Hong Kong – First stage of selection for District Services and Community Care Teams in Tsuen Wan and Southern Districts opens for applications

First stage of selection for District Services and Community Care Teams in Tsuen Wan and Southern Districts opens for applications


      The first stage of selection for the District Services and Community Care Teams in the Tsuen Wan and Southern Districts opens for applications today (December 21).
      As announced in the 2022 Policy Address, Care Teams will be set up in the 18 districts to support the Government’s district work and strengthen community network, starting from Tsuen Wan and Southern Districts.
      The Government will delineate each district into different sub-districts, and set up a Care Team in each sub-district. The Tsuen Wan District will be delineated into 19 sub-districts; and the Southern District 17 sub-districts. Organisations will form the Care Teams through a selection process. 
      The selection process of the Care Teams consists of two stages: (1) organisation selection stage and (2) service proposal assessment stage. In the first stage, the experience in providing services/organising activities, district network, mobilisation capability, etc, of the applicant organisations will be assessed. In the second stage, organisations that have passed the first stage will submit service proposals based on the key performance indicators (KPIs) set by District Offices for individual sub-districts. Organisations that have passed the two-stage selection process will become Care Teams of the sub-districts concerned.
      The two-stage selection process will be undertaken by the Territory-wide Assessment and Steering Group on Care Teams chaired by the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, and District Assessment and Coordinating Panels on Care Teams chaired by District Officers to ensure its transparency and fairness. The Steering Group has earlier held its first meeting and established the assessment criteria for the two-stage selection.
      Guidance on application and the assessment criteria are set out in the application guide (www.had.gov.hk/en/public_services/district_services_community_care_teams/selection.htm). Interested organisations should submit the completed application forms and the documents required to the Tsuen Wan District Office or the Southern District Office on or before January 9, 2023. For enquiries, please contact the Tsuen Wan District Office (tel: 3515 5702) or the Southern District Office (tel: 2814 5802).
      With reference to the experience of the Tsuen Wan and Southern Districts, the Government will set up Care Teams in other districts gradually.

Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan continues to be in force

The Air Quality Index (AQI) has been showing an increasing trend for the last two days in the Delhi-NCR. Wind conditions have not been very favourable and accordingly dispersion of air pollutants has not been very effective.

Considering the significant spike in Delhi’s overall AQI from 260 to 346 in the last two days, north-westerly wind flow conducive to increase the impact of farm fires on the AQI of Delhi and the need to continue with the steps to prevent deterioration of air quality, the Sub-Committee of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) for invoking actions under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), after comprehensively reviewing the air quality scenario and relevant aspects has taken the decision that ongoing actions implemented under Stage III of the GRAP shall continue and it should not be withdrawn at this stage.

The Sub-Committee is closely watching the situation and will review the air quality scenario on a regular basis.



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Stage, the Dynamic Monetization Platform for SaaS Teams, Raises $5.1 Million Seed Round

Stage is helping software teams gain visibility and flexibility in pricing, packaging, and billing to improve paid conversion and sales efficiency without the engineering burden

San Francisco, CA – WEBWIRE

Stage, the monetization platform for SaaS teams, is announcing the availability of its first product–flexible plans and packaging–as well as a $5.1 million seed round led by Kara Nortman at Upfront Ventures alongside F-Prime Capital, HighSage Ventures, BoxGroup, and prominent founders and angels from Adobe, Stripe, Plaid, Figma, and more.

Stage provides all-in-one software and APIs to help software teams understand, measure, and capture value across their product, with features including:

  • Flexible Pricing and Plans
  • Configurable Feature Gates
  • Feature Usage and Adoption Tracking
  • Trial and Pilot Management
  • Configurable Add-Ons, Bundles, and Discounts
  • Fully-Integrated Billing

Stage works alongside existing billing and payment systems, such as Stripe, to provide intelligence and control over when and what gets monetized within SaaS products.

Leave no value uncaptured: In 2022 an estimated $570B will be spent on software globally, but Stage believes that number could be significantly larger because most software businesses are under-monetized. Stage helps software teams close the Value-Monetization Gap – the difference between the value created for and the value captured from customers – by solving the data and infrastructure challenge required to monetize effectively.

“Monetization is an intimate series of moments in your customer’s experience. You must remind customers of the value awaiting them, and that value must be reflected in the product itself,” said CEO and co-founder Patrick Despres-Gallagher. “Most companies ‘set and forget’ pricing and monetization because of the risk, fear, and effort associated with evolving these monetization moments, but we know we are providing the data and control needed to make good choices over time with confidence.”

Back to the basics: Market conditions have turned and software businesses are refocusing on revenue and cash flow objectives over growth at any cost. Product-led growth (PLG) and “try before you buy” sales motions are now a cornerstone of effective and efficient revenue growth, but these are not static experiences. The burden of understanding and keeping up with the market and customer preferences is growing for engineering teams that are already struggling to keep pace with aggressive roadmaps. Ultimately, this leads to less value being created for customers while product, engineering, and data teams are left to connect the dots between access, usage, and billing–a big distraction.

