Hong Kong – Origami marks 25 years of Hong Kong SAR

Origami marks 25 years of Hong Kong SAR


     To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Central and Western District Office invited origami artist Kade Chan to hold an exhibition called “Celebrating peace and prosperity in Hong Kong through paper folding” at Pacific Place in Admiralty.


     Kade Chan talked to news.gov.hk about the theme of the artworks, the inspiration behind them and the challenges he faced along the way.


     The story is available at www.news.gov.hk/eng/feature today (June 28) in text and video format.

Melissa Marks a Record 30 Billion Address Lookups in 2021

 Melissa, a leading provider of global data quality and address management solutions, today marked an unprecedented year of interest, growth, and expansion fueled in large part by the increased business focus on customer experience.Melissa’s industry leading products and services empower improved business communications, more profitable customer relationships, and competitive advantage – always critical to industries around the world and particularly as marketers face pandemic disruption and quickly evolving customer needs. The company capped off 2021 by reaching a milestone 30 billion North American address lookups throughout the year, the most in its 37-year history.

“Although it was another difficult year for many, 2021 brought even more attention to the almighty address,” said Greg Brown,Vice President, Global Marketing, Melissa. “As the world continued to adjust to life in a pandemic — shifting workplace options, new relocation opportunities, and ever-changing health and safety mandates — Melissa offered solutions that enabled companies to reach their audiences where they were, and achieved a record number of engagements in the process.”

With the Omicron variant wreaking havoc during the holiday season and beyond, Melissa tools enabled more organizations to take advantage of widespread e-commerce adoption. Businesses capitalized on timely, accurate order fulfillment and delivery, improving their customers’ experience and driving online shopping greater familiarity and wider acceptance.

Over the past year, Melissa extended its global reach by increasing sales and support for the company’s China business, reflecting the importance of rapidly expanding markets seeking data quality tools and services. As a responsible global company, Melissa put forth its Global Green initiative, a cohesive program of sustainable work practices implemented at its corporate locations across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and India.

Melissa earned several industry accolades including its second consecutive designation as a Niche Player in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Solutions for completeness of vision and ability to execute. The company, consistently recognized by G2 Crowd, was named a leader in its 2022 Grid Report for Data Quality and Address Verification.

To learn about Melissa products and services, or to connect with members of Melissa’s global intelligence team, visit www.melissa.com or call 1-800-MELISSA.

About Melissa

Since 1985, Melissa has specialized in global intelligence solutions to help organizations unlock accurate data for a more compelling customer view. More than 10,000 clients worldwide in arenas such as retail, education, healthcare, insurance, finance, and government, rely on Melissa for full spectrum data quality and ID verification software, including data matching, validation, and enhancement services to gain critical insight and drive meaningful customer relationships. For more information or free product trials, visit www.Melissa.com or call 1-800-MELISSA (635-4772).

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Washington Home Care LLC Marks Second Anniversary With Influx Of Durable Medical Equipment Donations

Washington Home Care LLC Founder Sara Guillemette

Washington Home Care LLC Founder Sara Guillemette

WASHINGTON, Conn.Dec. 3, 2021PRLog — Sara Guillemette, the founder of Washington Home Care LLC in Washington, Connecticut, marks the second anniversary of having opened December 21, 2019.

As the COVID-19 global crisis continues, Washington Home Care has multiplied its ambitions to serve the varying needs of 63 families throughout northwest Connecticut. Plus Guillemette has been recognized as a community resource for matching durable medical equipment donations to local people with care needs.

Established by Washington resident Guillemette, Washington Home Care is a registry model whereby caregivers are hired by individuals, families, or legal healthcare representatives for private in-home medical care. The agency’s caregivers take their direction for care needs directly from their clients.

