.’ With forced displacement at unprecedented levels⁠—more than 1% of humanity has been forced from home⁠—we must envision a different future, one in which communities and countries compete to bring in refugees. Labour mobility is a path to that future.”

– Sasha Chanoff, CEO and Founder, RefugePoint

“Talent Beyond Boundaries was founded 6 years ago in recognition of a core truth: refugees are people with skills, talents and aspirations. When embraced, displaced people can be assets to companies and communities around the world, enriching us all. Since our founding, we’ve assisted more than 500 refugees to achieve safety and security through skilled migration pathways. This includes around 280 candidates who have secured employment in Australia, Canada and the UK, plus their family members. But this is just the beginning. Over 40,000 displaced people from around the world are currently registered on our Talent Catalog. Refugees need solutions now more than ever. We urgently need to scale displaced talent mobility as a complementary pathway, enabling people to resume their careers and rebuild their lives with dignity and purpose.”

– Stephanie Cousins, CEO, Talent Beyond Boundaries 

The Global Compact on Refugees, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2018, includes the development of complementary pathways as a core objective to increase durable solution opportunities through the admission of refugees to third countries. 

To support this goal, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a coalition of partners launched a Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways (2019–2021), which recommended establishing multi-stakeholder task forces specific to identified complementary pathways—labour, education and family reunification.  

Labour complementary pathways rely on close partnerships among governments, employers, international organizations and civil society groups, working together to identify and recruit talented refugees and to successfully settle them in their new jobs and homes.

The 8 founding members of the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility bring a diverse range of experience with refugee resettlement and labour complementary pathways, and will be actively recruiting others with experience and interests in these initiatives to participate in Task Force activities. 

Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot helps skilled refugees overseas who can fill specific labour market needs to immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs. The pilot involves strong partnerships with a range of stakeholders, including 8 Canadian provinces and territories, communities, employers and non-government partner organizations. 

The Australian government, working in collaboration with Talent Beyond Boundaries, is piloting a program aimed at providing skilled refugees and their families with a pathway to live and work in Australia. Under this pilot program, launched in July 2021, endorsed Australian businesses will be able to utilize a labour agreement to sponsor skilled refugees to work in their business.

Aidan Strickland

Press Secretary

Minister’s Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Expanding Medi-Cal enrollment, improving quality

Kaiser Permanente, state of California reach agreement to cover more people in need.


As a nonprofit health care organization with a mission to provide high-quality care and coverage — and to improve the health of our communities — Kaiser Permanente has participated in Medicaid for decades. Through this work the organization helps improve access to health care among people who otherwise cannot afford the care they need, including Kaiser Permanente members who lose their employer-sponsored coverage due to job loss.

In California, where more than two-thirds of Kaiser Permanente Medicaid members live (and the program is called Medi-Cal), it has been challenging to offer this coverage to more people who could benefit from it. Because Kaiser Permanente is both a health plan and a care provider, our care delivery system must have providers, facilities, and other infrastructure in place to enroll and serve more members, including Medi-Cal members. In addition, Medi-Cal’s very low reimbursement rate and unique limits on the number of plans that can offer coverage have combined to limit our ability to expand our Medi-Cal enrollment.

Kaiser Permanente is continuing our commitment to provide care and coverage to more Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and we believe we can improve quality of care for an even larger number of Medi-Cal beneficiaries by helping the safety net system. The goal is not for Kaiser Permanente to compete with the safety net but to support it.

Today, the state of California announced a new agreement with Kaiser Permanente. The 5-year state contract would allow Kaiser Permanente to provide Medi-Cal coverage to more people, improve quality for a broader number of beneficiaries including those covered by other plans, increase the stability and quality of care of the safety net system, and provide additional value beyond these benefits.

Through this joint agreement, Kaiser Permanente and the state will develop sustainable approaches to increase participation in Medi-Cal and improve the program in a variety of ways. Following are key elements of this agreement.

