Hong Kong – “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” roving exhibition

“Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” roving exhibition

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     The Commissioner for Heritage’s Office (CHO) of the Development Bureau (DEVB) will hold a roving exhibition featuring 12 projects under Batches I to IV of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme) from November 19 to December 31 to promote conservation of historic buildings and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


      


     A spokesman for the CHO today (November 4) said, “The Revitalisation Scheme is a signature heritage conservation initiative of the Government. Six batches have been launched since 2008, covering 22 declared monuments and graded historic buildings.”


      


     The 12 projects to be covered by the roving exhibition include Tai O Heritage Hotel (Old Tai O Police Station), Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine – Lui Seng Chun (Lui Seng Chun), YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel (Mei Ho House), Jao Tsung-I Academy (former Lai Chi Kok Hospital), Green Hub (Old Tai Po Police Station), Stone Houses Family Garden (Stone Houses), Viva Blue House (The Blue House Cluster), Hong Kong News-Expo (Bridges Street Market), The HKFYG Leadership Institute (Former Fanling Magistracy), The Pokfulam Farm (Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters), Tai Hang Fire Dragon Heritage Centre (No. 12 School Street), and the Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre Eco-Learn Institute (Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre).


      


     Dates and venues of the roving exhibition are as follows:


 








November 19 to 30 Main Concourse, Podium Level 1, One International Finance Centre, Central
November 20 to December 1 Tai Po Public Library


Ma On Shan Public Library


Chai Wan Public Library
November 23 to December 31 Lobby, 1/F, Immigration Tower, Wan Chai
December 3 to 15 Yuen Long Public Library


Tung Chung Public Library


Sheung Shui Public Library
December 17 to 31 Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library


Wong Nai Chung Public Library


Tuen Mun Public Library


 


     The 12 historic buildings are available for public visiting during opening hours. Guided tours are offered for free on a first-come, first-served basis.


      


     Both organised by the CHO, the roving exhibition and “Heritage Vogue · Hollywood Road” will jointly promote conservation of historic buildings. The public can collect stamps at the exhibition at One International Finance Centre and the 12 booths of the projects under the Revitalisation Scheme at the Prison Yard, Tai Kwun, on November 20. With a full set of 13 stamps, they can redeem a limited edition postcard set at the CHO’s booth at Tai Kwun. Postcard redemption is only available on a first-come, first-served basis on November 20.


      


     From November 9 onwards, roving exhibition pamphlets will be distributed at the 12 declared monuments and graded historic buildings featured by the exhibition, and the venues of the roving exhibition. Other distribution outlets are the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Sam Tung Uk Museum, PMQ, the Cattle Depot, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ temples, visitor centres of the Hong Kong Tourism Board in Tsim Sha Tsui and at Hong Kong International Airport, and Hong Kong International Airport.


      


     For details of the roving exhibition, please visit the heritage conservation website (www.heritage.gov.hk) or call 2906 1559 for enquiry.


SKYX Achieves Historic U.S. Standardization Approval Vote – a Major Milestone Towards Mandatory Status for Safety of Consumers and Professionals

SKYX Platforms Corp. (NASDAQ:SKYX) (d/b/a “Sky Technologies”) (“SKYX,” “we” or “the Company”), a highly disruptive platform technology company, with over 60 issued and pending patents globally for simplifying and enhancing safety and automation in homes and buildings, today announced that its universal safe installation specifications for plug & play ceiling outlet for lighting and fan products has been officially voted on and approved by ANSI/NEMA, the leading U.S. standardization organizations for the standardization of the SKYX safe weight-bearing plug and outlet/receptacle for ceilings (“SkyPlug”).

The American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) is the leading U.S. standards approval organization, whose standards are regularly specified by most architects and engineers for U.S. residential and commercial buildings to ensure safety, quality and reliability. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (“NEMA”) is a standards-developing organization that promotes the standardization of major U.S. electrical products for manufacturers. The achievement of an ANSI / NEMA vote approval is a lengthy and rigorous process, widely considered to be very difficult to achieve. Examples of other products that are standardized include the wall outlet, GFCI bathroom outlet and other key products that are included in every home in the U.S.

The standardization of the SKYX plug & play weight-bearing plug and outlet/receptacle for ceilings by ANSI/NEMA will universally provide SKYX’s product specifications to manufacturers to help save lives, time and money for both professionals and consumers, enabling them to install light fixtures and ceiling fans with a safe plug & play installation in just minutes, if not seconds.

Rani Kohen, Founder and Executive Chairman of SKYX Platforms, said: “This standardization approval vote opens the door to major sales and licensing opportunities, as well as a milestone achievement not only for SKYX, but for consumers and professionals across the nation. In today’s world, I believe that consumers and professionals shouldn’t have to risk their lives standing on ladders for a long time, while touching hazardous wires to install light fixtures and ceiling fans. Additionally, this is a significant development for lighting and fan companies as well as showrooms. It not only saves their customers both time and money, but enables them to safely and quickly replace light fixtures and ceiling fans, and purchase fixtures much more often for a variety of reasons – be that to match fashion trends, accommodate the changing of seasons, holidays and more.”