“Pricing and packaging is hard,” said Loom CEO and Co-Founder Joe Thomas when discussing challenges around monetization. “It used to feel like there was no way around it… or is there?” Stage is the solving this problem by revolutionizing how companies approach monetization.

Making Monetization a Science

”Monetization is an area of deep insecurity for many software businesses. As an investor, board member, and former operator, it’s one of the areas where we spend a lot of time with our portfolio–and where art can become science with platforms like Stage,“ said Kara Nortman, Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. ”I’m excited to help them give companies confidence in their monetization stack and a toolset to create a better experience for their customers”

About Stage

Stage is on a mission to empower builders and innovators to create enduring technology. Stage is a dynamic monetization platform for early- and growth-stage software companies. Starting with flexible plans and paywalls, the platform gives product teams the ability to understand, measure, and capture value from customers with confidence. Stage was co-founded by CEO Patrick Despres-Gallagher and CTO Kaiser Leib in October 2021 with remote operations and hubs in California and Montana. Patrick was previously one of the early Product Managers at Loom and RapidSOS as well as a family office investor focused on enterprise software. Kaiser was previously an early Software Engineer at Juniper Square and SoFi. Find them at www.heystage.com and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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Hong Kong – LCSD to stage “Generations on the Keys” concert by star pianists in June

LCSD to stage “Generations on the Keys” concert by star pianists in June


     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will present the concert “Generations on the Keys” by star pianists in June. Ten local veteran pianists from different generations will gather to showcase exquisite piano skills that inherit the essence of art, and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hong Kong City Hall through enchanting music.


     This concert features a line-up of excellent pianists, including Gabriel Kwok, Nancy Loo, Eva Lue, Eleanor Wong, and their protégés Chan Sze Yau, Chang Tao, Julie Kuok, Colleen Lee, Shum Kin-wai and Wong Ka-jeng. They will perform several classic compositions, including Liszt’s “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, Rachmaninov’s “Valse and Romance”, Burchard’s rearrangement of Schubert’s “Theme and Variations from the ‘Trout Quintet'”, and the world premiere of Julie Kuok’s “Joy to the Feast” for four pianos and “Jam But Not Jammed” for five pianos, which is tailor-made for this concert.


     Gabriel Kwok has been Head of Keyboard Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) since 1989. Being a fellow of the United Kingdom’s (UK) Royal Academy of Music since 2003, he was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in 2014 for his contribution to piano education.


     Nancy Loo is one of Hong Kong’s most versatile artists, recognised as a pianist, radio programme hostess, actress and writer. As a pianist, she has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. She is a teacher of the HKAPA and the Chinese University of Hong Kong now.


     Eva Lue received her musical education from the Royal College of Music in London, earning scholarships and prizes. She has devoted much of her time in pedagogic and adjudicating work in recent years, and currently teaches at the HKAPA.


     Eleanor Wong is a professor at the HKAPA, a visiting teacher professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and Wuhan Conservatory of Music, an honorary professor of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, and the Chairperson of the Piano Teachers’ Association in Hong Kong. She was awarded the Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government in 2014 for her contribution to piano education.


     The piano concert “Generations on the Keys” will be staged at 8pm on June 6 (Monday) at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $160, $220 and $280 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_1280.html. 


     In order to comply with the requirements stipulated in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, visitors are required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code with their mobile phones/other mobile devices before being allowed to enter the performing arts venues managed by the LCSD for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) and relevant requirements of administrative instructions, all persons entering indoor venues under the management of the LCSD must comply with the requirement of the Vaccine Pass.

Brave Stage 4 Survivor Graces the Runway to Create Awareness for a Rare Liver Cancer

 Say YES to Hope presented “Surviving in Fashion” for its 5th year, in collaboration with Samina Mughal and her Dallas Fashion Gala, where advanced cancer survivors were featured on March 26, 2022 at The Grand Center. Theresa Mullins, from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is a 15 year Stage 4, Malignant Carcinoid Neoplasm of the Liver Survivor, is one of the featured survivor models. She was escorted by her son, Joshua Ellis, and together this dynamic duo created fashionable awareness about a very rare liver cancer.

Theresa spent two years on a clinical trial and has been enduring treatments with Afinitor since 2012. Fortunately, this has helped reduce her tumors significantly. “There has been NO new growth in over two years,” she proudly boasts. This beautiful and courageous survivor also praises her incredible oncology team at MD Anderson, as she cheerfully and contagiously smiles, from ear to ear, illuminating the runway.

By modeling the catwalk, Theresa demonstrates the fact that a very rare cancer like hers now has an increased survival rate. She and her son exemplify living life fully; her husband and mom cheering for her from the audience.

Suzanne Lindley, Co-Founder of Say YES to Hope says, “We appreciate Samina Mughal, international fashion designer and creator of Dallas Fashion Gala, for giving Say YES to Hope this opportunity to share our message with the world. As we help inform, support, and provide hope to advanced cancer survivors combining philanthropy and fashion makes a huge statement.

To reach the Say YES to Hope Survivor Line, please call 877-937-7478.

Say YES to Hope

Suzanne Lindley



For media inquiries, or to speak with a survivor, please contact Suzanne Lindley at 903-275-4321.



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