Let’s get healthy, Hong Kong!

July 22, 2016

Pamper your Skin with The Beauty Chef Formulas

“Our range of inner beauty elixirs boost hydration, improve collagen renewal, and increase antioxidant levels to fight free radical damage.”

 

Gourmet Skin Bar is home to the finest cosmetic and skin care brands, which use organic and cruelty-free ingredients. Quality products are only associated with high-end brands, and those tend to be heavy on the pocket. The brands featured at Gourmet Skin Bar are at par with the high-end products and are budget-friendly. One of the brands they are proud to stock is The Beauty Chef.

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The Beauty Chef is the brainchild of Carla Oates, who has packed her 15 years of knowledge of natural beauty products and minerals into her line. Carla believes that beauty lies within, and inner cleanse is what brings out the natural glow and health on the outside. All the ingredients in Carla’s range are included based on this philosophy. The line of products at Beauty Chef include prebiotic and probiotic supplements, which are rich in skin-loving ingredients for a beautiful you.

 

Carla is the author of the best selling book Feeding Your Skin, editor of Wellbeing Beauty Book and is the natural beauty columnist for Wellbeing Magazine. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Australian Organic. She also conducts Beauty Chef workshops in Sydney, guiding women on growing organic skin products in their gardens.

 

So if you’re looking to start a cleansing regimen for your body, no need to go to the chemist and splurge on synthetic multi-vitamins. Inner Beauty Boosts and Powders by The Beauty Chef contain the same vitamins and minerals, in organic formulation – available exclusively in Hong Kong at Gourmet Skin Bar.

 

Breakthrough in Thailand: Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

 

HIV Advocates aims to share HIV-related news to people all over the world. Like many, it advocates dissemination of information and education to have a better understanding of HIV, including its consequences, and more importantly, how to survive with such. We are one with the many in rejoicing when a breakthrough has been achieved. Among others, one that we widely celebrated is the news that Thailand eliminated mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. With more than half a million people in the country who have HIV, this is indeed good news. Even World Health Organization congratulated the country for this feat.

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The HIV epidemic in Thailand started in the beginning of the 1990s.  In as early as 1988, however, the country has already registered its first case of HIV in a pregnant woman. In recent years, cases of MTCT were believed to be more than 20%. Its elimination, no wonder, has been welcomed news, especially by the WHO.

How exactly is Thailand able to eliminate MTCT? There are various ways, and one of such is the strengthening of maternal and child care policies. They have executed a national AIDS prevention measure and introduced anti-retroviral medicines. Through the latter, it has been asserted that the risk of transmitting HIV to children during pregnancy, breastfeeding, delivery, and labor is reduced to just a little over 1%, which is a significant improvement from the previous probability of 15 to 45%.

In 2000, based on the country’s statistical data, there are more than 1,000 children who had HIV. In 2015, it has been significantly reduced to 85. This is decrease of more than 90%, an achievement that is recognized by WHO. For mothers, on the other hand, in 2000, there are more than 15,000 of them who had HIV. By 2014, meanwhile, it has been reduced to 1,900. This is an 87% decrease. The government has provided equitable access to healthcare for both the rich and the poor, which is probably one of the reasons for the reduction of MTCT, or HIV cases in general.

Thailand is just one of the many countries that have been earlier validated by WHO for the elimination of MTCT of HIV. Other countries who share the same accomplishment include Armenia and Republic of Moldova. At HIV Advocates, just like many others, we hope that this is going to inspire other governments to be also proactive in their approach in fighting HIV and to develop robust policies to extend universal care to their citizens.

 

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Flodins Omega-3 pork collar is an ingredient in the

Hong Kong Chef Competition

 

Up until recently, it was considered that Omega-3 is mainly found in certain fish and few plant sources. However, thanks to Flodins carefully tailored methods for raising pigs, we can provide the highest-quality pork meat on the market that is rich in invaluable Omega-3 fatty acids. This ensures that no matter what pork meat you decide to add to your menu, you will have a delicious food that is extremely tasty and can successfully replace fish, becoming a great alternative source of Omega-3 acids.

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A Tasty and Versatile Cut

Although pork collar is an unfamiliar cut across America and Asia, it is extremely popular in Europe due to the fact that it is fairly cheap, yet tastes remarkably and is very versatile. Pork collar is located between the tip of the loin and the pig’s neck, and can be cooked in numerous ways. One of the greatest advantages of Flodins pork collar is the perfectly balanced fattiness of the meat, which makes it ideal for long, slow cooking. It can also be exposed to high temperatures, but unlike other meats, it won’t dry out thanks to its fatty content. The pork collar is one of the cuts that have highest amounts of Omega-3. It is very versatile and can be used to make a wonderful stew; it is perfect for barbecuing and can be roasted in a pan.