Mark Earley, former Chief Electrical Engineer at NFPA, former head of the NEC and current Chair of the SKYX Safety Advisory Board, said: “This is a significant achievement for SKYX and the safety of U.S. consumers and professionals. With hundreds of millions of installations taking place in the U.S., there are many risks associated with installing or replacing light fixtures and ceiling fans. These risks include injuries and deaths from fires, shocks, electrocutions, and falls from ladders. These risks can be reduced by using the SKYX safe plug and play installation method, that also saves installation time, which substantially reduces time spent on ladders.”

Bernard Zyscovich, a leading U.S. architect, internationally recognized design and thought leader, and Chair of the SKYX Architectural & Real Estate Advisory Board, said: “Having the ANSI/NEMA approval vote to include a design of a product is on top of the list for architects and engineers and a substantial deciding factor determining builders’ product acceptance. As it reflects product integrity, quality and most important, safety. This achievement by SKYX’s ceiling outlet receptacle and plug is ground-breaking.”

About SKYX Platforms Corp.

As electricity is a standard in every home and building, our mission is to make homes and buildings become safe-advanced and smart as the standard.

SKYX Platforms Corp. (NASDAQ:SKYX) has a series of highly disruptive advanced-safe-smart platform technologies, with over 60 U.S. and global patents and patent pending applications. Our technologies place an emphasis on high quality and ease of use, while significantly enhancing both safety and lifestyle in homes and buildings. We believe that our products are a necessity in every room in both homes and other buildings in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please visit our website at https://skyplug.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements. Management has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While they believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond management’s control. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Our estimates of the addressable market for our products may prove to be incorrect. The projected demand for our products could materially differ from actual demand. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and include statements relating to the Company’s ability to successfully launch, commercialize, develop additional features and achieve market acceptance of its smart products and technologies, including commencement of presales, the Company’s efforts and ability to drive the adoption of Sky’s Plug Smart Platforms into multi-family residential buildings and communities and adoption by hotels, ability to capture market share, ability to execute on any sales and licensing opportunities, ability to achieve code mandatory status for the SkyPlug, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) vote for the standardization of the Company’s weight-bearing plug and outlet/receptacle for ceilings does not guarantee approval by the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Committee on the National Electrical Code (which consists of multiple code-making panels and a technical correlating committee and develops the National Electrical Code (NEC)) or any other trade or regulatory organization and does not guarantee that any of the Company’s products will become National Electrical Code (NEC)-code mandatory in any jurisdiction, or that any of the Company’s current or future products or technologies will be adopted by any state, country, or municipality, within any specific timeframe or at all. There can be no assurance as to any of these matters. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Historic $10 Million NSF Grant Establishes the National Data Science Alliance to Expand Data Science at HBCUs

 Clark Atlanta University (CAU) makes history as the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive a $10 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES program to establish the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA).

The NDSA will increase the number of Black people earning data science credentials by at least 20,000 by 2027 and expand data science research that advocates for social justice and strive to eliminate bias. To accomplish this visionary goal, the NDSA will facilitate engagement across all HBCUs with industry and academic collaboration to broaden participation and advance social justice in data science.

“This is a monumental accomplishment for the HBCU community as a whole, and we at Clark Atlanta University are deeply honored to perpetuate institutional mission through data science,” said President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. “Clark Atlanta University has deep roots in conducting data science research that promotes equity, including the seminal works of scholar and former faculty member W.E.B. Du Bois on these hallowed grounds. This historic award exemplifies our commitment to ensuring that competitive advantage for students to succeed and excel in our data-driven society.”

Talitha Washington, the lead and principal investigator of the grant, is the mastermind behind the NDSA. As the Director of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative and professor of mathematics at Clark Atlanta University, she is passionate about engaging more HBCUs and building a community to accelerate the preparation of students in data science and discover solutions for data-oriented problems that impact the lives of Blacks.

“We are excited that many HBCUs will collaborate with us to develop new equity-based discoveries in data science and expand student pathways that will change the face of data science,” said Washington.

The NDSA is supported by the AUC Consortium, led by Michael Hodge, with industry-university collaboration led by Moses Garuba (Howard University) and collective impact efforts led by H. Justin Ballenger (Morehouse College). The NDSA’s three regional hubs are led by LaTanya Brown-Robertson (Howard University), Sajid Hussain (Fisk University), and Eric Mintz (Clark Atlanta University). The evaluation will be led by Kavita Mittapalli (MN Associates).

The NDSA will catalyze systemic change at scale by engaging over 1,000 HBCU faculty and will create equity-based data science ecosystems where all students can learn and thrive.