  • Enrollment growth – Currently, Kaiser Permanente serves Medi-Cal beneficiaries who were covered through one of its commercial plans or Medicare, or who have family members with such coverage. This is called continuity of care and coverage. Through this new agreement, Kaiser Permanente will focus primarily on this continuity of care and coverage, as well as children in foster care and our members who are also eligible for Medicare, as we look to increase Medi-Cal membership in a sustainable way, in line with our growth in other enrollment.
  • Population health – Kaiser Permanente is proposing to support the safety net by bringing its population health model to the Federally Qualified Health Centers to help improve quality across the state. An independent study published by the California Health Care Foundation found that Kaiser Permanente year in and year out is the highest performing health care plan for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. In fact, through its subcontracts with other health plans, Kaiser Permanente’s results improve the quality scores of those other plans. 
  • Virtual care – As virtual care services continue to improve and evolve, Kaiser Permanente will be looking at ways to help expand the FQHCs’ virtual clinical and knowledge capacity so they can do more to help more people.
  • Specialty care gaps – We will be addressing identified gaps in specialty access by piloting a limited number of in-person, ambulatory based, outpatient specialty care visits for the highest need specialties. This will add to the safety net system, not take away from existing services.

Kaiser Permanente is also committed to the Department of Health Care Services CalAIM initiative, a multiyear initiative to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of the Medi-Cal population by providing enhanced care management and community supports in alignment with other Medi-Cal managed care plans. In short, CalAIM is about whole person care, improving quality, and administrative simplification. This agreement advances all 3 goals, which is one of the reasons DHCS is making this change. 

This agreement will make the Medi-Cal program easier for our members to use. It allows Kaiser Permanente members to keep their providers more easily if they ever need to join Medi-Cal. Further, serving our Medi-Cal membership under this single contract will be a consumer-friendly improvement to members’ Medi-Cal experiences, by ensuring continuity of care and reducing member confusion associated with the current model.

This agreement will allow Kaiser Permanente to care for more people with Medi-Cal in a way that is sustainable, valuable to the people who need this important coverage, and supportive of the existing safety net, and does not exceed Kaiser Permanente’s delivery system capacity nor resources.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. 

Committed to Expanding NRE, Pertamina Prepares US$8.3 Billion Capex

PT Pertamina (Persero) increases its contribution to Indonesia’s energy mix by encouraging the growth of new and renewable energy (NRE). The commitment is shown in the company’s total capital expenditure of USD 92 billion for 2020-2024, of which 9 percent, or USD 8.3 billion will be allocated for NRE.

Iman Rachman, Director of Strategy, Portfolio, and Business Development of Pertamina, during a talk show on the sidelines of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday (3/11).

“For energy mix, our NRE program from 2019 of 13 percent will increase to 17 percent in 2030,” said Iman Rachman, Director of Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development at Pertamina, during a talk show on the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Iman added, to expand the NRE portfolio, Pertamina has developed eight strategic initiatives. It includes optimizing the potential and increasing geothermal energy capacity, utilizing green hydrogen, which will use electricity from the company’s geothermal field with a total potential of 8,600 kilograms of hydrogen per day.

Pertamina is also participating in a joint venture with Indonesia’s battery company with three other SOEs. The company will develop an EV battery ecosystem, including swapping and charging businesses.

In addition, Pertamina is also building a Green Refinery and developing Bioenergy, which consists of biomass/biogas, bio-blending gasoil, and gasoline, as well as producing bio-crude oil from algae and ethanol. The entire project will be ready for operation from 2025/2026.

“As an oil and gas company, we are trying to reduce the existing carbon footprint by implementing carbon capture, carbon utilization, and storage while increasing production in several existing oil and gas fields,” he said.

Pertamina also carries out other NRE initiatives, such as increasing generating capacity by utilizing PV solar, wind, and water power.

According to Iman, one of Pertamina’s most effective ways to increase its role in the growth of NRE in the energy mix is to collaborate with various parties globally with binding targets and clear transition plans.

“Pertamina is strongly committed to implementing COP26 agreement following the Energy transition carried out by the company,” he concluded.

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