 

The Highest-Quality Pork Collar

The pigs in every farm Flodins owns are raised in accordance to the highest standards in the world, without substances and supplements to boost growth. This ensures that the pork meat from every single pig we raise is of the highest possible quality. At Flodins, we not only comply with all European Standards, which are amongst the most rigorous in the world, but we also enact even stricter rules when it comes to animal procurement, in order to offer our customers the best possible pork meat on the market. Our innovative methods to raise pigs have allowed us to produce not only tasty but also extremely healthy pork meat rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your health.

 

Pork Collar to be Included in The Hong Kong Chef Competition

As many of you already know, Flodins is a co-sponsor of the upcoming prestigious Hong Kong Chef Competition, organized by Gourmet Magazine and The International Association of Gourmet Master Chef & Hospitality Executives. Pork collar is an exciting and tasty cut, and for that reason, it will be included as an ingredient in the “Chinese Cuisine” category. This is great news for the amazing but fairly unknown cut, as it will show just how exciting cooking it can be.

 

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Superior Traction – Shop Our ToeSox Collection

 

T8 Fitness is a comprehensive online store which has been on the market for over five years, supplying thousands of customers with different and highly effective fitness accessories and solutions. The products brought to you by T8 fitness will properly complement your workouts and bring convenience to your training sessions. The accessories are going to provide you with additional benefits, qualities, and support which is incredibly important if you are to conduct a proper training session. With this in mind, we’d like to present you with our ToeSox collection that offers you a wide range of socks for all your Yoga, Pilates and Exercise needs.

 

Fitness has become more important over the last few years, as people become more concerned about their well-being. Yoga, Pilates and Dancing have become popular solutions to staying fit. However, the majority of routines would require you to be barefoot, and it is highly advisable that you use some sort of protection. This is why we’d like to bring to your attention our ToeSox collection of incredibly stylish, high-quality grip socks.

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Yoga, Pilates and Dance Benefits

 

ToeSox are specifically designated to provide you with a lot of advantages in Dance, Pilates and more! When you dance or use a yoga/Pilates mat, the movements are going to require you to take sudden turns and stops. In order to do so, you need to introduce a source of traction on your feet. This is where the socks included in our ToeSox collection come into the picture. Specifically tailored for gripping smooth surfaces, Toesox will provide you with all the traction you need for your fitness routine.

They will provide your feet with the necessary protection in order to prevent injury and damage to your feet. They also keep your feet warm which is going to allow you to dance or perform footwork comfortably and help with flexibility.

ToeSox are a convenient solution at an affordable price that will lend a little boost of stylish attitude to your day!

 

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Sous Vide: Traditional Nordic Cooking Method Enhanced By Omega-3 Pork

July 20, 2016

 

If you look at the regular pork in the market, most of them will produce a tough, dry meal.  The taste and the stressful eating completely takes the joy out of your meal.

Fortunately, Flodins was able to find a way to accentuate the flavor and the juiciness of their pork.  With their Omega-3 Pork, cooking has reached a new level!  Even the traditional way of cooking Sous Vide that is designed to contain all the juiciness of the pork has been revolutionized! Read on learn more about the traditional method of cooking Sous Vide, and two workarounds for cooks without access to a sous vide cooker.

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Cooking Sous Vide

When it comes to timing when cooking sous vide, it tends to be more forgiving than other method of cooking.  The traditional way of cooking is to provide at least 15 minutes on every half inch of the thickness of your pork.  This will result in tender, melt in your mouth pork.

 

  1. Preheat the precision cooker to 60 degrees C, let the water achieve the desired temperature before adding your Flodins Omega-3 Pork.
  2. Add seasoning to your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and bag it. Use a zipper lock or vacuum seal bag in order to prevent the juices from spilling.  If you are using other aromatic ingredients, make sure the bag is not too crowded.
  3. Drop the bag in the water of the precision cooker.  If it sinks, then your bag is sealed properly.
  4. After cooking it at around 1-4 hours (based on the thickness) remove it from the bag and discard the other ingredients
  5. Cook it in a traditional way on a cooking pan.  Flip it and baste it until you achieved a perfect golden brown.

 

Finally, slice your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and serve it to your family.  They will surely love the tender and juicy taste of the meat.