Currently, the agency’s vetted caregivers range from non-certified homemaker-companions to certified nurse assistants, certified home health aides, and certified personal care attendants.  “Certified caregivers”, explained Guillemette, “are essential for individuals who have a long-term care insurance policy. This criteria also meets a growing nationwide trend of families preferring to have their loved ones recover and rehabilitate at home vs. entering a skilled nursing facility after surgery or illness.”

“During 2021,” commented Guillemette, “we have seen a noteworthy influx of durable medical equipment donations being offered to individuals and families in our community through our agency and our heightened social media postings. Significant anonymous donations we have posted on local area social media sites ranging from a prototype hospital bed valued at $18k+; unopened cases of disposable undergarments and underpads to 5-gallon industrial bins of hand sanitizers; collapsible transportable ramp systems; stand-up lifts; lift-assist recliners; chair lifts and transfer chairs; sit-to-stand lifts; and cross trainer bikes.”

Via an anonymous donation, a high-tech prototype hospital bed was delivered to the home of a Centenarian. The woman’s daughter wrote to Guillemette stating, “It’s a little miracle! My mom’s doctor reports Mom’s kidney functions have improved, her edema and congestive heart failure (CHF) situation have greatly improved. Plus she is sleeping so much better. I feel immense gratitude for the use of this bed. The results are amazing. Thank you for facilitating all of this including the transportation of the bed from the hospice facility to her home. Mom even attended a family funeral with her 97-year-old sister! Her nurse reported, “She’s just amazing, her results are all good.”

The Medical Equipment Loan Program of Cornwall, managed by Debbie Labbe, frequently contacts Guillemette to ask her to post anonymous gifts to Facebook’s Buy Nothing Washington site and the Washington, Connecticut community site. One such gift was a Telesensory B/W Aladdin Classic PRO Low Vision Video Magnifier 50X EAS. The Magnifier was lent by the Loan Program to an assisted living facility in Litchfield.

“The durable medical equipment needs throughout our community are significant,” observed Guillemette. “It is a true honor for Washington Home Care to become a conduit to matching donated items to local area people-in-need.”

Washington Home Care has serviced individuals in Bridgewater, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Middlebury, Milton, Morris, New Preston, New Milford, Prospect, Roxbury, Sandy Hook, Sharon, Southbury, South Kent, Warren, Waterbury, Watertown, Washington, Winsted, and Woodbury. Services to date have included very short-term transitional periods such as, after leaving a hospital to safely returning home, to clients needing longer-term care.

“As a registry business,” commented Guillemette, “there is no geographic restriction on where we can refer live-in caregivers, and we provide a necessary backup care plan for all service locations. If a client prefers a full-time live-in caregiver, and the client has more than one home or regularly travels, it is possible we can identify a caregiver for that client’s unique needs.”

Marking the second anniversary of her ‘vision’, Guillemette expressed her sincere gratitude to numerous non-profit and for-profit businesses that have supported her ambitions. These businesses have included the agency’s landlord, First Congregational Church of Washington CT, Ericson Insurance Advisors, National Iron Bank, Washington Supply Company & Outdoor Living Center, Titus Park Garage, Wright Electrical Co.,  Marc S. Johnson Furniture Restoration, On The Mend Medical Supplies & Equipment, Southbury Printing Centre, Inc., and Bantam Wesson.

To learn more, and to connect with Washington Home Care LLC, visit https://www.WashingtonCTHomeCare.com, call 203-577-8979 or write to PO Box 1244, Washington, CT 06793-9991.


INS Hansa, the Indian Navy’s premier air station, is celebrating its diamond jubilee on 05 Sep 2021. The Naval Jet Flight set up at Coimbatore in 1958 with Sea Hawk, Alize and Vampire aircraft, was later commissioned as INS Hansa on 05 September 1961. After the liberation of Goa, Dabolim airfield was taken over by the Navy in Apr 1962 and INS Hansa shifted to Dabolim June 1964.

