Local REALTOR®, Cathy Robertson is Recognized as REALTOR of the Year

 Cathy Robertson, Vice-President of T.E. Johnson & Sons, Winston-Salem, NC, received the Paul G. Minish REALTOR® of the Year Award from the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS. The award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding service to their local and state Associations and community.

Robertson has been actively involved in the practice of real estate for more than 28 years, serving in many leadership capacities. In 2021 she served as Chair of the North Carolina REALTORS Association, Property Management Division. In addition, she worked with legislators to ensure fair and timely distribution of rental relief funds throughout North Carolina. Through these efforts, she worked to simplify the application process for rental assistance allowing hundreds of people in Forsyth County to remain in their homes.

Cathy is currently serving as President-Elect of the Winston-Salem Association of REALTORS® and can be reached at cathyr@tejrentals.com.

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Launch of Local Brand Namdapha Goodness

North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society (NERCRMS) is a registered society under the aegis of North Eastern Council (NEC) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER), Govt. of India. North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society (NERCRMS), Meghalaya in collaboration with Changlang Community Resource Management Society (CCRMS), Arunachal Pradesh launched Local Brand Namdapha Goodness in Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh named after iconic Namdapha National Park located in the Changlang district, Namdapha.


This initiative is to boost the sale of locally produced goods of the CBO members, to improve the socio-economic condition of the rural populace and to generate sustainable employment opportunities among the village communities and unemployed youths through the manufacturing, marketing and distribution related activities.


Currently, a variety of products including edibles such as banana chips; spices such as ginger and turmeric powder, bakery items, locally spun clothes and sanitary napkins is being marketed under the brand. The products are distributed through a chain of local shops, village huts and marts of NABARD marts and private entrepreneurs.



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A*STAR and Local SME Work with Vaccination Centres to Deploy AVID System for Filling Syringes

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has developed an Automated Vaccine Inoculation Dispenser (AVID) system, which replaces the manual step of filling injection syringes with vaccine liquid. AVID is customised for vaccination centres set up by the Ministry of Health and operated by private healthcare providers.

Automated Vaccine Inoculation Dispenser (AVID) developed by A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) in collaboration with local systems integrator Sysmatic Global.

AVID was designed to address the labour-intensive steps of the vaccination process to reduce the workload of healthcare providers, increase accuracy and productivity, and enhance personal safety as well. AVID currently supports the management of vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, with potential to be customised for the Moderna Vaccine as well.

AVID was developed by researchers from A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), in collaboration with local systems integrator Sysmatic Global. The innovative HealthTech solution is the first of its kind to automate the extraction of vaccines from vials using a combination of robotic parts, smart sensors and digital technologies.

How it works:

– After thawing of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, it is diluted in the vial.
– Typically, healthcare providers would then have to extract individual doses of the vaccine (0.3 mL for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine) using syringes. One vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine contains six doses of vaccine after dilution(*).
– AVID automates this step of extraction of the vaccine from the vial into six individual syringes, including the dispersing of bubbles inside the syringes.
– AVID also automatically uncaps and recaps the syringes during the transfer of vaccine from vials to syringes.
– It is easy to use at just the push of some buttons, only needing simple training without any special qualifications required.


– Reduces workload of healthcare providers, by freeing them from the manual step of extracting vaccines from vials to syringes.
– Allows more focused attention by healthcare providers on interacting and communicating with people receiving the vaccinations.
– Increases productivity at vaccination centres via introduction of automated processes that are accurate, consistent, and fast.
– Reduces risks of cross-contamination and vaccine wastage via safe handling by the machine.
– Improves safety for healthcare providers by reducing the handling of sharp syringes during the extraction step.
– The machine’s small footprint and low weight (less than 25kg) means it can be easily deployed to any vaccination centre.

Development and Deployment:

– AVID was developed within six weeks from conceptualisation. It is the result of a collaboration between A*STAR’s ARTC and SIMTech, which provided expertise in robotics, automation and Industry 4.0 technologies, and Sysmatic Global, which designed, integrated and constructed the machine.
– AVID has been deployed in at least seven vaccination centres so far which administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Thomson Medical, a vaccination centre operator, also supported A*STAR in the development and trial of the machine.