 

Workaround Option #1

  1. Preheat oven to 80 degrees C.
  2. Add seasoning to your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and bag it. Use a vacuum seal bag in order to prevent the juices from spilling.  If you are using other aromatic ingredients, make sure the bag is not too crowded.
  3. After cooking it at around 1-4 hours (based on the thickness) remove it from the bag and discard the other ingredients
  4. Cook it in a traditional way on a cooking pan.  Flip it and baste it until you achieved a perfect golden brown. Slice your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and serve.

 

Workaround Option #2

  1. Preheat oven to 80 degrees C.
  2. Add seasoning to your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and cook in open or closed pot in the oven. It will not provide the perfect sous vide result, but it will still provide a tender and juicy end result.
  3. After cooking it at around 1-4 hours (based on the thickness) remove it from the oven and discard the other ingredients
  4. Cook it in a traditional way on a cooking pan.  Flip it and baste it until you achieved a perfect golden brown. Slice your Flodins Omega-3 Pork and serve.

 

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Small Business Expansion Tips to Grow Beyond Your Current Status

July 20, 2016

 

Small businesses should never settle for less – they start with little and have big goals to achieve in a short time. PRDA (Prosperity Research Digital Agency) helps small businesses expand using social media to reach out to customers. Our SEO and social media marketing strategies ensure your brand makes waves on the internet.

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Here are a few strategies small businesses should use:

  • Marketing Research and Plan: Market research is a key element in getting to know what makes a product appealing to consumers. Products need to be developed and marketed according to certain demographics, such as age, occupation etc. A marketing plan will then allow you to avail the time and resources to effectively reach your goals on consumer approach and sales.
  • Finance for Expansion: Expansion requires profits from existing products, or tweaking the product to diversify the consumer market and garner more profits. Small businesses are often facilitated by banks and US Small Businesses Administration, and online creditors also support small businesses with promising profits and unique products.
  • Alliances: Form working partnerships with other growing brands, as it boosts the business of both partners.
  • Integrating Technology: Updating your business facility can improve the efficiency of workers, while modern accounting software can make audit a very easy task.
  • Use of Social Media: Alongside using technologies, it is essential for a business to have a listing on a multitude of social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. These can also be used to answer customer queries and cater to their demands. A happy customer is a returning customer, and businesses rely on customers and their reviews for success.

 

PRDA (Prosperity Research Digital Agency)is Asia’s leading social media agency. Contact us today to get started!

 

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Decriminalization of Sex Work is the Key to Success of HIV Programs

July 20, 2016

 

HIV Advocates is a program designated to raise HIV awareness and aims to share concise news, developments as well as the movements of human rights as they constantly battle the terrible condition that is HIV. The program has been established back in 1990’s, and it has certainly come a long way as the recent developments of the pharmaceutical industry have allowed people who have this terrible HIV condition to live a lot longer. In any case, the HIV Advocates program is going to be highlighting the role that the decriminalization of sex work is going to have on the success of different HIV programs.

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The cases of sex workers facing severe discrimination and being denied much needed medical assistance for the proper treatment of sexually transmitted infections are without a doubt countless. The truth is that this is mainly due to the fact that sex workers still have an illegal status which pretty much allows discrimination. Furthermore, it attributes to other negative social tendencies such as severe social isolation, stigmatization of the sex workers and much more. This is something that’s going to have an overly negative effect on the entire community. This is due to the fact that once the police officers confiscate the condoms of sex workers; they are going to be forced to resort to unprotected sex which is going to lead to a potential transmittance of other diseases. This is going to raise the overall rate of newly infected HIV positive members of society.

However, the first steps toward decriminalization of sex workers have been taken by the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who successfully launched a Sex Worker HIV Plan which is designated to battle against this negative social tendency. If the plan is brought to an end and completion this is going to have a huge success for the proper implementation of HIV Programs such as the HIV Advocates. It is something which acknowledges that sex workers have the rights to dignity, to life as well as to health services. They are also going to get the much needed protection from the legal system which is also quite essential.

The truth is that unless the sex work is properly decriminalized HIV programs are doomed to fail because there is no merit for them to stand on. They can only advocate the rights that sex workers should be entitled to and protest against them not having them, but apart from that, there is not much they can accomplish. The HIV Plan has set out to change that, and it might be the first attempt to do so properly.

 

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Watch Asian Youth Orchestra with Conductors Richard Pontzious & James Judd

July 20, 2016

 

Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is a world renowned youth orchestra composed of young individuals who came from different regions of Asia. It was originally founded in the year 1987 by conductors Richard Pontzious and Yehudi Menuhin. AYO has received worldwide commendations and applause worldwide from different musical geniuses.