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Historic Chess Olympiad torch relay to continue in Gujarat leg on July 1


The ongoing first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay will continue in the Gujarat leg on Friday July 1, with events being organised in Surat and Dandi. From there, the torch will enter Daman and Diu.


On Thursday, the torch relay entered Gujarat from Rajasthan and events took place across Ahmedabad, Kevadia and Vadodara. While Sh. Harsh Sanghavi, Minister of Youth, Sports and culture, government of Gujarat, was the chief guest at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Shri Purnesh Modi, Smt. Geetaben Rathwa – MP, Govt. Of Gujarat, was chief guest at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia.


Shri Rajendra Trivedi, Minister of Revenue, Govt of Gujarat, was the chief guest at the torch relay event at Vaghodia Sports Complex, Vadodara. Apart from the mentioned chief guests, Chess Grandmasters Tejas Bakre and Ankit Rajpara were also present and took forward the Chess Olympiad torch relay.


The two Grandmasters will also be present on Friday for the events. The Municipal corporation indoor stadium in Surat, the Gandhi Ashram in Dandi and the Swami Vivekananda auditorium in Daman are the venues for the events. Sh. Praful Khoda Patel, Lt. Governor – UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, shall remain the chief guest in Daman.


The launch of this historic torch rally was done in the presence of the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi at the IG Stadium in New Delhi. The relay will cover a total of 75 cities, commemorating the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – 75 years of India’s independence.


On the historic launch day of the torch relay on June 19 in New Delhi, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, who handed it over to Indian Chess legend Viswanathan Anand. Following the historic launch, the torch travelled to iconic locations including Red Fort in the national capital, the HPCA in Dharamshala, the Attari Border in Amritsar, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow, among others.


The torch relay events start with simul chess, where Grandmasters and dignitaries play the game with local athletes. Following the events, the torch travels to the various locations via an open jeep. Besides, various cultural events take place including an interactive bus tour travelling from one city to another, a cultural parade varying from region to region which features young chess players’ community.


For the first time in the history of the prestigious competition, India not only hosts the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad but is also the first country that starts off a torch relay that has been instituted by FIDE for the first time in the history of the competition which started in 1927. From now on, every two years when the Chess Olympiad happens, the torch will go out from India to the host country.


Being the host, India is set to field 20 players – their biggest ever contingent – at the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. India is entitled to field 2 teams each in the Open and Women’s category. Over 2000 participants will be representing at the event from 188 countries, highest in the history of the Chess Olympiad. The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022.


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Canada – Historic agreement between the ARRQ and the NFB.

The Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have signed a historic document: the first scale agreement between the two organizations. The agreement is in effect for 42 months and applies to animation, documentaries and fictional works under the jurisdiction of the ARRQ, namely, productions in French or any other original language besides English, shot primarily in Quebec and directed by filmmakers who are Quebec residents or who live in Quebec.

Montreal, April 5, 2022 — The Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have signed a historic document: the first scale agreement between the two organizations. The agreement is in effect for 42 months and applies to animation, documentaries and fictional works under the jurisdiction of the ARRQ, namely, productions in French or any other original language besides English, shot primarily in Quebec and directed by filmmakers who are Quebec residents or who live in Quebec. The scale agreement also includes a Letter of agreement with respect to interactive works and outlines working conditions that reflect the privileged relationship that the NFB hopes to maintain with creators.

“This first scale agreement between the ARRQ and the NFB is something both parties have wanted for a long time. What a great step forward! I would like to thank all the negotiating teams, who made these talks a true priority. This agreement formally recognizes the NFB’s distinct model of creation and production. And it also speaks to the respectful and equitable relationship we wish to maintain with creators. This is a fundamental commitment for the NFB as a public producer.” — Julie Roy, Director General, Creation and Innovation, NFB

“This historic scale agreement ensures respect for filmmakers’ profession and their creative independence. I would like to warmly thank the members of the negotiating committee and the ARRQ’s labour relations team for their commitment and their engagement with this process over more than four years, as well as all the filmmakers who contributed during this period.” — Mylène Cyr, Executive Director, ARRQ

The ARRQ-NFB scale agreement went into effect on March 28, 2022.

About ARRQ

The Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ – Quebec directors’ association) is a labour organization recognized by the Act respecting the professional status and conditions of engagement of performing, recording and film artists (S-32.1) and the Status of the Artist Act (L.C. 1992, c. 33). ARRQ represents more than 800 freelance directors working mainly in French-language film, television and digital content.

The ARRQ defends the professional, economic, cultural, social and moral rights and interests of Quebec directors in all occasions and issues. Among the measures taken to uphold the rights of directors and ensure their conditions for creation, the association negotiates collective agreements, writes and helps to develop briefs, and contributes to numerous studies. www.reals.quebec.

About the NFB

The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film and digital media. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.

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