(*) Health Sciences Authority, Singapore: fact sheet for healthcare providers administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: https://bit.ly/3ikKZYt
** AVID fact sheet: www.acnnewswire.com/pdf/files/AVID_ASTAR_Sysmatic_FINAL.pdf

For media queries and clarifications, please contact:
Mr Robin Chan
Head, Corporate Communications
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Tel: +65 6826 6281
Mobile: +65 9830 2610
Email: robin_chan@hq.a-star.edu.sg

Mr Khoo Kiak Nee
Director, Sysmatic Global
Tel : +65 6246 6859
Mobile : +65 9688 2502
Email : knkhoo@sysmaticgpl.com

About A*STAR
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector R&D agency. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit the economy and society. As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by improving societal outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. A*STAR plays a key role in nurturing scientific talent and leaders for the wider research community and industry. A*STAR’s R&D activities span biomedical sciences to physical sciences and engineering, with research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For ongoing news, visit www.a-star.edu.sg.

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Hong Kong – Twenty-two local arts groups and consortia become new round of LCSD venue partners

Twenty-two local arts groups and consortia become new round of LCSD venue partners


     The new (5th) round of the Venue Partnership Scheme will be implemented at the performance venues of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department next year. Twenty-two local arts groups and consortia of different art forms have been selected and will become the partners at 12 performance venues.

     The new four-year scheme will run from April 2022 to March 2026. The groups and organisations and the corresponding partnering performance venues are:

1 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Grand Theatre Hong Kong Ballet
Zuni Icosahedron
2 Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Theatre Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
3 Yau Ma Tei Theatre Theatre The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong
4 Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Theatre E-Side Dance Company
Jumbo Kids Theatre and Make Friends With Puppet
5 Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection
6 Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre iStage and Pants Theatre Production
7 Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium Chung Ying Theatre Company
Wind Mill Grass Theatre
8 Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium Hong Kong Dance Company
The Cantonese Opera Advancement Association
Cultural Activities Hall Trinity Theatre and The Radiant Theatre
9 Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium Jazz World and Count-In Music
Cultural Activities Hall Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education
10 Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium Spring-Time Experimental Theatre and Glory Chinese Opera Institute
Cultural Activities Hall POP Theatre
11 Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium Hong Kong Performing Stage of Cantonese Opera
12 North District Town Hall Auditorium Hong Kong Theatre Works

     The Venue Partnership Scheme was launched in 2009 as an arts development initiative, aiming to foster partnerships between the performance venues and performing arts groups and organisations. Other objectives of the scheme include enhancing the artistic image and character of the venues and their partners, enlarging the audience base, optimising the use of venue facilities, and formulating venue-based marketing and promotion strategies. The scheme also promotes arts in the community and encourages community involvement in arts development.

Local Non-Profits Join Together in “Paws & Praise” Free Rabies Vaccination Event

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Morning Glory Temple of Deliverance, National Spay Alliance Savannah and Renegade Paws Rescue (Renegade CAN) are partnering for a Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic, “Paws & Praise,” on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 10AM until 1PM.

The sponsors of this event are devoted to serving pet owners in Chatham County helping to meet the needs of both the owners and the pets. “It is our mission to show and spread love to all living things and ‘Paws & Praise’ affords us this opportunity.” This first event will focus on residents in the 31401 and 31415 zip codes.

This day will be filled with praise, joy, and care for all in attendance. The event will include free rabies vaccine, food giveaway (for people and pets), refreshing stations, bouncy houses for the little ones and more. “Everything that has breath shall praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!” – Psalms 150:6”

Paws & Praise Event Specifics:

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10AM – 1PM

Morning Glory Temple of Deliverance, 601 Morris Brown Drive 31401

No appointment needed but early registration through Eventbrite at https://pawsandpraisesavannah.eventbrite.com is recommended.

Registered attendees will have priority.

Limit two (2) pets per household

Services available for 31401 and 31415 zip codes only. Proof of residency will be required. Please bring a photo ID and current billing statement (utility bill etc.)

Dogs must be on leash (no Flexi leads allowed)

Cats must be in a proper pet carrier

No more than one cat per carrier for safety

Event limit will be 100 pets vaccinated

If your dog is not friendly to other animals or people we reserve the right to refuse service or plan for the pet to come to the National Spay Alliance Savannah clinic.

CDC recommended Social Distancing guidelines will be followed. If you are not currently vaccinated, they require that you wear a mask to interact with staff/volunteers.

**Please keep in mind that you may be waiting for a lengthy period of time. Please be patient with the animals, staff/volunteers and each other and they will service your pets as soon as possible.

**Should your pet need other veterinary services, there may be additional financial assistance available. Please ask staff members for additional information.