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Some of their most notable performances include their presentation in the United Nation, White House, Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus of Vienna, and Shauspielhaus in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Hollywood Bowl in California, the Avery Fisher Hall of New York and the Great hall located in Beijing.  This year, AYO will be in Hong Kong on 5 and 6 August, giving you the opportunity to witness their music.

 

Dubbed as one of the most stimulating orchestras in the world by San Francisco Chronicle, Asian Youth Orchestra is slated to perform at least 17 concerts in different cities all over the Asian region during the summer season.  On August 5 and 6, Hong Kong audience will get the chance to watch their unparalleled skills in playing music with the conductor Richard Pontzious & James Judd. Their repertoire includes Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring, Holst’s The Planets, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

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The Hong Kong performances of the Asian Youth Orchestra will happen on Friday, 5 Aug and Saturday, 6 Aug at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.  Do not miss this chance to hear the Asian Youth Orchestra live. This is your opportunity to hear a world renowned orchestra group!  For any questions about the performance, you may call 2866 1623.

 

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Using Natural, GMO-Free grain and Rapeseed Oil Seed for Maximum Health Benefits

July 13, 2016

 

 

Flodins stands for nothing short of excellence and premium quality. With their Omega-3 pork concept they have improved the flavour, texture and health benefits of pork in a natural way. They aim to ensure the best results by controlling the entire chain of production, by ensuring the animals have been raised humanely. Their farms operate under the highest standards and best practices in the animal welfare world.

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A Leading Expert

Flodins is by far the premium brand of the HKScan. The leading Nordic expert with decades of professional experience and traditions established all the way back in 1913. The company produces and sells top-notch meat products such as pork, beef, lamb products, processed meats and poultry as well as different convenience foods. They also export to more than 50 countries and have home markets in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the Baltic states.

High-Quality, Heart-healthy Feed

Flodins raises their pigs on small, family owned farms and feeds them a completely natural diet of GMO-free corn mixed with locally grown rapeseed. Rapeseed Oil Seed improves both the texture and flavour of the pork and raises the level of Omega-3- up to 4 times more compared to conventionally raised meat! In turn, saturated fat is reduced producing a delicious, heart-healthy pork. This high-quality fat is distributed throughout the meat, making it extremely tender, tasty and full of the mouth-watering juices that every professional chef or home cook aims to bring to the table.

The consistent quality of Flodins meat means that the best results are always attainable, for every meal!

 

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Breakthrough in Thailand: Elimination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

July 13, 2016

 

HIV Advocates aims to share HIV-related news to people all over the world. Like many, it advocates dissemination of information and education to have a better understanding of HIV, including its consequences, and more importantly, how to survive with such. We are one with the many in rejoicing when a breakthrough has been achieved. Among others, one that we widely celebrated is the news that Thailand eliminated mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. With more than half a million people in the country who have HIV, this is indeed good news. Even World Health Organization congratulated the country for this feat.

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The HIV epidemic in Thailand started in the beginning of the 1990s.  In as early as 1988, however, the country has already registered its first case of HIV in a pregnant woman. In recent years, cases of MTCT were believed to be more than 20%. Its elimination, no wonder, has been welcomed news, especially by the WHO.

How exactly is Thailand able to eliminate MTCT? There are various ways, and one of such is the strengthening of maternal and child care policies. They have executed a national AIDS prevention measure and introduced anti-retroviral medicines. Through the latter, it has been asserted that the risk of transmitting HIV to children during pregnancy, breastfeeding, delivery, and labor is reduced to just a little over 1%, which is a significant improvement from the previous probability of 15 to 45%.

In 2000, based on the country’s statistical data, there are more than 1,000 children who had HIV. In 2015, it has been significantly reduced to 85. This is decrease of more than 90%, an achievement that is recognized by WHO. For mothers, on the other hand, in 2000, there are more than 15,000 of them who had HIV. By 2014, meanwhile, it has been reduced to 1,900. This is an 87% decrease. The government has provided equitable access to healthcare for both the rich and the poor, which is probably one of the reasons for the reduction of MTCT, or HIV cases in general.

Thailand is just one of the many countries that have been earlier validated by WHO for the elimination of MTCT of HIV. Other countries who share the same accomplishment include Armenia and Republic of Moldova. At HIV Advocates, just like many others, we hope that this is going to inspire other governments to be also proactive in their approach in fighting HIV and to develop robust policies to extend universal care to their citizens.

 

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