Commissioned as a modest air station with only a few aircraft, INS Hansa has increased its prowess over the last six decades and is presently operating over 40 military aircraft, clocking an average yearly flying of over 5000 hours. The air station also supports civil aviation by handling domestic and international flights 24×7, with an average of 29000 flights in a year.

INS Hansa is the abode of the Indian Navy’s frontline air squadrons – INAS 310 ‘Cobras’ with Dornier-228 aircraft, INAS 315 ‘Winged Stallions’ with the long range maritime patrol aircraft IL-38SD, INAS 339 ‘Falcons’ with the airborne early warning Kamov-31 helicopter; INAS 303 ‘Black Panthers’ and INAS 300 ‘ White Tigers’ with the supersonic carrier-borne MiG 29K fighters, and INAS 323 ‘Harriers’ with ALH Mk III helicopters. The air station will soon operate the Boeing P8I long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft with the commissioning of INAS 316.

Cmde Ajay D Theophilus, Commanding Officer, INS Hansa said, “Over the years, the base has represented a crucial segment of the Navy’s combat power. Aircraft from Hansa augment the security of entire western seaboard significantly, including offshore assets, and undertake extensive surveillance to neutralise threats at and from the sea. The base has also provided substantial aid to civil authorities in the form of search and rescue, HADR, flood relief, community activities and numerous Vande Bharat flights.

INS Hansa is the host for the prestigious event of presentation of President’s Colour to naval aviation by the Hon’ble President of India on 06 September 2021. The event coincides with the diamond jubilee of INS Hansa and the liberation of Goa.



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China Marks an Important Year of Promoting Carbon Neutrality

The Global Commons Stewardship Index was developed by the University of Tokyo’s Global Commons Center in collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Yale University. It was introduced in Chapter 10 of the book, “Understanding the Spillovers and Transboundary Impacts of Public Policies: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for More Resilient Societies,” produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission-Joint Research Center (EC-JRC).

The outline of the “Global Commons Stewardship Index: GCSi” was presented at the “Tokyo Forum 2020 Online” held in December 2020. This index shows the actual increase and decrease of loads put on the global environmental system by main components such as climate change, biodiversity, land use changes, etc. and the degree to which the goals for each set by governments, organizations, corporations and others have been achieved.

The GCSi could be very helpful for China’s efforts to promote carbon neutrality.

The Tokyo Forum 2020 Online was hosted in Japan by connecting prominent researchers, managers, policy makers, and environmental experts from all over the world online.

The theme of the Forum was “Global Commons Stewardship in the Anthropocene”.

“Humans are the first species which has started to alter the function of the Earth system,” said University of Tokyo President Makoto Gonokami in kicking off the symposium, which was co-sponsored by the University of Tokyo and South Korea’s Chey Institute for Advanced Studies. “To tackle those challenges, we need a systemic transformation of our current economic model so that our prosperity is sustained within the boundaries of our Earth system, our Global Commons.”

The “Center for Global Commons (CGC)” was established by the University of Tokyo in August 2020 to help solve all the environmental issues now facing the planet and to protect the “Global Commons.” Along with other notable speakers, Professor Naoko Ishii, director of the CGC and organizer of the conference, expressed a sense of crisis on numerous occasions. She emphasized that such a sense is necessary, if we are to deal with the unprecedented scale and speed of climate change and other environmental problems now facing the world.

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020, President Xi Jinping of China gained international approval with his pledge to achieve “carbon neutrality,” the virtual elimination of greenhouse gas emissions, by 2060. The trend towards “carbon neutrality” is now on the increase, with lively discussions and initiatives similar to the Tokyo Forum taking place throughout the world.

The United Nations Biodiversity Summit will be held in Kunming, China, from October 11th to 24th of this year. 2021 is shaping up to be a very important year for China as a world leader in the promotion of carbon neutrality.

For Further Information;
Project Website: Tokyo Forum 2020 Online https://www.tokyoforum.tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/
Contact Person: Tokyo Forum Secretariat
Email: [email protected]